Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-11-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: East Texas is drying out from a round of wet weather that flooded roads and even damaged some homes. We'll hear from some of the East Texans involved in dramatic rescues of their neighbors during the flood and have an update on when we can expect some more rain.

The government is out with new estimates of the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from that sunken BP oil rig. We'll have details on the latest figures along with information about who will be visiting the White House to discuss the situation with President Obama next week.

They are dazzling audiences across the state with their fancy footwork. We'll hear why the members of the "Rhythm Rocker Cloggers" are so enthusiastic about dancing.

And…we'll have a guest chef in the kitchen this morning for "Cooking Up A Storm". James Harp of the Hotel Fredonia will show us a special recipe for barbecue sauce and fill us in on some of the attractions at this weekend's Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches.


After yesterday's flooding rains across parts of East Texas, most areas will get a chance to dry out. Highs today will reach the low to mid 90s in most areas with the heat index value approaching the upper 90s.  We could see an isolated afternoon storm develop but it looks as though most areas should remain dry.  I'll have your weekend forecast on Good Morning East Texas.


Good Samaritans save couple from swallowing sinkhole

A few miles northwest of Lake Placid Road in Smith County, a community rescue effort was underway after storms flooded East Texas.

Piece of history arrives in East Texas

A piece of frontier history now goes on permanent display at an East Texas museum.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 16-year-old girl voyager feared lost in the Indian Ocean is OK, but she'll still have to be rescued. Abby Sunderland was trying to sail around the world solo, but her emergency beacons began signaling yesterday. A support team member says Sunderland's boat got knocked on its side several times and the mast broke.

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's new prime minister has a warning for his country - deal with a swelling national debt or the economy could collapse. Prime Minister Naoto Kan told Parliament today that state finances are under pressure from an aging and declining population and taxes may have to go up.

WASHINGTN (AP) - It's an unusual step for competing drug companies. Several of them researching Alzheimer's have agreed to share their information from clinic trials. The database of more than 4,000 patients will also be available to outside researchers who are searching for a cure for other brain diseases, like Parkinsons.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - The second U.S. missile strike in less than 12 hours has killed 15 suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan. Intelligence officers say six missiles were fired on a house in an extremist stronghold near the Afghan border.

WANTAGH, N.Y. (AP) - Biologists will look into why a nearly 30-foot humpback whale washed up on a public beach on New York's Long Island. Parks Police found the two to 5-year-old male yesterday at the east end of Jones Beach. Experts say it may have been dead for a week.

DALLAS (AP) - Governor Rick Perry is set to deliver the keynote address today at the Republican state convention in Dallas. He renewed his attacks on Washington in comments last night, painting his fight against an overreaching federal government as a divine quest.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A West Texas jail inmate has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the alleged murder-for-hire attempt against a Texas judge. Brown County jail inmate Jeffrey Dwayne Harrison could face 10 years in prison on each count and a $250,000 fine. The judge was not injured.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Mexico has condemned the shooting of a 15-year-old boy by a U.S. Border Patrol agent along the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Some Mexican politicians are calling for the agent to be sent to Mexico to face justice there.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military says a 31-year-old airman from San Antonio was among the four killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Michael P. Flores died Wednesday. He was assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.