Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-26-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: We'll tell you how a suspicious device found outside a post office in Troup on Thursday was different from one found in Laird Hill earlier this week. Plus, we'll hear from federal investigators on whether they think the two devices discovered this week are related to a string of cases involving "Molotov cocktails" left at other post offices across East Texas.

Congress has passed the "fix it" bill on health care reform after the U.S. Senate determined the House's version of the original bill violated some of the Senate's rules. We'll have a live report this morning on the threats being made against some lawmakers because of their votes on the health care reform issue.

Police in Tyler are still searching for one of two suspects in a Wednesday night shooting. We'll tell you how the other suspect wound up in custody.

Plus, today meteorologist Grant Dade will be "Cooking Up A Storm" this morning. We'll show you his recipe for an Italian BLT.


A very pleasant spring-like day is in store for East Texas today.  Highs will reach the 70 degree mark in most areas with lots of sunshine. Tomorrow will be a breezy day and warmer with highs reaching the middle 70s. A cold front will move into the area tomorrow afternoon bringing a chance of thunderstorms. A few of these storms could bring some gusty winds with them, however, we are not expecting widespread severe weather.

Sunday will be cooler with highs reaching the middle 60s, but he rain will be moving out of the area.  We will have a big warm-up next week as we see temperatures approach 80 degrees by Thursday.  Looking ahead to Easter Weekend, we could see some thunderstorms.  A storm system looks to be moving towards the Southern Plains by Saturday.  Hopefully it will move through before Easter Sunday.  We will keep fine-tuning this forecast as details become available.


East Texan fighting for life, seeking second lung transplant

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texan is in need of a second double lung transplant and he is only 20 years old. Cystic Fibrosis prompted the first transplant, and a recent case of H1N1 has left Richard Napier praying for a third pair of lungs.

D.A.s clash over Mineola sex ring appeal

MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - In the appeal of Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly, Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham says that Wood County D.A. Jim Wheeler is refusing to share the contents of the original grand jury investigation into the Mineola sex ring.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Help could be coming to more financially-troubled homeowners. The Obama administration plans to announce today a plan that would allow people who owe more on their mortgages than their properties are worth to get new loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. Also, mortgage companies participating in the administration's existing foreclosure prevention program would have to consider slashing the amount borrowers owe.

WASHINGTON (AP) - At least one Republican senator says the $9 billion to extend jobless benefits is too much. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma blocked a stopgap bill, saying that much money should not be added to the national debt. Some people who have been out of work for more than six months will at least temporarily lose benefits.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says if Republicans campaign for the repeal of health care reform as they've promised, "I welcome that fight." Congressional Democrats put the final touches on health care late yesterday, with a House vote of 220-207. Now the fixes go to the president for his signature, which is expected early next week.

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's harder to boot gays out of the military. The Pentagon has approved new rules to ease enforcement of the 1993 congressional ban meant to keep the law from being used to launch witch hunts or settle grudges. Some 13,000 people have been discharged from the military under the ban.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - A Fort Hood soldier who refused deployment to Afghanistan has been released from the stockade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Sergeant David Travis Bishop was convicted of going absent without leave and sentenced to a year's confinement. A supporter says he ended up serving about seven months.

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge in Texas has delayed cases against military contractors over deadly ambushes that killed civilian truck drivers in Iraq. He says it's unclear whether Halliburton and former subsidiary KBR knowingly sent workers into harm's way.

HONOLULU (AP) - A woman allegedly linked to the illegal importation of counterfeit weight-loss drugs has been released on bond after her arrest in Plano. Customs officials say Qung Ming Hu was arrested Tuesday, the same day an alleged accomplice was caught in Hawaii.