Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-14-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: An East Texas family is back home safe after a narrow escape in Arkansas. We'll hear how they narrowly avoided the deadly floodwaters that were responsible for 19 deaths.

President Obama is heading to the Gulf Coast for another tour of damage caused by the BP oil spill. We'll hear what he wants the company to do to make sure people and businesses who have suffered damage from the spill are paid.

They escaped with their lives, but not their car. We'll hear from an East Texas couple who was rescued from a sinkhole that developed under their vehicle.

And…he faced enemy fire during one of the most pivotal battles of World War Two. We'll hear Ted Heller's story in today's "Freedom Fighters".  


Things will be hot and humid again today across East Texas with highs reaching the middle 90s and heat index values between 100 and 103 degrees. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have details on how long you can expect this heat wave to last…and when we might see some rain again.


Longview woman survives Arkansas flash flood

An East Texas woman is home after a harrowing experience, coming just seconds away from drowning in the Arkansas floods.

Sinkhole survivors happy, but hurting

The couple was driving to work when the road disappeared, swallowing their car with it.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is signaling it wants BP to create a multibillion dollar compensation fund for victims of the oil spill. President Barack Obama is going back to the Gulf Coast today and he plans a national address tomorrow after he gets back to Washington. Obama's going to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

WASHINGTON (AP) - BP executives will be on the Capitol Hill hot seat this week. Several testify tomorrow and BP CEO Tony Hayward goes before a House panel Thursday for a first-time grilling about the spill. One question will likely be whether other oil companies are better prepared for disaster than BP.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A spokesman for the New York state Senate Democratic leader says there won't be a government shutdown over the lack of a budget. Austin Shafran, spokesman for state Sen. John Sampson, says an emergency spending bill to extend funding to keep government running for another week will be approved today. There have been closed-door discussions over the weekend.

UNDATED (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is taking a hard look at whether Americans are overexposed to radiation from medical tests. The average American's dose has grown sixfold in the past few decades. Americans get the most medical radiation in the world and the FDA is looking at ways to reduce and keep track of a person's exposure.

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) - Helicopters have flown Japanese scientists to the remote site where their space probe made it back to earth, hopefully carrying samples of an asteroid. A scientist with Japan's space agency says they're especially pleased since the return was delayed three years by technical problems. The capsule landed in the Australian Outback yesterday.

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) - Funeral services are planned tomorrow in Texarkana for three of the victims of flash flooding at a popular campground in southwest Arkansas. They are 53-year-old Julie Freeman, her 7-year-old granddaughter Kylee Sullivan and 7-year-old Gayble Moss.    

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The wife of country music legend and sausage businessman Jimmy Dean says he has died at age 81. Dean was raised in poverty in Plainview and dropped out of high school after ninth grade but went on to a successful entertainment career in the '50s and '60s.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - Two officials say a Texas teen who fell to his death while hiking in South Africa was from Houston. South African police say the 14-year-old fell while hiking down Table Mountain, a Cape Town tourist attraction.