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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 08-02-10

  
LATEST NEWS

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Today could be the beginning of the end for the leaking BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll have the latest on plans to begin the "static kill" procedure.

Several East Texas families are trying to re-build their lives after losing all of their possessions in a fire at an apartment complex. We'll have details on how you can help.

Firefighters say they're getting the upper hand on a wildfire just outside of Los Angeles. We'll tell you when they hope to have it contained.

And…they re-visited the country they once helped protect. We'll hear what three veterans of the Korean War think about conditions in South Korea during today's "Freedom Fighters".

WEATHER TODAY

We are in the grasp of a heat wave with heat advisories in effect through this evening.  Sunny skies will be the rule today with highs reaching around 102 degrees.  The heat index value will reach between 105 and 109 degrees this afternoon.  I'll let you know how long this heat wave will last coming up on Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Fire sweeps through a Corrigan apartment complex

Firefighters in Corrigan are trying to find the cause of a fire that broke out early Saturday evening at an apartment complex in the 100 block of Bluebonnet Circle.

Fire sweeps through a Corrigan apartment complex

Firefighters in Corrigan are trying to find the cause of a fire that broke out early Saturday evening at an apartment complex in the 100 block of Bluebonnet Circle. 

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The National Park Service says three people aboard a cargo plane that crashed in Denali National Park are presumed dead. A forest fire started by the crash has been contained. The plane crashed yesterday within a mile of the park headquarters and about 200 yards north of the only road into the park.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There's no absolute guarantee it will work but BP Engineers on the Gulf of Mexico hope to start shoving mud and perhaps cement into the blown-out oil well at the seafloor. If it works, it could make it easier to end the gusher for good by sending another stream of mud and cement in through a relief well.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is laying the groundwork for the eventual departure of U.S. troops in Iraq. He plans to tell the national convention of the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta about progress being made to meet his deadline of withdrawing combat troops by the end of the month. Obama has said all U.S. troops will be gone from Iraq by the end of next year.

NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists involved in stem cell research say that while progress is being made, people should be wary of clinics pushing unproven treatments. Sean Morrison, a stem cell expert at the University of Michigan, says there are clinics "selling snake oil" all over the world -- aggressively marketing treatments that may not have safeguards to ensure safety or benefit.

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military appears to be responding to international criticism over high civilian death tolls in recent wars in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. Israel says it will assign officers to protect civilians in combat zones. The military says an officer in each battalion will be responsible for planning and marking evacuation corridors for civilians.

CHILDRESS, Texas (AP) - Texas officials say a wrong-way driver and a family of four have been killed in a head-on crash on U.S. 287 east of Vernon, near the Oklahoma border. They say a sport utility vehicle driving east in the westbound lane slammed into another SUV yesterday. Both vehicles burst into flames.

RINGLING, Okla. (AP) - Authorities in Oklahoma say a Texas man died after his vehicle rolled on Oklahoma 89 and he was ejected. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the man as 50-year-old David W. Zondor of Flower Mound.

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles says he'd eat fish from the Gulf of Mexico and serve it to his family. He took reporters on a boat tour of beaches and marshes near areas that recently reopened to fishing. Observers have questioned whether that reopening is really safe.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries is handling the auction of a rare copy of Batman Number 1. The 1940 comic book belonged to a longtime Alaska comic book buff. It's expected to fetch more than $40,000. Online bids will compete with a live auction set for Thursday.

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