Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-08-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Police in Peru say Jordan van der Sloot has confessed to killing a 21-year-old Peruvian woman. We'll have details on what police say motivated the crime.

The cap on the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is having an impact. We'll tell you how much oil officials believe it is capturing…and how much is still leaking into the waters of the Gulf.

Federal and state officials will begin their investigation today into a deadly natural gas explosion in north Texas. We'll tell you what they think caused the blast that killed one person and sent several more to the hospital.

Plus…she's an award-winning country music superstar…who still cares about her community. We'll hear about Lee Ann Womack's journey from East Texas to Nashville in today's "Proud of East Texas".


East Texas will be in for some more scattered showers and thunderstorms again today. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have details on your forecast for the rest of the week, including a look at what's coming up this weekend.


Man accused of soliciting 14-year-old online

A Texarkana man is now behind bars for soliciting a 14-year-old girl, online.

Teen prescription drug abuse common says study, East Texans agree

An alarming survey reveals a dangerous trend among American teens.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's pointman on the Gulf of Mexico crisis says authorities no longer are dealing with a single, "monolithic" oil spill, but many separate and disparate patches of oil moving in several different directions. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen made the assessment yesterday at a White House news conference as the environmental crisis entered its seventh week.

LONDON (AP) - British officials say they will double the number of inspections carried out at oil rigs in the North Sea following the disastrous BP leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Britain's Department of Energy said the average number of annual environmental checks aboard the country's 24-odd drilling rigs would rise from eight to 16, and said it was hiring three extra inspectors to help pursue the more aggressive program.

LIMA, Peru (AP) - There's a reported murder confession in Peru by the man suspected in the 5-year-old disappearance of an American teen on the Caribbean resort island of Aruba. Authorities say 22-year-old Dutchman Jordan van der Sloot has confessed to the murder of a young woman last week in his Lima hotel room. Van der Sloot has been the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Natalie Holloway.

CHICAGO (AP) - A fiery attorney for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich takes center stage at his corruption trial later today. Sam Adam Jr. and prosecution lawyers will give their version of events that saw Blagojevich charged with trying to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - An Israeli minister says he expects a decision soon on an investigation into Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left eight Turks and a Turkish-American dead. Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said Israel is now considering the options for an investigation and is dealing with the United States and the United Nations on the matter.

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - An emergency management official says a missing utility worker has been found dead after a natural gas line explosion in north Texas. Authorities say workers accidentally hit the line near Cleburne yesterday, creating a huge fireball. Several injured workers were taken to hospitals.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - U.S. authorities say a Border Patrol agent shot a male suspect after a confrontation at an international bridge near downtown El Paso. An FBI spokeswoman had no details last night, including the suspect's condition. She said the agent wasn't injured.

DALLAS (AP) - A capital murder trial for a man accused of raping and killing a Southern Methodist University student has been delayed because the defendant suffered a heart attack. Sixty-one-year-old Donald Andrew Bess is charged with attacking the woman in 1984.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's state-run oil company has filed a lawsuit in Houston against five companies for allegedly buying stolen Mexican petroleum products. Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, is asking for at least $900 million in damages.