Good Morning East Texas Headlines 04-19-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The family of Bruce Brookshire will be receiving friends and relatives this evening at the Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler. We'll tell you how friends are remembering the long-time business and community leader, who passed away on Friday at the age of 81.

The Prime Minister of Great Britain is taking extraordinary steps to bring home thousands of his country's citizens who were stranded when air travel across Europe was halted last week because of ash from a volcano. We'll tell you what he's doing…and what the prospects are that planes could return to the skies over Europe today.

Toyota has decided to avoid a courtroom battle with the U.S. federal government over how it handled safety concerns about some of its vehicles. We'll tell you what fine the company is paying to settle the matter with safety regulators.

And…he was wounded during his first day of battle, but returned to fight through the rest of World War Two. We'll hear from Durwood Dingler in today's "Freedom Fighters".


We are waking up with cloudy and cool conditions across East Texas this morning.  Most areas are in the lower to middle 50s with a few isolated showers.  The clouds will hang around for most of the day but the light rain and drizzle should move out by noon.  This afternoon we will see mostly cloudy skies and highs only in the middle to upper 60s, close to 15 degrees below normal.  Clouds will break this evening, allowing for another cool morning tomorrow.  The low temperature will drop down into the upper 40s.  A beautiful day is on tap for us tomorrow, with partly sunny skies and highs in the middle to upper 70s.

Temperatures will approach 80 degrees once again by the end of the week, along with a chance of storms.  A fairly strong storm system will affect the area late this week into the weekend.  The exact timing is still not known, but this system could bring some strong to severe thunderstorms to the area either Friday or Saturday.  Stay Tuned!


Pope vows justice against abusers

Pope Benedict has taken a significant step forward, pledging the Catholic Church will do everything it can to bring justice to those responsible for sexual abuse.

East Texas business icon, Bruce Brookshire, dies at 81

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Bruce Brookshire, Chairman Emeritus of the Tyler-based Brookshire grocery company, died Friday night at the age of 81.


JIEGU, China (AP) - Five days after the big earthquake in western China, a woman and a four-year-old girl have been pulled alive from the rubble. They were found in the ruins of a mud hut. The woman is reported in critical condition while the child is suffering from heart problems due to trauma.

LONDON (AP) - The Royal Navy will sail to the rescue. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says Britain is sending warships to rescue Britons stranded by the ash cloud spewing from a volcano in Iceland. Two ships will be deployed at first but a third may be added to the mix. Brown says Britain is speaking with Spanish authorities to see whether Britons stranded overseas could be flown there and then taken home.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Rain threatens to delay Space shuttle Discovery astronauts who are waiting to find out if today is homecoming day, or to be spent going around in circles waiting for the weather to clear. Discovery is scheduled to land this morning but drizzle is falling at the Kennedy Space Center. The rain is moving away. Discovery has enough supplies to stay in orbit until Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government official says Toyota plans to pay the largest fine ever assessed against an automaker. It's all about failing to give proper notification of gas pedal problems. The official says Toyota will pay $16.4 million. Today is the deadline for Toyota's decision.

ATLANTA (AP) - A small Florida airline that plans to charge for carryon bags isn't feeling much love from passengers or the industry. Five major carriers have agreed not to follow the lead of Spirit Airlines. The promise to New York Sen. Charles Schumer from American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways and JetBlue comes despite the fact that some of those same airlines are expected to report first-quarter losses next week.

ODESSA, Texas (AP) - One of two former administrators accused of sexually abusing inmates at a Texas Youth Commission school in Pyote is set to stand trial today. Ray Brookins is a former assistant superintendent at the West Texas State School. His lawyer has declined to comment.

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police say a gunman killed an 18-year-old Texas Southern University student by firing 10 times into a crowd near campus. Police said yesterday they were still looking for the shooter who killed a freshman at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - The youngest daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson is making what her doctor calls "significant improvement" at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic. Doctors say 62-year-old Luci Baines Johnson might have a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is warning the space shuttle astronauts that rain might delay their return home. Discovery and its crew of seven were scheduled to land this morning in Florida. In the worst case, they could aim for the backup landing site in Southern California tomorrow.