9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: December 7, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

Almost a month after the terrifying ordeal, a suspected kidnapper is waking up behind bars. And, 70 years after the day that will live in infamy, how will you choose to remember Pearl Harbor and all that followed? That and a huge "Thank You" for all those who helped break a record for the OLOL Mansion! You helped a lot of kids right in our own area. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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The first of several public hearings regarding the Baton Rouge loop started Dec. 5 in Baton Rouge. The meetings will be held in each of the five parishes that would be impacted by the proposed Baton Rouge Loop project. Mayor Kip Holden said the hearings are part of a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement required by the Federal Highway Administration and are an opportunity for local residents to provide written or recorded comments on the project. Click here for more


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Doctors told a woman her son would die after he was shot in the head over a year ago, but he survived. Now, she wants him home for Christmas but needs help. More

A Texas man was arrested after allegedly stealing two cars and leading authorities on a chase on Interstate 10. He flipped one of the cars trying to escape. More

Detectives are looking for a Tennessee man who jumped in a bayou after sneaking off during a traffic stop. Investigators found counterfeit cash and guns in the car. More

A Louisiana woman is dead after she was infected by a rare and deadly amoeba. Officials said she used tap water in a neti pot to irrigate her sinuses. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order that allows a group of protesters and homeless people to return to the site where they had been camped since early October. About 150 officers marched into the encampment across from City Hall before dawn Tuesday.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has decided how it will tie teacher evaluations to student performance scores. A BESE panel Tuesday backed a plan for setting the scoring standards statewide, to comply with a law passed two years ago and started with a pilot program.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets are going to open the 2011-12 regular season on the road Dec. 26, with its first home matchup against the Boston Celtics two days later. The schedule, released Tuesday, also includes two home games against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on March 14 and April 9.

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis has won the annual Broyles Award given to the top college assistant coach. Chavis guided an LSU defense that was second in the country in both scoring and total defense. The Tigers allowed an average of 10.5 points and 252.1 yards per game.

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


DETROIT (AP) -Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says Chevrolet's electric car, the Volt, is safe to drive. However, the government is investigating fires that started inside the car after government crash tests. A person close to the matter says the fires started when a liquid solution that cools the Volt's battery crystallized and caused an electrical short.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide today whether girls under 17 can get the morning-after pill without a prescription. Right now Plan B One-Step is only available without a prescription for women 17 and older.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - There's not so good news for people living with bedbugs. Researchers say the little critters are able to inbreed and still produce healthy offspring. That means if just a few bedbugs survive after the exterminator leaves, they can repopulate very quickly.

JERUSALEM (AP) - Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav is beginning a 7-year prison sentence for rape. Katsav was convicted in December of raping a former female employee when he was a Cabinet minister and of sexually harassing two other women when he was president from 2000 to 2007.

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


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