Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-30-10

LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: East Texans are heading south to help communities that could be affected by Hurricane Alex. We'll tell you what resources from our region are being deployed to the Texas coast.

An East Texas shelter for homeless women is facing the prospect of closing its doors this Friday. We'll have details on how you can help the "House of Hope".

She's going back for another round. We'll tell you what questions Senators could pose to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan today…and how much longer her confirmation hearings could last.

And…our Joe Terrell will try out the "Loud-n-Clear" on some of his un-suspecting co-workers…for today's "Does It Work?".

WEATHER TODAY

Hurricane Alex will make land fall this evening in northern Mexico, putting the greatest threat of isolated tornadoes and flooding rains well to our south.  However, with a stalled front to our north and a large circulation around Alex, plenty of moisture will remain in place today for scattered to numerous storms this afternoon and evening.  Highs will be held down into the upper 80s in most areas.  Meteorologist Grant Dade will have your complete 4th of July weekend forecast coming up on Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

East Texas city makes controversial decision on police chief

Edgewood City Council members met Tuesday night to consider allegations against an East Texas police chief, but ultimately decided to take no action.

Future bleak for House of Hope

Dozens of homeless women and teen girls find shelter in the House of Hope in Longview, but they must vacate by the end of the week.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Hurricane Alex's wind is blowing at 80 mph on a collision course with Mexico and the southern Texas coastline. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm is expected to deal only a glancing blow to Texas and make landfall this evening south of Matamoros, Mexico.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - There's no word yet about the extent of injuries or damage after a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. It was felt at least as far away as Mexico City. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered in a sparsely populated, mountainous area near the southern Pacific coast.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The details are being worked out, but the State Department says 12 countries and international organizations will offer the U.S. assistance with the Gulf oil spill. Japan is providing skimmers. Canada is providing containment boom. In the Gulf, skimming efforts have been halted because of high waves kicked by Hurricane Alex.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's up to an immigration judge to decide whether the 32-year-old son of one of the founders of the militant group Hamas is a terrorist or a hero. The Department of Homeland of Security ruled more than a year ago that Mosab Hassan Yousef should be denied asylum as a security risk. His supporters say the former Israeli spy is a hero and will be killed if he's deported. The hearing is today in San Diego.

NEW YORK (AP) - Canada Geese still have unlimited takeoff privileges near John F. Kennedy International Airport a year and a half after they forced an airliner to splash down in the Hudson River. A National Park Service official says for now, his agency won't touch the hundreds of birds living in a refuge near the runways. Officials of other federal and local agencies want the goose population limited.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal agency that regulates offshore oil and gas says 28 production platforms and three drilling rigs on the western edge of the Gulf have been evacuated. That's because of the storm that has turned into Hurricane Alex.

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty has been fired and arrested. Jeffery Thorn is charged with felony sexual assault. He was hired in December 2008 and was on probation as a new officer.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - El Paso police are investigating seven gunshots that hit City Hall. No injuries were reported yesterday. Police say the shots apparently came from across the Rio Grande in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and that City Hall isn't believed to be the target.