Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-24-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Top officials with the Obama administration have more harsh words for BP. We'll tell you what the White House is considering if officials decide they are not satisfied with the company's efforts to clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A company with East Texas roots is making a major contribution to help improve downtown Tyler. We'll tell you how the gift from Brookshire's will help the city preserve its history while making improvements for its future.

Law enforcement agencies across East Texas will be on the lookout today for drivers and passengers who aren't wearing their seat belts. We'll have a guest from the Texas Department of Transportation to tell us about this year's "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

Plus…he faced combat all across Europe during World War Two. We'll meet Vernon Williams in today's "Freedom Fighters".


Summer has come a little early to East Texas. Temperatures over the weekend reached the lower to middle 90s in most areas and it looks as though this trend will continue. This afternoon we will see mostly sunny skies with highs reaching the lower to middle 90s with heat index values reaching the middle to upper 90s. Coming up on Good Morning East Texas, I'll show you if there is any relief in the form of cooler weather or rain heading where you live.  Join us!


Court of Appeals says Truvia to proceed without diagnostic exam

The trial of the student accused of stabbing John Tyler teacher Todd Henry may now be a little closer to leaving the juvenile court.

12-foot alligator spotted in front yard of Lufkin home

A 12-foot alligator was spotted roaming in the front yard of a Sayers Street home, less than a quarter of a mile from Loop 287, around 11 a.m. Sunday.


BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's prime minister is in Washington for his first official visit. Saad Hariri meets with President Barack Obama to discuss Middle East security issues and peace efforts. Today's visit comes amid claims from Israel that Hezbollah has acquired Scud missiles from Syria.

BEIJING (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in intense consultations with China and other nations on what to do about North Korea sinking a South Korean warship. Clinton is in Beijing, where she told reporters China and the rest of North Korea's neighbors understand how serious the incident is and want to contain it. South Korea is set to take the matter to the U.N.

LONDON (AP) - British Airways' cabin crews are on strike for the next five days. The airline says it will still be able to carry 70 percent of passengers who have booked flights.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The Atlantis astronauts have some surveying work ahead of them before they return Wednesday. The six shuttle astronauts will pull out their newly repaired inspection boom today to check for any space-dust damage. Atlantis undocked from the space station yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are moving their protests from the street to the boardroom. The group owns stock in at least 80 companies, including Safeway supermarkets and Ruby Tuesday restaurants. Those two companies have agreed to buy products from suppliers that abide by what the group says are more humane rules.

SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) - Authorities in Fort Bend County say a deputy and a bystander wounded in a rolling gun battle are expected to recover. It started with the Saturday holdup of a Bank of America near Sugar Land. When a deputy tried to pull over a suspected getaway van, a man inside it opened fire. The van later crashed, and deputies killed the gunman.       

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the Justice Department has been gathering information about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Press secretary Robert Gibbs isn't saying whether the department has opened a criminal investigation.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Officials are considering whether to put Colorado River mussels with names such as heel splitter and false spike on the federal endangered species list. If they do, it could lead to legal battles over how freshwater in much of Texas is allocated.

DALLAS (AP) - Relatives say former Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens of Ohio has died of cancer at a Dallas nursing home. The 79-year-old was once a rising conservative star in state politics before a string of scandals abruptly ended his career two decades ago.