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

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

It was a crazy morning at Woman's Hospital. A pair of gunshot victims showed up, but of course, Woman's doesn't handle that kind of thing. With that in mind, does our area need more shot spotters and crime cameras? The Metro Council weighed in on that last night. We'll continue our "Other Half" series this morning as well. Both the sheriff and sheriff-elect in Livingston Parish work with their wives. You know very well who the real boss is. Many drivers are still reeling about yesterday's traffic nightmare. Everything is clear today, but you should check out our DOTD Traffic Watch cameras before you get on 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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Shooting victims show up at Woman's Hospital

Two people arrived at Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge early this morning suffering from gunshot wounds. Woman's isn't equipped to treat gunshot victims, so they were transported to another hospital. More

There are reports of Pointe Coupee Parish workers selling scrap metal and using the cash to throw themselves Christmas and retirement parties. Is it legal? More

Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire that broke out at an abandoned Georgia Pacific plywood plant Wednesday night. More

Council members voted Wednesday to extend a contract on parish shot spotters and to wait two more weeks to decide about crime cameras. More

Baton Rouge police arrested the father of a 4-year-old that was fatally shot in the head Wednesday morning. More

The search for a new superintendent in East Baton Rouge Parish is back to square one after the only finalist withdrew his name Wednesday. More


BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is set to reveal his budget proposal Thursday, offering his recommendations for closing a nearly $900 million shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year. Jindal's budget also will include another round of state worker job cuts.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Louisiana's property insurer of last resort is going to consider a proposed settlement Thursday in a dispute over slow handling of hurricane claims from 2005. Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. faces about $104 million in payouts to about 18,500 policyholders.

LAFAYETTE, LA (AP) - An Opelousas man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining disability insurance benefits from the Social Security Administration. Federal prosecutors say Kevin Leday, 46, embezzled nearly $42,000 after claiming in 2002 that an injury prevented him from working.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - LSU offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and says he plans to play for the Tigers in 2012. Dworaczyk, who started every game at guard in 2009 and 2010, missed all of the 2011 season because of a right knee injury that required surgery.

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - LSU basketball has lost four the fourth time in five games. The Tigers fell 76-61 on Wednesday at Vanderbilt. Storm Warren had a team-high 13 for the Tigers, who also got 12 points apiece from Anthony Hickey and Ralston Turner.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets are still on a losing streak, but they at least avoided a franchise low in points during Wednesday's 90-67 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Chris Kaman scored 17 for the Hornets, who have lost seven straight and 22 of 24. The franchise low for points in a game is 65.

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


WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are considering a plan to build the nation's first nuclear power plant in a generation. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is set to vote Thursday on a request from Southern Company to build two new reactors in eastern Georgia. The NRC last approved construction of a nuclear power plant in 1978, a year before the partial meltdown at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island.

OLYMPIA, WA (AP) - Washington state is about to become the seventh state to allow gay marriage. Lawmakers passed a gay marriage bill Wednesday, and now the legislation goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who's expected to sign it into law next week.

DENVER (AP) - The college student who tried to shower Mitt Romney with glitter is facing charges. Peter Smith, 20, is charged with causing a disturbance, throwing a missile and unlawful acts. Police say the University of Colorado Denver student tried to throw a glitter bomb on the Republican presidential hopeful as he greeted supporters in Denver Tuesday. Security pulled Romney back and Smith was whisked away.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is inducting six additional groups this year, after a committee said they should be honored with their already recognized lead singers. Two of the groups are the Comets and the Miracles, who'll be inducted at an April ceremony in Cleveland. The Comets' Bill Haley and the Miracles' Smokey Robinson were inducted in 1987.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican troops have made the biggest seizure ever of pure methamphetamine in the country. Soldiers discovered a 15 ton cache in a suburb of Guadalajara. The Mexican army plans to put the seizure on display Thursday.

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


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