Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-21-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: It's going to be a busy day in the East Texas community of Dike after severe storms blew through on Thursday. We'll hear from some eye-witnesses whose property suffered damage.

Officials with the Tyler ISD are planning changes on the campus of John Tyler High School. We'll have details on the steps they plan to take to improve security.

The U.S. Senate has passed a new financial reform bill aimed at Wall Street. We'll tell you what new regulations it would impose…and when it could reach the President's desk for his signature.

Plus, we'll tell you what PATH is looking for this weekend to help new mothers in East Texas.


After a bumpy ride in a few areas last night, much quieter conditions are across East Texas this morning.  It will be a warm afternoon today with highs reaching near 90 with a mostly to partly cloudy sky. Warm weather will continue through the weekend. How warm? I'll give you all the details on the weather where you live on Good Morning East Texas.


New dress code could be implemented at John Tyler High School

Changes could be coming to the way students are allowed to dress at John Tyler High School.

Combined task force makes 44 drug-related arrests

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced a combined task force led by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division began arresting individuals charged with involvement in a methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution criminal enterprise.


TOKYO (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S., Japan, South Korea and China are consulting on an appropriate reaction to word that North Korea sunk a South Korean warship. An international investigation blames North Korea, though Pyongyang denies having anything to do with it. Clinton says North Korea must face international consequences.

LONDON (AP) - Britain's Foreign Secretary says there will be an investigation into whether the U.K. was complicit in torture overseas, an allegation long denied by the government. William Hague says a judge will lead the formal inquiry. At least 12 men are suing Britain, claiming the government was aware, or involved in, their torture overseas.

TOKYO (AP) - Toyota's Lexus recall is under way today, starting with 4,509 Lexus cars in Japan that have a computer problem affecting the model's steering system. A similar recall will follow in the U.S. The carmaker says another 7,000 luxury Lexus "LS" cars are affected in the U.S., China, Europe and other regions.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is savoring a major victory with the Senate's passage of the financial overhaul. It must still be reconciled with a different House version but a key House negotiator predicts the finished bill will be on Obama's desk by the Fourth of July.

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - There is anger in Louisiana and on Capitol Hill with oil giant BP. Video of its gushing well in the Gulf Of Mexico shows there is a plume of oil and gas spewing into the sea despite the siphoning of oil to a tanker on the surface. Experts have been saying that the leak is far more than 5,000 barrels per day. BP now agrees. The oil has reached Louisiana wetlands near the mouth of the Mississippi.

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas State Board of Education is expected to vote today on social studies standards that will be used to teach millions of students for the next decade. Yesterday the board added President Barack Obama's name to a high school history class, instead of just referring to the election of the first black president.

BRYAN, Texas (AP) - A jury will choose between the death penalty and life in prison for a man convicted of shooting his ex-girlfriend and her brother, who were both Texas A and M students. The penalty phase begins today in Bryan in the trial of 26-year-old John Darrell Thuesen.

CONROE, Texas (AP) - The mother of an east Texas man convicted of killing his girlfriend's daughter has taken the stand to try to save her son's life. Twenty-year-old Blaine Milam could face the death penalty. His mother testified yesterday in Conroe.       

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The state prison system inspector general is investigating the death of a blind inmate who refused treatment after a struggle with officers at Huntsville's Estelle Unit. Forty-two-year-old Thad Dockray was serving time for assault.