Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-11-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Thousands of Oklahoma residents are without power this morning after a wave of severe thunderstorms that spawned several tornadoes and resulted in at least five deaths. We'll have details on the extent of the damage and tell you what the Red Cross is doing to help victims of the storm.

Some members of the Texas Legislature are considering changing a standard that has played a major role in Texas classrooms. We'll tell you how the state's budget problems could wind up affecting millions of Texas students.

And…she's one of the brightest stars in Nashville. We'll hear why Miranda Lambert is coming home to East Texas this month and how you can help her help the Humane Society.


We are waking up with a few clouds left over from last night's monstrous storms to our north. Today will be a lot like yesterday, just a couple of degrees warmer. Lake wind advisories are in effect for most of East Texas again with highs near 90. Rain chances will move back into the forecast later this week. I'll have all the details on Good Morning East Texas.


Texas could adjust 22-student class limit, East Texans respond

State lawmakers are looking for ways to trim down a huge budget shortfall, to the estimated tune of $11 billion, going into next year. But, will that planning come at your child's educational expense?

What's in their lunch boxes?

You may be surprised to learn that many of the foods you put in your children's lunch boxes have a lot of fat, calories and sodium-- a surprising amount.


NORMAN, Okla.(AP)- Authorities in Oklahoma say at least five people have been killed by violent weather, two in Oklahoma City and three south of the city. There have been at least 58 injuries reported, two of them critical. Several tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma and Kansas as the storm dumped hail as big as baseballs and left tens of thousands of people without power.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Oil industry executives from the three companies involved in the drilling activities at the now-sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico will likely get an earful from senators at two hearings today. Testimony prepared for the hearings and obtained by The Associated Press suggests the companies are trying to shift responsibility to each other.

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Army helicopters are being used along Louisiana's barrier islands to place 1-ton sacks of sand to help protect wetlands against the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A blown-out well has spewed at least 4 million gallons of oil. The well's owner -- BP -- says it's considering several ways to try to stop the leak.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan could be contentious. Republican senators say they intend to take a long, hard look at President Barack Obama's choice to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. But there hasn't been any sign of all-out opposition. Kagan, who is solicitor general, represents the government before the high court.

KABUL (AP) - The Interior Ministry says six militants are in custody after a joint operation between Afghan and international forces that killed 18 insurgent fighters in the southern Helmand region. Separately, officials say an Afghan man was killed and a woman was wounded after insurgents attacked a house in neighboring Kandahar province.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - The military says a 22-year-old Marine from San Antonio has been killed in Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Christopher Rangel died Thursday. The military did not say how he died. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

MONTAGUE, Texas (AP) - A 32-year-old north Texas man involved in a deadly crime spree has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Wallace Wayne Bowman Junior was sentenced in Montague after pleading guilty to two counts of capital murder. He was accused of killing a couple and a convenience store clerk in 2008.

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston-area woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for running a bogus international investment scheme. Prosecutors say 34-year-old Melissa Marie Ramon must pay more than $3 million in restitution.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Officials say vandals who blocked a sewer line with fencing and rocks are to blame for a 250,000-gallon wastewater spill in Slaughter Creek in southwestern Austin. It happened Sunday. Austin Water Utility is asking well users in the area to boil their water.