Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-20-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Congress is set to vote today on unemployment benefits for millions of Americans without jobs. We'll have details on why the measure is expected to pass today…and on how much it could cost.

The cap will remain in place on the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, despite new reports of leaks. We'll explain why officials monitoring the situation don't think those leaks are cause for concern.

Sheriff's deputies in Smith County are investigating an attempted home invasion overnight. We'll tell you what the people inside the house did to scare off the would-be intruders.

And…they made a once-in-a-lifetime trip to climb a mountain…and help people half-way around the world. We'll hear from the people who are changing lives as part of "Young Life Africa" in today's "Proud of East Texas".


A hot and humid day is in store for the area today as a ridge of high pressure build back into the region.  Highs this afternoon will reach the middle 90s in most areas with heat index values approaching 100 degrees.  There could be an isolated shower or thundershower this afternoon but they will be few and far between.  Meteorologist Grant Dade will have the weather where you live plus a look at the tropics coming up on Good Morning East Texas.


Family finds drugs on roof, authorities investigating plane crash

Four large, black duffle bags, weighing about 100 pounds a piece, containing what the Hunt County Sheriff's Office believes to be about $400,000 worth of marijuana have been found in locations across the northern part of the county.

Tips for when unemployment check runs out

Aside from the political wrangling, real people's livelihoods are at stake. And in Angelina County, searching for a job is not easy.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats have their sights set on extending jobless benefits as they prepare to swear in a new member who's expected to give them the 60 votes needed to stop a Republican filibuster. A vote today is scheduled for shortly after the newest senator, 36-year-old Carte Goodwin, gets sworn in to succeed the late Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A published report says there's concern at top government levels about the role private contractors play in intelligence operations. The Washington Post estimates that nearly one-third of the 854,000 Americans with top-secret security clearances are private contractors. The newspaper says Defense Secretary Robert Gates and CIA Director Leon Panetta are concerned about the issue.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first vote on Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination is scheduled today in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats dominate the committee and the only real question is whether she will get any Republican votes. Democrats hope to vote on final confirmation in time for the court term that begins in October.

TOKYO (AP) - Toyota says a federal grand jury in New York is asking for documents related to problems with steering relay rods. The world's largest automaker says the federal grand jury issued the subpoena in late June. A subpoena from another federal grand jury in February concerned unintended acceleration and the braking system of its Prius hybrid.

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Hope may be growing for an end to the oil spill as the cap holds and relief wells are near completion, but resentment is growing in Florida against other states who've allowed offshore drilling. Florida banned it, fearing the doomsday an accident could bring to tourism. Doomsday came anyway and Floridians feel they've been hurt by decisions made in neighboring states.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to headline two Texas Democratic fundraisers next month. The Austin American-Statesman reports that it obtained an e-mail saying the president will attend an Austin fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee on August 9th, and another one the same day in Houston for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Irving police are investigating the death of a five-year-old boy and the critical injuries of his two-year-old sister in the same incident at the family's apartment. Police say the boy's mother called them last night saying she had "done something terrible to the children." Officers say the initial investigation suggests the boy was strangled.     

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a southeast Texas man to 90 years in prison for sexually exploiting children. James Rustin Stewart of Groves pleaded guilty earlier this year to three sexual exploitation counts. Prosecutors say Stewart exploited at least three children to create pornography found on his computer.

CADDO MILLS, Texas (AP) - Authorities in rural east Texas say duffel bags filled with what appeared to be marijuana hit the roofs of homes around the time reports of a low-flying plane came. A single-engine plane was found hours later yesterday, abandoned in a field beside a runway at Caddo Mills Municipal Airport. A man was taken into custody, but no charges were announced.