9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: February 8, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

Seems like people in Livingston Parish have been waiting for years for Juban Crossing. What's the delay? What's next? We may have what's next in the world of diets for you this morning.  It's called the "Dash Diet" and medical correspondent Phil Rainier shows you how it can be much more than just a weight loss program. That, and we'll talk with Ann Pace, the mother of a murder victim, about a big event coming up this week. An 18-wheeler overturned on I-12 East past O'Neal this morning, causing closures in both directions, so check out our DOTD Traffic Watch cameras before you hit the road to see if there's anything that could cause problems on your morning drive. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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Overturned 18-wheeler blocks parts of I-12

The Louisiana State Police said both lanes are blocked on I-12 West and one on I-12 East after an 18-wheeler overturned early Wednesday morning. More

Gov. Bobby Jindal called the LSU Health System's latest attempt at fixing a $29 million budget hole "irresponsible." He said the system waited too late. More

The developer of the Juban Crossing upscale shopping center in Livingston Parish said the stores will open, just not this year. More

The high profile trial for alleged Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford is finishing up its second week in Houston, but the bad news may be somewhere else. More

The Dancing Dolls are back home after a whirlwind week that was capped off with their Super Bowl halftime show performance with Madonna. More

Two men were taken into custody after authorities said they used their computers for inappropriate dealings with what they thought were minors. More


BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - On his push for sweeping change to the way Louisiana educates its students, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has an unlikely ally in Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Both support of the expansion of charter schools, changes to the teacher job protection system called tenure and the increase of choices for parents seeking to get their children out of failing schools.

GEISMAR, LA (AP) - An engineering firm with an office in Baton Rouge says it has received a contract from a major producer of methanol, to provide services if Methanex Corp., decides to move one of its idle plants from Chile to Louisiana. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced Tuesday that it has a contract from Methanex.

RICHMOND, VA (AP) - A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Louisiana man who challenged a Virginia prison system policy that restricts the kind of CDs inmates can have. At issue was a policy allowing inmates to have only approved music and faith-based spoken-word CDs, such as religious sermons.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne has been honored with the Jim Thorpe Award as college football's best defensive back. He had six interceptions last season for LSU, which won the Southeastern Conference title but lost the national championship game to SEC West rival Alabama.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets have requested waivers on guard Carldell Johnson and forward/guard DaJuan Summers. Johnson has appeared in 15 games for the Hornets this season, averaging 1.8 points. Summers has also appeared in 15 games this season.

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


WASHINGTON (AP) - Tuesday night was a good night for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. He's won caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and Missouri's nonbinding primary. Mitt Romney still leads the pack in the number of delegates won.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney is shrugging off his poor showing in Tuesday's contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. The Republican presidential candidate congratulated rival Rick Santorum, but also told supporters, "I expect to become our nominee with your help."

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage could eventually head to the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge federal appeals court panel on Tuesday ruled the ban unconstitutional, saying it served no purpose other than to deny gay couples marriage.

NEW YORK (AP) - Hotels in New York City have agreed to give their employees panic alarms. The New York Hotel Trades Council says the provision is part of a labor contract the Hotel Association of New York approved last year. The union says it wasn't spurred by the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who had been accused of raping a hotel maid before the charges were dropped. The union votes on the agreement Monday.

CAMBRIDGE, MA (AP) - There's a new way to get a shot of caffeine, and it has some people concerned. AeroShot is a lipstick-sized tube that contains caffeine powder that's inhaled. It went on the market last month in Massachusetts and New York. But Sen. Charles Schumer of New York wants the Food and Drug Administration to review AeroShot. He fears it'll be used as a club drug.

BEIRUT (AP) - Activists say Syrian troops are shelling residential neighborhoods in the central city of Homs for a fifth straight day, killing scores of people. One activist in Homs says his neighborhood is under "very intense shelling" by tanks, mortars, artilleries and heavy machine guns. And he says he has counted five bodies in his district.

BEIJING (AP) - Boy, that's a big baby. A woman in central China has given birth to a nearly 16 pound baby, possibly the largest newborn on record in China since 1949. The state-run Tianjin Post says the 29-year-old mother delivered the 15 pound 8 ounce boy by Caesarian section. The heaviest newborn ever recorded was almost 24 pounds in 1879 in Ohio.

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


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