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  • New initiative to eat healthy at local restaurants

    New initiative to eat healthy at local restaurants

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:15:41 GMT
    Americans eat out an average of four times a week.  That is one of the big reason we are getting bigger as a nation.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on the new Eat Healthy SWLA initiative adding healthier restaurant menu options.More >>
    Americans eat out an average of four times a week.  That is one of the big reason we are getting bigger as a nation.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports on the new Eat Healthy SWLA initiative adding healthier restaurant menu options.More >>
  • La. Traveler - Snow Cone trucks invade SWLA

    La. Traveler - Snow Cone trucks invade SWLA

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:12:42 GMT
    (Source: John Bridges/KPLC)(Source: John Bridges/KPLC)
    There's a new type of truck roaming SWLA neighborhoods, and instead of ice cream, it offers snow cones. You can walk right up to the truck and choose your own flavor.More >>
    There's a new type of truck roaming SWLA neighborhoods, and instead of ice cream, it offers snow cones. You can walk right up to the truck and choose your own flavor.More >>
  • Tip leads to arrests in Welsh

    Tip leads to arrests in Welsh

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:43:11 GMT
    Welsh Police made three arrests after getting a tip about stolen items and drugs in a home on Ronald Street.More >>
    Welsh Police made three arrests after getting a tip about stolen items and drugs in a home on Ronald Street.More >>
  • Quality issues shift production at CB&I facility in LC

    Quality issues shift production at CB&I facility in LC

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:30:13 GMT
    Work at the Chicago Bridge Iron Co. facility in Lake Charles, formerly known as Shaw of South Lake Charles, has shifted from producing larger pre-fabricated modules to smaller support pieces for Southern Co.'s Vogtle plant in Georgia.More >>
    Work at the Chicago Bridge Iron Co. facility in Lake Charles, formerly known as Shaw of South Lake Charles, has shifted from producing larger pre-fabricated modules to smaller support pieces for Southern Co.'s Vogtle plant in Georgia.
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  • UPDATE: I-10 Westbound reopened in Acadia Parish

    UPDATE: I-10 Westbound reopened in Acadia Parish

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 01:46:00 GMT
    The following traffic alert was issued by State Police Troop-I:Interstate 10, both eastbound and westbound, is closed in Acadia Parish due to a hazardous material incident, state police said.The incident happened near the Egan exit.Drivers are advised to avoid the area for several hours.More >>
    The following traffic alert was issued by State Police Troop-I:Interstate 10, both eastbound and westbound, is closed in Acadia Parish due to a hazardous material incident, state police said.The incident happened near the Egan exit.Drivers are advised to avoid the area for several hours.More >>
  • Hometown Patriot - War Letters

    Hometown Patriot - War Letters

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:47:44 GMT
    While cleaning out her late parents’ house for sale, a Sulphur native found something interesting.More >>
    While cleaning out her late parents’ house for sale, a Sulphur native found something interesting. More >>
  • Two wounded in Lake Charles shooting

    Two wounded in Lake Charles shooting

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:14:48 GMT
    Shooting on 10th Street near 6th Avenue in Lake Charles Wednesday evening.More >>
    Shooting on 10th Street near 6th Avenue in Lake Charles Wednesday evening.

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  • What's in the Water: lakes, rivers and beaches

    What's in the Water: lakes, rivers and beaches

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:30:22 GMT
    Warm temperatures this summer are raising swim advisory warnings at Louisiana's beaches to a critical level as bacteria surges. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out what's in the water at lakes, rivers and beaches. More >>
    Warm temperatures this summer are raising swim advisory warnings at Louisiana's beaches to a critical level as bacteria surges. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out what's in the water at lakes, rivers and beaches. More >>
  • La. Traveler: It's time to pick the figs

    La. Traveler: It's time to pick the figs

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:17:57 GMT
    Frank Foreman is out early on his farm on the I-10 Frontage Road in Iowa, tending to all the figs that have ripened overnight.More >>
    Frank Foreman is out early on his farm on the I-10 Frontage Road in Iowa, tending to all the figs that have ripened overnight. More >>
  • Rainfall causes flooding along Houston River

    Rainfall causes flooding along Houston River

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:50 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:50:52 GMT
    Last week's heavy rainfall has caused flooding for some Sulphur residents living along the Houston River. As KPLC's Lee Peck reports, some people are dealing with it better than others.
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    Last week's heavy rainfall has caused flooding for some Sulphur residents living along the Houston River. As KPLC's Lee Peck reports, some people are dealing with it better than others.

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  • Authorities: Sulphur woman found dead in home off Koonce Road

    Authorities: Sulphur woman found dead in home off Koonce Road

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:41:14 GMT
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide in Sulphur off Koonce Road. Sheriff Tony Mancuso said investigators believe the 66-year-old woman's body has been dead in the home for several days.More >>

    A 66-year-old Sulphur woman has been found dead in her home, authorities said. According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, the death of Pamela Parker is being treated as a homicide.

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  • Ad & Press Club's Gridiron Show still making folks laugh

    Ad & Press Club's Gridiron Show still making folks laugh

    Sunday, July 20 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-07-20 04:10:39 GMT
    Local and state news makers gave Southwest Louisiana something to laugh about Saturday night and it was all for a good cause. As they've been doing for 42 years, the Ad Press Club of Southwest Louisiana poked fun at some of this year's big news stories and the people who made them.From Common Core to the Golden Nugget Casino - nothing was off limits when it comes to the annual Gridiron show.Members said it's a lot of fun to get into character and get instant reaction from the audience."Just ...More >>
    Local and state news makers gave Southwest Louisiana something to laugh about Saturday night and it was all for a good cause. As they've been doing for 42 years, the Ad Press Club of Southwest Louisiana poked fun at some of this year's big news stories and the people who made them.From Common Core to the Golden Nugget Casino - nothing was off limits when it comes to the annual Gridiron show.Members said it's a lot of fun to get into character and get instant reaction from the audience."Just ...More >>
  • LC Neighborhood tired of flash flooding

    LC Neighborhood tired of flash flooding

    Saturday, July 19 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-07-20 03:54:48 GMT
    For most, Saturday morning and Friday's rain is behind us. But for one Lake Charles neighborhood they're still dealing with the aftermath of flash flooding. KPLC's Lee Peck has their story.
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    For most, Saturday morning and Friday's rain is behind us. But for one Lake Charles neighborhood they're still dealing with the aftermath of flash flooding. KPLC's Lee Peck has their story.

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  • What's in the Water: new law mandating higher chlorine residuals

    What's in the Water: new law mandating higher chlorine residuals

    Friday, July 18 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-07-18 14:32:53 GMT
    A new law takes effect August 1, requiring every municipal water system in the state to meet higher chlorine disinfection standards. More >>
    A new law takes effect August 1, requiring every municipal water system in the state to meet higher chlorine disinfection standards. More >>
  • What's in the Water: A mother's heartache after son's death

    What's in the Water: A mother's heartache after son's death

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:00:49 GMT
    When a deadly amoeba was found in the state's municipal water supply last fall, questions and concerns about the safety of drinking water swirled across every part of the state.  Three people died after contracting the amoeba since 2011.  KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to the mother of the first victim.
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    When a deadly amoeba was found in the state's municipal water supply last fall, questions and concerns about the safety of drinking water swirled across every part of the state.  Three people died after contracting the amoeba since 2011.  KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to the mother of the first victim.

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  • Ulster youth learning the Cajun way

    Ulster youth learning the Cajun way

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-07-17 08:27:51 GMT
    The Ulster Project is back in Southwest Louisiana for another summer. The program promotes religious unit among Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. Youths from Northern Ireland spend a month with American youth to gain insight.Coming to America for the first time can be quite an experience. Coming to Louisiana can be even more adventuresome, especially if you're from Northern Ireland.“Yeah. It's my first ti...More >>
    The Ulster Project is back in Southwest Louisiana for another summer. The program promotes religious unit among Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. Youths from Northern Ireland spend a month with American youth to gain insight.Coming to America for the first time can be quite an experience. Coming to Louisiana can be even more adventuresome, especially if you're from Northern Ireland.“Yeah. It's my first ti...More >>
  • Concrete to be removed from old Harrah's property

    Concrete to be removed from old Harrah's property

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-07-17 04:00:24 GMT

    The City of Lake Charles is reviewing bids to have the concrete removed from the old Harrah's property. They hope it makes the property more attractive to developers as they work to employ a marketing firm to market the lakefront.

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    The City of Lake Charles is reviewing bids to have the concrete removed from the old Harrah's property. They hope it makes the property more attractive to developers as they work to employ a marketing firm to market the lakefront.

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  • La. Traveler - New Llano began as a co-op

    La. Traveler - New Llano began as a co-op

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:23:36 GMT
    Vernon parish tourism is growing, and a new museum trail is being developed. One recent addition is in New Llano. More >>
    Vernon parish tourism is growing, and a new museum trail is being developed. One recent addition is in New Llano. More >>
  • Casino Interception program working for LA Child Support Office

    Casino Interception program working for LA Child Support Office

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-07-15 04:06:45 GMT
    In many cases, it's an ongoing battle for the State of Louisiana to collect back-owed child support. But as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, in the last few years some of those outstanding debts have been offset by the gaming industry.More >>
    In many cases, it's an ongoing battle for the State of Louisiana to collect back-owed child support. But as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, in the last few years some of those outstanding debts have been offset by the gaming industry. More >>
  • Firefighters respond to house fire near DeQuincy

    Firefighters respond to house fire near DeQuincy

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:05 AM EDT2014-07-14 09:05:27 GMT
    It happened on Bankens Road Sunday evening. Fire officials said they were dispatched as the thunderstorms rolled through the area. Family members were home at the time of the fire, but managed to get out safely.More >>
    It happened on Bankens Road Sunday evening. Fire officials said they were dispatched as the thunderstorms rolled through the area. Family members were home at the time of the fire, but managed to get out safely.More >>
  • Victim identified in fatal motorcycle accident

    Victim identified in fatal motorcycle accident

    Saturday, July 12 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-07-12 20:40:45 GMT
    Lake Charles Police have released the name of the victim involved in a fatal motorcycle accident Friday evening on Highway 171. Police said Ryan Taylor Leday, 22, died from his injuries sustained in the accident.More >>
    Lake Charles Police have released the name of the victim involved in a fatal motorcycle accident Friday evening on Highway 171. Police said Ryan Taylor Leday, 22, died from his injuries sustained in the accident.More >>
  • Local family shares personal story of the deadly effects of dipping

    Local family shares personal story of the deadly effects of dipping

    Friday, July 11 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-07-11 22:41:19 GMT

    Dot Brown's husband, Robert, was a beloved softball coach at Elizabeth High School.

    He died one year ago from cancer, the result of chewing tobacco.

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    Dot Brown's husband, Robert, was a beloved softball coach at Elizabeth High School.

    He died one year ago from cancer, the result of chewing tobacco.

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  • What's Going Around: grass allergies, strep throat, ear infections

    What's Going Around: grass allergies, strep throat, ear infections

    Thursday, July 10 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-07-10 15:15:29 GMT
    Strep throat is typically reported in the colder months of the year, but there are cases in Southwest Louisiana this week. Plus, grass allergies are leading to upper respiratory problems and there are more ear infections as we are now in peak swim season.More >>
    Strep throat is typically reported in the colder months of the year, but there are cases in Southwest Louisiana this week. Plus, grass allergies are leading to upper respiratory problems and there are more ear infections as we are now in peak swim season.More >>
  • SWLA man fought at Iwo Jima

    SWLA man fought at Iwo Jima

    Thursday, July 10 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-07-10 13:20:04 GMT
    Dr. Howard Lee Snider of DeQuincy remembers his involvement in World War 2 some 70 years later.“The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor,” recalled Snider. The President declared war. I quit McNeese and was going to fight the Japanese. I was 16 years old. I found out I couldn't go in until I was 18.” Snider had to wait two more years before he enlisted in the Marines and was immediately shipped to the Atoll islands for his fi...More >>
    Dr. Howard Lee Snider of DeQuincy remembers his involvement in World War 2 some 70 years later.“The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor,” recalled Snider. The President declared war. I quit McNeese and was going to fight the Japanese. I was 16 years old. I found out I couldn't go in until I was 18.” Snider had to wait two more years before he enlisted in the Marines and was immediately shipped to the Atoll islands for his fi...More >>
  • Calcasieu Mosquito Control targets mosquitoes from the air

    Calcasieu Mosquito Control targets mosquitoes from the air

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-07-10 03:49:01 GMT
    It may have gotten off to a slow start due to a colder than normal winter, but mosquito season is in full swing. KPLC's Lee Peck flies along with Calcasieu Mosquito Control's air division as they target those pesky blood suckers.
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    It may have gotten off to a slow start due to a colder than normal winter, but mosquito season is in full swing. KPLC's Lee Peck flies along with Calcasieu Mosquito Control's air division as they target those pesky blood suckers.

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  • UPDATE: DeQuincy carwash suspect turns himself in

    UPDATE: DeQuincy carwash suspect turns himself in

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-09 23:54:38 GMT
    DeQuincy Police needs your help in identifying a suspect.More >>
    DeQuincy Police needs your help in identifying a suspect.
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  • La. Traveler - New ATV trails at South Toledo Bend State Park

    La. Traveler - New ATV trails at South Toledo Bend State Park

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-07-09 23:52:46 GMT
    Located just 16 miles west of Anacoco on Hwy. 191, South Toledo Bend State Park is one of two state-owned parks on the Toledo Bend reservoir.More >>
    Located just 16 miles west of Anacoco on Hwy. 191, South Toledo Bend State Park is one of two state-owned parks on the Toledo Bend reservoir.More >>
  • Influx of traffic expected for Calcasieu Ship Channel

    Influx of traffic expected for Calcasieu Ship Channel

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-09 23:50:39 GMT
    With the industrial expansion comes growing pains. The Calcasieu Ship Channel expects traffic to increase more than double in the next ten years. As KPLC's Lee Peck reports, they're planning ahead with a 20-year study. More >>
    With the industrial expansion comes growing pains. The Calcasieu Ship Channel expects traffic to increase more than double in the next ten years. As KPLC's Lee Peck reports, they're planning ahead with a 20-year study. More >>
  • City of LC to consider 1/4 cent sales tax for Dec. ballot

    City of LC to consider 1/4 cent sales tax for Dec. ballot

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-07-09 03:35:03 GMT
    This proposal comes at a time when city retirement contribution rates are significantly above average and the city tries to maintain employees with competitive pay.  More >>
    This proposal comes at a time when city retirement contribution rates are significantly above average and the city tries to maintain employees with competitive pay.  
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  • Sen. Landrieu pushes for more offshore energy production

    Sen. Landrieu pushes for more offshore energy production

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-07-08 15:44:15 GMT
    The importance of offshore drilling took center stage Monday in Lafayette. Industry stakeholders were there, including Senator Mary Landrieu, to discuss ways to develop our offshore resources.More >>
    The importance of offshore drilling took center stage Monday in Lafayette. Industry stakeholders were there, including Senator Mary Landrieu, to discuss ways to develop our offshore resources.
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  • Stem cells from donated placentas healing stubborn injuries

    Stem cells from donated placentas healing stubborn injuries

    Friday, July 4 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-04 13:00:04 GMT
    It sounds like something straight out of science fiction: stem cells from donated placentas are being injected into patients with hard-to-heal injuries.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the results have been phenomenal by taking advantage of something that would be discarded as medical waste.More >>
    It sounds like something straight out of science fiction: stem cells from donated placentas are being injected into patients with hard-to-heal injuries.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the results have been phenomenal by taking advantage of something that would be discarded as medical waste.More >>
  • What's Going Around: heat rash, bug bite reactions, severe sunburn

    What's Going Around: heat rash, bug bite reactions, severe sunburn

    Thursday, July 3 2014 8:41 AM EDT2014-07-03 12:41:32 GMT
     This week's What's Going Around takes us outdoors where summertime fun is leading to some unhealthy skin problems.  Dr. Tolvert Fowler explains he's treating more patients with heat rash, bug bite reactions and severe sunburn.More >>
     This week's What's Going Around takes us outdoors where summertime fun is leading to some unhealthy skin problems.  Dr. Tolvert Fowler explains he's treating more patients with heat rash, bug bite reactions and severe sunburn.More >>
  • Four-year-old Darrell needs a special home to thrive

    Four-year-old Darrell needs a special home to thrive

    Thursday, July 3 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-07-03 12:09:48 GMT
    A four-year-old in state care needs a home that can provide him with the love and attention to let him thrive and reach goals that have previously been out of reach.  This month's branch of The New Family Tree features Darrell's story.More >>
    A four-year-old in state care needs a home that can provide him with the love and attention to let him thrive and reach goals that have previously been out of reach.  This month's branch of The New Family Tree features Darrell's story.More >>
  • LC Firefighters & City reach work agreement

    LC Firefighters & City reach work agreement

    Thursday, July 3 2014 12:30 AM EDT2014-07-03 04:30:09 GMT
    It's not a contract, but Lake Charles Firefighters aren't complaining. At Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, the council approved entering into a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Firefighters Union Local 561.Firefighters have been working without a contract for nearly three years. While it does not address pay or benefits, Union Representative Chief Chris Carroll said it gives them something to work with and improve on."Basically, the memorandum of understanding addresses some of t...More >>
    It's not a contract, but Lake Charles Firefighters aren't complaining. At Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, the council approved entering into a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Firefighters Union Local 561.Firefighters have been working without a contract for nearly three years. While it does not address pay or benefits, Union Representative Chief Chris Carroll said it gives them something to work with and improve on."Basically, the memorandum of understanding addresses some of t...More >>
  • City renames Drew Park building in honor of Willie McCullor Landry

    City renames Drew Park building in honor of Willie McCullor Landry

    Thursday, July 3 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-07-03 04:27:52 GMT
    The Lake Charles City Council renamed the building at Drew Park in honor of the late Willie McCullor Landry. It will now be called the “Willie McCullor Landry Community Center.” Landry passed away June 18th at the age of 93. She was recreation supervisor at Drew Park for 31 years before retiring in 1983. Her family, including daughter, former Lake Charles Mayor and State Senator Willie Mount, was there for the honor. "This would be so meaningful to mom. Obviously, it's special to us. She's ‘B...More >>
    The Lake Charles City Council renamed the building at Drew Park in honor of the late Willie McCullor Landry. It will now be called the “Willie McCullor Landry Community Center.” Landry passed away June 18th at the age of 93. She was recreation supervisor at Drew Park for 31 years before retiring in 1983. Her family, including daughter, former Lake Charles Mayor and State Senator Willie Mount, was there for the honor. "This would be so meaningful to mom. Obviously, it's special to us. She's ‘B...More >>
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