9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: December 13, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

A fire has broken out at Mike Anderson's in Baton Rouge. How bad has the very popular restaurant been damaged? We'll take you out there. Plus, how much are you going to spend for BCS Championship tickets? The cheap ones may have you taking out a second mortgage.  And, we continue our 9Gifts giveaway. Sometime this morning you could win a great prize, just by watching and calling. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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A taped production of the Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade that rolled through Baton Rouge on Saturday will be broadcast on WAFB, WBXH and Cable Channel 9 on various days until Christmas. Click here for more


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A fire started at Mike Anderson's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar in Baton Rouge early Tuesday morning. A second alarm was activated. More

Thousands of pounds of copper were stolen, but when the thieves returned to the scene for round two, they were caught red-handed. More

A woman and her two small children, along with two of her friends, were held at gunpoint in her home after two men just walked in demanding money. More

Investigators said the autopsy showed a man found dead in the front yard of his home late last week suffered a heart attack and there was no foul play. More


BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is inviting all four of his living predecessors to his Jan. 9 inauguration. That includes Edwin Edwards, who was released from prison earlier this year and remains on probation for a federal corruption conviction. The invitations will go out later this week.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - A state district judge has denied a motion for a new trial requested by a Grosse Tete truck stop owner who keeps a tiger in a cage near Interstate 10. The motion was filed Nov. 20 after Caldwell ruled the tiger would not be permitted to remain at Sandlin's truck stop.

METAIRIE, LA (AP) - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said the team is certainly paying attention to what San Francisco is doing. The 49ers' loss to Arizona has opened the door for New Orleans to become the NFC's No. 2 seed by season's end now that both teams are 10-3. The Saints play Minnesota on Sunday.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Paul isn't going to Los Angeles, at least not now. The general manager of the Clippers said he rejected a proposed deal by the New Orleans Hornets for the All-Star guard because his team felt the cost was just too high.

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


NEW YORK (AP) - It's going to look more like Christmas in January for some people. Six percent of those who answered Deloitte's annual holiday survey this year say they're putting off the bulk of their Christmas shopping until January - because of money. After Christmas, retailers can offer discounts of up to 75 percent.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board could come out with new recommendations on texting while driving and other distractions when it meets today. It'll look at the case of a 19-year-old, who investigators say caused a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year when he rear-ended a tractor truck while texting.

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge in New York is expected to hear arguments today over whether the federal government went against the constitution when it ruled last week on the morning-after contraceptive pill. It said the emergency contraception would continue to not be available to girls 16 and younger without a prescription.

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says U.S. operations against al-Qaida are now concentrating on key groups in Yemen, Somalia and North Africa. Panetta arrived Tuesday in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti. The country has the only U.S. base in sub-Saharan Africa.

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


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