9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: February 3, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

It's been a very violent and deadly few days in EBR. A number of shootings has resulted in four people killed. You can almost hear the broken record skipping but "What is going on?" A question being asked by many, as it always is after days like these. What are the answers? Do we really have any? With that as the background, our area gets ready for some weekend Mardi Gras. Will you be going, or like in New Orleans, has the violence put you off? We're seeing showers again this morning and that means wet roadways. Be extra careful on your commute and 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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Scheduling conflict causes delay in Gosserand trial

The vehicular homicide trial for Victoria Gosserand has been pushed back because her attorneys are currently involved in a federal trial. More

Along with those filing taxes or getting ready to do so are thousands of people behind bars doing the same thing. They are defrauding the system and costing you money. More

Accused murderer Trucko Stampley told the judge Thursday he does not intend to take the stand in his murder trial. The defense has one more witness to call. More

Two separate shootings have left three teenagers dead in less than a week. Both shootings happened in Glen Oaks, less than a block apart. More

Baton Rouge area businesses have a new high-tech tool to offer their goods and services to the area's growing film and television industry. More


BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing to expand business incentive programs in a bid to attract new industry and corporate headquarters to Louisiana. Among the proposals are a rewriting of the corporate tax laws and a rebate for location costs when a company moves its headquarters to the state. More

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has called on the executive director of a Louisiana education employees union to resign. At issue is a dispute between Jindal and the Louisiana Association of Educators over the governor's bid to allow children in poor-performing schools to attend private schools with state tax dollars. More

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An environmental watchdog group is suing the company it blames for an oil spill 11 miles off the coast of Louisiana that allegedly has been flowing into the Gulf of Mexico for years. The Waterkeeper Alliance claims hundreds of gallons of oil are leaking every day from the site. More

RUSTON, LA (AP) - Authorities say Louisiana Tech running back Tyronne Duplessis has been found dead at his off-campus apartment. The body of the 21-year-old from New Orleans was found Thursday morning. He recently completed his sophomore season of eligibility. The university has made grief counselors available to the team. More

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The losing streak for the New Orleans Hornets is now at four. The Hornets lost 93-81 on Thursday night to the San Antonio Spurs, falling to 4-19 on the season. Carly Landry scored 17 points and Greivis Vasquez added 16 points for New Orleans. More

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


NEW YORK (AP) - Supporters are rallying around Planned Parenthood after the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity cut breast cancer screening grants to the organization. Planned Parenthood has received $400,000 in smaller donations, $250,000 from a family foundation in Dallas and a $250,000 pledge from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Susan G. Komen says it cut funding because Planned Parenthood is under investigation. More

ELKO, NV (AP) - Ron Paul says he's tired of people saying he's an idealist who must learn to compromise. At a campaign stop in Reno, NV, the Republican presidential candidate said, "I think compromise is sort of like selling out." The Nevada caucuses are Saturday. More

WASHINGTON (AP) - Actress-comedienne Roseanne Barr says she's running for president for the Green Party. Barr says she's a longtime supporter of the party and looks forward to working with people who share her values. She says the two major parties aren't serving the American people. More

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it'll cost about $1 billion to put 20,000 jobless veterans back to work. The administration wants those unemployed vets to help rebuild trails, roads and levees on public land. The administration also will go after more grant money for programs that allow local communities to hire more police officers and firefighters. The unemployment rate among vets who served after the 9/11 terrorist attacks is 13.1 percent. More

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Authorities in Ukraine say more than 100 people have died because of the severe cold spell. Emergency officials say more than 1,200 have been hospitalized with hypothermia and frostbite as temperatures in some parts of the country sank to minus 26 degrees. More

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) - A Maritime official in Papua New Guinea says the more than 110 people still missing in a ferry sinking are not yet presumed to be dead. Nearly 250 people were rescued when the ferry sank Thursday in rough seas, and no bodies have been found. More

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


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