9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: September 8, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

A man was hit by a car early this morning as he was walking along a roadway. We'll have the latest. And, he casts a pretty big shadow wherever he goes, but now he'll cast a permanent one at LSU. The Shaq statue is set to be unveiled today. Also today, we take a look at our Game Day matchup, Live Oak & Redemptorist. Join us for 9News This Morning beginning at 5 a.m.

- Matt Williams

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Friends make cards for missing teacher's daughter

Colleagues of a foreign language teacher are reaching out to her 5-year-old daughter by sending 1,000 birthday cards for her to Venezuela. More

Cleanup continues from spring flooding

While many areas are cleaning up from Tropical Storm Lee flooding, a few people are still dealing with the aftermath of the Mississippi River floods from three months ago. More

Police identify man found shot to death in street

Authorities released the name of a man who was found lying dead in the street early Wednesday morning. He had been shot. More

Three brothers with a lifelong dream to paddle down the entire Mississippi River in canoes made a stop in Baton Rouge on Wednesday. More


BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has picked up two Democratic opponents for his re-election bid. Special education teacher Tara Hollis officially qualified for the race
Wednesday, as did Cary Deaton, who is making his fourth bid for elected office.

GREEN BAY, WI (AP) - Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees are the last two Super Bowl MVPs, leading the last two Super Bowl winners into Thursday night's opener. Both teams are looking at the game as a chance to send an early message they intend to contend again.

NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama's speech Thursday night has forced NFL pregame shows for the Saints at Packers matchup to be moved to several cable stations. The kickoff show originally scheduled to air on NBC at 7 p.m. EDT. The president's speech is not expected to conflict with the game.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - LSU coach Les Miles says part of him would like to see Texas A&M join the Southeastern Conference. Miles says LSU and the entire SEC will benefit from having more of their games followed by fans in Texas and covered by media outlets in that state.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama goes before a skeptical Congress and nation today to offer a $300 billion package of ideas on jobs. They include tax relief, unemployment insurance, spending to support construction jobs, aid to states and a plan to pay for it. A new Pew Research Center poll finds that majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents doubt that Obama's proposals will do much.

UNDATED (AP) - Water weary East Coast residents are wondering if the weather will ever let them recover from Hurricane Irene. Drenching rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are pounding the region, prompting new flood warnings, local states of emergency, evacuations and renewed cases of nerves.

NEW YORK (AP) - Madonna is going to have to contend with a suit brought by her neighbors after a judge refused to dismiss it. The neighbors claim the superstar makes too much of a racket by using her New York City apartment as a rehearsal studio. Her attorneys say the noise is within legal levels.

YAROSLAVL, Russia (AP) - Investigators are searching for flight recorders in the shattered remains of an airliner that crashed on the banks of the Volga River. The crash killing 43 people including most of one of Russia's premier hockey teams.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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