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  • #SWLApreps boys’ basketball first round playoff recap

    #SWLApreps boys’ basketball first round playoff recap

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:44 PM EST2018-02-24 04:44:39 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The opening round of the boys’ basketball playoffs wrapped up Friday night. Out of 29 Southwest Louisiana teams in play, only 11 advanced to the second round.

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    The opening round of the boys’ basketball playoffs wrapped up Friday night. Out of 29 Southwest Louisiana teams in play, only 11 advanced to the second round.

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  • New mom says isolette helped save her premature baby's life

    New mom says isolette helped save her premature baby's life

    Friday, February 23 2018 6:37 PM EST2018-02-23 23:37:20 GMT

    For moms-to-be, pregnancy is a time for preparing for the new addition. But, for Sulphur native, Jillian Person, she was living the life of a normal college student with no idea she was expecting. “I went into the hospital, I thought my appendix ruptured and the er doctor said I had kidney stones and then my water broke and I had a baby," Peterson said. If being thrust into motherhood wasn't enough, baby Oliver was born at 32 weeks gestation. Weighing three pounds, the ...

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    For moms-to-be, pregnancy is a time for preparing for the new addition. But, for Sulphur native, Jillian Person, she was living the life of a normal college student with no idea she was expecting. “I went into the hospital, I thought my appendix ruptured and the er doctor said I had kidney stones and then my water broke and I had a baby," Peterson said. If being thrust into motherhood wasn't enough, baby Oliver was born at 32 weeks gestation. Weighing three pounds, the ...

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  • KPLC, St. Jude officially break ground on St. Jude Dream Home

    KPLC, St. Jude officially break ground on St. Jude Dream Home

    Friday, February 23 2018 6:03 PM EST2018-02-23 23:03:18 GMT

    KPLC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital officially broke ground on the St. Jude Dream Home in Lake Charles today. A groundbreaking ceremony took place this afternoon at the site of the home in the Graywood Community. Once the home is built, one lucky viewer in Southwest Louisiana will get the honor of calling it their own. KPLC’s Vice President and General Manager John Ware and KPLC Midday host Mari Wilson took part in the ceremony. Salvador Custom Homes will be...

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    KPLC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital officially broke ground on the St. Jude Dream Home in Lake Charles today. A groundbreaking ceremony took place this afternoon at the site of the home in the Graywood Community. Once the home is built, one lucky viewer in Southwest Louisiana will get the honor of calling it their own. KPLC’s Vice President and General Manager John Ware and KPLC Midday host Mari Wilson took part in the ceremony. Salvador Custom Homes will be...

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  • Southwest Louisiana booking report

    Southwest Louisiana booking report

    Friday, February 23 2018 9:39 AM EST2018-02-23 14:39:51 GMT
    Carlos Cruz-Rodriguez, 67, Cheeseburger, MD: Federal Retainer. Marvin Cruz-Ortiz, 33, Pittsburgh, MD: Federal Retainer. Kenneth Massey, 39, Jennings: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana, prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia. Ace Walls, 25, Lake Charles: Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Justin Manuel, 37, West lake: Parole Violation. Bobby Bryant, 28, Memphis: Federal retained. Jordan Harris, 20, Lake Charles: Three counts of probati...More >>
    Carlos Cruz-Rodriguez, 67, Cheeseburger, MD: Federal Retainer. Marvin Cruz-Ortiz, 33, Pittsburgh, MD: Federal Retainer. Kenneth Massey, 39, Jennings: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana, prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia. Ace Walls, 25, Lake Charles: Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Justin Manuel, 37, West lake: Parole Violation. Bobby Bryant, 28, Memphis: Federal retained. Jordan Harris, 20, Lake Charles: Three counts of probati...More >>
  • Sunrise Kitchen: Bronzed Red Fish with Crawfish Etouffee

    Sunrise Kitchen: Bronzed Red Fish with Crawfish Etouffee

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:25 AM EST2018-02-23 13:25:29 GMT

    Sowela Chef Roy Angelle and his students, Torrie Maturin and Savannah Deskin, share a recipe for Bronzed Red Fish with Crawfish Etouffee. Bronzed Red Fish Ingredients: Two 8 oz. Red Fish filets Blackening season 1 heaping tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons salt 1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder 1 heaping teaspoon onion powder 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 2 teaspoons black pepper 1/2 teaspoon drie...

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    Sowela Chef Roy Angelle and his students, Torrie Maturin and Savannah Deskin, share a recipe for Bronzed Red Fish with Crawfish Etouffee. Bronzed Red Fish Ingredients: Two 8 oz. Red Fish filets Blackening season 1 heaping tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons salt 1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder 1 heaping teaspoon onion powder 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 2 teaspoons black pepper 1/2 teaspoon drie...

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  • #SWLApreps girls’ basketball quarterfinal round playoff recap

    #SWLApreps girls’ basketball quarterfinal round playoff recap

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:25 AM EST2018-02-23 05:25:00 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Quarterfinal round in the girls’ basketball playoffs wrapped up Thursday night. Out of 16 Quarterfinal teams, Southwest Louisiana has 4 advancing to Alexandria, LA for Marsh Madness. A full list of teams advancing below. CLASS 1A Merryville CLASS 2A Rosepine Lake Arthur CLASS 3A South Beauregard Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Quarterfinal round in the girls’ basketball playoffs wrapped up Thursday night. Out of 16 Quarterfinal teams, Southwest Louisiana has 4 advancing to Alexandria, LA for Marsh Madness. A full list of teams advancing below. CLASS 1A Merryville CLASS 2A Rosepine Lake Arthur CLASS 3A South Beauregard Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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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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  • WWII vets being sought for Heroes flight to Washington, DC

    WWII vets being sought for Heroes flight to Washington, DC

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:27 AM EST2018-02-22 14:27:20 GMT
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    Since the opening of the World War 2 Monument in Washington DC, many groups have sponsored free Hero Flights for veterans who normally would not get a chance to visit. We've spoken with several World War 2 veterans who made the trip. "I've been to Washington many times, but I had not see the WWII one," said Erbon Wise. "So I was more impressed with seeing it for the first time and how they had placed it there in the mall." Brookshire Grocery Co. is curr...More >>
    Since the opening of the World War 2 Monument in Washington DC, many groups have sponsored free Hero Flights for veterans who normally would not get a chance to visit. We've spoken with several World War 2 veterans who made the trip. "I've been to Washington many times, but I had not see the WWII one," said Erbon Wise. "So I was more impressed with seeing it for the first time and how they had placed it there in the mall." Brookshire Grocery Co. is curr...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Feb. 21, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Feb. 21, 2018

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:51 AM EST2018-02-22 13:51:13 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jacob Paul Landry, 24, Iowa: Possession  of a drug without prescription. Bond: $500. Sheila Dawn Dowd, 24, Iowa: Sale, distribution, or possession of a drug without a prescription; tail lamp violation. Bond: $500. Robert Ryan Huffman, 48, Lake Charles: Attempted instate detainer. Richard Mendez, 34, Freeport, TX: Operating while intoxicated, reckless operation, speed violation, driving without a license. Bond: $2,850. Aaron Tyler Cook, 37, Lake...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jacob Paul Landry, 24, Iowa: Possession  of a drug without prescription. Bond: $500. Sheila Dawn Dowd, 24, Iowa: Sale, distribution, or possession of a drug without a prescription; tail lamp violation. Bond: $500. Robert Ryan Huffman, 48, Lake Charles: Attempted instate detainer. Richard Mendez, 34, Freeport, TX: Operating while intoxicated, reckless operation, speed violation, driving without a license. Bond: $2,850. Aaron Tyler Cook, 37, Lake...

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  • LHSAA releases 2018 boys' basketball playoff brackets

    LHSAA releases 2018 boys' basketball playoff brackets

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 3:55 PM EST2018-02-21 20:55:08 GMT
    (Source: LHSAA)(Source: LHSAA)

    The LHSAA released its 2018 boys' basketball playoff brackets Monday. The final four for each class will be held March 5-10 at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. Southwest Louisiana had a pair of number one seeds in this years bracket. Both Barbe and South Beauregard earned respected number one overall seeds. Yo

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    The LHSAA released its 2018 boys' basketball playoff brackets Monday. The final four for each class will be held March 5-10 at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. Southwest Louisiana had a pair of number one seeds in this years bracket. Both Barbe and South Beauregard earned respected number one overall seeds. Yo

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  • Cameron Parish man arrested for school threat

    Cameron Parish man arrested for school threat

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 2:24 PM EST2018-02-21 19:24:27 GMT

    Deputies arrested a man after he posted a school threat on Facebook. Aaron Labove, 28, posted "I could snap tomorrow and shoot up a school. You don't know me bro" on Facebook. At 8:32 p.m. on this past Tuesday, Cameron Parish Deputies responded to a call warning about the post in Hackberry, Louisiana. No particular school was named in the threat.  Labove admitted to posting the statement and was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana and terrorizing. Search wa...

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    Deputies arrested a man after he posted a school threat on Facebook. Aaron Labove, 28, posted "I could snap tomorrow and shoot up a school. You don't know me bro" on Facebook. At 8:32 p.m. on this past Tuesday, Cameron Parish Deputies responded to a call warning about the post in Hackberry, Louisiana. No particular school was named in the threat.  Labove admitted to posting the statement and was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana and terrorizing. Search wa...

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  • Legislators express frustration over $1 billion budget shortfall

    Legislators express frustration over $1 billion budget shortfall

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:08 PM EST2018-02-21 18:08:00 GMT
    Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, left, introduces his revenue-raising bills to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. Seated to his right is Luke Morris of the Louisiana Revenue Department.Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, left, introduces his revenue-raising bills to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. Seated to his right is Luke Morris of the Louisiana Revenue Department.
    By Ryan Noonan and Kaylee Poche LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE--Discussion heated up at Tuesday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing, as legislators expressed frustration over the inability of their colleagues to reach an agreement on how to deal with the state’s projected $1 billion budget shortfall. While the lawmakers agreed that revenue-raising measures are necessary to lower the deficit, many were reluctant about to publicly offer tax proposals, i...More >>
    By Ryan Noonan and Kaylee Poche LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE--Discussion heated up at Tuesday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing, as legislators expressed frustration over the inability of their colleagues to reach an agreement on how to deal with the state’s projected $1 billion budget shortfall. While the lawmakers agreed that revenue-raising measures are necessary to lower the deficit, many were reluctant about to publicly offer tax proposals, i...More >>
  • Retired NFL player Nate Livings is coming to read to your kids

    Retired NFL player Nate Livings is coming to read to your kids

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 12:27 PM EST2018-02-21 17:27:00 GMT
    (Source Calcasieu Library)(Source Calcasieu Library)

    Retired NFL offensive lineman, Nate Livings, is visiting the area libraries.  Livings has written a children's book series titled "Big Boy Nate's First Football Road Trip" and he will read to the children at libraries around Lake Charles. Livings was inspired to write the books after the birth of his son in 2014, so he began to write the chronicles of the time they spend together and share it with the world. His foundation, The Nate Livings Foundation, helps equip...

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    Retired NFL offensive lineman, Nate Livings, is visiting the area libraries.  Livings has written a children's book series titled "Big Boy Nate's First Football Road Trip" and he will read to the children at libraries around Lake Charles. Livings was inspired to write the books after the birth of his son in 2014, so he began to write the chronicles of the time they spend together and share it with the world. His foundation, The Nate Livings Foundation, helps equip...

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  • Watch and discuss "Slavery by Another Name"

    Watch and discuss "Slavery by Another Name"

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 12:25 PM EST2018-02-21 17:25:07 GMT

    Epps Memorial Library is hosting a movie and discussion on the PBS film "Slavery by Another Name." The movie is a documentary on the belief that slavery ended in this country with the Emancipation Proclamation. The viewing and discussion is in conjunction with the "Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865" exhibit at Central Library. The viewing will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22 at 1320 N. Simmons St. The program is free and...

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    Epps Memorial Library is hosting a movie and discussion on the PBS film "Slavery by Another Name." The movie is a documentary on the belief that slavery ended in this country with the Emancipation Proclamation. The viewing and discussion is in conjunction with the "Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865" exhibit at Central Library. The viewing will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22 at 1320 N. Simmons St. The program is free and...

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  • Emile the crawfish officially pardoned, season begins

    Emile the crawfish officially pardoned, season begins

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 12:15 PM EST2018-02-21 17:15:59 GMT
    (Source KSLA)(Source KSLA)

    One lucky crawfish was spared from boiling in a special ceremony Tuesday.  Emile the Crawfish was officially spared from future backyard boils when Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Zatarain’s paired up for the second annual “Pardoning of the Crawfish” in New Orleans. This event celebrates the beginning of crawfish season in the Gulf South.  The crawfish of honor was dubbed Emile after the founder of Zatarain’s who first introduced se...

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    One lucky crawfish was spared from boiling in a special ceremony Tuesday.  Emile the Crawfish was officially spared from future backyard boils when Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Zatarain’s paired up for the second annual “Pardoning of the Crawfish” in New Orleans. This event celebrates the beginning of crawfish season in the Gulf South.  The crawfish of honor was dubbed Emile after the founder of Zatarain’s who first introduced se...

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  • New Orleans author, Freddi Williams Evans, will be in Lake Charles today

    New Orleans author, Freddi Williams Evans, will be in Lake Charles today

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 8:47 AM EST2018-02-21 13:47:19 GMT
    A New Orleans Author will be in Lake Charles today to discuss her new book.  Freddi Williams Evans' book is called "Come Sunday: A Young Reader's History of Congo Square."  Her book focuses on life during the Sunday gatherings in Congo Square during the antebellum period.  She will also discuss the "purchased lives" exhibit currently on display at Central Library. That free talk starts at six this evening in the Epps Memorial Library on North ...More >>
    A New Orleans Author will be in Lake Charles today to discuss her new book.  Freddi Williams Evans' book is called "Come Sunday: A Young Reader's History of Congo Square."  Her book focuses on life during the Sunday gatherings in Congo Square during the antebellum period.  She will also discuss the "purchased lives" exhibit currently on display at Central Library. That free talk starts at six this evening in the Epps Memorial Library on North ...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 21, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 21, 2018

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 8:09 AM EST2018-02-21 13:09:20 GMT
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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 21:  Harper Daigle, 5 Amoni Hollie, 13 Austin Jones, 19 David Lede James Mercer, 5 Mekhi William Kennedy, 5 Synetha Carter, 33 Tripp Ward, 10 Wyatt Lebert, 10 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 21:  Harper Daigle, 5 Amoni Hollie, 13 Austin Jones, 19 David Lede James Mercer, 5 Mekhi William Kennedy, 5 Synetha Carter, 33 Tripp Ward, 10 Wyatt Lebert, 10 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Beauregard student facing court hearing after threatening statements

    Beauregard student facing court hearing after threatening statements

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 2:33 PM EST2018-02-20 19:33:51 GMT
    (Source: Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office )(Source: Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office )

    Multiple agencies are investigating allegations of threats made against DeRidder High School. According to Chief Detective Mark Herford, the investigation began Monday afternoon when both the DeRidder Police Department and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office became aware through social media that a juvenile student had made statements while at school that other students found disturbing. Both agencies interviewed numerous individuals as part of the investigation. As a result, the ...

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    Multiple agencies are investigating allegations of threats made against DeRidder High School. According to Chief Detective Mark Herford, the investigation began Monday afternoon when both the DeRidder Police Department and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office became aware through social media that a juvenile student had made statements while at school that other students found disturbing. Both agencies interviewed numerous individuals as part of the investigation. As a result, the ...

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  • SLIDESHOW: Celebrate National Love Your Pet Day with the cutest pet photos ever

    SLIDESHOW: Celebrate National Love Your Pet Day with the cutest pet photos ever

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:19 PM EST2018-02-20 17:19:05 GMT
    (Source Demi O'Neal)(Source Demi O'Neal)

    February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day. This is a day to hug your furry friend a little tighter. Pet-lovers everywhere can take this day to give your best friend extra attention and pampering...as if you don't already do that enough. It's a great day to really focus on your relationship with your pet and celebrate by letting the whole world know how much you love them. Here are some ways to celebrate: buy your pet a special treat, take them somewhere to spend quality time for lon...

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    February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day. This is a day to hug your furry friend a little tighter. Pet-lovers everywhere can take this day to give your best friend extra attention and pampering...as if you don't already do that enough. It's a great day to really focus on your relationship with your pet and celebrate by letting the whole world know how much you love them. Here are some ways to celebrate: buy your pet a special treat, take them somewhere to spend quality time for lon...

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  • Sowela will host the CMT Empowering Education Tour

    Sowela will host the CMT Empowering Education Tour

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 8:33 AM EST2018-02-20 13:33:52 GMT
    Sowela Technical Community College will host the CMT Empowering Education Tour at its Morgan Smith Campus in Jennings, Louisiana on Thursday, March 8, 2018. CMT Empowering Education is a comprehensive educational campaign that provides education support and resources to aid prospective students in overcoming the most commonly perceived obstacles to furthering education. Sowela is one of eight community and technical college campuses throughout Louisiana that will serve as host site...More >>
    Sowela Technical Community College will host the CMT Empowering Education Tour at its Morgan Smith Campus in Jennings, Louisiana on Thursday, March 8, 2018. CMT Empowering Education is a comprehensive educational campaign that provides education support and resources to aid prospective students in overcoming the most commonly perceived obstacles to furthering education. Sowela is one of eight community and technical college campuses throughout Louisiana that will serve as host site...More >>
  • The Marshall Tucker Band to perform in Lake Charles

    The Marshall Tucker Band to perform in Lake Charles

    Monday, February 19 2018 9:28 PM EST2018-02-20 02:28:41 GMT

    The Marshall Tucker Band will perform in the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, May 25 at 8:30 PM according to a news release.   The group combined rock, rhythm, country, blues and jazz with extended instrumental passages to help establish the Southern rock genre in the 1970’s. Their hits include the singles “Can’t You See”, “Heard It In A Love Song”, and “Fire On The Mountain”. Tickets go on sale Fri...

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    The Marshall Tucker Band will perform in the Grand Event Center of Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Friday, May 25 at 8:30 PM according to a news release.   The group combined rock, rhythm, country, blues and jazz with extended instrumental passages to help establish the Southern rock genre in the 1970’s. Their hits include the singles “Can’t You See”, “Heard It In A Love Song”, and “Fire On The Mountain”. Tickets go on sale Fri...

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  • Scotlandville Magnet hires LaGrange's Jules Sullen to be next head coach

    Scotlandville Magnet hires LaGrange's Jules Sullen to be next head coach

    Monday, February 19 2018 5:52 PM EST2018-02-19 22:52:08 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    After 9 seasons at his alma mater, Jules Sullen said it was time to test his talents outside of Lake Charles. Sullen is leaving LaGrange to accept the head coaching job at Scotlandville Magnet. "I had an opportunity to embark on a new adventure. Scotlandville was able to provide that for me," said Sullen. "It’s not me really saying that I need to leave LaGrange, it’s just an opportunity that has come through. Being in a larger area and a lar...

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    After 9 seasons at his alma mater, Jules Sullen said it was time to test his talents outside of Lake Charles. Sullen is leaving LaGrange to accept the head coaching job at Scotlandville Magnet. "I had an opportunity to embark on a new adventure. Scotlandville was able to provide that for me," said Sullen. "It’s not me really saying that I need to leave LaGrange, it’s just an opportunity that has come through. Being in a larger area and a lar...

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  • St. Louis Catholic wrestling team wins state title

    St. Louis Catholic wrestling team wins state title

    Monday, February 19 2018 1:47 PM EST2018-02-19 18:47:11 GMT
    (Source Ashley Atkins)(Source Ashley Atkins)

    St. Louis Catholic wrestling team garnered the Division 3 State Title in Bossier City. This is the first time the Saints have ever won a state championship in the program. The team placed 4th in 2013 and 5th in 2012. The team is led by Coach Terry Gace and assistant coach Bill Painter. Check out the photo of the happy team with their trophy. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    St. Louis Catholic wrestling team garnered the Division 3 State Title in Bossier City. This is the first time the Saints have ever won a state championship in the program. The team placed 4th in 2013 and 5th in 2012. The team is led by Coach Terry Gace and assistant coach Bill Painter. Check out the photo of the happy team with their trophy. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Community Easter egg hunt to take place in March

    Community Easter egg hunt to take place in March

    Monday, February 19 2018 1:25 PM EST2018-02-19 18:25:41 GMT
    Easter egg hunt for senior citizens at J.D. Clifton Center in Lake Charles (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)Easter egg hunt for senior citizens at J.D. Clifton Center in Lake Charles (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    If you're looking for a place to take the kids to Easter egg hunt, there is a community Easter egg hunt for everybody. Gateway Church of God is hosting an Easter egg hunt open to the public on March 24 at 10:30 am. Children from 2-years-old to 9-years-old can not only search for eggs but jump on the inflatable, play games, and take photographs. Refreshments will also be available. Gateway Church of God is located at 1815 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Moss bluff and for more information...

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    If you're looking for a place to take the kids to Easter egg hunt, there is a community Easter egg hunt for everybody. Gateway Church of God is hosting an Easter egg hunt open to the public on March 24 at 10:30 am. Children from 2-years-old to 9-years-old can not only search for eggs but jump on the inflatable, play games, and take photographs. Refreshments will also be available. Gateway Church of God is located at 1815 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Moss bluff and for more information...

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  • The O'Jays are coming to town

    The O'Jays are coming to town

    Monday, February 19 2018 1:23 PM EST2018-02-19 18:23:33 GMT
    (Source Golden Nugget)(Source Golden Nugget)

    Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The O'jays, will be coming to Lake Charles this May. The O'jays are an R&B group with hits including "Love Train" and "Used to be My Girl" and 10 Gold Albums as well as 9 Platinum Albums. They are performing at the Golden Nugget at 8 p.m. on Saturday May 26 in the grand Event Center. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 9 and the prices start at $40. To purchase yours, visit www.goldennuggetlc.com or visit the Golden Nugget Box ...

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    Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, The O'jays, will be coming to Lake Charles this May. The O'jays are an R&B group with hits including "Love Train" and "Used to be My Girl" and 10 Gold Albums as well as 9 Platinum Albums. They are performing at the Golden Nugget at 8 p.m. on Saturday May 26 in the grand Event Center. Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 9 and the prices start at $40. To purchase yours, visit www.goldennuggetlc.com or visit the Golden Nugget Box ...

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  • Transaortic Valve Replacement giving patients a second chance at life

    Transaortic Valve Replacement giving patients a second chance at life

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:05 PM EST2018-02-19 17:05:46 GMT

    Bonnie Faulk Works at WalMart, but her quality of life began going down hill as she got older. "I couldn't breath," Faulk said. Diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis, Faulk needed to have a valve in her heart replaced.

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    Bonnie Faulk Works at WalMart, but her quality of life began going down hill as she got older. "I couldn't breath," Faulk said. Diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis, Faulk needed to have a valve in her heart replaced.

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  • Southwest Louisiana booking report: Sat. 17

    Southwest Louisiana booking report: Sat. 17

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:50 AM EST2018-02-19 13:50:07 GMT
    William Bolton, 25, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, seven counts instate detainer. Chardric Brown, 28, West Monroe: Theft from $25,000 or more, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of or dealing in firearms with obliterated number or mark, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Nicholas Jackson, 28, Lake Charles: Resisting an officer by fight, theft less than $1,000. Rafer Hubert, 25, Lake Charles: Stopping, standing or parking outside business or r...More >>
    William Bolton, 25, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, seven counts instate detainer. Chardric Brown, 28, West Monroe: Theft from $25,000 or more, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of or dealing in firearms with obliterated number or mark, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Nicholas Jackson, 28, Lake Charles: Resisting an officer by fight, theft less than $1,000. Rafer Hubert, 25, Lake Charles: Stopping, standing or parking outside business or r...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 19, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 19, 2018

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:46 AM EST2018-02-19 13:46:19 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 19:  Alexandra Biagas Michael Adams, 70 Adaia Josi Nixon, 4 Christopher Jones, 49 Empress Captain, 16 Gabriel Guillory, 16 Jauin Guillory, 16 Johnathon Kelly, 31 Sylvia Alvarado Tylen Franklin, 12 Kayla Carter, 21 Elaine Theresa Montgomery, 66 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of b...

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 19:  Alexandra Biagas Michael Adams, 70 Adaia Josi Nixon, 4 Christopher Jones, 49 Empress Captain, 16 Gabriel Guillory, 16 Jauin Guillory, 16 Johnathon Kelly, 31 Sylvia Alvarado Tylen Franklin, 12 Kayla Carter, 21 Elaine Theresa Montgomery, 66 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of b...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Feb. 16, 2018

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:37 AM EST2018-02-19 13:37:40 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Michael Adam Tompkins, 42, Lake Charles: Disturbing the peace, entry on or remaining after being forbidden. Bond: $1,500. Jeffery Lynn Daily, 51, Huntington, TX: Bicycle violations, drug paraphernalia, drug possession. Triston Robert Flournoy, 21, Alexandria: Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, manufacture, or produce; first-offense possession of marijuana. Bond: $13,000.

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Michael Adam Tompkins, 42, Lake Charles: Disturbing the peace, entry on or remaining after being forbidden. Bond: $1,500. Jeffery Lynn Daily, 51, Huntington, TX: Bicycle violations, drug paraphernalia, drug possession. Triston Robert Flournoy, 21, Alexandria: Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, manufacture, or produce; first-offense possession of marijuana. Bond: $13,000.

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  • Sulphur city offices to be closed for President's Day

    Sulphur city offices to be closed for President's Day

    Friday, February 16 2018 11:49 PM EST2018-02-17 04:49:31 GMT
    (Source KPLC)(Source KPLC)

    The city of Sulphur reports that all city offices will be closed Monday, February 19th, 2018, in observance of President's Day. There will be no interruptions to the residential garbage collection schedule.  

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    The city of Sulphur reports that all city offices will be closed Monday, February 19th, 2018, in observance of President's Day. There will be no interruptions to the residential garbage collection schedule.  

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  • Boil advisory lifted for some areas of DeRidder

    Boil advisory lifted for some areas of DeRidder

    Friday, February 16 2018 3:51 PM EST2018-02-16 20:51:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The boil advisory has been lifted for customers in DeRidder. Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish announced the lift for those who live on 5689 and 5657 La. 171 and the West side of La. 171 from address 5590 La. 171 to the corner of Lee Eason Rd.  Refer any questions to WWD3 of Beauregard Parish at 337-725-3000.

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    The boil advisory has been lifted for customers in DeRidder. Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish announced the lift for those who live on 5689 and 5657 La. 171 and the West side of La. 171 from address 5590 La. 171 to the corner of Lee Eason Rd.  Refer any questions to WWD3 of Beauregard Parish at 337-725-3000.

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  • Gov. Edwards orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Florida shooting victims

    Gov. Edwards orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Florida shooting victims

    Friday, February 16 2018 12:51 PM EST2018-02-16 17:51:47 GMT
    (Source History.com)(Source History.com)

    Gov. Jon Bel Edwards had ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana to be flown over Louisiana. The flags will appear at half-staff over all public buildings and grounds in remembrance of the 17 students and teachers murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past Wednesday. Gov. Edwards states, "My heart is heavy for those who have lost children and loved ones, and I am hopeful that they may find peace during this time of grief. I pray that th...

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    Gov. Jon Bel Edwards had ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Louisiana to be flown over Louisiana. The flags will appear at half-staff over all public buildings and grounds in remembrance of the 17 students and teachers murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past Wednesday. Gov. Edwards states, "My heart is heavy for those who have lost children and loved ones, and I am hopeful that they may find peace during this time of grief. I pray that th...

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    Southwest Louisiana booking report: Feb 15

    Southwest Louisiana booking report: Feb 15

    Friday, February 16 2018 9:02 AM EST2018-02-16 14:02:08 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Kendrik Bailey, 25, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery; child endangerment. Jeffery Conerly, 46, Colorado Springs, CO: Domestic abuse battery; child endangerment, two counts of direct contempt of court. Rontonda Thibodeaux, 44, Lake Charles: Two counts of direct contempt of court, theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000. Rashita Pittman, 38, Lake Charles: Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000, flight from an officer. Corey Douglas, 24, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court...More >>
    Kendrik Bailey, 25, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery; child endangerment. Jeffery Conerly, 46, Colorado Springs, CO: Domestic abuse battery; child endangerment, two counts of direct contempt of court. Rontonda Thibodeaux, 44, Lake Charles: Two counts of direct contempt of court, theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000. Rashita Pittman, 38, Lake Charles: Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000, flight from an officer. Corey Douglas, 24, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court...More >>
  • SWLA Family Book Festival kicks off Feb. 17

    SWLA Family Book Festival kicks off Feb. 17

    Friday, February 16 2018 8:48 AM EST2018-02-16 13:48:00 GMT

    Book lovers will have the chance to hear from and meet local authors at the annual Southwest Louisiana Family Book Festival. The free event will be held in the Central School Arts and Humanities Center on Kirby Street in Lake Charles, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Jerica Guillory will be featured as the keynote speaker. There will also be panels and an interactive kids zone. For a full list of events, you can visit https://www.swlabookfest.org. Copyright 201...

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    Book lovers will have the chance to hear from and meet local authors at the annual Southwest Louisiana Family Book Festival. The free event will be held in the Central School Arts and Humanities Center on Kirby Street in Lake Charles, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Jerica Guillory will be featured as the keynote speaker. There will also be panels and an interactive kids zone. For a full list of events, you can visit https://www.swlabookfest.org. Copyright 201...

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Kevin Anderson

    Sports Person of the Week - Kevin Anderson

    Friday, February 16 2018 12:42 AM EST2018-02-16 05:42:31 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Vinton's Kevin Anderson Jr. is like a lot of small town kids coming up. Sports is their life.  "I always grew up playing basketball. It gets me away from things," said Anderson. "Vinton is a small town and we really don’t have anything else to do, but play basketball." Since he was a young boy, Anderson dreamed of one day following in his father's footsteps as a star play for the Vinton Lions. What he didn't realize, is they'd share the same ...More >>
    Vinton's Kevin Anderson Jr. is like a lot of small town kids coming up. Sports is their life.  "I always grew up playing basketball. It gets me away from things," said Anderson. "Vinton is a small town and we really don’t have anything else to do, but play basketball." Since he was a young boy, Anderson dreamed of one day following in his father's footsteps as a star play for the Vinton Lions. What he didn't realize, is they'd share the same ...More >>
  • Sunday marks start of Severe Weather Awareness Week

    Sunday marks start of Severe Weather Awareness Week

    Thursday, February 15 2018 9:31 PM EST2018-02-16 02:31:59 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Governor John Bel Edwards has declared the week starting Feb. 18 to be “Severe Weather Awareness Week” in Louisiana. Local, state and federal agencies use the week to encourage families to "get a game plan" for any potential severe weather system. “Severe weather can happen anywhere in the state and during any season,” said GOHSEP Director James Waskom, “Dangerous conditions develop quickly and having your personal eme...More >>
    Governor John Bel Edwards has declared the week starting Feb. 18 to be “Severe Weather Awareness Week” in Louisiana. Local, state and federal agencies use the week to encourage families to "get a game plan" for any potential severe weather system. “Severe weather can happen anywhere in the state and during any season,” said GOHSEP Director James Waskom, “Dangerous conditions develop quickly and having your personal eme...More >>
  • Part of Kirkman Street to temporarily close

    Part of Kirkman Street to temporarily close

    Thursday, February 15 2018 6:25 PM EST2018-02-15 23:25:02 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Beginning on Monday, February 19 at 7 a.m., the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Kirkman Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. This closure will mainly affect the areas between Clarence and 5th streets.  The closure will allow for the repair of a sewer mainline beneath the street. The repair is expected to last approximately two days.

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    Beginning on Monday, February 19 at 7 a.m., the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Kirkman Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. This closure will mainly affect the areas between Clarence and 5th streets.  The closure will allow for the repair of a sewer mainline beneath the street. The repair is expected to last approximately two days.

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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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  • Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 15, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 15, 2018

    Thursday, February 15 2018 8:06 AM EST2018-02-15 13:06:52 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 15: Mary Wheeler Joseph, 91 Andrew Ware, 8 Gianna Breaux, 2 Ronnie T., 58 Stella Breaux, 7 Tracee Valerie, 33 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 15: Mary Wheeler Joseph, 91 Andrew Ware, 8 Gianna Breaux, 2 Ronnie T., 58 Stella Breaux, 7 Tracee Valerie, 33 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Celebrities, politicians share Valentine's Day messages

    Celebrities, politicians share Valentine's Day messages

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 4:59 PM EST2018-02-14 21:59:41 GMT

    Love is in the air this Valentine's Day. And you can also find it online. Celebrities and politicians are sharing their own stories of love on Twitter.  Vice President Mike Pence tweeted: ".@SecondLady...my valentine since 1983. Happy Valentine's Day!" .@SecondLady…my valentine since 1983. Happy Valentine’s Day! pic.twitter.com/2ajqlmvilS — Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 14, 2018 Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted "To th...

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    Love is in the air this Valentine's Day. And you can also find it online. Celebrities and politicians are sharing their own stories of love on Twitter.  Vice President Mike Pence tweeted: ".@SecondLady...my valentine since 1983. Happy Valentine's Day!" .@SecondLady…my valentine since 1983. Happy Valentine’s Day! pic.twitter.com/2ajqlmvilS — Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 14, 2018 Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards tweeted "To th...

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  • Valentine’s day celebration at Jennings Veterans Home

    Valentine’s day celebration at Jennings Veterans Home

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 4:43 PM EST2018-02-14 21:43:12 GMT

    The Ladies Junior League Of Lake Charles delivered Valentine cards to all of the residents of the Jennings Veterans Home on Tuesday. According to a news release from Tom Green of the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Coalition, the residents were very happy and surprised as the League and Veteran Coalition members visited with each Veteran throughout the facility.  A day of activities, recognition, love and support followed throughout the day. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights r...

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    The Ladies Junior League Of Lake Charles delivered Valentine cards to all of the residents of the Jennings Veterans Home on Tuesday. According to a news release from Tom Green of the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Coalition, the residents were very happy and surprised as the League and Veteran Coalition members visited with each Veteran throughout the facility.  A day of activities, recognition, love and support followed throughout the day. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights r...

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  • Sunrise Birthday: Feb. 14

    Sunrise Birthday: Feb. 14

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 8:43 AM EST2018-02-14 13:43:05 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)
    Happy Birthday! Brandrick Levy Cameron Williams 1 Chris Craven 50 Decqlan Smith 5 Je "Slim" Broussard 92 Josh Fredrick 20 Kinton Griffin 6 Sheila Williams 8 Megan Thibodeaux 23More >>
    Happy Birthday! Brandrick Levy Cameron Williams 1 Chris Craven 50 Decqlan Smith 5 Je "Slim" Broussard 92 Josh Fredrick 20 Kinton Griffin 6 Sheila Williams 8 Megan Thibodeaux 23More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Feb. 13, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Feb. 13, 2018

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 8:36 AM EST2018-02-14 13:36:57 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Kristian Ann Rosas, 25, Lake Charles: Second-degree cruelty to juveniles. Tanner Wade Corkran, 18, Sulphur: Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, manufacture or produce; drug paraphernalia; required signals. Bond: $2,750. Jacob Stephan Peart, 22, Mary Ester, FL: Home invasion, aggravated battery. Bond: $55,000. Cameron Fitzpatrick Hall, 48, Opelousas: Monetary instrument abuse, attempted instate detainer. Bond: $2,000. Jeremy Lynn Ruthe...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Kristian Ann Rosas, 25, Lake Charles: Second-degree cruelty to juveniles. Tanner Wade Corkran, 18, Sulphur: Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, manufacture or produce; drug paraphernalia; required signals. Bond: $2,750. Jacob Stephan Peart, 22, Mary Ester, FL: Home invasion, aggravated battery. Bond: $55,000. Cameron Fitzpatrick Hall, 48, Opelousas: Monetary instrument abuse, attempted instate detainer. Bond: $2,000. Jeremy Lynn Ruthe...More >>
  • La. Traveler - The Arbored Hidesman

    La. Traveler - The Arbored Hidesman

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 8:28 AM EST2018-02-14 13:28:52 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV
    Finding art in an old piece of wood or leather is the passion of a Moss Bluff man who calls himself "The Arbored Hidesman." Caleb Comeaux found himself combing the beach one day when he came across some driftwood. He took some home and began working with it and a new hobby was born out of nature. "I have a respect for it. I see the growth and the life. I studied biology in school. That's why I went for it. I respect what nature is, it's beauty and everything in it. Mu...More >>
    Finding art in an old piece of wood or leather is the passion of a Moss Bluff man who calls himself "The Arbored Hidesman." Caleb Comeaux found himself combing the beach one day when he came across some driftwood. He took some home and began working with it and a new hobby was born out of nature. "I have a respect for it. I see the growth and the life. I studied biology in school. That's why I went for it. I respect what nature is, it's beauty and everything in it. Mu...More >>
  • LHSAA releases 2018 girls' basketball playoff brackets

    LHSAA releases 2018 girls' basketball playoff brackets

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 4:41 PM EST2018-02-13 21:41:13 GMT
    (Source: LHSAA)(Source: LHSAA)

    The LHSAA released its 2018 girls' basketball playoff brackets Monday. The final four for each class will be held February 26 through March 3 at Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria. Southwest Louisiana had a pair of number one seeds in this years bracket. Both Barbe and South Beauregard earned respected number one overall seeds. You can find the seedings and first round matchups down below. Class 5A- (32) Acadiana at (1) Barbe - 2/15, 6:00 PM @ Barbe (24) Dutchtown ...

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    The LHSAA released its 2018 girls' basketball playoff brackets Monday. The final four for each class will be held February 26 through March 3 at Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria. Southwest Louisiana had a pair of number one seeds in this years bracket. Both Barbe and South Beauregard earned respected number one overall seeds. You can find the seedings and first round matchups down below. Class 5A- (32) Acadiana at (1) Barbe - 2/15, 6:00 PM @ Barbe (24) Dutchtown ...

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  • Multiple car burglaries reported in DeRidder

    Multiple car burglaries reported in DeRidder

    Multiple car burglaries reported in DeRidder

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 2:35 PM EST2018-02-13 19:35:00 GMT
    Image courtesy of: DeRidder Police Department Facebook PageImage courtesy of: DeRidder Police Department Facebook Page

         Several car burglaries have been reported in DeRidder.      One burglary was committed in a parking lot and video of the suspect vehicle is seen in the photo. The car appears to be a newer model white Ford Fusion.  Authorities say the suspect gets in the passenger seat after the burglary and the driver leaves heading south on South Washington Street.       If you know this vehicle or have any information to the car burglarie...

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         Several car burglaries have been reported in DeRidder.      One burglary was committed in a parking lot and video of the suspect vehicle is seen in the photo. The car appears to be a newer model white Ford Fusion.  Authorities say the suspect gets in the passenger seat after the burglary and the driver leaves heading south on South Washington Street.       If you know this vehicle or have any information to the car burglarie...

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  • City of Lake Charles Mardi Gras Holiday Garbage and Trash Collection

    City of Lake Charles Mardi Gras garbage and trash collection

    City of Lake Charles Mardi Gras garbage and trash collection

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 12:25 PM EST2018-02-13 17:25:00 GMT

           The City of Lake Charles will observe the Mardi Gras Holiday on Tuesday, February 13.  Lake Charles City Hall will be closed on this day. There WILL NOT be any trash or garbage picked up on that day.       Changes in trash and garbage pickup are as follows:         Trash and garbage normally picked up on Tuesday will be rescheduled for pickup on Wednesday, February 14. Monday, Thursday, ...

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           The City of Lake Charles will observe the Mardi Gras Holiday on Tuesday, February 13.  Lake Charles City Hall will be closed on this day. There WILL NOT be any trash or garbage picked up on that day.       Changes in trash and garbage pickup are as follows:         Trash and garbage normally picked up on Tuesday will be rescheduled for pickup on Wednesday, February 14. Monday, Thursday, ...

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  • Lake Charles Memorial earning trauma program designation

    Lake Charles Memorial earning trauma program designation

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 12:07 PM EST2018-02-13 17:07:06 GMT

    It's a huge step forward for trauma patients to receive trauma care in their own community, rather than being rushed out of town to designated trauma centers. 

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    It's a huge step forward for trauma patients to receive trauma care in their own community, rather than being rushed out of town to designated trauma centers. 

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  • The meaning behind the season of Mardi Gras

    The meaning behind the season of Mardi Gras

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 5:38 PM EST2018-02-13 22:38:33 GMT

    By Brandon Maxile, Associate Producer/Editor Mardi Gras season is upon us. But don't be fooled by the smooth jazz and lavish costumes, there is a deeper, more spiritual meaning behind the festivities. "Baseball has their season of spring training, where it's a more intense preparation to play well and compete well. The church also has this spring training too around the same time. Not for physical strength, but for spiritual strengthening," said Father Nathan Long of the M...

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    By Brandon Maxile, Associate Producer/Editor Mardi Gras season is upon us. But don't be fooled by the smooth jazz and lavish costumes, there is a deeper, more spiritual meaning behind the festivities. "Baseball has their season of spring training, where it's a more intense preparation to play well and compete well. The church also has this spring training too around the same time. Not for physical strength, but for spiritual strengthening," said Father Nathan Long of the M...

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  • Beauregard Police Jury committee to consider repairs for old First Baptist Church

    Beauregard Police Jury committee to consider repairs for old First Baptist Church

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 8:29 AM EST2018-02-13 13:29:39 GMT

    The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Beauregard Parish Police Jury will be discussing what repairs are needed at the former First Baptist Church building in DeRidder. The building housed parish offices and served as the temporary courthouse for several years while the original Beauregard Courthouse underwent renovations. The Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting starts at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the police jury meeting room on West Second Street in DeRidder.

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    The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Beauregard Parish Police Jury will be discussing what repairs are needed at the former First Baptist Church building in DeRidder. The building housed parish offices and served as the temporary courthouse for several years while the original Beauregard Courthouse underwent renovations. The Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting starts at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the police jury meeting room on West Second Street in DeRidder.

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  • Invasive snail discovered in Louisiana crawfish pond

    Invasive snail discovered in Louisiana crawfish pond

    Monday, February 12 2018 6:58 PM EST2018-02-12 23:58:58 GMT
    An apple snail from a crawfish pond near RayneAn apple snail from a crawfish pond near Rayne

    An invasive species of snail has forced a farmer near Rayne to shut down his crawfish harvest.  According to the LSU AgCenter, the pest, called the apple snail, clogs crawfish trap openings and makes harvesting difficult.  LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell says the Acadia Parish farmer was collecting six to 12 crates of snails each day. According to a news release, Harrell said it's suspected the snails entered the field when it was flooded with water from a bayo...

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    An invasive species of snail has forced a farmer near Rayne to shut down his crawfish harvest.  According to the LSU AgCenter, the pest, called the apple snail, clogs crawfish trap openings and makes harvesting difficult.  LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell says the Acadia Parish farmer was collecting six to 12 crates of snails each day. According to a news release, Harrell said it's suspected the snails entered the field when it was flooded with water from a bayo...

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  • Southwest Louisiana booking reports: Sunday Feb. 11

    Southwest Louisiana booking reports: Sunday Feb. 11

    Monday, February 12 2018 8:46 AM EST2018-02-12 13:46:23 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Christy Robinette, 36, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, entry on or remaining in places or on land after being forbidden.  Jeremy Pate, 18, Lafayette: theft less than $1,000, forgery, theft under $750, theft of a motor vehicle from $1,000 but less than $5,000. Kenny Sturlese, 36, Lake Charles: Attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.  Marcus Richmond, 42, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, probation detainer.  John Haley, 30, Lake Charles: Dom...More >>
    Christy Robinette, 36, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, entry on or remaining in places or on land after being forbidden.  Jeremy Pate, 18, Lafayette: theft less than $1,000, forgery, theft under $750, theft of a motor vehicle from $1,000 but less than $5,000. Kenny Sturlese, 36, Lake Charles: Attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.  Marcus Richmond, 42, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, probation detainer.  John Haley, 30, Lake Charles: Dom...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 12, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 12, 2018

    Monday, February 12 2018 8:36 AM EST2018-02-12 13:36:21 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 12: Alexis Kennerson, 24 Jodi Grindol, 46 Peyton Conner, 8 Willie Jefferson, 40 Colton Menard, 8 Latasha Martin, 33 Reaonna Alfred, 16 Delton "Junebug" Lecompte, Jr., 52 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 12: Alexis Kennerson, 24 Jodi Grindol, 46 Peyton Conner, 8 Willie Jefferson, 40 Colton Menard, 8 Latasha Martin, 33 Reaonna Alfred, 16 Delton "Junebug" Lecompte, Jr., 52 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Feb. 10, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Feb. 10, 2018

    Monday, February 12 2018 8:30 AM EST2018-02-12 13:30:47 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jason Michael Kelly, 31, Lake Charles: Fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, driving on roadway laned for traffic, possession of alcohol in motor vehicle, operating vehicle while license is suspended. Bond: $44,500. Chandler Allen Barfield, 24, Sulphur: Partial reimbursement by indigents, battery. Desiree Nicole Vita, 30, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, first-offense possession of marijuana. Matthew Wade Prather, 30, Lake...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jason Michael Kelly, 31, Lake Charles: Fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, driving on roadway laned for traffic, possession of alcohol in motor vehicle, operating vehicle while license is suspended. Bond: $44,500. Chandler Allen Barfield, 24, Sulphur: Partial reimbursement by indigents, battery. Desiree Nicole Vita, 30, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, first-offense possession of marijuana. Matthew Wade Prather, 30, Lake...

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  • ZSpace program at Barbe giving students a new way to learn

    ZSpace program at Barbe giving students a new way to learn

    Friday, February 9 2018 6:13 PM EST2018-02-09 23:13:08 GMT

    Technology at Barbe High School is changing the way students learn. From a science book, to a computer screen, the ZSpace program is giving students a hands on experience. 

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    Technology at Barbe High School is changing the way students learn. From a science book, to a computer screen, the ZSpace program is giving students a hands on experience. 

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  • "The Zone" back for Mardi Gras 2018

    "The Zone" back for Mardi Gras 2018

    Friday, February 9 2018 6:03 PM EST2018-02-09 23:03:55 GMT
    Source: CPPj)Source: CPPj)

    The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury announce the return of "The Zone." "The Zone,” is a family-friendly, alcohol-and-tobacco free area targeted for families with children and teens, is back again for Mardi Gras. In its 10th year, The Zone will be open from noon - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, right on the parade route - in the empty parking lot between the Charleston Building and the Parish Courthouse on ...

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    The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury announce the return of "The Zone." "The Zone,” is a family-friendly, alcohol-and-tobacco free area targeted for families with children and teens, is back again for Mardi Gras. In its 10th year, The Zone will be open from noon - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, right on the parade route - in the empty parking lot between the Charleston Building and the Parish Courthouse on ...

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  • Goos Plaza statue unveiling set for Feb. 17

    Goos Plaza statue unveiling set for Feb. 17

    Friday, February 9 2018 5:45 PM EST2018-02-09 22:45:58 GMT

    A statue of early Lake Charles settler Captain Daniel J. Goos will be officially unveiled and donated Saturday, February 17 at 10 a.m. in Goos Plaza adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial on the southwest corner of the Lakefront Promenade. This donation is being made by the Goosport Graveyard Endowment, Inc.  Captain Goos was born in 1815 in Wyk auf Föhr, Nordfriesland, a cluster of islands located in the North Sea, now a part of Germany. In 1835, he immigrated to Philadelphia...

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    A statue of early Lake Charles settler Captain Daniel J. Goos will be officially unveiled and donated Saturday, February 17 at 10 a.m. in Goos Plaza adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial on the southwest corner of the Lakefront Promenade. This donation is being made by the Goosport Graveyard Endowment, Inc.  Captain Goos was born in 1815 in Wyk auf Föhr, Nordfriesland, a cluster of islands located in the North Sea, now a part of Germany. In 1835, he immigrated to Philadelphia...

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  • DeQuincy Elementary celebrates Mardi Gras

    DeQuincy Elementary celebrates Mardi Gras

    Friday, February 9 2018 4:11 PM EST2018-02-09 21:11:58 GMT
    DeQuincy Elementary celebrated Mardi Gras this week. (Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)DeQuincy Elementary celebrated Mardi Gras this week. (Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)
    DeQuincy Elementary held its Mardi Gras celebration this week. Each class was a "Krewe" with a Duke and Duchess who participated in a parade. A King and Queen were voted on by the fifth grade students. Like any good Mardi Gras celebration, there was Louisiana food - red beans and rice - and mini king cakes. Parents and students played “Gumbo” bingo and there was a dance. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    DeQuincy Elementary held its Mardi Gras celebration this week. Each class was a "Krewe" with a Duke and Duchess who participated in a parade. A King and Queen were voted on by the fifth grade students. Like any good Mardi Gras celebration, there was Louisiana food - red beans and rice - and mini king cakes. Parents and students played “Gumbo” bingo and there was a dance. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Southwest Louisiana 2018 athletes sign letters of intent

    NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Southwest Louisiana 2018 athletes sign letters of intent

    Friday, February 9 2018 3:34 PM EST2018-02-09 20:34:47 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    High school athletes are putting their college commitments in writing today. Today is National Signing Day, the day when recruits around the country sign letters of intent to play college athletics. Locally, several athletes have already signed letters of intent, although more are expected to do so.

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    High school athletes are putting their college commitments in writing today. Today is National Signing Day, the day when recruits around the country sign letters of intent to play college athletics. Locally, several athletes have already signed letters of intent, although more are expected to do so.

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  • KPLC and St. Jude team up to give one lucky viewer a dream home

    KPLC and St. Jude team up to give one lucky viewer a dream home

    Friday, February 9 2018 1:57 PM EST2018-02-09 18:57:01 GMT

    KPLC is teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to provide one viewer in Southwest Louisiana with their dream home.   St. Jude is leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  Salvador Custom Homes has agreed to donate time and materials to build the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house in the Graywood development in Lake Charles. Groundbreaking on that home will take place ...

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    KPLC is teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to provide one viewer in Southwest Louisiana with their dream home.   St. Jude is leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.  Salvador Custom Homes has agreed to donate time and materials to build the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house in the Graywood development in Lake Charles. Groundbreaking on that home will take place ...

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 9, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 9, 2018

    Friday, February 9 2018 8:07 AM EST2018-02-09 13:07:55 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 9:  Britney Ledet, 14 Brody Maggio, 13 Christopher Avery, 57 Evelyn Avery Williams, 56 Joriyah Davis, 3 Josiah Arvie, 10 Kaitlynn Moss, 12 Liam Fontenot, 9 Michael Scriven, 37 Peighton Semien, 6 Sharee Anderson, 32 Trenatee Citizen, 8 Donald Francis, Sr., 65 Helen Jubert, 83 Jasmine Batiste, 30 Javontae Cullivan, 17 Paris Williams, 29 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at l...

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 9:  Britney Ledet, 14 Brody Maggio, 13 Christopher Avery, 57 Evelyn Avery Williams, 56 Joriyah Davis, 3 Josiah Arvie, 10 Kaitlynn Moss, 12 Liam Fontenot, 9 Michael Scriven, 37 Peighton Semien, 6 Sharee Anderson, 32 Trenatee Citizen, 8 Donald Francis, Sr., 65 Helen Jubert, 83 Jasmine Batiste, 30 Javontae Cullivan, 17 Paris Williams, 29 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at l...

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  • SWLA IN THE SERVICE: AB Zachary Melder

    SWLA IN THE SERVICE: AB Zachary Melder

    Thursday, February 8 2018 7:30 PM EST2018-02-09 00:30:58 GMT
    (Source: Joint Hometown News Service)(Source: Joint Hometown News Service)

    U.S. Air Force Airman Zachary J. Melder graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community C...

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    U.S. Air Force Airman Zachary J. Melder graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community C...

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  • SWLA IN THE SERVICE: AMN India Antoine

    SWLA IN THE SERVICE: AMN India Antoine

    Thursday, February 8 2018 7:28 PM EST2018-02-09 00:28:39 GMT
    (Source: Joint Hometown News Service)(Source: Joint Hometown News Service)

    U.S. Air Force Airman India N. Antoine graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community Co...

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    U.S. Air Force Airman India N. Antoine graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community Co...

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  • McNeese to celebrate National Engineers Week from Feb. 26 to March 1

    McNeese to celebrate National Engineers Week from Feb. 26 to March 1

    Thursday, February 8 2018 9:40 AM EST2018-02-08 14:40:46 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    On February 26 through March 1, McNeese State will host National Engineers week. These open houses let students and parents learn more about the engineering profession and what McNeese has to offer. Community Open House – Monday, Feb. 26, from  6-8 p.m., in Drew Hall – for all interested students and their parents   High School Open House – Tuesday, Feb. 27, from  8 a.m.-noon in Drew Hall - more than 400 students from 19 high schools and Sowela...

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    On February 26 through March 1, McNeese State will host National Engineers week. These open houses let students and parents learn more about the engineering profession and what McNeese has to offer. Community Open House – Monday, Feb. 26, from  6-8 p.m., in Drew Hall – for all interested students and their parents   High School Open House – Tuesday, Feb. 27, from  8 a.m.-noon in Drew Hall - more than 400 students from 19 high schools and Sowela...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Feb. 7, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Feb. 7, 2018

    Thursday, February 8 2018 9:37 AM EST2018-02-08 14:37:26 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Steven Thomas Mitchell, 44, Vinton: Direct contempt of court, battery, resisting an officer with force or violence, resisting an office by flight, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, simple escape. Bond: $2,500. James R. Porter, 63, Lake Charles: Battery. Bond: $10,000. Gwendolyn Denise Bush, 46, Lake Charles: Battery. Bond: $10,000. Arnold James McGruder, 29, Lake Charles: Entry or remaining after being forbidden. Bond: $5,000. Samuel Blake W...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Steven Thomas Mitchell, 44, Vinton: Direct contempt of court, battery, resisting an officer with force or violence, resisting an office by flight, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, simple escape. Bond: $2,500. James R. Porter, 63, Lake Charles: Battery. Bond: $10,000. Gwendolyn Denise Bush, 46, Lake Charles: Battery. Bond: $10,000. Arnold James McGruder, 29, Lake Charles: Entry or remaining after being forbidden. Bond: $5,000. Samuel Blake W...

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  • Summer camp for SWLA foster children recruiting campers and volunteers

    Summer camp for SWLA foster children recruiting campers and volunteers

    Thursday, February 8 2018 9:33 AM EST2018-02-08 14:33:34 GMT
    The Royal Family Kids Camp will be July 9-13, 2018 in Beauregard Parish.(Source: KPLC)The Royal Family Kids Camp will be July 9-13, 2018 in Beauregard Parish.(Source: KPLC)

    For the second year, the Royal Family Kids Camp will give foster children between the ages of 6-12 one week of positive memories at a sleep-away summer camp.

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    For the second year, the Royal Family Kids Camp will give foster children between the ages of 6-12 one week of positive memories at a sleep-away summer camp.

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  • SWLA native to go for hiking Triple Crown

    SWLA native to go for hiking Triple Crown

    Thursday, February 8 2018 7:34 AM EST2018-02-08 12:34:37 GMT
    MIKE WINKLEMIKE WINKLE
    A Southwest Louisiana native is continuing his quest to hike the three most challenging trails in the U.S. We first met Michael Winkle in the fall of 2016, when he completed hiking the 2100 mile Appalachian Trail. In 2017, he hiked the 2600 mile Pacific Coast Trail. "114 to 120 degree days in the Mojave desert," recalled Winkle. "I ran out of water. I was injured in the Sierras in the snow, which was melting. 11 people died on the trail this year. It was very difficult...More >>
    A Southwest Louisiana native is continuing his quest to hike the three most challenging trails in the U.S. We first met Michael Winkle in the fall of 2016, when he completed hiking the 2100 mile Appalachian Trail. In 2017, he hiked the 2600 mile Pacific Coast Trail. "114 to 120 degree days in the Mojave desert," recalled Winkle. "I ran out of water. I was injured in the Sierras in the snow, which was melting. 11 people died on the trail this year. It was very difficult...More >>
  • Boil advisory lifted for parts of the Longville area

    Boil advisory lifted for parts of the Longville area

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 11:39 PM EST2018-02-08 04:39:03 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish has lifted a boil advisory for parts of the Longville area.  The advisory was for residents located between 12707 and 13908 Highway 171 in Longville and those residents located on the following roads: Amos Airhart, Frank Cole, Adrian Guidry, Nolan Cormie, Bushnell, and Burnett Loop in Longville. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish has lifted a boil advisory for parts of the Longville area.  The advisory was for residents located between 12707 and 13908 Highway 171 in Longville and those residents located on the following roads: Amos Airhart, Frank Cole, Adrian Guidry, Nolan Cormie, Bushnell, and Burnett Loop in Longville. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • TOPS Task Force votes to recommend changes to scholarship program

    TOPS Task Force votes to recommend changes to scholarship program

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 6:08 PM EST2018-02-07 23:08:53 GMT
    Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish and other task force members listened Wednesday to comments from Dr. Jim Henderson, president of the University of Louisiana system.Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish and other task force members listened Wednesday to comments from Dr. Jim Henderson, president of the University of Louisiana system.

    By Joby Richard LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE— The state’s TOPS Task Force voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend nine changes in the scholarship program, including one that would reduce awards for lower-performing students while increasing them for high-performing students. The plan would save the state $20 million a year, and Sen. Blade Morrish, R-Jennings, the chairman of the task force said it also suggests would incentivize low-performing students t...

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    By Joby Richard LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE— The state’s TOPS Task Force voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend nine changes in the scholarship program, including one that would reduce awards for lower-performing students while increasing them for high-performing students. The plan would save the state $20 million a year, and Sen. Blade Morrish, R-Jennings, the chairman of the task force said it also suggests would incentivize low-performing students t...

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  • LEGAL CORNER: Is my wreck on an unfinished highway my fault?

    LEGAL CORNER: Is my wreck on an unfinished highway my fault?

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 3:50 PM EST2018-02-07 20:50:09 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: Recently, there was a lot of highway construction being done on a specific section of the interstate near my home. during night hours there are no visible markers alerting where work is being done or which directions to take. while driving at night 2 weeks ago i proceeded down a detour and because there was no signs or guidance i wrecked my vehicle into an unfinished part of the highway, is this my fault?...

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    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: Recently, there was a lot of highway construction being done on a specific section of the interstate near my home. during night hours there are no visible markers alerting where work is being done or which directions to take. while driving at night 2 weeks ago i proceeded down a detour and because there was no signs or guidance i wrecked my vehicle into an unfinished part of the highway, is this my fault?...

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  • There are free ACT lessons for teens today at the Central Library

    There are free ACT lessons for teens today at the Central Library

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 8:31 AM EST2018-02-07 13:31:22 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)
    McNeese math professor Darren Alcock will be reviewing parts of the test and giving study tips. The free session starts at six this evening at the Central Library on West Claude Street in Lake Charles. teens will also have the chance to take an ACT practice test this Saturday at 9:30am at the Central Library. You need to register with the library to attend both these events. More >>
    McNeese math professor Darren Alcock will be reviewing parts of the test and giving study tips. The free session starts at six this evening at the Central Library on West Claude Street in Lake Charles. teens will also have the chance to take an ACT practice test this Saturday at 9:30am at the Central Library. You need to register with the library to attend both these events. More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 7, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 7, 2018

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 8:10 AM EST2018-02-07 13:10:23 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 7: Ava Nunez Ja'von Taylor, 7  Michael Anderson, 43 Shannon Lewis, 53 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 7: Ava Nunez Ja'von Taylor, 7  Michael Anderson, 43 Shannon Lewis, 53 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Louisiana could adopt system to predict flooding

    Louisiana could adopt system to predict flooding

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 7:04 PM EST2018-02-07 00:04:54 GMT
    (Source: WAFB)(Source: WAFB)

    By Brianna Jones-Williams and Martha Ramirez LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could be one of the first states to have a statewide system to predict flooding. The Water Institute of the Gulf, a nonprofit research institute, told a joint legislative committee Tuesday that it could develop such a system to help reduce flood damage. Justin Ehrenwerth, the chief executive officer of The Water Institute of the Gulf, emphasized how devastating the 2016 flood was ...

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    By Brianna Jones-Williams and Martha Ramirez LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could be one of the first states to have a statewide system to predict flooding. The Water Institute of the Gulf, a nonprofit research institute, told a joint legislative committee Tuesday that it could develop such a system to help reduce flood damage. Justin Ehrenwerth, the chief executive officer of The Water Institute of the Gulf, emphasized how devastating the 2016 flood was ...

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  • Prosecutors, defense attorneys at odds over system that could streamline sentencing

    Prosecutors, defense attorneys at odds over system that could streamline sentencing

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 7:02 PM EST2018-02-07 00:02:58 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    By Paul Braun LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors and defense attorneys on a state task force are at odds over the panel’s recommendations of a felony class system but agree that they need to make the proposals work. The Felony Class System Task Force voted last week to recommend a class structure that would place the more than 660 criminal offenses into seven categories with set sentencing ranges.  The final task force report has not been released....

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    By Paul Braun LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors and defense attorneys on a state task force are at odds over the panel’s recommendations of a felony class system but agree that they need to make the proposals work. The Felony Class System Task Force voted last week to recommend a class structure that would place the more than 660 criminal offenses into seven categories with set sentencing ranges.  The final task force report has not been released....

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  • Southwest Louisiana booking report: Monday, Feb. 5.

    Southwest Louisiana booking report: Monday, Feb. 5.

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 8:57 AM EST2018-02-06 13:57:18 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    David Mar, 22, Houma: Out of state detainer Derrick Sutton, 40, Lake Charles: Three counts produce, manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule narcotic. Newton Thigpen, 24, Lake Charles: Simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, possession of marijuana, prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia. Calethea Ulmer, 47, Vinton: Theft under $750, probation and parole. Angela Goodfriend, 33, Dequincy: Prohibited acts, child endangerment. Jonathan Ulmer, 41,  Vinton: Pronatio...

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    David Mar, 22, Houma: Out of state detainer Derrick Sutton, 40, Lake Charles: Three counts produce, manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule narcotic. Newton Thigpen, 24, Lake Charles: Simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, possession of marijuana, prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia. Calethea Ulmer, 47, Vinton: Theft under $750, probation and parole. Angela Goodfriend, 33, Dequincy: Prohibited acts, child endangerment. Jonathan Ulmer, 41,  Vinton: Pronatio...

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  • Scholarship set up in memory of Lake Charles preservationist

    Scholarship set up in memory of Lake Charles preservationist

    Monday, February 5 2018 7:42 PM EST2018-02-06 00:42:04 GMT
    (SOURCE: Johnson Funeral Home)(SOURCE: Johnson Funeral Home)

    Northwestern State University is establishing a scholarship in memory of a woman from Lake Charles. Mavis Cade Raggio's passion for historical preservation is why she'll have a scholarship named after her. Raggio graduated from Northwestern where she was a member of Delta Zeta sorority and the Purple Jackets. She was an active member of the Junior League of Lake Charles, serving on the committee which established the Lake Charles Symphony in 1956. Raggio was president of the Ju...

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    Northwestern State University is establishing a scholarship in memory of a woman from Lake Charles. Mavis Cade Raggio's passion for historical preservation is why she'll have a scholarship named after her. Raggio graduated from Northwestern where she was a member of Delta Zeta sorority and the Purple Jackets. She was an active member of the Junior League of Lake Charles, serving on the committee which established the Lake Charles Symphony in 1956. Raggio was president of the Ju...

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  • Air Supply to perform at the Golden Nugget

    Air Supply to perform at the Golden Nugget

    Monday, February 5 2018 7:39 PM EST2018-02-06 00:39:02 GMT

    Australian duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock better known as Air Supply will perform at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 PM Their 1980 single “Lost in Love” became the fastest selling single in the world with their second single, “All Out of Love”, moving up the charts even more quickly. Other favorite hits from Air Supply include “The One That You Love”, “Sweet Dreams”, “Makin...

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    Australian duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock better known as Air Supply will perform at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 PM Their 1980 single “Lost in Love” became the fastest selling single in the world with their second single, “All Out of Love”, moving up the charts even more quickly. Other favorite hits from Air Supply include “The One That You Love”, “Sweet Dreams”, “Makin...

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  • Lake Charles Mardi Gras 'Do's & Dont's'

    Lake Charles Mardi Gras 'Do's & Dont's'

    Monday, February 5 2018 7:34 PM EST2018-02-06 00:34:02 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Parade Do's & Dont's: DO NOT LITTER. No glass containers of any kind. Leave pets at home. Leave all valuables at home. NO open fires in or on vehicles. Do not pour hot coals on the ground. Stay behind all police lines or curbs. Do not run up to or near the floats. Do not follow or chase floats. Do not throw anything at the floats or float riders. Please watch your children. Be kind and courteous to your neighbor. No bikes, skateboards, roller blades or hoverboards/S...

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    Parade Do's & Dont's: DO NOT LITTER. No glass containers of any kind. Leave pets at home. Leave all valuables at home. NO open fires in or on vehicles. Do not pour hot coals on the ground. Stay behind all police lines or curbs. Do not run up to or near the floats. Do not follow or chase floats. Do not throw anything at the floats or float riders. Please watch your children. Be kind and courteous to your neighbor. No bikes, skateboards, roller blades or hoverboards/S...

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  • Work begins Tuesday on Entergy's electric upgrades in Jeff Davis Parish

    Work begins Tuesday on Entergy's electric upgrades in Jeff Davis Parish

    Monday, February 5 2018 4:25 PM EST2018-02-05 21:25:03 GMT
    (Source: Entergy)(Source: Entergy)

    Entergy Louisiana is slated to begin construction Tuesday, Feb. 6 on its $100 million technological upgrade to its electric power transmission grid in Jefferson Davis Parish. Entergy says the project will enhance reliability, increase transmission capacity, and help ensure the availability of affordable power. "This project represents Entergy Louisiana's ongoing commitment to providing reliable, affordable electricity to our customers while helping grow our state's economy,"...

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    Entergy Louisiana is slated to begin construction Tuesday, Feb. 6 on its $100 million technological upgrade to its electric power transmission grid in Jefferson Davis Parish. Entergy says the project will enhance reliability, increase transmission capacity, and help ensure the availability of affordable power. "This project represents Entergy Louisiana's ongoing commitment to providing reliable, affordable electricity to our customers while helping grow our state's economy,"...

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 5, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 5, 2018

    Monday, February 5 2018 9:38 AM EST2018-02-05 14:38:00 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 5: Debbie Dronett, 51 Kati Comeaux, 20 Khloe Mazyck, 5 Xavier Iles, 18 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb. 5: Debbie Dronett, 51 Kati Comeaux, 20 Khloe Mazyck, 5 Xavier Iles, 18 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Feb. 1.

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Feb. 1.

    Friday, February 2 2018 9:27 AM EST2018-02-02 14:27:13 GMT
    Donte Quamaine McZeal, 28, Lake Charles: Curfew at boat launching facilities, resisting an officer by refusal to i.D., resisting an officer, contraband defined, certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited.  Albert Zackary Jenkins, 25, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Keron Mikel Bernard, 23, Sulphur: Illegal use of weapons or dangerous instruments, disturbing the peace.  Bryan James Richard, 31, Vinton: Prohibited acts, drugs ...More >>
    Donte Quamaine McZeal, 28, Lake Charles: Curfew at boat launching facilities, resisting an officer by refusal to i.D., resisting an officer, contraband defined, certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited.  Albert Zackary Jenkins, 25, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Keron Mikel Bernard, 23, Sulphur: Illegal use of weapons or dangerous instruments, disturbing the peace.  Bryan James Richard, 31, Vinton: Prohibited acts, drugs ...More >>
  • Cajun Special Forces to hold training for first responders

    Cajun Special Forces to hold training for first responders

    Friday, February 2 2018 8:48 AM EST2018-02-02 13:48:40 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    You may remember the group "Cajun Special Forces" that helped out during the historic flooding across South Louisiana in 2016 and during Harvey last year. Kip Coltrin of the "Cajun Special Forces" will be holding training for first responders in case of natural disasters on Saturday, Feb. 3. the training will be Saturday, Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Carlyss area. The training will include topics like K-9 search training and nighttime searches. ...

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    You may remember the group "Cajun Special Forces" that helped out during the historic flooding across South Louisiana in 2016 and during Harvey last year. Kip Coltrin of the "Cajun Special Forces" will be holding training for first responders in case of natural disasters on Saturday, Feb. 3. the training will be Saturday, Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Carlyss area. The training will include topics like K-9 search training and nighttime searches. ...

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  • Lake Charles art reception held Thursday night

    Lake Charles art reception held Thursday night

    Friday, February 2 2018 12:27 AM EST2018-02-02 05:27:32 GMT
    CPSB logo (Source: CPSB)CPSB logo (Source: CPSB)

    Local young artists were honored Thursday night at a reception.  Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter and the Calcasieu Parish school system's Department of Fine Arts hosted it.  The reception was held to honor select visual art students at the Cultural Center. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Local young artists were honored Thursday night at a reception.  Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter and the Calcasieu Parish school system's Department of Fine Arts hosted it.  The reception was held to honor select visual art students at the Cultural Center. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Fashion Week Lake Charles presents “Fashion After Dark”

    Fashion Week Lake Charles presents “Fashion After Dark”

    Thursday, February 1 2018 10:09 PM EST2018-02-02 03:09:51 GMT
    (Source: FWLC)(Source: FWLC)

    A new runway series will lead into Fashion Week Lake Charles this year, showcasing area designers. The monthly fashion presentations - Fashion After Dark - start Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m at Delano Wine Bar. The first Fashion After Dark, “Unmasked,” includes a runway show by designer, Jeta McCreary. It is a masquerade event that will feature couture fashion and craft cocktails. “FWLC will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF), which is the ...

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    A new runway series will lead into Fashion Week Lake Charles this year, showcasing area designers. The monthly fashion presentations - Fashion After Dark - start Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m at Delano Wine Bar. The first Fashion After Dark, “Unmasked,” includes a runway show by designer, Jeta McCreary. It is a masquerade event that will feature couture fashion and craft cocktails. “FWLC will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF), which is the ...

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  • Two refineries affected by power failure

    Two refineries affected by power failure

    Thursday, February 1 2018 7:26 PM EST2018-02-02 00:26:18 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
    Two refineries were affected by a power outage in the area of La. 108 Thursday, local officials said. Both Westlake Petrochem and Citgo were affected, although no protective action was necessary, said Dick Gremillion, head of Calcasieu OEP. Citgo released the following statement: Today, Feb. 1, 2018, at approximately 11:30 a.m. the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery experienced a power failure due to the loss of power from an Entergy substation. Power was restored by 12:32 p.m. and ...More >>
    Two refineries were affected by a power outage in the area of La. 108 Thursday, local officials said. Both Westlake Petrochem and Citgo were affected, although no protective action was necessary, said Dick Gremillion, head of Calcasieu OEP. Citgo released the following statement: Today, Feb. 1, 2018, at approximately 11:30 a.m. the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery experienced a power failure due to the loss of power from an Entergy substation. Power was restored by 12:32 p.m. and ...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 1, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Feb. 1, 2018

    Thursday, February 1 2018 8:27 AM EST2018-02-01 13:27:40 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb.1: Braitianna Benjamin, 28 Leilan Chavis, 8 Derrien Thomas, 1 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Feb.1: Braitianna Benjamin, 28 Leilan Chavis, 8 Derrien Thomas, 1 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Mapping AEDs in Calcasieu Parish

    Mapping AEDs in Calcasieu Parish

    Thursday, February 1 2018 6:22 AM EST2018-02-01 11:22:54 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    A Moss Bluff teenager is raising awareness about a proven life-saving device. Dylan Burleigh wanted to make a difference when he chose his project to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.  After talking with Paramedic/EMT Billy Vincent about the need for AEDs in buildings like gymnasiums, auditoriums and churches, he got to work.   "The AED makes the largest difference combined with early and effective CPR in the survivability of the individual that suffers cardia...

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    A Moss Bluff teenager is raising awareness about a proven life-saving device. Dylan Burleigh wanted to make a difference when he chose his project to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.  After talking with Paramedic/EMT Billy Vincent about the need for AEDs in buildings like gymnasiums, auditoriums and churches, he got to work.   "The AED makes the largest difference combined with early and effective CPR in the survivability of the individual that suffers cardia...

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  • Golden Nugget unveils February entertainment calendar

    Golden Nugget unveils February entertainment calendar

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 6:09 PM EST2018-01-31 23:09:43 GMT
    (Source: Golden Nugget)(Source: Golden Nugget)

    Golden Nugget Lake Charles has unveiled their February 2018 entertainment schedule.  Scheduled concerts include: Feb. 2:  Larry the Cable Guy, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9:  Easton Corbin, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10:  Terry Fator, 8:00 p.m. Feb. 16:  KC & the Sunshine Band, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17:  Tracy Lawrence, 8:00 p.m. Feb. 23: Don Felder, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24:  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 8:00 p.m. For a complete list of upcoming performances, view the ...

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    Golden Nugget Lake Charles has unveiled their February 2018 entertainment schedule.  Scheduled concerts include: Feb. 2:  Larry the Cable Guy, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9:  Easton Corbin, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10:  Terry Fator, 8:00 p.m. Feb. 16:  KC & the Sunshine Band, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17:  Tracy Lawrence, 8:00 p.m. Feb. 23: Don Felder, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24:  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 8:00 p.m. For a complete list of upcoming performances, view the ...

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  • 90s group Bell Biv DeVoe coming to Lake Charles

    90s group Bell Biv DeVoe coming to Lake Charles

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 6:07 PM EST2018-01-31 23:07:51 GMT
    (Source: Golden Nugget)(Source: Golden Nugget)
    The 1990s group R&B Bell Biv DeVoe is coming to Lake Charles. The breakoff from New Edition will perform at the Golden Nugget's Grand Event Center at 8 p.m. on March 3. The group's debut album, Poison, was released in 1990 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart. The group released a new album, Three Stripes, last year. Bell Biv DeVoe was formed by three original members of New Edition: Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe. Tickets ...More >>
    The 1990s group R&B Bell Biv DeVoe is coming to Lake Charles. The breakoff from New Edition will perform at the Golden Nugget's Grand Event Center at 8 p.m. on March 3. The group's debut album, Poison, was released in 1990 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart. The group released a new album, Three Stripes, last year. Bell Biv DeVoe was formed by three original members of New Edition: Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe. Tickets ...More >>
  • Hank Williams Jr. returning to Golden Nugget in May

    Hank Williams Jr. returning to Golden Nugget in May

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 5:54 PM EST2018-01-31 22:54:58 GMT

    Country music legend Hank Williams Jr. will return to the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Friday, May 11. In news release, the Golden Nugget says Williams will perform in the H20 outdoor concert venue starting at 9:00 PM. Reserved seating, general admission standing and VIP stage area standing tickets are available with prices starting at $70. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 16 online at www.goldennuggetlc.com or by visiting the Golden Nugget Box Office, open Tuesday through Sa...

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    Country music legend Hank Williams Jr. will return to the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles on Friday, May 11. In news release, the Golden Nugget says Williams will perform in the H20 outdoor concert venue starting at 9:00 PM. Reserved seating, general admission standing and VIP stage area standing tickets are available with prices starting at $70. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 16 online at www.goldennuggetlc.com or by visiting the Golden Nugget Box Office, open Tuesday through Sa...

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  • LEGAL CORNER: Can I be at a hunting camp around guns if I'm a convicted felon?

    LEGAL CORNER: Can I be at a hunting camp around guns if I'm a convicted felon?

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 1:31 PM EST2018-01-31 18:31:10 GMT
    (Source: swla-law-center.com)(Source: swla-law-center.com)

    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please.      Question: I am an only child. My mother and I were told we do not need a will because I am an only child. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a will or not having one? Will it be easier after my mom’s death with or without a will?      Answer: First it is important to differentiate between a Living Will and a Last Will and Testament. A living will is effecti...

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    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please.      Question: I am an only child. My mother and I were told we do not need a will because I am an only child. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a will or not having one? Will it be easier after my mom’s death with or without a will?      Answer: First it is important to differentiate between a Living Will and a Last Will and Testament. A living will is effecti...

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  • Memories of the rodeo - two brothers meet the stars

    Memories of the rodeo - two brothers meet the stars

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 1:10 PM EST2018-01-31 18:10:16 GMT
    JOHN GUILBEAUXJOHN GUILBEAUX
    This film reel of the 1964 rodeo parade through downtown Lake Charles gives just a glimpse of just how big the yearly spectacle had become. Uncovered by Westlake resident Loren Victory, the video shows the Lake Area's fascination with the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo. "It was a huge parade with a lot of horses," said John Guilbeaux. "They would have a lot of people. There was even a float called a hoosegow, which was a western term for a jail. For people...More >>
    This film reel of the 1964 rodeo parade through downtown Lake Charles gives just a glimpse of just how big the yearly spectacle had become. Uncovered by Westlake resident Loren Victory, the video shows the Lake Area's fascination with the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo. "It was a huge parade with a lot of horses," said John Guilbeaux. "They would have a lot of people. There was even a float called a hoosegow, which was a western term for a jail. For people...More >>
  • Sugarcane meetings set to help farmers with 2018 season

    Sugarcane meetings set to help farmers with 2018 season

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 1:00 PM EST2018-01-31 18:00:43 GMT
    (Source: LSU AgCenter)(Source: LSU AgCenter)
    The LSU AgCenter reports the 2017 sugarcane crop was successful but it's time for farmers to begin focusing on their next crop. At meetings across the state, experts with the LSU AgCenter and other entities have been addressing a wide range of topics. “Very few people can appreciate what it takes to make a good crop of cane,” said sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois at a Jan. 30 meeting in Assumption Parish. Gravois said Louisiana farmers grew about 440,000 acres ...More >>
    The LSU AgCenter reports the 2017 sugarcane crop was successful but it's time for farmers to begin focusing on their next crop. At meetings across the state, experts with the LSU AgCenter and other entities have been addressing a wide range of topics. “Very few people can appreciate what it takes to make a good crop of cane,” said sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois at a Jan. 30 meeting in Assumption Parish. Gravois said Louisiana farmers grew about 440,000 acres ...More >>
  • Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 8:35 AM EST2018-01-31 13:35:45 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy Birthday! Jeremiah Victor 12 Lia Chavis 29 Marcus Matthews 5 Sabrinia Thomas 55 Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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    Happy Birthday! Jeremiah Victor 12 Lia Chavis 29 Marcus Matthews 5 Sabrinia Thomas 55 Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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  • Opioid overdoses lead to spike in organ donations

    Opioid overdoses lead to spike in organ donations

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 6:56 PM EST2018-01-30 23:56:23 GMT
    Organ TransplantOrgan Transplant

    According to the CDC, 20 people die every day waiting for an organ donation. In an interesting twist of the opioid epidemic, overdoses across the country are actually adding to the number of organ donations. 

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    According to the CDC, 20 people die every day waiting for an organ donation. In an interesting twist of the opioid epidemic, overdoses across the country are actually adding to the number of organ donations. 

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  • SWLA in the service: AB Morgan Myers

    SWLA in the service: AB Morgan Myers

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 6:50 PM EST2018-01-30 23:50:25 GMT

    U.S. Air Force Airman Morgan S. Myers graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas, according to a news release from the Joint Hometown News Service. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in ap...

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    U.S. Air Force Airman Morgan S. Myers graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas, according to a news release from the Joint Hometown News Service. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in ap...

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  • SWLA IN THE SERVICE: Amn Dylan Fontenot

    SWLA IN THE SERVICE: Amn Dylan Fontenot

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 6:48 PM EST2018-01-30 23:48:21 GMT
    (Source: Joint Hometown News Service)(Source: Joint Hometown News Service)

    SWLA IN THE SERVICE: Amn Dylan Fontenot

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    SWLA IN THE SERVICE: Amn Dylan Fontenot

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  • Shelley Johnson honored with tourism industry lifetime achievement award

    Shelley Johnson honored with tourism industry lifetime achievement award

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 6:46 PM EST2018-01-30 23:46:19 GMT

    Shelley Johnson, executive director/CEO of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitor's Bureau was named the recipient of the Will Mangham Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award. Johnson received the award during the Louisiana Travel Association's Annual Membership Meeting held recently in Lafayette. "I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given the tremendous opportunity to be part of the vibrant Louisiana tourism industry for a lifetime career. The people that I...

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    Shelley Johnson, executive director/CEO of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitor's Bureau was named the recipient of the Will Mangham Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award. Johnson received the award during the Louisiana Travel Association's Annual Membership Meeting held recently in Lafayette. "I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given the tremendous opportunity to be part of the vibrant Louisiana tourism industry for a lifetime career. The people that I...

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  • LHSAA releases 2018 girls soccer playoff brackets

    LHSAA releases 2018 girls soccer playoff brackets

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 5:20 PM EST2018-01-30 22:20:48 GMT
    The LHSAA released its 2018 girls soccer tournament brackets Tuesday. The championship matches will be held February 21-23 at UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajun Soccer Field in Lafayette. Local teams that made the cut and their first round match up are listed below. Division I- (22) Zachary at (11) Barbe (17) Sulphur at (16) Dutchtown Division II- (18) South Terrebonne at (15) Sam Houston Division III- (21) Erath at (12) DeRidder (2) St. Louis - 1ST ROUND BYE&nb...More >>
    The LHSAA released its 2018 girls soccer tournament brackets Tuesday. The championship matches will be held February 21-23 at UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajun Soccer Field in Lafayette. Local teams that made the cut and their first round match up are listed below. Division I- (22) Zachary at (11) Barbe (17) Sulphur at (16) Dutchtown Division II- (18) South Terrebonne at (15) Sam Houston Division III- (21) Erath at (12) DeRidder (2) St. Louis - 1ST ROUND BYE&nb...More >>
  • 'Greyhounds' set director to visit U.S.S. Orleck for third time

    'Greyhounds' set director to visit U.S.S. Orleck for third time

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 12:30 PM EST2018-01-30 17:30:10 GMT
    USS Orleck (Source: Jillian Corder/KPLC)USS Orleck (Source: Jillian Corder/KPLC)

    The set director for a new movie about World War Two will be making his third trip to the U.S.S. Orleck on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Leonard Spears will be at the ship around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. He is set to look at items and speak with volunteers in attempt to create as authentic of a set as possible for the upcoming movie "Greyhound." It is filming in Baton Rouge and will be starring Tom Hanks.

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    The set director for a new movie about World War Two will be making his third trip to the U.S.S. Orleck on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Leonard Spears will be at the ship around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. He is set to look at items and speak with volunteers in attempt to create as authentic of a set as possible for the upcoming movie "Greyhound." It is filming in Baton Rouge and will be starring Tom Hanks.

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  • Correction Report: Monday Jan. 29

    Correction Report: Monday Jan. 29

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 8:48 AM EST2018-01-30 13:48:49 GMT

    David Tyrone Uribe-Loyo, 51, Lake Charles: Obscenity. Chad Joseph Pearson, 30, Sulphur: Probation Detainer. Eddie Frank Fulgham, 26, Iowa: Operating while intoxicated. Gregory Demetius Brooks, 25, Lake Charles: Aggravated burglary, domestic abuse battery, strangulation.   Byron Lee Ray, 28, Sulphur: Probation violation. Darian Karl Lafleur, 23, Lake Charles: Five counts of direct contempt of court. Alex Tremaine Dennis, 40, Lake Charles: careless operation. Taylor Jam...

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    David Tyrone Uribe-Loyo, 51, Lake Charles: Obscenity. Chad Joseph Pearson, 30, Sulphur: Probation Detainer. Eddie Frank Fulgham, 26, Iowa: Operating while intoxicated. Gregory Demetius Brooks, 25, Lake Charles: Aggravated burglary, domestic abuse battery, strangulation.   Byron Lee Ray, 28, Sulphur: Probation violation. Darian Karl Lafleur, 23, Lake Charles: Five counts of direct contempt of court. Alex Tremaine Dennis, 40, Lake Charles: careless operation. Taylor Jam...

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  • Livestock show and rodeo returns to Burton Coliseum

    Livestock show and rodeo returns to Burton Coliseum

    Monday, January 29 2018 9:20 PM EST2018-01-30 02:20:59 GMT
    (Source: Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo website)(Source: Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo website)

    The Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo returns to the Burton Complex Thursday – Saturday, Feb. 1-3, with rodeo performances, livestock shows and more according to a news release. The “mane” attraction is the professional rodeo performances that kick into gear each night featuring bucking broncos, thundering hooves and cheering fans. The Western Heritage Parade will kick off Thursday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. starting at W. LaGrange St., head south on Ryan St., an...

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    The Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo returns to the Burton Complex Thursday – Saturday, Feb. 1-3, with rodeo performances, livestock shows and more according to a news release. The “mane” attraction is the professional rodeo performances that kick into gear each night featuring bucking broncos, thundering hooves and cheering fans. The Western Heritage Parade will kick off Thursday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. starting at W. LaGrange St., head south on Ryan St., an...

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 29, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 29, 2018

    Monday, January 29 2018 9:17 AM EST2018-01-29 14:17:42 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 29.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 29.

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  • Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: Fri. Jan 26

    Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: Fri. Jan 26

    Monday, January 29 2018 9:14 AM EST2018-01-29 14:14:37 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    Darian Karl LaFleur, 23, Lake Charles: General speed law, operating a vehicle while license is suspended, three counts failure to register and notify as a sex offender or child predator. Alex Tremaine Dennis, 40, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, two counts of aggravated battery, simple battery. Michelle Ann Fontenot, 46, Iowa: Two counts possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana, contraband defined, certain activities regarding contraba...More >>
    Darian Karl LaFleur, 23, Lake Charles: General speed law, operating a vehicle while license is suspended, three counts failure to register and notify as a sex offender or child predator. Alex Tremaine Dennis, 40, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, two counts of aggravated battery, simple battery. Michelle Ann Fontenot, 46, Iowa: Two counts possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana, contraband defined, certain activities regarding contraba...More >>
  • Vacationers discuss cruise on which woman went missing

    Vacationers discuss cruise on which woman went missing

    Saturday, January 27 2018 3:56 PM EST2018-01-27 20:56:26 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    It began as a nice relaxing vacation for cruise-goers on the ship Carnival Triumph… until about 24 hours intro the trip. "We were eating dinner and they came over the intercom and said 'man overboard, starboard side,' and they said it a couple times and everyone just got really quiet," said Jade Gotte. The mood on the ship quickly changed. Gotte was on the cruise with Kaylyn Lafleur. They said everyone was having fun, "then reality hit - someone just...More >>
    It began as a nice relaxing vacation for cruise-goers on the ship Carnival Triumph… until about 24 hours intro the trip. "We were eating dinner and they came over the intercom and said 'man overboard, starboard side,' and they said it a couple times and everyone just got really quiet," said Jade Gotte. The mood on the ship quickly changed. Gotte was on the cruise with Kaylyn Lafleur. They said everyone was having fun, "then reality hit - someone just...More >>
  • Saturday storms cause small number of power outages

    Saturday storms cause small number of power outages

    Saturday, January 27 2018 3:32 PM EST2018-01-27 20:32:56 GMT

    Some Entergy customers across southwest Louisiana are experiencing power outages as a result of Saturday morning's storms. According to Entergy's website, the outages impact downtown Lake Charles near Division Street and areas north of Vinton. Entergy reports they are investigating the cause of both outages. An estimated 347 total customers are affected. Beauregard Electric Co-Op is also reporting a small outage south of Rosepine. About 8 customers are affected. Copyright 2018 ...

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    Some Entergy customers across southwest Louisiana are experiencing power outages as a result of Saturday morning's storms. According to Entergy's website, the outages impact downtown Lake Charles near Division Street and areas north of Vinton. Entergy reports they are investigating the cause of both outages. An estimated 347 total customers are affected. Beauregard Electric Co-Op is also reporting a small outage south of Rosepine. About 8 customers are affected. Copyright 2018 ...

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  • Temporary Road Closure Scheduled for 12th Street in Lake Charles

    Temporary Road Closure Scheduled for 12th Street in Lake Charles

    Friday, January 26 2018 5:58 PM EST2018-01-26 22:58:08 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The City of Lake Charles says on Saturday February 3, 2018, both east and west-bound lanes of traffic on 12th Street (between Hodges and Ryan Streets) will be temporarily closed beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting for approximately 12 hours. The news release said the purpose of the temporary closure is to allow for railroad track maintenance. During the construction, access to neighboring businesses will not be interrupted. The Walmart entrance closest to Ryan Street will remain op...More >>
    The City of Lake Charles says on Saturday February 3, 2018, both east and west-bound lanes of traffic on 12th Street (between Hodges and Ryan Streets) will be temporarily closed beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting for approximately 12 hours. The news release said the purpose of the temporary closure is to allow for railroad track maintenance. During the construction, access to neighboring businesses will not be interrupted. The Walmart entrance closest to Ryan Street will remain op...More >>
  • Glenn Cecchini and Max Caldarera to be inducted into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame 2018 class

    Glenn Cecchini and Max Caldarera to be inducted into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame 2018 class

    Friday, January 26 2018 5:42 PM EST2018-01-26 22:42:33 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Lake Area will see a pair of coaching legends inducted into the 10-member Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 2018 class. Barbe baseball coach Glenn Cecchini and former Westlake coach, Max Caldarera will join the hallowed halls of Louisiana high school history on April 7 at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. Cecchini's career speaks for itself since his start at Barbe in 1987. He's won nine state titles, and a national title (awarded by the National High School Baseball C...

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    The Lake Area will see a pair of coaching legends inducted into the 10-member Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 2018 class. Barbe baseball coach Glenn Cecchini and former Westlake coach, Max Caldarera will join the hallowed halls of Louisiana high school history on April 7 at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. Cecchini's career speaks for itself since his start at Barbe in 1987. He's won nine state titles, and a national title (awarded by the National High School Baseball C...

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  • Rhonda Kitchens to return to KPLC

    Rhonda Kitchens to return to KPLC

    Friday, January 26 2018 11:24 AM EST2018-01-26 16:24:14 GMT

    Longtime journalist Rhonda Kitchens is returning to KPLC in February. News Director Jenelle Shriner made the announcement Wednesday of Kitchens' return as Morning Assistant News Director.  "Rhonda will oversee our morning newscasts on both KPLC and FOX29," said Shriner. "We are excited to bring her back to Lake Charles." Kitchens is currently the News Content Manager/Assistant News Director at KBMT in Beaumont. Prior to that, she served for three years as E...

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    Longtime journalist Rhonda Kitchens is returning to KPLC in February. News Director Jenelle Shriner made the announcement Wednesday of Kitchens' return as Morning Assistant News Director.  "Rhonda will oversee our morning newscasts on both KPLC and FOX29," said Shriner. "We are excited to bring her back to Lake Charles." Kitchens is currently the News Content Manager/Assistant News Director at KBMT in Beaumont. Prior to that, she served for three years as E...

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  • Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: Jan. 25

    Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: Jan. 25

    Friday, January 26 2018 9:29 AM EST2018-01-26 14:29:22 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Patrick Jr Owens, 17, Lake Charles: Two counts Simply burglary, Two counts theft less than $1,000. Byron Carl Jones, 40, Lake Charles: Battery of a dating partner. Antonio Lytrell Jackson, 19, Iowa: Theft of a motor vehicle from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Lorenzo Shontrell Jackson, 20, Iowa: Theft of a motor vehicle from $5,000 but less than $25,000. Stacy Lynn Rogers, 35, Lake Charles: Maleasance in office; sexual conduct prohibited with prisoner. Melvin Alicea, 26, Lak...More >>
    Patrick Jr Owens, 17, Lake Charles: Two counts Simply burglary, Two counts theft less than $1,000. Byron Carl Jones, 40, Lake Charles: Battery of a dating partner. Antonio Lytrell Jackson, 19, Iowa: Theft of a motor vehicle from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Lorenzo Shontrell Jackson, 20, Iowa: Theft of a motor vehicle from $5,000 but less than $25,000. Stacy Lynn Rogers, 35, Lake Charles: Maleasance in office; sexual conduct prohibited with prisoner. Melvin Alicea, 26, Lak...More >>
  • Sunrise Kitchen: Crackling Crusted Tuna and Mardi Gras Slaw

    Friday, January 26 2018 8:43 AM EST2018-01-26 13:43:41 GMT

    SOWELA chefs share a recipe for Crackling Crusted Tuna and Mardi Gras Slaw. Crackling Crusted Tuna Ingredients:  8 oz. pork cracklings 16 oz. panko bread crumbs 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning Egg wash 1 1/2 cups + 7 Tbsp olive oil 18 oz. tuna Zest of lemon 1 pinch white pepper 1 oz. chopped fresh parsley 4 oz. back fin crab meat 16 oz. bacon (Julienne) Directions: Combine Pork Crackling process until ...

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    SOWELA chefs share a recipe for Crackling Crusted Tuna and Mardi Gras Slaw. Crackling Crusted Tuna Ingredients:  8 oz. pork cracklings 16 oz. panko bread crumbs 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning Egg wash 1 1/2 cups + 7 Tbsp olive oil 18 oz. tuna Zest of lemon 1 pinch white pepper 1 oz. chopped fresh parsley 4 oz. back fin crab meat 16 oz. bacon (Julienne) Directions: Combine Pork Crackling process until ...

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  • 2018 Louisiana High School All-Star basketball rosters announced

    2018 Louisiana High School All-Star basketball rosters announced

    Thursday, January 25 2018 10:06 PM EST2018-01-26 03:06:15 GMT

    The rosters have been announced for the 2018 LHSCA / LHSBCA All-star Basketball games on March 17. Southwest Louisiana athletes are selected to the West All-Stars of each game. The boys roster consists of one local athlete, South Beauregard's Micah Blackwell. The team also has South Beau coach, Adam Coleman as an assistant. The girls roster is loaded with local talent. Eight total athletes from Southwest Louisiana will play in the all-star game. Barbe's Brandi Williams and Divi...

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    The rosters have been announced for the 2018 LHSCA / LHSBCA All-star Basketball games on March 17. Southwest Louisiana athletes are selected to the West All-Stars of each game. The boys roster consists of one local athlete, South Beauregard's Micah Blackwell. The team also has South Beau coach, Adam Coleman as an assistant. The girls roster is loaded with local talent. Eight total athletes from Southwest Louisiana will play in the all-star game. Barbe's Brandi Williams and Divi...

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  • Man arrested for multiple violations of a protective order

    Man arrested for multiple violations of a protective order

    Thursday, January 25 2018 8:26 PM EST2018-01-26 01:26:41 GMT
    (Source: CPSO)(Source: CPSO)

    Man arrested for multiple violations of a protective order

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    Man arrested for multiple violations of a protective order

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  • Police respond to crash in Port Arthur, discover gunshot victim

    Police respond to crash in Port Arthur, discover gunshot victim

    Thursday, January 25 2018 8:14 PM EST2018-01-26 01:14:36 GMT

    A driver who was discovered with a gunshot wound after a multi-vehicle crash in Port Arthur has died, according to Beaumont television station KBMT. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a crash at the intersection of 39th Street and Memorial Blvd Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. Police say the man was shot about a mile north of the crash scene and was driving south on Memorial Blvd at a high rate of speed when he struck an SUV crossing the intersection. The impact cause...

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    A driver who was discovered with a gunshot wound after a multi-vehicle crash in Port Arthur has died, according to Beaumont television station KBMT. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a crash at the intersection of 39th Street and Memorial Blvd Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. Police say the man was shot about a mile north of the crash scene and was driving south on Memorial Blvd at a high rate of speed when he struck an SUV crossing the intersection. The impact cause...

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  • Cold snap reduced some pests, others unaffected

    Cold snap reduced some pests, others unaffected

    Thursday, January 25 2018 6:09 PM EST2018-01-25 23:09:21 GMT
    (Source: Jeff Davis/LSU AgCenter)(Source: Jeff Davis/LSU AgCenter)
    Good news after record-breaking cold temperatures in Louisiana this month - fewer bugs. According to the LSU AgCenter, many crop pests did not survive the cold snap. That's great for farmers who are preparing for the upcoming growing season. The bad news is mosquitoes, ticks and other pesky pests were not affected by the weather. Stink Bugs, loopers, armyworms Enemy No. 1 for soybeans is the redbanded stink bug, according to entomologist Jeff Davis. He says after the col...More >>
    Good news after record-breaking cold temperatures in Louisiana this month - fewer bugs. According to the LSU AgCenter, many crop pests did not survive the cold snap. That's great for farmers who are preparing for the upcoming growing season. The bad news is mosquitoes, ticks and other pesky pests were not affected by the weather. Stink Bugs, loopers, armyworms Enemy No. 1 for soybeans is the redbanded stink bug, according to entomologist Jeff Davis. He says after the col...More >>
  • Exhibit showcases Louisiana feminist movement

    Exhibit showcases Louisiana feminist movement

    Thursday, January 25 2018 4:10 PM EST2018-01-25 21:10:39 GMT

    A photographic exhibition entitled The Personal is Political: Portraits of Louisiana Second-Wave Feminists is now on display in the first floor gallery through March 3. The exhibit was co-created by McNeese professors Dr. Janet Allured and Dr. Carrie Chrisco. The exhibit showcases Louisiana women who have been working since the 1970s to bring about greater gender equality in the state. "This project has given me the opportunity to photograph and meet women across the state...

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    A photographic exhibition entitled The Personal is Political: Portraits of Louisiana Second-Wave Feminists is now on display in the first floor gallery through March 3. The exhibit was co-created by McNeese professors Dr. Janet Allured and Dr. Carrie Chrisco. The exhibit showcases Louisiana women who have been working since the 1970s to bring about greater gender equality in the state. "This project has given me the opportunity to photograph and meet women across the state...

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  • Lions Club honored for community service

    Lions Club honored for community service

    Thursday, January 25 2018 9:24 AM EST2018-01-25 14:24:11 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    These Louisiana Lions Club members are doing what they do best.. serve the community. The world's largest service organization has clubs in 210 countries, including Maplewood/Hollywood Lions Club. "One of the biggest things we're known for is our Thanksgiving Dinner that we put on every year," said William Arceneaux of the Maplewood/Hollywood Lions Club. "We feed anybody that wants to come. The community turns out great to help."  Another group of Lions is s...

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    These Louisiana Lions Club members are doing what they do best.. serve the community. The world's largest service organization has clubs in 210 countries, including Maplewood/Hollywood Lions Club. "One of the biggest things we're known for is our Thanksgiving Dinner that we put on every year," said William Arceneaux of the Maplewood/Hollywood Lions Club. "We feed anybody that wants to come. The community turns out great to help."  Another group of Lions is s...

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 25, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 25, 2018

    Thursday, January 25 2018 8:09 AM EST2018-01-25 13:09:17 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

     Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 25, 2018: Addison Parker, 10 Emma Nunez, 8 Jandi Domingue, 24 Melody Cullivan, 41 Syreeta Joubert, 36 Tine Bergeron, 2 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved

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     Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 25, 2018: Addison Parker, 10 Emma Nunez, 8 Jandi Domingue, 24 Melody Cullivan, 41 Syreeta Joubert, 36 Tine Bergeron, 2 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved

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  • Widespread dog flu across country, multiple strains reported in La.

    Widespread dog flu across country, multiple strains reported in La.

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 10:23 PM EST2018-01-25 03:23:37 GMT
    (Source: Jillian Corder)(Source: Jillian Corder)

    With canine influenza spreading across the country, be careful when taking your pet to the park, the groomer, or when boarding them. Studies from Cornell University published on DogFlu.com show dog flu strains in 46 states including Louisiana. In fact, the study found both H3N8 and H3N2 strains have been reported in the Bayou State.  There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to the dog flu and keeping your own pets healthy. Dogs have no natural immunity...

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    With canine influenza spreading across the country, be careful when taking your pet to the park, the groomer, or when boarding them. Studies from Cornell University published on DogFlu.com show dog flu strains in 46 states including Louisiana. In fact, the study found both H3N8 and H3N2 strains have been reported in the Bayou State.  There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to the dog flu and keeping your own pets healthy. Dogs have no natural immunity...

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  • Boil advisory issued for Oberlin

    Boil advisory issued for Oberlin

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 6:27 PM EST2018-01-24 23:27:27 GMT
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    The Town of Oberlin has issued a boil advisory according to a news release. Officials say they issued the advisory because the replacement of a two inch water line caused the loss of water pressure.  The news release said the town is working on the problem.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Town of Oberlin has issued a boil advisory according to a news release. Officials say they issued the advisory because the replacement of a two inch water line caused the loss of water pressure.  The news release said the town is working on the problem.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Agnes DeRouen will soon return to anchor desk

    Agnes DeRouen will soon return to anchor desk

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 4:01 PM EST2018-01-24 21:01:47 GMT
    Agnes DeRouen will soon return to the anchor desk after having a knee replacement last year. (Source: KPLC)Agnes DeRouen will soon return to the anchor desk after having a knee replacement last year. (Source: KPLC)

    It's been two months since you last saw Agnes DeRouen on set, but her return is in sight. "I've been to therapy three times a week," Agnes said. She had a total knee replacement and recovery has been hard. 

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    It's been two months since you last saw Agnes DeRouen on set, but her return is in sight. "I've been to therapy three times a week," Agnes said. She had a total knee replacement and recovery has been hard. 

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  • Local Heart Foundation created to help heart patients in SWLA

    Local Heart Foundation created to help heart patients in SWLA

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 9:59 AM EST2018-01-24 14:59:45 GMT
    A new non-profit foundation has been created in Southwest Louisiana to provide help local heart patients while they undergo treatment for heart disease. (SOURCE: LOCAL HEART FOUNDATION)A new non-profit foundation has been created in Southwest Louisiana to provide help local heart patients while they undergo treatment for heart disease. (SOURCE: LOCAL HEART FOUNDATION)

    A new non-profit foundation has been established in Southwest Louisiana to provide resources and assistance to local heart patients while they undergo treatment for heart disease. 

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    A new non-profit foundation has been established in Southwest Louisiana to provide resources and assistance to local heart patients while they undergo treatment for heart disease. 

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  • Sunrise Birthdays: Jan. 24, 2018

    Sunrise Birthdays: Jan. 24, 2018

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 9:09 AM EST2018-01-24 14:09:06 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    (KPLC) - Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 24, 2018 EMMA CLAIRE - 10 HERMAN JOSEPH Send your birthday to KPLC and we'll show it on 7News Sunrise! Just send the name, birth date, age and picture to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please email about 10 working days in advance. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved

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    (KPLC) - Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 24, 2018 EMMA CLAIRE - 10 HERMAN JOSEPH Send your birthday to KPLC and we'll show it on 7News Sunrise! Just send the name, birth date, age and picture to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please email about 10 working days in advance. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 23, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 23, 2018

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 9:05 AM EST2018-01-24 14:05:14 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jaquerrious Jermanine Crump, 20, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Garett Denechaud Nash, 24, Sulphur: Operating vehicle while intoxicated. Thomas Joseph Young, 37, Elton: Riding on roadways and bicycle paths, possession of drugs. Bond: $10,000. Mark Timohty Roberts, 26, Beaumont, TX: Out-of-state detainer. Christopher T. Sitton, 43, Baton Rouge: Harassment, cyberstalking. Bond: $35,000 Gabriel Lee Reed, 30, Lake Charles: Attempted simple bur...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jaquerrious Jermanine Crump, 20, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Garett Denechaud Nash, 24, Sulphur: Operating vehicle while intoxicated. Thomas Joseph Young, 37, Elton: Riding on roadways and bicycle paths, possession of drugs. Bond: $10,000. Mark Timohty Roberts, 26, Beaumont, TX: Out-of-state detainer. Christopher T. Sitton, 43, Baton Rouge: Harassment, cyberstalking. Bond: $35,000 Gabriel Lee Reed, 30, Lake Charles: Attempted simple bur...

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  • Memorial announces 2018 Board of Trustees

    Memorial announces 2018 Board of Trustees

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 3:34 PM EST2018-01-23 20:34:52 GMT
    (Source: lcmh.com)(Source: lcmh.com)

    Memorial Announces 2018 Board of Trustees

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    Memorial Announces 2018 Board of Trustees

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  • Boil advisory in Elton lifted

    Boil advisory in Elton lifted

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 1:22 PM EST2018-01-23 18:22:32 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The boil advisory for the Town of Elton has been lifted according to town officials. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    The boil advisory for the Town of Elton has been lifted according to town officials. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to take survey of homelessness in area

    Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to take survey of homelessness in area

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:14 AM EST2018-01-23 13:14:03 GMT

    Calcasieu Parish volunteers will be working to get a better understanding of the number of people in our area dealing with homelessness. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Human Services Department is taking its annual "point in time" count on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Outreach teams will be heading to areas where they believe to be a lot of homeless people. The survey is also asking agencies who provide any kind of housing to the homeless to take part and share information about t...

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    Calcasieu Parish volunteers will be working to get a better understanding of the number of people in our area dealing with homelessness. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Human Services Department is taking its annual "point in time" count on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Outreach teams will be heading to areas where they believe to be a lot of homeless people. The survey is also asking agencies who provide any kind of housing to the homeless to take part and share information about t...

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  • Black History Month lecture to be held at Carnegie library

    Black History Month lecture to be held at Carnegie library

    Monday, January 22 2018 7:40 PM EST2018-01-23 00:40:18 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)

    The City of Lake Charles will be hosting a lecture on Black History Month as part of an ongoing series. 

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    The City of Lake Charles will be hosting a lecture on Black History Month as part of an ongoing series. 

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  • City of Lake Charles to host child safety and well-being workshops

    City of Lake Charles to host child safety and well-being workshops

    Monday, January 22 2018 4:17 PM EST2018-01-22 21:17:19 GMT
    (Source: City of Lake Charles)(Source: City of Lake Charles)

    The city of Lake Charles is hosting a workshop for those interested in learning more about child safety and wellbeing. The workshop, entitled "Linked", will be held the second Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Church of the King, located at 2145 Oak Park Blvd.  February 6, 2018: Social media in a millennial world March 13, 2018: Domestic abuse April 10, 2018: Department of Child and Family Services law May 8, 2018: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Dis...

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    The city of Lake Charles is hosting a workshop for those interested in learning more about child safety and wellbeing. The workshop, entitled "Linked", will be held the second Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Church of the King, located at 2145 Oak Park Blvd.  February 6, 2018: Social media in a millennial world March 13, 2018: Domestic abuse April 10, 2018: Department of Child and Family Services law May 8, 2018: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Dis...

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  • Food for Seniors food box distribution in Calcasieu rescheduled for Jan. 31

    Food for Seniors food box distribution in Calcasieu rescheduled for Jan. 31

    Monday, January 22 2018 4:14 PM EST2018-01-22 21:14:52 GMT
    (Source: www.ccano.org)(Source: www.ccano.org)

    The Food for Seniors Program’s food box distribution in Calcasieu parish has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31. Due to the icy weather conditions and road closures that happened statewide last week, delivery trucks were unable to deliver meals from Baton Rouge.  The Food for Seniors Program, a partnership between the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Human Services Department and Catholic Charities, provides nutritional food boxes filled with non-perishable goods...

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    The Food for Seniors Program’s food box distribution in Calcasieu parish has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31. Due to the icy weather conditions and road closures that happened statewide last week, delivery trucks were unable to deliver meals from Baton Rouge.  The Food for Seniors Program, a partnership between the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Human Services Department and Catholic Charities, provides nutritional food boxes filled with non-perishable goods...

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  • 13th Annual Tree Seedling Sale begins

    13th Annual Tree Seedling Sale begins

    Monday, January 22 2018 2:43 PM EST2018-01-22 19:43:14 GMT

    The 13th Annual Tree Seedling Sale begins today and goes through the 26th at the Lake Charles USDA Center.

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    The 13th Annual Tree Seedling Sale begins today and goes through the 26th at the Lake Charles USDA Center.

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 22, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 22, 2018

    Monday, January 22 2018 9:27 AM EST2018-01-22 14:27:23 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 22, 2018: Shorty Breaux, 82 Ineyshia Wallace, 10 Hunter McCann, 4 Mark Thibodeaux II, 34 Emma Hebert, 10 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 22, 2018: Shorty Breaux, 82 Ineyshia Wallace, 10 Hunter McCann, 4 Mark Thibodeaux II, 34 Emma Hebert, 10 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest: Jan. 21, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest: Jan. 21, 2018

    Monday, January 22 2018 9:06 AM EST2018-01-22 14:06:16 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Ashley Nicole Zamora, 37, Lake Charles: Drug possession, drug paraphernalia. Brandon Stewart McCain, 31, Lake Charles: Drug possession, theft. Dathan Carl Jackson, 21, Longville: Disturbing the peace. Bond: $3,500. Desmond Lamont Lafleur, 24, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, first-offense possession of stolen firearms, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, flight from officer, wearing masks or hoods in public places, armed robbery. To...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Ashley Nicole Zamora, 37, Lake Charles: Drug possession, drug paraphernalia. Brandon Stewart McCain, 31, Lake Charles: Drug possession, theft. Dathan Carl Jackson, 21, Longville: Disturbing the peace. Bond: $3,500. Desmond Lamont Lafleur, 24, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, first-offense possession of stolen firearms, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, flight from officer, wearing masks or hoods in public places, armed robbery. To...More >>
  • Boil advisory issued for some northwest Allen Parish customers

    Boil advisory issued for some northwest Allen Parish customers

    Friday, January 19 2018 2:30 PM EST2018-01-19 19:30:15 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Residents of Mt. Fair Road, Carpenters Bridge Road and south of 2813 N. Carpenters Bridge road are currently under a boil advisory. The Northwest Allen Waterworks District made the announcement Friday afternoon. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Residents of Mt. Fair Road, Carpenters Bridge Road and south of 2813 N. Carpenters Bridge road are currently under a boil advisory. The Northwest Allen Waterworks District made the announcement Friday afternoon. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Sunrise Birthday: Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

    Sunrise Birthday: Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

    Friday, January 19 2018 9:51 AM EST2018-01-19 14:51:10 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays.

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    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays.

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  • Sunrise Birthdays: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    Sunrise Birthdays: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    Friday, January 19 2018 9:17 AM EST2018-01-19 14:17:44 GMT

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 18

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 18

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 18, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 18, 2018

    Friday, January 19 2018 9:04 AM EST2018-01-19 14:04:53 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jamey Lebleu Stelly, 40, Sulphur: Drug possession. Melissa Lasha Aguillard, 41, Lake Charles: Instate detainer. Thomas Lane Meyer, 25, Lake Charles: Probation violation. Tucker Forrest, 54, Morgan City, LA: Federal detainer. Eric L. Martinez, 35, Lake Charles: Failure to register and notify as a sex offender, out-of-state detainer, violation of stop and yield signs, failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements. Isaias Hernandez V...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jamey Lebleu Stelly, 40, Sulphur: Drug possession. Melissa Lasha Aguillard, 41, Lake Charles: Instate detainer. Thomas Lane Meyer, 25, Lake Charles: Probation violation. Tucker Forrest, 54, Morgan City, LA: Federal detainer. Eric L. Martinez, 35, Lake Charles: Failure to register and notify as a sex offender, out-of-state detainer, violation of stop and yield signs, failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements. Isaias Hernandez V...

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Andrew Young

    Sports Person of the Week - Andrew Young

    Friday, January 19 2018 12:30 AM EST2018-01-19 05:30:10 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The Hornets have a lot to live up to this season, following in the footsteps of a 21-win team that won it's first playoff game in 11 years. "I think that we have what it takes to be the best team that Grand Lake has ever seen," said head coach Mark Caldwell. "We don’t really back down from anybody, it’s kind of a quiet confidence." "Our goal is to make it to Burton, it’s the same goal every year," admitted Hornets guard Andre...More >>
    The Hornets have a lot to live up to this season, following in the footsteps of a 21-win team that won it's first playoff game in 11 years. "I think that we have what it takes to be the best team that Grand Lake has ever seen," said head coach Mark Caldwell. "We don’t really back down from anybody, it’s kind of a quiet confidence." "Our goal is to make it to Burton, it’s the same goal every year," admitted Hornets guard Andre...More >>
  • Food for Seniors will not distribute this week in Calcasieu, Beauregard

    Food for Seniors will not distribute this week in Calcasieu, Beauregard

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:26 PM EST2018-01-18 23:26:44 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    The Food for Seniors program in Beauregard and Calcasieu will not be available this week. Tom Hoefer, with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, said that delivery trucks were unable to deliver meals from Baton Rouge due to the cold weather. He said a new distribution date for Calcasieu will be announced when the program is able to resume. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    The Food for Seniors program in Beauregard and Calcasieu will not be available this week. Tom Hoefer, with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, said that delivery trucks were unable to deliver meals from Baton Rouge due to the cold weather. He said a new distribution date for Calcasieu will be announced when the program is able to resume. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Changes coming to hunting, fishing license sales in Louisiana

    Changes coming to hunting, fishing license sales in Louisiana

    Thursday, January 18 2018 5:27 PM EST2018-01-18 22:27:44 GMT

    The way Louisiana's recreational hunters and fishermen get their licenses is changing.  According to a news release, The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries says it's currently transitioning to a new recreational hunting/fishing license sales system. To minimize impact to those who will be purchasing licenses in next few months, please see below. If you will need to purchase a license from a retailer before April 2, it's recommend that you make your purchase b...

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    The way Louisiana's recreational hunters and fishermen get their licenses is changing.  According to a news release, The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries says it's currently transitioning to a new recreational hunting/fishing license sales system. To minimize impact to those who will be purchasing licenses in next few months, please see below. If you will need to purchase a license from a retailer before April 2, it's recommend that you make your purchase b...

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  • BBB: Tips for choosing the right repair shop

    BBB: Tips for choosing the right repair shop

    Thursday, January 18 2018 5:22 PM EST2018-01-18 22:22:56 GMT
    BBB Logo (Source: KPLC)BBB Logo (Source: KPLC)

    In the wake of this week's winter weather and ice, the Better Business Bureau has released some tips to find a quality collision repair center.  Do your research. Trust is important. Check businesses and their reputations on the BBB's website.  Tour the shop. A reputable repair shop that is proud of its work and facility will be happy to show you around. If the shop owner takes good care of the facilities, your car is more likely to be well taken care of, too. Make sure...

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    In the wake of this week's winter weather and ice, the Better Business Bureau has released some tips to find a quality collision repair center.  Do your research. Trust is important. Check businesses and their reputations on the BBB's website.  Tour the shop. A reputable repair shop that is proud of its work and facility will be happy to show you around. If the shop owner takes good care of the facilities, your car is more likely to be well taken care of, too. Make sure...

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  • Sulphur business donates new roof to Avenue of Flags building

    Sulphur business donates new roof to Avenue of Flags building

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:59 AM EST2018-01-18 11:59:35 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    Two days a year, the Orange Grove Graceland Cemetery is home to the nation's largest display of veteran casket flags. But what happens to those flags the other 363 days?  They are stored here in a concrete building near the display.  "We have a well-made storage shelter," said Ted Harless of the Avenue of Flags. "It's like a bomb shelter, made out of concrete walls. But the roof got old. We started having leaks. We were putting tarps over them and kept the pl...

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    Two days a year, the Orange Grove Graceland Cemetery is home to the nation's largest display of veteran casket flags. But what happens to those flags the other 363 days?  They are stored here in a concrete building near the display.  "We have a well-made storage shelter," said Ted Harless of the Avenue of Flags. "It's like a bomb shelter, made out of concrete walls. But the roof got old. We started having leaks. We were putting tarps over them and kept the pl...

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  • City of Crowley to host Arbor Day Ceremony

    City of Crowley to host Arbor Day Ceremony

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 5:22 PM EST2018-01-17 22:22:01 GMT
    (Source: City of Crowley)(Source: City of Crowley)

    The City of Crowley will host an Arbor Day event this Friday.  The event begins at 10:00 a.m. at Mobley Field by the West 10th Street entrance.  This is the third year for the memorial tree planting. Any person, business or organization is welcome to participate. For more information contact the tourism coordinator at Crowley City Hall, 337-783-0824, EXT 301   Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.  

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    The City of Crowley will host an Arbor Day event this Friday.  The event begins at 10:00 a.m. at Mobley Field by the West 10th Street entrance.  This is the third year for the memorial tree planting. Any person, business or organization is welcome to participate. For more information contact the tourism coordinator at Crowley City Hall, 337-783-0824, EXT 301   Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.  

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  • Boil advisory issued for Singer

    Boil advisory issued for Singer

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 2:18 PM EST2018-01-17 19:18:09 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Beauregard Parish Waterworks District No. 2, is issuing a precautionary boil advisory for residents after a break in the main water line and severe weather conditions. Once the water has been restored the area north of Fred Cloessner Road and all intersecting roads up to Ben Elston Road, residents are advised to boil water until further notice. For more information please call 462-6805. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Beauregard Parish Waterworks District No. 2, is issuing a precautionary boil advisory for residents after a break in the main water line and severe weather conditions. Once the water has been restored the area north of Fred Cloessner Road and all intersecting roads up to Ben Elston Road, residents are advised to boil water until further notice. For more information please call 462-6805. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 17, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 17, 2018

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 8:26 AM EST2018-01-17 13:26:10 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 17, 2018: Kylie Levergne, 16 Lanay Rubin, 16 Lincoln Captain, 50 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 17, 2018: Kylie Levergne, 16 Lanay Rubin, 16 Lincoln Captain, 50 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Ice covers many streets in downtown Lake Charles

    Ice covers many streets in downtown Lake Charles

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 7:40 AM EST2018-01-17 12:40:08 GMT

    Ice covers many roads across Southwest Louisiana, including downtown Lake Charles. Black ice can be seen on the Lake Charles Skycam pointed at Lakeshore Drive near the Civic Center. Other roads with ice reported include Ryan Street, Broad Street, and Pujo Street, all in the downtown area. Ice has been reported on bridges and overpasses across Southwest Louisiana including US 171 in the Moss Bluff and Gillis areas, but state police say most major highways in Southwest Louisiana are pa...

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    Ice covers many roads across Southwest Louisiana, including downtown Lake Charles. Black ice can be seen on the Lake Charles Skycam pointed at Lakeshore Drive near the Civic Center. Other roads with ice reported include Ryan Street, Broad Street, and Pujo Street, all in the downtown area. Ice has been reported on bridges and overpasses across Southwest Louisiana including US 171 in the Moss Bluff and Gillis areas, but state police say most major highways in Southwest Louisiana are pa...

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  • Statewide travel warning: I-10 closed from Lafayette to Slidell

    Statewide travel warning: I-10 closed from Lafayette to Slidell

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 6:52 AM EST2018-01-17 11:52:22 GMT
    (Source: DOTD)(Source: DOTD)

    Ice is causing critical disruptions for travelers across the state of Louisiana Wednesday morning. I-10 from Lafayette to Slidell is closed in both directions, causing issues for anyone traveling from Southwest Louisiana to eastern portions of the state. For anyone traveling in the Baton Rouge area, you can see an updated list of road closures here.  According to Louisiana State Police, the I-210 bridge remains closed in both directions is closed due to ice. The remainder of the...

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    Ice is causing critical disruptions for travelers across the state of Louisiana Wednesday morning. I-10 from Lafayette to Slidell is closed in both directions, causing issues for anyone traveling from Southwest Louisiana to eastern portions of the state. For anyone traveling in the Baton Rouge area, you can see an updated list of road closures here.  According to Louisiana State Police, the I-210 bridge remains closed in both directions is closed due to ice. The remainder of the...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 15, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 15, 2018

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 7:06 PM EST2018-01-17 00:06:30 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Misty Veonica Anderson, 46, Orange: Drug possession. Jeroid David Guillory, 52, Lake Charles: Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of weapons, obstruction of justice, possession of drugs with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or produce, possession of synthetic marijuana. Wayland Lekeith Thibodeaux, 44, Sulphur: Obscenity, drug paraphernalia. Carl Allen Rogers, Jr., 48, Lake Charles: No turn signals, drug possession, dr...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Misty Veonica Anderson, 46, Orange: Drug possession. Jeroid David Guillory, 52, Lake Charles: Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of weapons, obstruction of justice, possession of drugs with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or produce, possession of synthetic marijuana. Wayland Lekeith Thibodeaux, 44, Sulphur: Obscenity, drug paraphernalia. Carl Allen Rogers, Jr., 48, Lake Charles: No turn signals, drug possession, dr...

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  • PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Winter Weather makes its way through Southwest Louisiana

    PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Winter Weather makes its way through Southwest Louisiana

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 5:55 AM EST2018-01-17 10:55:11 GMT

    Winter weather hits Southwest Louisiana for the second time this season.

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    Winter weather hits Southwest Louisiana for the second time this season.

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  • Two-year-old to undergo third surgery after coding during last one

    Two-year-old to undergo third surgery after coding during last one

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:57 AM EST2018-01-16 16:57:05 GMT
    Two  year old Colton Bruce has been through more in his life than most could ever imagine experiencing. "His left lung is enlarged so much it's pushing everything to the right," said Rebecca Robison, Colton's mother. His first surgery took place when he was just 10 days old. During his surgery in October, doctors nearly lost him. "They gave him anesthesia, and he coded," Robison said. "They spend 18 minutes doing CPR to get his heart to beat again on ...More >>
    Two  year old Colton Bruce has been through more in his life than most could ever imagine experiencing. "His left lung is enlarged so much it's pushing everything to the right," said Rebecca Robison, Colton's mother. His first surgery took place when he was just 10 days old. During his surgery in October, doctors nearly lost him. "They gave him anesthesia, and he coded," Robison said. "They spend 18 minutes doing CPR to get his heart to beat again on ...More >>
  • Governor's office activates crisis team due to wintry weather conditions

    Governor's office activates crisis team due to wintry weather conditions

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 4:04 PM EST2018-01-16 21:04:04 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana GOHSEP)(Source: Louisiana GOHSEP)

    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness activated its Crisis Action Team (CAT) Tuesday afternoon, due to the wintry weather conditions currently impacting the state. Team members will monitor the conditions, provide situational reports to state and local leaders, and help answer any calls for support from local partners.  The activation comes as much of the state is dealing with sleet and snow on the roadways. The National Weather Service indicates ...

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    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness activated its Crisis Action Team (CAT) Tuesday afternoon, due to the wintry weather conditions currently impacting the state. Team members will monitor the conditions, provide situational reports to state and local leaders, and help answer any calls for support from local partners.  The activation comes as much of the state is dealing with sleet and snow on the roadways. The National Weather Service indicates ...

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  • Cold weather poses threats to cats, dogs

    Cold weather poses threats to cats, dogs

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 12:30 PM EST2018-01-16 17:30:06 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    As the temperatures continue to drop across Southwest Louisiana, be aware that cold weather poses serious threats to your pets' health.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cold weather may worsen some medical conditions, such as arthritis. Just like people, pets' cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. The organization has the following recommendations for pet owners during freezing temperat...

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    As the temperatures continue to drop across Southwest Louisiana, be aware that cold weather poses serious threats to your pets' health.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cold weather may worsen some medical conditions, such as arthritis. Just like people, pets' cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. The organization has the following recommendations for pet owners during freezing temperat...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest reports: Jan. 12, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest reports: Jan. 12, 2018

    Monday, January 15 2018 7:51 PM EST2018-01-16 00:51:58 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jamie Garrett Stratton, 41, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, failure to signal; Bond: $2,750 Isiah Andrelus Syas, 28, Lake Charles: Instate detainer Brallyon Poydras, 26, Lafayette: Instate detainer Clinton Oneal Jackson, 59, Lake Charles: Intent to produce, manufacture, distribute or possess drugs; possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon; illegal carrying of weapons; speeding; Bond: $105,000 Christopher Walter ...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jamie Garrett Stratton, 41, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, failure to signal; Bond: $2,750 Isiah Andrelus Syas, 28, Lake Charles: Instate detainer Brallyon Poydras, 26, Lafayette: Instate detainer Clinton Oneal Jackson, 59, Lake Charles: Intent to produce, manufacture, distribute or possess drugs; possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon; illegal carrying of weapons; speeding; Bond: $105,000 Christopher Walter ...

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  • PHOTOS: Rare frost flowers spotted in Southwest Louisiana

    PHOTOS: Rare frost flowers spotted in Southwest Louisiana

    Thursday, January 4 2018 1:09 PM EST2018-01-04 18:09:28 GMT
    Frost flower spotted at Tuten Park in Lake Charles (Source: viewer)Frost flower spotted at Tuten Park in Lake Charles (Source: viewer)

    Frost flowers “bloom” when the air temperature is below freezing, but the ground stays above freezing and is moist. 

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    Frost flowers “bloom” when the air temperature is below freezing, but the ground stays above freezing and is moist. 

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  • Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras 2018 events

    Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras 2018 events

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 12:42 PM EST2018-01-10 17:42:15 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    The following is a list of Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras events from Jan. 6 to Feb. 13

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    The following is a list of Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras events from Jan. 6 to Feb. 13

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  • City of Lake Charles to host monthly child safety and well-being workshop

    City of Lake Charles to host monthly child safety and well-being workshop

    Thursday, December 28 2017 7:58 AM EST2017-12-28 12:58:31 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    The City of Lake Charles will host a series of free workshops for foster parents and others interested in learning more about child safety and well-being. 

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    The City of Lake Charles will host a series of free workshops for foster parents and others interested in learning more about child safety and well-being. 

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  • SLIDESHOW: Southwest Louisiana Mugshots

    Saturday, January 13 2018 12:39 PM EST2018-01-13 17:39:54 GMT

    Southwest Louisiana mugshots for January. Mobile users, click HERE to see the mugshots. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Southwest Louisiana mugshots for January. Mobile users, click HERE to see the mugshots. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • LCPD releases video explaining police procedure

    LCPD releases video explaining police procedure

    Friday, January 12 2018 8:53 PM EST2018-01-13 01:53:21 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The Lake Charles Police Department has released a 10-minute video to its Facebook page, explaining to the public how officers "handle and respond to calls about suspicious persons/circumstances."

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    The Lake Charles Police Department has released a 10-minute video to its Facebook page, explaining to the public how officers "handle and respond to calls about suspicious persons/circumstances."

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  • Lake Charles Police announce series of neighborhood meetings

    Lake Charles Police announce series of neighborhood meetings

    Friday, January 12 2018 6:48 PM EST2018-01-12 23:48:45 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The Lake Charles Police Department's Neighborhood Patrol Division has announced a series of upcoming meetings to encourage community involvement and neighborhood policing. The meetings allow residents to become acquainted with neighborhood patrol officers, as well as offer input. The following meetings have been announced:

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    The Lake Charles Police Department's Neighborhood Patrol Division has announced a series of upcoming meetings to encourage community involvement and neighborhood policing. The meetings allow residents to become acquainted with neighborhood patrol officers, as well as offer input. The following meetings have been announced:

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 12

    Friday, January 12 2018 5:44 PM EST2018-01-12 22:44:23 GMT

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 12: Elsie Thibodeaux, 25 Jonah Reggie, 16 Kristin Bennett, 31 Kylin Andrus, 16 Sara Fruge, 17 Shemekia January 42 Skylar Canik, 18 Skylar Strope, 2 Fred Buddy Wannage, 63 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 12: Elsie Thibodeaux, 25 Jonah Reggie, 16 Kristin Bennett, 31 Kylin Andrus, 16 Sara Fruge, 17 Shemekia January 42 Skylar Canik, 18 Skylar Strope, 2 Fred Buddy Wannage, 63 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • East Calcasieu Solid Waste Convenience Center to reopen

    East Calcasieu Solid Waste Convenience Center to reopen

    Friday, January 12 2018 5:19 PM EST2018-01-12 22:19:58 GMT
    Source: CPPJSource: CPPJ

    The East Calcasieu Solid Waste Center, located at 5500 B Swift Plant Road in Lake Charles, will reopen Thursday, Jan. 18, after being closed for two months for construction, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. Both the East and West (2915 Post Oak Road in Sulphur) Solid Waste Convenience Centers have received upgrades in the past few months.

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    The East Calcasieu Solid Waste Center, located at 5500 B Swift Plant Road in Lake Charles, will reopen Thursday, Jan. 18, after being closed for two months for construction, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. Both the East and West (2915 Post Oak Road in Sulphur) Solid Waste Convenience Centers have received upgrades in the past few months.

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  • Exhibit exploring history of American slave trade coming to LC Central Library

    Exhibit exploring history of American slave trade coming to LC Central Library

    Friday, January 12 2018 11:50 AM EST2018-01-12 16:50:08 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)

    “Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865,” a traveling panel exhibition exploring the history of the domestic slave trade, is making a stop at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude Street in Lake Charles. The exhibit will be on display from Jan. 16 until Feb. 27. An opening reception and presentation of the exhibit will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the library. 

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    “Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865,” a traveling panel exhibition exploring the history of the domestic slave trade, is making a stop at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude Street in Lake Charles. The exhibit will be on display from Jan. 16 until Feb. 27. An opening reception and presentation of the exhibit will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the library. 

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  • World War II vet has #1 fan in great-grandson

    World War II vet has #1 fan in great-grandson

    Friday, January 12 2018 6:07 AM EST2018-01-12 11:07:18 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    A World War two veteran and his great grandson have developed a special relationship the past few months, and it's all due to a classroom project. When Prien Lake Elementary third grader Henry Hoffpauir was choosing a theme for his shoe box Mardi gras float entry, he knew just what to do. He would honor his great grandfather, Delbert Pearce, who served in the U.S. Navy in World War 2.    #6   He like remembers a lot of stuff. He's super intelligent, should I say....

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    A World War two veteran and his great grandson have developed a special relationship the past few months, and it's all due to a classroom project. When Prien Lake Elementary third grader Henry Hoffpauir was choosing a theme for his shoe box Mardi gras float entry, he knew just what to do. He would honor his great grandfather, Delbert Pearce, who served in the U.S. Navy in World War 2.    #6   He like remembers a lot of stuff. He's super intelligent, should I say....

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  • 2018 SWLA Mardi Gras poster available

    2018 SWLA Mardi Gras poster available

    Thursday, January 11 2018 9:41 PM EST2018-01-12 02:41:44 GMT

    The official 2018 Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana poster is now available for purchase. Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana partnered with local artist Candice Alexander to create the poster, which is available in a variety of sizes. The poster can also be customized for specific Mardi Gras krewes.

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    The official 2018 Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana poster is now available for purchase. Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana partnered with local artist Candice Alexander to create the poster, which is available in a variety of sizes. The poster can also be customized for specific Mardi Gras krewes.

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  • Governor's office issues warnings ahead of cold snap

    Governor's office issues warnings ahead of cold snap

    Thursday, January 11 2018 5:51 PM EST2018-01-11 22:51:56 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana GOHSEP)(Source: Louisiana GOHSEP)

    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging everyone across Louisiana to be aware of freezing temperatures expected this weekend. Some portions of the state in extreme Northeast Louisiana could be impacted by ice and snow, making it dangerous to be on the roads in those areas. House fires have also been a problem this winter during long periods of freezing conditions.

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    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging everyone across Louisiana to be aware of freezing temperatures expected this weekend. Some portions of the state in extreme Northeast Louisiana could be impacted by ice and snow, making it dangerous to be on the roads in those areas. House fires have also been a problem this winter during long periods of freezing conditions.

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  • Teens eat laundry detergent in dangerous social media 'challenge'

    Teens eat laundry detergent in dangerous social media 'challenge'

    Thursday, January 11 2018 11:28 AM EST2018-01-11 16:28:53 GMT
    ( Source: website)( Source: website)

    A new and dangerous trend on social media is raising the concerns of doctors. 

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    A new and dangerous trend on social media is raising the concerns of doctors. 

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  • VIDEO: Sunrise birthdays - Jan. 11

    VIDEO: Sunrise birthdays - Jan. 11

    Thursday, January 11 2018 8:40 AM EST2018-01-11 13:40:06 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday this morning to our Sunrise birthdays: Brittin Devall, 11 Stacey Jr., 18 Anyah Winbush, 16 Devin McCraney, 10 If you want your birthday featured, you can send your birthday pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com or mail them to: KPLC Birthdays PO Box 1490 Lake Charles, LA 70602

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    Happy birthday this morning to our Sunrise birthdays: Brittin Devall, 11 Stacey Jr., 18 Anyah Winbush, 16 Devin McCraney, 10 If you want your birthday featured, you can send your birthday pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com or mail them to: KPLC Birthdays PO Box 1490 Lake Charles, LA 70602

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  • Legal Corner: What are my rights if I think my child isn't mine?

    Legal Corner: What are my rights if I think my child isn't mine?

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 7:20 PM EST2018-01-11 00:20:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Get the answers to your legal questions.

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    Get the answers to your legal questions.

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  • Central Library launches "Faces of Our Community" program

    Central Library launches "Faces of Our Community" program

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 7:01 PM EST2018-01-11 00:01:26 GMT

    Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude Street in Lake Charles, is hosting a "Faces of Our Community" program on Monday, January 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Attendees will be able to "check out" a "human book" for approximately ten to twenty minutes. The goal is to listen to the participant's story, as well as ask questions that will help those asking questions have a better understanding of the topic they are sharing. According to a press release f...

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    Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude Street in Lake Charles, is hosting a "Faces of Our Community" program on Monday, January 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Attendees will be able to "check out" a "human book" for approximately ten to twenty minutes. The goal is to listen to the participant's story, as well as ask questions that will help those asking questions have a better understanding of the topic they are sharing. According to a press release f...

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  • Cold and flu season: Which pharmacies in the Lake area have certain medication available?

    Cold and flu season: Which pharmacies in the Lake area have certain medication available?

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 6:21 PM EST2018-01-10 23:21:44 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington / KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington / KPLC)

    With cold and flu in full force across southwest Louisiana, some pharmacies are dealing with a shortage of medicine to treat symptoms. KPLC has called around to many pharmacies in the Lake area to find out what is available right now. It is important to note both medications are available by prescription only and must be directed by a physician. Lake Charles Kroger Pharmacy, 600 12th Street Lake Charles Tamiflu:  Yes Promethazine with codeine: No Walmart Pharmacy, ...

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    With cold and flu in full force across southwest Louisiana, some pharmacies are dealing with a shortage of medicine to treat symptoms. KPLC has called around to many pharmacies in the Lake area to find out what is available right now. It is important to note both medications are available by prescription only and must be directed by a physician. Lake Charles Kroger Pharmacy, 600 12th Street Lake Charles Tamiflu:  Yes Promethazine with codeine: No Walmart Pharmacy, ...

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  • VIDEO: Sunrise birthdays - Jan. 10

    VIDEO: Sunrise birthdays - Jan. 10

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 12:46 PM EST2018-01-10 17:46:56 GMT

    Birthdays

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 9

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 12:36 PM EST2018-01-10 17:36:48 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Mandy Lynn Ernst, 31, Sulphur: Illegal possession of stolen things, resisting an officer by flight; Bond: $10,000 Tessa Shanae LaBove, 26, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs; Bond: $5,000 Shayla Leigh Lasalle, 18, Lake Charles: First-offense illegal possession of stolen firearms, obliteration of number or mark, resisting an officer; Bond: $10,500 Samantha Kay Sanchez, 33, Houston: Illegal possession of stolen things, no seat belt, operating ...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Mandy Lynn Ernst, 31, Sulphur: Illegal possession of stolen things, resisting an officer by flight; Bond: $10,000 Tessa Shanae LaBove, 26, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs; Bond: $5,000 Shayla Leigh Lasalle, 18, Lake Charles: First-offense illegal possession of stolen firearms, obliteration of number or mark, resisting an officer; Bond: $10,500 Samantha Kay Sanchez, 33, Houston: Illegal possession of stolen things, no seat belt, operating ...

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  • SOWELA aiding manufacturers impacted by Hurricane Harvey

    SOWELA aiding manufacturers impacted by Hurricane Harvey

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 11:31 AM EST2018-01-10 16:31:37 GMT

    MEP of Louisiana will conduct community forums to provide insight on available resources to support those manufacturers affected.

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    MEP of Louisiana will conduct community forums to provide insight on available resources to support those manufacturers affected.

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  • State receives Real ID extension

    State receives Real ID extension

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 7:55 PM EST2018-01-10 00:55:43 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Louisiana travelers now have until October to get a Real ID driver's license or ID card. The deadline for states to have Real ID's in place is January 22nd, but the Department of Homeland Security just gave Louisiana an extension to October 10th.   The Real ID is needed in many states to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings. The extension means travelers can still use a non-expired Louisiana driver's license or ID card for air travel.  Copyright 2...

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    Louisiana travelers now have until October to get a Real ID driver's license or ID card. The deadline for states to have Real ID's in place is January 22nd, but the Department of Homeland Security just gave Louisiana an extension to October 10th.   The Real ID is needed in many states to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings. The extension means travelers can still use a non-expired Louisiana driver's license or ID card for air travel.  Copyright 2...

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  • Free workshop about child safety and well being

    Free workshop about child safety and well being

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 8:59 AM EST2018-01-09 13:59:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The City of Lake Charles is continuing its free, monthly "Linked" program about child safety and well being.

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    The City of Lake Charles is continuing its free, monthly "Linked" program about child safety and well being.

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  • Shreveport among the worst cities to keep a New Year's Resolution

    Shreveport among the worst cities to keep a New Year's Resolution

    Monday, January 8 2018 6:57 PM EST2018-01-08 23:57:21 GMT

    When it comes to new years resolutions, getting fit is one of the most popular and also the most broken one.  Before you blame yourself completely for your failure you should know your location can affect how successful you are with your fitness goals.   A recent wallethub.com study says location can play a role in weight loss as factors like the number of gyms, access to healthy food and local economy affect how easy it is to lose weight.  So what cities are at the top...

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    When it comes to new years resolutions, getting fit is one of the most popular and also the most broken one.  Before you blame yourself completely for your failure you should know your location can affect how successful you are with your fitness goals.   A recent wallethub.com study says location can play a role in weight loss as factors like the number of gyms, access to healthy food and local economy affect how easy it is to lose weight.  So what cities are at the top...

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  • Foreigner, Three Dog Night to perform at Golden Nugget Lake Charles

    Monday, January 8 2018 5:58 PM EST2018-01-08 22:58:19 GMT

    Foreigner, the iconic band with sixteen Top 30 hits, will perform on Saturday, April 21 at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles. Foreigner is famous for hits such as Juke Box Hero, Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, Head Games, and I Wanna Know What Love Is.  Tickets go on sale Friday, January 26.   The Golden Nugget Lake Charles also announces iconic band Three Dog Night will bring their hits to the Grand Event Center on Friday, April 20.  Hits include Mama Told M...

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    Foreigner, the iconic band with sixteen Top 30 hits, will perform on Saturday, April 21 at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles. Foreigner is famous for hits such as Juke Box Hero, Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, Head Games, and I Wanna Know What Love Is.  Tickets go on sale Friday, January 26.   The Golden Nugget Lake Charles also announces iconic band Three Dog Night will bring their hits to the Grand Event Center on Friday, April 20.  Hits include Mama Told M...

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  • Scheduled power outage for Jeff Davis Electric Co-op customers Jan. 10

    Scheduled power outage for Jeff Davis Electric Co-op customers Jan. 10

    Monday, January 8 2018 11:54 AM EST2018-01-08 16:54:08 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    There will be a scheduled power outage for some Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative customers on Wednesday, January 10. 

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    There will be a scheduled power outage for some Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative customers on Wednesday, January 10. 

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  • AT&T to launch 5G speed this year

    AT&T to launch 5G speed this year

    Monday, January 8 2018 11:46 AM EST2018-01-08 16:46:00 GMT
    (Source: AT&T)(Source: AT&T)

    AT&T says it will launch 5G mobile service in a dozen markets later this year. 

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    AT&T says it will launch 5G mobile service in a dozen markets later this year. 

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  • McNeese State University kicks off its spring Sage Series

    McNeese State University kicks off its spring Sage Series

    Monday, January 8 2018 8:24 AM EST2018-01-08 13:24:52 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    McNeese State University is kicking off its spring Sage series with a lecture about the New Orleans art scene of the 1920s. 

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    McNeese State University is kicking off its spring Sage series with a lecture about the New Orleans art scene of the 1920s. 

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  • Boil advisory issued for Sulphur

    Boil advisory issued for Sulphur

    Sunday, January 7 2018 9:45 AM EST2018-01-07 14:45:58 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The City of Sulphur has issued a boil water advisory for residents, the city announced Saturday afternoon. The advisory was issued as a precaution after a 12-inch water line valve was installed on West Crocker Street Saturday, according to the City of Sulphur.

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    The City of Sulphur has issued a boil water advisory for residents, the city announced Saturday afternoon. The advisory was issued as a precaution after a 12-inch water line valve was installed on West Crocker Street Saturday, according to the City of Sulphur.

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  • Former Trump chief of staff headlining Louisiana GOP event

    Former Trump chief of staff headlining Louisiana GOP event

    Saturday, January 6 2018 7:10 PM EST2018-01-07 00:10:02 GMT
    Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana (Source: Wikipedia)Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana (Source: Wikipedia)

    President Donald Trump's former chief of staff will be a headlining guest at a Republican Party of Louisiana fundraising event honoring U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.

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    President Donald Trump's former chief of staff will be a headlining guest at a Republican Party of Louisiana fundraising event honoring U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.

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  • Louisiana State Police welcomes 27 new troopers

    Louisiana State Police welcomes 27 new troopers

    Saturday, January 6 2018 10:59 AM EST2018-01-06 15:59:51 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)

    Louisiana State Police announce the graduation of 27 new troopers.

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    Louisiana State Police announce the graduation of 27 new troopers.

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  • Slidell Police Department issues warrant for 'Frozen' character

    Slidell Police Department issues warrant for 'Frozen' character

    Saturday, January 6 2018 10:48 AM EST2018-01-06 15:48:20 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    Authorities around the nation are issuing a chilling arrest warning for a popular royal, including the Slidell Police Department. 

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    Authorities around the nation are issuing a chilling arrest warning for a popular royal, including the Slidell Police Department. 

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  • Merryville's Andrea Cournoyer surpasses 5,000 career points

    Merryville's Andrea Cournoyer surpasses 5,000 career points

    Saturday, January 6 2018 12:37 AM EST2018-01-06 05:37:16 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Merryville point guard Andrea Cournoyer continues to rack up accomplishments in her record-breaking high school career. The UL Lafayette signee made history on Friday as she surpassed 5,000 career points in the Lady Panthers' matchup with South Cameron. Cournoyer becomes just the eighth player in history to hit that mark and only the second in Louisiana girls basketball history according to MaxPreps.  Cournoyer is rated a 3-star college prospect by ESPN and is the two-time...More >>
    Merryville point guard Andrea Cournoyer continues to rack up accomplishments in her record-breaking high school career. The UL Lafayette signee made history on Friday as she surpassed 5,000 career points in the Lady Panthers' matchup with South Cameron. Cournoyer becomes just the eighth player in history to hit that mark and only the second in Louisiana girls basketball history according to MaxPreps.  Cournoyer is rated a 3-star college prospect by ESPN and is the two-time...More >>
  • Colleagues, players remember Welsh's Dutton Wall

    Colleagues, players remember Welsh's Dutton Wall

    Friday, January 5 2018 5:22 PM EST2018-01-05 22:22:00 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    "My dad's best attribute was his relationships with people,” Jeptha Wall said. “Especially with young kids. That's probably got him more wins in life than anything." "When I think of coach Wall I get a warm and fuzzy feeling because he left that impression with me," James Marcantel added. "I love him,” Talbert Courville said. “Everybody that knew him, loved him." "He was the man in Welsh," Lance Guidry said. Former We...

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    "My dad's best attribute was his relationships with people,” Jeptha Wall said. “Especially with young kids. That's probably got him more wins in life than anything." "When I think of coach Wall I get a warm and fuzzy feeling because he left that impression with me," James Marcantel added. "I love him,” Talbert Courville said. “Everybody that knew him, loved him." "He was the man in Welsh," Lance Guidry said. Former We...

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  • Boil advisory lifted for Jeff Davis Central Waterworks District

    Boil advisory lifted for Jeff Davis Central Waterworks District

    Friday, January 5 2018 12:23 PM EST2018-01-05 17:23:15 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The boil advisory for the Jeff Davis Central Waterworks District has been lifted, the district announced Friday morning. The district experienced an electrical issue at their main plant on Monday, Jan. 1, causing the system to lose power completely. A boil advisory for the entire district was then announced.

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    The boil advisory for the Jeff Davis Central Waterworks District has been lifted, the district announced Friday morning. The district experienced an electrical issue at their main plant on Monday, Jan. 1, causing the system to lose power completely. A boil advisory for the entire district was then announced.

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  • Job Readiness Workshop to help job seekers

    Job Readiness Workshop to help job seekers

    Friday, January 5 2018 8:21 AM EST2018-01-05 13:21:05 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    If you are looking for a job, you can get a little extra help at the Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center's "Job Readiness Workshop."

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    If you are looking for a job, you can get a little extra help at the Calcasieu Business and Career Solutions Center's "Job Readiness Workshop."

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  • New President and Vice President elected for Calcasieu Parish Police Jury

    New President and Vice President elected for Calcasieu Parish Police Jury

    Thursday, January 4 2018 9:51 PM EST2018-01-05 02:51:22 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Police Jury)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Police Jury)
    A new President and Vice President have been elected to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.  At its Jan. 4 meeting the CPPJ elected Judd Bares as its 2018 president and Kevin white as vice president. Bares succeeds Kevin Guidry and White succeeds Guy Brame.  Bares is serving his first term on the Police Jury as a juror for District 12, which includes Town of Vinton and portions of Wards 4 and 7. White is also serving his first term on the Calcasieu Parish Poli...More >>
    A new President and Vice President have been elected to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.  At its Jan. 4 meeting the CPPJ elected Judd Bares as its 2018 president and Kevin white as vice president. Bares succeeds Kevin Guidry and White succeeds Guy Brame.  Bares is serving his first term on the Police Jury as a juror for District 12, which includes Town of Vinton and portions of Wards 4 and 7. White is also serving his first term on the Calcasieu Parish Poli...More >>
  • Lake Charles church choir invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

    Lake Charles church choir invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

    Thursday, January 4 2018 8:33 PM EST2018-01-05 01:33:54 GMT

    First United Methodist Church of Lake Charles Choir has been invited to perform at the world famous Carnegie Hall. The church's choir will participate in a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem in New York City. The performance is planned to take place on Monday, February 19th, 2018 in Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium.  "It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York", Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Dr. Jonathan Griffith sta...

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    First United Methodist Church of Lake Charles Choir has been invited to perform at the world famous Carnegie Hall. The church's choir will participate in a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem in New York City. The performance is planned to take place on Monday, February 19th, 2018 in Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium.  "It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York", Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Dr. Jonathan Griffith sta...

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  • Teens arrested after posting picture of stolen deer on Facebook

    Teens arrested after posting picture of stolen deer on Facebook

    Thursday, January 4 2018 5:21 PM EST2018-01-04 22:21:38 GMT

    A social media post led to the arrest of two Washington Parish teens for the theft of a farm raised deer. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) arrested Drake Barber, 19, and Justin Miller, 17, both of Franklinton. The teenagers allegedly shot a farm raised deer valued at an estimated $8,500. The deer is described as a two-and-a half year old, white-tailed deer, 23 point buck, weighing approximately 200 pounds and measuring 181 points on the Boone and...

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    A social media post led to the arrest of two Washington Parish teens for the theft of a farm raised deer. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) arrested Drake Barber, 19, and Justin Miller, 17, both of Franklinton. The teenagers allegedly shot a farm raised deer valued at an estimated $8,500. The deer is described as a two-and-a half year old, white-tailed deer, 23 point buck, weighing approximately 200 pounds and measuring 181 points on the Boone and...

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  • I-10 lane closure in Jeff Davis Parish

    I-10 lane closure in Jeff Davis Parish

    Thursday, January 4 2018 4:54 PM EST2018-01-04 21:54:11 GMT

    The I-10 westbound right lane at U.S. 165 will be closed Friday, Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for bridge maintenance, according to a news release from DOTD. 

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    The I-10 westbound right lane at U.S. 165 will be closed Friday, Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for bridge maintenance, according to a news release from DOTD. 

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  • Millenials want to pay off holiday debt with tax refund

    Millenials want to pay off holiday debt with tax refund

    Thursday, January 4 2018 1:45 PM EST2018-01-04 18:45:56 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    Tax refunds are around the corner. So, what will Millennials spend theirs on? No, it's not the most fashionable shoes or the latest tech. According to a survey by Jackson Hewitt, 43 percent of Millennials plan on using their tax refund to pay off bills accumulated over the holidays. 

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    Tax refunds are around the corner. So, what will Millennials spend theirs on? No, it's not the most fashionable shoes or the latest tech. According to a survey by Jackson Hewitt, 43 percent of Millennials plan on using their tax refund to pay off bills accumulated over the holidays. 

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  • Pizza for breakfast good for you

    Pizza for breakfast good for you

    Thursday, January 4 2018 12:57 PM EST2018-01-04 17:57:16 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    When thinking about breakfast, a full pepperoni pizza might not be the kind of meal you have in mind, but according to food experts, it should be. The reason behind this bizarre food choice is the carbohydrates. Food expert Jason Bull says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and to get the day started you need carbs. 

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    When thinking about breakfast, a full pepperoni pizza might not be the kind of meal you have in mind, but according to food experts, it should be. The reason behind this bizarre food choice is the carbohydrates. Food expert Jason Bull says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and to get the day started you need carbs. 

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  • 2018 Royal Wedding could be worth almost $700 million

    2018 Royal Wedding could be worth almost $700 million

    Thursday, January 4 2018 8:47 AM EST2018-01-04 13:47:18 GMT
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Source: wikipedia)Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Source: wikipedia)

    Analysts predict that 2018's royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be worth almost $700 million for the British economy. Harry and his fiancé will marry on Saturday, May 19. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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    Analysts predict that 2018's royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be worth almost $700 million for the British economy. Harry and his fiancé will marry on Saturday, May 19. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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  • Free nutrition program for Calcasieu parish kids

    Free nutrition program for Calcasieu parish kids

    Thursday, January 4 2018 8:35 AM EST2018-01-04 13:35:33 GMT
    (Source: wikipedia)(Source: wikipedia)

    Kids in grades three through five can learn more about healthy eating, throughout the month of January. The Moss Bluff Library is partnering with the LSU Ag Center to offer the free four-week class. LSU Ag Center nutrition educator Bernadine Thomas will cover the basics of nutrition and lead hands-on activities. Students will receive a certificate for participating. The program is free, but you need to register with the library to participate. The first class st...

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    Kids in grades three through five can learn more about healthy eating, throughout the month of January. The Moss Bluff Library is partnering with the LSU Ag Center to offer the free four-week class. LSU Ag Center nutrition educator Bernadine Thomas will cover the basics of nutrition and lead hands-on activities. Students will receive a certificate for participating. The program is free, but you need to register with the library to participate. The first class st...

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  • Hometown Hero: Al Cochran

    Hometown Hero: Al Cochran

    Thursday, January 4 2018 7:33 AM EST2018-01-04 12:33:01 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV
    When Al Cochran went to Vietnam in 1967, he had completed the ROTC program at McNeese. He was an Army engineer. "The first thing I built was an airstrip for Caribou and C-123 for Special Forces at Bin Ton." Al went on to maintain roads and other structures for the army. "As we were told, we were stopping Communism and basically we did that. There was a job that needed to be done and I was picked to do that and I did it." Once he got back, he experienced the ant...More >>
    When Al Cochran went to Vietnam in 1967, he had completed the ROTC program at McNeese. He was an Army engineer. "The first thing I built was an airstrip for Caribou and C-123 for Special Forces at Bin Ton." Al went on to maintain roads and other structures for the army. "As we were told, we were stopping Communism and basically we did that. There was a job that needed to be done and I was picked to do that and I did it." Once he got back, he experienced the ant...More >>
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    Oakdale turning off water for the night, other municipalities urging residents to conserve water

    Oakdale turning off water for the night, other municipalities urging residents to conserve water

    Wednesday, January 3 2018 8:51 PM EST2018-01-04 01:51:50 GMT
    (Source: City of Sulphur)(Source: City of Sulphur)

    Cities and towns in Southwest Louisiana are asking residents to conserve water.

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    Cities and towns in Southwest Louisiana are asking residents to conserve water.

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  • Calcasieu Parish Public Library to showcase new genealogy database

    Wednesday, January 3 2018 8:02 PM EST2018-01-04 01:02:44 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)

    Learn about genealogy research from the Calcasieu Parish Public Library in a free program at Carnegie Memorial Library. 

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    Learn about genealogy research from the Calcasieu Parish Public Library in a free program at Carnegie Memorial Library. 

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  • Weight Watchers teams up with DJ Khaled

    Weight Watchers teams up with DJ Khaled

    Wednesday, January 3 2018 8:00 PM EST2018-01-04 01:00:29 GMT
    DJ Khaled is a new spokesman for Weight Watchers. (Source: Twitter)DJ Khaled is a new spokesman for Weight Watchers. (Source: Twitter)

    Weight Watchers is hoping a new endorsement could fatten its stock portfolio.  The company signed global hip hop star DJ Khaled to be a "social media ambassador." Khaled is sharing his success with the program on social media. he says he's lost over 20 pounds. Weight Watchers says he will work with a coach and use its mobile app to keep track of his health and fitness goals. (Frankly Story) MAJOR ?? ALERT! Today we're welcoming a new member to the #WWFam...

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    Weight Watchers is hoping a new endorsement could fatten its stock portfolio.  The company signed global hip hop star DJ Khaled to be a "social media ambassador." Khaled is sharing his success with the program on social media. he says he's lost over 20 pounds. Weight Watchers says he will work with a coach and use its mobile app to keep track of his health and fitness goals. (Frankly Story) MAJOR ?? ALERT! Today we're welcoming a new member to the #WWFam...

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