9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 20, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

The Bama fan at the center of a lewd video shot just after the BCS championship game has been arrested. He turned himself in last night in New Orleans. What do you feel is an appropriate punishment? And, how do feel about the traffic in the Capital City? There's now a lawsuit involving construction along I-10 and it looks like I-12 is going to get still more work done. It's an orange cone world and we're just livin' in it. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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The Alabama fan believed to be shown in a controversial video following the BCS championship turned himself in to authorities late Thursday night. More

I-12 to widen from Juban to Walker exit

Drivers that use I-12 can expect some traffic backups for now, but there's good news on the horizon in the form of another expansion. More

Authorities book mother of abandoned newborn

The mother of the newborn baby boy abandoned in Pearl River on Monday has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. More

Collins wins 2011 Warrick Dunn Award

Defensive back Landon Collins has been named the 2011 Warrick Dunn Award winner as the WAFB Sportsline Player of the Year. More

Helicopter crash kills 2 near Morgan City

Two people died in a helicopter crash in South Louisiana Thursday morning. Several fishermen and hunters called 911 after spotting the helicopter on fire in the water. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal praised Texas Gov. Rick Perry after he bowed out of the Republican race for president on Thursday, calling Perry a "close friend and a great governor." Jindal endorsed Perry last September and said Thursday he will not endorse anyone else in the primary.

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) - Five inmates were mistakenly released from the Caddo Parish jail after federal prosecutors took over the drug case against them, and four of them remained on the loose. The jail staff released them after getting word that their state charges were dropped.

MARRERO, LA (AP) - A Marrero couple was indicted with second-degree murder in the death of their 4-month-old son. Authorities say the child died from severe dehydration and overall neglect, as shown by infected sores that covered his body and severe diaper rash.

HOUSTON (AP) - Kevin Martin scored 32 points and Samuel Dalembert grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds to help the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans Hornets 90-88 in overtime. Jason Smith scored 17 points and Jarrett Jack and Marco Bellinelli added 15 points apiece for the Hornets, who have lost 12 of 13.

KNOXVILLE, TN (AP) - Meighan Simmons scored 19 points as ninth-ranked Tennessee beat LSU 65-56. The score was tied 11 times and the teams traded the lead six times. Cierra Burdick hit a tiebreaking jumper with 6:22 left that put the Lady Volunteers ahead for good.

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


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - The debate is behind them and the South Carolina primary is dead ahead as the four remaining Republican presidential candidates enter the final full day of campaigning. Front-runner Mitt Romney and his presidential pursuers plan to scatter across the state. Romney's lead is narrow with Newt Gingrich closing in. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are also looking for an edge.

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - Three of the four Republicans looking to challenge President Barack Obama are criticizing his plans to cut military spending. Front-runner Mitt Romney says the United States needs to maintain its military at any cost. Rick Santorum calls the cuts "doomsday." Only Ron Paul says there need to be military spending cuts.

NEW YORK (AP) - Some members of the Occupy movement are setting their sights on the courts today. The protesters plan to "occupy" courthouses in more than 100 cities to protest a landmark Supreme Court decision that removed most limits on corporate and labor spending in federal elections. The grassroots coalition wants to amend the Constitution to overturn the decision.

MADISON, WI (AP) - People copying documents in an office have become a big webcam hit in Wisconsin. Tens of thousands have viewed the webcam, which shows the Government Accountability Board at a secret, guarded location processing all those petitions to force the governor into a recall election.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - NATO says four coalition troops in eastern Afghanistan have been shot and killed by an Afghan soldier, who is in custody. Afghan soldiers and policemen have turned on NATO forces in the past. Earlier, a helicopter crash in the south killed six NATO troops.

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


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