Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-17-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The Chief Executive Officer of BP will head to Capitol Hill today to answer questions from U.S. lawmakers. We'll tell you what CEO Tony Hayward is expected to say.

The owner of an East Texas restaurant is fighting to save the reputation of his business. We'll tell you how a customer's prank could wind up threatening the very existence of "Taqueria el Lugar" in Longview.

An East Texas landlord has just a few hours to take action to solve a problem at one of her properties. We'll tell you what the tenant's kids found lurking behind the paneling.

Heading off to college is an exciting time for a teenager, but it can be an expensive occasion for parents. We'll have a guest in the studio with information about financial aid that could make college more affordable for East Texas families.

Plus…two East Texas kids are enjoying their summer…while waiting for a family to call their own. We'll meet Zella and Levi in today's "Gift of Love".  


The heat index values across East Texas could top 100 again today. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have more on just how hot it will get…and what's in store for your weekend.


Prank may have cost Longview restaurant business

Did a childish prank cost a Longview restaurant owner and his employees their business?

 Moldy walls, mushrooms in carpet found in ETx complex

Bobbie Day is 62 and has lived at 1806 West Oakwood in Tyler for several years.  But for the past week, she's been in a local hospital bed.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The chief executive officer of BP expects to tell Congress that he has been "personally devastated" by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In testimony prepared for a House hearing later today, BP CEO Tony Hayward says he understands the anger Americans feel toward him and his company.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Associated Press-Gfk poll finds public support for President Barack Obama's health care law has risen to its highest point to date. But the poll does suggest that the nation remains divided over the new law, with 45 percent in favor and 42 percent opposed.

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) - Calmer weather is forecast for today in northern Arizona, where a wind-whipped wildfire charred an estimated 1,000 acres yesterday. Less than a dozen residents were evacuated as a precaution, but there are some 50 homes in the area northeast of Williams. Officials with the Kaibab National Forest say there are no reports of injuries or lost structures.

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel says it will ease much of its land blockade on the Gaza Strip. The prime minister's office says Israeli leaders have decided to expand the number of products allowed into Hamas-ruled Gaza, including desperately needed construction materials. Israel has been scrambling to find ways to ease the embargo following an international outcry over its deadly raid on a blockade-busting flotilla.

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Nearly three dozen Pakistani paramilitary troops are missing after hundreds of Islamist militants attacked a checkpoint along the Afghan border. Security officials blame the Afghan Taliban for the attack.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Fort Worth City Council has approved $10.7 million in tax rebates to keep RadioShack in town. The electronics retailer threatened to relocate last year. Now it will have to repay some incentives if it leaves before 2016. RadioShack has 1,100 employees and a $94 million payroll.

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - A 71-year-old West Texas man who pleaded guilty to making child pornography has been sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison. Court documents show William Fred Weatherford of Graham took photos of a 3-year-old girl he'd enticed into sexually explicit conduct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department is trying to reinstate criminal charges over a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad by five Blackwater Worldwide guards, including one from Keller, Texas. The department says there was more than enough untainted evidence to justify a trial.