9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: December 27, 2011

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

Not a bad day to be a sports fan in Louisiana, huh? The Saints take it to the Falcons to grab the NFC South title and Drew Brees breaks a record that has stood for nearly three decades. And, oh, by the way, the Hornets open up their season and the CP3-less era, with a good win on the road. That, and yes, we'll bring you the day's other headlines as well. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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Drew Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season and the Saints clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 win over the Falcons. More

Authorities arrested a 21-year-old man on murder charges after his sister was stabbed while driving, causing her to crash Sunday evening. More

A 65-year-old man died when his trailer caught fire Monday morning. Investigators believe the fire started in the bathroom near a space heater. More


PHOENIX (AP) - Eric Gordon made a 20-footer from the top of the key with 4.2 seconds to play in his New Orleans debut to give the Hornets an 85-84 victory over the Phoenix Suns in their season opener Monday night. Gordon gave his team its only lead since the first two minutes of the second half.

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) - James Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Missouri easily beat North Carolina 41-24 in the Independence Bowl on Monday night. Missouri (8-5) won its final football game as a member of the Big 12, finishing the season on a four-game winning streak. The Tigers will join the Southeastern Conference next season.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Stuart Johnson of the Louisiana Office of State Parks has a suggestion for those planning New Year's resolutions. Take a hike. The Louisiana Office of State Parks has joined the national First Day Hike project and has scheduled Jan. 1 trail hikes at Lake D'Arbonne State Park in Farmerville and Tickfaw State Park in Springfield.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two Loyola University faculty members have developed an electronic method of taking roll that has been adopted by three other universities. The Times-Picayune reports that assistant professors Mehmet Dicle and John Levendis developed a system that uses a scanner to read a 10-digit number on a tag that each student scans at the start of class.

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


DES MOINES, IA (AP) - Three Republican presidential candidates are launching bus tours through Iowa today, a week before the Iowa caucuses. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and New Gingrich prepare to travel through Iowa's small towns aboard their campaign buses. They're each claiming to be the truly conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, who's looking stronger than expected. Romney will be in Iowa later today.

FORT WAYNE, IN (AP) - The relatives of a 9-year-old girl found dead in northeast Indiana say the man accused of killing her was a trusted family friend. Mike Plumadore is set to appear in court this morning. Authorities say the 39-year-old was babysitting Aliahna Lemmon and her two sisters when the girl disappeared last Friday.

STAMFORD, CT (AP) - The $1.7 million waterfront home in Connecticut that was destroyed by fire Christmas morning has been torn down. Fire officials say the house was determined to be unsafe and it was ordered razed on Monday. Police say New York ad executive Madonna Badger and a male acquaintance escaped the blaze, but Badger's parents and her three daughters were killed.

BAGHDAD (AP) - An al-Qaida front group says it carried out the attacks around Baghdad last week that killed 69 people. The Islamic State of Iraq says in an online statement that the coordinated bombings at markets, cafes and government buildings were meant to support Sunnis in prisons and to avenge those executed by the Shiite-led government. The attacks happened mostly in Shiite areas.

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


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