Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-18-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Tar balls discovered off Key West, Florida are being tested to determine if they came from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll have a live report on what's happening in Washington today as Congress look into the accident that sank the oil rig.

Drivers in Lufkin will need to use extra caution this morning while traveling on Highway 59. We'll have details on the late-night accident that knocked down a traffic light and diverted traffic for several hours.

A Mississippi family is alive this morning after their home was destroyed by a tornado. We'll tell you about the amazing shelter that saved their lives…and the lives of some of their neighbors.

Plus…he found his true calling while recovering from serious injuries he suffered while serving his country. We'll hear from Bob Coffey in today's "Proud of East Texas".


We are waking up with temperatures a couple of degrees cooler than yesterday with many areas in the middle 60s. Highs this afternoon will reach the middle to upper 80s with a partly cloudy sky. Like yesterday, there is a chance a few pop up afternoon storms could develop with the best chances across our southern counties. I'll give you all the details on the weather where you live coming up on Good Morning East Texas.


Friends remember HS senior who drowned in Lake Gladewater

A church community event turned tragic after an East Texas teen died. Justin Beasley, 18, drowned at Lake Gladewater on Sunday evening. He was a senior at Union Grove High School.

Gladewater family needs help solving cold case murder

An East Texas family is begging for your help to solve their son's murder case.


WASHINGTON (AP) - It's primary day around the nation. President Barack Obama is not on the ballot, nor is the Republican Senate leader, Kentucky's Mitch McConnell. But both have a stake in contests testing the tea party among Kentucky Republicans and the durability of Democratic incumbents in Arkansas and Pennsylvania. Today's also the deadline for Oregon voters to return their mail-in ballots.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The next stop on the president's White House to Main Street tour: Youngstown, Ohio. Obama's heading to the swing state today to promote his economic policies. He's trying to convince voters that times are getting better even while unemployment remains stubbornly high. The president will visit a pipe and tubing manufacturer that benefited from the economic recovery act.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian opposition website says authorities have arrested the chief bodyguard of the country's opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi. He ran for president in June. Allegations of fraud set off months of political upheaval, including a bloody crackdown on street protesters. The arrested guard has protected Mousavi since he served as prime minister in the 1980s.

LONDON - British Airways expects to operate 90 per cent of its long-haul flights and about half its short haul services. Britain's High Court decided yesterday the airline's cabin crews aren't allowed to strike because of irregularities with the union's ballot. The injunction stopped a walkout just hours before it was due to begin. The crew's union called the decision "nonsense."

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Stunningly bad service. That's what a Daytona Beach, Fla., woman thought a drive-up window at Wendy's was dishing up. Authorities say that when 20-year-old Melanese Asia Reid became upset about her order yesterday, she chased the employee serving her with a pink Taser gun until the store manager called police. Reid's charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

SPRING BRANCH, Texas (AP) - Two men have been airlifted to San Antonio hospitals after their single-engine plane crashed on a ranch northeast of the city. Comal County sheriff's officials say the 65-year-old and the 75-year-old had reported mechanical trouble yesterday.

RICHLAND HILLS, Texas (AP) - Fort Worth police say officers shot and killed a man who had called 911 and indicated he was "armed and suicidal." The man stepped out of his SUV in Richland Hills but did not follow orders to lie on the ground yesterday. When he reached back into the vehicle, police fired.

HOUSTON (AP) - A company spokesman says officials have not determined what caused a fire at a southeast Houston refinery owned by LyondellBasell Industries. The blaze yesterday created thick, black smoke that could be seen for miles. No injuries were immediately reported.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Environmentalists are trying to curb oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, where a platform explosion last month triggered a massive spill. They have filed two federal lawsuits to shut down a major BP platform and close a government loophole for new oil and gas exploration.