Good Morning East Texas Headlines 08-05-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The Texas Rangers have a new owner this morning. We'll tell you who won the late-night bidding war…and how much it cost them.

They'll add mud to the cement that's already in place. We'll have the latest on the timetable for BP's efforts to permanently seal its sunken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Newly-released video shows the events in a controversial traffic stop that caused an East Texas police officer to resign. We'll hear what one of the men inside the pickup truck thinks would be a more appropriate punishment.

Some East Texas non-profit groups are joining forces to gather up school supplies for children here…and in Central America. We'll have a special guest in the studio with more information on "Operation Backpack".

And…we'll meet two young girls with lots of energy…who need a family to call their own. That's in today's "Gift of Love" report.


Heat advisories remain in effect through Friday evening. This afternoon will be hot once again with highs reaching around 100 degrees and heat index values between 105 and 110 degrees. We will be watching a few storms develop this afternoon to our south and there is a very slight chance a couple of these could make it into our southern counties. Your weekend forecast coming up on Good Morning East Texas.


Diboll Police video chronicles controversial traffic stop

A police dashboard camera shows a former Diboll Police officer aggressively approach a vehicle with a gun drawn, break the window and yank an elderly man out of the vehicle.

Schools finding ways to keep players safe during 2-a-days

Already this week several players have been sent to hospitals, treated for heat-related injuries.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP plans to begin reinforcing the mud plug in its blown-out well today with cement. It's gotten the government's permission to force cement down the well as long as it keeps working on the two relief wells. Everyone remains cautious about declaring victory in the battle just yet.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The judge who tossed out California's gay marriage ban yesterday says he might be willing to withhold making his decision final until a higher court rules. He's told both sides to submit written arguments by tomorrow. California currently is still enforcing the gay marriage ban.

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Model Naomi Campbell has testified at the war crimes trial of former Liberian ruler Charles Taylor. She says she got "dirty-looking stones" after a dinner he attended, but didn't say if they were rough diamonds or if she got them from him. Prosecutors say they were diamonds Taylor got for supporting rebels in Sierra Leone.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A convoy of NATO troops and Afghan police in northern Afghanistan was rocked by a suicide car bomber. Afghan officials say seven police officers were killed and at least 11 people wounded. A NATO spokesman says no NATO troops were killed, but some were wounded. He gave no particulars.

BEIJING (AP) - China has its youngest major general ever – and he has a familiar name. Mao Xinyu, who is 40, is the grandson of Mao Zedong. The young Mao told an interviewer that his family background was "definitely a factor" in his promotion. He hopes some day to go into politics.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Three high-ranking Texas Mexican Mafia members convicted of helping the gang commit nearly two dozen murders have been sentenced to life in prison. A jury found former Texas Mexican Mafia general Jacinto Navajar  and two of his lieutenants guilty on conspiracy counts.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A bill working its way through Congress would require Governor Rick Perry to promise to maintain state education spending levels through 2013. A Texas Education Agency spokeswoman says the Texas-specific measure would deny more than $800 million to Texas schools.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio city panel has voted to let the Daughters of the Republic of Texas drape an 80-foot banner on a downtown hotel to mark the 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. It clears the way for the banner to be hung for seven months on the Emily Morgan Hotel.