9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 4, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

People spoke out and there voices were apparently heard. Officials have agreed to make some changes at a dangerous intersection where three people died in crashes last year. Things have been exciting so far, but sports enthusiasts had better strap in for what looks to be a wild ride. Our crews are headed to New Orleans later today to begin coverage of the Saints-Lions on Saturday and, of course, LSU-Bama on Monday. We'll preview some of what you can expect.


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Gas prices are starting to spike and analysts said they could keep climbing. Louisiana drivers are paying an average of $3.16 per gallon. More

A 43-year-old man was shot inside or next to his car Tuesday afternoon. He was able to drive and get help, but died at the hospital. More

A 1-year-old girl was found face down in a pond Monday afternoon. Her grandfather believes she went to his minnow pond, got curious and fell in. More

The unofficial projections from the Baton Rouge Police Department show murders in the Capital City hit a six-year low in 2011. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Michigan is leaving New Orleans with a Sugar Bowl title. Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Wolverines to a 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson highlighted an otherwise unspectacular night with two touchdown passes.

METAIRIE, LA (AP) - New Orleans Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram and linebacker Will Herring are now on injured reserve. Ingram missed the team's last four games because of a sprained toe on his left foot. Herring has a sprained medial collateral ligament.

METAIRIE, LA (AP) - After missing out on a first-round bye in the playoffs, the Saints are getting night home game to open the postseason. New Orleans went undefeated at home during the regular season, including a 4-0 record at night, when they beat opponents by an average of 47-16.

JACKSON, MS (AP) - A Mississippi judge has thrown out a $322 million verdict in an asbestos case that had been hailed as the largest such award for a single plaintiff in U.S. history. The case began to unravel last year after defense lawyers accused the presiding judge of not disclosing that his own parents had been involved in asbestos litigation against one of the same plaintiffs.

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


DES MOINES, IA (AP) - Mitt Romney is the winner of the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses, but he eked past Rick Santorum by just eight votes. The Iowa Republican party announced the results early Wednesday, saying Romney won with 30,015 votes to Santorum's 30,007 votes.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama heads to Ohio later today to push his economic message. Last night, the president addressed Iowa Democrats by teleconference while the GOP caucus was still underway. He described Republicans as embracing a "theory that says we're going to cut taxes for the wealthiest among us and roll back regulations on things like clean air and health care reform."

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say the mother of the German national accused of setting dozens of fires in the Los Angeles area is facing criminal charges herself. Dorothee Burkhart is charged in Germany with 19 counts of fraud. In a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday, Burkhart repeatedly asked why her son wasn't there, apparently not aware Harry Burkhart, 24, also was behind bars.

NEW YORK (AP) - New York police say a man who confessed to a string of New Year's Day arson attacks at an Islamic cultural center and four other sites has been charged with a hate crime as well. He's accused of attacking the sites with firebombs.

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


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