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  • Residents complain about crashes at intersection of La. 14 and La. 397

    Residents complain about crashes at intersection of La. 14 and La. 397

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:50 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:50:01 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Speeding - it's what most drivers are doing at the intersection of La. 397 and La. 14, but that's not what terrifies Abby Lejeune. 

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    Speeding - it's what most drivers are doing at the intersection of La. 397 and La. 14, but that's not what terrifies Abby Lejeune. 

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: CDC says state's life expectancy fourth lowest in the nation

    SPECIAL REPORT: CDC says state's life expectancy fourth lowest in the nation

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:25 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:25:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    In a state that's famous for letting the good times roll, there's an abundance of good food and fun times, but all of that comes with a price tag. 

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    In a state that's famous for letting the good times roll, there's an abundance of good food and fun times, but all of that comes with a price tag. 

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  • MUST WATCH VIDEO: Fire destroys 18-wheeler at truck stop in Roanoke

    MUST WATCH VIDEO: Fire destroys 18-wheeler at truck stop in Roanoke

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-03-23 02:39:17 GMT
    (Source: Rick Johnson / KPLC viewer)(Source: Rick Johnson / KPLC viewer)

    An 18-wheeler that caught fire at Peto's Travel Center in Roanoke was completely destroyed. The fire started in the truck and spread to the trailer, said Jeff Davis Sheriff Ivy Woods. No injuries were reported. Woods said the truck was carrying some type of consumer products and included some batteries. He said investigators are unsure of everything the truck was hauling because the manifest burned. "The only thing you can see is the radiator and the block, and that's it,...

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    An 18-wheeler that caught fire at Peto's Travel Center in Roanoke was completely destroyed. The fire started in the truck and spread to the trailer, said Jeff Davis Sheriff Ivy Woods. No injuries were reported. Woods said the truck was carrying some type of consumer products and included some batteries. He said investigators are unsure of everything the truck was hauling because the manifest burned. "The only thing you can see is the radiator and the block, and that's it,...

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  • Social media wants justice for fired Cracker Barrel employee #justiceforbradswife

    Social media wants justice for fired Cracker Barrel employee #justiceforbradswife

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 9:07 PM EDT2017-03-23 01:07:44 GMT

    A Cracker Barrel that fired a woman after 11 years and didn’t explain why has social media in a frenzy. It was apparently her husband’s birthday as well. 

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    A Cracker Barrel that fired a woman after 11 years and didn’t explain why has social media in a frenzy. It was apparently her husband’s birthday as well. 

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  • Hiring Our Heroes job fair helps veterans build resumes, interviewing and networking skills

    Hiring Our Heroes job fair helps veterans build resumes, interviewing and networking skills

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-03-23 00:51:40 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    Veterans looking for jobs, active duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses attended a one-of-a-kind career fair in Lake Charles on Wednesday.

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    Veterans looking for jobs, active duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses attended a one-of-a-kind career fair in Lake Charles on Wednesday.

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  • There's more than just the Lake Charles mayoral race on this weekend's ballot

    There's more than just the Lake Charles mayoral race on this weekend's ballot

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 7:22 PM EDT2017-03-22 23:22:53 GMT
    Vote (Source: KPLC)Vote (Source: KPLC)

    Although the Mayoral race is the hot ticket item on this Saturday's ballot, there are 13 positions needing filled in Calcasieu Parish.

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    Although the Lake Charles mayoral race is the hot ticket item on this Saturday's ballot, there are 13 seats up for grabs in Calcasieu Parish.

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  • I-10 east congested from bridge into Sulphur, 210 east seeing some backup

    I-10 east congested from bridge into Sulphur, 210 east seeing some backup

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-03-22 23:00:16 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A car crash on I-210 eastbound before the I-210 Bridge has traffic backed up to I-10 past Cities Service Highway.

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    A car crash on I-210 eastbound before the I-210 Bridge has traffic backed up to I-10 past Cities Service Highway.

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  • LSP interim superintendent named following retirement of Col. Edmonson

    LSP interim superintendent named following retirement of Col. Edmonson

    Maj. Kevin Reeves (Source: LSP)Maj. Kevin Reeves (Source: LSP)

    Governor John Bel Edwards has chosen a 26-year Louisiana State Police veteran from north Louisiana to lead the agency as interim superintendent. 

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    Governor John Bel Edwards has chosen a 26-year Louisiana State Police veteran from north Louisiana to lead the agency as interim superintendent. 

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  • BREAKING

    Lyft arrives in Lake Charles on Thursday

    Lyft arrives in Lake Charles on Thursday

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 5:01 PM EDT2017-03-22 21:01:22 GMT
    (Source: Lyft)(Source: Lyft)

    The ride-booking company, Lyft, is launching in 25 U.S. cities on Thursday - and Lake Charles is one of them.

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    The ride-booking company, Lyft, is launching in 25 U.S. cities on Thursday - and Lake Charles is one of them.

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  • BREAKING

    Police: Woman arrested in Lake Charles bank robbery confesses to bank robbery in Orange, TX

    Police: Woman arrested in Lake Charles bank robbery confesses to bank robbery in Orange, TX

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 4:41 PM EDT2017-03-22 20:41:42 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
    A Vidor, TX, woman accused of robbing a bank in Lake Charles has confessed to doing the same in Orange, TX, authorities say. When the Capitol One bank on N. 16th Street in Orange was robbed by a lone female, the Orange Police Department and the FBI conducted an investigation but no suspect was identified, according to a news release from the Orange Police Department. However, after Eva Renee Powell, 50, was arrested in Lake Charles Saturday, she was questioned again by the...More >>
    A Vidor, TX, woman accused of robbing a bank in Lake Charles has confessed to doing the same in Orange, TX, authorities say. When the Capitol One bank on N. 16th Street in Orange was robbed by a lone female, the Orange Police Department and the FBI conducted an investigation but no suspect was identified, according to a news release from the Orange Police Department. However, after Eva Renee Powell, 50, was arrested in Lake Charles Saturday, she was questioned again by the...More >>
  • 60-year-old man burned in Jennings after 'prank' goes wrong

    60-year-old man burned in Jennings after 'prank' goes wrong

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 4:09 PM EDT2017-03-22 20:09:13 GMT
    Antonio Allen Dugas (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)Antonio Allen Dugas (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)

    A 60-year-old man was burned and a 25-year-old man was arrested after a "prank" went wrong on S. Doyle Street in Jennings Saturday night, authorities said. Antonio Dugas, 25, and another subject were videotaping themselves setting fire to the victim's clothing with cigarette lighters then sending the videos through SnapChat, said Deputy Chief Danny Semmes, with the Jennings Police Department. The man suffered burns to the left side of his rib cage. The other subject is sti...

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    A 60-year-old man was burned and a 25-year-old man was arrested after a "prank" went wrong on S. Doyle Street in Jennings Saturday night, authorities said. Antonio Dugas, 25, and another subject were videotaping themselves setting fire to the victim's clothing with cigarette lighters then sending the videos through SnapChat, said Deputy Chief Danny Semmes, with the Jennings Police Department. The man suffered burns to the left side of his rib cage. The other subject is sti...

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: No major changes. More fog overnight, with warm afternoons.

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: No major changes. More fog overnight, with warm afternoons.

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 3:52 PM EDT2017-03-22 19:52:50 GMT
    Fog likely again overnightFog likely again overnight

    Tonight, we will have more foggy conditions develop after midnight. This is likely because of the high dew points, and temperatures cooling overnight, along with the lower winds. Temperatures will cool down to the lower 60s overnight. Thursday will be like what we saw today. The day will start out with fog in the area. We will then have partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will be warm with highs in the lower 80s. Fog will form again overnight Thursday into Friday.

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    Tonight, we will have more foggy conditions develop after midnight. This is likely because of the high dew points, and temperatures cooling overnight, along with the lower winds. Temperatures will cool down to the lower 60s overnight. Thursday will be like what we saw today. The day will start out with fog in the area. We will then have partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will be warm with highs in the lower 80s. Fog will form again overnight Thursday into Friday.

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  • Coast Guard evacuates man with broken leg, arm from offshore supply vessel near Sabine Pass

    Coast Guard evacuates man with broken leg, arm from offshore supply vessel near Sabine Pass

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 1:23 PM EDT2017-03-22 17:23:21 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)
    A 45-year-old man who fell and broke an arm and a leg on an offshore supply vessel Wednesday was transported by the Coast Guard to Station Sabine (in Port Arthur, TX) for medical treatment. The boat was about 14 miles off the Texas Point Wildlife Refuge, according to a news release from the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard's Sector Houston-Galveston received a report around 7:45 a.m. that a crewmember had fallen on the 120-foot boat Poppa John and was in extreme pain. A 45-foot re...More >>
    A 45-year-old man who fell and broke an arm and a leg on an offshore supply vessel Wednesday was transported by the Coast Guard to Station Sabine (in Port Arthur, TX) for medical treatment. The boat was about 14 miles off the Texas Point Wildlife Refuge, according to a news release from the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard's Sector Houston-Galveston received a report around 7:45 a.m. that a crewmember had fallen on the 120-foot boat Poppa John and was in extreme pain. A 45-foot re...More >>
  • CPSO: Lake Charles man accused of physically abusing two small boys in his care

    CPSO: Lake Charles man accused of physically abusing two small boys in his care

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 1:20 PM EDT2017-03-22 17:20:50 GMT
    Jaron West (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Jaron West (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    A Lake Charles man is accused of physically abusing two juveniles while he was babysitting them, authorities said. 

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    A Lake Charles man is accused of physically abusing two juveniles while he was babysitting them, authorities said. 

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  • Legal Corner: Who do I complain to about constant dogs barking all hours of the night and day?

    Legal Corner: Who do I complain to about constant dogs barking all hours of the night and day?

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:57 AM EDT2017-03-22 15:57:11 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Who do I complain to about constant dogs barking all hours of the night and day? There’s no one living there – just four dogs. I’ve contacted animal control several times, but I haven’t seen any progress? To clarify – incessant or late-night barking is definitely a violation of the parish’s “Nuisance Animal” statute. Section 5-43 defines a nuisance animal in several ways, one of which ...

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Who do I complain to about constant dogs barking all hours of the night and day? There’s no one living there – just four dogs. I’ve contacted animal control several times, but I haven’t seen any progress? To clarify – incessant or late-night barking is definitely a violation of the parish’s “Nuisance Animal” statute. Section 5-43 defines a nuisance animal in several ways, one of which ...

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  • LIVE UPDATES: Testimony under way in second-degree murder trial of Ali Barconey

    LIVE UPDATES: Testimony under way in second-degree murder trial of Ali Barconey

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 12:15 PM EDT2017-03-22 16:15:25 GMT
    Ali Lee Barconey (Source: Lake Charles Police)Ali Lee Barconey (Source: Lake Charles Police)

    Testimony is under way in the second-degree murder trial of Ali Barconey. Jurors heard from a man who was shot during the 2014 Allen Street home invasion in which Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud was killed. Dwayne Willis was shot in the head during a struggle after three masked men with guns broke into the house on Allen Street - a house where prosecutors say a man named Mr. Howard sold cocaine. KPLC's Theresa Schmidt is in the courtroom. Mobile users, click HERE to follow ...

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    Testimony is under way in the second-degree murder trial of Ali Barconey. Jurors heard from a man who was shot during the 2014 Allen Street home invasion in which Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud was killed. Dwayne Willis was shot in the head during a struggle after three masked men with guns broke into the house on Allen Street - a house where prosecutors say a man named Mr. Howard sold cocaine. KPLC's Theresa Schmidt is in the courtroom. Mobile users, click HERE to follow ...

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  • Jury seated in trial of Ali Lee Barconey, accused of second-degree murder

    Jury seated in trial of Ali Lee Barconey, accused of second-degree murder

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 8:06 PM EDT2017-03-22 00:06:17 GMT

        A jury is seated the trial of Ali Lee Barconey, He is one of five initially arrested in connection with a killing on Allen Street in 2014.    Lake Charles Police called it a known drug house on Allen Street, and on September 25, 2014 Nathaniel Reynaud was shot dead, while two other men were treated and released. About a month later five people were arrested in connection with the killing, but now, only Barconey stan...

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        A jury is seated in the trial of Ali Lee Barconey, He is one of five initially arrested in connection with a killing on Allen Street in 2014.    Lake Charles Police called it a known drug house on Allen Street, and on September 25, 2014 Nathaniel Reynaud was shot dead, while two other men were treated and released. About a month later five people were arrested in connection with the killing, but now, only Barconey stan...

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  • McNeese softball falls 4-0 at Texas

    McNeese softball falls 4-0 at Texas

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 9:02 PM EDT2017-03-23 01:02:07 GMT
    (Source: Mike Gaither/KPLC)(Source: Mike Gaither/KPLC)
    Texas needed just two innings to score the runs it needed in a 4-0 softball win over McNeese here Wednesday. The Longhorns (17-11) scored three runs on four hits in their first at bat of the game in the first inning to take a quick 3-0 then added an insurance run in the sixth on a solo home run.  Devon Tunning led the first inning off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stephanie Wong then scored on a double by Randel Leahy for a 1-0 lead. A single by Fe...More >>
    Texas needed just two innings to score the runs it needed in a 4-0 softball win over McNeese here Wednesday. The Longhorns (17-11) scored three runs on four hits in their first at bat of the game in the first inning to take a quick 3-0 then added an insurance run in the sixth on a solo home run.  Devon Tunning led the first inning off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stephanie Wong then scored on a double by Randel Leahy for a 1-0 lead. A single by Fe...More >>
  • Sulphur testing fire hydrants throughout the month of March

    Sulphur testing fire hydrants throughout the month of March

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 5:55 AM EDT2017-03-22 09:55:29 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Sulphur Fire Department will be testing and inspecting fire hydrants throughout the month of March.

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    The Sulphur Fire Department will be testing and inspecting fire hydrants throughout the month of March.

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  • April the Giraffe

    Giraffe watch: April and Oliver enjoy new toys

    Giraffe watch: April and Oliver enjoy new toys

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 1:25 AM EDT2017-03-22 05:25:26 GMT

    Keepers introduced new enrichment toys into the giraffes' living environment, but Oliver enjoyed his toy a little too much and ended up breaking it.

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    Keepers introduced new enrichment toys into the giraffes' living environment, but Oliver enjoyed his toy a little too much and ended up breaking it.

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  • La. parents can now make cash child support payments

    La. parents can now make cash child support payments

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 7:04 PM EDT2017-03-21 23:04:53 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Parents can now stop by any MoneyGram location across the state to make cash payments toward child support dues, thanks to The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services teaming up with the money transfer company.

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    Parents can now stop by any MoneyGram location across the state to make cash payments toward child support dues, thanks to The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services teaming up with the money transfer company.

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  • Lake Charles residents to cast votes for new mayor Saturday

    Lake Charles residents to cast votes for new mayor Saturday

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 6:48 PM EDT2017-03-21 22:48:33 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Lake Charles voters will decide who will be Lake Charles' next mayor when they head to the polls Saturday, March 25 - or at least whom of the eight candidates will be in a runoff. The eight candidates will be looking to replace Lake Charles' mayor for 17 years, Randy Roach. Roach has been mayor since 2000, but did not run for re-election.

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    Lake Charles voters will decide who will be Lake Charles' next mayor when they head to the polls Saturday, March 25 - or at least whom of the eight candidates will be in a runoff. The eight candidates will be looking to replace Lake Charles' mayor for 17 years, Randy Roach. Roach has been mayor since 2000, but did not run for re-election.

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  • McNeese holds Academic Signing Day

    McNeese holds Academic Signing Day

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-03-21 21:39:56 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Over 450 students committed to McNeese today, but not for sports. 

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    Over 450 students committed to McNeese today, but not for sports. 

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  • Today is National Common Courtesy Day

    Today is National Common Courtesy Day

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 3:52 PM EDT2017-03-21 19:52:45 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    It's National Common Courtesy Day. 

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    It's National Common Courtesy Day. 

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  • SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: LCPD searching for theft suspect

    SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: LCPD searching for theft suspect

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 1:03 PM EDT2017-03-21 17:03:22 GMT
    Surveillance footage of suspect (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Surveillance footage of suspect (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The Lake Charles Police Department has released a surveillance video in the hopes of identifying a suspect involved in a theft that happened in the 600 block of Prien Lake Road.

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    The Lake Charles Police Department has released a surveillance video in the hopes of identifying a suspect involved in a theft that happened in the 600 block of Prien Lake Road.

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  • Police officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin town

    Police officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin town

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:16:50 GMT
    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:16:50 GMT

    Authorities say a police officer and at least two other people were shot when a domestic dispute escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin.

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    Authorities say a police officer and at least two other people were shot when a domestic dispute escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin.

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  • 5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

    5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 8:28 PM EDT2017-03-23 00:28:31 GMT
    Wednesday, March 22 2017 8:28 PM EDT2017-03-23 00:28:31 GMT

    A session of Britain's House of Commons has been suspended as witnesses reported hearing sounds like gunfire nearby.

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    A session of Britain's House of Commons has been suspended as witnesses reported hearing sounds like gunfire nearby.

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  • Popular ATVs recalled for fire, burn hazard

    Popular ATVs recalled for fire, burn hazard

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-03-22 19:21:33 GMT
    Wednesday, March 22 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-03-22 19:21:33 GMT

    Polaris has recalled thousands of ATVs because of fire and burn hazards.

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    Polaris has recalled thousands of ATVs because of fire and burn hazards.

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  • LSU officially introduces Will Wade as new basketball coach

    LSU officially introduces Will Wade as new basketball coach

    LSU will officially introduce Will Wade as the university’s next men's basketball coach during a media event Wednesday.

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    LSU will officially introduce Will Wade as the university’s next men's basketball coach during a media event Wednesday.

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  • City announces bike share community workshops

    City announces bike share community workshops

    The City of New Orleans, in conjunction with Social Bicycles Inc. (SoBi), announced today it will hold six community workshops to collect resident feedback on where to place the initial 70 bike stations before the fall 2017 launch of the City's bike share program.

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    The City of New Orleans, in conjunction with Social Bicycles Inc. (SoBi), announced today it will hold six community workshops to collect resident feedback on where to place the initial 70 bike stations before the fall 2017 launch of the City's bike share program.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: CDC says state's life expectancy fourth lowest in the nation

    SPECIAL REPORT: CDC says state's life expectancy fourth lowest in the nation

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:25 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:25:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    In a state that's famous for letting the good times roll, there's an abundance of good food and fun times, but all of that comes with a price tag. 

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    In a state that's famous for letting the good times roll, there's an abundance of good food and fun times, but all of that comes with a price tag. 

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  • Shreveport cell phone store robbed twice in three days

    Shreveport cell phone store robbed twice in three days

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:06 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:06:41 GMT
    Shreveport police are sharing this surveillance photo in hopes of identifying who robbed the Metro PCS store in the 200 block of East 70th Street shortly before 8:30 p.m. March 20. (Source: Shreveport Police Department)Shreveport police are sharing this surveillance photo in hopes of identifying who robbed the Metro PCS store in the 200 block of East 70th Street shortly before 8:30 p.m. March 20. (Source: Shreveport Police Department)

    Police have not said whether they think the same person was responsible for both holdups.

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    Police have not said whether they think the same person was responsible for both holdups.

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