Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-21-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Investigators are looking into a deadly weekend shooting in Smith County. We'll tell you why they believe it's a murder-suicide.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of a deadly attack at an East Texas church. We'll tell you how the congregation is honoring the victims and why one of the survivors is offering a message of hope.

Newly-released internal memos from BP show the company's estimates of a "worst-case" scenario related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll have details on how much oil the company predicted could have leaked into the ocean.

And…he played a pivotal role in one of the most important battles during the Vietnam War. We'll hear from Mike Jenkins in today's "Freedom Fighters".


Today is the first official day of summer, and temperatures across East Texas will reflect that fact. We'll see highs in the upper 90's with heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have details on when a tropical system developing in the Caribbean could eventually affect our weather here.


Sheriffs investigate apparent murder suicide

A gruesome discovery in an East Texas home, as a couple is found dead from an apparent murder-suicide.

Exclusive: East Texans remember church shooting

An East Texas tragedy was remembered today as hundreds honored the victims and survivors of a church shooting.


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona firefighters will have expanded access to resources today as a federal management team takes over direction of the effort against a pair of wildfires. It may be just in time as officials say they expect a repeat of high winds that fueled flames yesterday near Flagstaff. There are evacuations but no buildings burned and no injuries are reported.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A judge hears arguments in federal court today on efforts to block the Interior Department from enforcing a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Today's hearing in New Orleans is on a motion by Hornbeck Offshore Services, which claims the government decision is arbitrary.

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Crews drilling two relief wells to stop the Gulf spill say they're confident despite a somewhat daunting task. Deep sea interventions are rare and crews are aiming at a target that compares to a salad plate three miles away.

AMSTERDAM (AP) - A published report says Joran van der has retracted his confession in the killing of a young woman in Peru. A Dutch newspaper that interviewed van der Sloot quotes him as saying he only signed papers admitting killing Stephany Flores because he was intimidated during interrogation and had been promised he would be transferred to the Netherlands.

SALISBURY, England (AP) - The longest day of the year north of the equator is cause to party all night. About 20,000 New Agers and neo-pagans cavorted with delight this morning to mark the summer solstice as a bright early morning sun rose above the ancient Stonehenge formation.

LANCASTER, Texas (AP) - Police say a shootout at an apartment complex in the southern Dallas suburb of Lancaster has left an officer and two others dead, including the son of the Dallas police chief. The gunfire erupted when an officer responded to a reported domestic disturbance at the River Bend apartments yesterday evening.

AUSTWELL, Texas (AP) - Federal wildlife crews in Texas have released 38 brown pelicans rehabilitated from an oil-soaking by the BP spill. Their release at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the first time birds rehabbed from the spill have been let go in Texas.

DALLAS (AP) - A 25-year-old Fort Worth man who lost his facial features to burns from a live electric power line is waiting to find out whether his blindness will bar him from a face transplant. It could be an issue for Dallas Wiens because transplant recipients must inspect their new faces for rejection.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Fort Hood program that launched nearly two years ago has used acupuncture and other alternative therapies to help treat about 250 veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome. That's according to a clinical psychologist at the program, which is one of the nation's biggest.