Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-07-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: It was supposed to be a friendly exchange in a nightclub parking lot, but something went wrong. We'll tell you where Smith County sheriff's deputies were called out to investigate a report of shots being fired overnight.

An attempt to grab a souvenir sends a baseball fan to the hospital. We'll tell you what happened at Tuesday night's Texas Rangers game in Arlington.

Cities along the east coast are dealing with another day of dangerous heat. We'll show you how people are coping with the triple-digit temperatures.

Plus…our Joe Terrell will match the "Mighty Mend-It" against some of his co-workers' damaged clothing in today's "Does It Work?".


A weak tropical low is spinning across East Texas today.  This system will allow numerous showers and storms to develop throughout the day.  Deep tropical moisture in place will allow for very heavy rain to fall with the stronger storms.  Because of this a flash flood watch is in effect for most of East Texas through tomorrow and may be extending through Friday.  I'll have the latest details on the weather where you live plus the tropics on Good Morning East Texas.


Gun deal gone bad: Shots fired outside Smith County nightclub

Smith County deputies were working a report of numerous shots fired outside Outlaws Tuesday night. 

Fan falls from 2nd deck at Rangers game

A male spectator fell from the second deck onto the field level seats while leaning to catch a foul ball at Rangers Ballpark during the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Oil from the Gulf spill has reached Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain, though the amount appears small so far. A state biologist says tests on seafood have not turned up any oil contamination. But officials and residents worry about another environmental disaster for the huge body of water that was rescued from pollution in 1990s.

NEW YORK (AP) - Forecasters say much of the East will bake again today with temperatures in the 90s to 100 degrees in many spots and higher humidity, which could make it feel even more oppressive. Forecasters say cooler weather could move in from the Atlantic Ocean in a couple of days.

LONDON (AP) - An official says responsibility for a volatile district in southern Afghanistan will be turned over to U.S. responsibility by British troops later this year. The British contingent has sustained nearly 100 deaths in the area. Defense Secretary Liam Fox plans a statement today to the House of Commons.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - NATO says another three American troops have been killed in southern Afghanistan. A NATO statement says two troops died immediately after being hit by a roadside bomb. A third died later that day. NATO also says it's investigating an airstrike that mistakenly killed five Afghan troops on patrol in the east.

HEMET, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors in California say a man suspected of carrying out a series of booby trap attacks against police will be formally charged today. Nicholas Smit was arrested Friday for investigation of making a booby trap and assault on a police officer with intent to commit murder. Law enforcement officials say Smit was trying to hurt a Hemet, Calif., police officer who arrested him in a drug case.

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) - Flooding of the Rio Grande has led to the evacuation of the Vega Verde neighborhood of Del Rio along the Texas-Mexico border. Forecasters reported the Rio Grande was at 10.3 feet at Del Rio at nightfall and was expected to rise. They say the neighborhood would be under four feet of water if the river reached 11 feet.

JUSTICEBERG, Texas (AP) - The owner of a broken, four-inch pipeline that spilled oil into a West Texas river says it has deployed five containment booms to harness the crude. A Lubbock city spokesman says no oil has reached nearby Lake Alan Henry.       

HOUSTON (AP) - Governor Rick Perry has announced a new group of researchers, policy experts and state officials to focus on developing technology and improving safety in energy exploration and production. He says it's part of an effort to prevent future accidents like the Gulf oil spill.

DALLAS (AP) - Texas Industries says it will permanently close all four of its wet-process cement kilns in Midlothian. Grass-roots activists who opposed the burning of hazardous waste to fire the kilns say the announcement is a victory.