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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-22-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: We'll tell you what's in store now that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the health care reform bill. We'll have a live report from Washington, D.C. on the historic vote along with the next steps in the process.

Members of an East Texas family are coming to the defense of a father accused of harming his own son. We'll tell you what happened to the child that required him to be rushed to a Dallas hospital for treatment.

Tiger Woods is giving his first interviews since going into seclusion. We'll tell you what the world's best-known golfer has to say about reports of his multiple extra-marital affairs and what he expects from fans when he returns to the course.

Plus…he survived some of the biggest battles of World War Two, was honored by his country for his service, and called back to serve in Korea. We'll hear from Royce Peacock in today's "Freedom Fighters".

WEATHER TODAY

Well, yesterday's snow storm is well off to our east now and it looks as though we may be saying good bye to Old Man Winter for 2010.  Now, I am not saying it won't get chilly again, but it looks as though the pattern is finally becoming spring-like.  Today will be much warmer than Sunday, but still a few degrees below normal.  We will reach the lower to middle 60s this afternoon with mostly sunny skies.  Tomorrow will be very pleasant with lots of sunshine and highs in the middle 70s.

 We will have two systems affect us over the next 7 days, one on Thursday and another on Sunday.  Both of these systems could bring us a round of thunderstorms, but right now it is too early to determine if we will see any severe weather with these systems. 

LOCAL HEADLINES

House sends health care overhaul bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - A transformative health care bill is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature as Congress takes the final steps in Democrats' improbable and history-making push for near-universal medical coverage. 

Snow welcomes spring

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - This morning, East Texans woke up to a cold surprise. They discovered the first full day of spring was marked not by sunshine, but by snow.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) - The health care bill is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill passed in the House Sunday night 219-212, but every Republican and 34 Democrats said no to the package.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The health care bill approved by the House also includes sweeping changes in the student loan program. The bill eliminates the reliance on private lenders and uses the savings to direct $36 billion in new spending to Pell Grants for students in financial need.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Residents in Fargo, N.D., are breathing a sigh of relief now that the Red River has crested without doing much damage. But potential problems remain. Residents could still face lingering environmental hazards. Floodwaters can be noxious brews of pesticides, sewage, garbage and animal carcasses that foul drinking water and spread disease.

UNDATED (AP) - Tiger Woods is answering questions from the media for the first time since word of his extra-marital affairs broke. He did two interviews Sunday night - with ESPN and the Golf Channel. Woods told the Golf Channel that he was "living a lie" and that he alone was responsible for the sex scandal.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - It's not exactly a pleasure cruise. A new cruise off the Southern California coast has sightseers trading whales and dolphins for smokestacks and oil. The so-called pollution cruise is designed to show the environmental effects of pollution on coasts, harbors fishing and other human activities.

DALLAS (AP) - Arlington police say at least five vehicles and two 18-wheelers were involved in a wreck that left one person dead after one of the large trucks fell onto a vehicle. They say icy roads were a factor in the crash yesterday on westbound Interstate 30.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police say a man suspected of shooting his wife and adult son before killing himself called police to alert them before he committed suicide. It happened Saturday morning. His wife and son were found in the kitchen, and he was on the floor near a revolver.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Hill County authorities say they don't expect to find a missing judicial candidate alive. Sixty-six-year-old Tom Zachry has been missing since Friday, when his fishing boat capsized on Aquilla Lake and he tried to swim to shore.

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