Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-12-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Officials with BP say their crews are making progress on installing a new cap over their sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll have details on when they think it could be finished…and how it will affect their ability to collect oil before it reaches the short.

An East Texas family is beginning the long process of rebuilding their lives after a fire destroyed their home. We'll have details on what caused the blaze.

He's coming home to meet his fans…and tell them about his latest venture. We'll have details on where you can meet legendary boxer George Foreman today.

His work documents some of the U.S. military's most pivotal moments on…and above the battlefield. We'll hear from Sam Bass in today's "Freedom Fighters".


A hot and humid day is on tap for us. In fact, the entire week is looking hot. Highs today and tomorrow will reach the middle 90s in most areas. There will be a few scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon both days but widespread rain is not expected at this time. Things look to really heat up this week.  I'll have details on a possible heat wave moving into East Texas on Good Morning East Texas.


Lightning strike destroys home

During Saturday's storms, a lightning strike ignited a massive fire at a home on Winged Foot Drive in Hideaway, near Lindale.

Colmesneil teen starts 'Safe Driving Campaign' after friend's death

horrific July 4th car crash took the life of an East Texas teen. Now, his best friend is starting a "Safe Driving Campaign" in Kayle Meador's name.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says it's ahead of schedule as underwater robots steadily assemble heavy metal pieces in what could be the most significant progress yet toward containing the Gulf oil spill. BP is aiming for completion today of a new, tighter cap it hopes will allow the containment of all the gushing crude until relief wells are complete.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The man now at the head of the agency that governs offshore drilling says he's willing to fine lawbreaking oil companies, send executives to jail and ruffle environmentalists' feathers. Michael Bromwich tells The AP he is not an anti-drilling zealot and will probably upset both industry groups and offshore drilling opponents.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan rights group says civilian deaths from NATO military action have declined but escalating violence is now the worst since the early months of the nearly 9-year-old war. The Afghanistan Rights Monitor says 1,074 civilians have been killed so far this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is "strongly condemning" the explosions in Uganda that have killed 64 people, including an American. The bombs rocked two locations where people were watching the World Cup final. Clinton says the U.S. will work with Uganda to bring those responsible to justice.

UNDATED (AP) - The NCAA is looking at plan to restrict when athletic scholarships can be offered to high school prospects. A proposal would ban scholarship offers to recruits before July 1 in the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. Some coaches want an end to what they see as an arms-race mentality that has led to earlier and earlier offers.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The FBI is looking into an El Paso hit-and-run and police chase involving a vehicle that may have ended up in a deadly shootout in Mexico. Officers say they chased the sport utility vehicle toward the Zaragoza International Bridge. The SUV crossed into Mexico, and news reports say it may have been involved in a fatal shootout in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, a short time later.

DALLAS (AP) - A 1 percent cut to fees paid to doctors in the state health care program for low-income Texans is scheduled for Sept. 1, and The Dallas Morning News reports there are concerns the cut will be the first in a series. The change is raising fears that already declining physician participation will fall further.