Good Morning East Texas Headlines 04-08-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: A man is behind bars in connection with the string of pipe bombs and other explosive devices that have been left across East Texas during the past few weeks. We'll tell you where federal authorities arrested him and what they could reveal about the case later today.

The oldest person in the U.S. is an East Texan. We'll tell you how long Eunice Sanborn has lived to claim that tile.

His craving for a cigarette caused a bomb scare in the air. We'll tell you what will happen to the foreign diplomat who triggered a major alert on a commercial airliner.

Plus, we'll meet an out-going 12-year-old girl who likes writing, math and science…and needs a family to call her own. Blanca is the focus of today's "Gift of Love" report.


The cold front that brought storms to the area yesterday has brought drier air into the area, setting the stage for nearly perfect weather the rest of the week through the weekend.  This afternoon we will see sunny skies and cooler temperatures.  Highs today will only reach the middle to upper 60s area-wide, about 10 degrees below normal.  As with all dry air masses, they cool off very rapidly at night with light winds.  Tonight, we will see temperatures drop into the lower 40s in most areas. However, some of our normally cooler locations could drop into the upper 30s. With lots of sun, tomorrow we will see temperatures rapidly warm into the middle 70s.  Look for this fantastic weather to last through the weekend with highs gradually warming to near 80 by the beginning of next week.


Man arrested in suspicious device case identified

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, a man has been arrested in connection to the suspicious device case. Larry North, 52, of Rusk County has been charged with "Possession of an Illegal Firearm - Destructive Device".

Get to know the oldest East Texan, and oldest American

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - The Gerontology Research Group released the news, Tuesday--Eunice Sanborn is now the oldest person in the United States.


PRAGUE (AP) - President Barack Obama is in the Czech Republic, where he will soon sign a new treaty with Russia reducing nuclear arms. The agreement would slash the number of nuclear missiles, submarines and bombers each country has by more than half.

MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP) - Toxic gases have dissipated enough that rescue crews can enter the West Virginia coal mine where four men remain missing after Monday's explosion. Hopes are slim that anyone could still be alive.

KABUL (AP) - Afghan police say they've captured the biggest suicide bomb team ever found in the capital, Kabul. Five would-be bombers were stopped as they rode in an SUV. Police acted on intelligence, and say the suspects are linked to al-Qaida.

DENVER (AP) - Officials say a diplomat from Qatar won't be facing charges for trying to sneak a smoke aboard a flight to Denver. When he joked that he was trying to light his shoes, it sparked a fighter escort and a bomb scare. The plane landed safely and officials say they don't think the man had any malicious intent.

DALLAS (AP) - Federal authorities have scheduled a news conference this morning in Tyler to release details about a case against an east Texas man who allegedly possessed a pipe bomb unlawfully. A federal grand jury has indicted Larry Gene North. The Henderson man is being held without bond in the Smith County Jail in Tyler.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A student production of a play centered on a gay Christ-like figure that was canceled at Tarleton State University in Stephenville will be staged in Fort Worth. Managers at the Rose Marine Theater in Fort Worth say the play, "Corpus Christi," will be staged there but no date has been set.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A new state incentive for Texans to buy energy-efficient appliances didn't last long - less than a day. The state began accepting rebate reservations yesterday for the Texas Trade Up Appliance Rebate Program for purchases of select Energy Star appliances. But high public demand  uickly overwhelmed the reservation system.