9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: December 14, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

Just how much is it going to cost to run East Baton Rouge Parish next year? The Metro Council agreed on a number last night. Plus, it's a big day in court for Baton Rouge's third suspected serial killer. He will be formally sentenced to life in prison. That, and we continue to give away free stuff! Our latest 9Gifts Surprise. You'll have to watch and call to win. 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. There's a showing tonight. Click here for more

The deadline is nearing for you to help make Christmas merrier for needy children in our area through the Power of Angels campaign. WAFB, Capital One Bank, and the Salvation Army are teaming up to provide gifts for a child or angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Click here for more


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Guillory scheduled for formal life sentencing

Baton Rouge's third suspected serial killer will be formally sentenced to life behind bars Wednesday for killing a woman back in 2002. More

LSU issues cease and desist over Honey Badger

LSU has issued a "cease and desist" to anyone selling merchandise that associates the nickname "Honey Badger" with Tyrann Mathieu. More

Metro Council approves 2012 budget

After a nearly four-hour meeting Tuesday night, Metro Council members approved Kip Holden's $745.6 million budget for East Baton Rouge Parish. More

The owners of Mike Anderson's restaurant said they will definitely rebuild after a fire gutted their banquet room and caused extensive damage to the attic. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government is moving ahead with the first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon disaster - despite a lawsuit challenging the sale. Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said bids will be opened as scheduled on Wednesday in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has refused to issue a preliminary injunction that would allow "Occupy New Orleans" protesters to continue camping out in a park across from City Hall. The judge has also rescinded a temporary restraining order that permitted protesters to stay in Duncan Plaza while they sought an injunction.

TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) - Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden says LSU will have a tough time beating Alabama twice in the same season. Bowden should know. His 1996 team lost the national championship to rival Florida in a rematch just five weeks after the Seminoles had won the regular-season game.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - With Chris Paul's future in limbo, Blake Griffin weighed in enthusiastically on the possibility of the Los Angeles Clippers landing the All-Star guard. Griffin says the team would love to have Paul but is ready to roll with the players it has. The Clippers on Monday called off a proposed deal to land Paul.

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


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will travel to Fort Bragg in North Carolina today to mark the end of the Iraq war with a tribute to the troops. Obama, who'll be accompanied by the first lady, will address service members and their families. Fort Bragg has seen more than 200 deaths during the nearly nine years of fighting in Iraq. All U.S. troops are to pull out of the country by the end of the year.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new poll suggests that Republicans are evenly divided on whether a Washington insider or outsider should be president. The Associated Press-GfK poll also finds a significant drop in satisfaction with the overall field of Republicans vying to challenge President Barack Obama next year.

ORLANDO, FL (AP) - The Amateur Athletic Union plans to announce changes to its policies as its former president faces sexual abuse allegations in Tennessee. The AAU is expected to announce today that it'll set up two task forces to look at the organization's internal protocols and policies for athletic safety. Former AAU president Bobby Dodd is accused of molesting children 30 years ago.

BELLEFONTE, PA (AP) - A prosecutor says he was prepared to put 11 witnesses on the stand at a preliminary hearing for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. But, the lawyer for Sandusky waived the court proceeding and a January arraignment. One legal observer says waiving the hearing was not surprising because the prosecution's burden was much lower than at trial.

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


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