Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-06-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The first tar balls from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have washed ashore on Texas beaches. We'll hear what the Mayor of Galveston has to say about their expected impact on his city's economy this summer.

An fire on the Fourth of July destroys the home of an East Texas family. We'll have details on how you can help them get back on their feet.

The East Coast is facing triple-digit temperatures today that could be dangerous. We'll tell you what some of the big cities are doing to keep their residents safe.

And…she has spent her life helping families of military men and women who fought overseas…but didn't come home. Joan Hallmark will tell us what motivates Helen Smith in today's "Proud of East Texas".


A tropical air mass will remain in place for the work week giving us a good chance of scattered showers and thundershowers. Today we will see partly to mostly cloudy skies with warm and humid conditions.  Highs will reach the 90 degree mark in most areas with a few scattered afternoon thundershowers dotting the landscape. I'll have a sneak peak at your weekend forecast plus a look at the tropics on Good Morning East Texas.


Family loses everything in fourth of July Fire

An East Texas family returned from a Fourth of July celebration to find their home in flames.

New texting "tech" makes phones safer

The telephone cord used to keep talkers on a short leash.


NEW YORK (AP) - Meteorologists say temperatures could reach as high as 102 degrees today in some parts of the East. New York city plans to open several hundred cooling centers in air conditioned public buildings. The masses returning to work after the holiday threaten to stress utilities across the Northeast.

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - Choppy sea conditions continue to prevent skimming efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, officials in Texas say tar balls have turned up at two beaches near Galveston. But it's not clear if they were carried by currents or a ship.

TOKYO (AP) - A company official says Toyota knew about the engine problem in the Lexus and Crown vehicles two years ago but didn't think a recall was warranted at the time. The official says the company changed the spring part to correct the problem. A global recall is now under way to repair some 270,000 vehicles to replace engine components that could cause stalling.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Health officials in Puerto Rico have launched a campaign to eradicate the breeding grounds of mosquitoes carrying dengue fever. There have been three deaths so far this year. Dengue has no vaccine. It generally causes fever, headaches and extreme joint and muscle pain.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A private burial is planned today for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd at a suburban Washington cemetery. Byrd is to be buried at a cemetery in Arlington, Va., next to his late wife Erma. The burial is the final moment of farewell for the elder West Virginia statesman who served half a century in the U.S. Senate. Byrd died June 28 at the age of 92 at a hospital in Fairfax, Va.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Tar balls found on the Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island offer the first known evidence that gushing crude from the Deepwater Horizon well has reached all the Gulf states. The Texas land commissioner says crews have been working to remove the tar balls.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Documents show federal regulators concluded offshore oil drilling posed a low risk to endangered wildlife. That conclusion in a 2007 memo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is at odds with scenes of pelicans fighting to survive the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BEIJING (AP) - A geologist from suburban Houston who was held and tortured by China's state security agents has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Xue Feng was accused of gathering data on the Chinese oil industry. He was convicted of spying and collecting state secrets.     

DALLAS (AP) - People in Houston who oppose the use of red-light traffic cameras say they have enough petition signatures to put the cameras to a vote this fall. Camera opponents in the Texas Legislature also say they'll try to pass a measure phasing out the cameras statewide.