Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-22-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: She's getting an apology and an offer of a new job. We'll hear what former USDA worker Shirley Sherrod has to say about the controversy surrounding her speech to the NAACP...and what she thinks about her offer to go back to work.

A federal judge will hear arguments today in two challenges to Arizona's new immigration law. We'll tell you what Texans think about the proposal...and which East Texas lawmaker is offering his support to the Grand Canyon State.

One of the candidates for Governor of Texas is making a campaign swing through East Texas today. We'll have details on Democrat Bill White's schedule.

And...he enjoys animals and riding his bike...and needs a family to call his own. We'll meet 9-year-old Robert in today's "Gift of Love" report.


A heat advisory has been issued for our Eastern Counties including the Longview, Henderson, Nacogdoches, and Lufkin areas.  Heat index values will surpass 105 degrees in these areas this afternoon.  Actual air temperatures will reach the middle 90s in most areas with a partly sunny sky.  We could see an isolated storm in the afternoon but most areas will remain dry.  Your weekend forecast and a look at the tropics coming up on Good Morning East Texas.


Poll says 70% of Texans favor AZ immigration law, East Texans respond

Arizona's immigration law is the nation's toughest law on illegal immigration, gaining national criticism. But, the majority of people in the lone star state support it.

7-year-old East Texan offering help, bringing joy to others

You may remember 7-year-old Nina Burch, the Athens first-grader who was moved to tears when she heard some elderly can't afford air conditioning


ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - Preparations are in full swing for a pullout from the Gulf oil spill ahead of some stormy weather percolating in the Caribbean. Crew members aboard dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico are preparing to evacuate now because it takes a few days to do that. The system that could become a tropical storm is several hundred miles away.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The best case scenario could see long term unemployed people getting checks for restored benefits as early as next week. A final House vote is scheduled today and President Barack Obama says he'll sign the long-sought extension of benefits as soon as Congress can ship it to him.

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pledging greater U.S. cooperation with Vietnam on the lingering impact of Agent Orange from the Vietnam War. She's also urging Hanoi to improve its human rights and says the country has unlimited potential. Clinton is in Hanoi to mark the 15th anniversary of normalized U.S.-Vietnam relations.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean and western military officials will hold talks tomorrow about the next set of talks. They're discussing the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang. Officials are trying to pave the way for higher level talks later on. Pyongyang denies sinking the ship.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - The United States will be working with Indonesia's special forces again after a more than 10-year hiatus due to human rights issues. Defense Secretary Robert Gates made the announcement after meeting with Indonesia's president. The abuse allegations stemmed from operations in East Timor, which is now independent.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - A funeral is planned today for a 2-year-old Irving girl whose mother is accused of strangling the girl and her 5-year-old brother. Thirty-year-old Saiqa Akhter remained jailed on a capital murder charge yesterday. On a recording of her 911 call, she tells the operator she killed the children because they were autistic.

SEATTLE (AP) - A 16-year-old Houston girl who survived a fiery plane crash in Alaska says her rescuers gave her back her life. Rachel Zientek has been treated for extensive burns at a Seattle medical center since the June crash. She's being released today.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Fort Worth company has paid a fine of about $93,000 for spilling 3,300 gallons of oil into a Montana creek when an underground pipeline failed. Encore Operating paid the fine to settle claims that the spill violated water quality rules.