9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 11, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

One day more removed. Has it helped any? We'll give you a look at the Tigers' return to BR as many fans continue to ask a lot of questions, including those who also play a reporter from time to time. The grilling by Bobby Hebert is still resonating this morning. And, as you wake up, EBR has narrowed the list of superintendent candidates to six. We'll give you a look at the future.  Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


High 66, Low 46
Morning clouds followed by afternoon sunshine. Cooler.

Click here to get the full 7 day extended forecast from the WAFB Storm Team.

Don't forget http://www.gowafb.com when you're mobile today. Current conditions; live radar; 5-day, detailed and hourly forecasts; as well as movie times, flight info, lottery numbers, news and more!


Make sure to check out our DOTD Traffic Watch cameras before leaving the house today.


Fans turn out to welcome LSU home

A day that started off gloomy quickly brightened when dozens of fans showed up to welcome the LSU Tigers home from a tough loss in the BCS championship game. More

Superintendent list narrows to 6 candidates

Of 44 candidates vying for superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, only six remained after a school board meeting Tuesday night. More

Deputies arrest new suspect in mall shooting

Charges against a 17-year-old have been dropped and another teen has been arrested and charged with four counts of attempted first degree murder for the shooting near the Mall of Louisiana. More

Neighbors worry after stray bullet hits girl

People who live in the area where a 15-year-old was shot in her home after two men opened fire on one another Monday afternoon are concerned about their safety. One shooter is still on the loose. More


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - LSU coach Les Miles and his players are vowing to make the loss to Alabama in the BCS title game a learning experience. Many of the key players on the 2011 team that went 13-1 will be back in 2012 with every expectation of returning to the championship game.

METAIRIE, LA (AP) - The New Orleans Saints are expecting to face one of their biggest tests on Saturday against San Francisco and its strong running game. The 49ers averaged 128 yards rushing per game this season, while the Saints allow just under 109 yards per game.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans woman has pleaded guilty to making a fraudulent claim for money from the $20 billion compensation fund that BP PLC established in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Natasha Wells, 25, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has postponed the sentencing hearing for a former general manager of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad who pleaded guilty to misusing the agency's money. James Bridger was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

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


MANCHESTER, NH (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney heads to the South Carolina primary with another win. Romney has taken the New Hampshire primary, one week after winning the Iowa caucuses. He plans a campaign stop in Columbia, SC, today and a major fundraiser in Palm Beach, FL, on Thursday.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Penn State University President Rodney Erickson will hold the first of three town hall meetings this week, in the wake of the school's sexual abuse scandal. Erickson is trying to repair the university's image among current and former students and staff. Some don't like the school's handling of sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky.

WATERVILLE, ME (AP) - Dive teams on Wednesday will begin searching bodies of water around Waterville, Maine for Ayla Reynolds, the 20-month-old girl who disappeared from her father's home on Dec. 17. Authorities say they won't reveal until later in the day what locations they're searching.

NEW YORK (AP) - Occupy Wall Street protesters are streaming back into New York City's Zuccotti Park, now that barricades around the park have been removed. Some of the demonstrators said they planned to stay overnight.

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


Win 4 Tickets to See the Harlem Globetrotters


WAFB.com's Sudoku Puzzle of the Day is wildly popular and highly addictive! The objective is to fill a 9x9 grid so that each column, each row and each of the nine 3x3 boxes contain the digits from 1 to 9 only one time each. Today's free Sudoku puzzle is ready when you are! Click here to play now!

Challenging Crossword Puzzle Word Play comes in a new puzzle everyday ... and it's free from WAFB.com! Click here to play now!

What's your sign? WAFB.com brings the astrological universe to you for free every day. Click here to check out your horoscope now!