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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-14-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: They're putting plans for some crucial tests on hold. We'll have details on why BP is pushing back tests on the new cap on its Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

There's a growing need for nurses. We'll tell you how two programs in East Texas are helping hospitals meet their patients' health care needs.

He's heading into the kitchen with the goal of making some perfect pasta. Our Joe Terrell tests the "Pasta ‘n More" for today's "Does It Work?".

And…we're launching a new campaign today to help keep the roads safe in East Texas. Tune in for details on how you can join the effort to stop "texting while driving"…and register to win a $100 Visa gift card.

WEATHER TODAY

Another hot and humid day is on tap for us as a ridge of high pressure builds into the area. Highs today will reach the middle to upper 90s, but the heat index will make it feel as though the temperature is 105 degrees. How long will the heat last?  I'll have your weekend forecast on Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Where have all the nurses gone?

Nursing is something Taylor Geddes said she has wanted to do since she was nine years old.

14-year-old with roping skills wins truck

Roping is Clay Sieber's passion and at the young age of 14, it's already paying off.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Tehran says the Iranian nuclear scientist it claims was abducted by the U.S. is on his way back to Iran. Iran's foreign ministry says the scientist, Shahram Amiri, who sought refuge in the Pakistani Embassy compound in Washington, is expected to arrive early tomorrow in Tehran. The U.S. denies the abduction claim.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There's no explanation yet why BP has delayed testing of the new cap it's put on its runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials are only saying they need more time for analysis. BP had been planning to start closing valves on the cap yesterday.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Airlines have been charging extra fees for things like carry-on baggage and extra legroom, and a House subcommittee is about to take a look at that. The government says airlines collected $7.8 billion last year in ancillary fees. The House panel is pondering possible requirements for better disclosure of all the costs, and whether those fees might actually be subject to the federal tax on airline tickets.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority leader Harry Reid says he hopes for a vote by tomorrow on a measure intended to fix what he calls the greed on Wall Street. One of the administration's top legislative priorities now appears to have smooth sailing since Democrats cobbled together the 60 votes they need to overcome a Republican filibuster.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Tea party activists are calling on the NAACP to withdraw a resolution condemning what it calls racism within the tea party movement. The resolution was adopted during the annual convention of the civil rights group in Kansas City. One tea party activist calls the racism allegation "unfounded."

HOUSTON (AP) - A suburban Houston woman is headed to prison for not preventing the death of her 4-year-old daughter. A Harris County jury sentenced 34-year-old Abigail Young to 20 years. Her daughter died last year. Young's boyfriend at the time is facing aggravated sexual assault charges.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Businesses that help high school dropouts finish school could be rewarded under a proposal by Governor Rick Perry. It would be a business tax credit for employers who give workers two hours a week of paid time off to return to school or study for the GED.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP is delaying critical tests on a new well cap designed to finally stop the flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. A series of preliminary steps was finished, but government officials said there must be more analysis on the plan.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The wife of acclaimed magician Glenn Falkenstein says he has died in San Antonio at age 78 after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease. His "spirit cabinet" illusion with his wife, Frances Willard, wowed TV audiences and crowds around the world.

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