9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 23, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

Another life cut tragically short by an alleged drunk driver. Do you know enough about the penalties our state hands out? Are they strong enough? Can anything be done or is it simply too difficult to really police this kind of thing? We'll lighten it up considerably as well, talk a little Super Bowl. It's now set as many Saints fans continue to wonder "what if." Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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A 30-year-old man was killed Saturday night when he was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. The driver is suspected of being drunk at the time. More

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System kicked off its new Pre-K application process, known as the Preschool Palooza, Saturday morning. More

A 41-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on animal cruelty charges after a severely dehydrated horse was found tied to a tree. More

Scam artists have found a way to target the Baton Rouge real estate market. They're using popular websites like Craigslist and HotPads to reach renters. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A trial is scheduled to begin Monday for the last of twenty New Orleans police officers who have been charged in a series of investigations by the Justice Department's civil rights division. Retired Sgt. Gerard Dugue is charged with participating in a cover-up of the shooting of six unarmed people on the Danziger Bridge after Katrina.

BILOXI, MS (AP) - An armed robbery suspect shot in Biloxi by police was a person of interest in a Louisiana murder. Carl L. Wise of Arizona was wanted in connection with a murder committed in Plaquemines Parish on Thursday, the day before he allegedly held up two businesses in D'Iberville, MS.

PINE PRAIRIE, LA (AP) - An Evangeline Parish man has been accused of setting fire to the trailer he was living in. State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning says Olen L. Fuselier, 38, of Pine Prairie, was charged with simple arson. He was recently evicted from the home by his roommate.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets host the San Antonio Spurs Monday night trying to rebound from their seventh straight loss. The Spurs lost Sunday night to Houston, 105-102. Tony Parker had 24 points and a season-high 13 assists for the Spurs, who were playing their fourth game in five nights. The Hornets lost 83-81 to Dallas.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Senior Lyndsay Harris scored 17 points to lead Arkansas' women to a 72-52 win over LSU. Arkansas forced LSU into 27 turnovers, a season-high for opponents, and grabbed 17 steals. Courtney Jones led the Lady Tigers with 14 points and seven rebounds.

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


STATE COLLEGE, PA (AP) - Thousands of people gathered outside Penn State's administration building Sunday night to hold a candlelight vigil for Joe Paterno. The longtime football coach who was fired just two months ago amid a child sex abuse scandal, died Sunday of lung cancer. Paterno was 85.

TUCSON, AZ (AP) - Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says she's resigning to focus on her continued recovery from a bullet to the head a year ago. Today, Giffords plans to meet with constituents in Tucson, to finish the meet-and-greet political event that was cut short when a gunman opened fire, killing six people and injuring Giffords and 12 others.

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - Folks in Arkansas say they spotted several tornadoes Sunday night as storms moved through. But there were no reports of any injuries. The National Weather Service says there were possible tornadoes in five counties, and the storms also brought hail and strong winds through Tennessee, Illinois and Mississippi.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An Associated Press survey of key hospitals in the nation finds that burns from a crude new method of making methamphetamine are sending thousands of people to hospitals for advanced treatment costing millions of dollars. And many of those burn patients are uninsured. Because the so-called shake-and-bake meth can cause explosions, even people who never get near the drug are at risk.

FOXBOROUGH, MA (AP) - Here we go again. The Patriots and Giants are going at it again at the Super Bowl - this time in Indianapolis. Four years ago New York stunned previously undefeated New England in the Arizona desert. This year's matchup was decided when New England beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in the AFC championship game and the Giants defeated San Francisco 20-17 in overtime in the NFC.

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


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