Good Morning East Texas Headlines 04-02-10

LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The federal government is announcing new security measures today for airline passengers. We'll tell you what new policies are being put into place in response to the attempted bombing of a flight on Christmas day.

Officials with the ATF have some words of caution for East Texans as they investigate a series of explosive devices. We'll tell you why they are warning people about some information that's available on-line.

President Obama will welcome the leader of a key U.S. trading partner during a visit to Washington next month. We'll tell you which world leader will attend a summit meeting on nuclear security.

Plus, we'll head into the kitchen with meteorologist Grant Dade for "Cooking Up A Storm". Today, Grant will share his recipe for a Cajun Omelet.

WEATHER TODAY

Cloudy and misty conditions are greeting us this morning across East Texas as a low level jet stream brings plenty of moisture to the area. This afternoon we will see partly to mostly cloudy skies with thunderstorms developing. A few of these storms could be severe. High temperatures should reach the middle 70s this afternoon. If we see a few more clouds today highs will be lower and this will also make our severe weather threat lower. If we see more breaks in the clouds, allowing temperatures to climb higher than the middle 70s, then our severe weather threat will be higher. You want to keep tuning in throughout the day as details become available.

Storms will move out of the area late tonight setting the stage for a very nice Saturday. We will be partly cloudy with highs reaching the middle 70s. On Easter, our cold front that moves through tonight will move back to the north as a warm front. Highs will reach near 80 degrees and we could see an isolated thunderstorm late in the day.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Why are pipe bomb 'how to' videos legal?

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The ATF says there is a lot of dangerous information leaked about how to make explosive devices over the internet. So, how is such harmful information legal? The answer is alarming.

Letourneau hosts Rube Goldberg Competition

Long rows of dominoes toppling, dozens of mouse-traps snapping, bizarre and comic designs, all part of the annual Rube Goldberg competition at Letourneau University.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge is expected to decide today whether eight suspected members of a Christian militia accused of conspiring to overthrow the government will stay in jail until trial. Prosecutors say the suspects planned to make a false 911 call, kill responding police officers and set off a bomb at the officers' funeral.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will travel to North Carolina today to highlight his administration's plans to create jobs. He'll speak at a Charlotte-based company that's hired new workers and expanded operations with grants from the economic stimulus program.

JERUSALEM (AP) - The cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City are filling up with Christian pilgrims and clergymen commemorating Good Friday, the day of Jesus' crucifixion. The rituals center on the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Christian tradition says Jesus was crucified, buried and then resurrected.

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) - A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are on their way to the International Space Station. The three blasted off early today from Kazakhstan. They will join the Russian, American and Japanese crew on board. The Discovery shuttle is set to blast off for the station Monday for a 13-day mission.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Authorities are investigating the shooting of a motorist by an El Paso police officer. Two off-duty officers were in a vehicle that was struck yesterday. They approached the other driver, who tried to flee and hit the female officer. The male officer fired at the driver, who was hospitalized in critical condition. The female officer suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to his role in a Mexico-based drug-trafficking operation has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison. Federal officials say he admitted spending several years importing about 3,000 pounds of marijuana per month into the United States from Mexico.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry will lead a group of state and business leaders on a trip to China in June. His wife will join him in representing the state at the "Salute to Texas Week" from June 13 to 19 at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston-based company Boots and Coots says a famed oil well firefighter who co-founded it has died. Edward "Coots" Matthews was part of a trio that inspired the 1968 movie "Hellfighters." He was 86.