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  • Beyond Skin Deep: What our DNA tells us

    Beyond Skin Deep: What our DNA tells us

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:11 PM EST2017-11-21 04:11:50 GMT

    Have you ever thought about who you are? Not your name, or where you were born, but beyond that. Our DNA can tell us so much about ourselves and now it is easy to find out where our ancestors my have come from. Over the last month, a few of our 7News reporters and anchors have put their own DNA to the test. Not only did they each want to learn more about their family histories, but something deeper was at play. In the news industry, we see the division in the world in our stories, th...

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    Have you ever thought about who you are? Not your name, or where you were born, but beyond that. Our DNA can tell us so much about ourselves and now it is easy to find out where our ancestors my have come from. Over the last month, a few of our 7News reporters and anchors have put their own DNA to the test. Not only did they each want to learn more about their family histories, but something deeper was at play. In the news industry, we see the division in the world in our stories, th...

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  • Checking your property tax bill for accuracy

    Checking your property tax bill for accuracy

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:20 PM EST2017-11-21 03:20:28 GMT

    The homestead exemption means homeowners don't pay parish property taxes on the first $75,000 of the value of their residence. A local man complains only half the exemption was applied to his bill. But Calcasieu Assessor Wendy Aguillard says it was a clerical error that happened when he added his wife as an owner of his  home. "We've already corrected that office mistake and she and he will now have full homestead for $7500 together." To tell if you're gett...

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    The homestead exemption means homeowners don't pay parish property taxes on the first $75,000 of the value of their residence. A local man complains only half the exemption was applied to his bill. But Calcasieu Assessor Wendy Aguillard says it was a clerical error that happened when he added his wife as an owner of his  home. "We've already corrected that office mistake and she and he will now have full homestead for $7500 together." To tell if you're gett...

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  • Senator John Kennedy talks tax reform

    Senator John Kennedy talks tax reform

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:10 PM EST2017-11-21 03:10:08 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    Tax cuts that could affect you, and your businesses may finally happen soon.  The House of Representatives recently approved its tax reform bill the same day the Senate finally advanced its plan.  Senator John Kennedy says a vote can be expected by Monday which could ultimately provide $1.5 trillion in tax cuts.   "This is what the tax bill is about...more money in your wallet," said Louisiana Senator John Kennedy.  And that's what Kennedy says h...More >>
    Tax cuts that could affect you, and your businesses may finally happen soon.  The House of Representatives recently approved its tax reform bill the same day the Senate finally advanced its plan.  Senator John Kennedy says a vote can be expected by Monday which could ultimately provide $1.5 trillion in tax cuts.   "This is what the tax bill is about...more money in your wallet," said Louisiana Senator John Kennedy.  And that's what Kennedy says h...More >>
  • Former Fenton Housing Authority accused of issuing multiple unauthorized checks for personal use

    Former Fenton Housing Authority accused of issuing multiple unauthorized checks for personal use

    Monday, November 20 2017 9:18 PM EST2017-11-21 02:18:00 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    An investigative audit of Fenton's Housing Authority in Jeff Davis Parish find the former executive director converted more than $34,000 of dollars of housing authority funds for her personal use.

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    An investigative audit of Fenton's Housing Authority in Jeff Davis Parish find the former executive director converted more than $34,000 of dollars of housing authority funds for her personal use.

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  • Kinder man turns himself in after being accused of sexual assault

    Kinder man turns himself in after being accused of sexual assault

    Monday, November 20 2017 5:50 PM EST2017-11-20 22:50:01 GMT
    (Source: Jefferson Davis Sheriff's Office )(Source: Jefferson Davis Sheriff's Office )

    A Jefferson Davis man is accused of sexual assault, according to authorities.

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    A Jefferson Davis man is accused of sexual assault, according to authorities.

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  • Sheriff's deputies doing robbery prevention detail at mall until Dec. 26

    Sheriff's deputies doing robbery prevention detail at mall until Dec. 26

    Monday, November 20 2017 1:47 PM EST2017-11-20 18:47:52 GMT
    CPSO's command center located at Prien Lake Mall (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)CPSO's command center located at Prien Lake Mall (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    If you're out shopping at Prien Lake Mall or another Lake Charles shopping center, don't be alarmed if you see an increased presence of law enforcement. 

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    If you're out shopping at Prien Lake Mall or another Lake Charles shopping center, don't be alarmed if you see an increased presence of law enforcement. 

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  • Cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83

    Cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:44 AM EST2017-11-20 16:44:57 GMT

    He was serving a life sentence for his connection to the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate, who was weeks from giving birth, and six others. 

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    He was serving a life sentence for his connection to the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate, who was weeks from giving birth, and six others. 

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  • ‘Camp Out for a Cause’ helping feed local needy families

    ‘Camp Out for a Cause’ helping feed local needy families

    Monday, November 20 2017 5:26 AM EST2017-11-20 10:26:35 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away and one DJ at KIX-96 is gearing up for his annual Campout for a Cause benefiting Abraham’s Tent food pantry. Radio DJ Chad Austin is pitching his tent in front of Ashley Homestore located at 3625 Gerstner Memorial Blvd in Lake Charles starting today, November 20 lasting until noon Wednesday, November 22. Those who would like to donate can stop by day and night to drop off canned and dry goods along frozen meats items such as turkeys, ha...More >>
    Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away and one DJ at KIX-96 is gearing up for his annual Campout for a Cause benefiting Abraham’s Tent food pantry. Radio DJ Chad Austin is pitching his tent in front of Ashley Homestore located at 3625 Gerstner Memorial Blvd in Lake Charles starting today, November 20 lasting until noon Wednesday, November 22. Those who would like to donate can stop by day and night to drop off canned and dry goods along frozen meats items such as turkeys, ha...More >>
  • Cowgirls Pick Up 73-53 Win Over LSU-Alexandria

    Cowgirls Pick Up 73-53 Win Over LSU-Alexandria

    Sunday, November 19 2017 6:43 PM EST2017-11-19 23:43:56 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    LAKE CHARLES--  Sophomore guard Caitlin Davis had a career game to lead McNeese women’s basketball in a 73-53 win over LSU-Alexandria in the first game of a four game home stand here Sunday. “We didn’t come out with the energy and intensity to begin the game that I had hoped and we challenged our team at halftime but we had a lot of positives that came out of the game,” said head coach Kacie Cryer. The Breaux Bridge native ended the game with a double do...More >>
    LAKE CHARLES--  Sophomore guard Caitlin Davis had a career game to lead McNeese women’s basketball in a 73-53 win over LSU-Alexandria in the first game of a four game home stand here Sunday. “We didn’t come out with the energy and intensity to begin the game that I had hoped and we challenged our team at halftime but we had a lot of positives that came out of the game,” said head coach Kacie Cryer. The Breaux Bridge native ended the game with a double do...More >>
  • Nov. 18 election results: Calcasieu Parish School Board bonds

    Nov. 18 election results: Calcasieu Parish School Board bonds

    Saturday, November 18 2017 11:56 PM EST2017-11-19 04:56:30 GMT
    CPSB logo (Source: CPSB)CPSB logo (Source: CPSB)

    Several parish bonds are on the Nov. 18 ballot in Calcasieu Parish. A bond is a way to borrow money that will have to be paid back, by you, the taxpayer. This is what the Calcasieu Parish School Board is putting on the November ballot for residents to consider in areas of Lake Charles and Westlake.  School District No. 23 -- $56.3M Bond - SB - 20 Yrs.: Shall School District No. 23 of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana ("District"), incur debt and i...

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    Several parish bonds are on the Nov. 18 ballot in Calcasieu Parish. A bond is a way to borrow money that will have to be paid back, by you, the taxpayer. This is what the Calcasieu Parish School Board is putting on the November ballot for residents to consider in areas of Lake Charles and Westlake.  School District No. 23 -- $56.3M Bond - SB - 20 Yrs.: Shall School District No. 23 of Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana ("District"), incur debt and i...

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  • Nebraska gives long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline new life

    Nebraska gives long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline new life

    Monday, November 20 2017 1:20 AM EST2017-11-20 06:20:26 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:51 AM EST2017-11-21 09:51:34 GMT

    The commission will not be allowed to take into account an oil spill on the existing Keystone pipeline last week.

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    The commission will not be allowed to take into account an oil spill on the existing Keystone pipeline last week.

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  • Boil advisory for parts of Southwest Allen Parish Water District

    Boil advisory for parts of Southwest Allen Parish Water District

    Monday, November 20 2017 6:03 PM EST2017-11-20 23:03:54 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Officials have issued a boil advisory for Southwest Allen Parish Water District #2 customers south and east of Kinder. About 500 customers are affected, officials said. For more information, call 337-738-5621. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Officials have issued a boil advisory for Southwest Allen Parish Water District #2 customers south and east of Kinder. About 500 customers are affected, officials said. For more information, call 337-738-5621. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Jennings alum Travis Etienne sets Clemson freshman touchdown record

    Jennings alum Travis Etienne sets Clemson freshman touchdown record

    Monday, November 20 2017 5:53 PM EST2017-11-20 22:53:17 GMT
    (Source: Clemson Athletics)(Source: Clemson Athletics)
    It's been a freshman season to remember for former Jennings star Travis Etienne. The running back has made his mark at Clemson despite limited opportunities. That success continued this weekend vs. The Citadel as he rushed for a pair of touchdowns, which broke the touchdown mark for a freshman at Clemson. Etienne has scored 11 touchdowns in 2017 which surpasses former Clemson great and first-round pick C.J. Spiller (10). Etienne currently leads the Tigers in rushing with 679 ya...More >>
    It's been a freshman season to remember for former Jennings star Travis Etienne. The running back has made his mark at Clemson despite limited opportunities. That success continued this weekend vs. The Citadel as he rushed for a pair of touchdowns, which broke the touchdown mark for a freshman at Clemson. Etienne has scored 11 touchdowns in 2017 which surpasses former Clemson great and first-round pick C.J. Spiller (10). Etienne currently leads the Tigers in rushing with 679 ya...More >>
  • Sam Houston places two in Division II swimming championship

    Sam Houston places two in Division II swimming championship

    Monday, November 20 2017 4:13 PM EST2017-11-20 21:13:57 GMT
    The Sam Houston boys swim team finished sixth at the Division II swimming championship Saturday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Championship Swim Meet at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur. The Broncos placed in two events and had four top-five finishes. The Sam Houston girls swim team failed to place in any event and finished 13th overall. Below are the Broncos' top five results and standings. FULL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE. Boys 200 Yard Medley Re...More >>
    The Sam Houston boys swim team finished sixth at the Division II swimming championship Saturday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Championship Swim Meet at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur. The Broncos placed in two events and had four top-five finishes. The Sam Houston girls swim team failed to place in any event and finished 13th overall. Below are the Broncos' top five results and standings. FULL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE. Boys 200 Yard Medley Re...More >>
  • Lunch with Coach O - Texas A&M Preview

    Lunch with Coach O - Texas A&M Preview

    Monday, November 20 2017 2:59 PM EST2017-11-20 19:59:05 GMT
    LSU head coach Ed Orgeron (Source: WAFB)LSU head coach Ed Orgeron (Source: WAFB)

    LSU head coach Ed Orgeron will recap the 30-10 win over Tennessee and preview Saturday's game against Texas A&M during his weekly news conference Monday at 12:30 p.m.

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    LSU head coach Ed Orgeron will recap the 30-10 win over Tennessee and preview Saturday's game against Texas A&M during his weekly news conference Monday at 12:30 p.m.

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  • Saints reportedly lose Alex Okafor to torn Achilles

    Saints reportedly lose Alex Okafor to torn Achilles

    Source: Mark LaGrangeSource: Mark LaGrange

    The Saints defense survived giving up 31 points to Washington Sunday but did suffer a loss in the form of Alex Okafor, whose season will reportedly be over due to a torn Achilles, suffered during the team's eighth straight win. 

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    The Saints defense survived giving up 31 points to Washington Sunday but did suffer a loss in the form of Alex Okafor, whose season will reportedly be over due to a torn Achilles, suffered during the team's eighth straight win. 

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  • Border agent dies after being injured in Texas

    Border agent dies after being injured in Texas

    Sunday, November 19 2017 5:50 PM EST2017-11-19 22:50:30 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 6:52 AM EST2017-11-20 11:52:46 GMT

    Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs Border Patrol agent was fatally injured responding to activity there.

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    Authorities are searching Texas' Big Bend for potential suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs Border Patrol agent was fatally injured responding to activity there.

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  • Kalob Ledoux with Career High 26-Points in Loss at LMU

    Kalob Ledoux with Career High 26-Points in Loss at LMU

    Sunday, November 19 2017 10:28 PM EST2017-11-20 03:28:10 GMT
    (Source: McNeese)(Source: McNeese)
    LOS ANGELES, California – The McNeese men’s basketball team would hold the lead for nearly 32 minutes but an aggressive second half by Loyola Marymount would send the Cowboys into overtime and eventually back to Lake Charles with a 92-86 loss in hand. The first half looked like the Cowboys everyone has been waiting to see this season. Leading by 11 points headed into halftime, McNeese was shooting nearly 60% from the field and beyond the arc. “We thought we had the...More >>
    LOS ANGELES, California – The McNeese men’s basketball team would hold the lead for nearly 32 minutes but an aggressive second half by Loyola Marymount would send the Cowboys into overtime and eventually back to Lake Charles with a 92-86 loss in hand. The first half looked like the Cowboys everyone has been waiting to see this season. Leading by 11 points headed into halftime, McNeese was shooting nearly 60% from the field and beyond the arc. “We thought we had the...More >>
  • Multiple agencies respond to Vinton structure fire Sunday

    Multiple agencies respond to Vinton structure fire Sunday

    Sunday, November 19 2017 7:35 PM EST2017-11-20 00:35:27 GMT
    Vinton house fire (Source: KPLC)Vinton house fire (Source: KPLC)

    Multiple agencies worked to knock out a structure fire in Vinton Sunday. Around 3:30 p.m., the Vinton Fire Department responded to a call on Center Street. Fire was showing through the roof of the burning house in two locations when firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Merchant.

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    Multiple agencies worked to knock out a structure fire in Vinton Sunday. Around 3:30 p.m., the Vinton Fire Department responded to a call on Center Street. Fire was showing through the roof of the burning house in two locations when firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Merchant.

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  • Trump promises Americans 'huge tax cut' for Christmas

    Trump promises Americans 'huge tax cut' for Christmas

    Monday, November 20 2017 3:30 AM EST2017-11-20 08:30:29 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:51 AM EST2017-11-21 09:51:11 GMT

    The provision would repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine but has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, whose vote the White House needs.

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    The provision would repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine but has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, whose vote the White House needs.

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  • Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order

    Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order

    Monday, November 20 2017 9:50 PM EST2017-11-21 02:50:59 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:13 AM EST2017-11-21 09:13:28 GMT

    The judge said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

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    The judge said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

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  • Roy Moore accuser says she was not paid to tell her story

    Roy Moore accuser says she was not paid to tell her story

    Monday, November 20 2017 3:20 AM EST2017-11-20 08:20:29 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 4:13 AM EST2017-11-21 09:13:19 GMT

    Ultimately, Trump doesn't know who to believe following decades-old allegations made one month before the Dec. 12 election, according to his aides.

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    Ultimately, Trump doesn't know who to believe following decades-old allegations made one month before the Dec. 12 election, according to his aides.

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  • Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct

    Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 3:21 AM EST2017-11-21 08:21:04 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 3:36 AM EST2017-11-21 08:36:18 GMT

    A news website is reporting that Michigan Rep. John Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances.

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    A news website is reporting that Michigan Rep. John Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances.

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  • US declares NKorea a terror sponsor; new sanctions expected

    US declares NKorea a terror sponsor; new sanctions expected

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:52 AM EST2017-11-20 16:52:09 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 3:32 AM EST2017-11-21 08:32:58 GMT

    President Donald Trump is announcing his intent to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror.

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    President Donald Trump is announcing his intent to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror.

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  • ArkLaTex woman who just lost a son in helicopter crash finds special meaning in mistletoe

    ArkLaTex woman who just lost a son in helicopter crash finds special meaning in mistletoe

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:07 PM EST2017-11-21 04:07:34 GMT
    "I'm not sure the good Lord knows what He got himself into, but I'm sure they'll work it out," says Kim Auld, who lost her son Trey in the crash of a medical helicopter Monday in Arkansas. (Source: KSLA News 12)"I'm not sure the good Lord knows what He got himself into, but I'm sure they'll work it out," says Kim Auld, who lost her son Trey in the crash of a medical helicopter Monday in Arkansas. (Source: KSLA News 12)

    A Shreveport man was among three people killed when an air ambulance went down in eastern Arkansas, according to his family.

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    A Shreveport man was among three people killed when an air ambulance went down in eastern Arkansas, according to his family.

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  • Charlie Rose suspended from CBS News, PBS after sexual harassment allegations

    Charlie Rose suspended from CBS News, PBS after sexual harassment allegations

    Monday, November 20 2017 5:57 PM EST2017-11-20 22:57:04 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 6:13 PM EST2017-11-20 23:13:08 GMT

    Eight women have alleged the television host grabbed them and walked around naked in front of them.

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    Eight women have alleged the television host grabbed them and walked around naked in front of them.

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  • 'Touched by an Angel' star Della Reese dead at 86

    'Touched by an Angel' star Della Reese dead at 86

    Monday, November 20 2017 4:10 PM EST2017-11-20 21:10:55 GMT

    Della Reese, singer and actress, has died at the age of 86.

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    Della Reese, singer and actress, has died at the age of 86.

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  • breaking

    State Police locate missing 7-year-old

    State Police locate missing 7-year-old

    Source: RNNSource: RNN

    The 7-year-old who was reported missing from the 9th Ward and was sought by authorities has been found safe, according to Lousiana State Police. 

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    The 7-year-old who was reported missing from the 9th Ward and was sought by authorities has been found safe, according to Lousiana State Police. 

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  • Here's what's coming, going from Netflix in December

    Here's what's coming, going from Netflix in December

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:38 AM EST2017-11-20 15:38:23 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 10:52 AM EST2017-11-20 15:52:33 GMT

    Here's what coming to and going from Netflix in December.

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    Here's what coming to and going from Netflix in December.

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  • House tax bill may remove deduction for college season ticket sales

    House tax bill may remove deduction for college season ticket sales

    Monday, November 20 2017 8:15 AM EST2017-11-20 13:15:49 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 8:50 AM EST2017-11-20 13:50:10 GMT

    University administrators are worried they may not get as much money as they would like, thanks to a little-explored provision in the house tax bill.

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    University administrators are worried they may not get as much money as they would like, thanks to a little-explored provision in the house tax bill.

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  • Boy, 10, dies after neck gets tangled in swing set chain

    Boy, 10, dies after neck gets tangled in swing set chain

    Monday, November 20 2017 6:21 AM EST2017-11-20 11:21:59 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 6:21 AM EST2017-11-20 11:21:59 GMT

    Authorities say foul play is not suspected, and this was simply a tragic accident.

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    Authorities say foul play is not suspected, and this was simply a tragic accident.

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  • Town of Oberlin under boil advisory

    Town of Oberlin under boil advisory

    Saturday, November 18 2017 10:36 PM EST2017-11-19 03:36:42 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The Town of Oberlin has been placed under a boil water advisory until further notice due to a Cleco fuse. For more information, call Superintendent Robert Smith at 337-389-9157 or 337-639-4333.    Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    The Town of Oberlin has been placed under a boil water advisory until further notice due to a Cleco fuse. For more information, call Superintendent Robert Smith at 337-389-9157 or 337-639-4333.    Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>

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