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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 04-14-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: A play that had stirred some controversy in East Texas will go on as scheduled this summer. We'll hear why fans of "The Laramie Project" are so excited about the decision by the Tyler Civic Theatre Board.

Toyota is stopping sales of a Lexus SUV model after "Consumer Reports" raised concerns about the vehicle's safety. We'll have a live report on what other steps the company is taking to deal with the issue.

A Congressional panel is criticizing a government program that is supposed to help home-owners avoid foreclosure. We'll tell you what they think is wrong with the effort.

Plus…we'll get to watch our Joe Terrell clean windows to test the "Glass Wizard"…and he'll tell us if it passes the "Does It Work?" test.

WEATHER TODAY

Another great afternoon is in store for East Texas today. We will see mostly sunny skies today with highs once again reaching the lower 80s. Winds will be not quite as strong as yesterday and out of the southeast at around 15 mph. We will be watching southwest Louisiana closely this evening as a few thunderstorms could develop and move northwest.  Right, now it looks as though these storms will weaken before making their way to East Texas but it is something we will have to watch.  If these storms can hold together a few of our southeastern counties could get some much-needed rain.

A better chance of rain still looks to be on tap for East Texas late Friday into Saturday as a weak cold front moves in.  Right now we are not expecting any severe weather with this front and only scattered showers will accompany it. It appears this front will move through the area by Sunday giving us a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Another disturbance will move into the area on Tuesday bringing with it a chance of showers.

LOCAL HEADLINES

'The Laramie Project' is coming to Tyler

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tuesday night the Tyler Civic Theatre decided The Laramie Project will go on, as originally scheduled.

 UPDATE: Jody the horse making steps toward recovery

PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) - Jody the horse, who was dragged behind a vehicle and survived, is making big steps down the road to recovery this week.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

BEIJING (AP) - The number of dead and injured from a strong earthquake in western China is climbing. Chinese state television says at least 400 people have been killed and more than 10,000 injured. Rescue workers are trying to dig trapped people out of the rubble of collapsed mud and wood houses while scores of people gather in the open, searching for relatives.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is likely to carry a warning to Capitol Hill today for an appearance before the Joint Economic Committee. He'll tell lawmakers the pace of the economic recovery will be sluggish due to formidable obstacles like high unemployment, stagnant wages, weak home values, rising foreclosures and hard-to-get credit.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats say they're optimistic about restoring jobless benefits for people struggling to find work, and extending them through Memorial Day. Republicans want to force Congress to pay for the measure without adding to the deficit. An extension through Memorial Day would buy time for negotiators to work out a more complicated bill that would stretch benefits through the end of the year.

BOSTON (AP) - The tea party movement is having a homecoming of sorts today. Sarah Palin is scheduled to headline a rally in Boston, the city from which tea party supporters' revolutionary spirit was born. From there, activists head out on a cross-country tour which culminates in Washington on Tax Day. Their target is the Obama administration, government spending and the recent federal health care overhaul.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Family law judge Debra Lehrmann won a Republican runoff for a Texas Supreme Court nomination, beating ex-legislator Rick Green. And in a hard-fought Republican runoff in West Texas last night, tea party activist Charles Perry took down Representative Delwin Jones, who at 86 is the oldest member of the Texas Legislature.

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) - Police in Kerrville blame excessive speed and an unheeded red light for a three-vehicle crash that killed all four teens in the speeding car. The teens from Boerne were heading east on Texas 27 on Monday when the car they were in ran the red light at Loop 534 and slammed into two pickup trucks. Kerrville is 55 miles northwest of San Antonio.

EDCOUCH, Texas (AP) - Police in the south Texas farming town of Edcouch say two 10-year-old boys are suspected of selling marijuana at their middle school. Police Chief Eloy Cardenas told The Monitor of McAllen that his officers are looking for adults who might have supplied the boys. The boys' case has been referred to Hidalgo County juvenile authorities.
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