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  • Library hosts historic bus tours of Lake Charles Saturday

    Library hosts historic bus tours of Lake Charles Saturday

    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-09-24 01:13:18 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    What better way to celebrate the city of Lake Charles than by exploring it’s rich history. As the city gets ready to celebrate 150 years, the Calcasieu Parish Library decided to offer free bus tours through the city’s historic district.  It's a bus ride like no other.  Those hopping on this bus are seeing a more historic Lake Charles.  Riders got a chance to learn more about Lake Charles rich history from Lost Lake Charles author Adley Cormier. ...

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    What better way to celebrate the city of Lake Charles than by exploring it’s rich history. As the city gets ready to celebrate 150 years, the Calcasieu Parish Library decided to offer free bus tours through the city’s historic district.  It's a bus ride like no other.  Those hopping on this bus are seeing a more historic Lake Charles.  Riders got a chance to learn more about Lake Charles rich history from Lost Lake Charles author Adley Cormier. ...

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  • The Latest: Cassidy to defend repeal bill in Senate hearing

    The Latest: Cassidy to defend repeal bill in Senate hearing

    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:06 AM EDT2017-09-23 13:06:24 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:09 PM EDT2017-09-24 01:09:24 GMT
    President Donald Trump is holding out hope that a last-ditch effort to overhaul the Obama-era health law isn't over.More >>
    President Donald Trump is holding out hope that a last-ditch effort to overhaul the Obama-era health law isn't over.More >>
  • The Latest: US showing North Korea its military might

    The Latest: US showing North Korea its military might

    Saturday, September 23 2017 2:16 PM EDT2017-09-23 18:16:30 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:09 PM EDT2017-09-24 01:09:15 GMT
    The Pentagon says B-1B bombers from Guam and F-15 fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, have flown a mission in international airspace over the waters east of North Korea.More >>
    The Pentagon says B-1B bombers from Guam and F-15 fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, have flown a mission in international airspace over the waters east of North Korea.More >>
  • New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

    New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:36 AM EDT2017-09-23 04:36:18 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:08 PM EDT2017-09-24 01:08:51 GMT

    In the stylish Condesa neighborhood young revelers typically spill out from dimly lit bars and restaurants on a Friday night. But the first weekend since the 7.1-magnitude earthquake toppled buildings just blocks away began on a somber note.

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    In the stylish Condesa neighborhood young revelers typically spill out from dimly lit bars and restaurants on a Friday night. But the first weekend since the 7.1-magnitude earthquake toppled buildings just blocks away began on a somber note.

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  • State Treasury returns unclaimed property to Lake Area residents Saturday

    State Treasury returns unclaimed property to Lake Area residents Saturday

    Saturday, September 23 2017 8:49 PM EDT2017-09-24 00:49:34 GMT
    Unclaimed property event at Prien Lake Mall (Source: State Treasury)Unclaimed property event at Prien Lake Mall (Source: State Treasury)

    On Saturday Lake Area residents claimed $151,000 in previously unclaimed property owed to them by the State of Louisiana. State Treasurer Ron Henson held a free public event at Prien Lake Mall to return unclaimed property to qualifying state residents.

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    On Saturday Lake Area residents claimed $151,000 in previously unclaimed property owed to them by the State of Louisiana. State Treasurer Ron Henson held a free public event at Prien Lake Mall to return unclaimed property to qualifying state residents.

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  • House fire on Canal Street Saturday

    House fire on Canal Street Saturday

    Saturday, September 23 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-09-24 00:27:01 GMT
    Canal Street and Country Club Road (Source: KPLC)Canal Street and Country Club Road (Source: KPLC)

    The Lake Charles Fire Department responded to a house fire at the intersection of Country Club Road and Canal Street Saturday afternoon. The fire department received a call about an intense but short-lived fire at the home around 4:30 p.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Tommy Thomas.

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    The Lake Charles Fire Department responded to a house fire at the intersection of Country Club Road and Canal Street Saturday afternoon. The fire department received a call about an intense but short-lived fire at the home around 4:30 p.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Tommy Thomas.

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  • Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

    Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:39 AM EDT2017-09-23 13:39:00 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:59 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:59:11 GMT

    President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up.

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    President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up.

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm temperatures continue, with pop up showers possible; A big cool down coming later in the week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm temperatures continue, with pop up showers possible; A big cool down coming later in the week

    Saturday, September 23 2017 6:11 PM EDT2017-09-23 22:11:18 GMT
    Few showers possible tomorrowFew showers possible tomorrow

    By tonight, rain chances will stay low. We will have mostly clear skies late. Low temperatures will be in the low 70s. It will also feel muggy overnight, thanks to the humidity. There could be some areas of patchy fog in the early morning hours. Sunday will be another day with partly cloudy skies with very few showers popping up in the afternoon. Rain chances will remain at 20%, so that does not mean that we will not see any rain, just not very likely. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

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    By tonight, rain chances will stay low. We will have mostly clear skies late. Low temperatures will be in the low 70s. It will also feel muggy overnight, thanks to the humidity. There could be some areas of patchy fog in the early morning hours. Sunday will be another day with partly cloudy skies with very few showers popping up in the afternoon. Rain chances will remain at 20%, so that does not mean that we will not see any rain, just not very likely. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

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  • Hodges Gardens State Park officially closing Oct. 1

    Hodges Gardens State Park officially closing Oct. 1

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:18 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:18:26 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Hodges Gardens. It's one of the most beautiful spots in Louisiana, but in just days visitors will no longer be able to see it.  It's almost time.  Time for something good to come to an end.  Chris Nolen is sorting and packing up items from Hodges Gardens State Park.  "What are you going to do with magnets that say Hodges Gardens State Park when there's no state park," said Nolen.  That's right Hodges Gardens will officially be closing ...

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    Hodges Gardens. It's one of the most beautiful spots in Louisiana, but in just days visitors will no longer be able to see it.  It's almost time.  Time for something good to come to an end.  Chris Nolen is sorting and packing up items from Hodges Gardens State Park.  "What are you going to do with magnets that say Hodges Gardens State Park when there's no state park," said Nolen.  That's right Hodges Gardens will officially be closing ...

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  • Louisianians aren't buying viral video of 'Cajun red beans and rice'

    Louisianians aren't buying viral video of 'Cajun red beans and rice'

    Saturday, September 23 2017 1:22 AM EDT2017-09-23 05:22:53 GMT
    (Source: Food and Wine Facebook page)(Source: Food and Wine Facebook page)

    Remember the social media outrage from Disney's version of a 'healthy' Louisiana gumbo from 2016?

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    Remember the social media outrage from Disney's version of a 'healthy' Louisiana gumbo from 2016?

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  • TDL Week 4: High school football highlights

    TDL Week 4: High school football highlights

    Saturday, September 23 2017 1:20 AM EDT2017-09-23 05:20:48 GMT

    High school football scores and highlights

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    High school football scores and highlights

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  • UPDATE: Police arrest man wanted for stealing crossbow from store

    UPDATE: Police arrest man wanted for stealing crossbow from store

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:25 AM EDT2017-09-23 04:25:38 GMT
    (Source: DeRidder Police Department)(Source: DeRidder Police Department)

    The man wanted in connection with the theft of a crossbow has been arrested according to a post made on the DeRidder Police Department Facebook page. DeRidder Police Department Paul Thomas Lavan, 49, of Kinder, is charged with theft by shoplifting. Surveillance photos released by the police showed Lavan at a DeRidder store where he allegedly removed an anti-theft device off of a crossbow and left the store without paying. The crossbow was valued at $398 The DeRidde...

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    The man wanted in connection with the theft of a crossbow has been arrested according to a post made on the DeRidder Police Department Facebook page. DeRidder Police Department Paul Thomas Lavan, 49, of Kinder, is charged with theft by shoplifting. Surveillance photos released by the police showed Lavan at a DeRidder store where he allegedly removed an anti-theft device off of a crossbow and left the store without paying. The crossbow was valued at $398 The DeRidde...

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  • Puerto Rican players across MLB help after Hurricane Maria

    Puerto Rican players across MLB help after Hurricane Maria

    Saturday, September 23 2017 3:26 PM EDT2017-09-23 19:26:33 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:18 PM EDT2017-09-24 01:18:05 GMT
    Puerto Rican major league players look for ways to help with recovery from Hurricane Maria while anxiously awaiting word from family and friends back home.More >>
    Puerto Rican major league players look for ways to help with recovery from Hurricane Maria while anxiously awaiting word from family and friends back home.More >>
  • The Latest: Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic should watch Maria

    The Latest: Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic should watch Maria

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-09-23 16:38:18 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 8:19 PM EDT2017-09-24 00:19:47 GMT
    Dozens of anxious mayors are arriving to meet with Puerto Rico's governor to present a long list of things they urgently need after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.More >>
    Dozens of anxious mayors are arriving to meet with Puerto Rico's governor to present a long list of things they urgently need after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.More >>
  • Iran successfully test-fires new ballistic missile

    Iran successfully test-fires new ballistic missile

    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:01 AM EDT2017-09-23 11:01:53 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:01 AM EDT2017-09-23 11:01:53 GMT

    The missile was launched from an unknown location.

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    The missile was launched from an unknown location.

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  • Contestants win $80,000 on record-breaking Price is Right episode

    Contestants win $80,000 on record-breaking Price is Right episode

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:04 AM EDT2017-09-23 04:04:25 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:16 AM EDT2017-09-23 04:16:10 GMT

    It was host Drew Carey’s 10-year anniversary of hosting the show. In his honor, any contestant who spun the wheel and landed on $1, won $10,000 instead of the normal $1,000.

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    It was host Drew Carey’s 10-year anniversary of hosting the show. In his honor, any contestant who spun the wheel and landed on $1, won $10,000 instead of the normal $1,000.

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  • Breaking

    Sulphur woman sentenced to 7 years for stealing more than $4 million

    Sulphur woman sentenced to 7 years for stealing more than $4 million

    Friday, September 22 2017 5:25 PM EDT2017-09-22 21:25:56 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A former bookkeeper was sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for stealing about $4 Million while working for a local oilfield company, according to Henri Lejeune with the U.S. Attorney's Office.  Elizabeth "Missy" Istre, 52, of Sulphur was found guilty of issuing fraudulent checks payable to herself and her husband from 2004 to 2014 while working for a family-owned petroleum company in Sulphur.  Istre started writing the checks not long after b...

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    A former bookkeeper was sentenced to more than 7 years in prison for stealing about $4 Million while working for a local oilfield company, according to Henri Lejeune with the U.S. Attorney's Office.  Elizabeth "Missy" Istre, 52, of Sulphur was found guilty of issuing fraudulent checks payable to herself and her husband from 2004 to 2014 while working for a family-owned petroleum company in Sulphur.  Istre started writing the checks not long after b...

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Miliak Hayward

    Sports Person of the Week - Miliak Hayward

    Thursday, September 21 2017 11:12 PM EDT2017-09-22 03:12:52 GMT
    The Oakdale Warriors were facing a pivotal moment in their season. Sitting at 0-2, Oakdale needed a win. Allen Parish rival, the Oberlin Tigers were next on the schedule. "Going into the game I was feeling kind of good,” Hayward said. “My coaches were telling me that it was going to be a good game and we just had to come out strong and play hard." And that's just what the Warriors led by senior running back Miliak Hayward did. Oakdale and Ob...More >>
    The Oakdale Warriors were facing a pivotal moment in their season. Sitting at 0-2, Oakdale needed a win. Allen Parish rival, the Oberlin Tigers were next on the schedule. "Going into the game I was feeling kind of good,” Hayward said. “My coaches were telling me that it was going to be a good game and we just had to come out strong and play hard." And that's just what the Warriors led by senior running back Miliak Hayward did. Oakdale and Ob...More >>
  • Conservative theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy

    Conservative theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy

    Saturday, September 23 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-09-23 21:57:05 GMT
    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:01 PM EDT2017-09-24 01:01:30 GMT
    Pope Francis waves during his general audience a the Vatican Sept. 20..Dozens of theologians, priests and academics accuse him of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly married Catholics. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)Pope Francis waves during his general audience a the Vatican Sept. 20..Dozens of theologians, priests and academics accuse him of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly married Catholics. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

    Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

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    Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

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  • MISSING: 16-year-old girl last seen in Denham Springs

    MISSING: 16-year-old girl last seen in Denham Springs

    Mackenzie Alexis Pape (Source: LSP)Mackenzie Alexis Pape (Source: LSP)

    The Louisiana State Police has issued a Level II Endangered Missing Child Advisory on behalf of the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office for a 16-year-old girl who has been reported missing.

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    The Louisiana State Police has issued a Level II Endangered Missing Child Advisory on behalf of the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office for a 16-year-old girl who has been reported missing.

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  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:14 AM EDT2017-09-19 14:14:53 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

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    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

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  • Police chase ends with Texarkana teen behind bars

    Police chase ends with Texarkana teen behind bars

    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:59 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:59:07 GMT
    Camron Blackwell, 18, charged with evading arrest with vehicle, possession of marijuana and unlawfully carrying a weapon. (Source: Texarkana Texas Police Department)Camron Blackwell, 18, charged with evading arrest with vehicle, possession of marijuana and unlawfully carrying a weapon. (Source: Texarkana Texas Police Department)

    A Texarkana teen is behind bars after he rammed his vehicle into another and tried to run away from police Wednesday evening. 

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    A Texarkana teen is behind bars after he rammed his vehicle into another and tried to run away from police Wednesday evening. 

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  • CTX drivers upset over zipper merge on Highway 6 Twin Bridges

    CTX drivers upset over zipper merge on Highway 6 Twin Bridges

    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:53 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:53:41 GMT
    (Source: KXXV)(Source: KXXV)

    Everyone hates rush hour and traffic seems to only gets worse in a construction zone. 

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    Everyone hates rush hour and traffic seems to only gets worse in a construction zone. 

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  • Parents double-checking their child's seat

    Parents double-checking their child's seat

    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:41 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:41:31 GMT

    Matthew Thomas said he is always trying to keep his baby girl, Phenix Thomas, safe.

    "This is my first child," Thomas said. "She is the love of my life and I make sure she stays safe that's what I came out here."

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    Matthew Thomas said he is always trying to keep his baby girl, Phenix Thomas, safe.

    "This is my first child," Thomas said. "She is the love of my life and I make sure she stays safe that's what I came out here."

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