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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-22-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Another East Texas shelter for the homeless could be forced to close because of building code violations. We'll tell you how you can help the "House of Hope" in Longview.

Some oil companies are challenging a ban on deep-water drilling that was put into place after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll have details on when the judge in the case is expected to make a decision.

Firefighters are battling to get a wildfire under control in Arizona as it draws closer to some homes. We'll have an update on their progress.

Plus…we'll show you some of a forgotten treasure that was discovered in an East Texas warehouse…and tell you why it's now playing an important role in our nation's cultural history. That's in today's "Proud of East Texas".

WEATHER TODAY

We're in for another hot day across East Texas, with highs in the upper 90's and heat index values near 105. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have some advice on what to watch out for if you're outside today.

LOCAL HEADLINES

House of Hope asking for help

Another East Texas rescue mission is on the verge of being shut down, this one houses women and teens. 

Prank causes Longview restaurant to close doors

An East Texas restaurant is now closed after an apparent customer prank, led to allegations of racism.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

LONDON (AP) - There's criticism of President Barack Obama's drilling moratorium from an oil conference in London. The owner of the broken Deepwater Horizon rig says there are actions he could take to make the moratorium unnecessary. Meanwhile, protesters heckled a BP executive during his speech.

 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The incident commander for the Arizona wildfires says crews will fly over the biggest blaze today to get a better idea of the perimeter and of spot fires. Some of those have jumped up to a half-mile ahead of the 10,000-acre fire. Residents of about 750 homes remained under evacuation orders.

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's an apology today from the top U.S. war commander in Afghanistan. Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he's sorry for telling a Rolling Stone interviewer he felt betrayed by the man the White House chose to be his diplomatic partner, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.

BEIJING (AP) - China is calling for stepped up cooperation as world leaders prepare for this weekend's G-20 summit. China says world leaders should focus on overcoming economic difficulties together and not play the blame game. China recently announced greater flexibility for its currency, which has been a point of contention with the U.S. and other countries.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama meets with state insurance commissioners today to talk about implementing the health care overhaul. Some benefits about to kick in include a ban on discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions. And children will be able to stay on their parents" policies until age 26.

  LANCASTER, Texas (AP) - A ministerial group is organizing a prayer vigil tomorrow morning for Lancaster police Officer Craig Shaw, who was shot and killed Sunday. A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Thursday night at Lancaster's police headquarters, and Shaw's funeral is set for Saturday. The suspected shooter also was killed. He was the son of the police chief in nearby Dallas.

PECOS, Texas (AP) - A 30-year-old West Texas man who pleaded guilty to drug possession and threatening to assault a Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison. A federal judge in Pecos also fined Jason Christopher Murrell $5,000.     

HOUSTON (AP) - The Harris County District Attorney's Office says a teacher is among four people charged after the beating of a student at a charter school in Houston. A cellphone video shows teacher Sherri Lynn Davis hitting a 13-year-old boy in class. Three school workers are charged with failing to report child abuse.     

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Officials in College Station say City Council member Larry Stewart has died in South Africa after falling ill while on a safari. He was 67. 

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