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    19-year-old DeRidder man killed in single-vehicle crash near Topsy

    19-year-old DeRidder man killed in single-vehicle crash near Topsy

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:40 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:40:46 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)

    A 19-year-old DeRidder man died in a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Topsy Road and Arnold White Road in Topsy early Friday morning, authorities said.

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    A 19-year-old DeRidder man died in a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Topsy Road and Arnold White Road in Topsy early Friday morning, authorities said.

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    1st-degree murder conviction in 2016 killing at Dees Motel, south of DeRidder

    1st-degree murder conviction in 2016 killing at Dees Motel, south of DeRidder

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:20 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:20:04 GMT
    Jackie L. Pruitt (Source: Beauregard Sheriff's Office)Jackie L. Pruitt (Source: Beauregard Sheriff's Office)
    A DeRidder man has been found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a woman at a motel south of DeRidder in May 2016. Jackie L. Pruitt was arrested the day after the body of 28-year-old Sonya Ortego was found at the Dees Motel on U.S. 171. The jury, which returned in an hour and fifteen minutes, voted 11-1 to convict Pruitt, according to Assistant District Attorney Richard Morton. A unanimous jury was not necessary for a conviction since it was not a death penalty case. The tri...More >>
    A DeRidder man has been found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a woman at a motel south of DeRidder in May 2016. Jackie L. Pruitt was arrested the day after the body of 28-year-old Sonya Ortego was found at the Dees Motel on U.S. 171. The jury, which returned in an hour and fifteen minutes, voted 11-1 to convict Pruitt, according to Assistant District Attorney Richard Morton. A unanimous jury was not necessary for a conviction since it was not a death penalty case. The tri...More >>
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    Officials searching for man wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery

    Officials searching for man wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery

    Friday, May 26 2017 1:04 PM EDT2017-05-26 17:04:27 GMT
    Robert Hendrix (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Robert Hendrix (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in a December armed robbery at a local motel. Robert M. Hendrix, 24, of Lake Charles, is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.  Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Judge Michael Canaday signed a $1.25 million warrant on Jan. 23. “Detectives attempted to locate Hendrix on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful." Myers asked anyone with information H...More >>
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in a December armed robbery at a local motel. Robert M. Hendrix, 24, of Lake Charles, is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.  Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Judge Michael Canaday signed a $1.25 million warrant on Jan. 23. “Detectives attempted to locate Hendrix on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful." Myers asked anyone with information H...More >>
  • Lake Charles woman faces 4 counts of child desertion

    Lake Charles woman faces 4 counts of child desertion

    Friday, May 26 2017 12:13 PM EDT2017-05-26 16:13:59 GMT

    A Lake Charles woman is facing 4 counts of child desertion, according to a news release from Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kim Myers. On May 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles after a complainant claimed two children were left at the store. 

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    A Lake Charles woman is facing 4 counts of child desertion, according to a news release from Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kim Myers. On May 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles after a complainant claimed two children were left at the store. 

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  • TRAFFIC: Wreck in eastbound lanes of I-10 bridge

    TRAFFIC: Wreck in eastbound lanes of I-10 bridge

    Friday, May 26 2017 12:00 PM EDT2017-05-26 16:00:11 GMT
    (Source: Westlake SkyCam)(Source: Westlake SkyCam)

    A wreck in the eastbound lanes of the I-10 bridge is blocking traffic. The outside lane is blocked and congestion has reached the PPG Drive exit. Lake Charles police are advising drivers to avoid the area for the next hour. Mobile users, click HERE to view the Westlake SkyCam. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    A wreck in the eastbound lanes of the I-10 bridge is blocking traffic. The outside lane is blocked and congestion has reached the PPG Drive exit. Lake Charles police are advising drivers to avoid the area for the next hour. Mobile users, click HERE to view the Westlake SkyCam. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Man alleged to have struck girlfriend with car charged with manslaughter

    Man alleged to have struck girlfriend with car charged with manslaughter

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:17 AM EDT2017-05-26 15:17:52 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Lake Charles man has been arrested on a manslaughter charge after his live-in girlfriend died from injuries sustained when he hit her with his car, authorities said. The incident happened on Monday, May 22, but the woman didn't die until Wednesday, May 24, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. When deputies responded to a disturbance at a home on Arsene Road around 8:20 p.m. on May 22, they were told a woman had been taken to a hospital after being hit by a ...

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    A Lake Charles man has been arrested on a manslaughter charge after his live-in girlfriend died from injuries sustained when he hit her with his car, authorities said. The incident happened on Monday, May 22, but the woman didn't die until Wednesday, May 24, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. When deputies responded to a disturbance at a home on Arsene Road around 8:20 p.m. on May 22, they were told a woman had been taken to a hospital after being hit by a ...

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  • Bill banning kids from using fully automatic weapons dies in the House

    Bill banning kids from using fully automatic weapons dies in the House

    *Note: This is a file photo.*Note: This is a file photo.

    At the state capitol Thursday, a bill banning children from using or holding fully automatic weapons was killed.

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    At the state capitol Thursday, a bill banning children from using or holding fully automatic weapons was killed.

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  • Students vying for a ticket to National Rodeo Finals

    Students vying for a ticket to National Rodeo Finals

    Friday, May 26 2017 9:59 AM EDT2017-05-26 13:59:28 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    From goat tying to barrel racing, Louisiana students are competing at Burton Coliseum for their bid to nationals at the junior high and high school rodeo finals.

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    From goat tying to barrel racing, Louisiana students are competing at Burton Coliseum for their bid to nationals at the junior high and high school rodeo finals.

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  • McNeese offers summer camps for kids

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:40 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:40:27 GMT
    McNeese State UniversityMcNeese State University

    From Kids College  to Summer Band camp to the Engineering academy, McNeese State University seems to be the place for younger students this summer.  

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    From Kids College  to Summer Band camp to the Engineering academy, McNeese State University seems to be the place for younger students this summer.  

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  • Freebie Friday: street concert, summer reading party, "Storks" viewing

    Freebie Friday: street concert, summer reading party, "Storks" viewing

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:28 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:28:59 GMT
    "Storks" will be the featured movie at Prien Lake Mall's Movies Under the Stars Friday evening. (Source: Warner Bros.)"Storks" will be the featured movie at Prien Lake Mall's Movies Under the Stars Friday evening. (Source: Warner Bros.)

    Music, a movie, and a summer reading party!  You don't have to break the bank to have fun this weekend, as KPLC's Britney Glaser shows you in this week's Freebie Friday report. 

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    Music, a movie, and a summer reading party!  You don't have to break the bank to have fun this weekend, as KPLC's Britney Glaser shows you in this week's Freebie Friday report. 

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  • Kennedy, others co-sponsor effort to reform Veteran Affairs

    Kennedy, others co-sponsor effort to reform Veteran Affairs

    Friday, May 26 2017 12:24 AM EDT2017-05-26 04:24:20 GMT
    LA Sen. John Kennedy (R) co-sponsoring bipartisan VA reform bill. (Source: KSLA News 12LA Sen. John Kennedy (R) co-sponsoring bipartisan VA reform bill. (Source: KSLA News 12

    U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, of Louisiana, says reforming veterans' care is a top priority for lawmakers when they return in June. He and others are sponsoring legislation to increase accountability within the Veterans Affairs Department and to protect its whistleblowers.

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    U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, of Louisiana, says reforming veterans' care is a top priority for lawmakers when they return in June. He and others are sponsoring legislation to increase accountability within the Veterans Affairs Department and to protect its whistleblowers.

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  • Car pulled from Calcasieu River

    Car pulled from Calcasieu River

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:42 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:42:09 GMT

    An interesting discovery was made by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Dive Team Thursday morning.  

    The dive team suited up and dove into the Calcasieu River to find a Chevrolet Trailblazer they discovered while doing a routine sonar sweep.

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    An interesting discovery was made by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Dive Team Thursday morning.  

    The dive team suited up and dove into the Calcasieu River to find a Chevrolet Trailblazer they discovered while doing a routine sonar sweep.

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  • New 600-plus home development announced for Calcasieu Parish

    New 600-plus home development announced for Calcasieu Parish

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:26 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:26:56 GMT

    Touted as one of the biggest developments in Calcasieu Parish, Sugarcane Townes subdivision is being built near Iowa. Mausan Developments, LLC announced the plans for it's second Louisiana endeavor Thursday night.

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    Touted as one of the biggest developments in Calcasieu Parish, Sugarcane Townes subdivision is being built near Iowa. Mausan Developments, LLC announced the plans for it's second Louisiana endeavor Thursday night.

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  • FEMA and Nextdoor app join forces

    FEMA and Nextdoor app join forces

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:22 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:22:18 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    When severe weather strikes Southwest Louisiana, failing to prepare isn't an option. One app is making sure you are ready for the worst. Nextdoor - an app growing exponentially around the country and well into the Lake Charles area - serves as a medium for neighbors to discuss anything from local crime reports to asking for advice on handymen. 

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    When severe weather strikes Southwest Louisiana, failing to prepare isn't an option. One app is making sure you are ready for the worst. Nextdoor - an app growing exponentially around the country and well into the Lake Charles area - serves as a medium for neighbors to discuss anything from local crime reports to asking for advice on handymen. 

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  • Gage Meche recovering from surgery performed Thursday

    Gage Meche recovering from surgery performed Thursday

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:13:43 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    Moss Bluff Elementary School shooting victim Gage Meche was checked into the hospital for more surgery on Thursday, a family spokesman said. KPLC is told Gage underwent surgery for intestinal complications at a Lafayette hospital. The surgery was successful, and Gage is now recovering, his family announced Thursday evening on the Facebook page Gage's Road to Recovery. On May 15th, the seven year old was accidentally shot at Moss Bluff Elementary School...

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    Moss Bluff Elementary School shooting victim Gage Meche was checked into the hospital for more surgery on Thursday, a family spokesman said. KPLC is told Gage underwent surgery for intestinal complications at a Lafayette hospital. The surgery was successful, and Gage is now recovering, his family announced Thursday evening on the Facebook page Gage's Road to Recovery. On May 15th, the seven year old was accidentally shot at Moss Bluff Elementary School...

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  • President-elect Burckel optimistic about future for McNeese

    President-elect Burckel optimistic about future for McNeese

    Thursday, May 25 2017 10:14 PM EDT2017-05-26 02:14:47 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    With colleges and universities constantly bracing for more cuts, it seems like a less than ideal time to become head of a university. But McNeese President-elect Daryl Burckel says he sees a future filled with opportunity. Burckel spoke to a local civic club, where he discussed increasingly decreased funding. Burckel says over the last seven years or so state funding has gone from $28 million to roughly $16 million. He says the University ...

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    With colleges and universities constantly bracing for more cuts, it seems like a less than ideal time to become head of a university. But McNeese President-elect Daryl Burckel says he sees a future filled with opportunity. Burckel spoke to a local civic club, where he discussed increasingly decreased funding. Burckel says over the last seven years or so state funding has gone from $28 million to roughly $16 million. He says the University ...

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  • Jeff Davis Sheriff's detectives arrest man on charge of indecent behavior with juvenile

    Jeff Davis Sheriff's detectives arrest man on charge of indecent behavior with juvenile

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:12 PM EDT2017-05-26 00:12:53 GMT
    (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office detectives arrested a man on charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile Thursday.

    On May 20, deputies were contacted by a sister of the 11-year-old victim. Deputies discovered in the investigation that inappropriate behavior occurred on several dates at an Iowa residence between Alejandro Maldonado Salazar, 41, and a stepdaughter, said the Sheriff's Office.  

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    Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office detectives arrested a man on charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile Thursday.

    On May 20, deputies were contacted by a sister of the 11-year-old victim. Deputies discovered in the investigation that inappropriate behavior occurred on several dates at an Iowa residence between Alejandro Maldonado Salazar, 41, and a stepdaughter, said the Sheriff's Office.  

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny, breezy and warm today with big changes ahead by Memorial Day

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny, breezy and warm today with big changes ahead by Memorial Day

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny, breezy and warm today with big changes ahead by Memorial Day

    Friday, May 26 2017 10:55 AM EDT2017-05-26 14:55:03 GMT
    Afternoon highsAfternoon highs
    Temperatures will warm up quickly today thanks to an abundance of sunshine this morning that will warm highs by this afternoon into the middle to upper 80s. The increased humidity will make for a heat index today with the afternoon feels-like temperatures in the lower 90s. The weather will be fantastic for the many outdoor events happening across Southwest Louisiana including the opening of the time capsule at the courthouse happening before Downtown at Sundown kicks off at 6:00 p.m...More >>
    Temperatures will warm up quickly today thanks to an abundance of sunshine this morning that will warm highs by this afternoon into the middle to upper 80s. The increased humidity will make for a heat index today with the afternoon feels-like temperatures in the lower 90s. The weather will be fantastic for the many outdoor events happening across Southwest Louisiana including the opening of the time capsule at the courthouse happening before Downtown at Sundown kicks off at 6:00 p.m...More >>
  • High demand for healthcare jobs

    High demand for healthcare jobs

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:56 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:56:00 GMT
    HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with in-demand healthcare jobs. (Source: KPLC)HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with in-demand healthcare jobs. (Source: KPLC)

    HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with hundreds of local healthcare-related jobs in Southwest Louisiana. 

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    HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with hundreds of local healthcare-related jobs in Southwest Louisiana. 

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  • McNeese offers summer camps for kids

    McNeese offers summer camps for kids

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  • LC Avenue of Flags is one of the largest displays in the country

    LC Avenue of Flags is one of the largest displays in the country

    (SourceKPLC)(SourceKPLC)

    It's a day to honor and thank past and present veterans for their service - and for one organization, it is also an opportunity to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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    It's a day to honor and thank past and present veterans for their service - and for one organization, it is also an opportunity to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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  • SUNRISE KITCHEN: Peppery Cheese Biscuits

    SUNRISE KITCHEN: Peppery Cheese Biscuits

    Friday, May 26 2017 6:44 AM EDT2017-05-26 10:44:52 GMT
    (Source: forbiddenriceblog.com)(Source: forbiddenriceblog.com)

    Chef Roy Angelle at SOWELA Community Technical College shares his recipe for peppery cheese biscuits.

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    Chef Roy Angelle at SOWELA Community Technical College shares his recipe for peppery cheese biscuits.

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  • Avenue of Flags reaches 1,000 milestone

    Avenue of Flags reaches 1,000 milestone

    Friday, May 26 2017 6:36 AM EDT2017-05-26 10:36:44 GMT
    Source: Carol FontenotSource: Carol Fontenot

    It took 32 years, but now the bi-annual display of the Avenue of Flags has reached the one thousand mark. 

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    It took 32 years, but now the bi-annual display of the Avenue of Flags has reached the one thousand mark. 

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  • McNeese falls 5-3 to UCA in SLC tourney second round

    McNeese falls 5-3 to UCA in SLC tourney second round

    Friday, May 26 2017 12:52 AM EDT2017-05-26 04:52:25 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)

    Peyton McLemore embraced his first career start in the most high-pressure situation of his college career and was magnificent for the most part. But a five-run, fifth inning by the home team Central Arkansas Bears was a tad too much for the No. 1 seeded McNeese Cowboys to overcome against a Bears’ pitching staff that was handicapping the Cowboys bats to just five hits in the game, for a 5-3 upset victory. The loss dropped the Cowboys (37-19) into Friday’s loser’s b...

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    Peyton McLemore embraced his first career start in the most high-pressure situation of his college career and was magnificent for the most part. But a five-run, fifth inning by the home team Central Arkansas Bears was a tad too much for the No. 1 seeded McNeese Cowboys to overcome against a Bears’ pitching staff that was handicapping the Cowboys bats to just five hits in the game, for a 5-3 upset victory. The loss dropped the Cowboys (37-19) into Friday’s loser’s b...

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  • Glad Tidings Church honors fallen state trooper

    Glad Tidings Church honors fallen state trooper

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:59 PM EDT2017-05-26 00:59:57 GMT

    It's been almost five months since the death of Sgt. Tracy Morgan, who served as a crisis negotiator for Louisiana State Police for more than 20 years. 

    Morgan died in January after collapsing from a heart attack while on duty. Morgan was a member of Glad Tidings church in Lake Charles and is described as not only a great state trooper, but an even greater man. 

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    It's been almost five months since the death of Sgt. Tracy Morgan, who served as a crisis negotiator for Louisiana State Police for more than 20 years. 

    Morgan died in January after collapsing from a heart attack while on duty. Morgan was a member of Glad Tidings church in Lake Charles and is described as not only a great state trooper, but an even greater man. 

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  • Sulphur man arrested on charges of molestation of juvenile

    Sulphur man arrested on charges of molestation of juvenile

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:20 PM EDT2017-05-26 00:20:07 GMT

    A Sulphur man is accused of allegedly having inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old boy, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

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    A Sulphur man is accused of allegedly having inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old boy, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

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  • New traffic signals at I-10 exit ramps on Beglis Parkway

    New traffic signals at I-10 exit ramps on Beglis Parkway

    Thursday, May 25 2017 7:28 PM EDT2017-05-25 23:28:22 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    On Thursday, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development activated two new traffic signals in Sulphur off I-10 Westbound and I-10 Eastbound ramps at Beglis Parkway. Workers spent the afternoon installing the traffic lights and making minor adjustments. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.     

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    On Thursday, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development activated two new traffic signals in Sulphur off I-10 Westbound and I-10 Eastbound ramps at Beglis Parkway. Workers spent the afternoon installing the traffic lights and making minor adjustments. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.     

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  • Staying safe on the road Memorial Day Weekend

    Staying safe on the road Memorial Day Weekend

    Thursday, May 25 2017 7:22 PM EDT2017-05-25 23:22:17 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Millions and millions of people across the country will hit the road, skies and every mean of transportation this weekend for Memorial Day. AAA says this is the highest travel volume they have seen since 2005 with more than 38 million travelers.  Making 2017 the third consecutive year of growth in Memorial Day travel with 2.7 percent more travelers than last year, says AAA. The top five destinations according to AAA: Orlando, Florida Rome, Italy London, England ...

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    Millions and millions of people across the country will hit the road, skies and every mean of transportation this weekend for Memorial Day. AAA says this is the highest travel volume they have seen since 2005 with more than 38 million travelers.  Making 2017 the third consecutive year of growth in Memorial Day travel with 2.7 percent more travelers than last year, says AAA. The top five destinations according to AAA: Orlando, Florida Rome, Italy London, England ...

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  • Officials spread awareness for safe boating as summer approaches

    Officials spread awareness for safe boating as summer approaches

    Thursday, May 25 2017 3:59 PM EDT2017-05-25 19:59:03 GMT
    Calcasieu River (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)Calcasieu River (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    As summer approaches, more and more boats are heading out to the lakes and shores of Southwest Louisiana.

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    As summer approaches, more and more boats are heading out to the lakes and shores of Southwest Louisiana.

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  • May 25 marks National Missing Children's Day: Two missing from SWLA

    May 25 marks National Missing Children's Day: Two missing from SWLA

    Thursday, May 25 2017 3:28 PM EDT2017-05-25 19:28:00 GMT
    (Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCIC))(Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCIC))

    There were 465,676 children missing across the country in 2016, according to the FBI. That was the total number of entries on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCIC). In 2015, there were 460,699. With today, May 25, marking National Missing Children's Day, KPLC is taking a closer look into how many children are missing in the Bayou State. Mobile users click HERE for slideshow. A total of 39 cases are reported statewide an...

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    There were 465,676 children missing across the country in 2016, according to the FBI. That was the total number of entries on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCIC). In 2015, there were 460,699. With today, May 25, marking National Missing Children's Day, KPLC is taking a closer look into how many children are missing in the Bayou State. Mobile users click HERE for slideshow. A total of 39 cases are reported statewide an...

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  • Memorial Day events and closures in SWLA

    Memorial Day events and closures in SWLA

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:13 AM EDT2017-05-25 15:13:15 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following events, closures and garbage pickup schedule changes have been announced in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday. 

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    The following events, closures and garbage pickup schedule changes have been announced in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday. 

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  • Congressional candidate charged after reporter says he was 'body-slammed'

    Congressional candidate charged after reporter says he was 'body-slammed'

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 9:21 PM EDT2017-05-25 01:21:06 GMT
    Thursday, May 25 2017 5:48 AM EDT2017-05-25 09:48:15 GMT
    Gianforte is running for the seat vacant when Ryan Zinke became head of the Department of the Interior. (Source: AP/Bobby Caina Calvan)Gianforte is running for the seat vacant when Ryan Zinke became head of the Department of the Interior. (Source: AP/Bobby Caina Calvan)

    A reporter for The Guardian says he was body slammed by a candidate for Congress.

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    A reporter for The Guardian says he was body slammed by a candidate for Congress.

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  • Ariana Grande planning benefit concert in Manchester

    Ariana Grande planning benefit concert in Manchester

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:44:38 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:44:38 GMT

    Ariana Grande planning benefit concert in Manchester, England, to help victims of deadly bombing at her show earlier this week.

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    Ariana Grande planning benefit concert in Manchester, England, to help victims of deadly bombing at her show earlier this week.

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  • Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators

    Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:47 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:47:18 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 2:47 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:47:18 GMT

    Amid reports that the FBI is investigating meetings Trump son-in-law had with Russians, Jared Kushner's lawyer says he is willing to cooperate with investigators.

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    Amid reports that the FBI is investigating meetings Trump son-in-law had with Russians, Jared Kushner's lawyer says he is willing to cooperate with investigators.

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  • GOP Montana win may be blip in Democrats' anti-Trump hopes

    GOP Montana win may be blip in Democrats' anti-Trump hopes

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:46:42 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:46:42 GMT

    Republican Greg Gianforte's win in Montana's special election hinged on flaws in both the two major party candidates.

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    Republican Greg Gianforte's win in Montana's special election hinged on flaws in both the two major party candidates.

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  • UK Labour leader links terror to wars as campaign resumes

    UK Labour leader links terror to wars as campaign resumes

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:45:44 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:45:44 GMT

    British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have arrested a ninth man while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber who killed 22 concert-goers.

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    British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have arrested a ninth man while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber who killed 22 concert-goers.

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  • Militants attack Christians in Egypt, killing at least 28

    Militants attack Christians in Egypt, killing at least 28

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:45:09 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:45:09 GMT

    Egyptian state TV: 23 people, 25 wounded in militant attack on a bus with Coptic Christians south of Cairo.

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    Egyptian state TV: 23 people, 25 wounded in militant attack on a bus with Coptic Christians south of Cairo.

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  • Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

    Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:36 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:36:24 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 2:36 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:36:24 GMT

    The differences are well-known: climate change, trade and migration threaten to throw a summit of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations off its consensus game with U.S. President Donald Trump cast as the spoiler-in-chief.

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    The differences are well-known: climate change, trade and migration threaten to throw a summit of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations off its consensus game with U.S. President Donald Trump cast as the spoiler-in-chief.

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  • Flags placed at graves in Arlington National Cemetery

    Flags placed at graves in Arlington National Cemetery

    Friday, May 26 2017 10:02 AM EDT2017-05-26 14:02:33 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 10:02 AM EDT2017-05-26 14:02:33 GMT

    The "flags-in" ceremony has been held every since the Old Guard, officially named the Third Infantry, was designated as the Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948.

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    The "flags-in" ceremony has been held every since the Old Guard, officially named the Third Infantry, was designated as the Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948.

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  • Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti dies at 73

    Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti dies at 73

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:55 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:55:21 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 7:55 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:55:21 GMT

    The daughter of Laura Biagiotti says that the Italian fashion designer has died after suffering a heart attack.

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    The daughter of Laura Biagiotti says that the Italian fashion designer has died after suffering a heart attack.

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  • Chocolate may help your heartbeat

    Chocolate may help your heartbeat

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-05-26 00:30:59 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-05-26 10:00:22 GMT

    Scientists are offering another reason to enjoy moderate amounts of dark chocolate, saying now that such is good for your heart.

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    Scientists are offering another reason to enjoy moderate amounts of dark chocolate, saying now that such is good for your heart.

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  • Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning US House race

    Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning US House race

    Friday, May 26 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-05-26 07:27:11 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 3:31 AM EDT2017-05-26 07:31:35 GMT

    Witnesses said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat body-slammed a reporter Wednesday, the day before the polls close in the special election.

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    Witnesses said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat body-slammed a reporter Wednesday, the day before the polls close in the special election.

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  • UK bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast

    UK bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast

    Friday, May 26 2017 3:06 AM EDT2017-05-26 07:06:09 GMT
    Friday, May 26 2017 3:09 AM EDT2017-05-26 07:09:48 GMT

    With Britain's terrorism threat level at "critical," meaning a new attack may be imminent, police are racing to uncover the network around the suicide bomber.

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    With Britain's terrorism threat level at "critical," meaning a new attack may be imminent, police are racing to uncover the network around the suicide bomber.

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  • Reports: Trump son-in-law now part of Russia probe

    Reports: Trump son-in-law now part of Russia probe

    Thursday, May 25 2017 7:48 PM EDT2017-05-25 23:48:47 GMT
    Thursday, May 25 2017 7:48 PM EDT2017-05-25 23:48:47 GMT
    The Post reports Kushner is not accused of wrongdoing and the paper has not been told he is the target of the investigation. (Source: AP Photo/Cliff Owen)The Post reports Kushner is not accused of wrongdoing and the paper has not been told he is the target of the investigation. (Source: AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    The Washington Post reports investigators are looking into meetings Jared Kushner had with the Russian ambassador. 

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    The Washington Post reports investigators are looking into meetings Jared Kushner had with the Russian ambassador. 

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  • Boil advisory announced for areas of Longville along US 171

    Boil advisory announced for areas of Longville along US 171

    Thursday, May 25 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-05-25 22:05:14 GMT

    A boil advisory has been placed for only those residents on the west side of Highway 171, between 12066 and 12288, the Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish announced Thursday. 

    For any further questions, please call 337-725-3000.

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    A boil advisory has been placed for only those residents on the west side of Highway 171, between 12066 and 12288, the Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish announced Thursday. 

    For any further questions, please call 337-725-3000.

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Dustin Duhon

    Sports Person of the Week - Dustin Duhon

    Thursday, May 25 2017 5:50 PM EDT2017-05-25 21:50:56 GMT
    Standing 5'10 and weighing 175 pounds, McNeese's Dustin Duhon isn't your average catcher. "I don't let all of the talk of 'you are too small or you don't play a lot' get to me," said Duhon. "I just go out and complete my butt off, that's all you can do." What the Sam Houston product lacks in size, he more than makes up for in in heart. "He is just one of the guys that is the heartbeat of the team," said McNeese coach Justin Hill. "T...More >>
    Standing 5'10 and weighing 175 pounds, McNeese's Dustin Duhon isn't your average catcher. "I don't let all of the talk of 'you are too small or you don't play a lot' get to me," said Duhon. "I just go out and complete my butt off, that's all you can do." What the Sam Houston product lacks in size, he more than makes up for in in heart. "He is just one of the guys that is the heartbeat of the team," said McNeese coach Justin Hill. "T...More >>
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    19-year-old DeRidder man killed in single-vehicle crash near Topsy

    19-year-old DeRidder man killed in single-vehicle crash near Topsy

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:40 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:40:46 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)

    A 19-year-old DeRidder man died in a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Topsy Road and Arnold White Road in Topsy early Friday morning, authorities said.

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    A 19-year-old DeRidder man died in a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Topsy Road and Arnold White Road in Topsy early Friday morning, authorities said.

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    1st-degree murder conviction in 2016 killing at Dees Motel, south of DeRidder

    1st-degree murder conviction in 2016 killing at Dees Motel, south of DeRidder

    Friday, May 26 2017 2:20 PM EDT2017-05-26 18:20:04 GMT
    Jackie L. Pruitt (Source: Beauregard Sheriff's Office)Jackie L. Pruitt (Source: Beauregard Sheriff's Office)
    A DeRidder man has been found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a woman at a motel south of DeRidder in May 2016. Jackie L. Pruitt was arrested the day after the body of 28-year-old Sonya Ortego was found at the Dees Motel on U.S. 171. The jury, which returned in an hour and fifteen minutes, voted 11-1 to convict Pruitt, according to Assistant District Attorney Richard Morton. A unanimous jury was not necessary for a conviction since it was not a death penalty case. The tri...More >>
    A DeRidder man has been found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a woman at a motel south of DeRidder in May 2016. Jackie L. Pruitt was arrested the day after the body of 28-year-old Sonya Ortego was found at the Dees Motel on U.S. 171. The jury, which returned in an hour and fifteen minutes, voted 11-1 to convict Pruitt, according to Assistant District Attorney Richard Morton. A unanimous jury was not necessary for a conviction since it was not a death penalty case. The tri...More >>
  • Dingo pups, sloths and bearcats, oh my!

    Dingo pups, sloths and bearcats, oh my!

    Friday, May 26 2017 1:58 PM EDT2017-05-26 17:58:52 GMT

    If you're looking for a family-friendly event for Memorial Day weekend, Barn Hill Preserve has a wild idea. The preserve is offering animal encounters with two-toed sloths, dingo pups, and their new bearcat for $15 per-animal per-person.

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    If you're looking for a family-friendly event for Memorial Day weekend, Barn Hill Preserve has a wild idea. The preserve is offering animal encounters with two-toed sloths, dingo pups, and their new bearcat for $15 per-animal per-person.

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  • SLIDESHOW: Graduation photos 2017

    SLIDESHOW: Graduation photos 2017

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 8:33 PM EDT2017-05-17 00:33:42 GMT

    Graduation is a special moment for everyone and we would love to see all graduation pictures. Send pictures of your graduate to newmedia@kplctv.com.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Graduation is a special moment for everyone and we would love to see all graduation pictures. Send pictures of your graduate to newmedia@kplctv.com.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Hayden Gunter

    Sports Person of the Week - Hayden Gunter

    Thursday, May 18 2017 6:14 PM EDT2017-05-18 22:14:30 GMT
    From the gridiron, to the hardwood, to the diamond, South Beauregard's Hayden Gunter has done it all. Just a week before his high school graduation, Gunter and the Golden Knights capped off their first baseball state championship in school history. "Everyone doubted us, like who thinks a team from South Beau could win a state championship," asked Gunter." From the chaos of a live rooster in the dugout, to winning the first 3A state title in Sulphur, th...More >>
    From the gridiron, to the hardwood, to the diamond, South Beauregard's Hayden Gunter has done it all. Just a week before his high school graduation, Gunter and the Golden Knights capped off their first baseball state championship in school history. "Everyone doubted us, like who thinks a team from South Beau could win a state championship," asked Gunter." From the chaos of a live rooster in the dugout, to winning the first 3A state title in Sulphur, th...More >>
  • Your child can do the Weather With Ben Terry on 7News Sunrise!

    Weather with Ben

    Weather with Ben

    Friday, May 19 2017 1:16 PM EDT2017-05-19 17:16:19 GMT

    Ben Terry is looking for an assistant! If you’d like to be a Junior Weather Reporter and do the weather with Ben on 7News Sunrise … here’s what you need to do. 

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    Ben Terry is looking for an assistant! If you’d like to be a Junior Weather Reporter and do the weather with Ben on 7News Sunrise … here’s what you need to do. 

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    Click on these feel-good stories that will uplift, warm your heart, are cute, sweet or just something that makes you smile. 

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    Click on these feel-good stories that will uplift, warm your heart, are cute, sweet or just something that makes you smile. 

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