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9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 27, 2012


From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

They've been full of back and forth for the last few weeks and last night's Livingston Parish Council meeting was more of the same. Why is the council now suing the new parish president? Who do you feel is in the right? Only one side to come down on for "Freezin for a Reason." The polar plunge is something everyone can get behind, even if you don't want to get wet. We'll tell you how you can help the Special Olympics and come out and watch all the crazies jump into a very cold pond, including some of us here at WAFB. As of now, the roadways are clear, but don't forget to check out our DOTD Traffic Watch cameras before hitting the road. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.



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Mother faces charges in newborn's 2002 death

Police have arrested the mother of a newborn found dead in the back of a garbage truck in December 2002. The coroner determined the baby was alive at birth but died of trauma. More

Council sues parish president's office over checks

The Livingston Parish Council voted Thursday night to sue Parish President Layton Ricks' office over checks he signed since taking office. More

Authorities search for escapee

The US Marshal's Office is tracking a man who escaped police custody while being questioned. Officials said he is not considered dangerous. More

Memorial held for cyclist killed in crash

Friends and family gathered yesterday afternoon to remember a man who was killed while riding his bicycle last weekend. The memorial was held at the LSU Museum, where his art still hangs. More

Longtime SU asst. band director Carnell Knighten dies

The Southern University family is in shock over the sudden death of its longtime assistant band director Carnell Knighten. He passed away Tuesday. He was 60 years old. More



NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that the rig owner involved in drilling the ill-fated well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico was shielded by its contract with BP from having to pay many pollution claims in the nation's largest offshore oil spill. The judge, however, ruled that Transocean Ltd. is not exempt from paying punitive damages and civil penalties that arise from the 2010 blowout. More

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 37-year-old New Orleans woman has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for mail fraud and identity theft committed after Hurricane Katrina. Prosecutors say Shantell Moses fraudulently applied for disaster assistance from the Red Cross on 11 separate occasions in 2005. More

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - A plan to rework Louisiana's uncoordinated system of prekindergarten and early childhood education programs is tucked in the list of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education agenda for the upcoming legislative session. The proposals would grade preschools, streamline governance and yank funding for underperforming programs. More

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Parks in Slidell, LA and Iuka, MS are getting federal grants to improve their marinas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Slidell's Heritage Park is getting $1.5 million, with $802,500 going to J.P. Coleman State Park in Iuka. More

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hornets general manager Dell Demps says guard Eric Gordon remains central to the Hornets' long-term plans, even though the prolific shooting guard turned down a four-year extension offer from the club. Wednesday night was the NBA deadline for players who are due to become restricted free agents this summer to reach early contract extensions with their current teams. More

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



JACKSONVILLE, FL (AP) - The two Republican presidential candidates who've each won one primary apiece are sparring over Florida. At the last GOP debate before next Tuesday's Florida contest, frontrunners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich repeatedly clashed over issues such as immigration and spending. Rick Santorum got an applause when he told them to stop attacking one another. More

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is making it clear she wants to step aside if President Barack Obama is re-elected. Clinton says she would stay on just long enough for a replacement to be named. Clinton told State Department staffers Thursday that two decades of service is enough, and that she's tired and is paying no attention to the GOP presidential debates. More

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - New technology offered by Twitter is raising free speech concerns. Twitter can now censor messages on a country-by-country basis. The company sees it as a way to ensure individual messages remain available to as many people as possible as it navigates through different laws around the world. More

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - New York police say a shipment of 16 kilograms of cocaine was seized at the United Nations' mail intake center. A police spokesman says the drug found last week was in a white bag with a fake U.N. logo, and was sent from Mexico City through Cincinnati. A U.N. security official says there's no indication the shipment had anything to do with someone at the U.N. More

KINGSTON, Ontario (AP) - A jury in Ontario, Canada soon will start deliberating the fate of a couple and their adult son, accused of drowning four family members. Prosecutors say the three teenage daughters of Afghan-born Mohammad Shafia were killed because they dishonored the family by defying rules on dress and socializing. The fourth victim was Shafia's first wife, who was living with him and his second wife. More

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



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