Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-10-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: President Obama is expected to announce his nominee to fill a spot on the U.S. Supreme Court this morning. We'll tell you why he's picking someone who has never actually served as a judge.

The company trying to stop that oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is re-evaluating its options after its first attempt this weekend met with failure. We'll have a live report this morning on some of the other tactics crews could try and how the spill is beginning to affect communities along the Gulf Coast.

An East Texas family gets a gift unlike any other on Mother's Day. We'll hear about the amazing donation that saved a little girl's life…and made the Mother's Day holiday one to remember for her mom.

Plus…he fought for his country during World War Two. Now, he's making a trip to Washington, D.C. to pay his respects to his fellow soldiers. We'll hear from Leslie Pruitt in today's "Freedom Fighters".


A warm and windy day is on tap for East Texas as we start off cloudy, but end the day with partly cloudy conditions. Highs today will reach the middle 80s. Gusty southerly winds could reach as high as 30 mph at times. Because of this, lake wind advisories are in effect for most of East Texas. We will be monitoring a severe weather outbreak today to our north. Find out if any of these storms will make their way into East Texas on Good Morning East Texas.


Kilgore family seeks answers to family member's fate in Africa

Kilgore,TX (KLTV)- An East Texas family is trying to unravel a mystery as to what happened to a family member who supposedly died on a trip to Africa, and now they are being told they have to pay thousands of dollars just to get the family member's body home.

East Texas infant receives new heart on Mother's Day

HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - It was a Mother's Day gift unlike any other. A baby girl was given a second chance at life.


WASHINGTON (AP) - If Solicitor General Elena Kagan is confirmed, she'll be the first person in 38 years to join the Supreme Court without first being a judge. But as the administration's top lawyer, Kagan has argued six cases before the people who could soon become her colleagues. A source says Kagan is the choice Obama will announce today.

SHELL BEACH, La. (AP) - The Gulf of Mexico's wetlands have already taken a beating from hurricanes and erosion. Flood-control projects over the years have prevented the Mississippi River from depositing new layers of sediment that could replenish the marshes. Now, the big oil slick could deliver another major hit. Experts say the vegetation could suffocate if it gets soaked with oil. Coastal wetlands are crucial nesting and spawning areas.

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he won't hesitate to impose more penalties on Toyota if an ongoing review of documents from the automaker reveals more safety violations. LaHood spoke at Toyota's headquarters in central Japan after meeting with the carmaker's president, Akio Toyoda. Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles and paid a record $16.4 million fine already.

NEW YORK (AP) - One of the first black performers hired to sing with a major white orchestra and who became an activist against discrimination has died. Singer Lena Horne was 92. She won a special Tony Award for her 1981 one-woman Broadway show, "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music."

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A woman and two children are dead after a crash in Fort Worth that sent three more children to the hospital. It happened about 1:30 a.m. yesterday on a service road of Interstate 35W. Police say the car jumped a curb, slammed into the concrete sign standard and burst into flames.

HOUSTON (AP) - Police in Houston say a standoff that lasted more than three hours ended when a suspect apparently killed his wife and then shot himself in the face at their home. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive the Saturday shooting.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico has sent a former state governor to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. Mario Villanueva was the governor of Quintana Roo. That's the state where the resort of Cancun is located. He's the first former governor to be extradited to the U.S. on drug charges.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military says a 30-year-old Texas soldier from the Panhandle town of White Deer has died in Iraq. It didn't release details of how Staff Sergeant Esau S.A. Gonzales died last Monday. It says the incident was not combat-related.