Good Morning East Texas Headlines 04-21-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: More flights are resuming today in Europe, but it could be weeks before all of the travelers stranded last week return home. We'll hear from an East Texas couple who has been forced to extend their stay in Ireland because of the disruption caused by that cloud of volcanic ash.

A deadly accident in Lindale is causing some residents there to speak up about a road they say need improvement. We'll tell you what the Texas Department of Transportation has planned.

State regulators are proposing new rules that would change the student-to-teacher ratio at some day care facilities. We'll hear what local day care operators think about the proposal.

President Obama will meet with members of the U.S. Senate today to discuss the process for confirming his next Supreme Court nominee. We'll have a live report from Washington.

Plus…our Joe Terrell will try out a handy screwdriver set for today's "Does It Work?".

A very nice afternoon is on tap for East Texas today.  We will have mostly sunny skies with highs reaching around 80 degrees this afternoon.  Tomorrow will be another warm day with highs reaching the lower 80s. However, we can't rule out an isolated thunderstorm tomorrow afternoon as a warm front moves north through the area.

We are still looking for a chance of strong to severe storms on Friday into early Saturday morning.  Right now, the Storm Prediction Center has most of East Texas under a slight risk of severe weather.  As timing issues become better known tomorrow, parts of East Texas could be upgraded to a moderate risk of severe weather.  Stay tuned.

Uncle Sam wants you to eat less salt

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Uncle Sam wants you to eat less salt. The Institute of Medicine says regulating the country's food industry is the best way to reduce the amount of sodium in people's diets.

Jody the horse dies

PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) - Jody the horse, who authorities believed was dragged down a road near his home, was put to sleep Tuesday afternoon.


BERLIN (AP) - The massive air traffic disruptions in Europe after a volcano in Iceland spewed ash into the air cost airlines dearly. The International Air Transport Association says a week of disruptions could have cost the industry at least $1.7 billion. IATA says airlines lost revenues of $400 million each day during the first three days of grounding.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans and Democrats are talking again about a Wall Street reform package. McConnell says the GOP's ability to filibuster the Democratic bill has resulted in renewed discussions. He says a $50 billion fund to help dissolve banks that fail is a concern. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he expects to bring the package to the Senate floor soon.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's upcoming Supreme Court nominee is the subject of White House meetings today. Obama will meet with Senate leaders and top members of the Judiciary Committee to talk about the confirmation process and listen to any suggestions they may have. Obama has begun meeting prospective nominees.

NEW YORK (AP) - A threatened strike by New York City doormen has been averted. A tentative agreement has been reached with building owners and union spokesman Kwame Patterson says the deal includes a nearly 10 percent wage increase over four years and no cuts in benefits for workers. It still has to be ratified.

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says it's repaid more than $8 billion in loans it got from the U.S. and Canadian governments. And CEO Ed Whitacre says they did it five years ahead of schedule. He says that's a sign that GM is recovering. Whitacre also announced investments in two car plants. GM still owes taxpayers $45 billion.

DALLAS (AP) - The city council in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch will appeal the judge's ruling that struck down the city's ban on illegal immigrants renting apartments. The city has tried for years to enforce such a ban, and a similar ordinance also was struck down.

DALLAS (AP) - Houston-based Continental Airlines and Chicago-based United are in the early stages of exchanging financial information that could lead to a deal to combine and create the world's biggest airline. That's according to people briefed on the talks.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Texas billionaire Ross Perot says the tea party movement seems to be well-organized across the country and working hard. The former Reform Party presidential candidate spoke yesterday in Kansas City, Missouri. He says some of the nation's current problems would be less severe if more people had listened to him in the 1990s.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - El Paso police say the off-duty officer who recently shot a driver in the neck has been suspended at least once but also has 16 commendations over his five-year career. They didn't offer more details about Officer Jorge Gonzalez.