9News Early Edition from Matt Williams: January 30, 2012

From the desk of Matt Williams: Coming up this morning

The Mardi Gras season is underway in Baton Rouge. Did you go to the Krewe of Mutts downtown on Sunday? Will you be hitting any of the area parades, heading down to New Orleans or just staying at home? A long way from home for a few Saints, it's not the Super Bowl but a nice performance turned in by the Black & Gold at the Pro Bowl. It's Monday, which means back to work and school. Don't forget to check out our DOTD Traffic Watch cameras before heading out. Join us for 9NTM & The Early Edition beginning at 4:30 a.m.


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Police: Man shot in apartment complex parking lot

A man is expected to survive getting shot while two men tried to rob him Sunday night. He was found in a car with a gunshot wound to the back. More

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality is investigating the bizarre concoction spewing from a drainage pipe into a Baton Rouge creek. More

Officials said Perkins Road was temporarily closed due to a ruptured gas line Saturday morning. The leak was stopped early in the afternoon. More

Crews searching for a man who had been missing for a month discovered his body Saturday morning in the river where he and his wife had been boating. More


BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards has been hospitalized with pneumonia. His wife, Trina Edwards, said he is tired but doing well. Edwin Edwards is 84. He served four terms as governor, then served more than eight years in federal prison after being convicted of racketeering. More

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - Baton Rouge is considering replacing its 450 parking meters with cashless meters. Officials said a study to determine which system would be best for Baton Rouge probably will cost $15,000 to $30,000. Last year, Baton Rouge's parking meters generated about $295,000. More

HOUMA, LA (AP) - Some trade groups and industry officials said they disapprove of a proposal being considered by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to buy the naming rights to the New Orleans Arena. One board member says the money was to rebuild and promote the entire industry, not athletes or New Orleans. More

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Hornets are going to have to try and bounce back from their most lopsided loss of the season. The Hornets fell 94-72 on Sunday to the Atlanta Hawks, despite 13 points from Emeka Okafor. The Hornets' worst loss coming in was by 16 points at Sacramento. More

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


POMPANO BEACH, FL (AP) - Mitt Romney is ratcheting up his rhetoric and continuing his attacks on Newt Gingrich until the very end as he eyes tomorrow's Florida primary. Romney is now running ahead of the former House speaker in the polls. Gingrich says the reason is because Romney spent heavily "on carpet-bombing with negative ads." More

BIRMINGHAM, AL (AP) - Police investigating a possible robbery at an Alabama home saw it turn into a multiple homicide after they found five bodies inside. Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams says investigators are interviewing potential witnesses but so far have made no arrests. More

GAINESVILLE, FL (AP) - A dark Florida highway was so shrouded in haze and smoke that arriving rescuers could only listen for screams and moans from victims of a multiple vehicle pileup that killed 10 people. A long line of cars and trucks collided one after another on Interstate 75 south of Gainesville. Wreckage was strewn for nearly a mile. More

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were the maids of honor at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, where their Deep South drama "The Help" won them acting prizes and earned the trophy for overall cast performance. Davis won as best actress and Spencer as supporting actress. Jean Dujardin was named best actor for the silent film "The Artist." More

HONOLULU (AP) - Brandon Marshall's record-setting performance allowed the AFC to come away with a 59-41 win over the NFC at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu. Marshall became the first player in Pro Bowl history to grab four touchdown passes while he caught six receptions for 176 yards. The two teams combined for 51 first downs, 943 passing yards and 1,142 total yards. More

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



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