Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-23-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: President Barack Obama will make history when he signs the health care reform bill later this morning. We'll have a live report from Washington on what to expect from the White House after it becomes law…and have details on which states plan to file a challenge in court to try to prevent it from ever taking effect.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is among those state officials vowing to challenge the health care bill in court. We'll hear why he thinks the measure violates the U.S. Constitution.

Seven people are now facing drug charges after an undercover operation on the campus of an East Texas college. We'll tell you what officers say they found at the home of one of the suspects.

Plus…they've got an impressive collection of "Vipers"…but they're not calling the exterminator. We'll meet a couple who has invested more than $3 million on sports cars in today's "Proud of East Texas".


Well, it is finally going to feel like spring outside as we see lots of sunshine this afternoon and highs reaching the middle 70s. Not quite as cool as we have seen lately for this evening.  Low temperatures tomorrow morning will be around 50 degrees.  Another warm day tomorrow with highs reaching the middle 70s before a cold front moves into the area.  We will see a line of thunderstorms Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.  Right now it does not appear we will see any severe weather with this line, but a few storms could produce small hail and gusty winds.  It will be slightly cooler Thursday behind the cold front with highs reaching the upper 60s.

We warm back into the 70s again for Friday and Saturday with another front approaching late Saturday.  Right now, it looks as though moisture will be hard to come by but we could see a few isolated storms.  If we do have more moisture to work with, some severe storms would be possible as this is a very dynamic system forecast for the weekend.  We have a few days to monitor this developing storm so stay with your East Texas News Leader for the latest.


Adding up health care costs for East Texans

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Republican lawmakers are already working to repeal the $940,000,000,000 health care bill. They say the price tag is too big a pill for America to swallow.

Lawmakers speak out on health care bill's constitutionality

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Texas and nine other states are already joining forces to fight the health care bill. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says they are filing a lawsuit, challenging the measure's constitutionality.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's signature today on the health care overhaul isn't the end, just the beginning of the next phase of the fight. He plans to make trips around the country, starting with Iowa Thursday, to persuade skeptics that the medical system remake will make their lives better. Republicans say they'll continue to fight it in whatever forum is appropriate, including the courts.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Former Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has harsh criticism for the just-passed health care bill. He says it's unconstitutional, deserves to be repealed and will help cost President Barack Obama a second term. He commented after a book signing in California.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the lead in Mexico today as U.S. officials discuss the drug war with Mexican government representatives. The meeting is in keeping with a promise that President Barack Obama made to be a "full partner" with Mexico in the anti-drug trafficking effort. It comes just two weeks after three people linked to the American consulate were killed.

BEIJING (AP) - China's official Xinhua News Agency says a man who stabbed eight elementary school children to death has a history of mental health problems. Five children were wounded in this morning's attack and the man, said to be a former doctor armed with a large knife, was arrested.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - El Paso officials say 25 people have been arrested in the second phase of an operation against suspected members of the Barrio Azteca border gang. It's an effort to find leads in the March 13 killings of three people linked to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Mediation isn't working in the case of an elderly Fort Worth-area couple who won a $58 million judgment against a politically powerful homebuilder from Houston. Their lawyers say they've failed to reach a deal with attorneys for Perry Homes owner Bob Perry to avoid appeals.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A lawyer for Michael Jackson's doctor says an effort to have Conrad Murray's license suspended could damage his ability to work at his medical practices in Texas and Nevada. Prosecutors want the suspension as a condition of Murray's bail for involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.