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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-15-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Testing on the new cap over BP's "Deepwater Horizon" oil well has revealed a leak. We'll tell you what crews are doing to fix it…and how it could affect the timetable for other tests.

The NAACP has passed a resolution critical of the "Tea Party" movement. We'll hear what local "Tea Party" members think about the accusations.

The future could be closer than you think. The FAA has given its approval for a proposed "flying car". We'll tell you how much it will cost…and how soon it could be flying over a freeway near you.

And…he's already chosen his college and has a career in mind. Now, he needs some help from a loving family to make his dreams come true. We'll meet Eric in this morning's "Gift of Love" report.

WEATHER TODAY

Another hot and humid afternoon is in store for the area today. Heat advisories are in effect through late this afternoon as we expect heat index values to surpass 105 degrees in most areas. Actual air temperatures will reach the middle to upper 90s this afternoon. I'll let you know how long this heat will last…plus look at your weekend forecast on Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

NAACP claims racism inside Tea Party

One the nation's oldest and largest civil rights groups, the NAACP, is condemning what it calls blatant racism inside the popular Tea Party movement.

UPDATE: Jurors sequestered in Mineola child sex ring case

Late Wednesday afternoon, the judge in Dennis Pittman's trial ordered the jury to be sequestered after a motion from prosecutors.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP is working to plug a leak on its new well cap at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. The leak is said to be in a line attached to the side of the cap. Engineers have reportedly isolated the problem, but it's unclear what effect the repair is having on the process of slowly closing the cap's valves.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More than a half-million homeowners were forced to find another place to live during the first half of this year. A firm that keeps track of foreclosures says the total could top one million by the end of the year. The number of homes facing foreclosure during the first six months rose eight percent compared to 2009.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It appears miscommunication may have played a role in Switzerland's decision not to extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S. A newly released Swiss letter says they asked for sealed transcripts on the case, but that a few days later a Los Angeles judge was told no request was made.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama travels to Holland, Mich., today for the groundbreaking of a new battery plant. Investing in electric vehicles is a central theme of Obama's message on the economy and clean energy. The plant will make batteries for electric cars by Chevrolet and Ford.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - When a man was spotted trying to cross into Buffalo, N.Y., from Canada while wearing an ankle monitor, he had an intriguing explanation. He said it was a show of support for actress Lindsay Lohan, who's had her problems with the law. But he may have hurt his credibility by using someone else's passport.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Travis County District Attorney's Office is investigating political contributions raised by the Green Party for a ballot petition drive. The Texas Democratic Party has sued the Green Party, alleging the drive was supported by Republicans donors and strategists to pull liberal votes away from the Democratic candidate.

BELTON, Texas (AP) - A jury in Bell County in central Texas has convicted a 31-year-old woman of murder in the starvation death of her son, who was seven-and-a-half weeks old. Nilda Iliana Rodriguez of Harker Heights could get five to 99 years or life in prison.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has voted to keep a convicted child killer on sex-offender restrictions and limit his movements, even though he wasn't convicted of a sex crime. The board decided Raul Meza is a threat to society "by reason of lack of sexual control."

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