Good Morning East Texas Headlines 09/14/2010 - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Good Morning East Texas Headlines 09/14/2010

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas:  A crime that shocked an East Texas town is being put in the national spotlight this evening. We'll have details on who is taking a new look at the brutal murder.

The nation's largest retailer is jumping in to a new business.  We'll tell you how Wal Mart is moving beyond sell cell phones...to selling its own cell phone plan.

And...talk show-host Oprah Winfrey is known for surprising her guests with amazing gifts. Well tell you what she had in store for the audience at the first taping of her show's final season.

Until Next Time, 
Jennifer Hines
KLTV News Anchor 
WEATHER TODAY

The dry air that moved into the area yesterday will provide sunny skies and warm temperatures this afternoon across East Texas.  Highs will reach the middle 90s today, about 6 to 8 degrees above normal.  Tonight will be clear with lows in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees.   I'll have a look at the rest of your week's forecast plus the latest on hurricane Igor and Julia coming up on Good morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

New TV series to center on murder of East Texas family

It was a horrific triple murder that tore an East Texas town apart and is still making national headlines.

Gymnastics helping 10-year-old resist Cerebral Palsy

It is a disorder that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans, and an East Texas boy has found a way to control his case.

STATE & NATIONAL HEADLINES

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - Experts are warning that the pipeline explosion that destroyed dozens of homes and killed at least four people near San Francisco last week could reflect a problem that exists nationwide. They say gas pipelines from decades ago are now aging and deteriorating, underneath large populations that weren't living there when the lines were installed.

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - Now that one Colorado wildfire is contained, crews are trying to keep a second one from damaging any more homes. They've built containment lines around 20 to 25 percent of the fire near Loveland. A fire chief says crews are making "slow progress." The earlier fire, near Boulder, destroyed more than 160 homes.

MIAMI (AP) - Julia is now the fifth hurricane of this year's Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters say it has winds of 75 miles an hour as it moves in the open Atlantic, not currently threatening any land areas. Hurricane Igor, meanwhile, is expected to remain over open water at least through the week. Its top winds are near 140 miles an hour.

WASHINGTON (AP) - As he did last year, President Barack Obama is speaking to the nation's schoolchildren today -- this time, from a school in Philadelphia. This year's back-to-school message is that nothing is impossible as long as schoolchildren dream big, work hard and focus on learning.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Opening statements begin today in the trial of the man accused of causing the crash that took the life of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart last year. Police say Andrew Gallo had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit. He's charged with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Adenhart and his two friends.

KEMP, Texas (AP) - Bond is set at $500,000 for an east Texas man charged with murder in the weekend death of his 23-year-old son. Marcus Russell Sides of Kemp is accused of shooting his son when the younger man became belligerent and spit on his mother after drinking heavily.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A spider monkey named W.C. Fields is roaming suburban subdivisions just northwest of San Antonio. The president of Primarily Primates tells the San Antonio Express-News the monkey escaped from the sanctuary last week when Tropical Storm Hermine tore open its wire enclosure.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department's inspector general is opening a review of the department's enforcement of voting rights laws in response to concerns from Republican Congressmen Lamar Smith of Texas and Frank Wolf of Virginia. Their concerns stem from a dismissal of a lawsuit against two members of the New Black Panther Party.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration wants to double the amount collected for inspections of offshore oil and gas rigs. The president says that would pay for his plan asking Congress to approve $80 million in new spending for the agency that oversees offshore drilling.

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