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

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

Get your game on! We're live at Live Oak High School for Game Day as high school football takes over. Which games are you heading to tonight? Maybe you've got your grill primed for the pair of home openers this Saturday, LSU and Southern. We're tailgating on the show with some great ideas for your weekend get together. Join us for 9News This Morning beginning at 5 a.m.

- Matt Williams

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You are invited to the West Baton Rouge Museum on Sunday, September 11 at 2:30 pm, for a reception to honor and thank the men and women of the Greater Baton Rouge area who serve as first responders and emergency responders. The reception is timed to help commemorate the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11. The reception is free and open to the public. Click here for more 


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Shaq statue unveiled at LSU

Shaquille O'Neal unveiled the 900-pound bronze statue of himself before a crowd gathered outside the new LSU practice facility Thursday afternoon. More

Qualifying ends with no late surprises

There were no real surprises as qualifying for statewide and other races ended Thursday. A total of 10 people qualified for the governor's race. More

Political foes face off in run for sheriff

Many people will be keeping a close eye on a sheriff's race that features a longtime incumbent and a former state official who resigned after allegations of wrongdoing. More

Authorities said a clerk at a cash loan business lied when she claimed she was pistol-whipped and robbed by a man Thursday morning. She faces theft charges. More


GREEN BAY, WI (AP) - The New Orleans Saints are 0-1 on the season, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Drew Brees threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-34 loss to the Green Bay Packers, but the game ended with Green Bay making a goal-line stand on the final play of the game.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - LSU officials say suspended receiver Russell Shepard will be eligible to return for the Tigers' fourth game of the season at West Virginia. Shepard, a starter, was suspended before LSU's season opener against Oregon for breaking an NCAA rule. West Virginia and LSU play on Sept. 24.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - The lawyer for suspended LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson has filed a motion seeking the return of property that police took from the player's apartment during the investigation of a bar fight that led to Jefferson's arrest. Police eventually took nearly 50 pairs of Jefferson's shoes.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - LSU's Michael Ford says he began to make his greatest strides as a running back when he stopped trying to play like he was the best athlete on the field. In last weekend's season-opening victory over Oregon, Ford ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

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


WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say they have the first tip of an "active plot" to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Officials say they are investigating a credible but unconfirmed threat that al-Qaida was planning to use a car bomb to target bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Economists have offered mainly positive reviews of President Barack Obama's $450 billion plan to stimulate job creation. Some predicted it would put hundreds of thousands of people back to work next year, mainly because a Social Security tax cut for workers would be deepened and extended to small businesses.

MONTPELIER, VT (AP) - The flooding in the Northeast from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene is more than a threat to individual property and lives. What's left is a potential public health threat tainted with sewage and other toxins. It could happen through direct exposure or the contamination of private water wells.

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian air accident investigators say they are examining flight recorder boxes from a deadly plane crash the killed a top ice hockey team. The team was among the 43 people who died. Officials say the tapes are wet and they'll wait for them to dry before trying to decipher them.

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


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