9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: December 16, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

Let's try to smile a little bit today, it's Friday! We'll take you live to Santa's Wonderland all morning long. More than 100,000 lights and all sorts of fun for the kids, big and little. Plus, we continue our 9Gifts giveaway. And, we'll announce the winner of our Facebook Bayou Country Superfest tickets. Lots to do, join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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Santa's helpers from the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office will deliver gifts to more than 1,300 children this morning. They are members of 630 needy families in the area. Click here for more


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A Louisiana district attorney has suspended an investigation into a man accused of billing for time he wasn't working and turned the case over to federal authorities. More

A security guard claims she put in the hours, but has yet to get paid for all of the work. The company said she has never reported how much she is owed. More

How many times have you wished you could have a do-over for an event in your life? One woman won a national contest that allowed her to do just that. More

Louisiana has 30 days to formulate a plan a erase a $198 million budget deficit. Every state agency is in danger of the budget axe. More


BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - A consultant to several shoring contractors has been indicted by a state grand jury in Baton Rouge in connection with the state's troubled home elevation grant program. Charges against Ricky Davis, 43, include an allegation he paid thousands of dollars in exchange for private homeowner information that he could sell.

LAFAYETTE, LA (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department calls it the largest criminal fine ever imposed in Louisiana for violations of the Clean Air Act. A federal judge in Lafayette on Thursday approved a $10 million fine and $2 million in community service payments to be paid by Texas-based Pelican Refining Company LLC.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - LSU is now 7-3 on the season after Thursday's 66-59 victory over UC Irvine. Justin Hamilton, a transfer from Iowa State, finished with 14 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for the Tigers. Eddie Ludwig added 12 points for LSU.

WESTWEGO, LA (AP) - Carl Landry's agent says the NBA free agent power forward has agreed to a one-year, $8.8 million deal with New Orleans. The Hornets acquired the 6'9" Landry in a trade last season and he started during the first round of the playoffs while David West was injured.

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


HARRISBURG, PA (AP) - Two former Penn State administrators are set to appear in court today to fight perjury charges and allegations they didn't properly handle sexual abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Today's preliminary hearing for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz will determine whether there's enough evidence to take them to trial. Curley was athletic director and Schultz had overseen campus police.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It's sentencing day for Barry Bonds, who was convicted of obstruction of justice for trying to mislead a federal grand jury investigating sports doping. Bonds, who is set to appear in federal court in San Francisco, could get anything from probation to 21 months in prison.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is expected to vote today on a massive $1 trillion-plus year-end spending package in time to avoid a possible government shutdown this weekend. The Senate could then follow suit. The spending bill has bipartisan support but is likely to encounter resistance from conservative tea party lawmakers who want far more significant cuts to government agencies.

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's prime minister says the country's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant has reached a stable state of "cold shutdown" and is no longer leaking substantial amounts of radiation. The March 11 tsunami sent three reactors at the plant into meltdowns in the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

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


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