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  • Hurricane Lane a powerful Category 4 as it barrels toward state

    Hurricane Lane a powerful Category 4 as it barrels toward state

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 5:54 AM EDT2018-08-21 09:54:27 GMT
    Hurricane Lane is packing winds near 150 mph as it marches toward the state. (Image: Central Pacific Hurricane Center)Hurricane Lane is packing winds near 150 mph as it marches toward the state. (Image: Central Pacific Hurricane Center)

    Hurricane Lane continues to spin in Central Pacific waters as a Category 3 hurricane. 

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    Hurricane Lane continues to spin in Central Pacific waters as a Category 3 hurricane. 

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  • Experience Dutch oven cooking this weekend

    Experience Dutch oven cooking this weekend

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 5:15 AM EDT2018-08-21 09:15:46 GMT
    (Source: Le Chien Cookers)(Source: Le Chien Cookers)
    (Source: Le Chien Cookers)(Source: Le Chien Cookers)

    If you’ve never tried food cooked in a Dutch oven before, this weekend is your chance. The Le Chien Cookers are a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society that work to promote the art of Dutch oven cooking.

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    If you’ve never tried food cooked in a Dutch oven before, this weekend is your chance. The Le Chien Cookers are a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society that work to promote the art of Dutch oven cooking.

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  • Westlake City Council discusses clubhouse funds

    Westlake City Council discusses clubhouse funds

    Monday, August 20 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-08-21 03:52:49 GMT
    Mayor Hardey said the project could cost up to 4 million dollars, at least 2 million of which Hardey said could be borrowed.Mayor Hardey said the project could cost up to 4 million dollars, at least 2 million of which Hardey said could be borrowed.
    Mayor Hardey said the project could cost up to 4 million dollars, at least 2 million of which Hardey said could be borrowed.Mayor Hardey said the project could cost up to 4 million dollars, at least 2 million of which Hardey said could be borrowed.

    "We're fixing to turn what was a liability against us into an asset," Westlake Mayor Bob Hardey, said. Ever since the city opened The National Golf Club of Louisiana, it's been missing a clubhouse. "We've been waiting on it forever, we've lost money for forever," Pat Ellender, concerned resident, said. Mayor Hardey said the project could cost up to 4 million dollars, at least 2 million of which Hardey said could be borrowed.  "We did not go out t...

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    "We're fixing to turn what was a liability against us into an asset," Westlake Mayor Bob Hardey, said. Ever since the city opened The National Golf Club of Louisiana, it's been missing a clubhouse. "We've been waiting on it forever, we've lost money for forever," Pat Ellender, concerned resident, said. Mayor Hardey said the project could cost up to 4 million dollars, at least 2 million of which Hardey said could be borrowed.  "We did not go out t...

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  • Final report released in rope incident at 3topia

    Final report released in rope incident at 3topia

    Monday, August 20 2018 9:00 PM EDT2018-08-21 01:00:34 GMT
    The owner of a local business posted in a Facebook Live that a rope on his front door was tied to look like a noose. (Source: Facebook)The owner of a local business posted in a Facebook Live that a rope on his front door was tied to look like a noose. (Source: Facebook)

    The Lake Charles Police Department has released its final report after the owner of a local business reported finding rope tied as a noose on the door of his business. KPLC obtained a copy of the final report through a public records request. The Lake Charles Police Department began investigating after Darrell Bennett, the owner of 3topia, posted a Facebook Live showing a rope on the door to his business, saying he had arrived to find it hanging there and tied like a noose. The LCP...

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    The Lake Charles Police Department has released its final report after the owner of a local business reported finding rope tied as a noose on the door of his business. KPLC obtained a copy of the final report through a public records request. The Lake Charles Police Department began investigating after Darrell Bennett, the owner of 3topia, posted a Facebook Live showing a rope on the door to his business, saying he had arrived to find it hanging there and tied like a noose. The LCP...

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  • 47 dogs rescued in Allen Parish

    47 dogs rescued in Allen Parish

    Monday, August 20 2018 8:15 PM EDT2018-08-21 00:15:39 GMT
    The dogs were found in horrible condition. (Source: Humane Society of Lousiana Facebook)The dogs were found in horrible condition. (Source: Humane Society of Lousiana Facebook)

    The Humane Society of Louisiana and Allen Parish Sheriff's Office rescued 47 dogs at a residence, according to a Facebook post.  Humane Society's post says the dogs had matted hair, heartworms, dental problems, heart murmurs, ear infections, and other injuries. For example, one dog had an abscess in his mouth that created a hole in his face:    Humane Society of Louisiana The dogs were found in crates living in urine and filth, says the post. They were malnouri...

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    The Humane Society of Louisiana and Allen Parish Sheriff's Office rescued 47 dogs at a residence, according to a Facebook post.  Humane Society's post says the dogs had matted hair, heartworms, dental problems, heart murmurs, ear infections, and other injuries. For example, one dog had an abscess in his mouth that created a hole in his face:    Humane Society of Louisiana The dogs were found in crates living in urine and filth, says the post. They were malnouri...

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  • Mcneese brings new technology with the new year

    Mcneese brings new technology with the new year

    Monday, August 20 2018 7:30 PM EDT2018-08-20 23:30:22 GMT

    McNeese students are back for the Fall semester and with a new school year came some new changes.

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    McNeese students are back for the Fall semester and with a new school year came some new changes.

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  • Breakfast and haircuts for veterans

    Breakfast and haircuts for veterans

    Monday, August 20 2018 6:35 PM EDT2018-08-20 22:35:31 GMT
    A hot coffee and bacon and eggs -- it's a great way to start the day. and for many it may sound ordinary, but for some veterans in the lake area, it's the first freshly made breakfast in while. Some are disabled, some are injured, some are homeless. regardless of the condition, the American legion wants to take care of them. It's hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary and the American legion, post 179 in Sulphur. "It's a great benefit because they can do this for themselves, they can in...More >>
    A hot coffee and bacon and eggs -- it's a great way to start the day. and for many it may sound ordinary, but for some veterans in the lake area, it's the first freshly made breakfast in while. Some are disabled, some are injured, some are homeless. regardless of the condition, the American legion wants to take care of them. It's hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary and the American legion, post 179 in Sulphur. "It's a great benefit because they can do this for themselves, they can in...More >>
  • Student hit by vehicle on LSU campus, suffers moderate to severe injuries

    Student hit by vehicle on LSU campus, suffers moderate to severe injuries

    Monday, August 20 2018 1:42 PM EDT2018-08-20 17:42:19 GMT
    EMS ambulance (Source: WAFB)EMS ambulance (Source: WAFB)

    LSU officials said a student was hit by a vehicle Monday morning. According to Ernie Ballard II, spokesman for LSU, the crash happened on AgCenter Lane near the 4H Mini Barn.

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    LSU officials said a student was hit by a vehicle Monday morning. According to Ernie Ballard II, spokesman for LSU, the crash happened on AgCenter Lane near the 4H Mini Barn.

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Front arrives today; less humidity on the way

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Front arrives today; less humidity on the way

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Front arrives today; less humidity on the way

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 6:33 AM EDT2018-08-21 10:33:36 GMT
    Heat index todayHeat index today
    Heat index todayHeat index today
    Our morning starts off again sweltering with temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80 at sunrise with heat index values still in the lower 90s along coastal areas. Through the day, a few scattered thunderstorms will accompany a rather weak front that will cross the area through the day today. A shift in winds will be noted, but the main thing we’ll notice is a bit of a drop in humidity by late tonight and Wednesday. The forecast only calls for a few scattered storms through ear...More >>
    Our morning starts off again sweltering with temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80 at sunrise with heat index values still in the lower 90s along coastal areas. Through the day, a few scattered thunderstorms will accompany a rather weak front that will cross the area through the day today. A shift in winds will be noted, but the main thing we’ll notice is a bit of a drop in humidity by late tonight and Wednesday. The forecast only calls for a few scattered storms through ear...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Leesville Wampus Cats

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Leesville Wampus Cats

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 12:30 AM EDT2018-08-21 04:30:02 GMT
    2017 was good to Leesville finishing 10-2, including a perfect run through district and a playoff win. This year, the Wampus Cats have their work cut out for them, replacing 12 starters. "Every year there's a different problem. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses and every year it's something different," said Leesville coach Robert Causey. "What was a strength one year may be a weakness next because you just can't go out and recruit the best. You can't hit...More >>
    2017 was good to Leesville finishing 10-2, including a perfect run through district and a playoff win. This year, the Wampus Cats have their work cut out for them, replacing 12 starters. "Every year there's a different problem. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses and every year it's something different," said Leesville coach Robert Causey. "What was a strength one year may be a weakness next because you just can't go out and recruit the best. You can't hit...More >>
  • Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms

    Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-08-21 04:25:35 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 8:09 AM EDT2018-08-21 12:09:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File). FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017, file photo, a man is silhouetted as he walks in front of Microsoft logo at an event in New Delhi, India. Microsoft says it’s uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political grou...(AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File). FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017, file photo, a man is silhouetted as he walks in front of Microsoft logo at an event in New Delhi, India. Microsoft says it’s uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political grou...

    The hacking attempts mirror similar Russian attacks ahead of the 2016 election, which U.S. intelligence officials have said were focused on helping to elect Republican Donald Trump to the presidency by hurting his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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    The hacking attempts mirror similar Russian attacks ahead of the 2016 election, which U.S. intelligence officials have said were focused on helping to elect Republican Donald Trump to the presidency by hurting his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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  • US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany

    US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 4:18 AM EDT2018-08-21 08:18:16 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 8:05 AM EDT2018-08-21 12:05:32 GMT
    The deportation of the 95-year-old former concentration camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators first confronted him about his World War II past and he admitted lying to get into the U.S. (Source: Department of Justice)The deportation of the 95-year-old former concentration camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators first confronted him about his World War II past and he admitted lying to get into the U.S. (Source: Department of Justice)

    The White House says a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Germany, 14 years after a judge ordered him deported.

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    The White House says a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Germany, 14 years after a judge ordered him deported.

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  • Man admits wife's murder, blames her for daughters' deaths

    Man admits wife's murder, blames her for daughters' deaths

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-08-21 04:15:23 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 8:04 AM EDT2018-08-21 12:04:25 GMT
    Christopher Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. (Source: Weld County Sheriff/KMGH/CNN)Christopher Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. (Source: Weld County Sheriff/KMGH/CNN)

    The father of two told police in court papers released Monday that he killed his pregnant wife after witnessing her strangling one of the girls on a baby monitor.

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    The father of two told police in court papers released Monday that he killed his pregnant wife after witnessing her strangling one of the girls on a baby monitor.

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  • AP sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen

    AP sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen

    Monday, August 20 2018 1:18 PM EDT2018-08-20 17:18:18 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 7:46 AM EDT2018-08-21 11:46:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In a Monday, July 30, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, formerly a lawyer for President Trump, leaves his hotel, in New York. Attorney Barbara Jones revealed in a letter filed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Manhattan fed...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In a Monday, July 30, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, formerly a lawyer for President Trump, leaves his hotel, in New York. Attorney Barbara Jones revealed in a letter filed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Manhattan fed...

    Two people familiar with the federal investigation of Michael Cohen say prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against the former Donald Trump lawyer that could be brought before the end of the month.

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    Two people familiar with the federal investigation of Michael Cohen say prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against the former Donald Trump lawyer that could be brought before the end of the month.

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  • 3-year-old found dead in dryer, father says

    3-year-old found dead in dryer, father says

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 7:16 AM EDT2018-08-21 11:16:10 GMT

    Authorities have yet to determine a cause of death for a boy found dead at a townhouse. The boy's father said after a rough night, he found the boy dead in the dryer.

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    Authorities have yet to determine a cause of death for a boy found dead at a townhouse. The boy's father said after a rough night, he found the boy dead in the dryer.

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  • Elementary school in OK no longer named after Confederate Gen. Lee

    Elementary school in OK no longer named after Confederate Gen. Lee

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 3:59 AM EDT2018-08-21 07:59:23 GMT
    The renaming is part of a national movement to eliminate references to Confederate leaders. (Source: KOKI/CNN)The renaming is part of a national movement to eliminate references to Confederate leaders. (Source: KOKI/CNN)

    The renaming is part of a national movement to eliminate references to Confederate leaders.

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    The renaming is part of a national movement to eliminate references to Confederate leaders.

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  • Colorado man charged with murder says wife killed daughters

    Colorado man charged with murder says wife killed daughters

    Monday, August 20 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-08-20 21:53:32 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 1:08 AM EDT2018-08-21 05:08:27 GMT
    (AP Photo/David Zalubowski). A photograph sits amid the tributes as they grow outside the home where a pregnant woman, Shanann Watts, and her two daughters, Bella and Celeste, lived Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Frederick, Colo. The woman's husband, Chri...(AP Photo/David Zalubowski). A photograph sits amid the tributes as they grow outside the home where a pregnant woman, Shanann Watts, and her two daughters, Bella and Celeste, lived Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Frederick, Colo. The woman's husband, Chri...
    Prosecutors have charged a Colorado man with murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters.More >>
    Prosecutors have charged a Colorado man with murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters.More >>
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  • Man admits wife's murder, blames her for daughters' deaths

    Man admits wife's murder, blames her for daughters' deaths

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-08-21 04:15:23 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 8:04 AM EDT2018-08-21 12:04:25 GMT
    Christopher Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. (Source: Weld County Sheriff/KMGH/CNN)Christopher Watts, 33, faces three first-degree murder charges, two counts of murdering a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. (Source: Weld County Sheriff/KMGH/CNN)

    The father of two told police in court papers released Monday that he killed his pregnant wife after witnessing her strangling one of the girls on a baby monitor.

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    The father of two told police in court papers released Monday that he killed his pregnant wife after witnessing her strangling one of the girls on a baby monitor.

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  • US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany

    US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 4:18 AM EDT2018-08-21 08:18:16 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 8:05 AM EDT2018-08-21 12:05:32 GMT
    The deportation of the 95-year-old former concentration camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators first confronted him about his World War II past and he admitted lying to get into the U.S. (Source: Department of Justice)The deportation of the 95-year-old former concentration camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators first confronted him about his World War II past and he admitted lying to get into the U.S. (Source: Department of Justice)

    The White House says a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Germany, 14 years after a judge ordered him deported.

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    The White House says a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Germany, 14 years after a judge ordered him deported.

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  • Woman killed by alligator on Hilton Head Island

    Woman killed by alligator on Hilton Head Island

    Monday, August 20 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-08-21 02:54:00 GMT

    A woman was attacked and killed by an alligator Monday morning in the Sea Pines area on Hilton Head Island.

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    A woman was attacked and killed by an alligator Monday morning in the Sea Pines area on Hilton Head Island.

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    St Jude Dream Home

    St Jude Dream Home

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

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

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  • Hurricane Special: Surviving the Storm 2018

    Hurricane Special: Surviving the Storm 2018

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  • Honoring educators

    Class Act Award Winners

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

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

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    Summer Camps and Programs

    Summer camps and programs across Southwest Louisiana

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    Summer camps and programs across Southwest Louisiana

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    KPLC Taste Test

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

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

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