Good Morning East Texas Headlines 09/22/2010

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: A top official with the Obama administration is leaving the White House at a critical time. We'll tell you where one of the President's top economic advisors is going after the mid-term elections.

An East Texas toddler is going home from the hospital. We'll have an update on Jayden McLean, who was injured in an accident shooting last week.

Plus…they're pushing for a crack-down on distracted driving. We'll tell you who federal officials are targeting for a "no texting" rule.

Until Next Time, 
Clint Yeatts
KLTV News Anchor 
WEATHER TODAY

We will see partly cloudy skies this afternoon with a few scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Highs will reach the lower 90s this afternoon.  Tonight we will see a few evening showers before 8 PM followed by partly cloudy skies.  Lows will reach the lower 70s.  Your weekend forecast is coming up on Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

Sleep deprivation, crawling through the mud, rolling down a hill until you vomit - all done in the name of Jesus.

East Texas prayer event draws hundreds

Four words were all it took for Bridlewood Church in Bullard to get dozens of churches and organizations to come to an event.

STATE & NATIONAL HEADLINES

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Top present and former city officials in Bell, Calif., are scheduled for arraignment today on charges of bilking taxpayers out of $5.5 million to pay bloated salaries. The mayor, the ex-city manager and six current and former officials of Bell are headed from jail to court. Residents honked car horns and staged impromptu celebrations after their arrests.

WASHINGTON (AP) - With only Democrats who voted no on health care running campaign ads about it, President Barack Obama is going on the offensive to try to convince a skeptical public the plan is in their interests. The White House is preparing to use the law's six-month anniversary to trumpet new reforms that are taking effect, such as a ban on canceling insurance for someone who falls ill.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new book sheds more light on internal divisions in the Obama administration, especially over Afghanistan. "Obama's Wars," by journalist Bob Woodward, suggests disagreements over policy and turf were even more intense than previously known and offers new details. The New York Times obtained a copy of the book before its scheduled publication date, scheduled for next week.

HOUSTON (AP) - A BP spokesman says an accident at the company's Texas City refinery left two workers hospitalized with steam burns. Refinery spokesman Michael Marr told the Houston Chronicle he had no other details on how the injuries happened yesterday afternoon. He says BP is reviewing the accident.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Governor Rick Perry is seeking federal help for 13 Texas counties that had extensive flood damage from Tropical Storm Hermine. Perry also has renewed an earlier state disaster proclamation for the same 13 counties.

SMACKOVER, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas oil refinery owned by Kilgore-based Martin Midstream Partners has been cited for lapses in safety measures at the plant. The proposed fines for the facility in Smackover, Arkansas, total more than $165,000.