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  • LSU Greek Life task force makes recommendations, 4 months after hazing death of LSU student

    LSU Greek Life task force makes recommendations, 4 months after hazing death of LSU student

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-02-23 02:40:36 GMT
    (Source: LSU Daily Reveille)(Source: LSU Daily Reveille)
    (Source: LSU Daily Reveille)(Source: LSU Daily Reveille)

    After four months of deliberations following the hazing death of a pledge, LSU’s task force on Greek Life presented 28 recommendations for overseeing fraternities and sororities, including an amnesty policy and moving Greek tailgating to chapter houses. LSU President F. King Alexander plans in March to bring the recommendations to a meeting of presidents of other universities. He said a number of universities plan to adopt similar policies. However, the family of Maxwell Gruve...

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    After four months of deliberations following the hazing death of a pledge, LSU’s task force on Greek Life presented 28 recommendations for overseeing fraternities and sororities, including an amnesty policy and moving Greek tailgating to chapter houses. LSU President F. King Alexander plans in March to bring the recommendations to a meeting of presidents of other universities. He said a number of universities plan to adopt similar policies. However, the family of Maxwell Gruve...

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  • Law enforcement handling numerous rumors of school threats since Florida massacre

    Law enforcement handling numerous rumors of school threats since Florida massacre

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:10 PM EST2018-02-23 01:10:08 GMT
    (Source: CNN)(Source: CNN)

    While some have been arrested-- there's no word of anyone who actually posed a  danger to students or teachers in our area.                 But, since the Florida massacre--people everywhere are on edge. And taking their fears to social media may do more harm than good. Thursday morning, Sheriff Tony Mancuso says it’s taking up a lot of time and manpower at the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Department....

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    While some have been arrested-- there's no word of anyone who actually posed a  danger to students or teachers in our area.                 But, since the Florida massacre--people everywhere are on edge. And taking their fears to social media may do more harm than good. Thursday morning, Sheriff Tony Mancuso says it’s taking up a lot of time and manpower at the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Department....

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  • Female employee files harassment suit against Sec. of State Schedler

    Female employee files harassment suit against Sec. of State Schedler

    Thursday, February 22 2018 7:53 PM EST2018-02-23 00:53:25 GMT
    Sec. of State Tom Schedler (Source: WAFB)Sec. of State Tom Schedler (Source: WAFB)

    A female employee has filed suit claiming years of sexual harassment by Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler. Schedler, who is currently separated from his wife, strongly denies the allegations.

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    A female employee has filed suit claiming years of sexual harassment by Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler. Schedler, who is currently separated from his wife, strongly denies the allegations.

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  • Active shooter training session being developed by Allen Parish Sheriff's Office

    Active shooter training session being developed by Allen Parish Sheriff's Office

    Thursday, February 22 2018 7:44 PM EST2018-02-23 00:44:15 GMT
    Allen Parish Sheriff's Office (Source: Facebook)Allen Parish Sheriff's Office (Source: Facebook)
    Allen Parish Sheriff's Office (Source: Facebook)Allen Parish Sheriff's Office (Source: Facebook)
    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office is offering an active shooter preparedness program for businesses, schools, and residents. Recent threats to schools have raised concerns of people all across the country and in Southwest Louisiana. The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office addressed some of those concerns on its website:  As we watch the evening news and see the things that are happening around the world and our country, it is a growing concern as to when these situations will darken...More >>
    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office is offering an active shooter preparedness program for businesses, schools, and residents. Recent threats to schools have raised concerns of people all across the country and in Southwest Louisiana. The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office addressed some of those concerns on its website:  As we watch the evening news and see the things that are happening around the world and our country, it is a growing concern as to when these situations will darken...More >>
  • Congressman Clay Higgins weighs in on gun control debate

    Congressman Clay Higgins weighs in on gun control debate

    Thursday, February 22 2018 7:20 PM EST2018-02-23 00:20:37 GMT

    Is now a time for congress to act on gun control? In the aftermath of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, many have called for congress to put an emphasis on more gun control in America to prevent another mass shooting.  Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins was in Lake Charles Thursday to speak to the Republican Women of Southwest Louisiana, and KPLC questioned him about whether the United States needs more gun control. Higgins said it's absurd to suggest mass shoo...

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    Is now a time for congress to act on gun control? In the aftermath of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, many have called for congress to put an emphasis on more gun control in America to prevent another mass shooting.  Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins was in Lake Charles Thursday to speak to the Republican Women of Southwest Louisiana, and KPLC questioned him about whether the United States needs more gun control. Higgins said it's absurd to suggest mass shoo...

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    Police: Barricade situation occurs after man caught burglarizing home

    Police: Barricade situation occurs after man caught burglarizing home

    Thursday, February 22 2018 6:08 PM EST2018-02-22 23:08:18 GMT
    (Source LCPD)(Source LCPD)
    (Source LCPD)(Source LCPD)

    A lockdown situation on N. Prater Street is over. Authorities surrounded a house at 418 N. Prater Street. Calcasieu Sheriff's deputies and Lake Charles police officers were asking a person inside the home to come out with their hands up. The person eventually came out from the house. A lockdown at J.D. Clifton Elementary has been lifted. Lake Charles police requested that the school be placed under a precautionary exterior lockdown. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.&nb

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    A lockdown situation on N. Prater Street is over. Authorities surrounded a house at 418 N. Prater Street. Calcasieu Sheriff's deputies and Lake Charles police officers were asking a person inside the home to come out with their hands up. The person eventually came out from the house. A lockdown at J.D. Clifton Elementary has been lifted. Lake Charles police requested that the school be placed under a precautionary exterior lockdown. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.&nb

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  • Instant Pot: Stop using the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker

    Instant Pot: Stop using the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:41 PM EST2018-02-22 22:41:27 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:41 PM EST2018-02-22 22:41:27 GMT
    Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks. (Source: Instant Pot)Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks. (Source: Instant Pot)

    Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks.

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    Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks.

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  • Jeff Davis student arrested on terrorizing charges

    Jeff Davis student arrested on terrorizing charges

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:40 PM EST2018-02-22 22:40:17 GMT
    Christopher Simon Marshall (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)Christopher Simon Marshall (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Jeff Davis Parish student is facing terrorizing charges after being arrested Thursday.  The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office was notified by the Jeff Davis Parish School Board about a student making shooting threats to a local high school. Upon investigation, deputies learned that Christopher Simon Marshall, 17, of Jennings allegedly made threats to Hathaway High school. Marshall sent Snapchats to students warning them not to attend school Thursday and also made a statemen...

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    A Jeff Davis Parish student is facing terrorizing charges after being arrested Thursday.  The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office was notified by the Jeff Davis Parish School Board about a student making shooting threats to a local high school. Upon investigation, deputies learned that Christopher Simon Marshall, 17, of Jennings allegedly made threats to Hathaway High school. Marshall sent Snapchats to students warning them not to attend school Thursday and also made a statemen...

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  • Dr. Cohen visits 7News at Noon to discuss Agnes' knee surgery

    Dr. Cohen visits 7News at Noon to discuss Agnes' knee surgery

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:38 PM EST2018-02-22 19:38:57 GMT
    Dr. Nathan Cohen visits 7News at Noon to discuss Agnes's knee surgery. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Nathan Cohen visits 7News at Noon to discuss Agnes's knee surgery. (Source: KPLC)
    Dr. Nathan Cohen visits 7News at Noon to discuss Agnes's knee surgery. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Nathan Cohen visits 7News at Noon to discuss Agnes's knee surgery. (Source: KPLC)
    As many KPLC viewers may know, I was out for three months for major knee surgery. After years of intense knee pain, I decided with my doctor that a complete knee replacement was in order. Last November, local orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nathan Cohen performed the procedure and ever since, he and I have been bombarded with questions like “how do you know that you have to have this done,” or “what can I expect,” and “Agnes, was it worthwhile?” Toda...More >>
    As many KPLC viewers may know, I was out for three months for major knee surgery. After years of intense knee pain, I decided with my doctor that a complete knee replacement was in order. Last November, local orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nathan Cohen performed the procedure and ever since, he and I have been bombarded with questions like “how do you know that you have to have this done,” or “what can I expect,” and “Agnes, was it worthwhile?” Toda...More >>
  • Report: Louisiana 3rd highest in nation for gun-related deaths

    Report: Louisiana 3rd highest in nation for gun-related deaths

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:30 PM EST2018-02-22 19:30:37 GMT
    (Source APSO)(Source APSO)

    Louisiana ranks third in the nation for the most gun related deaths in the U.S. According to Violence Policy Center, gun rate deaths have jumped 17 percent since 2008. Louisiana ranks third only after Alaska and Alabama.  VPC says, states with the lowest overall gun death rates had lower rates of gun ownership and some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation. With nearly half of households using guns, Louisiana only falls short of Alabama by ....

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    Louisiana ranks third in the nation for the most gun related deaths in the U.S. According to Violence Policy Center, gun rate deaths have jumped 17 percent since 2008. Louisiana ranks third only after Alaska and Alabama.  VPC says, states with the lowest overall gun death rates had lower rates of gun ownership and some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation. With nearly half of households using guns, Louisiana only falls short of Alabama by ....

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm and dry for our Thursday; rain returns this weekend

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm and dry for our Thursday; rain returns this weekend

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:40 PM EST2018-02-22 17:40:49 GMT
    Rain likely to return FridayRain likely to return Friday
    Rain likely to return FridayRain likely to return Friday

    For the rest of today we will continue to see cloudy skies and not many breaks in the clouds. The front that came to us yesterday has stalled and is moving back to the north. This will take just about all of the rain up with it. Therefore, we should not see as much rain today. There could still be a few small showers, but not everyone will see rain. Temperatures will be warm once again, and will reach the upper 70s, near 80 degrees.

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    For the rest of today we will continue to see cloudy skies and not many breaks in the clouds. The front that came to us yesterday has stalled and is moving back to the north. This will take just about all of the rain up with it. Therefore, we should not see as much rain today. There could still be a few small showers, but not everyone will see rain. Temperatures will be warm once again, and will reach the upper 70s, near 80 degrees.

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  • Police urge residents not to leave firearms unattended in vehicles

    Police urge residents not to leave firearms unattended in vehicles

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:13 PM EST2018-02-22 17:13:49 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Police are urging everyone to not leave firearms unattended in their vehicles. The Lake Charles Police Department stated that between Jan. 1, 2018 and Feb. 16, 2018 there have been a total of 27 vehicle burglaries where a firearm has been stolen. That means 27 firearms are in the hands of a thief that could possibly be resold or used to commit a violent crime. The police officers must then come into contact with these violent offenders and result in a possible armed confrontatio...

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    Police are urging everyone to not leave firearms unattended in their vehicles. The Lake Charles Police Department stated that between Jan. 1, 2018 and Feb. 16, 2018 there have been a total of 27 vehicle burglaries where a firearm has been stolen. That means 27 firearms are in the hands of a thief that could possibly be resold or used to commit a violent crime. The police officers must then come into contact with these violent offenders and result in a possible armed confrontatio...

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  • Jefferson DA charges veterinarian with fatally shooting neighbor's dog

    Jefferson DA charges veterinarian with fatally shooting neighbor's dog

    Source: Fox 8Source: Fox 8

    The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's office has formally charged a River Ridge veterinarian accused of fatally shooting her neighbor's dog in the head, according to court documents.

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    The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's office has formally charged a River Ridge veterinarian accused of fatally shooting her neighbor's dog in the head, according to court documents.

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  • Did you win the Powerball? Here are the numbers

    Did you win the Powerball? Here are the numbers

    Source: Fox 8 Local FirstSource: Fox 8 Local First
    Source: Fox 8 Local FirstSource: Fox 8 Local First

    Another jackpot is waiting for one lucky someone. 

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    Another jackpot is waiting for one lucky someone. 

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  • New Dequincy Senior Center opening in March

    New Dequincy Senior Center opening in March

    Thursday, February 22 2018 7:06 PM EST2018-02-23 00:06:12 GMT

    The Calcasieu Council on Aging says the opening of the new Dequincy Senior Center is set for Friday, March 16th, 2018 according to a news release. The center will be located at 500 S. Grand Avenue and is a partnership with JCE Healthcare Group, LLC and the City of Dequincy.  The hours of operation will be Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 12 noon offering a wide variety of services to enhance the lives of the aging population. Life enrichment activities to promote social...

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    The Calcasieu Council on Aging says the opening of the new Dequincy Senior Center is set for Friday, March 16th, 2018 according to a news release. The center will be located at 500 S. Grand Avenue and is a partnership with JCE Healthcare Group, LLC and the City of Dequincy.  The hours of operation will be Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 12 noon offering a wide variety of services to enhance the lives of the aging population. Life enrichment activities to promote social...

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  • Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-22 22:35:21 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:44 PM EST2018-02-23 02:44:38 GMT
    A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

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    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

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  • Ted Cruz invokes The Simpsons to take dig at Democrats

    Ted Cruz invokes The Simpsons to take dig at Democrats

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-02-23 02:40:36 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-02-23 02:40:36 GMT
    Ted Cruz won 11 states in the 2016 Republican primary. (Source: CNN)Ted Cruz won 11 states in the 2016 Republican primary. (Source: CNN)

    Ted Cruz called said the Democratic Party was the party of Lisa Simpson at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

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    Ted Cruz called said the Democratic Party was the party of Lisa Simpson at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

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  • Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:14 AM EST2018-02-22 06:14:16 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:35 PM EST2018-02-23 02:35:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

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    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

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  • Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:24 PM EST2018-02-23 01:24:33 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:34 PM EST2018-02-23 02:34:50 GMT
    (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...(Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...
    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.More >>
    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.More >>
  • China cracks down on strippers at funerals

    China cracks down on strippers at funerals

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:04 PM EST2018-02-22 17:04:10 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:04 PM EST2018-02-22 17:04:10 GMT
    Providing entertainment at funerals in China goes back to the Qing Dynasty, which ran from 1644–1912. (Source: Pixabay)Providing entertainment at funerals in China goes back to the Qing Dynasty, which ran from 1644–1912. (Source: Pixabay)

    Providing entertainment at funerals in China goes back to the Qing Dynasty, which ran from 1644–1912.

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    Providing entertainment at funerals in China goes back to the Qing Dynasty, which ran from 1644–1912.

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  • Woman saves girl from kidnapper by pretending to be her mother

    Woman saves girl from kidnapper by pretending to be her mother

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:28 AM EST2018-02-22 06:28:55 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:28 AM EST2018-02-22 06:28:55 GMT

    The 12-year-old victim says the suspect grabbed her in a bear hug and began dragging her down the sidewalk.

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    The 12-year-old victim says the suspect grabbed her in a bear hug and began dragging her down the sidewalk.

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  • How to keep KPLC in your Facebook news feed

    How to keep KPLC in your Facebook news feed

    Thursday, February 15 2018 11:56 AM EST2018-02-15 16:56:19 GMT

    Changes that Facebook is making to your news feed could affect how you receive news happening in your area. A few simple steps will make sure you continue to get stories that matter to your family and friends.

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    Changes that Facebook is making to your news feed could affect how you receive news happening in your area. A few simple steps will make sure you continue to get stories that matter to your family and friends.

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  • KSLA Salutes: BAFB Combat Arms Training

    KSLA Salutes: BAFB Combat Arms Training

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:15 PM EST2018-02-23 02:15:10 GMT
    BAFB airmen shoot M-4 carbines during Combat Arms Training/Source: KSLA News 12BAFB airmen shoot M-4 carbines during Combat Arms Training/Source: KSLA News 12
    BAFB Airmen shoot M-4 carbines during Combat Arms Training/Source: KSLA News 12BAFB Airmen shoot M-4 carbines during Combat Arms Training/Source: KSLA News 12

    Bullets raced down range, as each Airman took aim from the line, firing at their targets. 

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    Bullets raced down range, as each Airman took aim from the line, firing at their targets. 

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  • SLU heating up with tourney time approaching

    SLU heating up with tourney time approaching

    SLU is riding a five-game win streak. Source: Garland GillenSLU is riding a five-game win streak. Source: Garland Gillen
    SLU is riding a five-game win streak. Source: Garland GillenSLU is riding a five-game win streak. Source: Garland Gillen
    UNO, Nicholls state, and Southeastern are all in the hunt for the conference title. Right now, the Colonels lead the Southland, but the Lions are hot on their heels. SLU is just a half-game back in the standings, and they'll close the season against Nicholls. So the message in Hammond these days is keep pushing. "They know what the deal is. They understand where we are, and what can be done, and what has to be done in order for us to accomplish our goals<' said SLU Head Coac...More >>
    UNO, Nicholls state, and Southeastern are all in the hunt for the conference title. Right now, the Colonels lead the Southland, but the Lions are hot on their heels. SLU is just a half-game back in the standings, and they'll close the season against Nicholls. So the message in Hammond these days is keep pushing. "They know what the deal is. They understand where we are, and what can be done, and what has to be done in order for us to accomplish our goals<' said SLU Head Coac...More >>
  • Marlain Veal igniting SLU basketball to a tourney run

    Marlain Veal igniting SLU basketball to a tourney run

    SLU is riding a five-game win streak. Source: Garland GillenSLU is riding a five-game win streak. Source: Garland Gillen
    SLU is riding a five-game win streak. Source: Garland GillenSLU is riding a five-game win streak. Source: Garland Gillen
    The SLU Lions are peaking at the perfect time of the season. With March Madness right around the corner, SLU is riding a five-game winning streak. A major reason for their success, the play of Helen Cox alum Marlain Veal. His 12 points per game, and leadership on the court are contributing to the Lions sitting in second place in the Southland. "Marlain we think is pound-for-pound is the best player in Division I. Certainly there's a lot of great players, there's a lot of first-r...More >>
    The SLU Lions are peaking at the perfect time of the season. With March Madness right around the corner, SLU is riding a five-game winning streak. A major reason for their success, the play of Helen Cox alum Marlain Veal. His 12 points per game, and leadership on the court are contributing to the Lions sitting in second place in the Southland. "Marlain we think is pound-for-pound is the best player in Division I. Certainly there's a lot of great players, there's a lot of first-r...More >>

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