Morning Express with Robin Meade

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Puppy fakes own death

You can see the full clip on YouTube... be sure to tell them you saw her stunt on HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade."
 

For this soldier, the USAF is "what he was meant to do"

Lora and Rich Herrera send a salute to their son, Rick. Lora writes:

"My son has many loves in his life: his wife, his two little girls, Hayden and Kellisyn, basketball, his mom and dad, sister and brother, and his country. He feels being in the Air Force is what he was meant to do in his life. We all miss him dearly, are so very proud of him, and love him with all our hearts!"

A brother salutes his Army siblings: "I could not be any prouder"

Troy thanks his siblings, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Todd Buerger and U.S. Army Major Kristy Harmon, for their service both at home and overseas.

Submit a salute of your own by visiting the special Morning Express with Robin Meade Salute To Troops assignment page at: iReport.com! Or create your own salute and send it off immediately at sendasalute.cnn.com

Tracking Tropical Storm Don to Texas

Tropical storm Don is edging closer to the South Texas coast this morning - and should hit land sometime late tonight or early tomorrow morning between Brownsville and Matagorda. The storm itself looks healthier on this morning's satellite, but it's still facing some wind shear on the northern side that is helping to keep it from developing further. Add in the dry air near the Texas coastline in the upper levels (tropical systems feed on moist air, too), and Don should only get to about 65 mph before it hits the beach. The steering winds for the storm are from the huge high pressure ridge over the S/MW/SW blowing it WNW. That ridge is actually gaining strength this morning, causing Don to turn westward... meaning the chance of good rain is almost out the door for Northern/Central Texas. My fingers are crossed, but the rain field just doesn’t look too big. Three to five inches are likely for southern Texas.

The upper half of the nation is active this morning, too. There are plenty of impulses running through the atmosphere from the MW to the NE, and tough storms with heavy rain and frequent lightning have been hitting from Chicago to Buffalo and beyond. Ill have the forecast for you on the show.

Nascar prayer songified – Boogity, boogity, boogity. AMEN!



The NASCAR prayer everyone's been talking about has now been turned into a song! Check it, pastor Joe Nelms may be a future pop-star thanks to the talented folks at songify. They're the people who used auto-tune to make Antoine Dodson 'internet famous' with the "Bed Intruder Song!!!" Personally I think this one is a little catchier!

Tropical Storm Don churns toward Texas

Tropical storm Don is headed towards the coast of TX, and should make a landfall somewhere near Corpus Christi late Fri night or early Sat morning. Right now the winds are around 40 mph, but it doesn’t look very organized on the radar. It will start to churn into warmer water as it heads to the Western Gulf of Mexico that will help it intensify, and the National Hurricane Center brings it up to a 60 mph storm by Fri night (hurricane force winds are 75 mph). This could be some great news for parched TX, b/c it has the potential to bring a good 3-6” of rain with it, possibly a little more. It will also cool the temps down for a day or two as far north as lower OK. We’ll see how strong he gets, and what the weather will be like for the Western Gulf over the next few days.

Tropical Storm DON

New Movie Friday: 'Cowboys and Aliens'

It's "New Movie Friday" on "Morning Express with Robin Meade" and that means a visit from sixsecondreviews.com critic Russ Leatherman aka: Mr. Moviefone. see if he is in or out on Daniel Craig & Harrison Ford in "Cowboys and Aliens" plus NPH in "The Smurfs" and "Crazy Stupid Love" starring Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell working his first new job since leaving Dunder Mifflin.

We'd love to hear your review too. Have a great weekend!

Tropical system near Cuba could mean rain for a parched Texas

Quick look at the Wednesday forecast for you, right here.

The stubborn ridge of high pressure over the middle of the Lower 48 hasn’t moved much in the last three weeks, and today is no different. That means the ridge will still crank out the heat over the Mid Mississippi Valley and parts of the Midwest. I’ll show you the temperatures, but it's safe to say Dallas will reach 102 today (at DFW) making it the 26th consecutive day of 100 or better. There may be some relief for the Lone Star State, though, with a developing tropical system near Cuba. There is a good chance this will turn into at least a tropical depression, and maybe a tropical storm. All the tracking models take this thing into Northern Mexico or Texas by late Friday or over the weekend. I expect it to bring good rain and cooler temperatures to Eastern/Central Texas... I just hope it doesn’t blow up into a full-blown hurricane. I’ll keep you posted.

Salute to first U.S. soldier killed in war on terror

Kristofor Stonesifer and a fellow Army Ranger were flying a Blackhawk helicopter when they crashed and died in Pakistan in 2001. Their deaths were the first casualties suffered by the U.S. military in the war on terror.

In this salute, Stonesifer's niece salutes her fallen uncle, who was called "a very mature and focused young man" by his college ROTC leader.

Salute to an Army husband and father of three

This salute is from Madilyn Bravo to her husband, Army PFC Ernesto Bravo. The couple has a 2-month-old daughter and 4-year-old twins. Madilyn writes:

“Nearly two weeks into his deployment our third child, Natalya Katherine Bravo, was born. On July 2, 2011, he surprised me by taking his mid-tour leave early to come home to see his newest daughter."

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