Heat advisories are in effect again for most of East Texas through at least Tuesday and will more than likely be extended through the workweek. Highs today will reach the upper 90s to around 100 degrees. The heat index value will reach between 105 and 110 degrees so please use extreme caution if outdoors this afternoon. We can't rule out an isolated afternoon thundershower. However, most of East Texas will remain dry.
Exactly six months ago today flames gutted Clear Spring Missionary Baptist Church in Smith County, one of eleven churches to burn at the hands of an arsonist.
A Longview group is promoting reading the old fashioned way, real paper pages in real books.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP hasn't yet confirmed that drilling on a relief well has resumed in the Gulf of Mexico, though the company had earlier said the work would be under way last night. Even though the oil that had been flowing through a busted-out well has stopped, the company and the government aren't willing to declare victory until the relief well is finished.
WASHINGTON (AP) - If a hurricane hits the Gulf Coast and whips up oil from BP's massive spill, cleanup workers may not be able to get to work right away. New orders from the Obama administration require that the oil be tested first before it can be cleaned. That's supposed to make it easier for the government to be reimbursed by BP if oil ends up in backyards, neighborhoods and wetlands.
BERLIN (AP) - Authorities in Germany believe that a mosque in Hamburg has again been used as a meeting place for Islamic radicals. So, they've shut it down. The mosque was once frequented by some of the Sept. 11 attackers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - She's the first woman to take charge of one of the nation's 16 major intelligence agencies. Letitia Long is being elevated today to head the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Most recently, she was second in command at the Defense Intelligence Agency. The NGA synthesizes satellite imagery to create three-dimensional, interactive maps.
MARUDA, Brazil - A former British army captain today plans to complete a walk that has taken 859 days and covered thousands of miles. Ed Stafford will be the first man known to have walked the entire length of the Amazon river. His journey ends at the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Brazil. He says he hopes the achievement will raise awareness of the destruction in the Amazon rain forest.
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers are investigating the fatal shooting of a central Texas man during a confrontation with sheriff's deputies. A Williamson County sheriff's spokesman says 30-year-old Ryan Blake Justice was shot by a deputy Friday after approaching deputies while holding a rifle.
TYLER, Texas (AP) - Investigators blame a blown tire for a crash that killed three men on Interstate 20 in east Texas. Their car veered out of control and hit a tree early Saturday, about 15 miles northwest of Tyler. The driver and a passenger were also injured.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Democratic nominee Bill White has been competing with Republican Governor Rick Perry in head-to-head fundraising, thanks in part to a new generation of affluent Texas Democrats. Campaign finance reports showed White had more than $9 million on hand as of June 30. Perry's campaign had $5.8 million.