Good Morning East Texas Headlines 04-16-10

LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Today is the day the U.S. Census Bureau wants you to mail back your 2010 Census form. We'll tell you what's at stake for East Texas in this official count of our region's population.

East Texans will have the chance next month to hear a country music superstar…and help out a worthy cause. We'll have details on this year's "Cause for the Paws" featuring East Texas native Miranda Lambert.

He's barely old enough to vote and he's already running for office. We'll hear from the East Texas teen-ager who wants to join his town's City Council.

Plus…we'll hear how you can help fight hunger in East Texas. We'll have a special guest to tell us about the Empty Bowls Dinner and Auction this weekend at the Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler.

WEATHER TODAY

Friday, we will see a few more thundershowers develop in the afternoon with highs nearing the 80 degree mark. A weak cold front will move into East Texas this weekend giving us a chance of showers Saturday followed by drier air Sunday.

Rain chances look to increase by mid week next week as another weak disturbance moves into the area. Taking a glance at our crystal ball, an active weather pattern could be setting up as we end our next work week.  It looks as though a powerful storm system will head towards East Texas next Friday. Stay tuned for the latest.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Folks come from all over for wild horse, burro adoption

MARSHALL, TX (KLTV) - Wild horses and little burros are literally waiting on you to come take them home.

Tea Party movement and momentum

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Last year, thousands of Tea Party protestors flooded downtown Tyler and to protest big spending, big government, and big taxes.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

LONDON (AP) - Another frustrating day for air travel in Europe thanks to ash from an Iceland volcano. Britain is allowing no flights over England until Saturday morning, and Germany has shut down 11 of its 16 international airports. The ash is expected to threaten air travel over Europe through Sunday at the least.

WASHINGTON (AP) - What may be another munitions disposal area dating back to World War I has been found in Washington, D.C. Workers digging in a neighborhood near American University unearthed smoking glassware contaminated with arsenic trichloride. Officials are assessing what to do.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is thanking Congress for passing a temporary extension of long-term jobless benefits. He calls it critical for some struggling families. The extension is good until June 2, and is retroactive. Obama signed it just hours after it cleared Congress last night.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Shuttle astronauts at the International Space Station have put a giant container holding two tons of trash into Discovery's payload bay. Later, they'll use a 100-foot boom to inspect the shuttle's heat shield. Discovery undocks tomorrow for its return to Earth.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A run for president in 2012 is something former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he's not sure about at this time. Gingrich talked to reporters after addressing conservative tea party activists at an Austin hotel yesterday.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Two polygamist sect members were sentenced to prison yesterday on bigamy charges. Lehi Barlow Jeffs pleaded no contest to bigamy and sexual assault of a child in San Angelo and was sentenced to eight years. Michael George Emack pleaded no contest to bigamy and was given a seven-year prison term that will run concurrently with a prior sentence for sexual assault.

DALLAS (AP) - One of the last members of a group known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" for the clothes they wore during heists has been sentenced to multiple life sentences. Charles Runnels has been ordered to serve the 29 life sentences for a series of north Texas bank heists concurrently.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The reward is now $10,000 for information leading to the capture of two Texas prison escapees. Officials say Crime Stoppers raised the amount in the hunt for Jose Bustos-Diaz and Octavio Ramos Lopez. The two fled last week from the Briscoe Unit outside Dilley in Frio County, southwest of San Antonio.