Good Morning East Texas Headlines 04-09-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Neighbors are speaking out about the man accused of being behind a string of pipe bombs and other explosive devices in East Texas. We'll hear what they have to say about Larry Gene North, and tell you why he is being given a mental health evaluation.

Rescue crews have re-entered the coal mine in West Virginia where four miners have been missing since a deadly explosion on Monday. We'll have details on their progress and whether officials are holding out any hope of finding the men alive.

It's out with the old and in with the new at the International Space Station this morning. We'll tell you what the crew of the Space Shuttle "Discovery" is replacing during a spacewalk.

And…we'll tell you what will happen to a San Antonio bus driver who took matters into his own hands to deal with an unruly passenger.


Not much to say this morning other than we are waking up with chilly temperatures in many areas.  Temperatures dropped down into the middle and upper 30s this morning in our normally colder locations.  With dry air and sunshine this afternoon, we will see temperatures warm into the middle 70s.  Temperatures gradually warm to near 80 degrees by the end of the weekend with mostly sunny skies only interrupted by a few high clouds from time to time.  Enjoy your weekend.


Pipe bombs may stem from government frustrations

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Authorities could not say much, but they did say North's motive may have been two-fold.

State fighting Giant Salvinia, educating boaters

LAKE FORK, TX (KLTV) - The state is taking a new step to keep East Texas lakes from being choked out by Salvinia.


MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP) - A new rescue effort is underway at the West Virginia coal mine where four men remain missing, but officials are beginning to use the words "recovery" and "bodies" more often. Rescue teams are carrying extra oxygen packs just in case the four managed to make it to a refuge chamber after Monday's explosion.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Amnesty International says the treatment of victims after Hurricane Katrina, and the government's actions, have prevented poor minority communities from rebuilding. In a report called "Un-Natural Disaster," the group calls it a consistent violation of human rights.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Two shuttle astronauts are outside the International Space Station beginning a three-stage job. They're swapping out ammonia tanks used for the station's cooling system. It will take three spacewalks to finish it. This morning, the new tank briefly hung up on a bolt until it was freed using a pry bar.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Experts are calling this the worst allergy season they've seen in years. As one allergy specialist puts it, it's "wicked bad." She says she's overwhelmed with patients. The pollen problems extend from Florida to Texas to Colorado, but especially in the Southeast where oak trees are the main culprit.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Officials with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio say a parish priest accused of sexually abusing a West Texas teen was removed from the ministry in 2008. The teen is suing the Archdiocese of San Antonio for assaults he says the Reverend John M. Fiala committed in 2007 and 2008 while a pastor in rural Rocksprings.

DALLAS (AP) - Authorities say four masked men robbed a broker of up to $1 million in diamonds near the Galleria mall in north Dallas. The man was stabbed twice in the leg during a struggle, but is expected to recover from his wounds. The heist yesterday was the latest in a string of attacks on diamond brokers in the Dallas area and elsewhere in the country.

LEWISVILLE, Texas (AP) - A fiery three-vehicle crash left an 18-wheeler hanging off a freeway overpass and thousands of pounds of frozen chicken strewn across a highway in suburban Dallas. No one was seriously injured in the crash yesterday on Texas 121 Lewisville. The 18-wheeler carrying 40,000 pounds of frozen chicken collided with a dump truck.