9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 25, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

If you didn't get a chance to watch the State of the Union address last night, we'll give you a look. What was said and how did our congressmen feel about it? Click here for more on the local response to the speech We'll get out of the political arena and jump into the fighting arena as well. Do you know how to "Fight like a Girl?" It's a good thing and Lauren Westbrook will show you how. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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Two men and a woman from Chicago are accused of using stolen personal information to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in the Baton Rouge area. More

The owner of a Baton Rouge tax preparation business has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly filing false tax returns. More

A 29-year-old mother has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2007 murder of her 15-month-old daughter. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter. More

Police said the blood alcohol level of the man who drove into two bicyclists, killing one of them, was nearly four times the legal limit. More

The St. Helena Parish School System has given its schools a fresh coat of paint and now it is trying to secure another $3 million to build better facilities. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A BP executive is expected to be the first witness to testify at a trial next month designed to identify the causes of a deadly rig explosion that spawned a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. In a court filing Tuesday, plaintiffs' lawyers said BP America Chairman and President Lamar McKay is the first witness they intend to call after the trial's opening statements.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A national organization's latest ranking of teacher quality in the United States gives Louisiana an overall grade of C-minus. Complaints about the state's teacher tenure system are in the report being released Wednesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has agreed to postpone a sentencing hearing for former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Irvin Hingle. He pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a businessman whose company oversaw construction of the parish jail.

STARKVILLE, MS (AP) - LSU is back on the road Wednesday night at No. 18 Mississippi State. The Tigers are 2-3 in SEC play and are coming off a 76-64 loss at Florida last weekend. Justin Hamilton scored 23 points for the Tigers in their loss to the Gators.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Organizers of the 2012 Final Four are reminding fans that they don't need tickets to the big games to take part in many of the events New Orleans will host that weekend. Free events include admission to the Superdome for all four team's practices and a college all-star game on March 30.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board is considering using some of the $30 million it got from BP PLC to buy naming rights for the New Orleans Arena. Officials say the name change to the Louisiana Seafood Arena would be only a small part of a campaign to bolster Gulf seafood.

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


WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Reserve policymakers will be giving their forecast for short-term interest rates later today. They'll look at where they expect rates to be at the end of each of the next three years. Many private economists expect that the Fed unlikely will increase the borrowing rate before 2014.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Fresh from his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama sets off today on a three-day tour of politically crucial states. He'll visit a conveyor belt maker in Iowa and an Intel plant in Arizona, promoting his agenda to attract more manufacturing to American soil. Obama's trip also includes Nevada, Colorado and Michigan.

STATE COLLEGE, PA (AP) - Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will be buried today. Before a private funeral, thousands of people are expected to attend a four-hour visitation. Paterno died Sunday of lung cancer, just two months after being fired in the wake of child sex-abuse charges against a former assistant.

WASHINGTON (AP) - School lunches are about to get healthier. First lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are announcing today that most school meals will have less sodium, more whole grains and more fruits and vegetables as sides. Pizza still will be on the menu, but it'll be made with healthier ingredients.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Two aid workers who had been held captive in Somalia since October have been rescued by U.S. military forces. U.S. forces conducted a raid early this morning, freeing American Jessica Buchanan and Dane Poul Hagan Thisted. They had been working with a de-mining unit of the Danish Refugee Council when they were kidnapped by pirates.

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


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