Good Morning East Texas Headlines 08-06-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Texas isn't the only state facing triple-digit temperatures today. We'll tell you how other states suffering under this summer heat wave are coping.

Our summer heat wave is having a serious impact on some trees across East Texas. We'll tell you why their survival strategy could be bad news for home-owners.

Crews for B-P have finished pumping cement into their damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll have details on the company's next steps.

And…meteorologist Grant Dade steps back into the kitchen today for "Cooking Up A Storm". He'll share his recipe for seared tuna steaks.


The heat continues but there is a chance of a few storms this afternoon to help cool us off. High temperatures this afternoon will reach the upper 90s in most areas with a few of our western counties touching 100 degrees again. Heat index values will once again reach between 105 and 110 degrees so heat advisories are in effect.


Lawmakers reconsidering 'birthright citizenship' in U.S.

The law says, if you are born in the USA, that makes you an American citizen, regardless of whether your parents are.

TISD considering building three new schools with bond election

Rice and Dixie Elementary Schools are the only two in Tyler that haven't been renovated or improved in recent years, but they could be in line for a complete overhaul.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will join President Barack Obama at the White House today for a ceremony to mark her confirmation yesterday as the nation's 112th justice. Kagan will be sworn in tomorrow by Chief Justice John Roberts. She'll be the third woman to currently serve on the court, and the fourth in history.

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - BP engineers have sealed the top of the busted well in the Gulf of Mexico. Once the cement they poured in dries, the last step begins -- finishing the drilling of the last 100 feet of a relief well which will be used to seal the underground reservoir from the bottom with mud and cement. Retired Adm. Thad Allen says, "This is not the end, but it will virtually assure us that there will be no chance of oil leaking into the environment."

WASHINGTON (AP) - Economists are worried that the latest unemployment report out today won't show the strong gains needed to speed up the recovery. Economists at Thomson Reuters say companies it's surveyed added a net total of 90,000 private-sector jobs in July, and the unemployment rate is expected to rise to 9.6 percent from 9.5 percent.

MIAMI (AP) - The FBI says a suspected al-Qaida operative who lived for more than 15 years in the U.S. has become chief of the terror network's global operations. In an AP exclusive, authorities say it's the first time a leader so intimately familiar with American society has been placed in charge of planning attacks. A Miami-based FBI counterterrorism expert says Adnan Shukrijumah has taken over a position once held by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured in 2003.

UNDATED (AP) - It's definitely August. Another day of roasting temperatures is expected across the Southeast, the East Coast and other parts of the country today. In Texas, the heat wave also continues, but temperatures will be a little cooler than they were yesterday, with a high of about 102. Extreme temperatures across the country yesterday killed more than a dozen people.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Texas on Monday for Democratic fund-raisers in Austin and Dallas and an education-related event at the University of Texas. A White House spokesman says the invitation-only audience for that event will be made up largely of UT-Austin students.

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - A former police officer is accused of stealing more than 100 confiscated guns when he was in charge of the police evidence room in Cleveland, 45 miles northeast of Houston. Harry Leroy Kelley is charged with federal firearms violations. He's pleaded not guilty.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says it has paid $303 million in claims to more than 40,000 businesses and individuals affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It says it will continue making payments until the Obama administration's pay czar takes over processing claims from a $20 billion oil spill compensation fund later this month.

DALLAS (AP) - A rare, 70-year-old copy of Batman Number 1 has sold for more than $55,000 at a Dallas auction. An official from Heritage Auction Galleries says the comic book went yesterday to an anonymous buyer who bid by telephone.