Good Morning East Texas Headlines 09/10/2010

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Firefighters in California are still battling a massive blaze in a residential neighborhood near San Francisco. We'll have details on how many homes were destroyed and how investigators believe the fire started.

A Florida preacher is putting his plans to burn copies of the Quran "on hold". We'll hear what East Texans think about his decision.

And a federal judge in California will issue an injunction to stop the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. We'll tell you why she ruled the way she did.

Until Next Time, 
Jennifer Hines
KLTV News Anchor 

Heat advisories have been issued for our southeastern counties from Carthage to Jacksonville and points south and east. Highs today will reach the middle 90s and heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees. There is a slight chance of an isolated storm this afternoon but most areas should remain dry. Your weekend forecast is coming up on Good Morning East Texas.


Pastor calls off Quran burning, East Texans respond
There are mixed messages, after the pastor of a tiny Gainesville, Florida church now says he will not burn Queans this Saturday as originally planned.

A different kind of immigration is putting Texans on guard near the borders.


SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - Flames are sweeping through a neighborhood in the hills south of San Francisco, destroying more than 50 homes and leaving at least one person dead. The utility company that serves San Bruno says one of its gas lines ruptured in the vicinity of the blast and fire.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Weary firefighters are hoping the worst is over from a wildfire that's destroyed nearly 170 homes in the Rocky Mountains foothills of Colorado. Crews have contained 45 percent of the massive blaze, but are monitoring hot spots. Erratic winds could fan the flames and send them into Boulder.

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - A convicted killer has been executed in Washington. The execution of Cal Brown by lethal injection was carried out early today. It was the first time the state has put to death anyone in nine years. Brown was convicted for the 1991 rape, torture and murder of a Seattle-area woman.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The ACLU says the police department of New Jersey's largest city has so many serious problems -- including rampant misconduct -- that the federal government needs to intervene. The group is asking the Department of Justice to provide an independent monitor for the Newark department.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down a city ban on tattoo parlors, ruling the artistic expression is entitled to free speech protection under the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Southern California city of Hermosa Beach to allow tattoo parlors to operate.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The death toll from flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine has increased in Texas. Officials say one of two swimmers swept away by floodwaters near San Antonio has been found dead. Flash flooding also had killed at least two motorists in Texas.

WACO, Texas (AP) - A jury in Waco has handed down a 99-year prison sentence for a man accused of stealing a carton of cigarettes from a smoke shop. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports 55-year-old Leon Willis Wilkerson was charged as a habitual offender and convicted of robbery.

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say a Dallas man who was servicing a water tower in Kokomo, Indiana, has died after falling and getting entangled in cables. A coroner says 30-year-old Rodolfo Torrez Vazquez was caught by a safety line but may have broken his neck during the fall.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Casey's General Stores says it's in talks with Dallas-based 7-Eleven after getting a buyout offer from the convenience store operator. Casey's says its board of directors believes the company is worth more than what 7-Eleven is offering.