Good Morning East Texas Headlines 02-25-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Investigators are gathering more evidence in connection with a string of church fires in East Texas. We'll tell you what a search of the suspects' homes turned up and why that material could give new clues on the motive behind the crimes.

The producers of "Extreme Makeover – Home Edition" are just hours away from revealing which East Texas family will receive a life-changing gift. We'll have details on how you can get the first word on the big announcement…and explain how you can still get involved in the effort to help a family in our community.

Should hot dogs carry a warning label? That's what a group representing doctors wants, but East Texans aren't so sure. We'll hear what parents and day care owners think about the proposal.

Plus, he's 11 years old and full of energy. Now, he needs a family to call his own. We'll meet Adam in this morning's "Gift of Love" report.


We are seeing a very cold start to our Thursday with temperatures starting off in the lower to middle 20s in many locations.  This afternoon we will see sunshine early followed by increasing clouds late.  Highs will be much warmer than we have seen the past few days reaching the upper 50s in most areas.  Rain will move back into the forecast tomorrow and temperatures will be much colder.  Highs will only reach the middle to upper 40s tomorrow during the afternoon.  There is a slight chance that areas along the I-30 corridor could see a rain/snow mix before the precipitation ends tomorrow night, but no accumulation is expected.

The weekend is looking a little drier now as we will be in between systems.  Rain will move back into the forecast Sunday evening and last into your Monday.  Temperatures will remain below normal as we start the new work week, but it looks as though highs will get closer to 60 degrees by the middle of next week.


Pitbull mix attacks 5-year-old

Elijahjuan Jimison, 5, has told his family he will never go outside again. That is because Sunday he was attacked by a pitbull mix just a few yards away from his home in Henderson.

Extreme teams gathering last-minute supplies

Brace yourselves! Extreme Makeover: Home Edition East Texas is just hours away from changing an East Texas family's life forever. They will be surprised Thursday.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Live from Washington, it's Obama's health care summit. President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies will try to make their case for health care reform in a summit with Republicans this morning, and it'll be broadcast live on daytime TV. The public is split over the Democrats' package and its $1 trillion, 10-year price tag.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - SeaWorld in Florida hasn't decided what to do about a whale that killed one of its handlers. Veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau was rubbing the 12,000-pound killer whale from a poolside platform Wednesday when it reached up, grabbed her with its mouth and dragged her underwater. It's the third time the animal has been involved in a human death.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A study suggests an online program some employers use to weed out illegal workers misses more than half the people it's supposed to identify. The research company that evaluated the E-Verify system for the Homeland Security Department  found 54 percent of the illegal immigrants checked through the system are cleared to work because they are using stolen or borrowed identities.

HOUSTON (AP) - The three Republican candidates for governor are appealing to GOP supporters ahead of Tuesday's primary. Governor Rick Perry, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and activist Debra Medina made individual pitches in a rare joint appearance last night in Houston at an annual Harris County Republican Party dinner.

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama has nominated a state district judge in Beaumont to the top federal prosecutor's position for eastern Texas. The Senate would have to confirm Judge John Stevens Jr. as the district's new U.S. attorney.

HOUSTON (AP) - A Harris County sheriff's deputy is accused of accepting money to reveal confidential information from sheriff's office databases. A statement by prosecutors doesn't say who received the information or made a payment to Kurt Douglas Green of Hockely.