Good Morning East Texas Headlines 08/31/2010

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Authorities in the Netherlands are questioning two men because of some suspicious items in their luggage. We'll tell you why authorities here in the U.S. allowed them to board a plane in Chicago...and what they were carrying that has security officials alarmed.

President Obama will be in Texas today to meet with troops at Fort Bliss and thank them for their service in Iraq. We'll have details on what he's expected to say about the end of combat operations in that country in a live televised speech from the Oval Office tonight.

Some East Texas are calling for changes at one animal shelter because of what they say are un-acceptable conditions. We'll tell you how authorities are responding to their concerns.

And...they're celebrating the accomplishments of Texas musicians. We'll hear from some of the big names who attended the induction ceremonies at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in today's "Proud of East Texas".

Until Next Time, 
CLint Yeatts
KLTV News Anchor 

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible once again today. Highs temperatures will reach the middle 90s in most areas today. Chances of scattered storms continue through much of the work week but, big changes could be headed our way this weekend. Details coming up on Good Morning East Texas.


A SPCA chapter formed in East Texas is hoping to create what would be the only regional animal care facility in Smith County.

'Watch DOGS' program putting East Texas dads on campus

When you walk down the halls at most elementary schools, most of the adults you will find are women.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The formal end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq is the subject of President Barack Obama's speech to the nation tonight. Ahead of the speech, he's thanking troops at Fort Bliss, Texas, for the valor they've shown in Iraq. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden is making a new appeal to Iraqi leaders to end their squabbling. Biden is visiting Baghdad to mark the formal end to U.S combat operations.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A poll of Americans with strong opinions about the country's most divisive issues are strongly opposed to the way President Barack Obama is handling them. In a danger sign for Democrats, most Americans who are extremely concerned about 10 of 15 issues say they will vote for the Republican candidate in their local House race. The AP-GfK poll finds only those highly interested in the environment lean toward the Democrats.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The National Hurricane Center is warning coastal residents from North Carolina to Maine to watch out for Hurricane Earl. It's forecast to brush the East Coast late Thursday before turning back out to sea, but forecasters say only a small change in the Category 4 storm's track could bring it ashore.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Another four American troops have been killed in Afghanistan. Today's deaths in a roadside bomb explosion in eastern Afghanistan come amid a particularly bloody period for American forces in the country. With 18 service members killed since Saturday, this month's total has climbed to 53. July was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the 2001invasion, with 66 killed.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alaska election officials start the counting today of more than 15-thousand absentee ballots and nearly 10,000 questioned ballots in the state's tight Republican Senate primary between Sen. Lisa Murkowski and challenger Joe Miller. Miller holds a lead of less than 1,700 votes. His campaign has raised questions of possible vote tampering by a Murkowski supporter.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A spokeswoman for Governor Rick Perry says the governor's request to meet with President Barack Obama when the president visits Fort Bliss today has been denied. She says the Republican governor wanted to talk about border security, but White House aides said Obama would not be available.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dallas-area Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson admits wrongly steering scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to her own relatives and the children of a staff member. The Democrat says it was unintentional. She says she'll reimburse the foundation this week.

HAMSHIRE, Texas (AP) - Part of Interstate 10 near Hamshire in southeast Texas will be closed until at least tomorrow after a hazardous chemical spill. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the road is closed between Texas 73 and Farm Road 365.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's attorney general says authorities have captured a Texas-born alleged drug kingpin known as "the Barbie." Edgar Valdez Villarreal is suspected of leading one of two factions battling for control of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.