From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning
There are reports of a car chase and crash overnight. It is still being investigated, but we'll give you the latest details. It didn't take long for the new president of Livingston Parish to make headlines. How big a check did he just cut to a local contractor and why? We'll fill you in. Plus, a potentially explosive surprise at police headquarters in New Orleans. The building had to be evacuated. And, if it's not cold enough for you, we'll get you on the ice for some skating! How many times will Street Beat bust it this morning? We'll see. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.
There are several events happening in the Baton Rouge area over the next few days to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click here for a complete list of events
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TODAY'S LOCAL HEADLINES
Tensions were high at the Livingston Parish Council meeting after the new parish president signed a check without the council's approval. The check, which was for over $450,000, covered Hurricane Gustav debris removal. More
LSU's Morris Claiborne and Michael Brockers announced Thursday they will forego their senior seasons of college and enter the NFL Draft. More
The body of a woman missing for more than two weeks was recovered Thursday. Her husband is still missing. Their boat capsized while they were camping. More
A man accused of spying on a teen girl when she was in her bathroom pleaded guilty to obscenity Thursday. He was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended, and five years probation. More
Authorities reported five people were taken into custody for allegedly trying break into a parish prison in an attempt to sneak in drugs, cell phones and other contraband. More
METAIRIE, LA (AP) - When discussing the record-setting numbers they racked up on offense this season, the Saints are quick to credit an offensive line that included three Pro Bowlers. They will need them to play well again on Saturday as the Saints play the San Francisco 49ers.
BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - The LSU Lady Tigers are still perfect in SEC play after rallying Thursday night for a 58-48 win over No. 24 South Carolina. LaSondra Barrett scored 14 points for LSU, which is 4-0 in league play. Destiny Hughes added 11 points for the Lady Tigers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police briefly evacuated police headquarters Thursday after two live hand grenades were found in a car involved in an earlier police chase. The car, which police say was tied to a quintuple shooting, was towed in for evidence processing. Police spokesman Frank Robertson says the grenades were found in a safe in the car as the vehicle was being processed.
BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - A company that manufactures odor control products for restrooms has agreed to move its headquarters from California to Baton Rouge and its manufacturing operation from Illinois to Baton Rouge. State economic development officials say the move by West Sanitation Services Inc. will involve a $1.4 million investment.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Hammond, La., man has pleaded guilty to operating an illegal sports betting business and tax evasion. Federal prosecutors said Joseph A. Schillace IV, 51, has agreed as part of his guilty plea Thursday to pay more than $464,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for five current or former police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has announced what's at stake in his bet with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on the outcome of Saturday's NFL playoff game between the Saints and the 49ers. Landrieu's office says Lee is prepared to offer up Dungeness crab, sourdough bread, Anchor Steam beer, regional wine and other San Francisco paraphernalia if the Saints win. Landrieu is putting up fresh Louisiana seafood, a king cake, New Orleans music, Abita Beer, Tabasco Sauce and other New Orleans goods.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NEWS
WASHINGTON (AP) - Investigators already have interviewed two of the four Marines shown in a video urinating on corpses in Afghanistan. The four were from Camp Lejeune, NC, and had fought in the southern Afghan province of Helmand before returning home last year.
UNDATED (AP) - Some of the Republican presidential candidates will gather this evening in South Carolina for a candidate forum ahead of next week's primary. Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum are expected to attend the event in Duncan. Mitt Romney will speak at the University of South Carolina - Aiken and is hosting a veterans event on Hilton Head Island. Rick Perry will meet with voters on Hilton head this morning.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) - The Alabama teen who disappeared more than six years ago in Aruba has been declared dead. A judge in Birmingham honored the request from Natalee Holloway's father, who said, "We've been dealing with her death for the last six and a half years." Joran van der Sloot, the suspect in Holloway's disappearance, pleaded guilty this week to killing a young woman in Peru.
ANCHORAGE, AK (AP) - Alaskans are experiencing the worst winter anyone can remember. Some parts of the state have gotten more snow than it can handle. The fishing community of Cordova has gotten more than 172 inches since November. Valdez has seen more than 312 inches since then.
KNOX, IN (AP) - Police in northwest Indiana reported they've arrested the man accused of stealing a police car while handcuffed. Authorities said William Blankenship turned himself in after two days on the run. According to police, the 22-year-old had just been arrested on drug charges when somehow he climbed over the backseat and drove off. Police said Blankenship even radioed, asking where the keys were to the handcuffs.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The latest report on opium production in Afghanistan shows it's booming. A U.N. report says earnings from opium production in Afghanistan increased by 133 percent last year to about $1.4 billion. That's about one-tenth of the country's GDP. Opium is the raw ingredient for heroin and Afghanistan is the leading grower.
NEW DELHI (AP) - India is marking a milestone today in its fight to eradicate polio. It's been a year since the last case of the crippling disease -- a major victory in a global effort. The top U.S. health official administered polio vaccination drops to children in New Delhi today.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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