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  • Cajun Chef Scott Landry holding benefit show in Lake Charles

    Cajun Chef Scott Landry holding benefit show in Lake Charles

    Monday, May 29 2017 6:57 PM EDT2017-05-29 22:57:32 GMT
    (Source: MarkBellPresents.com)(Source: MarkBellPresents.com)

    Chef Scott Landry, known for his Cajun food and his quick wit, has taken his comedy dinner show to 44 states and 7 foreign countries. He'll be bringing his dinner show to Lake Charles VFW Post 2130 on Lake Street on June 20.

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    Chef Scott Landry, known for his Cajun food and his quick wit, has taken his comedy dinner show to 44 states and 7 foreign countries. He'll be bringing his dinner show to Lake Charles VFW Post 2130 on Lake Street on June 20.

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  • Memorial Day events and closures in SWLA

    Memorial Day events and closures in SWLA

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-05-29 16:38:29 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following events, closures and garbage pickup schedule changes have been announced in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday. 

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    The following events, closures and garbage pickup schedule changes have been announced in conjunction with the Memorial Day holiday. 

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  • LC Free Summer Food Program

    LC Free Summer Food Program

    Monday, May 29 2017 6:37 AM EDT2017-05-29 10:37:41 GMT
    City of Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)City of Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)

    The program is also open to any person over 18 who has been determined by a state education agency or local public educational agency of a state to be mentally or physically handicapped and is enrolled in a public or private nonprofit school program, said Matt Young, city spokesman.

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    The program is also open to any person over 18 who has been determined by a state education agency or local public educational agency of a state to be mentally or physically handicapped and is enrolled in a public or private nonprofit school program, said Matt Young, city spokesman.

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  • LSU wins SEC tourney title, 4-2 over Arkansas

    LSU wins SEC tourney title, 4-2 over Arkansas

    Sunday, May 28 2017 7:36 PM EDT2017-05-28 23:36:52 GMT
    (Source: LSU Baseball Twitter)(Source: LSU Baseball Twitter)

    Freshman Eric Walker allowed one run in 7-2/3 innings and LSU held on to beat Arkansas 4-2 on Sunday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game.

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    Freshman Eric Walker allowed one run in 7-2/3 innings and LSU held on to beat Arkansas 4-2 on Sunday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game.

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  • LSU run-rules South Carolina to make SEC title game

    LSU run-rules South Carolina to make SEC title game

    Saturday, May 27 2017 4:27 PM EDT2017-05-27 20:27:29 GMT
    (Source: LSU Athletics Creative Services)(Source: LSU Athletics Creative Services)

    Greg Deichmann homered twice to help LSU beat South Carolina 11-0 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

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    Greg Deichmann homered twice to help LSU beat South Carolina 11-0 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

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  • Parents of Gage Meche suing man they blame for gun being brought to school

    Parents of Gage Meche suing man they blame for gun being brought to school

    Friday, May 26 2017 10:18 PM EDT2017-05-27 02:18:02 GMT
    Gage Meche (Source: Facebook)Gage Meche (Source: Facebook)

    Gage Meche has thousands of people rooting for him and a family spokesman says it means a lot.  But attorney Ron Richard says the child's parents want action against the man they believe is responsible, they're suing Michael Lane Dugas.. “They are on a roller coaster of emotions:  anger, sadness, fear, angst and wanting to feel like they're doing something about this matter. 

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    Gage Meche has thousands of people rooting for him and a family spokesman says it means a lot.  But attorney Ron Richard says the child's parents want action against the man they believe is responsible, they're suing Michael Lane Dugas.. “They are on a roller coaster of emotions:  anger, sadness, fear, angst and wanting to feel like they're doing something about this matter. 

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  • Louisiana offers sales tax breaks this weekend for hurricane preparedness

    Louisiana offers sales tax breaks this weekend for hurricane preparedness

    Friday, May 26 2017 4:44 PM EDT2017-05-26 20:44:22 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Louisiana Department of Revenue has declared Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 a "Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday". During the sales tax holiday, eligible purchases are subject to a state sales tax rate of only three percent, applicable to the first $1,500 of the sales price of each eligible item. Eligible purchases include: Any portable self-powered light source, including candles and flashlights Any portable self-powered radio, two-way radio or weather ...

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    The Louisiana Department of Revenue has declared Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 a "Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday". During the sales tax holiday, eligible purchases are subject to a state sales tax rate of only three percent, applicable to the first $1,500 of the sales price of each eligible item. Eligible purchases include: Any portable self-powered light source, including candles and flashlights Any portable self-powered radio, two-way radio or weather ...

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  • Lake Charles woman faces 4 counts of child desertion

    Lake Charles woman faces 4 counts of child desertion

    Friday, May 26 2017 12:13 PM EDT2017-05-26 16:13:59 GMT

    A Lake Charles woman is facing 4 counts of child desertion, according to a news release from Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kim Myers. On May 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles after a complainant claimed two children were left at the store. 

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    A Lake Charles woman is facing 4 counts of child desertion, according to a news release from Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kim Myers. On May 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles after a complainant claimed two children were left at the store. 

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  • High demand for healthcare jobs

    High demand for healthcare jobs

    Friday, May 26 2017 7:56 AM EDT2017-05-26 11:56:00 GMT
    HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with in-demand healthcare jobs. (Source: KPLC)HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with in-demand healthcare jobs. (Source: KPLC)

    HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with hundreds of local healthcare-related jobs in Southwest Louisiana. 

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    HealthWORx is a new initiative aimed at connecting qualified people with hundreds of local healthcare-related jobs in Southwest Louisiana. 

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  • SUNRISE KITCHEN: Peppery Cheese Biscuits

    SUNRISE KITCHEN: Peppery Cheese Biscuits

    Friday, May 26 2017 6:44 AM EDT2017-05-26 10:44:52 GMT
    (Source: forbiddenriceblog.com)(Source: forbiddenriceblog.com)

    Chef Roy Angelle at SOWELA Community Technical College shares his recipe for peppery cheese biscuits.

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    Chef Roy Angelle at SOWELA Community Technical College shares his recipe for peppery cheese biscuits.

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  • Avenue of Flags reaches 1,000 milestone

    Avenue of Flags reaches 1,000 milestone

    Friday, May 26 2017 6:36 AM EDT2017-05-26 10:36:44 GMT
    Source: Carol FontenotSource: Carol Fontenot

    It took 32 years, but now the bi-annual display of the Avenue of Flags has reached the one thousand mark. 

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    It took 32 years, but now the bi-annual display of the Avenue of Flags has reached the one thousand mark. 

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  • President-elect Burckel optimistic about future for McNeese

    President-elect Burckel optimistic about future for McNeese

    Thursday, May 25 2017 10:14 PM EDT2017-05-26 02:14:47 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    With colleges and universities constantly bracing for more cuts, it seems like a less than ideal time to become head of a university. But McNeese President-elect Daryl Burckel says he sees a future filled with opportunity. Burckel spoke to a local civic club, where he discussed increasingly decreased funding. Burckel says over the last seven years or so state funding has gone from $28 million to roughly $16 million. He says the University ...

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    With colleges and universities constantly bracing for more cuts, it seems like a less than ideal time to become head of a university. But McNeese President-elect Daryl Burckel says he sees a future filled with opportunity. Burckel spoke to a local civic club, where he discussed increasingly decreased funding. Burckel says over the last seven years or so state funding has gone from $28 million to roughly $16 million. He says the University ...

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  • Sulphur man arrested on charges of molestation of juvenile

    Sulphur man arrested on charges of molestation of juvenile

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:20 PM EDT2017-05-26 00:20:07 GMT

    A Sulphur man is accused of allegedly having inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old boy, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

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    A Sulphur man is accused of allegedly having inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old boy, according to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

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  • New traffic signals at I-10 exit ramps on Beglis Parkway

    New traffic signals at I-10 exit ramps on Beglis Parkway

    Thursday, May 25 2017 7:28 PM EDT2017-05-25 23:28:22 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    On Thursday, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development activated two new traffic signals in Sulphur off I-10 Westbound and I-10 Eastbound ramps at Beglis Parkway. Workers spent the afternoon installing the traffic lights and making minor adjustments. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.     

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    On Thursday, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development activated two new traffic signals in Sulphur off I-10 Westbound and I-10 Eastbound ramps at Beglis Parkway. Workers spent the afternoon installing the traffic lights and making minor adjustments. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.     

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  • Boil advisory announced for areas of Longville along US 171

    Boil advisory announced for areas of Longville along US 171

    Thursday, May 25 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-05-25 22:05:14 GMT

    A boil advisory has been placed for only those residents on the west side of Highway 171, between 12066 and 12288, the Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish announced Thursday. 

    For any further questions, please call 337-725-3000.

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    A boil advisory has been placed for only those residents on the west side of Highway 171, between 12066 and 12288, the Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish announced Thursday. 

    For any further questions, please call 337-725-3000.

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  • How to spot termite damage inside and outside your home

    How to spot termite damage inside and outside your home

    Thursday, May 25 2017 10:10 AM EDT2017-05-25 14:10:14 GMT
    (Source: Google)(Source: Google)

    Termites depend on wood and other cellulose materials to survive, according to the LSU AgCenter.  Formosan subterranean termites are very aggressive, and they can cause extensive damage. Here are some signs termites may be in your home. Inside A House: Earthen masses on door frames, edges of walls, floors, ceilings, stairs, skirting or other areas of the house Blistering of paint on windows, door frames and skirting Damp areas on walls Distortion of floor, window or door ...

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    Termites depend on wood and other cellulose materials to survive, according to the LSU AgCenter.  Formosan subterranean termites are very aggressive, and they can cause extensive damage. Here are some signs termites may be in your home. Inside A House: Earthen masses on door frames, edges of walls, floors, ceilings, stairs, skirting or other areas of the house Blistering of paint on windows, door frames and skirting Damp areas on walls Distortion of floor, window or door ...

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  • What's Going Around: shigella

    What's Going Around: shigella

    Thursday, May 25 2017 8:03 AM EDT2017-05-25 12:03:15 GMT
    People with shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. (Source: KPLC)People with shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria. (Source: KPLC)

    A contagious infectious disease that might make you think you have an extreme stomach bug is what's going around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Dr. Anatole Karpovs, who has been treating young patients with shigella.

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    A contagious infectious disease that might make you think you have an extreme stomach bug is what's going around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Dr. Anatole Karpovs, who has been treating young patients with shigella.

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  • What to do on this beautiful afternoon? Here are 10 ideas

    What to do on this beautiful afternoon? Here are 10 ideas

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:07 PM EDT2017-05-24 22:07:20 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    It's a beautiful afternoon in Southwest Louisiana. Looking for ways to take advantage of the nice weather? We've put together 10 ideas. 

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    It's a beautiful afternoon in Southwest Louisiana. Looking for ways to take advantage of the nice weather? We've put together 10 ideas. 

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  • Dr. Charles Mackey sworn in as interim Police Juror

    Dr. Charles Mackey sworn in as interim Police Juror

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 4:45 PM EDT2017-05-24 20:45:11 GMT
    Dr. Charles Mackey is sworn in as interim District 5 Police JurorDr. Charles Mackey is sworn in as interim District 5 Police Juror

    The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has sworn in Dr. Charles S. Mackey, D.D.S., as interim District 5 police juror.  Mackey was sworn in Wednesday by the Police Jury's legal counsel Sam Gabb.  Mackey will fill the seat vacated by Nic Hunter, who officially resigned from the police jury after being elected mayor of Lake Charles. "I love being on the jury. It's a first-class program. It's always had, what I consider, an excellent administration," Dr. Mackey said. Mac...

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    The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has sworn in Dr. Charles S. Mackey, D.D.S., as interim District 5 police juror.  Mackey was sworn in Wednesday by the Police Jury's legal counsel Sam Gabb.  Mackey will fill the seat vacated by Nic Hunter, who officially resigned from the police jury after being elected mayor of Lake Charles. "I love being on the jury. It's a first-class program. It's always had, what I consider, an excellent administration," Dr. Mackey said. Mac...

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  • Walker's outing propels baseball to sweep past Auburn, 9-1

    Walker's outing propels baseball to sweep past Auburn, 9-1

    Saturday, May 13 2017 7:53 PM EDT2017-05-13 23:53:46 GMT
    Freshman Eric Walker took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, allowing only one run on one hit in eight innings of work, as the No. 10 LSU baseball team completed the series sweep against No. 13 Auburn, 9-1, Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. With the win, LSU improves to 35-17 (18-9 SEC), and Auburn drops to 32-21 (14-13 SEC) Walker earned the win to improve to 6-1 on the season. The right-hander walked three and struck out three in the outing. ...More >>
    Freshman Eric Walker took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, allowing only one run on one hit in eight innings of work, as the No. 10 LSU baseball team completed the series sweep against No. 13 Auburn, 9-1, Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. With the win, LSU improves to 35-17 (18-9 SEC), and Auburn drops to 32-21 (14-13 SEC) Walker earned the win to improve to 6-1 on the season. The right-hander walked three and struck out three in the outing. ...More >>
  • Elizabeth claims Class C state championship in walk-off fashion

    Elizabeth claims Class C state championship in walk-off fashion

    Friday, May 12 2017 8:53 PM EDT2017-05-13 00:53:46 GMT
    (Source: Mike Gaither/KPLC)(Source: Mike Gaither/KPLC)

    It took extra's but the top-seeded Elizabeth Bulldogs walked off in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat Simpson 14-13 in the Class C state title. It was a game for the ages, an offensive slugfest to say the least. Both teams combined for 37 hits, 27 runs, 302 total pitches, 106 total batters and 27 runners left on base. After a one out triple by Ben Thornhill, head coach Rhon Morgan signaled for the old fashioned squeeze play and Cody Ware executed it to perfection.

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    It took extra's but the top-seeded Elizabeth Bulldogs walked off in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat Simpson 14-13 in the Class C state title. It was a game for the ages, an offensive slugfest to say the least. Both teams combined for 37 hits, 27 runs, 302 total pitches, 106 total batters and 27 runners left on base. After a one out triple by Ben Thornhill, head coach Rhon Morgan signaled for the old fashioned squeeze play and Cody Ware executed it to perfection.

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  • Poche' Strong Through Seven, LSU Takes Game 2, 5-2

    Poche' Strong Through Seven, LSU Takes Game 2, 5-2

    Sunday, May 7 2017 12:03 AM EDT2017-05-07 04:03:33 GMT
    (Courtesy: LSU Athletics Creative Services)(Courtesy: LSU Athletics Creative Services)
     LSU lefty Jared Poche' fired seven strong innings Saturday night, allowing just one run off three hits and leading the Tigers to a 5-2 victory in Game 2 against South Carolina. Poche' earned his eighth win of the season. While giving up six walks, he was able to work himself out of jams numerous times throughout the game. Hunter Newman earned the save for the Tigers, giving up one hit and one walk in the ninth and inducing the game-ending 4-6-3 double play with a runner o...More >>
     LSU lefty Jared Poche' fired seven strong innings Saturday night, allowing just one run off three hits and leading the Tigers to a 5-2 victory in Game 2 against South Carolina. Poche' earned his eighth win of the season. While giving up six walks, he was able to work himself out of jams numerous times throughout the game. Hunter Newman earned the save for the Tigers, giving up one hit and one walk in the ninth and inducing the game-ending 4-6-3 double play with a runner o...More >>
  • Duplantis walks off to capture series over South Carolina

    Duplantis walks off to capture series over South Carolina

    Sunday, May 7 2017 10:02 PM EDT2017-05-08 02:02:14 GMT
    LSU sophomore left fielder Antoine Duplantis lined a single into left field to score Zach Watson and give the Tigers a thrilling 7-6 victory over South Carolina in 10 innings Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. With runners on the corners and one out, Duplantis dropped his fifth hit of the contest into shallow left field for the game winner and a series victory over the Gamecocks. The win pushed LSU to 32-16 and 15-9 in the SEC. South Carolin...More >>
    LSU sophomore left fielder Antoine Duplantis lined a single into left field to score Zach Watson and give the Tigers a thrilling 7-6 victory over South Carolina in 10 innings Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. With runners on the corners and one out, Duplantis dropped his fifth hit of the contest into shallow left field for the game winner and a series victory over the Gamecocks. The win pushed LSU to 32-16 and 15-9 in the SEC. South Carolin...More >>
  • Sports Person of the Week - Bryan Soileau

    Sports Person of the Week - Bryan Soileau

    Thursday, May 4 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-05-05 00:21:32 GMT
    It might sound cliche, but the sky is the limit for Sam Houston freshman high jumper Bryan Soileau. "I would love to pursue [high jumping] and go as far as a can in it," said Soileau. At only 15-years-old, Soileau has already broken the Broncos' all-time record with a high jump of 6'4". "I had no idea that I broke the record, I was just in pursuit of first place." "We know the record was set at about 6'2"," said Sam Houston tr...More >>
    It might sound cliche, but the sky is the limit for Sam Houston freshman high jumper Bryan Soileau. "I would love to pursue [high jumping] and go as far as a can in it," said Soileau. At only 15-years-old, Soileau has already broken the Broncos' all-time record with a high jump of 6'4". "I had no idea that I broke the record, I was just in pursuit of first place." "We know the record was set at about 6'2"," said Sam Houston tr...More >>
  • Former Barbe and LSU TE DeSean Smith headed to Chicago Bears rookie minicamp

    Former Barbe and LSU TE DeSean Smith headed to Chicago Bears rookie minicamp

    Sunday, April 30 2017 10:12 PM EDT2017-05-01 02:12:28 GMT

    The former Barbe Buccaneer and LSU Tiger DeSean Smith announced Saturday night on his twitter that he's headed to the Chicago Bears. Smith an undrafted free agent will get a tryout at the Bears rookie minicamp.   Smith fell victim to LSU's lack of a passing game and only caught 19 passes for 346 yards and a touchdown during his four seasons at LSU. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end ran a 4.94 40 and only did 14 reps on the bench at LSU's Pro Day.  Cop...

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    The former Barbe Buccaneer and LSU Tiger DeSean Smith announced Saturday night on his twitter that he's headed to the Chicago Bears. Smith an undrafted free agent will get a tryout at the Bears rookie minicamp.   Smith fell victim to LSU's lack of a passing game and only caught 19 passes for 346 yards and a touchdown during his four seasons at LSU. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end ran a 4.94 40 and only did 14 reps on the bench at LSU's Pro Day.  Cop...

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  • LSU gives up 18 hits to Kentucky in series-deciding loss

    LSU gives up 18 hits to Kentucky in series-deciding loss

    Sunday, April 23 2017 10:14 PM EDT2017-04-24 02:14:12 GMT
    Kentucky scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to defeat LSU, 10-2, Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series. The Wildcats (28-13 overall, 12-6 SEC) ended the weekend two games ahead of Floirda (27-15, 10-8) for first place in the SEC East. Kentucky is one game behind Mississippi State (28-14, 13-5) for the overall SEC lead. LSU (27-14, 10-8) is three games behind Mississippi State in the SEC Western Division. The Fi...More >>
    Kentucky scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to defeat LSU, 10-2, Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series. The Wildcats (28-13 overall, 12-6 SEC) ended the weekend two games ahead of Floirda (27-15, 10-8) for first place in the SEC East. Kentucky is one game behind Mississippi State (28-14, 13-5) for the overall SEC lead. LSU (27-14, 10-8) is three games behind Mississippi State in the SEC Western Division. The Fi...More >>
  • 2017 LHSAA baseball playoffs - second round finals

    2017 LHSAA baseball playoffs - second round finals

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:39:58 GMT
    (Source: LHSAA.org)(Source: LHSAA.org)

    The LHSAA released the 2017 boys high school baseball playoff brackets April 23. The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Baseball State Tournament will be held May 12-13 at McMurry Park in Sulphur. You can find the seeding of all coverage teams below. CLASS 5A (31) Haughton at (2) Barbe (24) Lafayette at (9) Sulphur - 4/24 @ 6 (30) Chalmette at (3) Sam Houston - 4/24 @ 5 CLASS 4A (31) Leesville at (1) Benton (26) LaGrange at (7) Livonia (23) Beau Chene at (10) DeRidder -...

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    The LHSAA released the 2017 boys high school baseball playoff brackets April 23. The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Baseball State Tournament will be held May 12-13 at McMurry Park in Sulphur. You can find the seeding of all coverage teams below. CLASS 5A (31) Haughton at (2) Barbe (24) Lafayette at (9) Sulphur - 4/24 @ 6 (30) Chalmette at (3) Sam Houston - 4/24 @ 5 CLASS 4A (31) Leesville at (1) Benton (26) LaGrange at (7) Livonia (23) Beau Chene at (10) DeRidder -...

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  • Walker solid in game 3, LSU beats Ole Miss, 3-2

    Walker solid in game 3, LSU beats Ole Miss, 3-2

    Saturday, April 15 2017 6:41 PM EDT2017-04-15 22:41:22 GMT

     LSU held on for the 3-2, series-clinching win in a highly contest rubber match against Ole Miss. LSU took two of three in the weekend series, moving to 25-12 overall and 9-6 in SEC play. With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 22-14 and 7-8 in the conference. Fr. right-hander Eric Walker (5-0, 2.48 ERA) earned the win, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five and surrendering no walks. Fr. lefty Ryan Rolison (4-2, 2.19 ERA) suffered the loss for Ole Miss, pitching five a...

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     LSU held on for the 3-2, series-clinching win in a highly contest rubber match against Ole Miss. LSU took two of three in the weekend series, moving to 25-12 overall and 9-6 in SEC play. With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 22-14 and 7-8 in the conference. Fr. right-hander Eric Walker (5-0, 2.48 ERA) earned the win, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five and surrendering no walks. Fr. lefty Ryan Rolison (4-2, 2.19 ERA) suffered the loss for Ole Miss, pitching five a...

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  • Texas A&M comes back to clinch series over LSU, 4-3

    Texas A&M comes back to clinch series over LSU, 4-3

    Saturday, April 1 2017 8:22 PM EDT2017-04-02 00:22:19 GMT
    LSU freshman right-hander Eric Walker fired a career-high seven innings and senior shortstop Kramer Robertson blasted a two-run home run, but Texas A&M left fielder Walker Pennington hit a three-run blast in the ninth inning to push the Aggies to a 4-3 win against the sixth-ranked Tigers Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. With the loss, LSU falls to 19-10 on the season and 5-4 in Southeastern Conference play while Texas A&M improve...More >>
    LSU freshman right-hander Eric Walker fired a career-high seven innings and senior shortstop Kramer Robertson blasted a two-run home run, but Texas A&M left fielder Walker Pennington hit a three-run blast in the ninth inning to push the Aggies to a 4-3 win against the sixth-ranked Tigers Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. With the loss, LSU falls to 19-10 on the season and 5-4 in Southeastern Conference play while Texas A&M improve...More >>
  • West Calcasieu Job Fair held today

    West Calcasieu Job Fair held today

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 1:58 PM EDT2017-05-24 17:58:19 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    More than 30 employers gathered in Westlake for the West Calcasieu Job Far. 

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    More than 30 employers gathered in Westlake for the West Calcasieu Job Far. 

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  • Legal Corner: Do I really need a will in Louisiana?

    Legal Corner: Do I really need a will in Louisiana?

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 12:28 PM EDT2017-05-24 16:28:48 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Do I really need a will in Louisiana? What is the downside to not having one? First, it is important to differentiate between a living will and a last will and testament. A living will is effective only when a person becomes terminally ill or has an irreversible condition. A traditional or “last will” is not effective until the testator – the author of the will – passes away. The two types of traditional will...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Do I really need a will in Louisiana? What is the downside to not having one? First, it is important to differentiate between a living will and a last will and testament. A living will is effective only when a person becomes terminally ill or has an irreversible condition. A traditional or “last will” is not effective until the testator – the author of the will – passes away. The two types of traditional will...More >>
  • West Calcasieu job fair Wednesday May 24

    West Calcasieu job fair Wednesday May 24

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 8:05 AM EDT2017-05-24 12:05:07 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    A job fair hosted by the Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 24, at the Managan Recreation Center, 1000 McKinley Street in Westlake. 

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    A job fair hosted by the Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 24, at the Managan Recreation Center, 1000 McKinley Street in Westlake. 

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  • Another cost increase for Prien Lake Elementary project

    Another cost increase for Prien Lake Elementary project

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:59 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:59:12 GMT
    (Source: www.gator995.com)(Source: www.gator995.com)

    It will take yet another chunk of tax dollars to complete a road and canopy at Prien Lake Elementary in Lake Charles. The student pick-up/drop-off area is needed to improve traffic congestion on Nelson Road. However, Calcasieu Parish taxpayers are on the hook for an additional $33,153 because of dirt issues. 

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    It will take yet another chunk of tax dollars to complete a road and canopy at Prien Lake Elementary in Lake Charles. The student pick-up/drop-off area is needed to improve traffic congestion on Nelson Road. However, Calcasieu Parish taxpayers are on the hook for an additional $33,153 because of dirt issues. 

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  • Blood supply at critical level

    Blood supply at critical level

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 1:09 PM EDT2017-05-23 17:09:39 GMT
    LifeShare Blood Centers in Lake Charles only has a two day supply of blood components this week and several storage drawers sit empty. (Source: KPLC)LifeShare Blood Centers in Lake Charles only has a two day supply of blood components this week and several storage drawers sit empty. (Source: KPLC)

    Blood supply is at a critically low level in Southwest Louisiana and as we head into a holiday weekend, there is growing concern it could further deplete.

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    Blood supply is at a critically low level in Southwest Louisiana and as we head into a holiday weekend, there is growing concern it could further deplete.

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  • Family of KK's Corner murder victim wants case reopened

    Family of KK's Corner murder victim wants case reopened

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 8:15 PM EDT2017-05-24 00:15:01 GMT

    It's coming up on the 20th anniversary of the murders at KK's corner, a convenience store south of Lake Charles where three people were shot and killed. The store now has a different name. This past weekend, the brother of one of the victims posted about the anniversary on Face book and was pleased to see so much local interest. Lane LeBouef is the older brother of murder victim Marty LeBouef, who was 21 years old when he died.  LeBouef wants the case re-opened to seek...

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    It's coming up on the 20th anniversary of the murders at KK's corner, a convenience store south of Lake Charles where three people were shot and killed. The store now has a different name. This past weekend, the brother of one of the victims posted about the anniversary on Face book and was pleased to see so much local interest. Lane LeBouef is the older brother of murder victim Marty LeBouef, who was 21 years old when he died.  LeBouef wants the case re-opened to seek...

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  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:26 PM EDT2017-05-23 16:26:36 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

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    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

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  • Funeral arrangements set for former Welsh Mayor James Martin

    Funeral arrangements set for former Welsh Mayor James Martin

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 8:00 AM EDT2017-05-23 12:00:36 GMT
    (Source: Hixson Funeral Home)(Source: Hixson Funeral Home)

    Family members said former Welsh Mayor and state representative James Paul Martin died on Sunday, May 21, at the age of 88 in the comfort of his home.

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    Family members said former Welsh Mayor and state representative James Paul Martin died on Sunday, May 21, at the age of 88 in the comfort of his home.

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  • Lake Charles police officers honored at annual awards banquet

    Lake Charles police officers honored at annual awards banquet

    Monday, May 22 2017 2:02 PM EDT2017-05-22 18:02:26 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Lake Charles police officers were recognized for their service to the community at the recent Lake Charles Police Annual Honors and Awards Banquet ceremony. 

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    Lake Charles police officers were recognized for their service to the community at the recent Lake Charles Police Annual Honors and Awards Banquet ceremony. 

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  • Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

    Monday, May 22 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-05-22 16:33:23 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

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    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

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  • No. 13 LSU run-rules McNeese to end Cowgirls' season

    No. 13 LSU run-rules McNeese to end Cowgirls' season

    Sunday, May 21 2017 11:45 PM EDT2017-05-22 03:45:54 GMT
    (Source: Mike Gaither/KPLC)(Source: Mike Gaither/KPLC)

    It was quite the long day for the McNeese Cowgirls. After defeating Fairfield late Saturday night, the Cowgirls advanced in the Baton Rouge Regional to face LSU on Sunday. The Lady Tigers' used a seven-run fourth inning to run-rule McNeese, 10-1. The start time was delayed nearly 40 minutes just prior to the first pitch. The contest was then halted in the second inning for just under six hours. The fatigue of a long break showed for both teams. Cowgirls got on the board first i...

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    It was quite the long day for the McNeese Cowgirls. After defeating Fairfield late Saturday night, the Cowgirls advanced in the Baton Rouge Regional to face LSU on Sunday. The Lady Tigers' used a seven-run fourth inning to run-rule McNeese, 10-1. The start time was delayed nearly 40 minutes just prior to the first pitch. The contest was then halted in the second inning for just under six hours. The fatigue of a long break showed for both teams. Cowgirls got on the board first i...

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  • Officer fatally shoots man after he gets inside police car

    Officer fatally shoots man after he gets inside police car

    Sunday, May 21 2017 8:08 PM EDT2017-05-22 00:08:33 GMT

    A police officer in a small western Louisiana town fatally shot a man who managed to get into a police vehicle.

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    A police officer in a small western Louisiana town fatally shot a man who managed to get into a police vehicle.

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  • Lightning again suspends play for McNeese softball vs. LSU

    Lightning again suspends play for McNeese softball vs. LSU

    Sunday, May 21 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-05-21 19:54:43 GMT
    (Source: Travis Webb/KATC)(Source: Travis Webb/KATC)

    McNeese is facing LSU in an elimination game in the Baton Rouge Regional.  Play was dealyed around 1:25 p.m. due to lightning. The game has yet to start. The winner of McNeese/LSU was scheduled to take on UL Lafayette at 4:00 p.m. It is not yet known when that game will start. Click here for updates Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    McNeese is facing LSU in an elimination game in the Baton Rouge Regional.  Play was dealyed around 1:25 p.m. due to lightning. The game has yet to start. The winner of McNeese/LSU was scheduled to take on UL Lafayette at 4:00 p.m. It is not yet known when that game will start. Click here for updates Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • No. 10 LSU downs No. 8 Mississippi State to capture SEC West championship

    No. 10 LSU downs No. 8 Mississippi State to capture SEC West championship

    Saturday, May 20 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-05-20 04:10:43 GMT

    No. 10 LSU took down No. 8 Mississippi State, 11-5, to claim the program's 19th Southeastern Conference Western Division Championship Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The Tigers improved to 38-18 and reached 20 wins in SEC play for the 10th time in school history. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    No. 10 LSU took down No. 8 Mississippi State, 11-5, to claim the program's 19th Southeastern Conference Western Division Championship Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The Tigers improved to 38-18 and reached 20 wins in SEC play for the 10th time in school history. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Veterans cemetery planned in Jennings

    Veterans cemetery planned in Jennings

    Friday, May 19 2017 8:17 PM EDT2017-05-20 00:17:05 GMT

    One way America honors its veterans is by offering them a final resting place in a veterans cemetery. Yet there is not one in Southwest Louisiana.  But efforts are underway to locate a veterans cemetery in Jennings. The Veterans Home in Jennings is considered one of the best, and there are plans to have a veterans cemetery on vacant land next to it.  Burial in a veterans cemetery, such as these in other areas of the state, is one way to extend dignity and  respect to t...

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    One way America honors its veterans is by offering them a final resting place in a veterans cemetery. Yet there is not one in Southwest Louisiana.  But efforts are underway to locate a veterans cemetery in Jennings. The Veterans Home in Jennings is considered one of the best, and there are plans to have a veterans cemetery on vacant land next to it.  Burial in a veterans cemetery, such as these in other areas of the state, is one way to extend dignity and  respect to t...

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  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis common in contact lens wearers

    Giant papillary conjunctivitis common in contact lens wearers

    Friday, May 19 2017 8:09 AM EDT2017-05-19 12:09:37 GMT
    Vision Source associate optometrist, Dr. Madison Wall-Hayes, says she is seeing more cases of giant papillary conjunctivitis, or GPC, which you can see on the inside of the upper eyelid. (Source: KPLC)Vision Source associate optometrist, Dr. Madison Wall-Hayes, says she is seeing more cases of giant papillary conjunctivitis, or GPC, which you can see on the inside of the upper eyelid. (Source: KPLC)

    If you wear contact lenses or suffer from seasonal allergies, you will want to pay special attention to this Healthcast. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains the irritating eye condition called giant papillary conjunctivitis. 

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    If you wear contact lenses or suffer from seasonal allergies, you will want to pay special attention to this Healthcast. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains the irritating eye condition called giant papillary conjunctivitis. 

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  • SUNRISE KITCHEN: Meatball Pizza

    SUNRISE KITCHEN: Meatball Pizza

    Friday, May 19 2017 6:45 AM EDT2017-05-19 10:45:06 GMT
    (Source: wikipedia)(Source: wikipedia)

    Our friend, Cookie Hauser shares her recipe for meatball pizza. 

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    Our friend, Cookie Hauser shares her recipe for meatball pizza. 

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  • Major progress visible on permanent Veterans Clinic

    Major progress visible on permanent Veterans Clinic

    Thursday, May 18 2017 8:13 PM EDT2017-05-19 00:13:39 GMT

    It's the culmination of a lot of time, effort and paperwork extending from Lake Charles to Washington D.C. and one man who's been involved throughout is Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach who says it's gratifying to see it finally happening. "We've been talking about a VA clinic now for many, many years and to actually see it coming out of the ground and to see it taking form, taking shape, you see the patient rooms, see where the doctors are going to be, you know it's really g...

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    It's the culmination of a lot of time, effort and paperwork extending from Lake Charles to Washington D.C. and one man who's been involved throughout is Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach who says it's gratifying to see it finally happening. "We've been talking about a VA clinic now for many, many years and to actually see it coming out of the ground and to see it taking form, taking shape, you see the patient rooms, see where the doctors are going to be, you know it's really g...

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  • What's Going Around: sore throats

    What's Going Around: sore throats

    Thursday, May 18 2017 8:11 AM EDT2017-05-18 12:11:10 GMT
    Viral sore throats and strep throat are what's going around this week, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care. (Source: KPLC)Viral sore throats and strep throat are what's going around this week, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care. (Source: KPLC)

    If your throat is feeling sore or you are feeling pain swallowing, you might have what's going around this week. Viral sore throats and strep throat are the main culprits, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care.

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    If your throat is feeling sore or you are feeling pain swallowing, you might have what's going around this week. Viral sore throats and strep throat are the main culprits, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care.

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  • Hometown Hero: Claby Laviolet

    Hometown Hero: Claby Laviolet

    Thursday, May 18 2017 6:25 AM EDT2017-05-18 10:25:45 GMT
    Laviolet familyLaviolet family

    Claby Laviolet was drafted into the U.S. Army infantry, serving mainly in Europe during WWII.

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    Claby Laviolet was drafted into the U.S. Army infantry, serving mainly in Europe during WWII.

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  • $143 million Cameron Interstate Pipeline station dedicated

    $143 million Cameron Interstate Pipeline station dedicated

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-05-18 01:04:29 GMT

    Sempra LNG and Midstream officially unveiled its $143-million dollar pipeline expansion.  It's the line that will soon transport natural gas to the liquefaction project underway in Hackberry.  It's considered an asset to the local economy and plans to send gas around the world, The Cameron Interstate Pipeline Holbrook Compressor Station is located north of Sulphur at 1500 Holbrook Park Road.  The company and guests gathered to celebrate the expansion pr...

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    Sempra LNG and Midstream officially unveiled its $143-million dollar pipeline expansion.  It's the line that will soon transport natural gas to the liquefaction project underway in Hackberry.  It's considered an asset to the local economy and plans to send gas around the world, The Cameron Interstate Pipeline Holbrook Compressor Station is located north of Sulphur at 1500 Holbrook Park Road.  The company and guests gathered to celebrate the expansion pr...

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  • Boil advisory lifted for residents in Ragley

    Boil advisory lifted for residents in Ragley

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-05-17 20:58:30 GMT

    A boil advisory issued last week by Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish has been lifted. The advisory was for those residents located on South Pine Drive and Myrtle Street in Ragley and was issued on Wednesday, June 10th. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    A boil advisory issued last week by Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish has been lifted. The advisory was for those residents located on South Pine Drive and Myrtle Street in Ragley and was issued on Wednesday, June 10th. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Boil advisory lifted for some residents on Joe Miller Road

    Boil advisory lifted for some residents on Joe Miller Road

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 4:57 PM EDT2017-05-17 20:57:46 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)

    Water District 1 issued a boil advisory for some residents in the area, but lifted that advisory Wednesday afternoon.

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    Water District 1 issued a boil advisory for some residents in the area, but lifted that advisory Wednesday afternoon.

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  • Music Museum of SWLA concert fundraiser set for May 27

    Music Museum of SWLA concert fundraiser set for May 27

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 1:48 PM EDT2017-05-17 17:48:49 GMT
    (Source: Music Museum of Southwest Louisiana)(Source: Music Museum of Southwest Louisiana)

    The Music Museum of SWLA is hosting a special concert showcase fundraiser at Sloppy's Downtown in Lake Charles

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    The Music Museum of SWLA is hosting a special concert showcase fundraiser at Sloppy's Downtown in Lake Charles

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  • Legal Corner: I loaned a relative money, and he is now refusing to repay it. Can I get his pay garnished?

    Legal Corner: I loaned a relative money, and he is now refusing to repay it. Can I get his pay garnished?

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 12:02 PM EDT2017-05-17 16:02:36 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I was the beneficiary on my mother's bank account, and when she passed I was under the age of 18, so the money had not been touched. My aunt is just now giving me the bank information with amount that was in the account. I have gone to the bank, and they stated the money was sent to the state treasury and I would need to obtain a lawyer. Is there any other way I can go about getting the balance without hiring an attorney? An attorne...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I was the beneficiary on my mother's bank account, and when she passed I was under the age of 18, so the money had not been touched. My aunt is just now giving me the bank information with amount that was in the account. I have gone to the bank, and they stated the money was sent to the state treasury and I would need to obtain a lawyer. Is there any other way I can go about getting the balance without hiring an attorney? An attorne...More >>
  • Lake Charles to begin flushing city fire hydrants May 17

    Lake Charles to begin flushing city fire hydrants May 17

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 12:09 PM EDT2017-05-17 16:09:30 GMT
    (Source: Theresa Schmidt/KPLC)(Source: Theresa Schmidt/KPLC)

    The Lake Charles Fire Department will begin flushing fire hydrants beginning Wednesday, May 17 through Friday, June, 30.

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    The Lake Charles Fire Department will begin flushing fire hydrants beginning Wednesday, May 17 through Friday, June, 30.

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  • CPSO hosts Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run

    CPSO hosts Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 9:25 AM EDT2017-05-17 13:25:49 GMT
    Louisiana Torch Run (Source: Aaron Antoine/KPLC)Louisiana Torch Run (Source: Aaron Antoine/KPLC)

    The 2017 Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run will be held Wednesday, May 17 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

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    The 2017 Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run will be held Wednesday, May 17 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

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  • Loaner Closet ready to lend medical equipment

    Loaner Closet ready to lend medical equipment

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 8:19 AM EDT2017-05-17 12:19:07 GMT
    The community Loaner Closet at the Southwest Louisiana Independence center is open to people in need of medical equipment and with gently-used items to donate. (Source: KPLC)The community Loaner Closet at the Southwest Louisiana Independence center is open to people in need of medical equipment and with gently-used items to donate. (Source: KPLC)

    From wheelchairs to walkers, hospital beds and crutches, medical equipment is something most of us will need one day or have already used. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's why the SLIC Loaner Closet exists. 
     

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    From wheelchairs to walkers, hospital beds and crutches, medical equipment is something most of us will need one day or have already used. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's why the SLIC Loaner Closet exists. 
     

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  • Famous accordion now owned by Kinder family

    Famous accordion now owned by Kinder family

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 7:49 AM EDT2017-05-17 11:49:02 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    Musicians Steve Riley and Justin Manuel are playing with a piece of Cajun music history.  

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    Musicians Steve Riley and Justin Manuel are playing with a piece of Cajun music history.  

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  • Southwest Louisiana's Top 20 Restaurants announced

    Southwest Louisiana's Top 20 Restaurants announced

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 10:27 PM EDT2017-05-17 02:27:25 GMT

    The results are in for the Top 20 restaurants in Calcasieu Parish.

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    The results are in for the Top 20 restaurants in Calcasieu Parish.

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  • Carolina Panthers sign former Barbe, LSU tight end DeSean Smith

    Carolina Panthers sign former Barbe, LSU tight end DeSean Smith

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 10:11 PM EDT2017-05-17 02:11:43 GMT

    The former Barbe Buccaneer and LSU Tiger DeSean Smith announced Saturday night on his twitter that he's headed to the Chicago Bears. Smith an undrafted free agent will get a tryout at the Bears rookie minicamp.   Smith fell victim to LSU's lack of a passing game and only caught 19 passes for 346 yards and a touchdown during his four seasons at LSU. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end ran a 4.94 40 and only did 14 reps on the bench at LSU's Pro Day.  Cop...

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    Former Barbe Buccaneer and LSU Tiger DeSean Smith has been signed by the Carolina Panthers after participating as a tryout player in Carolina’s rookie minicamp. Smith becomes the sixth tight end on the Panthers' roster.  The 6-foot-4 1/2, 240-pound tight end went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft after catching 19 passes for 346 yards and a touchdown during his four seasons at LSU.  Smith was also named the KPLC 7 Sports Person of the Week on Thursday. ...

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  • $300,000 check from Palermo part of settlement with DeRosier

    $300,000 check from Palermo part of settlement with DeRosier

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 8:11 PM EDT2017-05-17 00:11:34 GMT
    Joseph R. Palermo Jr. (KPLC Archives)Joseph R. Palermo Jr. (KPLC Archives)

    A Sulphur businessman has written a $300,000 check as part of an agreement that settles long running legal battles with the State of Louisiana and Calcasieu District Attorney's Office. The newly inked deal between Joe Palermo and John DeRosier was signed May 12. Palermo's most recent legal troubles with the state were underway in 2014 when search warrants were executed on various businesses as the state investigated allegations of corrupt business activities. In 2015 a plea de...

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    A Sulphur businessman has written a $300,000 check as part of an agreement that settles long running legal battles with the State of Louisiana and Calcasieu District Attorney's Office. The newly inked deal between Joe Palermo and John DeRosier was signed May 12. Palermo's most recent legal troubles with the state were underway in 2014 when search warrants were executed on various businesses as the state investigated allegations of corrupt business activities. In 2015 a plea de...

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  • Lake Charles mayor-elect Nic Hunter shares transition plans, will keep Cardone as city administrator

    Lake Charles mayor-elect Nic Hunter shares transition plans, will keep Cardone as city administrator

    Monday, May 15 2017 10:49 PM EDT2017-05-16 02:49:12 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Lake Charles Mayor-elect Nic Hunter held a news conference on Monday morning at City Hall located at 326 Pujo Street in Lake Charles. Hunter announced his transitioning team which will help him with his move into office as a new mayor starting July 1, 2017. The transition team consisted of five people: Rev. Edward Alexander, Jr. Dennis Stine Gary Gobert Willie Mount Harold Winey Hunter also introduced a newly formed board, his Community Advisement and Assessment B...

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    Lake Charles Mayor-elect Nic Hunter held a news conference on Monday morning at City Hall located at 326 Pujo Street in Lake Charles. Hunter announced his transitioning team which will help him with his move into office as a new mayor starting July 1, 2017. The transition team consisted of five people: Rev. Edward Alexander, Jr. Dennis Stine Gary Gobert Willie Mount Harold Winey Hunter also introduced a newly formed board, his Community Advisement and Assessment B...

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  • Corps says Saltwater Barrier flood gates open since May 3

    Corps says Saltwater Barrier flood gates open since May 3

    Friday, May 12 2017 9:16 PM EDT2017-05-13 01:16:13 GMT

    Residents upstream from the Saltwater Barrier often suspect their flooding problems are at least partly due to poor operation of the gates.  However, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dispute that. Sonny Mason is a retired operating engineer who's spent much of his life working on projects that help direct the flow of water.  He lives next to Little Indian Bayou and says the area looked like a lake a week ago.  Last two floods he says a su...

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    Residents upstream from the Saltwater Barrier often suspect their flooding problems are at least partly due to poor operation of the gates.  However, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dispute that. Sonny Mason is a retired operating engineer who's spent much of his life working on projects that help direct the flow of water.  He lives next to Little Indian Bayou and says the area looked like a lake a week ago.  Last two floods he says a su...

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  • UPDATE: More shows added to Garth Brooks World Tour

    UPDATE: More shows added to Garth Brooks World Tour

    Friday, May 12 2017 11:44 AM EDT2017-05-12 15:44:00 GMT
    (Source: Jeremy Cowart)(Source: Jeremy Cowart)

    2016 CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks along with Trisha Yearwood are set to perform at the Cajundome in Lafayette.

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    2016 CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks along with Trisha Yearwood are set to perform at the Cajundome in Lafayette.

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  • Mom to Many: 100 kids and counting

    Mom to Many: 100 kids and counting

    Friday, May 12 2017 8:03 AM EDT2017-05-12 12:03:57 GMT
    Easter Belizare visits with her former foster son, Andre Frank, in her Lake Charles home. (Source: KPLC)Easter Belizare visits with her former foster son, Andre Frank, in her Lake Charles home. (Source: KPLC)

    Mother's Day is Sunday and one Lake Charles mom will be the center of many people's celebrations! That's because she has mothered 100 boys and counting. KPLC's Britney Glaser introduces us to 82-year-old Easter Belizare.

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    Mother's Day is Sunday and one Lake Charles mom will be the center of many people's celebrations! That's because she has mothered 100 boys and counting. KPLC's Britney Glaser introduces us to 82-year-old Easter Belizare.

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  • Sports Person of the Week - DeSean Smith

    Sports Person of the Week - DeSean Smith

    Friday, May 12 2017 12:16 AM EDT2017-05-12 04:16:54 GMT

    From Lake Charles, to Baton Rouge and now the NFL, it's been quite the journey for DeSean Smith. "I don't care where I end up, I am ready for the opportunity and it was given to me, and I'm definitely going to take advantage of it," said Smith. "I have to put on for Lake Charles, my family and friends and there is no time to let anyone down." The Barbe product went undrafted out of LSU, but had multiple offers for rookie camp invites. The Carolina Panthers ...

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    From Lake Charles, to Baton Rouge and now the NFL, it's been quite the journey for DeSean Smith. "I don't care where I end up, I am ready for the opportunity and it was given to me, and I'm definitely going to take advantage of it," said Smith. "I have to put on for Lake Charles, my family and friends and there is no time to let anyone down." The Barbe product went undrafted out of LSU, but had multiple offers for rookie camp invites. The Carolina Panthers ...

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  • Former prison educator sentenced to year for smuggling in cell phones, tobacco

    Former prison educator sentenced to year for smuggling in cell phones, tobacco

    Thursday, May 11 2017 6:19 PM EDT2017-05-11 22:19:58 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    An Oakdale woman was sentenced last week to 12 months and one day in prison for receiving bribes for smuggling cell phones and tobacco into the Federal Correctional Institution at Oakdale, said Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook on Thursday, May 11. Billie A. Holmes, 55, of Oakdale, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on one count of bribery of a public official. Holmes was also sentenced to two years of supervised release. According to the January ...

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    An Oakdale woman was sentenced last week to 12 months and one day in prison for receiving bribes for smuggling cell phones and tobacco into the Federal Correctional Institution at Oakdale, said Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook on Thursday, May 11. Billie A. Holmes, 55, of Oakdale, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on one count of bribery of a public official. Holmes was also sentenced to two years of supervised release. According to the January ...

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  • Warning about animal bites after raccoon bites toddler

    Warning about animal bites after raccoon bites toddler

    Thursday, May 11 2017 8:09 AM EDT2017-05-11 12:09:34 GMT
    This is the time of year pediatricians are reporting more animal bites in children. (Source: KPLC)This is the time of year pediatricians are reporting more animal bites in children. (Source: KPLC)

    A warning about animal bites and your children after a local toddler was recently bitten by a raccoon. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a pediatrician about how best to treat animal bites.

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    A warning about animal bites and your children after a local toddler was recently bitten by a raccoon. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a pediatrician about how best to treat animal bites.

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  • Lake Charles man witnessed first test of hydrogen bomb

    Lake Charles man witnessed first test of hydrogen bomb

    Thursday, May 11 2017 5:33 AM EDT2017-05-11 09:33:01 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    A Lake Charles man who served in the Navy at the end of World War 2 later served during the early days of testing for the hydrogen bomb. Self was only 17 when he signed up with the U.S. Navy in the waning days of World War 2. It was May 1945.  Years later, during the Korean War, Marvin found himself in the Pacific observing the first test of a hydrogen bomb. "It was 1951. The Korean War was going on. We suspect Russia was spying on us."    Self was stationed ...

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    A Lake Charles man who served in the Navy at the end of World War 2 later served during the early days of testing for the hydrogen bomb. Self was only 17 when he signed up with the U.S. Navy in the waning days of World War 2. It was May 1945.  Years later, during the Korean War, Marvin found himself in the Pacific observing the first test of a hydrogen bomb. "It was 1951. The Korean War was going on. We suspect Russia was spying on us."    Self was stationed ...

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  • Legal Corner: The bank did not disclose 3 pipelines running through our property. Can we get money back for property we can't use?

    Legal Corner: The bank did not disclose 3 pipelines running through our property. Can we get money back for property we can't use?

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 1:37 PM EDT2017-05-10 17:37:33 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: When purchasing our home, the bank did not disclose 3 pipelines running through ½ acre of our property. Do we have any rights to royalties or any rights at all? We were told we could not dig or place anything permanent, so we have no use for the property. Can we get our money back for the property we can’t use? The viewer raises the classic issue of “merchantable title” and demonstrates the need to have a la...

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: When purchasing our home, the bank did not disclose 3 pipelines running through ½ acre of our property. Do we have any rights to royalties or any rights at all? We were told we could not dig or place anything permanent, so we have no use for the property. Can we get our money back for the property we can’t use? The viewer raises the classic issue of “merchantable title” and demonstrates the need to have a la...

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  • City of Lake Charles announces Downtown at Sundown lineup

    City of Lake Charles announces Downtown at Sundown lineup

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 7:23 AM EDT2017-05-10 11:23:19 GMT
    Downtown at Sundown (Source: City of Lake Charles)Downtown at Sundown (Source: City of Lake Charles)

    The City of Lake Charles has announced this year's lineup for Downtown at Sundown.

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    The City of Lake Charles has announced this year's lineup for Downtown at Sundown.

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  • LSU Tiger Tour stops in Lake Charles

    LSU Tiger Tour stops in Lake Charles

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 12:19 AM EDT2017-05-10 04:19:23 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)

    LSU's annual Tiger Tour, featuring head football coach Ed Orgeron and other LSU coaches, made a stop in Lake Charles Tuesday night. The tour started on May 1st in Shreveport and will make seven stops through June 6. Copyright KPLC 2017. All rights reserved.

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    LSU's annual Tiger Tour, featuring head football coach Ed Orgeron and other LSU coaches, made a stop in Lake Charles Tuesday night. The tour started on May 1st in Shreveport and will make seven stops through June 6. Copyright KPLC 2017. All rights reserved.

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  • High bacteria levels at three SWLA beaches

    High bacteria levels at three SWLA beaches

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 10:04 PM EDT2017-05-10 02:04:18 GMT
    Three beaches in Southwest Louisiana are under advisories this week because of high bacteria levels. (Source: KPLC)Three beaches in Southwest Louisiana are under advisories this week because of high bacteria levels. (Source: KPLC)

    After big rain events like we saw last week, agricultural run-off can lead to high bacteria levels at recreational beaches. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports three area beaches are under advisories this week.

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    After big rain events like we saw last week, agricultural run-off can lead to high bacteria levels at recreational beaches. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports three area beaches are under advisories this week.

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  • Boil advisory in place for Elton south of Hwy 190

    Boil advisory in place for Elton south of Hwy 190

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-05-10 00:29:16 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    A boil advisory has been put in place for Elton, for all areas south of Hwy 190, due to a broken line, the East Allen Water Works announced Tuesday, May 9. The boil advisory is in place until further notice. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    A boil advisory has been put in place for Elton, for all areas south of Hwy 190, due to a broken line, the East Allen Water Works announced Tuesday, May 9. The boil advisory is in place until further notice. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana claims 33 state championships at the 2017 LHSAA Outdoor Track & Field State Meet

    Southwest Louisiana claims 33 state championships at the 2017 LHSAA Outdoor Track & Field State Meet

    Monday, May 8 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-05-09 03:58:24 GMT
    (Source: LHSAA)(Source: LHSAA)

    Southwest Louisiana racked up over the weekend at the 2017 LHSAA Outdoor Track & Field State Meet in Baton Rouge. The area brought home 33 state championships, including the Hackberry girls fifth consecutive team state title. Washington-Marion's Chris Edwards, Hathaway's Trenton Guidry, Hackberry's Reagan Darbonne, Karlie Stine and Austyn Quintela all were among participants that won multiple events. 

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    Southwest Louisiana racked up over the weekend at the 2017 LHSAA Outdoor Track & Field State Meet in Baton Rouge. The area brought home 33 state championships, including the Hackberry girls fifth consecutive team state title. Washington-Marion's Chris Edwards, Hathaway's Trenton Guidry, Hackberry's Reagan Darbonne, Karlie Stine and Austyn Quintela all were among participants that won multiple events. 

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  • Will you say yes to Blue Bell's new flavor?

    Will you say yes to Blue Bell's new flavor?

    Monday, May 8 2017 12:38 PM EDT2017-05-08 16:38:34 GMT
    Bride's Cake (Source: Blue Bell)Bride's Cake (Source: Blue Bell)

    Blue Bell has announced another new flavor - Bride's Cake! 

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    Blue Bell has announced another new flavor - Bride's Cake! 

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  • Ville Platte woman allegedly threatens to file false rape report on police officer for ride home

    Ville Platte woman allegedly threatens to file false rape report on police officer for ride home

    Sunday, May 7 2017 9:30 PM EDT2017-05-08 01:30:11 GMT
    (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)(Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)

    Detectives from the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office were called out on Saturday night to assist Fenton Police officers with an investigation on Maria Richard Joseph, 29, of Ville Platte.

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    Detectives from the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office were called out on Saturday night to assist Fenton Police officers with an investigation on Maria Richard Joseph, 29, of Ville Platte.

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  • 5th Annual Derby for Dollars event benefits Shannon Cox Counseling Center

    5th Annual Derby for Dollars event benefits Shannon Cox Counseling Center

    Sunday, May 7 2017 1:50 PM EDT2017-05-07 17:50:11 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    To coincide with the 2017 Kentucky Derby, Family & Youth hosted the 5th Annual Derby for Dollars event at The Stables at Le Bocage on Saturday, May 6.

    There was food from Lake Charles-area restaurants - and also drinks, music, an equestrian jumping exhibition, contests for the best hat and best derby duds, and televised Kentucky Derby action.

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    To coincide with the 2017 Kentucky Derby, Family & Youth hosted the 5th Annual Derby for Dollars event at The Stables at Le Bocage in Lake Charles on Saturday, May 6.

    There was food from Lake Charles-area restaurants - and also drinks, music, an equestrian jumping exhibition, contests for the best hat and best derby duds, and televised Kentucky Derby action.

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  • Roll to the Grove 2017

    Roll to the Grove 2017

    Sunday, May 7 2017 11:54 AM EDT2017-05-07 15:54:22 GMT
    (Source: Roll to the Grove 2017)(Source: Roll to the Grove 2017)

    For the third year in a row, motorcycle riders and enthusiasts are coming together to share their passion for the open road. Roll to the Grove is being held Friday through Sunday, May 5 - 7, at Heritage Square in Sulphur.

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    For the third year in a row, motorcycle riders and enthusiasts are coming together to share their passion for the open road. Roll to the Grove is being held Friday through Sunday, May 5 - 7, at Heritage Square in Sulphur.

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  • Defendants in Calcasieu Parish methamphetamine distribution conspiracy sentenced

    Defendants in Calcasieu Parish methamphetamine distribution conspiracy sentenced

    Saturday, May 6 2017 5:24 PM EDT2017-05-06 21:24:04 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Five defendants have been sentenced for their roles in a methamphetamine conspiracy in Calcasieu Parish, Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced on Friday, May 5. United States District Judge Donald E. Walter sentenced Steven Paul Meaux, 32, of Lake Charles; Arielle Marie Ardoin, 33, of Kinder; Troy Lane Touchet, 42, of Jennings; Jose Rosalio Mendez-Gonzalez, 41, of Garland, TX; and Jorge Massu, 33, of Garland, TX, on charges of possession with intent to d...

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    Five defendants have been sentenced for their roles in a methamphetamine conspiracy in Calcasieu Parish, Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced on Friday, May 5. United States District Judge Donald E. Walter sentenced Steven Paul Meaux, 32, of Lake Charles; Arielle Marie Ardoin, 33, of Kinder; Troy Lane Touchet, 42, of Jennings; Jose Rosalio Mendez-Gonzalez, 41, of Garland, TX; and Jorge Massu, 33, of Garland, TX, on charges of possession with intent to d...

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  • Some question whether development is worsening flooding

    Some question whether development is worsening flooding

    Friday, May 5 2017 8:09 PM EDT2017-05-06 00:09:52 GMT

    Long after the rain stopped flood waters continued to make some roads impassable or barely passable, depending on one's vehicle. Ricky Hanagriff is one who had trouble getting between home and work this week, due to Anthony Ferry Road flooding. "I'm surprised how it's flooded this high.  I've never seen it this high and I've been here my whole life,"said Hanagriff. Hanagriff isn't the only one questioning what's causing it and is it getting worse. "I've he...

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    Long after the rain stopped flood waters continued to make some roads impassable or barely passable, depending on one's vehicle. Ricky Hanagriff is one who had trouble getting between home and work this week, due to Anthony Ferry Road flooding. "I'm surprised how it's flooded this high.  I've never seen it this high and I've been here my whole life,"said Hanagriff. Hanagriff isn't the only one questioning what's causing it and is it getting worse. "I've he...

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  • U.S. 171 Southbound right lane closures in Moss Bluff near Gloria Drive from May 8 to May 19

    U.S. 171 Southbound right lane closures in Moss Bluff near Gloria Drive from May 8 to May 19

    Friday, May 5 2017 4:43 PM EDT2017-05-05 20:43:32 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)

    The southbound right lane of U.S. 171 near Gloria Drive in Moss Bluff will experience intermittent lane closures beginning Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 19, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. 

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    The southbound right lane of U.S. 171 near Gloria Drive in Moss Bluff will experience intermittent lane closures beginning Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 19, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. 

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  • U.S. 90 at LA 1126 east of Jennings closed due to high water

    U.S. 90 at LA 1126 east of Jennings closed due to high water

    Friday, May 5 2017 4:27 PM EDT2017-05-05 20:27:46 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)

    U.S. 90 at LA 1126 east of Jennings is closed due to high water on the road, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. DOTD urges motorists to use caution when traveling in the area, and to be alert to the potential for high water. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    U.S. 90 at LA 1126 east of Jennings is closed due to high water on the road, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. DOTD urges motorists to use caution when traveling in the area, and to be alert to the potential for high water. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Hometown Hero - Keith Cating retires from McNeese BCM

    Hometown Hero - Keith Cating retires from McNeese BCM

    Friday, May 5 2017 12:27 PM EDT2017-05-05 16:27:17 GMT
    (Source: John Bridges/KPLC)(Source: John Bridges/KPLC)

    A McNeese State University graduate who returned home to lead the Baptist Campus Ministry the past eleven years is retiring. 

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    A McNeese State University graduate who returned home to lead the Baptist Campus Ministry the past eleven years is retiring. 

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  • Seasonal allergies in pets

    Seasonal allergies in pets

    Friday, May 5 2017 10:08 AM EDT2017-05-05 14:08:51 GMT
    Seasonal allergies in cats and dogs are seen through excessive scratching and recurring ear infections. (Source: KPLC)Seasonal allergies in cats and dogs are seen through excessive scratching and recurring ear infections. (Source: KPLC)

    Seasonal allergies can certainly make people feel miserable this time of year, but did you know your pet could also be feeling under the weather? KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the symptoms are different in animals and there are specific treatments to give relief.

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    Seasonal allergies can certainly make people feel miserable this time of year, but did you know your pet could also be feeling under the weather? KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the symptoms are different in animals and there are specific treatments to give relief.

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  • Rain gone, but water remains over roads in Moss Bluff

    Rain gone, but water remains over roads in Moss Bluff

    Thursday, May 4 2017 7:10 PM EDT2017-05-04 23:10:11 GMT

    Coffey Road is one of the areas in Moss Bluff where low riding vehicles couldn't make it through water on the road, especially here where a little creek is now a large area of swift moving water across the road. Paul Kibodeaux spent the previous 24 hours using his big truck to shuttle people back and forth between homes and where they needed to go. "We do not recommend anybody do it unless they have a very big truck or a very heavy truck.  It's very hard current and if you...

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    Coffey Road is one of the areas in Moss Bluff where low riding vehicles couldn't make it through water on the road, especially here where a little creek is now a large area of swift moving water across the road. Paul Kibodeaux spent the previous 24 hours using his big truck to shuttle people back and forth between homes and where they needed to go. "We do not recommend anybody do it unless they have a very big truck or a very heavy truck.  It's very hard current and if you...

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  • Castex Landing Road closed at LA 1126 junction

    Castex Landing Road closed at LA 1126 junction

    Thursday, May 4 2017 5:44 PM EDT2017-05-04 21:44:00 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)

    LA 3166 - or Castex Landing Road - is closed at the junction of LA 1126 near Jennings due to high water, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. Road conditions will be monitored, and LA 3166 will be reopened as soon as possible, according to the DOTD. The DOTD urges motorists to use caution and to watch for high water when traveling in the area. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    LA 3166 - or Castex Landing Road - is closed at the junction of LA 1126 near Jennings due to high water, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. Road conditions will be monitored, and LA 3166 will be reopened as soon as possible, according to the DOTD. The DOTD urges motorists to use caution and to watch for high water when traveling in the area. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Boil advisory in place for areas of Beauregard Parish

    Boil advisory in place for areas of Beauregard Parish

    Thursday, May 4 2017 3:44 PM EDT2017-05-04 19:44:31 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A boil advisory has been placed for Beauregard Parish residents who are located on the following roads, according to officials from Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish: Tanglewood Loop Lander Loop Turkey Drive Maple Drive Red Oak Lane Chinquapin Lane Dove Lane  For further questions, call Waterworks District 3 at 337-725-3000. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    A boil advisory has been placed for Beauregard Parish residents who are located on the following roads, according to officials from Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish: Tanglewood Loop Lander Loop Turkey Drive Maple Drive Red Oak Lane Chinquapin Lane Dove Lane  For further questions, call Waterworks District 3 at 337-725-3000. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Boil advisory issued for Kinder residents

    Boil advisory issued for Kinder residents

    Thursday, May 4 2017 1:01 PM EDT2017-05-04 17:01:42 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A boil advisory has been issued for Allen Parish Water District #2 customers living in Kinder due to a broken main line for a lightning strike.

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    A boil advisory has been issued for Allen Parish Water District #2 customers living in Kinder due to a broken main line for a lightning strike.

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  • Legal Corner: Are sex offenders allowed to live in motels?

    Legal Corner: Are sex offenders allowed to live in motels?

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 10:51 AM EDT2017-05-03 14:51:07 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: My husband was married to another woman a few years ago. He filed for divorce in July of 2011. In the divorce papers, it states they were physically separated since February 2011. His ex-wife had a baby in March of 2012. The divorce was not finalized yet, but they had been separated for a year as Louisiana law states. The divorce was finalized in court January 2013. The child is not biologically his, and we just found out. Legally, c...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: My husband was married to another woman a few years ago. He filed for divorce in July of 2011. In the divorce papers, it states they were physically separated since February 2011. His ex-wife had a baby in March of 2012. The divorce was not finalized yet, but they had been separated for a year as Louisiana law states. The divorce was finalized in court January 2013. The child is not biologically his, and we just found out. Legally, c...More >>
  • LSU Tiger Tour returns to Lake Charles May 9

    LSU Tiger Tour returns to Lake Charles May 9

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 1:37 AM EDT2017-05-03 05:37:16 GMT
    (Source: LSU)(Source: LSU)
    The Tiger Tour is returning to Lake Charles after the event went on hiatus during 2016. LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron and head basketball coach Will Wade are scheduled to speak on Tuesday, May 9, at the L'Auberge Casino. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $100 for adults, $50 for children under 10, but reserved tables are available. Gold tables are $1,000, and purple tables are $800.  Payments can ...More >>
    The Tiger Tour is returning to Lake Charles after the event went on hiatus during 2016. LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron and head basketball coach Will Wade are scheduled to speak on Tuesday, May 9, at the L'Auberge Casino. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $100 for adults, $50 for children under 10, but reserved tables are available. Gold tables are $1,000, and purple tables are $800.  Payments can ...More >>
  • Shortage of foster homes

    Shortage of foster homes

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 2:34 PM EDT2017-05-02 18:34:54 GMT
    There are more than 450 children in foster care in Southwest Louisiana and only 240 certified foster homes. (Souce: KPLC)There are more than 450 children in foster care in Southwest Louisiana and only 240 certified foster homes. (Souce: KPLC)

    More than 450 children in Southwest Louisiana are in foster care today, yet there are only about 240 certified foster homes. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out how you can be a solution to this problem.

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    More than 450 children in Southwest Louisiana are in foster care today, yet there are only about 240 certified foster homes. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out how you can be a solution to this problem.

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  • Perret elected judge of 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, 3rd District Division B

    Perret elected judge of 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, 3rd District Division B

    Saturday, April 29 2017 11:41 PM EDT2017-04-30 03:41:43 GMT
    (Source: Candyce Perret)(Source: Candyce Perret)

    Candyce Perret beat out Susan Theall in the April 29 runoff race for judge of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, 3rd District Division B.

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    Candyce Perret beat out Susan Theall in the April 29 runoff race for judge of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, 3rd District Division B.

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  • 20-year-old Glenmora woman accused of becoming involved with 14-year-old Elton male

    20-year-old Glenmora woman accused of becoming involved with 14-year-old Elton male

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 5:32 PM EDT2017-04-04 21:32:15 GMT
    Kelsey Bond (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)Kelsey Bond (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A  20-year-old Glenmora woman is accused of becoming involved with a 14-year-old male in Elton, authorities said. 

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    A  20-year-old Glenmora woman is accused of becoming involved with a 14-year-old male in Elton, authorities said. 

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  • Power restored to most areas affected by severe weather

    Power restored to most areas affected by severe weather

    Monday, April 3 2017 1:22 PM EDT2017-04-03 17:22:53 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Sunday's storms caused hundreds of power outages across Southwest Louisiana.

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    Sunday's storms caused hundreds of power outages across Southwest Louisiana.

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  • YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED: Why was Westlake Petrochem sounding alarms Tuesday morning?

    YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED: Why was Westlake Petrochem sounding alarms Tuesday morning?

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 4:47 PM EDT2017-05-02 20:47:34 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    VIEWER QUESTION: Why was Westlake Petro sounding their alarms all morning?

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    VIEWER QUESTION: Why was Westlake Petro sounding their alarms all morning?

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  • Sign changes confusing to drivers

    Sign changes confusing to drivers

    Monday, May 1 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-05-02 00:21:44 GMT

    Calcasieu parish leaders say with the industrial and economic growth in the area, there has been a sharp increase in traffic and congestion.           And some drivers find it even worse when there are changes such as the recent elimination of one left turn lane at a busy intersection in Lake Charles. 

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    Calcasieu parish leaders say with the industrial and economic growth in the area, there has been a sharp increase in traffic and congestion.           And some drivers find it even worse when there are changes such as the recent elimination of one left turn lane at a busy intersection in Lake Charles. 

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  • April 29 election news

    April 29 election news

    Sunday, April 30 2017 4:52 PM EDT2017-04-30 20:52:48 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    April 29 election stories

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    April 29 election stories

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  • Airshow goes on Saturday despite high winds, Sunday's show still scheduled

    Airshow goes on Saturday despite high winds, Sunday's show still scheduled

    Sunday, April 30 2017 12:21 AM EDT2017-04-30 04:21:24 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Although there were high winds in Southwest Louisiana Saturday, the Chennault International Airshow went on Saturday. Heavy rains are expected overnight, but Sunday's show is still scheduled.

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    Although there were high winds in Southwest Louisiana Saturday, the Chennault International Airshow went on Saturday. Heavy rains are expected overnight, but Sunday's show is still scheduled.

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  • Restaurants, businesses see economic impact from LHSAA softball tournament

    Restaurants, businesses see economic impact from LHSAA softball tournament

    Saturday, April 29 2017 4:39 PM EDT2017-04-29 20:39:48 GMT
    The first pitch has been thrown. Game plans are ready. With 90-plus teams set to compete in the LHSAA Softball Tournament, the buzz in Southwest Louisiana goes beyond Frasch Field in Sulphur. "All the restaurants are going to be great. Gas stations, shopping, entertainment," said Amanda Reeves with the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's not just people being at the softball fields, but really being in the entire community."...More >>
    The first pitch has been thrown. Game plans are ready. With 90-plus teams set to compete in the LHSAA Softball Tournament, the buzz in Southwest Louisiana goes beyond Frasch Field in Sulphur. "All the restaurants are going to be great. Gas stations, shopping, entertainment," said Amanda Reeves with the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's not just people being at the softball fields, but really being in the entire community."...More >>
  • Chennault International Airshow still planned for Saturday and Sunday

    Chennault International Airshow still planned for Saturday and Sunday

    Saturday, April 29 2017 1:48 PM EDT2017-04-29 17:48:20 GMT
    (Source: Chennault Airshow)(Source: Chennault Airshow)

    The Chennault International Airshow is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, according to Airshow officials. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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    The Chennault International Airshow is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, according to Airshow officials. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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  • "Movie in the Square" canceled in Sulphur for Saturday, April 29

    "Movie in the Square" canceled in Sulphur for Saturday, April 29

    Saturday, April 29 2017 1:18 PM EDT2017-04-29 17:18:14 GMT
    Sulphur's Movie in the Square event has been canceled for the evening of Saturday, April 29, due to high expected winds, said Kaitlyn Gallegos, Public Relations and Marketing Representative for the City of Sulphur. The event will be rescheduled to a later date, said Gallegos.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    Sulphur's Movie in the Square event has been canceled for the evening of Saturday, April 29, due to high expected winds, said Kaitlyn Gallegos, Public Relations and Marketing Representative for the City of Sulphur. The event will be rescheduled to a later date, said Gallegos.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • McNeese alumni crawfish boil canceled for Sunday, rescheduled for Tuesday

    McNeese alumni crawfish boil canceled for Sunday, rescheduled for Tuesday

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:36:53 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The McNeese Alumni Crawfish Boil, originally scheduled for Sunday, is being canceled and rescheduled for Tuesday because of the threat of severe weather.

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    The McNeese Alumni Crawfish Boil, originally scheduled for Sunday, is being canceled and rescheduled for Tuesday because of the threat of severe weather.

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  • Family Fest to be held April 28-30 in Sulphur

    Family Fest to be held April 28-30 in Sulphur

    Friday, April 28 2017 9:53 PM EDT2017-04-29 01:53:40 GMT
    (Source: Steve Simmons)(Source: Steve Simmons)

    Our Lady of Prompt Succor and Our Lady's School are hosting Family Fest this weekend, April 28-30 in Sulphur. 

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    Our Lady of Prompt Succor and Our Lady's School are hosting Family Fest this weekend, April 28-30 in Sulphur. 

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  • DeRosier and Palermo accuse each other of breaching plea agreement

    DeRosier and Palermo accuse each other of breaching plea agreement

    Friday, April 28 2017 8:11 PM EDT2017-04-29 00:11:32 GMT
    Joseph R. Palermo Jr. (KPLC Archives)Joseph R. Palermo Jr. (KPLC Archives)

    A new twist in the legal drama involving Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo.

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    A new twist in the legal drama involving Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo.

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  • Five-year-old YouTube reporter interviews Mayor Randy Roach

    Five-year-old YouTube reporter interviews Mayor Randy Roach

    Friday, April 28 2017 2:27 PM EDT2017-04-28 18:27:19 GMT
    (Source: Growing Daily)(Source: Growing Daily)

    On the eve of Saturday's elections, enterprising five-year-old reporter "Ellie" has scored another big political interview - this time with outgoing Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach.

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    On the eve of Saturday's elections, enterprising five-year-old reporter "Ellie" has scored another big political interview - this time with outgoing Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach.

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  • Flea Fest this weekend at Burton Coliseum

    Flea Fest this weekend at Burton Coliseum

    Friday, April 28 2017 8:38 AM EDT2017-04-28 12:38:39 GMT

    More than 300 vendors and thousands of shoppers are expected to be on hand for this weekend's Flea Fest at Burton Coliseum. 

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    More than 300 vendors and thousands of shoppers are expected to be on hand for this weekend's Flea Fest at Burton Coliseum. 

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  • Westlake Family Fun and Food Festival April 28-30

    Westlake Family Fun and Food Festival April 28-30

    Friday, April 28 2017 8:15 AM EDT2017-04-28 12:15:58 GMT
    (Source: St. John Bosco Church)(Source: St. John Bosco Church)

    Hosted by St. John Bosco Catholic Church, the festival runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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    Hosted by St. John Bosco Catholic Church, the festival runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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  • Lake Charles Spring Art Walk April 28

    Lake Charles Spring Art Walk April 28

    Friday, April 28 2017 8:15 AM EDT2017-04-28 12:15:07 GMT
    (Source: The Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana)(Source: The Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana)

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

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

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  • Four winners named at annual Business Pitch competition

    Four winners named at annual Business Pitch competition

    Friday, April 28 2017 12:50 AM EDT2017-04-28 04:50:14 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    It's where the folks behind the Waitr app got their big break. The SEED Center held its fifth annual Business Pitch competition on Thursday and winners in four categories were named.

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    It's where the folks behind the Waitr app got their big break. The SEED Center held its fifth annual Business Pitch competition on Thursday and winners in four categories were named.

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  • DeQuincy police chief's daughter arrested on drug charges

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:36 PM EDT2017-04-27 23:36:51 GMT

    In DeQuincy, it doesn't matter who you know or who your daddy is - if you break the law, you're probably going to be arrested.

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    In DeQuincy, it doesn't matter who you know or who your daddy is - if you break the law, you're probably going to be arrested.

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  • What's Going Around: pneumonia and strep throat

    What's Going Around: pneumonia and strep throat

    Thursday, April 27 2017 11:56 AM EDT2017-04-27 15:56:17 GMT
    Pneumonia is typically a more common illness in the winter months, but it's being seen now, in the heart of spring. (Source: KPLC)Pneumonia is typically a more common illness in the winter months, but it's being seen now, in the heart of spring. (Source: KPLC)

    You might think of pneumonia as a cold weather bug, but it's what's going around this week, in the heart of spring. KPLC's Britney Glaser takes you inside an ER, where numbers are up for pneumonia.

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    You might think of pneumonia as a cold weather bug, but it's what's going around this week, in the heart of spring. KPLC's Britney Glaser takes you inside an ER, where numbers are up for pneumonia.

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  • Lake Charles Vietnam vet finally gets Bronze Star

    Lake Charles Vietnam vet finally gets Bronze Star

    Thursday, April 27 2017 9:11 AM EDT2017-04-27 13:11:43 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    After waiting 48 years, a Lake Charles man is finally getting the recognition he deserves. In 1969, Specialist 4 Albert Malveaux was in the 101st Airborne, serving in the Vietnam War.  While his company was moving through mountainous jungle terrain, he encountered an attack from a fortified North Vietnamese unit. Malveaux was shot in the hand, but was still able to to counter fire and allow his fellow soldiers to safely retreat.   "I fired a few shots," said Malve...

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    After waiting 48 years, a Lake Charles man is finally getting the recognition he deserves. In 1969, Specialist 4 Albert Malveaux was in the 101st Airborne, serving in the Vietnam War.  While his company was moving through mountainous jungle terrain, he encountered an attack from a fortified North Vietnamese unit. Malveaux was shot in the hand, but was still able to to counter fire and allow his fellow soldiers to safely retreat.   "I fired a few shots," said Malve...

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

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

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:31 AM EDT2017-04-27 11:31:21 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles/SWLA CVB)(Source: Lake Charles/SWLA CVB)

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

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

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  • Local tax attorney optimistic about effects of Trump tax plan

    Local tax attorney optimistic about effects of Trump tax plan

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 9:37 PM EDT2017-04-27 01:37:12 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A local tax attorney said if President Donald Trump's tax plan is implemented, it will mean a lower tax bill for businesses, big and small.

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    A local tax attorney said if President Donald Trump's tax plan is implemented, it will mean a lower tax bill for businesses, big and small.

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  • Anti-glare lens coating helps minimize eye strain

    Anti-glare lens coating helps minimize eye strain

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 2:41 PM EDT2017-04-26 18:41:23 GMT
    Anti-glare lens coatings can minimize distracting glares on eyeglasses. (Source: KPLC)Anti-glare lens coatings can minimize distracting glares on eyeglasses. (Source: KPLC)

    10 hours a day: that's how long most of us spend in front of a computer or phone screen each day. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that time can do numbers on your eyes, particularly for eyeglasses wearers.

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    10 hours a day: that's how long most of us spend in front of a computer or phone screen each day. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that time can do numbers on your eyes, particularly for eyeglasses wearers.

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  • Free child safety seat check set for Saturday April 29 in Lake Charles

    Free child safety seat check set for Saturday April 29 in Lake Charles

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-04-26 15:55:38 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Louisiana State Police Troop D will be conducting a child passenger safety seat check in Lake Charles.

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    The Louisiana State Police Troop D will be conducting a child passenger safety seat check in Lake Charles.

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  • Birdhouse artist to display his work at Art Walk

    Birdhouse artist to display his work at Art Walk

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 6:14 AM EDT2017-04-26 10:14:04 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

     A Lake Charles woodworker is gaining recognition for the way he turns local landmarks into birdhouses. 

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     A Lake Charles woodworker is gaining recognition for the way he turns local landmarks into birdhouses. 

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  • Five-year-old reporter interviews Lake Charles mayoral candidates

    Five-year-old reporter interviews Lake Charles mayoral candidates

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 5:35 PM EDT2017-04-25 21:35:30 GMT
    Nic Hunter and Wilford CarterNic Hunter and Wilford Carter

    For KPLC's forum tonight at 6:30, both Lake Charles mayoral candidates will face tough questions on topics like law enforcement and economic development.

    But Wilford Carter and Nic Hunter are ready - they've already been grilled by an intrepid 5-year-old reporter named Ellie.

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    For KPLC's forum tonight at 6:30, both Lake Charles mayoral candidates will face tough questions on topics like law enforcement and economic development.

    But Wilford Carter and Nic Hunter are ready - they've already been grilled by an intrepid 5-year-old reporter named Ellie.

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  • Oyster fishermen fighting tonging bill

    Oyster fishermen fighting tonging bill

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

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

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

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  • Proposed Senate Bill 35 would expand use of medical marijuana

    Proposed Senate Bill 35 would expand use of medical marijuana

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

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

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

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  • Funnel clouds sighted in SWLA Saturday afternoon

    Funnel clouds sighted in SWLA Saturday afternoon

    Saturday, April 22 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-04-23 00:36:31 GMT

    Reports of tropical funnel clouds were sent in by viewers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 22 as thunderstorms moved across parts of Southwest Louisiana.  According to the 7Stormteam, these are a common occurrence in Louisiana with thunderstorms, especially in the summer months, and rarely ever touch down. Since the rotation is relatively weak and below the level of radar, they often go undetected. If you have any severe weather to report, let us know by submittin...

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    Reports of tropical funnel clouds were sent in by viewers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 22 as thunderstorms moved across parts of Southwest Louisiana.  According to the 7Stormteam, these are a common occurrence in Louisiana with thunderstorms, especially in the summer months, and rarely ever touch down. Since the rotation is relatively weak and below the level of radar, they often go undetected. If you have any severe weather to report, let us know by submittin...

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  • Dragon Boat Race returns to Lake Charles Civic Center for fifth year today

    Dragon Boat Race returns to Lake Charles Civic Center for fifth year today

    Saturday, April 22 2017 2:08 PM EDT2017-04-22 18:08:41 GMT
    Dragon Boat Race (Source: KPLC)Dragon Boat Race (Source: KPLC)

    The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation will host its fifth annual Dragon Boat Race on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall. Along with the race, the free event will offer food, drinks and music.  along with presenting sponsors Louisiana Mortgage Associates and Northwestern Mutual. .  “The Dragon Boat Race is our biggest fundraiser of the year for our Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) program here at the Hospi...

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    The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation will host its fifth annual Dragon Boat Race on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall. Along with the race, the free event will offer food, drinks and music.  along with presenting sponsors Louisiana Mortgage Associates and Northwestern Mutual. .  “The Dragon Boat Race is our biggest fundraiser of the year for our Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) program here at the Hospi...

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  • Lake Charles man killed in crash, impairment considered a factor

    Lake Charles man killed in crash, impairment considered a factor

    Saturday, April 22 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-04-22 17:14:08 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A crash involving two vehicles killed a Lake Charles man last night around 10 p.m. on U.S. 171, at Topsy Cutoff Road, according to Louisiana State Police Troop D. 

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    A crash involving two vehicles killed a Lake Charles man last night around 10 p.m. on U.S. 171, at Topsy Cutoff Road, according to Louisiana State Police Troop D. 

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  • Iota woman arrested on suspicion of forging checks, using them at Walmart

    Iota woman arrested on suspicion of forging checks, using them at Walmart

    Friday, April 21 2017 6:47 PM EDT2017-04-21 22:47:27 GMT
    (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Detectives from the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office arrested an Iota woman on Thursday, April 20 on suspicion of forging checks and using them for purchases at Walmart on nine different dates, using the account of an elderly victim, according to the sheriff's office.

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    Detectives from the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office arrested an Iota woman on Thursday, April 20 on suspicion of forging checks and using them for purchases at Walmart on nine different dates, using the account of an elderly victim, according to the sheriff's office.

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  • UPDATE: Traffic on I-210 East due to accidents

    UPDATE: Traffic on I-210 East due to accidents

    Friday, April 21 2017 5:34 PM EDT2017-04-21 21:34:03 GMT

    Drivers should expect traffic delays on I-210 East at Legion Street on Friday afternoon due to reported accidents.

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    Drivers should expect traffic delays on I-210 East at Legion Street on Friday afternoon due to reported accidents.

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  • Learn how to make a healthy snack with trail mix

    Learn how to make a healthy snack with trail mix

    Friday, April 21 2017 1:57 PM EDT2017-04-21 17:57:55 GMT
    Learn how to make snacks using trail mix! More >>
    Learn how to make snacks using trail mix! More >>
  • State Bond Commission approves $12 million to improve Iowa sewer and waste water system

    State Bond Commission approves $12 million to improve Iowa sewer and waste water system

    Friday, April 21 2017 1:42 PM EDT2017-04-21 17:42:38 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The State Bond Commission has approved $12 million for Iowa to make improvements to its sewer and waste water system, according to State Treasurer Ron Henson.

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    The State Bond Commission has approved $12 million for Iowa to make improvements to its sewer and waste water system, according to State Treasurer Ron Henson.

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  • New support group for Crohn’s Disease & ulcerative colitis comes to Lake Charles

    New support group for Crohn’s Disease & ulcerative colitis comes to Lake Charles

    New support group for Crohn’s Disease & ulcerative colitis comes to Lake Charles

    Friday, April 21 2017 10:28 AM EDT2017-04-21 14:28:17 GMT
    Meeting infoMeeting info

    A new patient and caregiver support group is coming to Lake Charles, with its first meeting to be held on Sunday, April 23rd at 2pm in the conference room at Jason’s Deli located at 3527 Ryan St. in Lake Charles. Local volunteers will lead the support group which is affiliated with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

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    A new patient and caregiver support group is coming to Lake Charles, with its first meeting to be held on Sunday, April 23rd at 2pm in the conference room at Jason’s Deli located at 3527 Ryan St. in Lake Charles. Local volunteers will lead the support group which is affiliated with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

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  • Clinical trials underway for lung, colon, and breast cancer patients

    Clinical trials underway for lung, colon, and breast cancer patients

    Friday, April 21 2017 8:36 AM EDT2017-04-21 12:36:42 GMT
    Three clinical trials are currently open at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital to some patients with lung, colon, or breast cancer. (Source: KPLC)Three clinical trials are currently open at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital to some patients with lung, colon, or breast cancer. (Source: KPLC)

    New weapons in the arsenal to fight cancer: three clinical trials are now open in Lake Charles for some patients with lung, colon, or breast cancer. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains how each trial works.

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    New weapons in the arsenal to fight cancer: three clinical trials are now open in Lake Charles for some patients with lung, colon, or breast cancer. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains how each trial works.

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  • 2017 LHSAA softball playoffs - second round finals

    2017 LHSAA softball playoffs - second round finals

    Friday, April 21 2017 12:40 AM EDT2017-04-21 04:40:18 GMT
    (Source: LHSAA)(Source: LHSAA)

    The LHSAA released its 2017 softball tournament brackets Thursday. The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Softball State Tournament will be held April 27-29 at Frasch Park in Sulphur. You can find the seedings and first round matchups of our coverage teams below. CLASS 5A (26) New Iberia at (7) Barbe (28) H.L. Bourgeois at (5) Sam Houston  The entire 5A bracket can be found here. CLASS 4A (17) Leesville at (16) Franklin Parish (31) Fair Pa...

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    The LHSAA released its 2017 softball tournament brackets Thursday. The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Softball State Tournament will be held April 27-29 at Frasch Park in Sulphur. You can find the seedings and first round matchups of our coverage teams below. CLASS 5A (26) New Iberia at (7) Barbe (28) H.L. Bourgeois at (5) Sam Houston  The entire 5A bracket can be found here. CLASS 4A (17) Leesville at (16) Franklin Parish (31) Fair Pa...

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  • UPDATE: Lake Charles Sesquicentennial celebration rescheduled

    UPDATE: Lake Charles Sesquicentennial celebration rescheduled

    Thursday, April 20 2017 11:30 PM EDT2017-04-21 03:30:38 GMT
    (Source: City of Lake Charles)(Source: City of Lake Charles)

    The City of Lake Charles' Sesquicentennial Celebration, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 22, has been rescheduled due to the threat of inclement weather.

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    The City of Lake Charles' Sesquicentennial Celebration, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 22, has been rescheduled due to the threat of inclement weather.

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  • CPSO arrests Bossier City woman for computer-aided solicitation of minor

    CPSO arrests Bossier City woman for computer-aided solicitation of minor

    Thursday, April 20 2017 6:04 PM EDT2017-04-20 22:04:35 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Bossier City woman has been arrested for sending nude images, and having sexually explicit conversations with, a 14-year-old boy from Calcasieu Parish via his PlayStation 4, according to authorities.

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    A Bossier City woman has been arrested for sending nude images, and having sexually explicit conversations with, a 14-year-old boy from Calcasieu Parish via his PlayStation 4, according to authorities.

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  • Calcasieu Parish detectives find guns, drug stash at Lake Charles residence

    Calcasieu Parish detectives find guns, drug stash at Lake Charles residence

    Thursday, April 20 2017 2:26 PM EDT2017-04-20 18:26:50 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)(Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    On April 18, 2017, Detectives assigned to the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T.) conducted a narcotics investigation at 2723 Hinton Drive, Lake Charles, LA. During the course of the investigation CAT Detectives identified one of the occupants of the residence as black male Mark Anthony Washington, learned to be a convicted felon with numerous prior felony drug-related arrests. A consensual search of the residence was completed by C.A.T. Detectives, who  located (1) Sig ...

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    On April 18, 2017, Detectives assigned to the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T.) conducted a narcotics investigation at 2723 Hinton Drive, Lake Charles, LA. During the course of the investigation CAT Detectives identified one of the occupants of the residence as black male Mark Anthony Washington, learned to be a convicted felon with numerous prior felony drug-related arrests. A consensual search of the residence was completed by C.A.T. Detectives, who  located (1) Sig ...

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  • Fiery chain-reaction wreck on I-10 on Wednesday

    Fiery chain-reaction wreck on I-10 on Wednesday

    Thursday, April 20 2017 12:40 PM EDT2017-04-20 16:40:23 GMT
    A fiery chain-reaction crash claimed one life and shut down I-10 near Baton Rouge on Wednesday. Six people also suffered injuries when several vehicles, including two 18-wheelers, collided around 5:30 p.m. A group of band students from Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff - who were traveling to Disney World - were also stuck in the traffic. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    A fiery chain-reaction crash claimed one life and shut down I-10 near Baton Rouge on Wednesday. Six people also suffered injuries when several vehicles, including two 18-wheelers, collided around 5:30 p.m. A group of band students from Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff - who were traveling to Disney World - were also stuck in the traffic. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Accident causes concrete truck to overturn in Lake Charles

    Accident causes concrete truck to overturn in Lake Charles

    Thursday, April 20 2017 12:21 PM EDT2017-04-20 16:21:25 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Lake Charles Police investigated an accident involving an overturned concrete truck on Wednesday. Police tell us the driver was exiting the off-ramp at the Ryan Street exit on I-210 eastbound.  He apparently lost control of the vehicle, but as of now, it's not known whether the incident was caused by a mechanical error or human error. The driver suffered minor injuries.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Lake Charles Police investigated an accident involving an overturned concrete truck on Wednesday. Police tell us the driver was exiting the off-ramp at the Ryan Street exit on I-210 eastbound.  He apparently lost control of the vehicle, but as of now, it's not known whether the incident was caused by a mechanical error or human error. The driver suffered minor injuries.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • PHOTOS: Accident on I-10 eastbound at La. 397

    PHOTOS: Accident on I-10 eastbound at La. 397

    Thursday, April 20 2017 12:15 PM EDT2017-04-20 16:15:16 GMT
    (Source: Max McGee/KPLC)(Source: Max McGee/KPLC)

    The right lane of I-10 eastbound at La. 397 (Pujol Road) was blocked Wednesday morning due to an accident.

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    The right lane of I-10 eastbound at La. 397 (Pujol Road) was blocked Wednesday morning due to an accident.

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  • What's Going Around: spring allergies

    What's Going Around: spring allergies

    Thursday, April 20 2017 8:01 AM EDT2017-04-20 12:01:15 GMT
    Spring allergies are making many people feel miserable, but there are some over-the-counter treatment options that can minimize your symptoms, according to Dr. Ben Palombo with Lake Area Family Physicians. (Source: KPLC)Spring allergies are making many people feel miserable, but there are some over-the-counter treatment options that can minimize your symptoms, according to Dr. Ben Palombo with Lake Area Family Physicians. (Source: KPLC)

    Nothing takes the spring out of your enjoyment of springtime weather faster than seasonal allergies. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out some of the best over-the-counter treatments to minimize symptoms.

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    Nothing takes the spring out of your enjoyment of springtime weather faster than seasonal allergies. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out some of the best over-the-counter treatments to minimize symptoms.

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  • Louisiana State Police Troop D phone lines working again

    Louisiana State Police Troop D phone lines working again

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 3:22 PM EDT2017-04-19 19:22:30 GMT
    Telephone (Source: KPLC)Telephone (Source: KPLC)

    Louisiana State Police Troop D phone lines are functioning again. 

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    Louisiana State Police Troop D phone lines are functioning again. 

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  • Boil advisory issued for Singer residents

    Boil advisory issued for Singer residents

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 1:17 PM EDT2017-04-19 17:17:36 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Beauregard Parish Waterworks District 2 has issued a precautionary boil advisory for residents living on Robert Clark Road in Singer due to a break in the water line.

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    The Beauregard Parish Waterworks District 2 has issued a precautionary boil advisory for residents living on Robert Clark Road in Singer due to a break in the water line.

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  • Legal Corner: Can I still get child support from my ex who wants to relinquish his rights as a father?

    Legal Corner: Can I still get child support from my ex who wants to relinquish his rights as a father?

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 12:25 PM EDT2017-04-19 16:25:44 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: If your marriage ends, and my ex wants to sign over his right as our kids’ father in an attempt to keep from paying child support, can I still get child support from him? Article 1015 of the Children’s Code lists all the grounds for termination: CHAPTER 4. GROUNDS OF INVOLUNTARY TERMINATION Art. 1015. Grounds; termination of parental rights             The grounds fo...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: If your marriage ends, and my ex wants to sign over his right as our kids’ father in an attempt to keep from paying child support, can I still get child support from him? Article 1015 of the Children’s Code lists all the grounds for termination: CHAPTER 4. GROUNDS OF INVOLUNTARY TERMINATION Art. 1015. Grounds; termination of parental rights             The grounds fo...More >>
  • 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' arriving in your galaxy soon

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' arriving in your galaxy soon

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 10:01 AM EDT2017-04-19 14:01:03 GMT
    (Source: YouTube)(Source: YouTube)

    Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • LC Residential Trash Bash set for April 22

    LC Residential Trash Bash set for April 22

    Tuesday, April 18 2017 11:26 AM EDT2017-04-18 15:26:50 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The City of Lake Charles is gearing up for this year's Residential Trash Bash.

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    The City of Lake Charles is gearing up for this year's Residential Trash Bash.

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  • Registration for Lake Charles Summer Camps

    Registration for Lake Charles Summer Camps

    Tuesday, April 18 2017 9:09 AM EDT2017-04-18 13:09:31 GMT
    (Source: City of Lake Charles)(Source: City of Lake Charles)

    Seven community center-based summer camps are coming to Lake Charles.

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    Seven community center-based summer camps are coming to Lake Charles.

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  • Radio company hosts annual Easter egg hunt

    Radio company hosts annual Easter egg hunt

    Saturday, April 15 2017 11:43 AM EDT2017-04-15 15:43:34 GMT
    (Source: D.J. Kaye with Cumulus)(Source: D.J. Kaye with Cumulus)

    The free event featured thousands of Elmer's chocolate candy for children participating in the hunt.  

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    The free event featured thousands of Elmer's chocolate candy for children participating in the hunt.  

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  • Family says Gretna police covering up death of man involved in altercation with officers

    Family says Gretna police covering up death of man involved in altercation with officers

    At a vigil Friday, Debra Guillory said her son, Kendole Joseph, 27, was murdered at the hands of Gretna Police and claimed the department is covering up what happened .  

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    At a vigil Friday, Debra Guillory said her son, Kendole Joseph, 27, was murdered at the hands of Gretna Police, and she claimed the department is covering up what happened.  

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  • BREAKING

    Calcasieu River now open to recreational boating

    Calcasieu River now open to recreational boating

    Saturday, April 15 2017 10:00 AM EDT2017-04-15 14:00:00 GMT
    Calcasieu River (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)Calcasieu River (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    The Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is lifting emergency restrictions placed on recreational boating on the Calcasieu River Friday, April 14, 2017, at midnight. OHSEP instituted a state of emergency on April 8, 2017 due to rising water levels from recent heavy rains. OHSEP said water levels have dropped to near normal conditions. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is lifting emergency restrictions placed on recreational boating on the Calcasieu River Friday, April 14, 2017, at midnight. OHSEP instituted a state of emergency on April 8, 2017 due to rising water levels from recent heavy rains. OHSEP said water levels have dropped to near normal conditions. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • St. Margaret students perform Stations of the Cross

    St. Margaret students perform Stations of the Cross

    Friday, April 14 2017 12:47 PM EDT2017-04-14 16:47:34 GMT
    (Source: Kelli Fontenot)(Source: Kelli Fontenot)

    Students at St. Margaret Catholic School in Lake Charles performed the Stations of the Cross devotion on Thursday afternoon.

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    Students at St. Margaret Catholic School in Lake Charles performed the Stations of the Cross devotion on Thursday afternoon.

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  • Paid time off to volunteer

    Paid time off to volunteer

    Friday, April 14 2017 6:30 AM EDT2017-04-14 10:30:36 GMT
    Lake Charles Urgent Care has piloted a program for its employees to take advantage of paid time off to volunteer, or VTO. (Source: KPLC)Lake Charles Urgent Care has piloted a program for its employees to take advantage of paid time off to volunteer, or VTO. (Source: KPLC)

    No doubt you are familiar with paid time off, or PTO, but have you ever heard of VTO? KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on the trend of volunteer time off to connect with communities and attract the best employees.

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    No doubt you are familiar with paid time off, or PTO, but have you ever heard of VTO? KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on the trend of volunteer time off to connect with communities and attract the best employees.

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  • No. 9 LSU slugs past Ole Miss, 15-2

    No. 9 LSU slugs past Ole Miss, 15-2

    Friday, April 14 2017 12:35 AM EDT2017-04-14 04:35:56 GMT
    (Source: Tim Casey/LSU)(Source: Tim Casey/LSU)
    Ninth-ranked LSU put on a strong all-around performance Friday night, collecting 15 runs on 15 hits while limiting Ole Miss to just four hits, as the Tigers (24-11) defeated the Rebels (21-13), 15-2, at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU, which won its third straight SEC game, improved to 8-5 in league play, while Ole Miss saw its conference mark drop to 6-7. LSU left fielder Antoine Duplantis was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBI. Rightfielder Greg ...More >>
    Ninth-ranked LSU put on a strong all-around performance Friday night, collecting 15 runs on 15 hits while limiting Ole Miss to just four hits, as the Tigers (24-11) defeated the Rebels (21-13), 15-2, at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU, which won its third straight SEC game, improved to 8-5 in league play, while Ole Miss saw its conference mark drop to 6-7. LSU left fielder Antoine Duplantis was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBI. Rightfielder Greg ...More >>
  • Roanoke man arrested after dog stolen for second time

    Roanoke man arrested after dog stolen for second time

    Thursday, April 13 2017 6:39 PM EDT2017-04-13 22:39:47 GMT
    John Courtland Simon (Source: Jefferson Davis Sheriff's Office)John Courtland Simon (Source: Jefferson Davis Sheriff's Office)

    A Roanoke man was arrested after the same dog was stolen twice in a month, authorities said.

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    A Roanoke man was arrested after the same dog was stolen twice in a month, authorities said.

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  • SLIDESHOW: Assistant principal kisses pig at faculty basketball game

    SLIDESHOW: Assistant principal kisses pig at faculty basketball game

    Thursday, April 13 2017 4:14 PM EDT2017-04-13 20:14:25 GMT
    Sam Sow (Source: Sandra Leone)Sam Sow (Source: Sandra Leone)

    An administrator at Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff had quite an interesting school day Thursday. Assistant Principal David Pool was selected by students to kiss a pig during halftime of a senior-faculty basketball game. Ahead of the game, students placed money in jars which represented different school administrators. The faculty member with the most money would have the honor of kissing the pig - named Sam Sow. Check out the slideshow to see the kiss and all its g...

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    An administrator at Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff had quite an interesting school day Thursday. Assistant Principal David Pool was selected by students to kiss a pig during halftime of a senior-faculty basketball game. Ahead of the game, students placed money in jars which represented different school administrators. The faculty member with the most money would have the honor of kissing the pig - named Sam Sow. Check out the slideshow to see the kiss and all its g...

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  • SLIDESHOW: Double rainbow spotted in Southwest Louisiana

    SLIDESHOW: Double rainbow spotted in Southwest Louisiana

    Thursday, April 13 2017 4:13 PM EDT2017-04-13 20:13:39 GMT

    Several KPLC viewers spotted a beautiful double rainbow Wednesday following a heavy sun shower. Take a look at the photos they sent in! Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Several KPLC viewers spotted a beautiful double rainbow Wednesday following a heavy sun shower. Take a look at the photos they sent in! Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Search warrant leads to two arrests in Jeff Davis Parish

    Search warrant leads to two arrests in Jeff Davis Parish

    Thursday, April 13 2017 1:08 PM EDT2017-04-13 17:08:10 GMT
    John Miller and Marshall Richard (Source: Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)John Miller and Marshall Richard (Source: Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Two people were arrested following a search warrant at two separate homes in Lake Arthur, authorities said.

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    Two people were arrested following a search warrant at two separate homes in Lake Arthur, authorities said.

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  • What's Going Around: C. diff

    What's Going Around: C. diff

    Thursday, April 13 2017 7:37 AM EDT2017-04-13 11:37:12 GMT
    Inflammation of the colon known as C. diff is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)Inflammation of the colon known as C. diff is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    If you have recently taken antibiotics, you are at a much greater risk of catching What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports C. diff, which causes inflammation of the colon, is making more people sick.

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    If you have recently taken antibiotics, you are at a much greater risk of catching What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports C. diff, which causes inflammation of the colon, is making more people sick.

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  • Dr. Ken Eastman - community volunteer and scoutmaster

    Dr. Ken Eastman - community volunteer and scoutmaster

    Thursday, April 13 2017 6:52 AM EDT2017-04-13 10:52:56 GMT
    Ken EastmanKen Eastman

    If you mention the name Ken Eastman in Westlake, you're sure to hear something about community service and Boy Scouts. 

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    If you mention the name Ken Eastman in Westlake, you're sure to hear something about community service and Boy Scouts. 

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  • Proposed bill would require oversized vehicles to slow down on state highways

    Proposed bill would require oversized vehicles to slow down on state highways

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-04-13 02:39:55 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    In an attempt to reduce interstate accidents statewide, you may soon find yourself stuck behind slow-moving buses and trucks while driving in Louisiana. 

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    In an attempt to reduce interstate accidents statewide, you may soon find yourself stuck behind slow-moving buses and trucks while driving in Louisiana. 

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  • Local athletes sign on National Spring Signing Day's regular period

    Local athletes sign on National Spring Signing Day's regular period

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 9:28 PM EDT2017-04-13 01:28:47 GMT
    Iowa's Amy Reed (LSU-A) and Carli Fontenot (Lindenwood) signed scholarships to play softball. (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)Iowa's Amy Reed (LSU-A) and Carli Fontenot (Lindenwood) signed scholarships to play softball. (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)

    Wednesday was the start of the Regular Signing Period for the 2017 class for many NCAA sports like basketball, baseball, softball and track. 

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    Wednesday was the start of the Regular Signing Period for the 2017 class for many NCAA sports like basketball, baseball, softball and track. 

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  • Good Friday trash, garbage pickup schedule announced

    Good Friday trash, garbage pickup schedule announced

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 6:57 PM EDT2017-04-12 22:57:47 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following is the trash and garbage pickup schedule for Good Friday holiday:

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    The following is the trash and garbage pickup schedule for Good Friday holiday:

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  • Extreme shortage of sign language interpreters

    Extreme shortage of sign language interpreters

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 8:13 AM EDT2017-04-12 12:13:42 GMT
    800 deaf or hard of hearing people in Southwest Louisiana are serviced by just three sign language interpreters. (Source: KPLC)800 deaf or hard of hearing people in Southwest Louisiana are serviced by just three sign language interpreters. (Source: KPLC)

    There are 800 deaf or hard of hearing people in Southwest Louisiana and only three sign language interpreters to bridge the communication gap. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on the struggles of scheduling an interpreter for critical medical appointments and legal settings.

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    There are 800 deaf or hard of hearing people in Southwest Louisiana and only three sign language interpreters to bridge the communication gap. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on the struggles of scheduling an interpreter for critical medical appointments and legal settings.

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  • Coushatta Farmers Market set to take place May 6

    Coushatta Farmers Market set to take place May 6

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 7:33 AM EDT2017-04-12 11:33:45 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    Once a month, the town of Elton comes alive on a Saturday morning, welcoming guests from near and far.   

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    Once a month, the town of Elton comes alive on a Saturday morning, welcoming guests from near and far.   

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  • Spring Job Fair April 12 at Lake Charles Civic Center

    Spring Job Fair April 12 at Lake Charles Civic Center

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 5:08 AM EDT2017-04-12 09:08:14 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    The Spring Job Start Job Fair, hosted by the Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 12, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. 

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    The Spring Job Start Job Fair, hosted by the Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 12, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall. 

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  • LSU's Antonio Blakeney entering NBA draft

    LSU's Antonio Blakeney entering NBA draft

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 11:44 PM EDT2017-04-12 03:44:53 GMT
    (Source: Steve Franz/LSU Athletics)(Source: Steve Franz/LSU Athletics)

    LSU guard and leading scorer Antonio Blakeney says he's declaring for this summer's NBA draft after two seasons with the Tigers.

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    LSU guard and leading scorer Antonio Blakeney says he's declaring for this summer's NBA draft after two seasons with the Tigers.

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  • Historic City Hall looking for local artifacts for sesquicentennial exhibit

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 7:24 PM EDT2017-04-11 23:24:14 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    As a way to honor the City of Lake Charles during its sesquicentennial, Historic City Hall is looking for historical artifacts and photos.

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    As a way to honor the City of Lake Charles during its sesquicentennial, Historic City Hall is looking for historical artifacts and photos.

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  • McNeese-LSU Softball Game Canceled

    McNeese-LSU Softball Game Canceled

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 4:57 PM EDT2017-04-11 20:57:45 GMT
    Tuesday's home softball game against 11th ranked LSU has been canceled due to inclement weather. Both teams are looking for a possible make-up date in the future.   The Cowgirl will return to the diamond this weekend for an important Southland Conference series at second place Nicholls. The series will begin with a 6 p.m. game Friday with and end with a 12 p.m. doubleheader Saturday. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    Tuesday's home softball game against 11th ranked LSU has been canceled due to inclement weather. Both teams are looking for a possible make-up date in the future.   The Cowgirl will return to the diamond this weekend for an important Southland Conference series at second place Nicholls. The series will begin with a 6 p.m. game Friday with and end with a 12 p.m. doubleheader Saturday. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • PHOTOS: National Pet Day

    PHOTOS: National Pet Day

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 11:56 AM EDT2017-04-11 15:56:29 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Today is National Pet Day! Americans truly love pets and National Pet Day is the 'purr-fect' excuse to obsess over our furry, feathery or scaly friends! Celebrate the joy pets bring to your lives by emailing them to newmedia@kplctv.com and we may feature them in a slideshow. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Today is National Pet Day! Americans truly love pets and National Pet Day is the 'purr-fect' excuse to obsess over our furry, feathery or scaly friends! Celebrate the joy pets bring to your lives by emailing them to newmedia@kplctv.com and we may feature them in a slideshow. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Roundabout confusion at McNeese Street and Corbina Road

    Roundabout confusion at McNeese Street and Corbina Road

    Monday, April 10 2017 10:52 PM EDT2017-04-11 02:52:39 GMT

    Southwest Louisiana is seeing more and more traffic circles - known as roundabouts. Yet some drivers still don't get the hang of it. 

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    Southwest Louisiana is seeing more and more traffic circles - known as roundabouts. Yet some drivers still don't get the hang of it. 

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  • McNeese softball set to host No. 8 LSU Tuesday

    McNeese softball set to host No. 8 LSU Tuesday

    Monday, April 10 2017 10:48 PM EDT2017-04-11 02:48:34 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)
    McNeese softball will face its second Top 10 opponent in less than a week when the Cowgirls host no. 8 LSU (32-9) Tuesday in a 6 p.m. game. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the Jack Doland Fieldhouse or by calling (337) 562-4MSU. The Parapokes skydiving team will make an appearance prior to the game. The game can be heard on the McNeese Radio Network (KEZM 1310 AM) or on kezmonline.com. Live streaming and live stats will also be available. McNeese (28-13) is c...More >>
    McNeese softball will face its second Top 10 opponent in less than a week when the Cowgirls host no. 8 LSU (32-9) Tuesday in a 6 p.m. game. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the Jack Doland Fieldhouse or by calling (337) 562-4MSU. The Parapokes skydiving team will make an appearance prior to the game. The game can be heard on the McNeese Radio Network (KEZM 1310 AM) or on kezmonline.com. Live streaming and live stats will also be available. McNeese (28-13) is c...More >>
  • Survey to help La. residents with 2016 flood damage begins tomorrow morning

    Survey to help La. residents with 2016 flood damage begins tomorrow morning

    Sunday, April 9 2017 5:12 PM EDT2017-04-09 21:12:16 GMT
    (Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards' website)(Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards' website)

    The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program survey will open tomorrow morning, starting at 7 a.m., to all homeowners affected by the March and August 2016 floods. This marks the beginning of the homeowner assistance program through which the state will help flooded homeowners with rebuilding assistance and some reimbursement, once the federal government makes the funds Congress has appropriated to Louisiana available to the state to spend.    The initial survey ...

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    The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program survey will open tomorrow morning, starting at 7 a.m., to all homeowners affected by the March and August 2016 floods. This marks the beginning of the homeowner assistance program through which the state will help flooded homeowners with rebuilding assistance and some reimbursement, once the federal government makes the funds Congress has appropriated to Louisiana available to the state to spend.    The initial survey ...

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  • Firefighters discuss holiday pay for Easter vs. Veterans Day

    Friday, April 7 2017 7:59 PM EDT2017-04-07 23:59:41 GMT
    City of Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)City of Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)

    Some Lake Charles firefighters oppose having Easter removed as a paid holiday.

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    Some Lake Charles firefighters oppose having Easter removed as a paid holiday.

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  • BBB holds groundbreaking for new office

    BBB holds groundbreaking for new office

    Friday, April 7 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-04-07 22:24:36 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Better Business Bureau of Southwest Louisiana held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for its new office.  The new building will be on the corner of Lake Street and Sale Road in Lake Charles. Local business owners and Mayor Randy Roach joined the celebration. BBB President Carmen Million said the new office will allow the public easier access to BBB services. "It is going to allow us to have programs and meetings here that we weren't able to have in our facility. An...

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    The Better Business Bureau of Southwest Louisiana held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for its new office.  The new building will be on the corner of Lake Street and Sale Road in Lake Charles. Local business owners and Mayor Randy Roach joined the celebration. BBB President Carmen Million said the new office will allow the public easier access to BBB services. "It is going to allow us to have programs and meetings here that we weren't able to have in our facility. An...

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  • Lake Charles woman sentenced to a year in prison for buying stolen equipment

    Lake Charles woman sentenced to a year in prison for buying stolen equipment

    Friday, April 7 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-04-07 22:05:37 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)(Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    A Lake Charles woman was sentenced on Thursday to a year and a day in prison for buying stolen equipment from Texas, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Louisiana said in a statement.

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    A Lake Charles woman was sentenced on Thursday to a year and a day in prison for buying stolen equipment from Texas, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Louisiana said in a statement.

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  • Teen fears 'aging out' with no family

    Teen fears 'aging out' with no family

    Friday, April 7 2017 4:43 PM EDT2017-04-07 20:43:25 GMT
    Dale is 14 years old and fears aging out of foster care with no family. (Source: KPLC)Dale is 14 years old and fears aging out of foster care with no family. (Source: KPLC)

    A heartbreaking plea from a teen in foster care: adopt him before he ages out of the system. KPLC's Britney Glaser features 14-year-old Dale in this month's The New Family Tree. 

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    A heartbreaking plea from a teen in foster care: adopt him before he ages out of the system. KPLC's Britney Glaser features 14-year-old Dale in this month's The New Family Tree. 

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  • Lake Charles man arrested for stealing couch, loveseat, table, and air conditioner

    Lake Charles man arrested for stealing couch, loveseat, table, and air conditioner

    Friday, April 7 2017 4:42 PM EDT2017-04-07 20:42:14 GMT
    (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Jacob Norman Levy, 30, Lake Charles, was arrested Friday on an outstanding warrant for felony theft and principle to simple burglary. He is suspected of taking part in a burglary of a residence on Jeff Davis Academy Road that  Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s detectives working an investigation of a burglary at a residence on Jeff Davis Academy Road.  Detectives spoke to a witness that observed three men taking items from the residence.  Jacob Norman Levy,...

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    Jacob Norman Levy, 30, Lake Charles, was arrested Friday on an outstanding warrant for felony theft and principle to simple burglary. He is suspected of taking part in a burglary of a residence on Jeff Davis Academy Road that  Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s detectives working an investigation of a burglary at a residence on Jeff Davis Academy Road.  Detectives spoke to a witness that observed three men taking items from the residence.  Jacob Norman Levy,...

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  • Leesville motorcyclist killed in early morning crash

    Leesville motorcyclist killed in early morning crash

    Friday, April 7 2017 11:18 AM EDT2017-04-07 15:18:11 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A Leesville man was killed in a motorcycle crash early Friday morning on Highway 131, east of Hicks, Louisiana State Police have confirmed.

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    A Leesville man was killed in a motorcycle crash early Friday morning on Highway 131, east of Hicks, Louisiana State Police have confirmed.

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  • Shred Fest happening this Saturday in Lake Charles

    Shred Fest happening this Saturday in Lake Charles

    Friday, April 7 2017 5:58 AM EDT2017-04-07 09:58:01 GMT
    BBB Logo (Source: KPLC)BBB Logo (Source: KPLC)

    To help Lake Area residents fight identity theft, the Better Business Bureau of Southwest Louisiana is holding its annual Shred Fest this Saturday. 

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    To help Lake Area residents fight identity theft, the Better Business Bureau of Southwest Louisiana is holding its annual Shred Fest this Saturday. 

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  • TEEN REPORT: Teacher at Barbe High is an inspiration to her students

    TEEN REPORT: Teacher at Barbe High is an inspiration to her students

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 5:55 PM EDT2017-04-05 21:55:25 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    In her own silent world, Lyndsay Duhon communicates with sign language.

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    In her own silent world, Lyndsay Duhon communicates with sign language.

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  • SLIDESHOW: Flooding in Southwest Louisiana

    SLIDESHOW: Flooding in Southwest Louisiana

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 2:38 PM EDT2017-04-05 18:38:23 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Heavy rains Sunday have left Southwest Louisiana saturated, causing rivers to overflow. Flooding began to hit the Calcasieu River in Oakdale Wednesday, forcing residents from their homes. KPLC has captured several rescues. Mobile users, click HERE to see photos. http://www.facebook.com/kplc7news/videos/10155236309652792 Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Heavy rains Sunday have left Southwest Louisiana saturated, causing rivers to overflow. Flooding began to hit the Calcasieu River in Oakdale Wednesday, forcing residents from their homes. KPLC has captured several rescues. Mobile users, click HERE to see photos. http://www.facebook.com/kplc7news/videos/10155236309652792 Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Legal Corner: Rude neighbor keeps blowing trash into my yard

    Legal Corner: Rude neighbor keeps blowing trash into my yard

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 5:09 AM EDT2017-04-05 09:09:39 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: What can I do about a neighbor who doesn’t clean trash out of their yard, and when they cut grass, rips the trash up and blows it into my yard? To add insult to injury, he uses his leaf blower to blow his trash into our yard on purpose. First and foremost, go and talk to the neighbor. Politely ask the neighbor not to blow trash in your yard. Rule this out as a possibility before turning to legal solutions. If this does not wor...

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: What can I do about a neighbor who doesn’t clean trash out of their yard, and when they cut grass, rips the trash up and blows it into my yard? To add insult to injury, he uses his leaf blower to blow his trash into our yard on purpose. First and foremost, go and talk to the neighbor. Politely ask the neighbor not to blow trash in your yard. Rule this out as a possibility before turning to legal solutions. If this does not wor...

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  • Hamilton Christian hires Vaughn Eggleston as head football coach

    Hamilton Christian hires Vaughn Eggleston as head football coach

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 1:06 AM EDT2017-04-05 05:06:48 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)
    Three coaches in three seasons isn't the continuity schools aim to achieve. Hamilton Christian hopes to fix that statistic moving forward with the hire of former Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston. "I want to provide some stability for these kids," said Eggleston. Coach Egg's hire fills the coaching void left by the departure of Mark Delaney, who went 2-8 in his only season at HCA. Eggleston stepped down from his head coaching duties at Sam Houston in December, off the h...More >>
    Three coaches in three seasons isn't the continuity schools aim to achieve. Hamilton Christian hopes to fix that statistic moving forward with the hire of former Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston. "I want to provide some stability for these kids," said Eggleston. Coach Egg's hire fills the coaching void left by the departure of Mark Delaney, who went 2-8 in his only season at HCA. Eggleston stepped down from his head coaching duties at Sam Houston in December, off the h...More >>
  • LSU cruises past Grambling, 13-2

    LSU cruises past Grambling, 13-2

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 11:52 PM EDT2017-04-05 03:52:57 GMT
    (Source: MG Miller/LSU)(Source: MG Miller/LSU)
    The No. 13 LSU baseball team scored 13 runs on 15 hits to roll past Grambling State University, 13-2, Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. With the win, LSU improved to 20-10 on the season while Grambling fell to 9-19. Russell Reynolds (1-1) earned the win after pitching the third inning. The senior right-hander blanked Grambling in the frame. Right-hander Daniel Beizer (3-4) suffered the loss. He threw 5.1 innings and allowed six runs—five earned&mdash...More >>
    The No. 13 LSU baseball team scored 13 runs on 15 hits to roll past Grambling State University, 13-2, Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. With the win, LSU improved to 20-10 on the season while Grambling fell to 9-19. Russell Reynolds (1-1) earned the win after pitching the third inning. The senior right-hander blanked Grambling in the frame. Right-hander Daniel Beizer (3-4) suffered the loss. He threw 5.1 innings and allowed six runs—five earned&mdash...More >>
  • Decorated veteran says bench is needed at bus stop

    Decorated veteran says bench is needed at bus stop

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 9:54 PM EDT2017-04-05 01:54:21 GMT
    Veteran Frank GiacconeVeteran Frank Giaccone

    It costs an estimated six thousand dollars to put a shelter and bench at a bus stop... And city officials say they are not able to do all at once... For those who use the buses, waiting for one can seem like an eternity: a spokesman for the city says  bus stops are ranked according to rider counts and whether the city has access to right-of-way to add a shelter. Frank Giaccone is a Vietnam era veteran who lives at Chennault Place, an assisted living center with other veterans. ...

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    It costs an estimated six thousand dollars to put a shelter and bench at a bus stop... And city officials say they are not able to do all at once... For those who use the buses, waiting for one can seem like an eternity: a spokesman for the city says  bus stops are ranked according to rider counts and whether the city has access to right-of-way to add a shelter. Frank Giaccone is a Vietnam era veteran who lives at Chennault Place, an assisted living center with other veterans. ...

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  • 'Walk Your Way To Wellness' set for April 8

    'Walk Your Way To Wellness' set for April 8

    Monday, April 3 2017 2:46 AM EDT2017-04-03 06:46:08 GMT
    (Source: City of Lake Charles)(Source: City of Lake Charles)

    An event designed to get Southwest Louisiana residents moving more and eating healthier will be held at the Lakefront Saturday, April 8. 

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    An event designed to get Southwest Louisiana residents moving more and eating healthier will be held at the Lakefront Saturday, April 8. 

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  • Realtor warns of Craigslist scam concerning local home

    Realtor warns of Craigslist scam concerning local home

    Friday, March 31 2017 10:59 PM EDT2017-04-01 02:59:12 GMT

    Imagine finding a $259,000 house in a great neighborhood to rent for $700 a month.  Well, there was such an ad on Craigslist this week but it was a scam. Realtor Marilyn Boudreaux had just listed the house in south Lake Charles for $259,000.  She soon received an inquiry from a young couple who wanted to see it and they met at the house.  The problem: "The gentleman said, 'I find it really hard to believe, this is such a nice house, that it's for r...

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    Imagine finding a $259,000 house in a great neighborhood to rent for $700 a month.  Well, there was such an ad on Craigslist this week but it was a scam. Realtor Marilyn Boudreaux had just listed the house in south Lake Charles for $259,000.  She soon received an inquiry from a young couple who wanted to see it and they met at the house.  The problem: "The gentleman said, 'I find it really hard to believe, this is such a nice house, that it's for r...

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  • Grand jury indicts Sulphur man on vehicular homicide

    Grand jury indicts Sulphur man on vehicular homicide

    Friday, March 31 2017 7:43 PM EDT2017-03-31 23:43:10 GMT
    (Source: Sulphur Police Department)(Source: Sulphur Police Department)

    A grand jury has indicted Justin Dupont, 28, of Sulphur, on vehicular homicide and other charges related to a two-vehicle crash in January.  

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    A grand jury has indicted Justin Dupont, 28, of Sulphur, on vehicular homicide and other charges related to a two-vehicle crash in January.  

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  • 2017 Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival poster unveiled

    2017 Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival poster unveiled

    Friday, March 31 2017 6:08 PM EDT2017-03-31 22:08:05 GMT
    Cookie Phillips' artwork was chosen as the poster for the 2017 Original Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival (Source: Jason Rivera/KPLC)Cookie Phillips' artwork was chosen as the poster for the 2017 Original Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival (Source: Jason Rivera/KPLC)

    One of the spiciest events in Southwest Louisiana is just a week away.

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    One of the spiciest events in Southwest Louisiana is just a week away.

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  • Lakes Charles man pleads guilty to transporting explosives

    Lakes Charles man pleads guilty to transporting explosives

    Friday, March 31 2017 4:56 PM EDT2017-03-31 20:56:22 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A Lake Charles man has pleaded guilty to transporting explosives from Shreveport to Bossier City between April and May of 2014, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana announced. 

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    A Lake Charles man has pleaded guilty to transporting explosives from Shreveport to Bossier City between April and May of 2014, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana announced. 

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  • Docs across U.S. shadow Lake Charles cardiologist for vein training

    Docs across U.S. shadow Lake Charles cardiologist for vein training

    Friday, March 31 2017 8:01 AM EDT2017-03-31 12:01:06 GMT
    Dr. Carl Fastabend performs an IVUS procedure in the Cardiovascular Outpatient Center of Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Carl Fastabend performs an IVUS procedure in the Cardiovascular Outpatient Center of Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)

    Doctors from across the United States are traveling to Lake Charles to watch interventional cardiologist, Dr. Carl Fastabend, in action. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports he's become a leading expert in a specialized vein procedure.

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    Doctors from across the United States are traveling to Lake Charles to watch interventional cardiologist, Dr. Carl Fastabend, in action. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports he's become a leading expert in a specialized vein procedure.

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  • McNeese president's search continues Monday

    McNeese president's search continues Monday

    Friday, March 31 2017 7:10 AM EDT2017-03-31 11:10:41 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    Another step in choosing a new president for McNeese State University takes place next week.

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    Another step in choosing a new president for McNeese State University takes place next week.

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  • Warning about snake bites

    Warning about snake bites

    Thursday, March 30 2017 3:39 PM EDT2017-03-30 19:39:51 GMT
    Snakes are on the move across Southwest Louisiana after a warm, wet winter and a springlike pattern now. (Source: KPLC)Snakes are on the move across Southwest Louisiana after a warm, wet winter and a springlike pattern now. (Source: KPLC)

    A warning in this week's What's Going Around: snakes are on the move in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a snake bite brought a patient to an area emergency room over the weekend.

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    A warning in this week's What's Going Around: snakes are on the move in Southwest Louisiana. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a snake bite brought a patient to an area emergency room over the weekend.

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  • 'Buddy Dance' offers special dance classes

    'Buddy Dance' offers special dance classes

    Friday, March 24 2017 8:01 AM EDT2017-03-24 12:01:38 GMT
    Buddy Dance is an inclusive dance class at Premier Dance Center in Lake Charles for boys and girls of all ages who have special needs. (Source: KPLC)Buddy Dance is an inclusive dance class at Premier Dance Center in Lake Charles for boys and girls of all ages who have special needs. (Source: KPLC)

    Dance is a fantastic form of creativity and expression, but some kids and teens can be left out dance classes because of developmental or behavioral disorders. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports one dance center launched "Buddy Dance" as an inclusive dance class for those with special needs. 

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    Dance is a fantastic form of creativity and expression, but some kids and teens can be left out dance classes because of developmental or behavioral disorders. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports one dance center launched "Buddy Dance" as an inclusive dance class for those with special needs. 

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