Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-24-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  There's a new commander overseeing the war in Afghanistan. We'll tell you why the out-going General offered his resignation to the President…and what a new commander could mean for the region.

An East Texas church is targeted by vandals. We'll tell you what police are doing to catch the suspects…and how the congregation is reacting.

Some "Twilight" fans are going to extremes to get an early look at the next film in the series. We'll tell you just how long they're willing to wait for the chance to see "Eclipse".

And…he's passionate about horses and athletics. Now, he just needs a family to call his own. We'll met D'Ray in today's "Gift of Love".



It's still going to be hot today, but East Texas could see some scattered showers today or tomorrow. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have details on which areas might see some rain and what's in store for your weekend.


Car theft puts two East Texas cities on top 50 list

Two East Texas cities are being recognized for making a list law enforcement isn't happy about.

East Texans respond to general's ousting

A magazine profile proved to be General Stanley McChrystal's undoing.


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan officials are expressing relief at the choice of Gen. David Petraeus to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. and NATO commander. Afghan authorities note Petraeus helped create the current strategy to fight the counterinsurgency in Afghanistan.

DENVER (AP) - The man who went on a personal quest to track down and kill Osama bin Laden says for now, he just wants to "get some rest." Gary Faulkner spoke briefly after returning to Denver. He also says he plans to return to resume his hunt in Pakistan, saying "You'll find out at the end of August."

SARGODHA, Pakistan (AP) - Police have stepped up security around a Pakistani court ahead of today's expected verdict in the trial of five Americans accused of plotting terrorist attacks. The five young Muslims from the Washington D.C. area were arrested in Pakistan in December. Prosecutors say they expect a guilty verdict, but the men's lawyers insist they are innocent.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says the system it's been using to siphon off oil from the massive Gulf spill is running again - but it will take time for it to get back up to speed. The cap had to be removed and repositioned after a deep-sea robot bumped into it.

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) - No more teachers, no more books. No more libraries? As schools continue to deal with tight budgets, administrators around the nation have started to view school libraries as a luxury that can be cut, rather than something essential to learning. One in 10 districts surveyed say they have cut library staff for the school year that just ended.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the expansion of unmanned aircraft flights to patrol the entire Texas-Mexico border. The drone flights were long sought by Texas officials.

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) - A jury in Eldorado in West Texas has sentenced a member of a polygamist group to 17 years in prison for sexual assault of a child. The charge stemmed from 39-year-old Abram Harker Jeffs' alleged marriage to a teenage girl.

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas financier R. Allen Stanford will be tried separately from his three co-defendants in an alleged $7 billion Ponzi scheme. A judge signed an order yesterday granting the request by attorneys for the co-defendants, who were executives in Stanford's company.

ATLANTA (AP) - The cap on top of the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been reattached and is again capturing some of the crude. That's according to the logistics coordinator onboard the ship that's been siphoning oil from the well. BP engineers had removed the cap because fluid seemed to be leaking.