Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-23-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  The top U.S. General in Afghanistan will visit the White House today for a meeting with President Obama, after he made critical remarks about the President and other top administration officials in a national magazine. We'll tell you whether he's likely to keep his job.

An East Texas town has adopted a new curfew for kids. We'll tell you what city leaders hope it will accomplish.

The U. S. competes today in the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa. We'll explain why today's match is so important…and tell you why two East Texas athletes could play a key role in today's game.

A long-time East Texas community leader has died. We'll look back at the life and accomplishments of R.E. "Peppy" Blount.

Plus…our Joe Terrell recruits some help to test out some exercise equipment in today's "Does It Work?".


Things are still hot across East Texas, but not quite as hot as they were yesterday. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have details on your forecast…including which areas could receive some showers later this week.


Deputy sentenced for assaulting murder suspect

A former East Texas sheriff's deputy received 10 years probation on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

East Texas legend, 'Peppy' Blount, passes away

East Texas mourns the loss of a true hero. Tuesday, at the age of 85, R.E. "Peppy" Blount passed away.


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his top general in Afghanistan face off at the White House today over the biting published complaints he made about his commander in chief and other officials. The White House rebuke of Gen. Stanley McChrystal suggests it will be hard for him to save his job.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A military analyst says President Barack Obama should stop short of relieving Gen. Stanley McChrystal for critical comments in a Rolling Stone interview. Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution says firing the general would be a big setback to the war movement, which is at a critical phase.

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The water is clear and the sand is still white along much of the Florida Panhandle, but nobody's trying to buy their piece of paradise with oil still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Real estate agents say beachfront property sales have all but stopped along the Gulf Coast since the oil well blowout.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - About 1,000 Arizona residents forced to flee a huge wildfire near Flagstaff could be allowed to return home today. Officials say that decision will come later in the day. Firefighters have taken advantage of lower wind speeds to gain ground against the 14,000-acre wildfire which is now about 20 percent contained.

AGADIR, Morocco (AP) - Nations at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission say they have failed to reach an agreement to curb whale hunts by Japan, Norway and Iceland. The 88 nations held two days of intense closed-door talks on a proposal to ease the 25-year-old ban on commercial whaling in exchange for smaller catches by the three countries but the sides are far apart.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gulf War vet Brian Birdwell has defeated former state senator and fellow Republican David Sibley in a special runoff for a state Senate vacancy in central Texas. He will serve the remainder of Senator Kip Averitt's term, which ends in January.

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police Chief David Brown has offered condolences to the families of an officer and another man apparently killed by his 27-year-old son, who also died after a shootout with police. Brown said in a statement to his police force that he can't fully express how sad he feels.

HOUSTON (AP) - A principal at Jamie's House Charter School in Houston has pleaded not guilty to failing to report a teacher's alleged attack on a 13-year-old student. David Jones was released on bond. The teacher, Sheri Lynn Davis, is expected to plead not guilty to injury to a child.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge has struck down a moratorium on deepwater drilling, but Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he'll issue a new one. He says it will clarify why the six-month drilling pause was necessary in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.