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

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

New Orleans is in a frenzy, as fans of both Michigan and Virginia Tech have descended upon the city for tonight's Sugar Bowl. Some people arrived days ago, much to the delight of tourism officials. Crews have found an important piece of evidence in the search for a missing Baton Rouge couple. And, we'll provide updates on the three shootings BRPD is already investigating this year.


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Teams headed to New Orleans will have thousands of fans following, which means an economic shot in the arm for the Big Easy. The money will benefit the entire state. More

Police reported a man was shot in the face after an argument at a Baton Rouge apartment complex Monday morning. The victim was last listed in critical condition. More

Police have identified the man who was shot and killed on New Year's Day. They said he may have been in a fight before getting shot. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - If Sean Payton's New Orleans Saints are inclined to reflect back on anything, it's not so much their record-breaking 2011 season as their disappointing first-round playoff loss to Seattle a year ago. Payton says the Saints should understand when they open postseason play against Detroit on Saturday night that their season could end quickly if they're unprepared or do not execute as well as they have in recent weeks.

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Sammy Zeglinski and Joe Harris hit big 3-pointers in the final minutes to enable No. 21 Virginia to beat LSU 57-52 in a non-conference game Monday night. With their lead at one point, Zeglinski made his fourth 3 of the game to put the Cavaliers on top 51-47 with 3:25 remaining. A 3-pointer by Anthony Hickey again reduced Virginia's lead to a single point before Harris made his 3-pointer with 1:30 left.

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) - The Caddo Parish coroner says remains found in a pecan orchard are human. Coroner Dr. Todd Thoma said the human bones are scattered around the orchard off Louisiana Highway 1 and may have been there for several years.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Radar used in the stealth bomber and to find roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq is moving into the sewers of Louisiana. The aim is finding empty spaces where dirt has seeped into sewers and water pipes before they spread to create huge potholes or sinkholes that can collapse roadways and sidewalks above them.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


DES MOINES, IA (AP) - The Iowa caucuses begin later today and Mitt Romney is predicting he'll win. But as of Tuesday, many of Iowa's Republican voters still hadn't settled on a favorite candidate. Two of Romney's rivals who are most likely to challenge him tonight are Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. However, Paul has said he doesn't expect to occupy the White House.

NEW YORK (AP) - Police in New York are keeping watch on an Islamic cultural center that was firebombed Sunday. The building's entrance was struck by two Molotov cocktails, and a private house used as a Hindu house of worship also was hit. Authorities are investigating the attacks as bias crimes, although two other targets were a corner store and another house.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A forensic investigator in the Milwaukee area is posting online graphic photos of dead people. Michael Smiley says he knows the pictures can be unsettling, but he's been working for decades to identify some of them. Smiley is hoping that if the public takes a look, some of the dead will no longer be without a name.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Many Indonesians are outraged over the arrest, interrogation and beating of a 15-year-old poor boy accused of stealing a cheap pair of flip-flops from outside a police boarding house. If convicted, the teen faces up to five years in prison - the same sentence given to many terrorists and drug pushers. Indonesians have been protesting by dumping their old flip-lops and sandals at police stations and prosecutor offices.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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