Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-02-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Crews from BP are making another attempt at controlling the oil spewing from a sunken well in the Gulf of Mexico…and they could know later today if they are having an impact. We'll have the latest on their efforts, along with details on the latest announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice concerning the spill.

Some East Texas families are keeping the oil spill in mind as they plan their summer vacations. We'll have some advice from local experts in the travel industry about booking trips to destinations along the Gulf Coast.

Investigators are trying to determine if another serial arsonist is hitting targets in East Texas. We'll tell you why they think five recent fires were deliberately set.

Plus…our Joe Terrell will head into the kitchen to try to cook the perfect strip of bacon…with some help from the "Makin Bacon". That's in this week's "Does It Work?"


Things will be hot again today across East Texas with only an isolated afternoon storm possible.  Highs will once again reach the middle 90's. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have your full forecast with details of a front moving through the area that could bring some changes along with it.


New rules for the road

There are new laws on the road. Starting June 1, 2010, you can get a ticket if your child is not in a booster seat.

How long is too long to help the unemployed?

The House voted has already voted to extend unemployment benefits through November.


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan officials say no delegates to a national peace conference were hurt when Taliban suicide attackers launched an assault on the conference's opening day. The attack started within minutes of President Hamid Karzai beginning his opening address. The Taliban have threatened to kill anyone attending.

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - BP's latest effort to contain the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico carries the risk it could make the leak worse. The company is using submersible robots to cut the ruptured pipe and plans to try to cap it. Even if it's a success, the move will likely increase the flow of oil at least temporarily.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Investigators are preparing for their first visit into the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men died in a massive explosion. The April blast was the nation's deadliest coal mining disaster in 40 years. Toxic and explosive gases have kept federal and state investigators out of Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine for nearly two months.

TOKYO (AP) - Just eight months after seeing a new prime minister take office, Japan is going through it all again. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned today, citing his failure to fulfill a campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base from the southern island of Okinawa. The current finance minister says he'll run for leadership of the ruling party.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Public health officials say President Barack Obama's children's health insurance program has a tobacco tax loophole that is costing the U.S. Treasury more than $250 million a year. By labeling rolling tobacco as pipe tobacco, companies are able to pay less than $3 a pound in taxes, rather than nearly $25 a pound.

LIVINGSTON, Texas (AP) - A Texas inmate scheduled to be executed this evening insists he wasn't responsible for the fatal shooting and carjacking that put him on death row. Thirty-six-year-old George Jones was convicted in the 1993 slaying of a hospital worker. Forest Hall was shot in the head and was found along a road about 15 miles south of Dallas.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A 26-year-old man is charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of two men at an Austin-area strip club. Jorge Luis Gutierrez was one of two people detained after the shooting early Monday in the parking lot of the Pink Monkey Cabaret.

BOWIE, Texas (AP) - Authorities say the publisher of a north Texas semiweekly newspaper was killed when a sport-utility vehicle hit her as she walked her dogs near her Bowie home. Connie Booker Winter had been owner and publisher of The Bowie News since 2003.

GRAMERCY, La. (AP) - The founder of Zapp's Potato Chips has died in Houston. The company's general manager says 67-year-old Ron Zappe died yesterday. He'd been undergoing treatment for throat cancer.