Good Morning East Texas Headlines 08-03-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Two families are dealing with tragedy this morning in Louisiana after a trip to the park takes a terrible turn. We'll have the latest on the deaths of six teen-agers in the Red River.

Engineers for BP will run a test today to see if they can proceed with the static kill on their oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll tell you when they expect to get the results.

Members of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a lawsuit today over the admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin. We'll explain why two students say the school's policy is unconstitutional.

And…we'll hear from the commercial real estate professional whose love of a good challenge took him half-way around the world…and onto the t-v screens of millions of people. That's in today's "Proud of East Texas".


Heat advisories are in effect again today and will last through at least tomorrow evening.  It will be mostly sunny and hot with highs between 10 degrees and 104 degrees.  Heat index values will be as high as 111 degrees this afternoon.  More details on the weather where you live on Good Morning East Texas.


Vandals hit Tyler's Rose Garden

Thieves have gotten away with thousands of dollars worth of brass from a Tyler's famous Rose Garden.

Tips to stay safe in summer heat

The heat index in East Texas reached 110 degrees Monday and it does not look like much relief is in sight.


MIAMI (AP) - A new tropical storm is swirling in the Atlantic but forecasters say the Gulf of Mexico isn't a target. Tropical Storm Colin is on a track off the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, away from where BP is working to finally plug its blown-out oil well. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph and some strengthening is expected.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP engineers in the Gulf of Mexico will run a test today to see if the broken blowout preventer can handle the process to choke the well for good. If the test succeeds, heavy mud will be pumped in to begin the process of sealing the well. The test was postponed a day because of a small hydraulic leak.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Fire officials say six teenagers from two families who drowned in Louisiana's Red River couldn't swim. Shreveport Assistant Fire Chief Fred Sanders says the teens were playing in the river Monday evening and stepped over a sudden drop-off to 20 feet deep. One person was rescued.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Debate starts today and the Senate hopes to confirm Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court before the end of the week. Nearly all Democrats and a handful of GOP senators are expected to vote for Kagan, who has served as the Obama administration's solicitor general.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - NATO says a ground attack by insurgents on its largest base in southern Afghanistan has been repelled. In northern Afghanistan, six Afghan private security guards were poisoned, then beheaded during a bank robbery. Thieves took about $269,000 in U.S. and Afghan currency.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal oil spill task force says about 172 million gallons of crude made it out in the Gulf of Mexico after the well blew out. It says the total amount that leaked was about 206 million gallons, but boats and other efforts contained more than 33 million gallons.

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) - A former truck driver has been given 10 years of probation for a northeastern Oklahoma crash that left 10 people dead, including four from Texas. A prosecutor says Donald Creed pleaded guilty to 10 counts of misdemeanor negligent homicide and was ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The U.S. consulate in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez will reopen today. The office in the city across the border from El Paso was closed Friday and yesterday for a review of security threats. It's not clear whether security has been increased.

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Army officials say they've taken vapor samples of mustard agent from the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado to a San Antonio lab for testing. The Army says the tests were requested by the Colorado health department.