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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-24-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The ATF will examine the remains of a pipe bomb discovered outside an East Texas post office. We'll tell you what steps they took to neutralize the device and if they have established any connection to a series of "Molotov Cocktails" found at other East Texas postal facilities.

President Barack Obama is hitting the road this week to drum up support for the health care reform bill he signed into law on Wednesday. We'll have a live report from Washington, D.C. on the next steps in the fight over major changes to the nation's health insurance system.

In sports, we'll meet an East Texas athlete who is the best in the state at what he does…and tell you about his plans to soar to new heights.

And…it's supposed to convert a harmless, tasty treat into a flying weapon. Our Joe Terrell will try out the "Marshmallow Shooter" to find out the answer to the question…"Does It Work?"

WEATHER TODAY

Clouds have moved back into East Texas and rain and thunderstorms are not too far behind.  We will see mostly cloudy skies this afternoon with a chance of showers and thunderstorms late.  Highs in most areas will reach the lower 70s. However, a few of our eastern and southern counties could see a little more sun today, helping to boost temperatures in the middle 70s. A broken line of thunderstorms will develop to our west this evening and push through East Texas during the early morning hours Thursday.  Some of these storms could be severe with the main threat being hail and high winds.  Tomorrow we will see partly cloudy skies late in the day with highs in the middle 60s.

Another chance of storms is in the forecast late Saturday in to Sunday morning.  Once this system moves through it looks as though spring will really be setting in as most of next week looks dry and much warmer.  By the middle to end of next week we could be seeing a few 80s out there.  Are you ready?

LOCAL HEADLINES

UPDATE: Bomb squad disposes of suspicious device

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - According to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, they have found a suspicious device at a post office in Laird Hill.

Longview could be part of Google experiment

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas town could soon enjoy internet speeds 100 times faster, but they need your help.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate works on health care again this morning -- this time a package of fixes to the big bill signed by President Barack Obama yesterday. The package, demanded by House Democrats, eliminates a special Medicaid deal for Nebraska and softens a tax on some insurance plans, among other things.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Urban League says it appreciates what President Barack Obama has done on health care, but that what's needed now is "a strong jobs bill." In its report on Black America, the league says billions are needed for job creation in local communities to help close racial gaps in unemployment.

WASHINGTON (AP) - An unusual meeting yesterday between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. There were actually two meetings, with Netanyahu asking for extra time. And there was no photo opportunity or news release afterward.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly released census estimates show Texas has seen substantial gains thanks to a stronger labor market and immigrant growth. For the second year in a row, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston ranked first and second among metros with the most numerical gains. Each added more than 140,000 people.

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - An Amarillo man is accused of trying to swindle investors by promising them shares of trillions of dollars from bogus financial instruments. A federal grand jury in Amarillo has indicted 63-year-old Tommy Lee Buckley on 39 counts of mail fraud.

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Funerals for a retired leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo are scheduled for Saturday in Amarillo and Monday in Olfen. Bishop Leroy Matthiesen was known as an advocate of nuclear disarmament. He died at age 88 after a brief illness.

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