Good Morning East Texas Headlines 05-06-10


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Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: Some heavy-duty help is on the way this morning to crews fighting that oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We'll have a live report with details on how the new equipment could help them get the upper hand.

Today is the National Day of Prayer, with observances taking place across the country...despite a recent ruling by a federal judge that the action by Congress to declare a National Day of Prayer was un-constitutional. We'll have a live report from the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in Tyler at 6:30am.

A new billboard is stirring up debate over presidential politics in East Texas. We'll show you the sign that's criticizing the President...and tell you what type of reaction it is generating.

And...she enjoys riding horses and singing...and is looking for a family to call her own. We'll meet Britney in today's "Gift of Love".


We are waking up with very mild temperatures this morning, mainly in the middle to upper 60s. This afternoon will be mostly sunny and very warm once again with highs reaching the lower 90s. Tonight will be another mild night with the low only dropping into the middle and upper 60s once again. A cold front will move through the area on Friday. It still looks as though the chance of rain with this front is very slim. However, if temperatures can reach the lower 90s south of the front in our southern counties tomorrow afternoon, then there will be enough instability for an isolated thunderstorm or two. 

Saturday is looking very pleasant with highs in the upper 70s and much drier air. We could see an isolated shower across our far southern counties from Lufkin south early. Friday's cold front will move back to the north as a warm front on Sunday. As this occurs isolated thunderstorms will be possible.  Highs on Sunday will reach the 80s once again.

Next week is looking very warm, humid, and breezy. We will see highs approach 90 once again but with a little more moisture, there will be a slight chance of storms each afternoon.

Billboard in Marshall asks controversial question

MARSHALL, TX (KLTV) - On TV, in their homes, and even on our website, many people have voiced their displeasure with the current administration. But, in one East Texas town, a billboard is stirring the pot of political argument.

Campaign signs stolen, election heats up

GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas election gets heated as campaign signs disappear.


ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - In just a couple of hours the best short-term hope to control the two-week old Gulf oil spill will arrive at the site of the blown well. Engineers hope a 100-ton concrete-and-steel containment dome will siphon off hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude fouling the waters each day.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Weakened consumer protections and oversight of the Federal Reserve are the latest blocks to the financial overhaul bill. Congress could vote on those measures as early as today. Republicans are offering a weaker alternative on consumer protection; while a bipartisan group wants the Fed to undergo a thorough GAO audit.

BRUSSELS (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is calling for Russia to be more closely integrated into Europe's security architecture, saying security on the continent has become "indivisible." In an op-ed published in the International Herald Tribune, Biden says Washington will "decide nothing about our European allies…without them." He's visiting Brussels for two days.

MUMBAI, India (AP) - The only gunman who survived the bloody attacks in Mumbai two years ago has been sentenced to death. But the High Court must review his sentence. An Indian court found him guilty of murder and waging war against India, which blames the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for masterminding the attack.

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Africa's most populous nation has a new president. Goodluck Jonathan is wearing the green, yellow and white sash of Nigeria. He was sworn in hours after the death of the oil-rich country's elected leader.

DALLAS (AP) - A judge in Dallas has handed down a prison sentence of 355 years for a leader of the bank robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits." Tony Hewitt's sentence is a year longer than the one given to the other leader of the group accused of 21 takeover-style bank robberies in Dallas in 2008.

CONROE, Texas (AP) - A forensic pathologist has testified in the Conroe trial for murder suspect Blaine Milam, who's accused of helping to beat his girlfriend's 13-month-old daughter to death with a hammer. The pathologist says the girl had so many injuries that he couldn't determine a specific cause of death.

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston police report says a high school senior from the area who was found beaten to death in Mexico had been a stripper and wanted to smuggle immigrants. The bodies of 18-year-old Elizabeth Mandala and two Mexican men were found in a crashed pickup truck that officials believe was staged.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department says Mexico and Canada are among 13 countries offering to help contain and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard will decide whether to accept aid.