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Good Morning East Texas Headlines 10/06/2010

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: They're making the trip of a lifetime to honor their fellow veterans. We'll hear from some East Texans who fought in World War II about their visit to Washington, D.C.

They're set to re-open today after being closed to traffic. We'll tell you what's been causing problems along the Houston Ship Channel.

Plus, there are finally some signs of improvement. We'll have details on the latest economic data.

Until Next Time, 
Clint Yeatts
KLTV News Anchor 
WEATHER TODAY

Our cool temperatures are continuing today. We'll see lows in the 40's this morning with highs hitting the mid 80's this afternoon. There is a chance of some rainfall early next week. Gracie Maldonado will have details on what your weekend could look like on Good Morning East Texas.

LOCAL HEADLINES

East Texas WWII veterans arrive in Washington D.C.

Thirty-seven World War II veterans and a team from Brookshire Grocery Co. have landed in Washington D.C.

East Texans share tips for pet costume safety this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and a lot of you may be dressing up your furry, four-legged friend, too.

STATE & NATIONAL HEADLINES

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - Gunmen have set another 25 tankers ablaze in Pakistan and killed a driver. It's the sixth attack since Pakistan closed a key border crossing to Afghanistan almost a week ago. A Pentagon spokesman says the investigation of the helicopter attack that angered Pakistan should be finished today.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A group of fruit farmers taking their produce to market has been hit by a roadside bomb in southeastern Afghanistan. A government spokesman says the powerful explosive killed all three people in the civilian vehicle.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's overtures to the Taliban are reportedly having an effect. The Washington Post reports secret talks, with the backing of top Taliban leaders, have begun between representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan government. The conversation is reportedly about a comprehensive settlement including foreign troop withdrawal.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Emergency plans for natural gas pipelines are unavailable to the public and industry watchdogs because government regulators don't keep copies. The Associated Press discovered the situation when it filed a Freedom of Information Act request for copies of every emergency plan for every natural gas and oil transmission pipeline in the U.S. A pipeline blast in California recently killed eight people.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - There's an unusual court of inquiry hearing scheduled today as prosecutors fight an effort to clear a Texas man who was executed. The Innocence Project wants a judge to declare Cameron Todd Willingham was wrongly convicted of setting fire to his home and killing his three daughters.

HOUSTON (AP) - Police in Texas say a 47-year-old man arrested in Tennessee has been charged with murder in the 1983 death of an 11-year-old Houston boy and confessed. A police sergeant says Raymond Yucatan Guzman was last seen with the boy along a railroad right-of-way, and the body was found in a boxcar.      

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former Marine has pleaded guilty to accepting a $25,000 bribe in Houston in exchange for awarding contracts to a Lebanon-based company at Camp Fallujah in Iraq. Court documents allege Mariam Mendoza Steinbuch picked up the cash from an official with a Houston-based affiliate of the company.

HOUSTON (AP) - A U.S. Coast Guard officer says the Houston Ship Channel is expected to reopen today. It's been closed since early Sunday, when a tug pushing barges hit an electric tower. That held up dozens of ships and clogged the main artery leading into one of the nation's busiest ports.

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