9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 31, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

Truly a mixed bag for you this morning, call it eclectic. Unfortunately, there is another fatal shooting to tell you about in Baton Rouge. It happened early this morning. We'll talk contraception and faith. The two aren't getting along when it comes to a new healthcare mandate and many Catholics in our area. Plus, who owns the phrase "Who Dat?" Do we really have an answer in that fight yet. And, Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks will join us. Told you it was a bit broad. There is a little rain out there, so be careful on the roadways. Don't forget to check out our DOTD Traffic Watch cameras before heading out. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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Sheriff's deputies investigate deadly shooting

Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that left at least one person dead early Tuesday morning. The victim's name has not been released. More

A majority of health insurance companies will now pick up the tab for birth control. The president's mandate includes Catholic establishments, such as hospitals and universities. More

The owner of Benny's Car Wash says he will comply with guidelines to prevent the problem that happened this weekend when red dye spewed into a creek. More

A 28-year-old man was arrested Monday in a December murder after police said DNA linked him to the case. He was the second suspect taken into custody in the investigation. More

Convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee's artwork has somehow slipped from behind his cell and is now on sale to the public. The mother of one of his suspected victims is outraged. More

A roof collapse at a Baton Rouge car wash sent two people to a hospital Monday afternoon. The extent of the injuries is unknown. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With a trial over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill pending, BP PLC is asking a federal judge to block two key plaintiffs' experts from testifying about an alleged disregard for safety throughout the company. BP's legal maneuver to limit the two California experts from testifying about a lack of a safety culture at BP was made public Monday. More

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Jefferson Parish official has pleaded not guilty to concealing federal crimes in a case spawned by a corruption probe that already has resulted in charges against a former parish president. Timothy Whitmer pleaded not guilty Monday but is expected to eventually plead guilty. More

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has agreed to rehear two cases in which a victim of child pornography sought restitution from men who viewed sexually explicit photographs of her on the internet. The victim in both cases was a young child when her uncle widely circulated images of her abuse. More

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Trina Edwards says her husband, former governor Edwin Edwards, is back home after a brief hospital stay for pneumonia. She says Edwards was in the intensive care unit until Sunday evening. More

MIAMI (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets are leaving Miami with their 17th loss in 19 games after falling 109-95 on Monday night. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry each scored 14 for New Orleans, which led 45-33 midway through the second quarter but was outscored 76-50 the rest of the way. More

JACKSON, MI (AP) - A Michigan man is facing federal charges on accusations he phoned in a bomb threat to the Superdome while the Detroit Lions were playing the New Orleans Saints in the NFL playoffs. Prosecutors say Shawn H. Payton made the call on Jan. 7. Payton is due Feb. 14 in New Orleans federal court. More

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


TAMPA, FL (AP) - Florida voters are getting ready to cast ballots today in the Republican presidential primary, with Mitt Romney the confident, resurgent front-runner and Newt Gingrich vowing to battle back. The GOP contest has turned increasingly hostile in the 10 days since Gingrich scored a big win in South Carolina. More

SPICEWOOD, TX (AP) - Officials in Spicewood, Texas say the town's water will have to be delivered by tanker truck for the next several weeks, while they figure out another way to get water to the community. The first 8,000-gallon delivery arrived Monday, right before Spicewood was to run out of drinking water because of the longest drought ever in Texas. More

CHICAGO (AP) - Officials in northern Illinois are looking into a power failure at a nuclear reactor that forced workers to release steam to cool it down. Officials say the steam released Monday from the reactor at Exelon Nuclear's Byron Generating Station contained low levels of a radioactive form of hydrogen, but they say the levels were safe for workers and the public. More

UNDATED (AP) - The Wall Street Journal says Facebook could file paperwork as early as Wednesday for an initial public offering of stock. Its public debut will be the most anticipated tech IPO since Google went public in August 2004. More

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owners of a Los Angeles toy company are scheduled to be sentenced today for helping launder millions of dollars for Colombian drug traffickers. The sisters could get up to 15 months in prison. Authorities say they (Meichun Cheng Huang and Ling Yu) used money dropped off at their downtown headquarters to buy toys that were sent to Colombia. The importer then sold the toys and gave the proceeds to the drug traffickers. More

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will ask Congress today to expand tax breaks for small businesses. Obama is proposing legislation to eliminate tax rates on capital gains for investments in small businesses and extend for a year the ability of all businesses to immediately deduct all of the costs of buying equipment. More

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


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