Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-25-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: There's a new threat growing along the Gulf Coast. We'll tell you how the BP oil spill could make a bad situation worse.

The U.S. Senate refuses to pass a bill to extend un-employment benefits to Americans who have been out of work for more than six months. We'll tell you why Democrats couldn't round up enough votes to over-ride objections to the bill from Republicans.

It's been one year since the death of the "King of Pop". We'll have details on what fans around the globe are doing to remember him today.

He's on his way to the NBA. We'll have details on which team drafted East Texan Damion James…and where he will actually wind up playing professional basketball. 


The tropical disturbance that gave us the clouds and rain yesterday is slowly moving west.  We will see a few afternoon storms again today with the best chances being across our western counties.  Highs will range from the lower to middle 90s. Meteorologist Grant Dade will have your weekend forecast plus a look at the tropics on Good Morning East Texas.


E.coli levels still high in Lake O' the Pines, business owners hurting

The tests that were taken earlier this week at the seven public swimming beaches at Lake O' the Pines came back high again for E.coli, and those beaches will remain closed.

Police: Payless Shoe Store robber captured, rain played role

The Payless Shoe Store in Jacksonville on Highway 69 was robbed at gunpoint just before noon


WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will keep pressing Congress to pass an extension of unemployment payments. Democrats on Capitol Hill are trying to salvage the measure - after failing to draw enough Republican votes to end a filibuster against the bill.

TORONTO (AP) - World leaders are in Toronto for global economic talks - but there appears to be no global consensus on which is the most pressing issue. Leaders are expected to be at odds over how to strike the right balance between spurring economic growth – and cutting down huge budget deficits.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is trying to get the message through to Iran: become a nuclear power and it will cost you. The House and Senate have both passed tough new sanctions against the Tehran government, including penalties on Iran's imports of gas and other refined energy products. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the measure.

CHICAGO (AP) - Whom to believe - a former Chicago police lieutenant or five felons? That's what a federal jury in Chicago has to decide in the case of former Lt. Jon Burge, accused of torturing prisoners. The jury got the case yesterday - and will resume deliberations today.

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - Michael Jackson is entombed in a private mausoleum outside Los Angeles. But on this, the first anniversary of his death, throngs of fans are expected to be on hand, bearing flowers, drawings and photos of the pop star. It's one of several locations worldwide where fans will show up to mark his death a year ago today at age 50.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge is blocking liberal Green Party candidates from the November ballot. The ruling yesterday favors the Texas Democratic Party. Democrats argued the Green Party benefited from a cloak-and-dagger political scheme hatched by Republicans connected to Governor Rick Perry.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio City Council has voted to denounce a new Arizona immigration law and oppose any efforts by Texas lawmakers to copy the action. The law requires police to ask about people's immigration status if there's "reasonable suspicion" they're in the country illegally.

HOUSTON (AP) - An appeals court has overturned 19 life sentences that a jury gave a truck driver for his role in the nation's deadliest human smuggling attempt. The court ordered that Tyrone Williams be re-sentenced for the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants because a judge should have sentenced him.

HIGH ISLAND, Texas (AP) - A 30-year-old southeast Texas crabber is dead after lightning struck the boat he was on in the Intracoastal Waterway. The Chambers County Sheriff's Office says a second person was airlifted to a Houston hospital yesterday with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.