Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-16-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The CEO of BP will pay a visit to the White House today for a meeting with President Barack Obama. We'll tell you what the President is calling on the company to do...and what help he is offering to leaders in states along the Gulf Coast.

Members of an East Texas family are back at home after narrowly escaping flood waters in Arkansas. We'll hear how they managed to survive the flooding that killed 20 people.

Some well-known cigarette brands are getting a makeover because of new regulations for the tobacco industry. We'll show you some of the changes.

And...our Joe Terrell will test his marksmanship...along with the "Marshmallow Shooter" today's "Does It Work?".


East Texas is in store for another hot and humid day today. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have details on which parts of our area could be in for some isolated thunderstorms...and what you can expect from the heat index this afternoon.


Teens share story of survival and loss

Two teens from Whitehouse who were camping in Arkansas when that fatal flash flood hit are back home Tuesday and speaking out about the disaster.

Curtain to go up on controversial community play

Playwright Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater traveled to Laramie, Wyoming just weeks after the death of Matthew Shepard--a gay college student who was killed because of his sexual orientation.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is promising to "make BP pay for the damage their company has caused" in the Gulf of Mexico. He gets his chance today to convey that message directly to BP executives when they show up for a White House meeting. Obama addressed the nation about the oil spill yesterday in his first Oval Office speech.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele says President Barack Obama has demonstrated his inability to lead the nation out of a disaster and shows an "appallingly arrogant political calculus." Steele reacted yesterday to Obama's Oval Office address on the oil spill and says Obama should be focusing on providing what he calls "real and honest solutions."

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Associated Press-GfK Poll could offer a glimmer of hope to Democrats battling to retain control of Congress in this fall's elections. Despite predictions of big Republican gains, the poll says Americans think the Democrats could do a better job of shepherding the economy. The margin was 47 percent to 42 percent.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Powerful earthquakes have rocked Indonesia, killing three people and sending frightened residents heading to higher ground. The quakes triggered landslides and demolished dozens of homes. The main quake was a magnitude 7.0 while the strongest of several aftershocks was 6.4.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon is seeking public support for an increasingly bloody fight against drug cartels. He went on national TV last night just hours after troops killed 15 suspected gang members in the colonial town of Taxco, which is popular with foreign visitors. Calderon says Mexico's future is at stake.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas has executed an inmate for using an assault rifle to kill an Austin police officer during a traffic stop 32 years ago. The lethal injection last night for 59-year-old David Lee Powell marks the state's 13th execution this year.

HOUSTON (AP) - BP says it shares President Barack Obama's hope of stopping the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico as quickly as possible and looks forward to meeting with him today. BP's comments came after Obama accused the company of "recklessness" during an address to the nation from the Oval Office.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military says a 24-year-old soldier from central Texas has been killed in combat in Afghanistan. Sergeant Mario Rodriguez of Smithville died Friday after his unit came under fire. He was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A judge has set bond at $100,000 for a south Texas police chief arrested on drug trafficking charges. Sullivan City Police Chief Hernan Guerra Jr. will be banned from any law enforcement activities and confined him to his home.