Good Morning East Texas Headlines 08/12/2010

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: New figures on foreclosures show the nation's economy is not bouncing back as quickly as some experts had hoped. We'll have details on which states are being hardest-hit by the foreclosure crisis…and what some home-owners are doing.

Some East Texas parents are fighting mad over the cost of school supplies. We'll explain how one school district is responding to complaints…and show you where to get supplies without breaking your budget.

A flight attendant's slide to freedom after a confrontation with a passenger is generating strong reactions across the country. We'll hear what some East Texans who work in the service sector think about his actions.

And…he's eager to go back to school…and eager to find a family to call his own. We'll meet 14-year-old Joseph in today's "Gift of Love" report.

Until Next Time, 
Jennifer Hines
KLTV News Anchor 

The heat continues again today with heat advisories now through at least Friday.  Highs today around 102 degrees with heat index values around 110 degrees.  We could see a stray thunderstorm again this afternoon but like yesterday, the majority of East Texas remains dry.  I'll show you how long this heat will last coming up on Good Morning East Texas.


DPS has confirmed that a retired Tyler Police officer and his 7 year old grandson were killed in a one-vehicle accident.

School supplies list? Check! Wallet? Check! Time to go shopping!

A lot of East Texans are outraged about some school supply lists.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Court documents indicate federal prosecutors believe a single drug organization is behind several marijuana farms raided by authorities in a national forest in northeast Wisconsin. The documents don't name the group, but national forests have become prime targets of Mexican drug gangs in recent years. Eight man are facing charges of conspiring to grow and distribute marijuana.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for northwest Iowa starting this afternoon, as a fresh set of storms approaches. Three nights of heavy rainfall earlier this week has triggered flooding that's forced hundreds of people from their homes. One teenage girl was killed and 10 other people had to be rescued after three cars were swept off a submerged road.

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) - Many Pakistani flood survivors are facing food shortages as they begin marking the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Major flooding has damaged crops, roads and bridges and killed 1,500 people. The U.N. estimates up to 7 million are in need emergency assistance.

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's emergency ministry says crews have reduced the wildfires in western Russia by more than 25 percent over the past 24 hours. The ministry says all fires in areas contaminated by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster have been extinguished and radiation levels remain normal.

CHICAGO (AP) - All sides at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial are looking to get some clarity on a jurors' note hinting the panel is deadlocked on at least some counts. Yesterday's note to the judge is the first in over a week. The judge responded with a request for more specifics.

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is suing the Obama administration over the current offshore drilling ban. The suit alleges the moratorium is "unjustified" and that officials did not contact state officials before issuing the ban. An Interior Department spokeswoman says the decision was "simply common sense."

DALLAS (AP) - For the first time in eight years, the Dallas County jail system has passed its state inspection. One obstacle had been a smoke detection system at the county's main jail. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards completed tests of that system yesterday.

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) - A judge has found a 43-year-old Stephenville man competent to stand trial for a stabbing in a north Texas park that left a woman paralyzed from the waist down. Michael Allen Howard is accused of stabbing Brandi Todd in the back as she watched her children play.

DENTON, Texas (AP) - A friend of Leon Breeden says the legendary director of the University of North Texas Jazz Studies program has died of natural causes. Breeden led the school's jazz program and internationally famous "One O'Clock Lab Band" from 1959 to 1981.