Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-31-10 - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Good Morning East Texas Headlines 03-31-10

  
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Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The ATF is bringing in more agents to East Texas after finding two suspicious devices in one day. We'll hear from people who live near the area where one of the possible pipe bombs was discovered and tell you what the reward is now for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has scheduled a news conference today in San Antonio with fellow Senator John Cornyn. We'll tell you what she is expected to reveal later this morning.

Parts of the northeast are getting pounded by heavy rain that has resulted in serious flooding. We'll have a live report with details on which state is getting a federal disaster declaration from President Obama.

Plus, our Joe Terrell ventures into the kitchen to see if using the "Egg Genie" is just as easy as boiling water…in today's "Does It Work?".

WEATHER TODAY

A warm and breezy day is on tap for us.  Lake wind advisories are posted for much of East Texas today as gusty south southwesterly winds increase as high as 30 mph at times today.  High temperatures will reach the lower 80s with lots of sunshine today.  It will be breezy again tomorrow with highs once again in the lower 80s.

A cold front will move into the area Friday night.  Ahead of this front, strong to severe storms appear likely late Friday. The main threat appears to be high winds and hail, but we could see an isolated tornado or two as well. Highs Friday will be dependent on increasing cloud cover. Right now it looks as though we will reach the upper 70. But if clouds move in early, temperatures will be cooler.  This will also lower the threat of severe weather.  If clouds move in later, then temperatures and our severe weather threat will increase.

The storms will move out in time to produce a fairly nice Easter.  Right now it looks as though we will see partly cloudy skies and highs in the upper 70s.  Stay tuned for the latest developments on the pending severe weather threat Friday.

LOCAL HEADLINES

UPDATE: ATF raises reward for suspicious device arrest

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The ATF is now bringing additional units to East Texas to help find out who is responsible for the numerous suspicious devices found in East Texas.

Saturday mail no more?

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The United States Postal Service promised to push through rain and snow, day and night, connecting Americans through correspondence.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

DETROIT (AP) - Bond hearings are scheduled today for the alleged ringleader and other alleged members of a Christian militia that prosecutors claim plotted to kill police officers. Nine members were arrested after a series of raids in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Prosecutors say the militia planned to kill police officers and then blow up a bomb at the funeral.

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - President Barack Obama has issued an emergency declaration for the entire state of Rhode Island. The tiny state has seen the worst of widespread flooding in the Northeast. Hundreds of Rhode Island residents have been evacuated.

LONDON (AP) - The first of several British investigations says there seems to be no evidence that one of the world's leading climate research centers did anything to exaggerate the global warming threat. The House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee says it appears nothing in the more than 1,000 stolen e-mails challenged scientific consensus that global warming is real and caused by human activity.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations will get an earthquake aid request from Haiti today. It includes a commission to administer the money as a key step to allay donor concerns over Haiti's history of official corruption and political unrest. Former President Bill Clinton has been named to head the commission.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Texas inmate convicted of fatally shooting a Houston man during a robbery more than 11 years ago has been put to death by lethal injection. The execution of 34-year-old Franklin Dewayne Alix yesterday was the fifth this year in Texas.

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) - Authorities have found two more suspicious devices in east Texas mailboxes. A postal inspector says the devices were found yesterday in a mail collection box in Longview and in a residential box about 15 miles away in a subdivision on Lake Cherokee. There were no explosions and no injuries.           

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - Mexican authorities say a suspect in the killing of three people linked to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez has offered a confession indicating an El Paso jail officer was the target. That officer, his wife and another man were killed earlier this month.

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