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    House on Tank Farm Road fired upon twice over weekend

    House on Tank Farm Road fired upon twice over weekend

    Monday, April 24 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-04-25 03:36:29 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A house on Tank Farm Road was fired upon twice over the weekend, authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The first incident happened Friday night, followed by another incident Sunday night, said Cmdr. James McGee, CPSO spokesman. No one was injured. Deputies are following leads, but don’t yet have a suspect or motive. “We are following every lead we get,” McGee said. McGee asked anyone with information to

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    A house on Tank Farm Road was fired upon twice over the weekend, authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The first incident happened Friday night, followed by another incident Sunday night, said Cmdr. James McGee, CPSO spokesman. No one was injured. Deputies are following leads, but don’t yet have a suspect or motive. “We are following every lead we get,” McGee said. McGee asked anyone with information to

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Recovery Road - heroin addiction

    Monday, April 24 2017 11:31 PM EDT2017-04-25 03:31:16 GMT
    Heroin EpidemicHeroin Epidemic

    Meet Bobby Boursew. A recovering heroin addict who learned the tricks of the trade from the two people closest to him. 

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    Meet Bobby Boursew. A recovering heroin addict who learned the tricks of the trade from the two people closest to him. 

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  • Oyster fishermen fighting tonging bill

    Oyster fishermen fighting tonging bill

    Monday, April 24 2017 8:25 PM EDT2017-04-25 00:25:40 GMT
    (Source:KPLC)(Source:KPLC)

    Tonging is way to fish for oysters using two large sticks. 

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    Tonging is way to fish for oysters using two large sticks. 

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  • Low turnout for early voting in Lake Charles

    Low turnout for early voting in Lake Charles

    Monday, April 24 2017 8:05 PM EDT2017-04-25 00:05:59 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    There is less than a week time before Lake Charles residents who did not vote to decide who they would like to see become the next mayor after Mayor Randy Roach's retirement of more than a decade.  Only 12 percent of the nearly 50,000 people eligible to cast their ballots did during early voting for the April election.  McNeese State University Political Science Professor Dr. Henry Sirgo says it's not uncommon for people to not vote in local races.  "Ironically,...

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    There is less than a week time before Lake Charles residents who did not vote to decide who they would like to see become the next mayor after Mayor Randy Roach's retirement of more than a decade.  Only 12 percent of the nearly 50,000 people eligible to cast their ballots did during early voting for the April election.  McNeese State University Political Science Professor Dr. Henry Sirgo says it's not uncommon for people to not vote in local races.  "Ironically,...

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  • Sulphur Council approves mayor's raise in special meeting

    Sulphur Council approves mayor's raise in special meeting

    Monday, April 24 2017 7:57 PM EDT2017-04-24 23:57:54 GMT

    In a special meeting Monday evening, the Sulphur City Council voted unanimously to approve a $10,000 raise for the mayor's salary.

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    In a special meeting Monday evening, the Sulphur City Council voted unanimously to approve a $10,000 raise for the mayor's salary.

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    WATCH: Mayoral forum on KPLC Tuesday evening

    WATCH: Mayoral forum on KPLC Tuesday evening

    Monday, April 24 2017 7:17 PM EDT2017-04-24 23:17:09 GMT
    Wilford Carter and Nic HunterWilford Carter and Nic Hunter

    Lake Charles voters will decide Saturday who will be the next mayor of Lake Charles: Wilford Carter or Nic Hunter. ?First, though, voters can hear what both candidates have to say during a mayoral forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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    Lake Charles voters will decide Saturday who will be the next mayor of Lake Charles: Wilford Carter or Nic Hunter. ?First, though, voters can hear what both candidates have to say during a mayoral forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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  • Proposed Senate Bill 35 would expand use of medical marijuana

    Proposed Senate Bill 35 would expand use of medical marijuana

    Monday, April 24 2017 7:08 PM EDT2017-04-24 23:08:14 GMT
    Marijuana (Source: KPLC)Marijuana (Source: KPLC)

    In 2016, Louisiana lawmakers passed Senate Bill 271, which legalized marijuana for medical use. However, it is still a felony for growers and pharmacies to grow and distribute it.

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    In 2016, Louisiana lawmakers passed Senate Bill 271, which legalized marijuana for medical use. However, it is still a felony for growers and pharmacies to grow and distribute it.

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  • UPDATE: Driver's side door torn off car as driver attempts to flag down train

    UPDATE: Driver's side door torn off car as driver attempts to flag down train

    Monday, April 24 2017 6:46 PM EDT2017-04-24 22:46:20 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)

    A vehicle attempting to turn left from Sallier onto Ryan Street had its driver's side mirror clipped by a train Monday morning, authorities said. The driver's side door of the vehicle was then torn off as the driver attempted to notify the train conductor about the mirror. Avoid the area of Ryan and Sallier Streets for the next hour due to a traffic accident that is causing road blockage. 

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    A vehicle attempting to turn left from Sallier onto Ryan Street had its driver's side mirror clipped by a train Monday morning, authorities said. The driver's side door of the vehicle was then torn off as the driver attempted to notify the train conductor about the mirror. Avoid the area of Ryan and Sallier Streets for the next hour due to a traffic accident that is causing road blockage. 

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  • Gunman kills boss, self in Dallas office shooting

    Gunman kills boss, self in Dallas office shooting

    Monday, April 24 2017 12:19 PM EDT2017-04-24 16:19:29 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 3:36 PM EDT2017-04-24 19:36:54 GMT

    Police and emergency medical personnel are on the scene of a Dallas office tower.

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    Police and emergency medical personnel are on the scene of a Dallas office tower.

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  • What's on the ballot: April 29

    What's on the ballot: April 29

    Monday, April 24 2017 1:20 PM EDT2017-04-24 17:20:54 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Voters will head to the polls to decide the results in the runoff races in Southwest Louisiana.

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    Voters will head to the polls to decide the results in the runoff races in Southwest Louisiana.

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  • Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

    Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

    Monday, April 24 2017 6:47 AM EDT2017-04-24 10:47:03 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 6:47 AM EDT2017-04-24 10:47:03 GMT
    The Trump administration and the Republican-led House are revisiting the question of whether adults who are able to work should be required to work to get taxpayer-provided health insurance.More >>
    The Trump administration and the Republican-led House are revisiting the question of whether adults who are able to work should be required to work to get taxpayer-provided health insurance.More >>
  • French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics

    French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics

    Monday, April 24 2017 4:16 AM EDT2017-04-24 08:16:46 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 4:16 AM EDT2017-04-24 08:16:46 GMT

    French voters have begun casting ballots for the presidential election in a tense first-round poll that's seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world.

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    French voters have begun casting ballots for the presidential election in a tense first-round poll that's seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world.

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  • First ever orchid show brightens up local church

    First ever orchid show brightens up local church

    Sunday, April 23 2017 9:11 PM EDT2017-04-24 01:11:59 GMT
    A gym full of Orchids brightened up the Church of the Good Shepard today.  The Calcasieu Orchid Society held it's first ever show, free to the public.  There were displays, as well as orchids and artwork to buy, even a competition for cut arrangements and just general beauty. Judges from all over the country came to judge the competition and organizers say it was a huge success.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
    A gym full of Orchids brightened up the Church of the Good Shepard today.  The Calcasieu Orchid Society held it's first ever show, free to the public.  There were displays, as well as orchids and artwork to buy, even a competition for cut arrangements and just general beauty. Judges from all over the country came to judge the competition and organizers say it was a huge success.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
  • Lake Charles Fashion Week takes over Isle of Capri

    Lake Charles Fashion Week takes over Isle of Capri

    Sunday, April 23 2017 9:08 PM EDT2017-04-24 01:08:57 GMT
    High fashion designers strutted their way into Lake Charles this weekend. When you think of fashion week--the runways of New York, Paris and LA, usually come to mind...  But there is a new destination on the map according to fashion week Lake Charles founder, Julie Branden. "No one knew we have designers in Lake Charles. We have designers in Lake Charles, we have fashion in Lake Charles, so we're trying to get everybody to come on board," said Branden. "I didn'...More >>
    High fashion designers strutted their way into Lake Charles this weekend. When you think of fashion week--the runways of New York, Paris and LA, usually come to mind...  But there is a new destination on the map according to fashion week Lake Charles founder, Julie Branden. "No one knew we have designers in Lake Charles. We have designers in Lake Charles, we have fashion in Lake Charles, so we're trying to get everybody to come on board," said Branden. "I didn'...More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warming up over the next few days, rain returns late Wednesday

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warming up over the next few days, rain returns late Wednesday

    Monday, April 24 2017 5:04 PM EDT2017-04-24 21:04:14 GMT
    Sunny and warmer TuesdaySunny and warmer Tuesday

    Hopefully you enjoyed the cool down while it was here, because a warming trend begins tonight and will be more noticeable during the day Tuesday.  Southerly winds will return and that means the temperature and humidity levels will be rising.  Another cold front will arrive Wednesday night with some rain, but little change in temperatures is expected.

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    Hopefully you enjoyed the cool down while it was here, because a warming trend begins tonight and will be more noticeable during the day Tuesday.  Southerly winds will return and that means the temperature and humidity levels will be rising.  Another cold front will arrive Wednesday night with some rain, but little change in temperatures is expected.

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  • Bank teller arrested after assisting boyfriend in 2015 robbery in Broussard

    Bank teller arrested after assisting boyfriend in 2015 robbery in Broussard

    Monday, April 24 2017 4:54 PM EDT2017-04-24 20:54:34 GMT
    (Source: KATC)(Source: KATC)

    A bank teller is arrested almost two years later, for helping her boyfriend and another man rob a Community First Bank in Broussard, KATC reports.  

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    A bank teller is arrested almost two years later, for helping her boyfriend and another man rob a Community First Bank in Broussard, KATC reports.  

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  • Jeanerette woman arrested after three children found alone at local motel

    Jeanerette woman arrested after three children found alone at local motel

    Monday, April 24 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-04-24 19:48:05 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Jeanerette woman was arrested in Lake Charles on the charges of child desertion and possession of marijuana, according to authorities.  On April 16 around 1:10 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a local motel on West Prien Lake Road in reference to three children, ages 8 months, 10 months, and 2 years old being left alone in a room, said CPSO spokeswoman Kayla Vincent. When deputies arrived they spoke with a motel employee who stated she discovered ...

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    A Jeanerette woman was arrested in Lake Charles on the charges of child desertion and possession of marijuana, according to authorities.  On April 16 around 1:10 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a local motel on West Prien Lake Road in reference to three children, ages 8 months, 10 months, and 2 years old being left alone in a room, said CPSO spokeswoman Kayla Vincent. When deputies arrived they spoke with a motel employee who stated she discovered ...

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  • 2017 Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival set for May 4-7

    2017 Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival set for May 4-7

    Monday, April 24 2017 7:30 AM EDT2017-04-24 11:30:26 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles/SWLA CVB)(Source: Lake Charles/SWLA CVB)

    The 2017 Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival will be held May 4-7 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

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    The 2017 Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival will be held May 4-7 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

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  • North Korea quiet amid expectation of missile follow-up

    North Korea quiet amid expectation of missile follow-up

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:46:48 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:46:48 GMT

    South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that North Korea may carry out its sixth nuclear test or its maiden test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile around the founding anniversary of its military on Tuesday.

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    South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that North Korea may carry out its sixth nuclear test or its maiden test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile around the founding anniversary of its military on Tuesday.

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  • Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart

    Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:46:32 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:46:32 GMT

    Two Arkansas inmates who say they're in poor health after decades on death row argue that their medical conditions could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections.

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    Two Arkansas inmates who say they're in poor health after decades on death row argue that their medical conditions could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections.

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  • O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

    O'Reilly surprised by Fox exit, says truth will come out

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:17:12 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:17:12 GMT
    (Source: Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)(Source: Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

    Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit.

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    Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly says he's sad and surprised that he's off TV but is confident the truth will come out about his exit.

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  • Obama dishes on leadership at 1st event since leaving office

    Obama dishes on leadership at 1st event since leaving office

    Monday, April 24 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-04-24 19:48:24 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-04-24 19:48:24 GMT
    Former President Barack Obama is set to hold the first public event of his post-presidential life in the city where he started his political career.More >>
    Former President Barack Obama is set to hold the first public event of his post-presidential life in the city where he started his political career.More >>
  • Fore! Hash browns recalled over golf ball bits

    Fore! Hash browns recalled over golf ball bits

    Monday, April 24 2017 9:22 AM EDT2017-04-24 13:22:24 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 9:29 AM EDT2017-04-24 13:29:07 GMT

    The producer, McCain Foods, says some golf ball materials may have been accidentally harvested with the potatoes.

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    The producer, McCain Foods, says some golf ball materials may have been accidentally harvested with the potatoes.

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  • Lake Charles Spring Art Walk April 28

    Lake Charles Spring Art Walk April 28

    Monday, April 24 2017 7:31 AM EDT2017-04-24 11:31:12 GMT
    (Source: The Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana)(Source: The Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana)

    Come celebrate the Lake Area's vibrant community during the Arts Council of SWLA's annual Spring Art Walk.

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    Come celebrate the Lake Area's vibrant community during the Arts Council of SWLA's annual Spring Art Walk.

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  • Rescuer talks about saving girl who fell out of bus

    Rescuer talks about saving girl who fell out of bus

    Monday, April 24 2017 12:04 AM EDT2017-04-24 04:04:55 GMT
    Monday, April 24 2017 1:17 AM EDT2017-04-24 05:17:53 GMT

     Ryan Ciampoli, a hero volunteer firefighter, is talking about how he helped a little girl who fell out of the back of a bus.

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     Ryan Ciampoli, a hero volunteer firefighter, is talking about how he helped a little girl who fell out of the back of a bus.

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  • Former Aggies and Cowboys quarterback delivers message to FCA all-stars

    Former Aggies and Cowboys quarterback delivers message to FCA all-stars

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:24 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:24:21 GMT
    Stephen McGee was the featured speaker at the FCA tailgate.Stephen McGee was the featured speaker at the FCA tailgate.

    Numerous East Texas athletes and coaches enjoyed a night of fellowship at All Saints High School for the annual FCA Heart of a Champion tailgate. The softball, baseball, and football all-stars along with cheerleaders will take the field one last time in June for their respective games. Monday night though, the players were introduced and had the opportunity to hear from guest speak Stephen McGee.

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    Numerous East Texas athletes and coaches enjoyed a night of fellowship at All Saints High School for the annual FCA Heart of a Champion tailgate. The softball, baseball, and football all-stars along with cheerleaders will take the field one last time in June for their respective games. Monday night though, the players were introduced and had the opportunity to hear from guest speak Stephen McGee.

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  • NFL Draft week is here; Mahomes II support staff excited

    NFL Draft week is here; Mahomes II support staff excited

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:18 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:18:07 GMT
    Mahomes' dad and former H.S. coach are excited for draft week.Mahomes' dad and former H.S. coach are excited for draft week.

    Over 15 guys either from East Texas or that have ties to the region could hear their name called this week during the NFL Draft. Round one is on Thursday night and the event wraps up on Saturday. Whitehouse product Patrick Mahomes II has become the household name around here leading up to draft, and is very likely to go on night one.

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    Over 15 guys either from East Texas or that have ties to the region could hear their name called this week during the NFL Draft. Round one is on Thursday night and the event wraps up on Saturday. Whitehouse product Patrick Mahomes II has become the household name around here leading up to draft, and is very likely to go on night one.

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  • Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in accident on Southeast Drive

    Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in accident on Southeast Drive

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 12:14 AM EDT2017-04-25 04:14:02 GMT
    Source: KCBD PhotoSource: KCBD Photo

    A woman has suffered serious injuries in a Monday evening accident on Southeast Drive near the animal shelter.

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    A woman has suffered serious injuries in a Monday evening accident on Southeast Drive near the animal shelter.

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