Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-28-10

LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Some East Texas parents are waiting for their daughter's body to be returned to them. We'll tell you how the parents of Cherry Walker are coping with her death.

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan heads to Capitol Hill today to begin her confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate. We'll tell you some of the questions those lawmakers are expected to ask.

An East Texas community is coming together to help a hairdresser pay her major medical bills. We'll tell you what they're doing to raise money.

And…he joined up during World War Two, then faced the enemy up-close during the Korean War. We'll hear from Bob Brown in today's "Freedom Fighters".

WEATHER TODAY

We have a very tricky forecast for as all eyes look to see what Alex will do.  Right now the official forecast has Alex moving on shore just south of Brownsville.  This is all subject to change and a more northerly track is appearing likely this morning.  Today will be partly cloudy and hot with isolated afternoon and evening storms.  Highs will reach the middle 90s with heat index values over 100.  Meteorologist Grant Dade will have a complete update on the weather where you live and on Tropical Storm Alex during Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Parents worst fears confirmed with the loss of their daughter

At Greater Love Temple Church, Pastor Gethry Walker delivers a spirited sermon with an unexpected eulogy. "Praise God, she's with the angels, she's with the Lord."

La Salette missionaries say goodbye to St. Patrick Church

They've been a part of an East Texas church for three decades, but Sunday, some East Texas missionaries said goodbye.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in history, has died. The West Virginia Democrat's office said the 92-year-old lawmaker had been in the hospital since late last week. In November, Byrd broke the record for congressional service that had been set by Democrat Carl Hayden of Arizona, who served in the House and Senate from 1912 to 1969.

BELIZE CITY (AP) - Tropical Storm Alex could be a hurricane tomorrow and bring heavy rain by midweek to Mexico's northeastern coast. The storm in the Gulf of Mexico has been gaining strength, but it is steering clear of the Gulf oil spill. Forecasters issued continued warnings about dangerous floods and mudslides in Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula, which Alex just left.

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - One Louisiana barrier island town is calling out it's navy to fight the oil spill. They plan to block the crude with a flotilla of barges the mayor of Grand Isle has dubbed "the Cajun navy." The barges will block oil in passes where Gulf water flows into Barataria Bay. The trapped oil will be vacuumed up.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eagerly awaited rulings on gun rights and three other remaining cases are expected from the Supreme Court today in its last meeting until the fall. It's also the final day of Justice John Paul Stevens' long service. The meeting comes a couple of hours before high court nominee Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing.

JERUSALEM (AP) - The head of the Israeli inquiry into last month's deadly naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla says he plans to go all the way to the top for answers. Retired Supreme Court Justice Jacob Turkel says he'll summon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the defense minister, military chief and other officials. The raid killed nine Turkish activists as the ships tried to break a Gaza blockade.

UVALDE, Texas (AP) - A family spokeswoman says former Gov. Dolph Briscoe died yesterday at age 87 after a lengthy illness. She says the rancher, banker and lifelong Democrat had been hospitalized in January and had returned home only recently. Briscoe was governor from 1972 through 1978.

CRESSON, Texas (AP) - A north Texas toddler is dead after a television set fell on her. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds tells KTVT-TV of Fort Worth and Dallas that the child's parents were connecting a DVD player to the set at their home in Cresson when the set fell on their daughter.

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police say an argument over an upcoming World Cup soccer game ended in a fatal shooting. Two men are dead and one is hospitalized with a leg wound. Police Cpl. Gerardo Monreal tells The Dallas Morning News that four men were at a party in southern Dallas when the argument erupted early yesterday morning.

MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Alex is again a tropical storm as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico. They say the storm may become a hurricane as it swirls toward Mexico's east coast. The storm isn't on track to hit the oil spill on the northeastern end of the Gulf.