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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-02-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Investigators believe they have a motive behind the murder of Cherry Diane Walker. We'll tell you what it is…and why they have not yet filed charges in the case.

A familiar face on television in East Texas is retiring after 40 years. We'll hear from Barry Hanson and some of his co-workers…and tell you what he plans to do next.

New unemployment numbers are due out today. We'll have details on what they could reveal about the nation's economic recovery.

Plus, in today's "Cooking Up A Storm", we'll have a special visitor from the Blue Bell creamery in Brenham to tell us about the company's latest flavors…and share a delicious recipe for a "Crunchy Banana Split".

WEATHER TODAY

There's a slight chance of rain in the forecast today, but things should be clearing up for Saturday and Sunday. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have details on what you can expect for the 4th of July holiday and all of next week during Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Murder victim was set to testify

Smith County authorities may know who killed Cherry Diane Walker and why.

KLTV 7 bids farewell to Barry Hanson

Barry's career at KLTV 7 began in 1967. He'd been working in radio at the time, and a friend told him to come over and give TV a try.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) - There are concerns that the economic rebound is stalling. Jobless figures to come out later this morning forecast a rise in unemployment, from 9.7 in May to 9.8 in June. Ryan Sweet, senior economist at Moody's Economy.com, says "The economy is losing some momentum."

TOKYO (AP) - On Monday, Toyota will begin recalling some 270,000 vehicles that may have faulty engines. Toyota says seven luxury Lexus sedan models as well as the popular Crown could stall when the car is running.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to lead a memorial service today for West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, who died Monday at age 92. Byrd's casket has been lying in the Capitol in Charleston overnight, for viewing by the public.

HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) - A fire fight near the U.S.-Mexico border has ended with 21 people dead, some six wounded and nine people in custody. The gun battle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs happened Thursday, about 12 miles from Nogales, Arizona.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A blind person one day may be able to drive a car. The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year that's equipped with technology to help a blind person drive a car independently. The car uses sensors.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas has executed inmate Michael James Perry by lethal injection for the shooting death of a nurse at her suburban Houston home. His lawyers argued new evidence showed Perry was in jail when the woman was killed. Perry is the 14th prisoner put to death this year in Texas.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The remnants of Hurricane Alex have battered northern Mexico but produced little more than thunderstorms in Texas. It was downgraded to a tropical storm yesterday and dissipated last night as it moved west across Mexico.

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston City Councilman Jarvis Johnson is free on $2,000 bond after being charged with evading arrest. Police say he fled from an officer who had flagged him down for allegedly speeding. Johnson denies that claim.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Transport Workers Union is telling ground workers at Texas-based American Airlines to take strike votes this month. They can't legally strike unless the National Mediation Board declares a stalemate in negotiations. A union official says that might happen in September if workers approve a strike.     

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