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  • More roundabouts coming to Ham Reid Road

    More roundabouts coming to Ham Reid Road

    Thursday, July 20 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-07-21 03:38:01 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    While the roundabout at Nelson and Ham Reid Road still isn't completed, parish engineers are planning more roundabouts for that area. In total Ham Reid Road will get four roundabouts as it is extended from Elliott Road to Big Lake Road, with the project costing close to $6 million. 

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    While the roundabout at Nelson and Ham Reid Road still isn't completed, parish engineers are planning more roundabouts for that area. In total Ham Reid Road will get four roundabouts as it is extended from Elliott Road to Big Lake Road, with the project costing close to $6 million. 

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  • Local students to compete in National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships

    Local students to compete in National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships

    Thursday, July 20 2017 10:08 PM EDT2017-07-21 02:08:26 GMT

    While most kids are enjoying their summer vacation in the air conditioning, five local students are spending their time training in the hot sun, getting ready for the National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships next week.

    The competition is where many of today's Olympic stars started their careers. 

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    While most kids are enjoying their summer vacation in the air conditioning, five local students are spending their time training in the hot sun, getting ready for the National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships next week.

    The competition is where many of today's Olympic stars started their careers. 

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  • CPSO: How should you react when pulled over with a firearm in your car?

    CPSO: How should you react when pulled over with a firearm in your car?

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:50 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:50:54 GMT
    (Source: Legally Armed America)(Source: Legally Armed America)

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has teamed up with Legally Armed America to create an instructional video on how you should act if you get pulled over and have a firearm. The video demonstrates the difference between a compliant and non-compliant driver. It also explains some dos and don'ts if you have a weapon on you when you get pulled over. The video can be found HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has teamed up with Legally Armed America to create an instructional video on how you should act if you get pulled over and have a firearm. The video demonstrates the difference between a compliant and non-compliant driver. It also explains some dos and don'ts if you have a weapon on you when you get pulled over. The video can be found HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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  • Alliance for Positive Growth opposes parish drainage ordinance, at least for now

    Alliance for Positive Growth opposes parish drainage ordinance, at least for now

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:35 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:35:24 GMT

    Most want to see positive growth in southwest Louisiana. Yet some have positively had it with growth they think is causing flooding and drainage problems.                 

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    Most want to see positive growth in southwest Louisiana. Yet some have positively had it with growth they think is causing flooding and drainage problems.  

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  • UPDATE: Teen wanted in Simmons Street homicide turns himself in

    UPDATE: Teen wanted in Simmons Street homicide turns himself in

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:28 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:28:31 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The 16-year-old Lake Charles Police have been looking for connected to the Simmons Street homicide has turned himself in. Justin Ned was wanted on charges of first-degree murder, three counts of armed robbery, and three counts of armed robbery with a firearm, authorities said.

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    The 16-year-old Lake Charles Police have been looking for connected to the Simmons Street homicide has turned himself in. Justin Ned was wanted on charges of first-degree murder, three counts of armed robbery, and three counts of armed robbery with a firearm, authorities said.

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  • CPSO Corporal can't stop making community smile

    CPSO Corporal can't stop making community smile

    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:13 PM EDT2017-07-21 00:13:03 GMT

    Random acts of kindness are hard come by, but one Hardee's employee was served an extra helping of kindness when she thought all was lost.

    Felisha Morgan is a foreign exchange student from Jamaica, working two jobs to support herself, and although she works hard she never loses her smile.

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    Random acts of kindness are hard come by, but one Hardee's employee was served an extra helping of kindness when she thought all was lost.

    Felisha Morgan is a foreign exchange student from Jamaica, working two jobs to support herself, and although she works hard she never loses her smile.

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  • Study ranks Louisiana second-worst state to live

    Study ranks Louisiana second-worst state to live

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:59 PM EDT2017-07-20 23:59:58 GMT
    (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)

    Just a year after Louisiana was ranked as the 7th worst state for business, CNBC ranked the "Worst States to Live In 2017". Louisiana ranks 2nd worst. "That doesn't surprise me," said Alex Allemond. "I meet a lot of people at my job and they don't like Louisiana." The study's quality of life score is 87 out of 300 points, a score Louisiana resident Jeff Staples disagrees with. "I think the quality of life is great," he said. 

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    Just a year after Louisiana was ranked as the 7th worst state for business, CNBC ranked the "Worst States to Live In 2017". Louisiana ranks 2nd worst. "That doesn't surprise me," said Alex Allemond. "I meet a lot of people at my job and they don't like Louisiana." The study's quality of life score is 87 out of 300 points, a score Louisiana resident Jeff Staples disagrees with. "I think the quality of life is great," he said. 

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  • BREAKING

    Two new arrests in N. Simmons Street homicide, one murder warrant recalled

    Two new arrests in N. Simmons Street homicide, one murder warrant recalled

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:34 PM EDT2017-07-20 23:34:22 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Two more people have been arrested in connection with a homicide on N. Simmons Street early Monday morning, authorities said. But charges are being withdrawn against one of the people first arrested for the crime. Gary Obrien, 31, was shot when he refused to comply with a demand made by one of a group of males who were robbing the home, authorities said. Lake Charles men Devonta Deywane Orphey, 23, and Devin Jalmal Holefield, 25, were arrested Thursday afternoon in Waco, Texas, ...

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    Two more people have been arrested in connection with a homicide on N. Simmons Street early Monday morning, authorities said. But charges are being withdrawn against one of the people first arrested for the crime. Gary Obrien, 31, was shot when he refused to comply with a demand made by one of a group of males who were robbing the home, authorities said. Lake Charles men Devonta Deywane Orphey, 23, and Devin Jalmal Holefield, 25, were arrested Thursday afternoon in Waco, Texas, ...

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  • Dog dies after injuries suffered at Shreveport Dog Park, owner says

    Dog dies after injuries suffered at Shreveport Dog Park, owner says

    Friday, July 21 2017 4:41 AM EDT2017-07-21 08:41:42 GMT
    Sandy had to be put down after being attacked by other dogs at the new dog park in Shreveport, according to her owner.Sandy had to be put down after being attacked by other dogs at the new dog park in Shreveport, according to her owner.

    The owner of a dog fatally injured by other dogs at Shreveport's newly-opened dog park says she wants to spread awareness of the dangers of mixing small dogs and big dogs at the park. 

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    The owner of a dog fatally injured by other dogs at Shreveport's newly-opened dog park says she wants to spread awareness of the dangers of mixing small dogs and big dogs at the park. 

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  • US-China export agreement could boost Louisiana rice industry

    US-China export agreement could boost Louisiana rice industry

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-07-20 23:33:03 GMT
    (SOURCE: KPLC)(SOURCE: KPLC)

    For the first time ever, the United States will be able to export rice to China, the largest rice consumer in the world.

    A trade agreement between the two nations could provide a boost to U.S. rice growers and millers, including those here in Southwest Louisiana.

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    For the first time ever, the United States will be able to export rice to China, the largest rice consumer in the world.

    A trade agreement between the two nations could provide a boost to U.S. rice growers and millers, including those here in Southwest Louisiana.

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  • BREAKING

    Baby-sitter indicted in connection with death of Willow Molina-Renteria

    Baby-sitter indicted in connection with death of Willow Molina-Renteria

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-07-20 23:09:59 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    Willow Rain Molina-Renteria's baby-sitter has been indicted a year and two months after her death. A grand jury in Vernon Parish indicted Rodney D. Bailey Jr. on charges of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and obstruction of justice. Bailey faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. Bailey has been a person of interest since 2-year-old Willow was found dead in May 2016. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Willow Rain Molina-Renteria's baby-sitter has been indicted a year and two months after her death. A grand jury in Vernon Parish indicted Rodney D. Bailey Jr. on charges of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and obstruction of justice. Bailey faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. Bailey has been a person of interest since 2-year-old Willow was found dead in May 2016. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Grillin and Chillin in DeQuincy this Friday

    Grillin and Chillin in DeQuincy this Friday

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:04 PM EDT2017-07-20 23:04:49 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Folks from KPLC will be back out in the community of DeQuincy for the continuing Grillin & Chillin series. Be sure to join us this Friday, July 20, at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum. Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton, Candy Rodriguez, and other members of the KPLC team will be broadcasting live – and we’ll be grilling hot dogs for our viewers. Join us Friday afternoon during the First at Four, Live at Five, and 7 News at Six newscasts. KPLC wants t...

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    Folks from KPLC will be back out in the community of DeQuincy for the continuing Grillin & Chillin series. Be sure to join us this Friday, July 20, at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum. Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton, Candy Rodriguez, and other members of the KPLC team will be broadcasting live – and we’ll be grilling hot dogs for our viewers. Join us Friday afternoon during the First at Four, Live at Five, and 7 News at Six newscasts. KPLC wants t...

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  • BREAKING

    Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dead at 41

    Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dead at 41

    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:21 PM EDT2017-07-20 18:21:08 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 6:10 PM EDT2017-07-20 22:10:01 GMT

    Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41. The case is being investigated as a suicide.

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    Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has died at the age of 41. The case is being investigated as a suicide.

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  • Angola inmate contracts, recovers from facility's first case of West Nile

    Angola inmate contracts, recovers from facility's first case of West Nile

    Angola Prison (Source: WAFB)Angola Prison (Source: WAFB)

    Louisiana's most notorious prison has marked what is believed to be its first known case of an inmate contracting the West Nile virus. 

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    Louisiana's most notorious prison has marked what is believed to be its first known case of an inmate contracting the West Nile virus. 

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  • Over 2,000 Fort Polk soldiers will deploy to Iraq this fall

    Over 2,000 Fort Polk soldiers will deploy to Iraq this fall

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:34 PM EDT2017-07-20 20:34:31 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Over 2,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Polk will deploy to Iraq this fall, the City of Leesville announced Thursday.

    Approximately 2,100 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, will conduct combat and anti-terrorism operations in Iraq, said Sonny Harrell, City of Leesville spokesman.

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    Over 2,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Polk will deploy to Iraq this fall, the City of Leesville announced Thursday.

    Approximately 2,100 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, will conduct combat and anti-terrorism operations in Iraq, said Sonny Harrell, City of Leesville spokesman.

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  • LCPD granted use of drug that reverses effects of opioid overdoses

    LCPD granted use of drug that reverses effects of opioid overdoses

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-07-20 20:12:01 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    The Lake Charles Police Department will receive 250 vials of a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.  The drug, called Naloxone, was provided by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry's office. According to General Landry's office the drugs were funded by a $1 million legal settlement between General Landry and Pfizer, an American pharmaceutical company.  The Lake Charles Police Department said approximately 780 Louisiana residents die from pres...

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    The Lake Charles Police Department will receive 250 vials of a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.  The drug, called Naloxone, was provided by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry's office. According to General Landry's office the drugs were funded by a $1 million legal settlement between General Landry and Pfizer, an American pharmaceutical company.  The Lake Charles Police Department said approximately 780 Louisiana residents die from pres...

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  • O.J. Simpson triumphant, others devastated as he gets parole

    O.J. Simpson triumphant, others devastated as he gets parole

    Friday, July 21 2017 4:08 AM EDT2017-07-21 08:08:39 GMT
    Friday, July 21 2017 4:43 AM EDT2017-07-21 08:43:36 GMT

    Barring any last-minute snafus, O.J. Simpson will walk out of prison a free man in about three months.

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    Barring any last-minute snafus, O.J. Simpson will walk out of prison a free man in about three months.

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  • Publicly assailed by Trump, Sessions says he's staying on

    Publicly assailed by Trump, Sessions says he's staying on

    Thursday, July 20 2017 3:37 AM EDT2017-07-20 07:37:58 GMT
    Friday, July 21 2017 3:39 AM EDT2017-07-21 07:39:18 GMT

    Two Trump advisers acknowledged that the president's public comments largely reflected what they have heard him say about Sessions privately.

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    Two Trump advisers acknowledged that the president's public comments largely reflected what they have heard him say about Sessions privately.

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  • Greece: Quake kills two, sends island tourists into panic

    Greece: Quake kills two, sends island tourists into panic

    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:58 PM EDT2017-07-21 00:58:40 GMT
    Friday, July 21 2017 3:38 AM EDT2017-07-21 07:38:58 GMT

    A powerful earthquake shook the Greek resort island of Kos overnight, damaging older buildings and the main port, killing at least two people and causing more than 120 injuries.

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    A powerful earthquake shook the Greek resort island of Kos overnight, damaging older buildings and the main port, killing at least two people and causing more than 120 injuries.

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  • Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides

    Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides

    Thursday, July 20 2017 11:48 PM EDT2017-07-21 03:48:18 GMT
    Friday, July 21 2017 3:38 AM EDT2017-07-21 07:38:43 GMT

    President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team.

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    President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team.

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  • Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances

    Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances

    Thursday, July 20 2017 5:08 AM EDT2017-07-20 09:08:03 GMT
    Friday, July 21 2017 2:00 AM EDT2017-07-21 06:00:07 GMT

    Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to appear July 26 before the Senate Judiciary Committee along with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to a witness list released by the panel Wednesday.

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    Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to appear July 26 before the Senate Judiciary Committee along with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to a witness list released by the panel Wednesday.

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  • Quran packed in tub of lard mailed to Islamic organization

    Quran packed in tub of lard mailed to Islamic organization

    Friday, July 21 2017 12:38 AM EDT2017-07-21 04:38:16 GMT
    Friday, July 21 2017 1:29 AM EDT2017-07-21 05:29:10 GMT

    The person who sent the package also wrote some hateful and menacing messages on the pages of the Quran.

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    The person who sent the package also wrote some hateful and menacing messages on the pages of the Quran.

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  • Facebook working on way to charge for reading news articles

    Facebook working on way to charge for reading news articles

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 3:08 PM EDT2017-07-19 19:08:10 GMT
    Friday, July 21 2017 1:13 AM EDT2017-07-21 05:13:00 GMT

    Facebook is launching a news subscription product to help publishers make money from the articles people share and read on its platform.

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    Facebook is launching a news subscription product to help publishers make money from the articles people share and read on its platform.

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  • Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns

    Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:58 PM EDT2017-07-20 23:58:48 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 11:25 PM EDT2017-07-21 03:25:57 GMT

     Football coach Hugh Freeze would have been released under a moral conduct clause in his contract if he had not resigned, Ole Miss officials said.  

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     Football coach Hugh Freeze would have been released under a moral conduct clause in his contract if he had not resigned, Ole Miss officials said.  

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  • GRAPHIC VIDEO: Teens mock drowning man

    GRAPHIC VIDEO: Teens mock drowning man

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:14 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:14:47 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:39:28 GMT

    Police say no laws were violated by five teens who made a video of a drowning man and posted it to social media. 

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    Police say no laws were violated by five teens who made a video of a drowning man and posted it to social media. 

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  • Dash cam footage released: Man drives stolen Walmart electric shopping cart on highway

    Dash cam footage released: Man drives stolen Walmart electric shopping cart on highway

    Thursday, July 20 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-07-20 22:05:36 GMT
    Edward Dickard (Source: Gregg County Jail records)Edward Dickard (Source: Gregg County Jail records)

    A man is in jail after an electric shopping cart was stolen from an East Texas Walmart. 

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    A man is in jail after an electric shopping cart was stolen from an East Texas Walmart. 

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  • North Shore man indicted for murder of 7-week-old-son

    North Shore man indicted for murder of 7-week-old-son

    Anthony Dearmas, 25 (Source: Slidell Police)Anthony Dearmas, 25 (Source: Slidell Police)

    A grand jury indicted a man on a charge of first-degree murder Thursday for the death of his 7-week-old son in May. Anthony Dearmas, 25, is accused of bludgeoning the infant to death. .

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    A grand jury indicted a man on a charge of first-degree murder Thursday for the death of his 7-week-old son in May. Anthony Dearmas, 25, is accused of bludgeoning the infant to death. .

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  • Arts and Crabs Fest coming in August

    Arts and Crabs Fest coming in August

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:20 PM EDT2017-07-20 20:20:29 GMT
    (Source: The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA)(Source: The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA)

    The eighth annual Arts and Crabs Fest will take place on Saturday, August 19th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Burton Coliseum.  Arts and Crabs Fest celebrates Louisiana seafood and culture. There will be a crab dish taste testing contest, and craft brew samples. Festival goers can cast their vote for the Best Crab Dish award, which is determined by the amount of tips each cook receives. Funds raised at the Arts and Crabs Fest will go back to communities in SWLA through the A...

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    The eighth annual Arts and Crabs Fest will take place on Saturday, August 19th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Burton Coliseum.  Arts and Crabs Fest celebrates Louisiana seafood and culture. There will be a crab dish taste testing contest, and craft brew samples. Festival goers can cast their vote for the Best Crab Dish award, which is determined by the amount of tips each cook receives. Funds raised at the Arts and Crabs Fest will go back to communities in SWLA through the A...

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  • Sulphur participating in National Night Out

    Sulphur participating in National Night Out

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:19 PM EDT2017-07-20 20:19:53 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Sulphur officials will be hosting the City's fifteenth annual Night Out Against Crime. The event will take place Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West Cal Arena. According to Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan, the event is to raise awareness about crime, drugs, and violence in the community. Free food and drinks will be provided. There will also be games, an antique car show, and exhibits from multiple law enforcement agencies from across southwest Louisiana. S...

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    Sulphur officials will be hosting the City's fifteenth annual Night Out Against Crime. The event will take place Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West Cal Arena. According to Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan, the event is to raise awareness about crime, drugs, and violence in the community. Free food and drinks will be provided. There will also be games, an antique car show, and exhibits from multiple law enforcement agencies from across southwest Louisiana. S...

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  • Southeast Tourism Society: Marshland Festival Top 20 Event

    Southeast Tourism Society: Marshland Festival Top 20 Event

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:14 PM EDT2017-07-20 20:14:53 GMT
    (Source: Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau)(Source: Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau)

    The Southeast Tourism Society named the Marshland Festival one of 2017s Top 20 Events for the month of July.  The festival is coming up on July twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  There will be Zydeco and Country Cajun music featured. The festival raises funds for schools and churches in Hackberry.  There will be live entertainment, games, arts and crafts, food, and exhibits.  Admission is $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. C...

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    The Southeast Tourism Society named the Marshland Festival one of 2017s Top 20 Events for the month of July.  The festival is coming up on July twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  There will be Zydeco and Country Cajun music featured. The festival raises funds for schools and churches in Hackberry.  There will be live entertainment, games, arts and crafts, food, and exhibits.  Admission is $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. C...

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  • O.J. Simpson granted parole

    O.J. Simpson granted parole

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 6:45 PM EDT2017-07-19 22:45:43 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 3:46 PM EDT2017-07-20 19:46:33 GMT
    O.J. Simpson listens to his Nevada parole hearing. (Source: CNN)O.J. Simpson listens to his Nevada parole hearing. (Source: CNN)

    Simpson could leave prison as early as Oct. 1. 

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    Simpson could leave prison as early as Oct. 1. 

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  • Sheriff: 84-year-old woman died of natural causes

    Sheriff: 84-year-old woman died of natural causes

    A woman died of natural causes at this living facility. (FOX 8)A woman died of natural causes at this living facility. (FOX 8)

    Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said an 84-year-old woman, whose death was declared a homicide, died of natural causes at a living facility. 

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    Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said an 84-year-old woman, whose death was declared a homicide, died of natural causes at a living facility. 

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  • McNeese picked third, Sam Houston to repeat as conference champs in Southland preseason poll

    McNeese picked third, Sam Houston to repeat as conference champs in Southland preseason poll

    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:05 PM EDT2017-07-20 18:05:08 GMT
    (Source: Mike Gaither/KPLC)(Source: Mike Gaither/KPLC)

    Sam Houston State received all possible first-place votes to earn the top spot in the 2017 Southland football preseason poll. Returning the spearheads of both their record-setting offense and defensive line, the Bearkats are favored to repeat as conference champions after an undefeated run through the league in 2016.   Leading the way for Sam Houston State is 2016 Walter Payton Award winner Jeremiah Bris.coe. 

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    Sam Houston State received all possible first-place votes to earn the top spot in the 2017 Southland football preseason poll. Returning the spearheads of both their record-setting offense and defensive line, the Bearkats are favored to repeat as conference champions after an undefeated run through the league in 2016.   Leading the way for Sam Houston State is 2016 Walter Payton Award winner Jeremiah Bris.coe. 

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  • $250,000 La. Lotto ticket sold in Southwest Louisiana

    $250,000 La. Lotto ticket sold in Southwest Louisiana

    Thursday, July 20 2017 12:42 PM EDT2017-07-20 16:42:21 GMT
    Winning numbers from Wednesday, July 19 drawing. (Source: Louisiana Lottery website)Winning numbers from Wednesday, July 19 drawing. (Source: Louisiana Lottery website)

    The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says a winning ticket worth $250,000 in Wednesday's Louisiana Lotto drawing was sold in Southwest Louisiana. 

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    The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says a winning ticket worth $250,000 in Wednesday's Louisiana Lotto drawing was sold in Southwest Louisiana. 

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  • BREAKING

    Sulphur Police Chief: No evidence of foul play in death at Sulphur jail

    Sulphur Police Chief: No evidence of foul play in death at Sulphur jail

    Thursday, July 20 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-07-20 16:16:30 GMT
    Jacob Naegele (Source: Dignity Memorial)Jacob Naegele (Source: Dignity Memorial)

    The man who died in the Sulphur City Jail early Tuesday morning had been arrested on a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace by public intoxication. Jacob Naegele was arrested around 10:15 p.m. Monday and was found during a routine check by a jailer deceased in his cell around 2:45 a.m., Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said. Naegele had been placed in a cell by himself. Coats said previously said that Naegele's "every move" while in police custody was recorded on came...

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    The man who died in the Sulphur City Jail early Tuesday morning had been arrested on a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace by public intoxication. Jacob Naegele was arrested around 10:15 p.m. Monday and was found during a routine check by a jailer deceased in his cell around 2:45 a.m., Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said. Naegele had been placed in a cell by himself. Coats said previously said that Naegele's "every move" while in police custody was recorded on came...

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  • Trump exhorts Senate anew to rid US of Obamacare

    Trump exhorts Senate anew to rid US of Obamacare

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 4:57 AM EDT2017-07-19 08:57:35 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:52 AM EDT2017-07-20 12:52:03 GMT

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced late Tuesday that the vote would occur early next week, but several GOP senators have already come out in opposition to the move.

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced late Tuesday that the vote would occur early next week, but several GOP senators have already come out in opposition to the move.

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  • Hometown Hero - Edward Wilcox

    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:11 AM EDT2017-07-20 12:11:40 GMT
    Ed WilcoxEd Wilcox

    A DeQuincy businessman has the distinction of being one of the first National Guard members to represent his town. It had been five years since World War 2 and Ed Wilcox found himself serving his country in the National Guard.  Wilcox was too young to serve in the war, but felt the guard could keep him trained. "We went to training, Fort Polk and everywhere else," said Wilcox. "Learned to shoot. Learned how to walk. Laughs. How to march."  Wilcox becam...

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    A DeQuincy businessman has the distinction of being one of the first National Guard members to represent his town. It had been five years since World War 2 and Ed Wilcox found himself serving his country in the National Guard.  Wilcox was too young to serve in the war, but felt the guard could keep him trained. "We went to training, Fort Polk and everywhere else," said Wilcox. "Learned to shoot. Learned how to walk. Laughs. How to march."  Wilcox becam...

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  • Boy, 9, travels country thanking police with doughnuts

    Boy, 9, travels country thanking police with doughnuts

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:44 AM EDT2017-07-20 11:44:06 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:44 AM EDT2017-07-20 11:44:06 GMT

    The boy is on a mission to thank every police officer in America because he considers them his best friends.

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    The boy is on a mission to thank every police officer in America because he considers them his best friends.

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  • UPDATE: Police identify man who died in Sulphur City Jail

    UPDATE: Police identify man who died in Sulphur City Jail

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:21 AM EDT2017-07-20 11:21:04 GMT
    (Source: Dignity Memorial)(Source: Dignity Memorial)

    Police have confirmed a man died earlier this week inside the Sulphur City Jail. According to Mel Estess, spokesman for the Sulphur Police Department, the man was arrested Tuesday, put in a cell alone, and died. Police are not giving any word on how he died or releasing his identity. The coroner's report is not complete according to Estess. KPLC will update this story as more information becomes available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Police have confirmed a man died earlier this week inside the Sulphur City Jail. According to Mel Estess, spokesman for the Sulphur Police Department, the man was arrested Tuesday, put in a cell alone, and died. Police are not giving any word on how he died or releasing his identity. The coroner's report is not complete according to Estess. KPLC will update this story as more information becomes available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • What's Going Around: roseola

    What's Going Around: roseola

    Thursday, July 20 2017 6:56 AM EDT2017-07-20 10:56:57 GMT
    Roseola is a generally mild infection caused by two strains of herpes virus. (Source: KPLC)Roseola is a generally mild infection caused by two strains of herpes virus. (Source: KPLC)

    A common strain of the herpes virus is causing What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports almost every child will contract roseola at some point, and there is no treatment for the infection. 

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    A common strain of the herpes virus is causing What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports almost every child will contract roseola at some point, and there is no treatment for the infection. 

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  • Fishermen ready to head out for Salty Catch Fishing Rodeo

    Fishermen ready to head out for Salty Catch Fishing Rodeo

    Thursday, July 20 2017 6:05 AM EDT2017-07-20 10:05:37 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    The Salty Catch Fishing Rodeo, benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, begins Friday at 12:01 A.M. 

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    The Salty Catch Fishing Rodeo, benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, begins Friday at 12:01 A.M. 

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  • Minneapolis police officer has yet to talk to investigators

    Minneapolis police officer has yet to talk to investigators

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 1:17 AM EDT2017-07-19 05:17:56 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:15 AM EDT2017-07-20 08:15:55 GMT

    An Australian woman's death late Saturday night in an alley behind her southwest Minneapolis home sparked anger and a demand for answers both in the city and in her home country.

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    An Australian woman's death late Saturday night in an alley behind her southwest Minneapolis home sparked anger and a demand for answers both in the city and in her home country.

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  • Lake Charles plans to build new water plant

    Lake Charles plans to build new water plant

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 11:31 PM EDT2017-07-20 03:31:02 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos
    With construction seemingly everywhere, it's no secret Lake Charles is facing a rapid influx of new businesses and fresh faces. But, the city itself is focused on one hot commodity. "We are going to need a new water plant within three years to service the demands of the City of Lake Charles," said John Cardone, Lake Charles city administrator. "We need to start as soon as possible on it." According to the city, if in three years a new water plant is not built, La...More >>
    With construction seemingly everywhere, it's no secret Lake Charles is facing a rapid influx of new businesses and fresh faces. But, the city itself is focused on one hot commodity. "We are going to need a new water plant within three years to service the demands of the City of Lake Charles," said John Cardone, Lake Charles city administrator. "We need to start as soon as possible on it." According to the city, if in three years a new water plant is not built, La...More >>
  • UPDATE: Third suspect identified in Simmons Street homicide

    UPDATE: Third suspect identified in Simmons Street homicide

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 9:21 PM EDT2017-07-20 01:21:43 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Lake Charles Police Department has identified the third suspect in the Simmons Street homicide as 16-year-old Justin Ned. Police say Ned is wanted on charges of being a principle to First Degree Murder, 3 counts of Armed Robbery, and 3 counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm. Gary Obrien, 31, was shot to death when three male subjects entered a residence located at 409 N. Simmons Street, said Lt. Kevin Kirkum, LCPD spokesman. Kirkum said police were called a...

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    Lake Charles Police Department has identified the third suspect in the Simmons Street homicide as 16-year-old Justin Ned. Police say Ned is wanted on charges of being a principle to First Degree Murder, 3 counts of Armed Robbery, and 3 counts of Armed Robbery with a Firearm. Gary Obrien, 31, was shot to death when three male subjects entered a residence located at 409 N. Simmons Street, said Lt. Kevin Kirkum, LCPD spokesman. Kirkum said police were called a...

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  • BREAKING

    Authorities release photo of car believed to have been used in armed robbery on Derek Drive

    Authorities release photo of car believed to have been used in armed robbery on Derek Drive

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 8:39 PM EDT2017-07-20 00:39:53 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Authorities are searching for three suspects who robbed the Check Into Cash on Derek Drive in Lake Charles, Tuesday morning. 

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    Authorities are searching for three suspects who robbed the Check Into Cash on Derek Drive in Lake Charles, Tuesday morning. 

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  • Taste testing and byproduct contamination part of Rural Water Conference

    Taste testing and byproduct contamination part of Rural Water Conference

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 7:43 PM EDT2017-07-19 23:43:19 GMT

    If you don't really notice the taste of your water - that's a good thing, according to those attending the Louisiana rural water conference in Lake Charles this week. So,  what else makes a good drink of water. If there's nothing very remarkable about the water you're drinking, well that's a plus.  And some rural water districts are quite competitive about whose water is the best.  Districts are not required to enter the yearly competition, but those that do submit sa...

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    If you don't really notice the taste of your water - that's a good thing, according to those attending the Louisiana rural water conference in Lake Charles this week. So,  what else makes a good drink of water. If there's nothing very remarkable about the water you're drinking, well that's a plus.  And some rural water districts are quite competitive about whose water is the best.  Districts are not required to enter the yearly competition, but those that do submit sa...

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  • Lake Charles wins South's Small Market of the Year for fifth year in a row

    Lake Charles wins South's Small Market of the Year for fifth year in a row

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 7:24 PM EDT2017-07-19 23:24:36 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Lake Charles has earned the top spot for Small Market of the Year in the South according to the Southern Business & Development magazine, for the 2016 business year. This is the 5th year in a row for Lake Charles.  The state of Louisiana also took number one in business development in the South for the 9th year in a row. The rankings are decided by capital-investment and job-creation projects across the region. Louisiana earned points for attr...

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    Lake Charles has earned the top spot for Small Market of the Year in the South according to the Southern Business & Development magazine, for the 2016 business year. This is the 5th year in a row for Lake Charles.  The state of Louisiana also took number one in business development in the South for the 9th year in a row. The rankings are decided by capital-investment and job-creation projects across the region. Louisiana earned points for attr...

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  • Salvation Army seeing increase in community needs

    Salvation Army seeing increase in community needs

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 7:17 PM EDT2017-07-19 23:17:10 GMT
    (Source: Google)(Source: Google)

    The Lake Charles Salvation Army is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of men using its facility. The Salvation Army has seen a 72 percent increase in the number of people using its facilities this year. During the summer the Salvation Army shelters are always busy but that is also when the biggest donation decrease is, Lieutenant Richard Watts, Lake Charles Corps Officer said. More people in need and fewer resources creates a problem for the Corps. The organization says the ...

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    The Lake Charles Salvation Army is seeing a dramatic increase in the number of men using its facility. The Salvation Army has seen a 72 percent increase in the number of people using its facilities this year. During the summer the Salvation Army shelters are always busy but that is also when the biggest donation decrease is, Lieutenant Richard Watts, Lake Charles Corps Officer said. More people in need and fewer resources creates a problem for the Corps. The organization says the ...

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  • List reveals top vehicles in danger of being stolen... Did your vehicle make it?

    List reveals top vehicles in danger of being stolen... Did your vehicle make it?

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 6:45 PM EDT2017-07-19 22:45:25 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    It can happen at any time and any place, that's what authorities say about having your vehicle stolen and when most people think about what kind of vehicle will most likely be the target of a theft? They think of luxury vehicles.  "The high-end cars," said William Peterson. " A Lexus, maybe a Cadillac or two, I'm sure." "Like BMWs," said Denise Armstad. "Mercedes and Yukons," said Melissa DeRouen. But others said, "To...

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    It can happen at any time and any place, that's what authorities say about having your vehicle stolen and when most people think about what kind of vehicle will most likely be the target of a theft? They think of luxury vehicles.  "The high-end cars," said William Peterson. " A Lexus, maybe a Cadillac or two, I'm sure." "Like BMWs," said Denise Armstad. "Mercedes and Yukons," said Melissa DeRouen. But others said, "To...

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  • Interactive map: Vehicle thefts in Lake Charles

    Interactive map: Vehicle thefts in Lake Charles

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 6:41 PM EDT2017-07-19 22:41:17 GMT
    (Source: Crimereports.com)(Source: Crimereports.com)

    Car theft. Mobile users, click on the map below for details on each vehicle theft in Lake Charles in the past three months.  

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    Car theft. Mobile users, click on the map below for details on each vehicle theft in Lake Charles in the past three months.  

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  • Human trafficking seminar in Lake Charles

    Human trafficking seminar in Lake Charles

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 2:13 PM EDT2017-07-19 18:13:38 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    SWLA Abolitionists are working to stop human trafficking in Southwest Louisiana.

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    SWLA Abolitionists are working to stop human trafficking in Southwest Louisiana.

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  • GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

    GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:08 AM EDT2017-07-20 08:08:06 GMT
    Friday, July 21 2017 4:48 AM EDT2017-07-21 08:48:57 GMT

    Republican senators are hunkering down for a last-ditch attempt to prevent their own divisions from pushing their health care bill to oblivion.

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    Republican senators are hunkering down for a last-ditch attempt to prevent their own divisions from pushing their health care bill to oblivion.

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  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Thursday, July 20 2017 12:57 PM EDT2017-07-20 16:57:21 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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  • Preacher asks for prayers worldwide as wife, newborn fight for life

    Preacher asks for prayers worldwide as wife, newborn fight for life

    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:44 AM EDT2017-07-20 12:44:16 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:47 AM EDT2017-07-20 12:47:54 GMT

    Pastor Daniel Villarreal Jr. posted on Facebook, with the hashtag #PrayersFromEveryNation as his wife is suffering from a very rare disorder called HELLP Syndrome.

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    Pastor Daniel Villarreal Jr. posted on Facebook, with the hashtag #PrayersFromEveryNation as his wife is suffering from a very rare disorder called HELLP Syndrome.

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  • Mother claims family forced off plane after baby kicked seat

    Mother claims family forced off plane after baby kicked seat

    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:19 AM EDT2017-07-20 06:19:42 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:19 AM EDT2017-07-20 06:19:42 GMT

    The airline says the family was asked to leave because the parents were making threats, not because of their baby.

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    The airline says the family was asked to leave because the parents were making threats, not because of their baby.

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  • Nurse aggressively stabbed by patient pleads for safety law

    Nurse aggressively stabbed by patient pleads for safety law

    Thursday, July 20 2017 12:42 AM EDT2017-07-20 04:42:08 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 1:43 AM EDT2017-07-20 05:43:12 GMT

    She was stabbed in the neck, and suffered deep wounds to her arm as she tried to defend herself, severing nerves and leaving her with limited mobility.

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    She was stabbed in the neck, and suffered deep wounds to her arm as she tried to defend herself, severing nerves and leaving her with limited mobility.

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  • SLIDESHOW: Southwest Louisiana Mugshots

    SLIDESHOW: Southwest Louisiana Mugshots

    Monday, July 17 2017 5:10 PM EDT2017-07-17 21:10:01 GMT

    Southwest Louisiana mugshots for July. Mobile users, click HERE to see the mugshots. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Southwest Louisiana mugshots for July. Mobile users, click HERE to see the mugshots. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • GRAPHIC VIDEO: Teens mock drowning man

    GRAPHIC VIDEO: Teens mock drowning man

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:14 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:14:47 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:39:28 GMT

    Police say no laws were violated by five teens who made a video of a drowning man and posted it to social media. 

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    Police say no laws were violated by five teens who made a video of a drowning man and posted it to social media. 

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