9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 18, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

They're two of the biggest topics of conversation around here: healthcare and education. It looks like healthcare could be taking a hit, to the tune of 7,000 jobs at hospitals within the LSU system. The reason, still more budget cuts. K-12 teachers are being put on notice by Gov. Bobby Jindal to perform or face the consequences. What do you believe is needed for a state where more than 40 percent of schools are below average? Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.

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Three of the six semifinalist candidates for East Baton Rouge Parish superintendent are scheduled to be interviewed today. The school board has scheduled workshops beginning at 3 p.m. for the interviews. Members of the public are invited to ask questions of the candidates. Click here for more


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Sheriff's deputies serving a warrant reported finding the ingredients to make meth inside a home Tuesday. The house is just two doors down from a middle school. More

Although it won't officially open for a few months, Baton Rouge's newest casino is looking to hire people for positions now. The job fair begins at 10 a.m. More

One man's home renovation project has become an extreme eyesore for the people who live around him. Neighbors are concerned he is in over his head. More

Former New Roads Mayor Tommy Nelson, who was found guilty of racketeering and other charges was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in prison. More

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his plan to reform education Tuesday morning. He said he wants to make sure the best teachers are being retained. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal officials say a former BP executive was paid $107,000 a month to do consulting for a company lawyer, but allege the money may have been designed to influence her testimony during a deposition in litigation over the Gulf oil spill. The allegations were made by government lawyers who want to challenge her credibility at trial.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors claim former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard used his public office for private gain by accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from parish contractors and vendors. The new allegations are in a court filing accompanying a guilty plea by his former wife in a payroll fraud case.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Justin Hamilton made two field goals in overtime, including the go-ahead basket, to lead LSU to a 65-58 victory against Auburn. Anthony Hickey led LSU (12-6, 2-2) with 18 points, and Hamilton finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - LSU coach Les Miles said he can understand losing a prized recruit who chooses instead to play college football closer to his family. Indiana high school quarterback Gunner Kiel has committed to play at Notre Dame instead of LSU. Miles said he is looking forward to a different kind of offense that will throw the ball downfield more.

METAIRIE, LA (AP) - A person familiar with the meeting said former St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo has agreed to interview for the Saints defensive coordinator job. Spagnuolo was head coach in St. Louis the past three seasons and was fired in January after going 10-38 with the Rams.

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


NEW YORK (AP) - The internet site Wikipedia is down until midnight Eastern time Wednesday. The 24-hour blackout of the English-language site is to protest anti-piracy legislation. But, Wikipedia volunteer editors who disagree with the shutdown said it threatens the credibility of their work. "Before we know it, we're blacked out because we want to save the whales," said editor Robert Lawton.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is providing law enforcement throughout the country with an analysis on homegrown terror, including things to look for when identifying violent extremists. Nearly 50 senior federal, state and local law enforcement officials will attend a conference today at the White House to discuss the report by Homeland Security.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House is expected today to approve a measure to block raising the government's borrowing cap by $1.2 trillion. Under a bipartisan agreement reached this past summer, the debt ceiling is automatically raised 15 days after the president notifies lawmakers that the government is close to its $15.2 trillion cap - unless Congress says no.

NEW YORK (AP) - A man who admitted killing four people in a rampage of stabbings, carjackings and other crimes will appear in a New York City court today for sentencing. Maksim Gelman pleaded guilty to murder, assault and attempted murder in the February 2011 crimes that spanned two days. He could get up to 100 years in prison.

ROME (AP) - An Italian Coast Guard officer told the captain of a cruise ship he must return to the capsizing vessel to save frantic passengers. The captain refused to leave the safety of his lifeboat. Italian officials have released a recording of the conversation that happened after the ship rammed into a reef off the Tuscan coast. The captain now faces criminal charges, including manslaughter.

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


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