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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-26-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Today is an important day in the battle to stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll have a live report on the tactic crews will try today…and tell you what officials with BP say about its chances for success.

The suspects in a string of church arson cases in East Texas are now facing more criminal charges. We'll hear what members of the churches affected in the crime wave think about the new indictments…and what they're doing to re-build.

The 10th season of "Dancing With The Stars" has come to an end. We'll tell you which contestant is taking home the "Mirror Ball Trophy".

And…our Joe Terrell will break stuff in the kitchen…on purpose. He's testing the "E-Z Cracker" on some un-suspecting eggs for today's "Does It Work?".

WEATHER TODAY

We will have another warm and muggy start to our day, with most of us waking up in the lower 70s.  Highs today will once again reach the lower to middle 90s across East Texas this afternoon. We will see a weak disturbance move across the area today. This could help to fire a few more afternoon storms bringing some much needed rain to a few areas.  We will also take a look at your Memorial Day forecast on Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Church arson suspects indicted

It's a major development on the East Texas church fires. The two men accused of setting several churches on fire were formally charged Tuesday afternoon. 

Meteorite? Piece of Icelandic volcano? Rock?

Elia Angulo was relaxing in her backyard when she says a rock shot out of the sky.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A car bomb has exploded in a parking lot outside a small NATO military base in Afghanistan. The few hundred Canadian soldiers, American military police and U.S. and Canadian government development employees at Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar city have been ordered into bunkers. There's no information on casualties.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on all nations for "a strong but measured response" to the sinking of a South Korean warship. A team of international investigators concluded that North Korea torpedoed the ship in March. Clinton spent a few hours in Seoul discussing possible international responses with South Korean leaders.

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - BP is giving it another try and the stakes are high. By dawn today the oil company plans to pack the blown well in the Gulf of Mexico with heavy drilling mud and cement to try to stanch the gusher. Politicians and others are losing patience with the company over its failed attempts to stop the leak. It started more than a month ago after an offshore drilling rig exploded.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Barack Obama heads to northern California today to highlight the benefits of alternative energy sources. Obama will tour a solar panel manufacturing facility and speak to workers about expanding the clean energy sector to create jobs and aid the nation's economic recovery.

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island teenager could spend more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced today. Jeffrey Conroy was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime in the killing of an Ecuadorean immigrant, Marcelo Lucero. The killing led to a Justice Department investigation of bias attacks against Hispanics.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas has executed a 54-year-old man for fatally shooting his estranged wife while she tried to hide from him at a suburban Dallas apartment almost 19 years ago. John Alba was put to death by lethal injection last night. It's the 11th execution in Texas this year.

DALLAS (AP) - Court documents show a man from Jordan who's accused of trying to blow up a downtown Dallas skyscraper has agreed to plead guilty. The plea deal signed by 19-year-old Hosam Smadi recommends he get no more than 30 years in prison.

HOUSTON (AP) - Governor Rick Perry is criticizing an EPA decision to keep the state from issuing an operating permit to a southeast Texas refinery. He says it's part of an effort by President Barack Obama's administration to take power away from states.

WASHINGTON (AP) - BP's internal investigation has identified new warning signs of problems before the oil rig explosion that led to a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That's according to statements by Congressmen Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak in a committee memo.

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