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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 04-20-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The space shuttle "Discovery" is due to return home this morning. We'll have live coverage of the shuttle's scheduled landing in Florida.

An East Texas seminary student is behind bars, accused of indecency with a child. We'll tell you what church officials have to say about his case.

Some flights are resuming today in Europe. We'll hear from some of the travelers who have been stranded because of the cloud of ash from  a volcano in Iceland.

And…they're sharing their faith through song. We'll meet Matt and Megan Magill in today's "Proud of East Texas".

WEATHER TODAY

Clouds moved back in to the area overnight, keeping our temperatures much warmer than we anticipated yesterday.  Most of us are waking up with lows in the middle to upper 50s. Today we will see partly cloudy skies with highs reaching the middle 70s. Temperatures will gradually warm each afternoon, reaching the lower 80s by the end of the work week.

It still appears a potent storm system will develop Thursday to our west and drag a dry line through East Texas on Friday.  Along this line, strong to severe thunderstorms could develop. We still have a few days to monitor this system, but right now it appears this system could be the first major severe weather producer since the January 20th tornado outbreak.  Stay Tuned!

LOCAL HEADLINES

Grandsons reflect on Bruce Brookshire's legacy

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas philanthropist leaves his legacy behind. Bruce Brookshire, the chairman emeritus of Brookshire's Grocery Company, lost his battle with cancer at age 81. 

Volcanic ash may delay East Texas couple's return home

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Some travelers were able to leave Europe Monday, after planes were grounded due to vast clouds of volcanic ash from an Icelandic eruption.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

BRUSSELS (AP) - The international pilots' federation says safety, not economics should be the main driving factor for a return to flight operations in Europe where a cloud of volcanic ash has disrupted air travel. The group says the ash from Iceland's erupting volcano poses a real danger and final decisions should be left to the pilots themselves. Planes have begun to fly from some airports.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog is warning that that changes intended to make it easier for struggling homeowners to avoid foreclosure may leave the mortgage assistance program more vulnerable to fraud. The special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says the administration needs to do more to warn the public. Neil Barofsky is also calling for additional safeguards to prevent abuse.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA says the weather is favorable this morning for the space shuttle Discovery to make a Florida landing. Rain and overcast skies prevented Discovery and its seven astronauts from returning home from the International Space Station yesterday.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Bush-era policy that critics say weakened equal opportunities for female athletes is going by the wayside. The U.S. Department of Education will now require schools and colleges to provide stronger evidence that they offer equal opportunities for athletic participation under the federal Title IX gender equity law.

DALLAS (AP) - One of the longest-serving inmates on death row in Texas will get a new sentence. A federal appeals court says jurors weren't able to consider mitigating evidence in the case of 50-year-old Anthony Leroy Pierce. He was convicted in the 1977 robbery and murder of a Houston restaurant manager.

ODESSA, Texas (AP) - Jurors in Odessa today will begin hearing the case of a former youth jail administrator accused of sex abuse. Ray Brookins was an assistant superintendent at the Texas Youth Commission's West Texas State School in Pyote.

DALLAS (AP) - Police say two taxi passengers injured in a fatal shooting left their Dallas cab driver on the ground afterward and drove to a hospital in his taxi. The driver was taken early yesterday to a hospital, where he died. Police are still seeking the gunman.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - The doctor for the youngest daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson says she continues to recover from a rare autoimmune disorder that attacks the nervous system. Minnesota's Mayo Clinic has been treating 62-year-old Luci Baines Johnson since Friday.

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