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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 07-30-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: BP has set a target date for crews to "kill" the company's leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll have details on the timeline…and on how the spill is affecting fishing crews along the Gulf Coast.

An East Texas police chief is working to restore his town's trust in his department as three of his officers face a federal investigation. We'll tell you where his department is getting help while it's short-staffed.

The Great Texas Balloon Race is back in East Texas this weekend. We'll have a special guest in the studio with all the information you'll need to plan your family's activities.

Plus…we'll have a special guest in the kitchen today for "Cooking Up A Storm". Tune in to catch a delicious recipe for jalapeno cheese grits.

WEATHER TODAY

A strong area of high pressure will build into the area today allowing temperatures to climb well into the 90s.  Highs this afternoon will be in the middle to upper 90s with heat index values over 100 degrees.  Details on how long this heat wave will last on Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Mt. Pleasant police chief speaking out

Three Mount Pleasant police officers are on leave following a federal investigation.

East Texas Marine wounded by IED, family shares story

Marine Lance Corporal Dustin Dryden, 21, of Mount Pleasant was on his second tour in Afghanistan when he was wounded by an IED late Tuesday.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama flies to Detroit this morning to highlight what the administration says is the successful bailout of the auto industry. He'll tour GM and Chrysler factories in Michigan, and a Ford plant next Wednesday in Chicago. Obama says all three companies are showing a profit.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Wall Street analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters think the economy slowed during the second quarter, and that this morning's GDP figures will prove it. It's believed growth dipped to an annual rate of 2.5 percent compared to 2.7 percent during the first quarter.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP's new incoming CEO will be in Biloxi, Miss., today to spell out his company's long-term plan for cleaning up the Gulf. Local officials have been pressing BP to stay committed now that the oil well is plugged. CEO to-be Bob Dudley is expected to announce that a former FEMA head will help their efforts.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - July is officially the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war began nine years ago. Three more American GIs have been killed, raising the month's total to 63. A NATO statement says the soldiers died in two separate blasts in southern Afghanistan.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Four white former college students in South Africa have each been fined more than $2,700 for a video they made three years ago humiliating black university employees. The four pleaded guilty to illegally and deliberately injuring another person's dignity. The case sparked bitter protests about racism.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry is asking the president for federal disaster aid to help 21 Texas counties. The counties in west and south Texas were hit hard by flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Alex and a tropical depression.

DALLAS (AP) - The Securities and Exchange Commission is accusing famed Dallas billionaire investors Sam and Charles Wyly of insider trading. The complaint filed yesterday also names their attorney and stockbroker.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Democratic fundraiser Marucio Celis of Corpus Christi could face up to six months in jail and a fine of $2,000 for a misdemeanor charge. He was charged with the felony of impersonating a public servant but was convicted on the lesser charge of falsely identifying himself as a peace officer.

COPPELL, Texas (AP) - Surveillance video shows the identity of the man who dropped off $10,000 to cover unauthorized credit card purchases made by the former Coppell  mayor. A city spokeswoman says the man was David Murph, whose wife edits a local newspaper. A note said the money was for charges by Mayor Jayne Peters, who died in an apparent murder-suicide.

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