9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: December 15, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

The widening of I-12 is moving further east. In fact, it's moving even further than originally planned. Do you think it will be enough to solve the traffic problems we seem to see every day? Plus, it's finally done. The Hornets have traded Chris Paul. Did the team get enough back for what they gave up? And, two chances to win today! Our 9Gifts giveaway continues, one in both hours of the big show. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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Baton Rouge police officers are "beyond upset" with the Metro Council after discovering they were one of several agencies not receiving pay raises. More

Authorities said a man who worked for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for 29 years is accused of stealing sheets of flooring materials while at work. More

There's a Christmas light show that draws carloads of people from all around. The homeowner hopes to raise money for a little girl with failing kidneys. More

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday the Interstate 12 project currently under construction is getting an even bigger upgrade. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - NBA Commissioner David Stern said his only consideration during trade talks concerning Chris Paul was getting the best deal for the New Orleans Hornets. Stern added he believes he's succeeded with Wednesday's deal in which the Hornets traded Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for three players and a first-round draft choice.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Louisiana's income forecasting panel has cut the state's revenue projections by $198 million this year, a move that will force a new round of budget reductions in the middle of the fiscal year. The four-member Revenue Estimating Conference agreed Wednesday to adjust the estimates.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the sentences of four men who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a kickback scheme that defrauded the Bossier Parish School Board. The two were charged with paying kickbacks to employees of the School Board's maintenance department in exchange for disclosing competitors' bids on school contracts.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An illegal immigrant from Honduras has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for soliciting sex over the internet from an undercover FBI agent posing as a 15-year-old girl. Dennis Sorto-Enamorado, of Metairie, was sentenced to 121 months on Wednesday.

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


MULLAN, ID (AP) - Seven miners have been rescued from an underground mine in northern Idaho after they were injured by a rock burst. A spokeswoman for the mining company says the miners were working 5,900 feet underground when rock under excessive pressure exploded. One miner was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A massive spending package unveiled by House Republicans covers the day-to-day operating budgets of 10 Cabinet departments and programs. But the $1 trillion-plus yearend spending package could encounter opposition from tea party lawmakers looking for more significant cuts and from the White House, which called for more talks over a handful of the bill's provisions. A stopgap bill expires at midnight Friday.

UNDATED (AP) - Merriam-Webster has picked "pragmatic" as its 2011 Word of the Year. The adjective, which means practical and logical, was looked up so often at Merriam-Webster's online dictionary site that the publisher says "pragmatic" was the pragmatic choice.

BEIRUT (AP) - A Syrian activist group says army defectors have killed at least 27 soldiers and security forces in clashes in the southern province of Daraa. If confirmed, the clashes would be among the deadliest attacks by rebel troops since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began nine months ago.

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



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