Good Morning East Texas Headlines 04-30-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: An oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is arriving on the shores of Louisiana this morning. We'll show you what crews are doing in an attempt to protect valuable shrimping and wildlife areas.

Texas Governor Rick Perry is weighing in on Arizona's controversial new immigration law. We'll tell you whether he thinks it would be right for Texas.

Two East Texas schools are in mourning this week. We'll tell you what students are doing to honor their classmates who died at a young age.

And…we'll have a special report on a new way that teens are getting high…without breaking the law. We'll tell you what local police think about the substance known as K2.


We are waking up this Friday morning to cloudy skies and misty conditions. It is very muggy outside with most areas this morning right around 70 degrees. Look for the drizzle and mist to last for a few more hours before we start to see breaks in the low clouds. These breaks will allow us to warm into the lower 80s this afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will begin to develop around midday and sweep across East Texas. Some of these storms could be severe with large hail and gusty winds. There is a slight chance of an isolated tornado or two across East Texas this afternoon as well.

The front will not move through the area until Sunday morning so there will continue to be a chance of strong to severe storms until then.  It does look right now as though conditions will dry out for Sunday afternoon making the weekend not a total wash out.


Herbal product being used as a legal way to get high

"Tiffany" didn't want to be identified when she described the most powerful high she's ever experienced. 

East Texas high schools mourn loss of 2 students

It is the time most students are celebrating the end of the school year, but Brownsboro and Cayuga High Schools are dealing with the tragic loss of two of their peers.


MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (AP) - Long thin lines of oil are lapping against the Louisiana shoreline and reaching into the Mississippi River delta this morning. Federal officials say the leak from a blown-out offshore oil well is "of grave concern." Migratory birds and those that nest along the Gulf Coast along with river otters, mink and other wildlife are all threatened, as are fisheries.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has had his first known formal interview with a candidate for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. A source tells The Associated Press that the president met Thursday in the Oval Office with federal appeals court judge Sidney Thomas of Montana. Thomas serves on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The president has been considering about 10 people for the Supreme Court.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A company criticized by President Barack Obama when it proposed 39 percent health insurance rate hikes for Californians has scrapped those plans saying the data used to calculate rates was flawed. The action by Anthem Blue Cross came a day after the parent company, Wellpoint, Inc. of Indianapolis, announced its first-quarter profit soared by 51 percent.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) - Thousands of people turned out in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, to mark the 35th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war. It featured a dramatic re-enactment of the day North Vietnamese forces ousted the U.S.-backed South Vietnam government. The city today is a place where signs of the emerging market economy are everywhere and communist banners now compete with corporate logos.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry says Arizona's tough new illegal immigration law would not be right for Texas. He says it would take law enforcement officers away from their work and turn them into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - An FBI chief says kidnappings in the Texas border community of McAllen nearly quadrupled last fiscal year compared with 2008. John Johnson of the McAllen office says most of the 42 kidnappings were connected to the drug trade. He spoke at a legislative hearing on border security.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazil's top appeals court says a 4-year-old boy must stay with his Brazilian mother and not his American father from Texas for now. That's until a final ruling is made in their international abduction case. The father is Kelvin Birotte of Houston.

DALLAS (AP) - People familiar with the talks say Texas-based Continental Airlines and Chicago-based United are closer to announcing they'll combine to create the world's largest carrier by passenger traffic. The companies aren't commenting.