Good Morning East Texas Headlines 08-04-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The "static kill" on the BP oil well appears to be working.  We'll have details on what crews will do next to make sure no more oil leaks into the Gulf of Mexico.

An East Texas woman gets her passport back just a few days before her big trip overseas. We'll have details on who returned it…and why her trip to Ethiopia is so important.

A woman is in trouble with the law because of her efforts to find a date. We'll tell you what she did…and why it crossed the line.

Plus…our Joe Terrell steps into the kitchen for some clean-up duty to test the "Smart Mop" for today's "Does It Work?".


The heat continues. We have a heat advisory through Thursday for our western counties and an excessive heat warning for our central and eastern counties.  Highs today will be between 100 and 102 degrees but with increasing moisture, our heat index will range between 110 and 115 degrees this afternoon.  Please use extreme caution today if you have to be outdoors.


Diboll officer involved in controversial traffic stop resigns

Diboll police officer Grant Jones has resigned amid a flurry of debate surrounding a controversial traffic stop last week.

Man says he found large insect in spinach

A Longview man says his canned spinach was just a little too crunchy.


LONDON (AP) - BP says pumping mud down the throat of its blown out Gulf of Mexico well has reached the "desired outcome." BP spokeswoman Sheila Williams says the "static kill" has reduced the pressure and the mud is holding the oil down. The U.S. still wants BP to do a "bottom kill" from a relief well.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A ruling is expected today in a landmark California case involving gay marriage. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has reached a decision on whether to uphold or overturn the voter-approved ban known as Proposition 8. A court spokesman says Walker plans to publish his opinion in the afternoon. Both sides say they'll appeal if they lose.

LONDON (AP) - Official figures show that, like their U.S. counterparts, consumers in the 16 countries that use the euro remain reluctant to spend despite an easing in the government debt crises in the eurozone. Statistics show retail sales were flat in June. In the U.S., Americans kept wallets closed in July, especially on pricier items, though they did do some traveling.

TOKYO (AP) - Toyota appears to be recovering from both the economic mess and the battering its reputation took over massive safety recalls. The company reports a quarterly profit of $2.2 billion, reversing the red ink from a year earlier. Toyota also raised its full year earnings forecast today.

BEIJING (AP) - The death toll from China's worst flooding in a decade is above 1,000 as continuing heavy rains hinder efforts to repair reservoirs and place sandbags along breached riverbanks. The official Xinhua News Agency reports thousands of workers have rushed to repair 51 small reservoirs and fortify riverbanks after floods triggered by torrential rains.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former city councilman from the San Antonio suburb of Helotes had pleaded guilty to having sex with a drunken 14-year-old girl. Jeffrey Ellis pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault instead of going to trial as scheduled this week. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

HOUSTON (AP) - United and Continental airlines have settled three shareholder lawsuits against their proposal to combine into the world's biggest airline. Regulatory filings show the airlines will provide more information about the talks that led to the deal, and the unhappy Continental investors will drop the lawsuits.

HOUSTON (AP) - Quintuplets born to a Houston woman will stay in the hospital for six to eight weeks. Veronica Mayorga-Real delivered the three girls and two boys by Cesarean section Saturday with the help of 23 doctors. The babies were born 11 weeks premature.