9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: February 10, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

A lot of the talk around town seems to be centered on comments made by a former LSU quarterback. Not quite as much chatter on just how to fix a school system in EBR that many feel needs to be reworked. What should be the focus? We'll hopefully help lighten the mood for you a bit. We're talking Mardi Gras in Clinton and another chance to win tickets to see Cirque du Soleil. Some streets are wet, so be careful on the road today and remember to check out our DOTD Traffic Watch cameras before heading out 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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ATC: Bar not responsible for fatal crash

The Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner says a Baton Rouge bar is not responsible for an accident that killed a bicyclist and left another severely injured. More

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, red light cameras in Baton Rouge shoot and flash. They have taken in millions of dollars for the city and cost a lot of drivers a lot of money. Not everyone is paying, though, including the drivers of dozens of city vehicles. More

People living in the Shenandoah and Woodlawn areas of Baton Rouge want to leave and form their own district. More

Authorities say three people, two with gunshot wounds, arrived at Woman's Hospital early Thursday morning. Two of those people have been arrested. More

VIDEO ONLY: Jefferson speaks candidly with radio station


BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing a $25.5 billion budget that closes a nearly $900 million gap with higher retirement costs for state employees, nearly 6,400 job cuts and a patchwork of one-time money. The presentation of the governor's 2012-13 spending plan Thursday has kicked off annual budget negotiations with lawmakers.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has ruled out testimony about a deadly 2005 explosion at a BP PLC refinery in Texas from the first phase of a trial over the oil giant's liability for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The judge says BP's alleged prior misconduct isn't relevant in determining what caused the blowout in 2010.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana tax preparer has pleaded guilty to preparing and filing false income tax returns for his customers. James W. Nelson, 60, of LaPlace also pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge he failed to pay more than $21,000 in taxes on his own income.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - An attorney for former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson has entered a plea of not guilty on Jefferson's behalf to a charge that stems from an Aug. 19 fight. A grand jury indicted Jefferson Sept. 28, accusing him of simple battery on Andrew Lowery.

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


SEATTLE (AP) - The state social worker who was supposed to supervise a visit between Josh Powell and his two sons says Powell told his 7-year-old he had a "surprise" for him moments before attacking the boys with a hatchet and blowing up his home, killing all three. The social worker has done an interview with ABC's "20/20."

BELLEFONTE, PA (AP) - Pennsylvania prosecutors will argue that jurors in Jerry Sandusky's pending sex-abuse trial should be from outside the State College area. Today's court proceeding is also expected to address Sandusky's request to have contact with his grandchildren and others. The former Penn State assistant football coach currently is under house arrest.

NEW YORK (AP) - The father of an admitted terrorist could get up to 40 years in prison for helping cover up his son's plot to attack New York City' subway system in 2009. Mohammed Wali Zazi will appear in court this afternoon. His son, Najibullah Zazi admitted planning to attack New York's subway system with homemade bombs made with everyday beauty supplies.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Marine Corps once again is doing damage control after a photo surfaced of a sniper team in Afghanistan posing in front of a flag with a logo resembling that of the notorious Nazi SS. The Corps says the Marines won't be disciplined because investigators determined it was a naJive mistake. Last month the Pentagon faced fallout from an Internet video that looked like Marines urinating on Taliban corpses.

BOSTON (AP) - A funeral home embalmer who had his license taken away will appear before the Massachusetts High Court today to try to get it back. Troy Scholeller's license was revoked by a state board after he said in a newspaper interview that he hated embalming fat people and made other crude observations. Scholeller says he could have chosen his words more carefully.

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


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