Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-29-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Communities along the Texas coast are preparing for severe weather as Tropical Storm "Alex" moves through the Gulf of Mexico. We'll tell you what they're doing and how the storm could affect the oil spill clean-up efforts.

An East Texas police officer is honored for his quick thinking that helped save the life of a woman injured in a motorcycle accident. We'll tell you where he got the training that helped him remain calm under pressure.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a gun ban in the city of Chicago. We'll hear what East Texans think about this important decision for the Second Amendment.

And…they became instant celebrities and changed high school basketball. We'll have the story of the Athens High School Hornets in today's "Proud of East Texas".


Scattered storms are in the forecast today as a weak frontal system moves through the area.  Highs will be a little cooler today thanks to clouds and possible afternoon storms, in the upper 80s for most.  Alex will become a hurricane later today.  Meteorologist Grant Dade will show you where Alex will make landfall…and have your 4th of July weekend forecast during Good Morning East Texas.


Gun ban overturned: East Texans react

In a tight, 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court effectively struck down a nearly 30-year hand-gun ban in the city of Chicago.

Beer now for sale in Jacksonville

Voters in Jacksonville approved a measure to allow beer and wine sales on May 8; more than a month later one store is now permitted for alcohol sales.


VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico (AP) - A hurricane warning is posted today for the Texas coast from Baffin Bay, 100 miles south to the mouth of the Rio Grande river and another 225 miles to La Cruz, Mexico. Tropical storm Alex is expected to become a hurricane today. Authorities are readying emergency shelters and distributing sandbags.

BELLE CHASE, La. (AP) - Scientists say Louisiana's coastal wetlands are actually holding their own against the Gulf oil spill. The National Audubon Society's Paul Kemp says a recent overflight confirms severe damage in some locations. But it's spotty in others and confined mostly to outer fringes of islands topped with marsh grasses and mangrove bushes.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. David Petraeus mission today is to convince a war-weary Congress that he's the man to turn around the war in Afghanistan. He appears for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Lawmakers say he's a shoe-in for confirmation as the replacement for Gen. Stanley McChrystal as Afghanistan commander.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The tough part starts today for President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan. She'll be facing questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Republicans skeptical of her impartiality.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Authorities say heavy rains and flooding in northeastern Romania have killed ten people and left three missing. Bridges and roads have been damaged, crops have been washed away and hundreds of houses are affected. Romania's rail link to neighboring Ukraine has been shut down and dozens of villages have no electricity.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - South Texas is bracing for fierce weather. Tropical Storm Alex has been churning in the Gulf of Mexico, and forecasters expect it to return to hurricane strength today. A hurricane warning was issued for the Gulf coast from Baffin Bay, near Kingsville, down into northern Mexico.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A south Texas man is accused of beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter to death when she wouldn't stop crying as he watched a World Cup match between the U.S. and Ghana. McAllen police say 27-year-old Hector Castro is charged with capital murder.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The military says a 34-year-old soldier from Houston has been killed in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Edwardo Loredo died in an attack June 24. He was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Air Force says it will close the trauma center at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Thursday, leaving San Antonio with only two Level 1 trauma centers. Officials had ordered the trauma services at the Lackland Air Force Base hospital to merge with those at Brooke Army Medical Center.