Good Morning East Texas Headlines 12/31/2010

Coming up on Good Morning East Texas: A grand jury indicts 3 East Texas County Officials for "official oppression." the latest on the case involving public comment.
 
Plus, a man is in custody after a high speed chase that spanned 2 East Texas Counties.
 
And, the count down to New Year's begins....less than 24 hours left!

Until Next Time,

 
Jennifer Hines

Good Morning East Texas Anchor

weather today

The chances for showers are increasing. Heaviest rainfall totals are expected over the Eastern Sections of ETX as the support for the heavier rainfall will be mainly there and points east. Behind the front, much cooler temperatures are expected...and the good news is that the moisture will be gone before we drop below freezing.

Local headlines

Three Upshur County Officials were charged with official oppression and abuse of official capacity by a grand jury.

After a hospital visit that lasts two weeks, one family comes home to celebrate Christmas with missing presents.

State & national headlines

UNDATED (AP) - It's 2011 - in New Zealand. Auckland has welcomed the new year with fireworks and cheers. Australia's countdown is just a few hours away, with and expected 1.5 million people lining the harbor in Sydney. Nearly a million revelers plan to cram onto the streets around New York's Times Square to watch the traditional midnight ball drop.

BIZMARK, N.D. (AP) - Parts of North Dakota and Minnesota are bracing for another blast of wintry weather this afternoon. A blizzard warning is in effect through Saturday morning. Severe winds and heavy snowfall already blanketing the Dakotas and Minnesota caused a pileup of nearly 100 vehicles Thursday on I-94 near Fargo, North Dakota. The state even ordered its snowplows off the roads.

DENVER (AP) - Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico are struggling to get rid of a tail end of storms that left areas more to the west battling an onslaught of snow, rain and bitter wind. Denver is facing its heaviest snows of the season today, and parts of Wyoming and New Mexico are enduring stormy weather and frigid temperatures.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans says it's time to get rid of all the FEMA trailers that were set up after Hurricane Katrina, but 221 households are still living in them. The city has told those residents that if they haven't found another place to live by the start of 2011, they'll face fines of up to $500 a day.

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Geoffrey Dubie and Bethany Phillips will be ringing in 2011 with an "I do." The couple will be getting married in New York's Times Square while celebrating the New Year. They won a contest from Get Married Media to pay for their wedding. Readers of the wedding planning magazine and its web site chose the couple out of 1,900 entries. The two met last January in Iraq. They're both in the Marine Corps.