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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-03-10

  
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Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:

There will be no quick fix to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that's now washing ashore in Louisiana and Mississippi. We'll have a live report this morning on the latest steps being taken to contain the damage.

The rest of the world has finally seen what thousands of East Texans accomplished this spring. We'll show you the inside of the Carr family's new home and tell you what they think about their experience with "Extreme Makeover – Home Edition".

Tennessee residents are facing the prospect of weeks worth of clean-up after a deadly wave of serve storms over the weekend. We'll show you the new threat from that storm system facing downtown Nashville this morning.

And…he survived the "Battle of the Bulge"…we'll meet  Arch Puddington in today's "Freedom Fighters".

WEATHER TODAY

We are waking up to a very quiet morning weather-wise. This afternoon we will see partly cloudy skies with highs in the middle 80s. A few thunderstorms will develop out to our west this afternoon and evening and there is a chance a few of these storms could make their way across East Texas. Other than that it looks like a dry and warm work week as temperatures top out in the upper 80s to near 90 for most of the week.

By Friday afternoon, a front will be approaching the area so we should see a few more clouds helping to keep temperatures down in to the lower to middle 80s. This weekend will bring another shot of scattered thunderstorms to the area, but much like this past weekend, not everybody gets them.  It looks like it is time to set out the sprinklers as Mother Nature wants to keep most of East Texas dry for the next few days.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Extremely made over, the Carr Family settles into new home

WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - So, what is it like to be *extremely made over?  For Mike, Katrina, Nikolas, Haydn, Ryanne and Rina Carr, the surprises just keep on coming.

Equine rescue group hosts much needed fund-raiser

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV) - An East Texas rescue operation has strived to save every horse in need of help for a decade.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) - At least 15 people are dead as a result of severe weather in Mississippi and Tennessee. A line of thunderstorms brought heavy flooding and tornados to the states. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen says it could be days before the waters recede enough to assess damage. And the Cumberland River is expected to crest today in Nashville.

BOSTON (AP) - Boston officials will know this afternoon whether clean water has been restored. Two million eastern Massachusetts residents have been under a boil-water order since Saturday when a 10-foot water pipe broke. Still, officials are encouraging commuters to come to work.

VENICE, La. (AP) - Another week of oil pouring from the seafloor. Concrete and metal boxes are being built to siphon the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the blown out well, but they won't be in place for six days. Meanwhile dead sea turtles are washing ashore, federal fishing areas are closed, and shipping on the Mississippi could soon be limited.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Fear of the unknown is setting in among chefs, restaurant owners and seafood dealers as a giant oil slick laps at southeastern Louisiana's ecologically sensitive coast. They know the oil spill will squeeze the state's $2.4 billion seafood industry -- they're just not sure how badly or for how long. Federal officials shut down fishing for at least 10 days from the Mississippi River to the Florida Panhandle.

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Two new videos from the Pakistani Taliban show their leader alive and well. The videos of Hakimullah Mehsud surfaced over the weekend. They refute earlier American and Pakistani claims that he was killed in a U.S. missile strike earlier this year.

HOUSTON (AP) - Teams from BP, the Coast Guard and the government are at an emergency center in Houston to work on plans for stopping or minimizing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The five possible solutions include drilling two relief wells and setting steel boxes on top of the flows to redirect oil to a ship.

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) - Authorities are investigating what appeared to be an explosive device found by a Colleyville woman in front of her home. Police say it came in a Federal Express box, but it's not clear if the company delivered the package.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Houston-based Continental Airlines and United are expected today to announce a deal to combine their carriers and create the world's largest airline. It would be called United and based in United's hometown of Chicago. Antitrust regulators would have to approve the deal.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Lubbock native who held the Guinness World Record for playing the same role on TV for the longest amount of time has died. Actress Helen Wagner was 91. She played Nancy Hughes on the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns" for more than 50 years.

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