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

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

The man arrested for allegedly attacking two women near LSU, accused of raping one of them, has been cleared in one of the cases. On a much lighter note, but still making some major headlines, the Chris Paul trade that wasn't. A three-team deal seemed all worked out, but the NBA stepped in and killed it. What's next? What do you want to see happen here? Join us for 9NTM and The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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A teacher at a Baton Rouge middle school was charged with cruelty to a juvenile after allegedly picking up a student's desk, causing her to hit her head. More

Two men were arrested on armed robbery charges shortly after a pair walked into a grocery store armed with handguns and took money. More

Investigators took two men into custody accused of robbing people around the LSU Lakes. The victims were robbed of their iPhones. More

A Baton Rouge police officer was placed on 15 days suspension without pay for pulling a woman's hair following a motorcycle crash in September. More


LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (AP) - LSU had a good night at the College Football Awards show. Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's top college defensive player, while Morris Claiborne won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NBA, as owners of the New Orleans Hornets, decided not to trade All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers. An NBA spokesman said the league office declined to make the trade "for basketball reasons." Lakers forward Lamar Odom would have gone to New Orleans and fellow Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol to Houston.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Deliberations are expected to resume on Friday in the case of two New Orleans police officers charged with lying about a man's fatal shooting following Hurricane Katrina. Jurors on Thursday reached verdicts on some counts in the six-count case but remained deadlocked on one or more counts.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state agency that oversees most New Orleans public school has unveiled its plan to make enrolling in a school easier. The old system required families to fill out applications at every school they wanted their children to attend. Now, the district says families will fill out one application and list their school choices in order of preference.

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


BLACKSBURG, VA (AP) - Police say they don't have a motive yet in the shooting death of a Virginia Tech police officer. Authorities say they're trying to find out whether the officer was specifically targeted. State police say ballistics tests confirm the same gun was used by a man who apparently shot himself.

McALLEN, TX (AP) - Authorities say the second of two children shot by his mother during a standoff at a Texas welfare office has died. A Laredo police spokesman says 10-year-old Timothy Grimmer died Thursday at a San Antonio hospital. His 12-year-old sister died of her wounds on Wednesday. The mother killed herself after they were denied food stamps.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors say a Los Angeles woman accused of attacking Black Friday shoppers with pepper spray won't face felony charges. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney says the case of Elizabeth Macias, 32, was referred to city attorneys and she could still face misdemeanor prosecution.

KOLKATA, India (AP) - Government officials accuse staff of abandoning patients and running away after a fire swept through a hospital in the Indian city of Kolkata today, killing 61 people. Firefighters on long ladders smashed windows in the upper floors to rescue patients. Narrow streets delayed the arrival of firefighters.

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


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