Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-04-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: An East Texan has resumed his overseas mission trip this morning after being detained by authorities in a foreign land. We'll tell you why they stopped a young man who journeyed to India to share his faith.

Crews are putting the cap in place over the pipe that's releasing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. We'll have details on how soon officials with BP think they could know if their latest attempt is having an impact.

The Jacksonville Tomato Fest is happening this weekend. We'll have a guest chef to share a delicious recipe for fried green tomatoes for today's "Cooking Up A Storm".

Plus...thousands of East Texas kids will need a place to meet their friends and have a nutritious meal this summer while school is out. We'll have a visitor in the studio to tell us about the East Texas Food Bank's Summer Food program to meet this need in our area.


Things will be warming back up today across East Texas, with highs across the area reaching the middle to upper 90's. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have your full weekend forecast, including details on whether your community is likely to reach 100 degrees.


Friends, family thankful missionary detained in India is safe

A lot of East Texans have been praying for a young missionary, who was detained in India.

Builders making final touches for Parade homes

We are just two days away from the Parade of Homes in Tyler where thousands will tour the biggest and best creations of local home builders.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Determined to project both command and compassion, President Barack Obama returns to the Louisiana coast today for another look at efforts to stop the oil spill and prevent fouling of sensitive wetlands. The president underscored his focus on the Gulf by abruptly canceling plans for a trip to Indonesia and Australia later this month.

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - Live video footage shows oil flowing seemingly unimpeded after a cap was seated atop a blown-out Gulf of Mexico well. But the oil is also obscuring the view, making it impossible to tell if BP's latest attempt to curtail the nation's worst spill is having any success.

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's deputy prime minister says relations with Israel are being reduced after the deadly raid on a flotilla of ships heading for Gaza. The official says economic and defense cooperation with Israel will be reduced amid tensions after the killing of nine Turkish activists.

LIMA, Peru (AP) - A Dutch man linked to the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba could face murder charges in Peru once he is returned there. Joran van der Sloot was taken into custody in neighboring Chile and authorities plan to fly him back to the border. He's the prime suspect in the death of a woman in Peru.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Discovery of the toxic metal cadmium has prompted McDonald's to recall 12 million drinking glasses it is selling to promote the new "Shrek" movie. The metal is contained in painted designs on the cheap collectibles. The burger giant says it wants customers to stop using the 16-ounce glasses.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Education Agency says nine in 10 public high school seniors passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills required for graduation this year. The agency also says passing rates improved for students in grades 3 to 5 and 7 to 11 who took the state's standardized test.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Hempstead man at the center of a new terrorism case is suspected of communicating with the fugitive al-Qaida cleric whose name surfaced in the shootings at Fort Hood. A federal grand jury indictment accuses Barry Walter Bujol of trying to supply al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula with personnel, currency and other items.

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) - A pilot has escaped a small plane crash near Houston with only a broken nose. Police in suburban Humble say the man radioed he was low on fuel before his plane clipped trees and a roof and crashed into a yard.     

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The weekly AAA Texas survey shows retail gasoline prices have dropped across the state for the sixth week in a row. The average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gas fell a nickel to $2.62. Nationally, it was $2.71.