Ten years ago today....

Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to what we hope is a healthy and happy February!

Ten years ago today, streaks flew across the Texas sky, marking the end of America's first space shuttle and the lives of the crew.

On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up as it re-entered the earth's atmosphere.  The search for what's left of the spacecraft ended, but the lessons learned and the memory of Columbia's crew live on.  Our Melanie Torre will bring you more on that at 4.

Also at 4, we'll share the story of a young cancer patient who is having his dream come true, courtesy of the Make-a-Wish Foundation: he's going to the Super Bowl!

At 5, we'll discuss the Pentagon's decision to lift a decade-old ban on women in the Armed Forces serving in combat. Our Maegan Prejean brings us the story of a Lufkin woman who is a retired Lieutenant General who'll share her thoughts on the issue.

Plus, we'll have Gayle Helms and her Pet Project pet of the week, as well as a heart-healthier recipe for you on In the Kitchen.

And at 6: today, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith spoke to East Texans today about why he believes gun control measures won't work. Smith joined "Grass Roots America, We the People" in a pledge to stand for the Second Amendment and the US Constitution.

We'll have more special coverage in all our shows, looking back on the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Join us all afternoon as we explain more about the people, the place, and the event that shook our nation.

Also, Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto will join us with your weekend weather, so you'll know just how to plan your time off and your Super Bowl shenanigans.

And if you'd like to catch our news on your computer, here is the link to the livestreams on KLTV.com.

We'll see you soon!

Stephanie Frazier

KLTV Web Producer