Good Morning East Texas Headlines 04-07-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  A horse that suffered serious injuries after apparently being dragged on Monday is now expected to survive. We'll have details on how you can help the family that owns "Jody" cover the rising cost of his medical bills.

Rescue crews are hoping to find four miners that have been missing since an explosion at their mine in West Virginia on Monday. We'll have a live report on the search efforts…and tell you how the town is dealing with the tragedy.

Some East Texas doctors are putting their names on a petition calling for Congress to make a significant change to Medicare. We'll tell you what those health care providers want federal lawmakers to do.

And our Joe Terrell will find out just how smart the "Smart Lids" are in today's "Does It Work?"


Warm and muggy conditions continue this morning across East Texas.  Temperatures are generally in the middle to upper 60s area wide.  A cold front will be moving in later this morning into the early afternoon hours.  Thunderstorms will develop along this front in our western counties later this morning and sweep east throughout the day.  As this line moves into some warmer temperatures across our eastern counties early this afternoon, a few storms could reach severe limits with the main threat being strong winds.  High temperatures will range from the middle 70s west to near 80 southeast.  Behind the front very pleasant weather will move into East Texas for the next few days. It will be cool Thursday with highs in the middle to upper 60s, but Friday through Sunday look incredible with highs in the middle 70s and mostly sunny skies.


Horse that was dragged will survive, says vet

PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) - Vets say the 3-year-old horse, Jody, who is believed to have been tied to a vehicle and dragged down a road, will survive.

Medicare cut prompts Texas doctors to fight back

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Some Texas doctors are signing a petition that could effect millions of Texans on Medicare.


MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP) - If four missing miners are still alive after Monday's explosion in southern West Virginia, it will still be many hours before rescuers can reach them. First, a hole now being drilled some 1,000 feet must reach them, and toxic gas must be vented for four or five hours. The confirmed death toll so far is 25.

UNDATED (AP) - The company that owns the West Virginia mine where four miners are still missing is known for swamping federal regulators with appeals when it's charged with safety violations. Among the violations Massey Energy has contested is one concerning the ventilation system at the mine hit by Monday's explosion.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama flies to the Czech Republic today to sign a new nuclear treaty with Russia. If ratified, both countries would commit to trimming their nuclear arsenals even more, by almost a third. Obama sees the treaty as a key part of his effort to curb the spread of nuclear weapons.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazilian authorities in Rio are nervously watching the rain fall again hours after the heaviest deluge on record triggered killer mudslides. Authorities fear the added water could dislodge more saturated ground and add to the 95 deaths already recorded. Most of the deaths came when landslides smashed over shacks in slums built precariously on steep slopes.

WACO, Texas (AP) - A Texas man from Elm Mott has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2007 murder of an animal control officer. A McLennan County jury returned the maximum punishment for 33-year-old Jerry Mack Newland. His lawyer says he'll appeal.

DALLAS (AP) - A 28-year-old Amarillo man is accused of fatally stabbing a fellow Darfur refugee in Dallas. The suspect was jailed on a murder charge with bond set at $500,000. Police say he mistakenly thought the victim was having an affair with his brother's wife.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A preliminary federal report shows nothing remarkable in the moments before a pilot's February 18 suicide dive into an Internal Revenue Service office in Austin. The National Transportation Safety Board says the FBI has taken over the investigation into the crash that killed pilot Joseph Stack and an IRS worker.