Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-17-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Crews battling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have finally made some progress. We'll have a live report on where things stand this morning and tell you about the long-term strategy for stopping the oil that spewing from the sunken rig at the bottom of the ocean.

An East Texas family is turning to Washington for help in dealing with a tragedy that's complicated by international red tape. We'll have details on how you can help the Fortson family of Kilgore bring home the body of a relative who died overseas.

Police in Gladewater are investigating a drowning on Sunday night. We'll tell you where the young man who died attended school and how close he was to graduation.

Plus…he faced death on the battlefield in Vietnam…and survived to return home to East Texas. We'll hear from Bob Coffey how his experiences in the military helped him find his true calling in today's "Freedom Fighters".


Strong to severe thunderstorms developed early this morning across our southern counties and have now moved into Louisiana. We are watching a few storms trying to develop to our west this morning.  There is a slight chance we could see an isolated storm or two during the morning hours. This afternoon's forecast is a bit tricky. There are a couple of outflow boundaries floating around East Texas today. During the peak afternoon heating there is a very small chance a thunderstorm could develop.  The best chance of this happening is south of a Palestine to Rusk to Center line. I have all the details on what you can expect with the weather where you live on Good Morning East Texas.


Family trying to get relative's body home from Africa

The mystery surrounding their loved one has reached a sad end, and an East Texas family needs your help to bring a loved one home from Africa to her final resting place.

 East Texas church celebrates more than 100 years of history

An East Texas church has been serving Nacogdoches for more than 100 years, becoming an important part of the fabric of the community itself.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Computer models are showing that the Gulf oil slick may be headed to the Atlantic Ocean. A researcher tells the Associated Press that the oil may have already seeped into a powerful water stream known as the loop current. A boat is being sent later this week to collect samples and learn more.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Administration officials are headed to Capitol Hill this week to explain their role in responding to the Gulf oil spill. Up first: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and a top Coast Guard official. Meanwhile lawmakers are coming up with ideas to solve the financial calamity the spill's caused. They include hiking each company's liability and quadrupling the 8 cent per barrel tax that goes to the liability fund.

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - A Los Angeles-bound flight from New York has made an emergency landing outside Washington. One passenger on the United Flight says he smelled something burning and saw someone carry a fire extinguisher to the cockpit. A United spokesman confirmed the flight was diverted to Dulles International Airport, but had no details other than all 105 passengers and seven crew got off the plane safely.

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European air traffic management agency says the volcanic ash clouding Britain and Ireland is beginning to disperse, but a no-fly zone remains nearby. Charts published today show the ash cloud gradually retreating today. That will allow some arrivals and departures from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports to resume operating. The Netherlands will start clearing by noon. Amsterdam's Schiphol airport was closed during the night.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - It's spacewalking time for the Atlantis astronauts. Garrett Reisman and Stephen Bowen will venture outside the shuttle this morning to install a spare antenna on the International Space Station. They'll also hook up a storage platform and loosen the bolts on batteries that will be replaced on the following two spacewalks.

BENNINGTON, Okla. (AP) - A dispute about land along the Oklahoma-Texas state line could lead to a Red River boundary battle. A Texas man and an Oklahoma woman claim the same 10 acres. An assessor in Oklahoma says there are apparently two deeds to the land. Part of the debate is about whether the nearby Red River ever shifted north.

DALLAS (AP) - The man who created the new Fox TV show "The Good Guys" says he picked Dallas as the setting partly because of the city's mix of old and new. Matt Nix says, quote, "it's got grit, but it's not ugly." The series about two mismatched cops stars Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks. It premieres June 7.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ronnie James Dio, the heavy-metal singer who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, has died. He suffered from stomach cancer and was being treated at a Houston hospital. He previously piloted the bands Heaven & Hell and Dio.