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  • Lane quickly intensifies into a Category 2 hurricane in East Pacific

    Tropical Storm Lane expected to strengthen into hurricane soon

    Friday, August 17 2018 10:57 AM EDT2018-08-17 14:57:40 GMT
    Hurricane Lane is expected to become a major hurricane by Saturday. (Image: NOAA)Hurricane Lane is expected to become a major hurricane by Saturday. (Image: NOAA)

    Lane is now the sixth hurricane of the 2018 Pacific season, and is expected to cross into the Central Pacific on Saturday as a major storm.

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    Lane is now the sixth hurricane of the 2018 Pacific season, and is expected to cross into the Central Pacific on Saturday as a major storm.

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  • New Sulphur teacher returns to his first grade classroom

    New Sulphur teacher returns to his first grade classroom

    Friday, August 17 2018 6:42 AM EDT2018-08-17 10:42:42 GMT
    McNeese State UniversityMcNeese State University
    McNeese State UniversityMcNeese State University

    Schools in the Diocese of Lake Charles went back to class this week, and one of the newest teachers is Ryan Rapp at Our Lady's Catholic School in Sulphur. 

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    Schools in the Diocese of Lake Charles went back to class this week, and one of the newest teachers is Ryan Rapp at Our Lady's Catholic School in Sulphur. 

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  • Hometown Hero: Annette Ballard

    Hometown Hero: Annette Ballard

    Friday, August 17 2018 4:43 AM EDT2018-08-17 08:43:13 GMT

    When she was a student at Central School back in the 1940s, Annette Ballard knew that teaching was in her blood.

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    When she was a student at Central School back in the 1940s, Annette Ballard knew that teaching was in her blood.

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  • Jennings fire department in need of volunteers

    Jennings fire department in need of volunteers

    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-08-17 03:51:07 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Volunteer firefighters play a critical role in the safety of communities across the country, especially in our communities. More recently the state has seen a steady decline in firefighters. Over in Jennings, they're feeling that shortage now more than ever. "There's a big shortage with the volunteer firefighters on our department," said Chief training officer, Ashley Navarre. Navarre says they usually have about 25 volunteers available to help assist with emergencies...

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    Volunteer firefighters play a critical role in the safety of communities across the country, especially in our communities. More recently the state has seen a steady decline in firefighters. Over in Jennings, they're feeling that shortage now more than ever. "There's a big shortage with the volunteer firefighters on our department," said Chief training officer, Ashley Navarre. Navarre says they usually have about 25 volunteers available to help assist with emergencies...

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  • Pride of McNeese Band hosts 'Cowboy Kickoff'

    Pride of McNeese Band hosts 'Cowboy Kickoff'

    Thursday, August 16 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-08-17 03:38:17 GMT
    The Pride of McNeese Band welcomed local high school bands, fans and alumni to Burton Coliseum Thursday, to get the community excited for the upcoming football season and raise some money.The Pride of McNeese Band welcomed local high school bands, fans and alumni to Burton Coliseum Thursday, to get the community excited for the upcoming football season and raise some money.
    The Pride of McNeese Band welcomed local high school bands, fans and alumni to Burton Coliseum Thursday, to get the community excited for the upcoming football season and raise some money.The Pride of McNeese Band welcomed local high school bands, fans and alumni to Burton Coliseum Thursday, to get the community excited for the upcoming football season and raise some money.

    The Pride of McNeese Band welcomed local high school bands, fans and alumni to Burton Coliseum Thursday, to get the community excited for the upcoming football season and raise some money.  One alumna and band mom, Ann Ellender, has two sons in the McNeese band, and one in the Sulphur High School band.  While she says while the event is meant to support the band, it's really beneficial for the community. "It supports the bands, yes, but it's really arts for the commu...

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    The Pride of McNeese Band welcomed local high school bands, fans and alumni to Burton Coliseum Thursday, to get the community excited for the upcoming football season and raise some money.  One alumna and band mom, Ann Ellender, has two sons in the McNeese band, and one in the Sulphur High School band.  While she says while the event is meant to support the band, it's really beneficial for the community. "It supports the bands, yes, but it's really arts for the commu...

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    Topsy homicide suspect captured in Texas

    Topsy homicide suspect captured in Texas

    Thursday, August 16 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-08-17 02:46:44 GMT
    Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's name suspect in Topsy homicide (Source: JDPSO)Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's name suspect in Topsy homicide (Source: JDPSO)

    The suspect in a homicide in Topsy has been captured by authorities in Jefferson County, Texas, according to Chief Deputy Christopher Ivey.  David Wade Clark, 28, was the main suspect in the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office investigation into the death of Devin Marc Sanders on August 10, 2018, in Topsy, Louisiana. Just before noon on Aug. 14, the Lake Charles Police Department found Clark's truck in the Big Lots parking lot on Highway 14, said Ivey.  ...

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    The suspect in a homicide in Topsy has been captured by authorities in Jefferson County, Texas, according to Chief Deputy Christopher Ivey.  David Wade Clark, 28, was the main suspect in the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office investigation into the death of Devin Marc Sanders on August 10, 2018, in Topsy, Louisiana. Just before noon on Aug. 14, the Lake Charles Police Department found Clark's truck in the Big Lots parking lot on Highway 14, said Ivey.  ...

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  • LCPD investigating shooting on Prejean Drive

    LCPD investigating shooting on Prejean Drive

    Thursday, August 16 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-08-17 00:06:17 GMT
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    The Lake Charles Police Department is investigating a shooting at the Place Vendome Apartments, according to Lt. Harrell. Harrell says there is one victim. There is no word of any arrests at this time. KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Lake Charles Police Department is investigating a shooting at the Place Vendome Apartments, according to Lt. Harrell. Harrell says there is one victim. There is no word of any arrests at this time. KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Residents off Gauthier Road complain of delayed or no mail delivery

    Residents off Gauthier Road complain of delayed or no mail delivery

    Thursday, August 16 2018 7:22 PM EDT2018-08-16 23:22:21 GMT

    it seems as though there's always a neighborhood in the lake area complaining they are not getting their mail... This week the complaints come from off of Gauthier road. each day please and Barbara Laster walk together to the road, to check for mail.  it's partly for exercise for pleaze who has Parkinson's disease.  but some days they are waiting for something important. "We have correspondence, I'm waiting for some very important correspondence and it's just, other ...

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    it seems as though there's always a neighborhood in the lake area complaining they are not getting their mail... This week the complaints come from off of Gauthier road. each day please and Barbara Laster walk together to the road, to check for mail.  it's partly for exercise for pleaze who has Parkinson's disease.  but some days they are waiting for something important. "We have correspondence, I'm waiting for some very important correspondence and it's just, other ...

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  • Oakdale dam debate

    Oakdale dam debate

    Thursday, August 16 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-08-16 23:13:39 GMT

    The Oakdale Dam is the center of a debate taking place in Allen Parish. Residents are split on the issue of weather or weather not to remove the dam on the Calcasieu river. Those in favor of the removal of the dam claim that it causes flooding in certain areas and restricts the flow on the river. "I want to have a wild river. This is a well built dam, but I don't see any benefit from this dam. It impedes the natural flow of this scenic river. A lot of people get a lot of ...

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    The Oakdale Dam is the center of a debate taking place in Allen Parish. Residents are split on the issue of weather or weather not to remove the dam on the Calcasieu river. Those in favor of the removal of the dam claim that it causes flooding in certain areas and restricts the flow on the river. "I want to have a wild river. This is a well built dam, but I don't see any benefit from this dam. It impedes the natural flow of this scenic river. A lot of people get a lot of ...

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  • Chennault International Airport reopens runway after months of repairs

    Chennault International Airport reopens runway after months of repairs

    Thursday, August 16 2018 6:56 PM EDT2018-08-16 22:56:50 GMT

    Chennault International Airport reopened their 2-mile-long main runway Thursday after four months of major repairs. For months, crews have been pouring new concrete,adding state of the art lighting, repainting the runway. and installing a blast pad, this according to Kevin Melton, Executive Director of the airport. Before the runway reopened, workers came together for a "FOD", or foreign object debris walk. "So foreign object debris is anything that might be left on ...

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    Chennault International Airport reopened their 2-mile-long main runway Thursday after four months of major repairs. For months, crews have been pouring new concrete,adding state of the art lighting, repainting the runway. and installing a blast pad, this according to Kevin Melton, Executive Director of the airport. Before the runway reopened, workers came together for a "FOD", or foreign object debris walk. "So foreign object debris is anything that might be left on ...

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  • WEATHER WITH BEN: Emily Grace Guillory

    WEATHER WITH BEN: Emily Grace Guillory

    Friday, August 17 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-08-17 12:10:37 GMT
    Emily Grace Guillory joined us for Weather with Ben. (Source: KPLC)Emily Grace Guillory joined us for Weather with Ben. (Source: KPLC)
    Emily Grace Guillory joined us for Weather with Ben. (Source: KPLC)Emily Grace Guillory joined us for Weather with Ben. (Source: KPLC)
    This morning, Emily Grace Guillory is KPLC's junior meteorologist.  Emily is a 3rd grader at T. S. Cooley Elementary. She is 8 years old and enjoys dance, cooking, fishing, playing outdoors, reading, and eating good Louisiana food.  During school Emily enjoys P.E.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    This morning, Emily Grace Guillory is KPLC's junior meteorologist.  Emily is a 3rd grader at T. S. Cooley Elementary. She is 8 years old and enjoys dance, cooking, fishing, playing outdoors, reading, and eating good Louisiana food.  During school Emily enjoys P.E.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Afternoon storms chances increase this weekend

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Afternoon storms chances increase this weekend

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Afternoon storms chances increase this weekend

    Friday, August 17 2018 7:07 AM EDT2018-08-17 11:07:35 GMT
    Friday forecastFriday forecast
    Friday forecastFriday forecast
    Starting off this Friday morning very similar to every other morning this week with warm and extremely humid conditions that will greet you out the door on the way to work and school as temperatures start off in the middle to upper 70s. A couple of coastal showers are already noted on radar with the best chance for any rain this morning remaining confined to areas right along the coast. Through the day, temperatures will again top out in the middle 90s this afternoon as a light onsho...More >>
    Starting off this Friday morning very similar to every other morning this week with warm and extremely humid conditions that will greet you out the door on the way to work and school as temperatures start off in the middle to upper 70s. A couple of coastal showers are already noted on radar with the best chance for any rain this morning remaining confined to areas right along the coast. Through the day, temperatures will again top out in the middle 90s this afternoon as a light onsho...More >>
  • New Sulphur teacher returns to his first grade classroom

    New Sulphur teacher returns to his first grade classroom

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - LaGrange Gators

    TDL: Two-A-Days - LaGrange Gators

    Friday, August 17 2018 12:29 AM EDT2018-08-17 04:29:38 GMT
    The Gators have a plan. And that plan is to add speed. After the move up to Class 5A a season ago, LaGrange knew what it had to do. "The atmosphere of 5A is faster and it’s faster than 4A," said running back Anthony Johnson. "Our team is been practicing faster and harder for it, so I think we will be ready." Watch a LaGrange practice under new coach Marrico Wilson and you can see it at work. He's aiming to change the culture. "One goal ...More >>
    The Gators have a plan. And that plan is to add speed. After the move up to Class 5A a season ago, LaGrange knew what it had to do. "The atmosphere of 5A is faster and it’s faster than 4A," said running back Anthony Johnson. "Our team is been practicing faster and harder for it, so I think we will be ready." Watch a LaGrange practice under new coach Marrico Wilson and you can see it at work. He's aiming to change the culture. "One goal ...More >>
  • US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

    US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:47 PM EDT2018-08-16 19:47:00 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 10:53 AM EDT2018-08-17 14:53:59 GMT
    The new generic version will be sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals. (Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)The new generic version will be sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals. (Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen.

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    US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen.

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  • Slain Colorado mother painted rosy picture of married life

    Slain Colorado mother painted rosy picture of married life

    Friday, August 17 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-08-17 06:14:36 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 10:53 AM EDT2018-08-17 14:53:41 GMT
    (The Colorado Bureau of Investigation via AP). This photo combo of images provided by The Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows, from left, Bella Watts, Celeste Watts and Shanann Watts.  The Frederick Police Department said Chris Watts was taken into ...(The Colorado Bureau of Investigation via AP). This photo combo of images provided by The Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows, from left, Bella Watts, Celeste Watts and Shanann Watts. The Frederick Police Department said Chris Watts was taken into ...

    Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life - of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children.

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    Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life - of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children.

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  • Questions mark first day of deliberations at Manafort trial

    Questions mark first day of deliberations at Manafort trial

    Friday, August 17 2018 12:38 AM EDT2018-08-17 04:38:45 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 10:43 AM EDT2018-08-17 14:43:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). Television cameras are set up outside of federal court as jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). Television cameras are set up outside of federal court as jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.

    The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has ended its first day of deliberations.

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    The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has ended its first day of deliberations.

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  • Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city

    Detroit residents remember Aretha Franklin, impact on city

    Thursday, August 16 2018 4:17 PM EDT2018-08-16 20:17:11 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 9:31 AM EDT2018-08-17 13:31:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Paul Sancya). Daniel Sturgis pauses outside New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and...(AP Photo/Paul Sancya). Daniel Sturgis pauses outside New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and...

    Aretha Franklin was Detroit's favorite daughter, often singing at the church where her father once led and headlining charity functions for kids or the less fortunate.

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    Aretha Franklin was Detroit's favorite daughter, often singing at the church where her father once led and headlining charity functions for kids or the less fortunate.

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  • EpiPen shortage continues as start of school increases demand

    EpiPen shortage continues as start of school increases demand

    Friday, August 17 2018 9:03 AM EDT2018-08-17 13:03:03 GMT

    Sales of EpiPen devices typically spike during the back-to-school season, but there have been supply issues for months. 

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    Sales of EpiPen devices typically spike during the back-to-school season, but there have been supply issues for months. 

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  • Man threatens to kill CA woman's mom as part of elaborate phone scam

    Man threatens to kill CA woman's mom as part of elaborate phone scam

    Friday, August 17 2018 4:19 AM EDT2018-08-17 08:19:45 GMT

    An investigation is underway after a California woman said she paid $1,400 in a fake kidnapping scam.

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    An investigation is underway after a California woman said she paid $1,400 in a fake kidnapping scam.

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  • Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

    Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

    Thursday, August 16 2018 4:05 AM EDT2018-08-16 08:05:05 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 2:20 AM EDT2018-08-17 06:20:10 GMT
    The man's pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste were reported missing Monday.The man's pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste were reported missing Monday.

    Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case.

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    Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case.

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  • Call from pizzeria led NH police to find elderly woman's body in house

    Call from pizzeria led NH police to find elderly woman's body in house

    Friday, August 17 2018 1:58 AM EDT2018-08-17 05:58:10 GMT

    A pizza restaurant alerted authorities to a man exhibiting erratic behavior, leading police to discover his mother's dead body in his home.

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    A pizza restaurant alerted authorities to a man exhibiting erratic behavior, leading police to discover his mother's dead body in his home.

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  • Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019

    Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019

    Thursday, August 16 2018 2:16 PM EDT2018-08-16 18:16:40 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 12:14 AM EDT2018-08-17 04:14:31 GMT
    Military units participate in the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)Military units participate in the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    A U.S. official says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump would cost about $92 million _ more than three times the maximum initial estimate.

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    A U.S. official says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump would cost about $92 million _ more than three times the maximum initial estimate.

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  • Sold Out!

    St Jude Dream Home

    St Jude Dream Home

    Your chance to win the very first St. Jude Dream Home in SWLA is coming soon! Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 5, 2018 for this beautiful 2 story home located in the Graywood community. Only 6000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100.Proceeds benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to help them continue their mission of finding cures to some of the most aggressive childhood cancers and saving the lives of children around the world. 

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    Your chance to win the very first St. Jude Dream Home in SWLA is coming soon! Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 5, 2018 for this beautiful 2 story home located in the Graywood community. Only 6000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100.Proceeds benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to help them continue their mission of finding cures to some of the most aggressive childhood cancers and saving the lives of children around the world. 

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  • Hurricane Special: Surviving the Storm 2018

    Hurricane Special: Surviving the Storm 2018

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  • Hurricane Season 2018

    Hurricane Season 2018

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  • Honoring educators

    Class Act Award Winners

    The Class Act Award honors teachers, tutors, principals and counselors who go above and beyond for their students. Winners are chosen once a month and highlighted on KPLC! The Class Act Award is sponsored by Lake Charles Toyota!

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    The Class Act Award honors teachers, tutors, principals and counselors who go above and beyond for their students. Winners are chosen once a month and highlighted on KPLC! The Class Act Award is sponsored by Lake Charles Toyota!

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    Summer Camps and Programs

    Summer camps and programs across Southwest Louisiana

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    Summer camps and programs across Southwest Louisiana

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    KPLC Taste Test

    KPLC Taste Test

    The KPLC Taste Test Team try all those weird things you see at the grocery store, and give your our honest opinion if they are a hit, or a miss!

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    The KPLC Taste Test Team try all those weird things you see at the grocery store, and give your our honest opinion if they are a hit, or a miss!

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