Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-21-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Investigators are looking into two suspicious deaths in Gregg County. We'll tell you what they're doing to find the identity of a woman whose body was found near FM 2087…and where deputies were called to a shooting just a few hours later.

Millions of Americans who have exhausted their unemployment benefits are just one step away from getting them back. We'll have details on the expected vote in the U.S. Senate today.

Officials with BP are considering a new way to "kill" the company's oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll tell you when government officials could make a decision on the proposal.

And…he's going to see if he can take it all off. Our Joe Terrell tests out the "Corn Stripper" in today's "Does It Work?".


Another hot and humid afternoon is on tap for the area today. There could be a stray shower or two but most areas will be dry. High temperatures will reach the middle 90s with heat index values at or just above 100 degrees. Details on your weekend and the tropics on Good Morning East Texas.


Smith County unveils new, less costly jail plan

A familiar issue was back before the Smith County Commissioners Court Tuesday afternoon: yet another Smith County jail proposal.

Gunmen, gunfire and a picture of Jesus

Three men opened fire to break through an East Texas family's door.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The financial overhaul bill will be signed into law today. President Barack Obama sees it as a landmark and calls the legislation "the toughest financial reforms since the aftermath of the Great Depression." Obama reiterated the governments intent to prevent a repeat financial catastrophe.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to downplay the possibility of a double-dip recession when he gives Congress an update on the health of the economy today. Bernanke's appearance comes as the economy is losing momentum and fears grow that it could stall. Bernanke is expected to tell the Senate Banking Committee that the Fed is poised to act if the economy worsens.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican filibuster is a fading memory as Senate Democrats get ready to pass an extension of unemployment benefits for more than 2 1/2 million Americans today. Republicans object to increasing the debt and want budget cuts to pay for the extension. The House is expected to pass the bill after the Senate vote.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he wants something more specific from the United States before agreeing to direct talks with Israel. He told his Fatah movement late yesterday that assurances he's received about the borders of a future Palestinian state weren't clear enough.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Two U.S. civilian trainers have been shot and killed by an Afghan soldier who opened fire at an army base in northern Afghanistan. The Defense Ministry says an Afghan soldier caught in the crossfire also died before the shooter was shot and killed.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Texas has executed a 42-year-old Houston man for the 1988 slayings of two opera singers in the city. Derrick Jackson contended he was convicted unfairly, but no last-day appeals were made. His death yesterday was the 15th lethal injection this year in Texas.

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Military officials say a soldier who died after shooting himself during a stand-off with El Paso police was a Phoenix native assigned to Fort Bliss. Police say Specialist Robert Nichols shot himself Monday night and later died.       

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Police plan today to charge a 30-year-old Dallas-area woman with capital murder in the strangling of her two children. Her 5-year-old son died, and her 2-year-old daughter was in critical condition. Police say the woman called 911 Monday to report she'd done "something terrible" to the children.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP is acknowledging it posted on its website an altered photo that exaggerates the activity at its Gulf oil spill command center in Houston. A spokesman says two of 10 video screens were blank in the original picture, and a staff photographer used software to add images.