9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 24, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

That's it, they're all done. The next leader of the East Baton Rouge School District has been interviewed, they just have to select him/her. The final three candidates went before the school board on Monday. How do you feel about the options? At the state level, the president of a major teachers group says part of the governor's plan for education is "confusing & troubling."  Where do you stand? Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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A judge reinstated probation in a controversial case involving a coach and his indecent behavior with a high school student. The judge's actions were after a news investigation raised questions, but was the sex offender given special treatment? More

One of the men wounded in a gunfight police said was drug-related was arrested on murder and armed robbery charges after being released from the hospital. More

Police said a 67-year-old man shot a 45-year-old man in the chest with a handgun when the two got into an argument over a "domestic issue." More

Trucko Stampley, the man accused to killing four people, looked at the potential jurors for his murder trial Monday morning and said "yo" to them. More

The president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers calls Gov. Bobby Jindal's reform plan controversial, confusing and troublesome. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a retired New Orleans police sergeant rigged his investigation of deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina to clear officers who shot unarmed people without justification. Gerard Dugue is charged with participating in a cover-up to make it appear police were justified in shooting six people less than a week after the 2005 storm.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Legislative Auditor says the state agency that takes over failing public schools in Louisiana still needs to improve financial controls to safeguard against overpayment of employees and the loss of equipment. The audit of the Recovery School District was released Monday.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - A legislative audit says Grambling State University has failed to address hundreds of thousands of dollars in missing or stolen property for seven years in a row. The review says for the last budget year running through June 30, Grambling couldn't account for $1.6 million in items like computers and furniture.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Louisiana's Democratic Party leaders are starting a 10-day tour around the state this week, to meet with local Democrats about ways to rebuild the flagging party. The 35-city trip will continue through Feb. 4.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The losing streak for the New Orleans Hornets is now at eight. Tim Duncan sank a running hook in a lane with 1.4 seconds left to finish with 28 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat New Orleans Hornets to 104-102 on Monday night. Jarrett Jack led the Hornets with 26 points.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams have hired Brian Schottenheimer as its new offensive coordinator and Gregg Williams will run the defense. Williams spent the past three years as defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. Fired Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo is taking over the Saints' defense.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Southern University is now 6-2 in the SWAC after Monday's 68-56 victory over Alabama State. Quinton Doggett and Derick Beltran scored 17 points each for the Jaguars.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


WASHINGTON (AP) - Tonight President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress. With his re-election campaign underway, the president is expected to urge higher taxes on the wealthy, propose ways to make college more affordable and offer new steps to tackle a debilitating housing crisis.

TAMPA, FL (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says his 2010 tax returns and an early report on his taxes for last year will generate chatter but not any surprises. At last night's debate in Tampa, Romney said, "I'm proud of the fact that I pay a lot of taxes." His tax returns show he paid about $3 million in federal income taxes and earned $21.7 million income in 2010, mostly from investments.

TAMPA, FL (AP) - Mitt Romney says his Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich was nothing but a consultant "hired by the chief lobbyist of Freddie Mac" when his firm was paid $300,000 by the mortgage giant. At last night's debate, Gingrich, scoffed at the suggestion he was "influence peddling" and said he's never suggested that Romney's consulting working was lobbying.

HICKMAN, KY (AP) - A man charged with killing the mayor of Hickman, KY is scheduled to appear in court today. Thomas Lattus faces a murder charge in the Monday morning shooting of Charles Murphy, 68, the mayor of the town of about 2,500 people. Police say Murphy had dated Lattus' stepmother.

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - An American woman who sent her adopted son back to Russia nearly two years ago, is facing a lawsuit by the adoption agency. Torry Hansen put the 7-year-old boy on a plane to Moscow in 2010, with a note saying she didn't want him anymore and that he had psychological problems. She was never charged criminally, but the adoption agency has filed suit in Tennessee, asking for child support.

TOKYO (AP) - A new study warns that Tokyo has a 70 percent chance of being hit by a powerful magnitude-7 earthquake within four years. University of Tokyo seismologists say there's been an increase in seismic activity in the region since last year's March 11 quake and tsunami. The double disaster left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing.

BAGHDAD (AP) - Officials in Baghdad say at least eight people have been killed in two separate bombings Tuesday. The attacks targeted a Shiite district in the eastern part of the city.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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