Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-31-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Crews for BP are trying a new tactic to stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this morning, now that the "top kill" has failed. We'll have a live report with details on their new strategy.

East Texans will stop to remember the men and women who have given their lives in defense of freedom this Memorial Day. We'll have a listing of events around the area honoring veterans.

Members of an East Texas congregation are reaching out to members of the U.S. military stationed around the globe. We'll tell you what prompted their special ministry.

And…he survived the "Death March" and years of torture. We'll hear the incredible story of John Read in today's "Freedom Fighters".


We will see warm to hot conditions this Memorial Day with a slight chance of a pop-up storm. Highs across East Texas will reach into the middle 90's. We will have a greater chance of rain later this week as a few disturbances out to our west approach. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will tell you when we have the best chance for showers.


East Texas soldier's widow says Prayer Cross Ministry gives hope

Prayers will be going out Memorial Day for those we lost to war and the ones still serving.

Rescuers cut woman out of wrecked truck

Early Sunday morning, a woman lost control of her pickup on West Loop 281 in Longview, sending the truck crashing head-on into a tree.


JERUSALEM (AP) - There are conflicting accounts of an Israeli raid on an aid flotilla heading toward the blockaded Gaza Strip. Israel says more than 10 people were killed and dozens wounded, including four troops. A reporter on one of the boats says the Israelis fired at the vessel before boarding it. The Israelis say they only opened fire after being attacked by activists.

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Torrential rains have pounded an area stretching from southern Mexico nearly to Nicaragua in the wake of the season's first tropical storm. At least 99 people died as the storms triggered landslides and flooding that also forced more than 100,000 people across Central America from their homes.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP's latest attempt to stem the leak from its damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico involves cutting and removing a damaged pipe, then attaching a containment valve. White House energy czar Carol Browner says the procedure could result in a temporary 20 percent increase in the flow.

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Aeromexico flight from Paris to Mexico City has been allowed to fly on to Mexico after being diverted to Montreal when the U.S. denied the flight access to its airspace. An official says the denial came after a man named in an outstanding warrant was reported aboard. The man was arrested and the other passengers rescreened.

UNDATED (AP) - Kurt Busch has won the Coca-Cola 600 - to sweep the two weeks of racing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Dario Franchitti is the Indianapolis 500 champ again. And that made Chip Ganassi  the first racing team owner to win Indy and Daytona in the same season.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Cameron County's district attorney says he intends to seek the removal of Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada in the wake of his drunken-driving charge. The driving-while-intoxicated charge is the third to be filed against the mayor since 1987. One led to a misdemeanor conviction while the other was dropped.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Some officials say a reduction in the number of state prison beds is on the table as a possible measure in the struggle to balance the state budget. The Austin American-Statesman reports the step is one possibility after state leaders directed agencies, including the prison system, to propose another 10 percent in spending cuts.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - White House energy czar Carol Browner says BP's next effort to contain the oil spewing from a damaged well in the Gulf could result in a temporary 20 percent increase in the flow. BP's latest attempt to stem the leak involves cutting and removing a damaged pipe.

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) - The 1,000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan was born on the Fourth of July. The Texan died several days before Americans honor fallen troops on Memorial Day. Marine Cpl. Jacob C. Leicht was killed Thursday when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan's Helmand province. It was the 24-year-old's second deployment overseas.