9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: December 26, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

Hope your Christmas went off without a hitch. If you're lucky enough, maybe you've still got some time off to spend with family. If you're thinking about taking down that Christmas tree, we'll tell you how you can recycle it as many towns make it very easy now. We'll also be giving away four tickets to a big New Years Eve show, a tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, right here in Baton Rouge. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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Residents in Walker can recycle your Christmas tree in Walker starting on Dec. 26 through Jan. 23. Click here for more


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Nearly 1,000 people poured into St. Vincent de Paul on its 146th Christmas celebration in Baton Rouge on Sunday. Almost 150 volunteers helped out. More

Investigators are looking for a man accused of setting a house on fire while two people were asleep inside. They said a drug dispute led to the arson. More

More than 200 kids were given a chance to open their presents on Christmas Eve because Santa received help from a special group of elves. More

Fire investigators are collecting evidence after a house fire that caused an estimated million dollars in damage. The cause has not been determined. More


NATCHEZ, MS (AP) - More people along the Mississippi and Louisiana areas were killed on state highways in 2011. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is predicting the state will see 655 fatal crashes by year's end, up from 641 in 2010. Louisiana State Police say that as of Dec. 20, the troop had investigated 67 crashes that involved 71 fatalities for 2011.

ENTERPRISE, LA (AP) - The state fire marshal's office says a house trailer fire in Enterprise killed a mother and her son. The office says when firefighters arrived around midday Sunday, the home was engulfed. They found the bodies of Annette Salter, 67, and Dudley Salter, 46, inside.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ever since Drew Brees arrived in the Big Easy, he's made playing quarterback in the NFL look easy. Brees has 27,698 yards passing since arriving in New Orleans in 2006, more than any other NFL quarterback during that span. Brees is eyeing another big game as he prepares for Monday night's meeting with Atlanta.

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) - Big changes are coming for the football programs at Missouri and North Carolina. Before they happen, there's one more football game to play. The Tigers and Tar Heels meet on Monday in the Independence Bowl. North Carolina is in the midst of a coaching change, while Missouri is preparing for its move to the Southeastern Conference after an acrimonious exit from the Big 12.

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


GRAPEVINE, TX (AP) - Police near Fort Worth, Texas are trying to piece together what led up to the shooting deaths of seven people on Christmas Day. Investigators believe the victims were related and that they likely had just opened up their gifts and had begun cleaning up when one of them opened fire. The victims were from 18 to 60 years old.

STAMFORD, CT (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine how a fire started in a $1.7 million Victorian home in Stamford, CT, killing five people. Killed were the three daughters of advertising executive Madonna Badger and her parents, who were visiting for the holidays. Badger and a contractor who had been working on the home, got out alive.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A ship has finally come to the aid of a leaking Russian fishing vessel that's been stuck in the frigid waters off Antarctica for the past 10 days. The Sparta hit underwater ice on Dec. 16 that tore a 1-foot hole in its hull. Today's arrival of a South Korean polar research ship is a relief to the ship's 32 crew members, who've been pumping out near-frozen sea water.

BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese court has sentenced a veteran dissident who organized a pro-democracy network to 10 years in prison for inciting subversion. The wife of Chen Xi says her husband maintains his innocence and will not appeal the verdict. This year China has used various means to silence dissent, in an effort to prevent Arab Spring-style uprisings.

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




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