Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-13-10

LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: An East Texas community is honoring the life of a U.S. Marine who was killed in the line of duty. We'll hear from those who new 26-year-old Kilgore native Kenneth B. May, Jr., who died fighting for his country in Afghanistan.

Crews are lowering a new containment dome to the sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico today. We'll have details on their progress…and on what federal officials are learning about the deadly accident that triggered the spill.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling a popular "toy buggy" because of safety concerns. We'll have a live report this morning with details on what problems have been reported…and on what parents should do to keep their kids safe.

Plus…they offer double the laughs and double the energy, but they still need to find a family to call their own. We'll meet Romelo and Shakyra in today's "Gift of Love" report.

WEATHER TODAY

We are seeing a very warm and windy start to our day, with most of us waking up with temperatures in the middle 70s. Our winds will weaken a bit as the day progresses but we will be watching for a few thunderstorms to develop this afternoon. A cold front out to our west will move into the area and stall out over the weekend.  I'll tell what this means for your weekend forecast this morning on Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

East Texas Marine dies day after wedding anniversary

It was a sobering day on an East Texas campus and for the city of Kilgore, as a hometown Marine falls in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

Tips to help teens find work

The teen unemployment rate is at a record high in our country at 26%, just in time for summer when many kids are looking for jobs.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama hits the road again today to try to show what his administration is doing for small business. He'll visit Buffalo, N.Y., to tour a manufacturing company called Industrial Support Inc., and to talk to its employees. This will be the fifth such trip of Obama's so-called Main Street tour.

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time in five years, the number of households facing foreclosure is down. A firm called RealtyTrac says the number last month fell two percent compared to a year ago. But millions of people may yet lose their homes because they've missed at least one month of payments.

KABUL (AP) - A successful night for coalition forces in Afghanistan. Police say operations in the northern and eastern parts of the country left 45 insurgents dead. One police official says three suicide vests were found at one site. A push against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan is planned this summer.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican officials fear the Gulf oil spill could reach their coast if the leak is not stopped by August. That's when seasonal currents start to reverse and flow south. The upcoming hurricane season is also weighing heavily on their minds. The head of the state-owned oil company added that Mexico has sent several thousand yards of containment booms to the U.S. to help fight the spill.

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) - Lawmakers in Kazakhstan have OK'd constitutional amendments that would give the country's president the right to approve some domestic and foreign policies even after he leaves office. Kazakhstan's Senate also voted him lifetime immunity from prosecution. Opposition parties are urging him to veto the amendments.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas has executed a South Dakota parolee convicted of helping to rob and fatally beat an Army officer 12 years ago in Greenville, about 50 miles east of Dallas. Forty-one-year-old Kevin Varga was given lethal injection last night. His former cellmate, Billy Galloway, is set to die today for the same crime.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An organizer of a small protest at the Texas Capitol says the government should seize the assets of well operator BP to pay for damage from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. About six demonstrators rallied in Austin yesterday.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Pending state budget cuts could force the University of Texas System to cancel its contract to provide prison inmate health care. System officials have told legislative budget writers that a projected $82 million funding shortfall could force the cancellation.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military says two Texas Marines have been killed in Afghanistan. Twenty-one-year-old Corporal Jeffery W. Johnson of Tomball and 26-year-old Sergeant Kenneth B. May Junior of Kilgore died Tuesday. The military didn't say how they died.