Good Morning East Texas Headlines 06-15-10


Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: The East Texas Rescue Mission has closed, just one week after the Tyler City Council rejected an appeal from the shelter for homeless men. We'll tell you why some former supporters of the Mission are now asking questions about its finances.

Someone has been passing counterfeit $20 bills in Tyler. We'll tell you where police say the bogus bills have been turning up.

President Obama is getting a first-hand account of the damage caused by the BP oil spill as he tours the Gulf coast. We'll tell you what he plans to say to the nation about the spill in speech this evening from the Oval Office.

Plus…we'll hear about the origins of a museum devoted to the American spirit…and show you some of the exhibits. The "American Freedom Museum" is the focus of today's "Proud of East Texas".


We're in for more hot and humid weather today. Highs will reach into the middle 90's. Meteorologist Michael Hetrick will have more details on just how hot it will get in East Texas this week.


Move out day for East Texas Rescue Mission

It was move out day for residents at the East Texas Rescue Mission. The Mission has been forced to close its doors following a Tyler City Council decision.

Fake $20 bills spent at weekend garage sales, police searching for suspects

Tyler Police need your help finding suspects they say are passing around counterfeit bills at garage sales.


PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama will be talking to residents along Florida's Gulf Coast about the oil spill today. He'll be delivering his first Oval Office speech tonight in a national address about the disaster.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A leading restaurant operator says there are safe, edible oysters for the taking in the Gulf of Mexico, but no one to take them. Lucien Gunter, who operates Acme Oyster House, says a thousand oystermen have been idled by BP in anticipation of being needed to clean up oil. He says that's pushing the price up.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) - Spirit Airlines and its striking pilots resume talks today with a national mediator. The talks are likely to be welcomed by the thousands of customers who are 100 percent grounded along with the airline. Pilots say they want more competitive pay.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - There are frayed nerves but no serious damage reports after the U.S.-Mexico border was rocked by a magnitude-5.7 earthquake last night. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 85 miles east of San Diego and was felt in Los Angeles.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Jari Askins has declared a state of emergency for 59 counties after as much as 10 inches of rain in some areas in a matter of hours. Forecasters warn more heavy weather may come today. There were no major injuries.

DALLAS (AP) - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a 61-year-old man found guilty of capital murder in the sexual assault and slaying of a Southern Methodist University student. A Dallas County jury convicted Donald Andrew Bess yesterday for the slaying 29 years ago.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military says a 26-year-old soldier assigned to Fort Hood has died of wounds from a non-combat-related incident in Afghanistan. Specialist Christian M. Adams was from Sierra Vista, Arizona. Officials didn't offer details about what happened.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens is urging investigators to leave BP alone while the oil company works to stop the spewing oil in the Gulf of  Mexico. He says he thinks there's "plenty of time to investigate it." BP operated the rig that exploded, leading to the spill.

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas is asking a federal appeals court to intervene in part of its fight with the Environmental Protection Agency over how the state regulates emissions from oil refineries and petrochemicals plants. The attorney general wants the court to review the EPA's rejection of a 1995 state law.