9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: December 21, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

For many Tiger fans, Jan. 9 will be a sort of holiday as their team plays for the national title. A student in Central is trying to make that even more of a reality, petitioning to have the day off from school. What would you do to get the day off? Keep it legal folks. While that would be a heck of a gift, we'll be giving away a couple more ourselves as we continue our 9Gifts of Christmas. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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This time of year, you wouldn't expect St. Nick to take a day off, but one of his helpers stepped in Tuesday to visit a family that has fallen on hard times. More

An 8th grader turned in 600 signatures to his principal from people who believe the school should be closed the day of the BCS National Championship. More

The "first-come, first-served" process for parents to register their child for Pre-K in East Baton Parish has been replaced with "Preschool Palooza." More

Police have named a suspect in the deadly shooting of a 22-year-old man. He is wanted for second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. More


BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - LSU's Les Miles is The Associated Press college football coach of the year after guiding the top-ranked Tigers to a spot in the BCS championship game. Miles received 30 votes from AP poll voters to beat out Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who got 16 votes. Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy was third with six votes, Michigan's Brady Hoke received three votes and Southern California's Lane Kiffin got one.

DEQUINCY, LA (AP) - A rare December tornado struck the southwest Louisiana city of DeQuincy, causing some property damage and forcing the city's hospital to evacuate patients, but no one was injured. The National Weather Service in Lake Charles says the tornado touched down at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday and tore off part of the roof at DeQuincy Memorial Hospital. Forecasters say the tornado was likely on the ground for less than a minute.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal Transportation Department has awarded a $16.7 million grant to rebuild and relocate a specialized rail yard near the Port of New Orleans' Napoleon Avenue container terminal. Officials say the 12-acre yard will be converted into an intermodal terminal and create a four-acre area for cargo to await rail transport. Officials say the project will need 284 construction workers. It is also expected to create 100 marine and cargo-handling jobs.

SLIDELL, LA (AP) - Two Slidell residents have been accused of insurance fraud and other charges linked to a Hurricane Katrina claim. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday agents cited Robert F. Angle, 78, and Joyce G. Angle, 77, for theft by insurance fraud, filing false public documents and injuring public records. An investigation began after a boat the Angles claimed as lost following the 2005 storm showed up registered in Florida.

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


WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he'll be happy to negotiate with Republican House members on a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits, but not before the House approves the two-month extension the Senate passed last week. The House shot down the plan Tuesday, and voted to request talks with the Senate.

WATERVILLE, ME (AP) - The father of a missing toddler in Maine says he has no idea what happened to his daughter. The father of Ayla Reynolds released a public statement through police that also said, "I will not make accusations or insinuations towards anyone until the police have been able to prove who's responsible for this." Justin DiPietro told police the last time he saw his daughter was when he put her to bed Friday night.

UNDATED (AP) - Forecasters say a storm that dumped lots of snow in portions of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas is losing a lot of its punch as it moves toward the Great Lakes. It's blamed for at least six deaths, has stranded motorists and closed schools.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Intelligence in South Korea says the North has tightened security in cities and troops are on alert following the death of leader Kim Jong Il. Seoul's National Intelligence Service believes North Korea is now focused on consolidating the power of Kim's son Kim Jong Un.

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


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