9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 16, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! The civil rights activist would have turned 83 over the weekend. If your kids are off from school today, let them know why. What would he have to say about the two murders in our area over the weekend? What do you have to say? Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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There are several events happening in the Baton Rouge area today to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click here for a complete list of events


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The newly-elected president of Livingston Parish stopped a nearly $400,000 check from being deposited into a company's account. The owner is accused of billing the parish and federal government for hours he didn't work. More

Authorities said two people were killed and another was seriously injured when the driver of a utility vehicle missed the driveway he was trying to enter and hit an embankment. More

Police are investigating a shooting in which one person was killed and another went to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Detectives called it a drug deal gone wrong. More

A 38-year-old woman died after she was shot several times, allegedly by her girlfriend of 14 years. Prior to the shooting, the victim called police and said her girlfriend would not leave her home. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Louisiana Senate President Sammy Nunez, who served in the Legislature from 1964 until a 1995 defeat in an anti-incumbent avalanche, has died. He was 81. His wife, Cynthia Nunez, said Nunez had Parkinson's disease and was hospitalized more than a month ago with pneumonia. He died Sunday of complications.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New data from by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners show that homeowners insurance premiums in Louisiana remain among the nation's highest, but are rising much more slowly than they did in the first two years after Hurricane Katrina. The statewide average premium was $1,430 in 2009.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - There've been startup problems in the first phase of a privatized "Bayou Health" care system for Louisiana's poor and uninsured. Only about 12 percent of eligible Medicaid recipients in southeast Louisiana are enrolled. Beginning Monday, the Jindal administration will start assigning the remaining quarter-million unsigned participants.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Louisiana State University and Georgia Tech professors are collaborating on a project to improve robots' ability to test for dangerous substances in dangerous places. They have a National Science Foundation grant to find better ways to control robots to make tests in dangerous areas.

UNDATED (AP) - The helmet-to-helmet hit by San Francisco safety Donte Whitner that sent Saints running back Pierre Thomas to the locker room early in Saturday's NFC playoff game is considered legal. Whitner was not penalized because Thomas was considered a runner because he'd made a catch, turned and made a "football move" before being hit.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets are back in action on Monday as they look to stop a three-game losing streak against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Hornets are coming off a 108-99 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in which Jarrett Jack scored 23 points.

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


ROME (AP) - Italian rescue officials say another passenger's body has been found in the wreckage of a cruise ship that ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan coast. Officials also have raised the number missing to 16 because two women who had been listed as evacuated have not contacted their relatives.

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - One less presidential candidate is expected to take part in Saturday's South Carolina primary. Republican Jon Huntsman plans to drop out of the race later today and announce that he's backing Mitt Romney.

FRESNO, CA (AP) - Police in Fresno, CA believe the deaths of four people were a murder-suicide. Police heard a gunshot as they arrived at an apartment Sunday. They say a woman in her 20s had just killed herself. Also found dead were the woman's 3-year-old and 18-month-old children and a man. The woman's boyfriend is hospitalized with a stab wound.

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's prime minister eventually could face prosecution. Pakistan's top court has initiated contempt proceedings against him for not carrying out the court's order to open a corruption probe into President Asif Ali Zardari dating back to the 1990s. The government says Zardari has immunity.

BAGHDAD (AP) - A car bomb has gone off near Iraq's northern city of Mosul, killing at least eight people. Police say the blast early today targeted a Shiite district near the city, which is predominantly Sunni.

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


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