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  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:14 AM EDT2017-09-19 14:14:53 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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  • I wanna know: What are those sirens?

    Monday, September 18 2017 9:07 PM EDT2017-09-19 01:07:31 GMT

    Imagine you've just moved to the Lake Area and suddenly you hear what sounds like an air raid siren.  Those who have lived here for a while probably know what it is, but newcomers-- not so much. "I wanted to know what the sirens were sounding for on my second day in Lake Charles," said Deborah Anderson, who's now been here three and a half years. Anderson didn't realize nearly 40 public emergency sirens in Calcasieu Parish are tested once a week on Mondays. "I m...

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    Imagine you've just moved to the Lake Area and suddenly you hear what sounds like an air raid siren.  Those who have lived here for a while probably know what it is, but newcomers-- not so much. "I wanted to know what the sirens were sounding for on my second day in Lake Charles," said Deborah Anderson, who's now been here three and a half years. Anderson didn't realize nearly 40 public emergency sirens in Calcasieu Parish are tested once a week on Mondays. "I m...

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  • TOUCHDOWN LIVE - Week 3: High school football scores

    TOUCHDOWN LIVE - Week 3: High school football scores

    Saturday, September 16 2017 1:02 AM EDT2017-09-16 05:02:46 GMT

    Mobile users, click HERE for the Touchdown Live  Mobile users, click HERE to see the Football Friday Night Slideshow. Send your football pics to newmedia@kplctv.com. Click HERE for SWLA football standings. Touchdown Live  The Iowa Yellow Jackets face another tough opponent in Week 3 of the high school football season. Class 3A Iowa (2-0) travels to also undefeated Class 5A Sam Houston (2-0) in our Game of the Week. Iowa has wins over Crowley (1...

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    Mobile users, click HERE for the Touchdown Live  Mobile users, click HERE to see the Football Friday Night Slideshow. Send your football pics to newmedia@kplctv.com. Click HERE for SWLA football standings. Touchdown Live  The Iowa Yellow Jackets face another tough opponent in Week 3 of the high school football season. Class 3A Iowa (2-0) travels to also undefeated Class 5A Sam Houston (2-0) in our Game of the Week. Iowa has wins over Crowley (1...

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  • Hundreds of workers descend on Sulphur business seeking paychecks

    Hundreds of workers descend on Sulphur business seeking paychecks

    Friday, September 15 2017 7:49 PM EDT2017-09-15 23:49:34 GMT

    It was a situation that seemed close to getting out of control.  Hundreds of people showing up at a local business demanding their paychecks. Everyone did not get paid this day, Friday. But a company spokesman says paychecks will be sent in the mail. Little by little the crowd grew in front of Coastal Staffing at 3813 Maplewood Drive in Sulphur. They came from all around the region, to get paid for hurricane relief work they say they've done in Texas. "I have a one y...

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    It was a situation that seemed close to getting out of control.  Hundreds of people showing up at a local business demanding their paychecks. Everyone did not get paid this day, Friday. But a company spokesman says paychecks will be sent in the mail. Little by little the crowd grew in front of Coastal Staffing at 3813 Maplewood Drive in Sulphur. They came from all around the region, to get paid for hurricane relief work they say they've done in Texas. "I have a one y...

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  • Lake Charles Beach Sweep planned for Sept. 16

    Lake Charles Beach Sweep planned for Sept. 16

    Friday, September 15 2017 7:54 AM EDT2017-09-15 11:54:52 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Beach Sweep and Inland Waterway Cleanup will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. 

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    The Beach Sweep and Inland Waterway Cleanup will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. 

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  • Local seniors worry Florida nursing home tragedy could happen here

    Local seniors worry Florida nursing home tragedy could happen here

    Thursday, September 14 2017 8:10 PM EDT2017-09-15 00:10:32 GMT

    The deaths of elderly people in a Florida nursing home have been described as an emerging scandal of gargantuan proportions, with eight deaths already. Their nursing home lost power and generators failed, causing sweltering heat in the facility. It's horrifying to imagine what the frail seniors who died must have gone through in their last hours.

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    The deaths of elderly people in a Florida nursing home have been described as an emerging scandal of gargantuan proportions, with eight deaths already. Their nursing home lost power and generators failed, causing sweltering heat in the facility. It's horrifying to imagine what the frail seniors who died must have gone through in their last hours.

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  • Welsh family learns more about WWII ambush 74 years later

    Welsh family learns more about WWII ambush 74 years later

    Thursday, September 14 2017 7:27 AM EDT2017-09-14 11:27:39 GMT
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    A Welsh family that didn't know much about the death of an uncle during World War 2.

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    A Welsh family that didn't know much about the death of an uncle during World War 2.

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  • Flood cleanup underway at Niblett's Bluff Park

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 8:58 PM EDT2017-09-14 00:58:34 GMT

    It's less than a year since Niblett's Bluff Park was opened after major flooding in 2016.  And now the community finds the park with major flood damage from Hurricane Harvey.  But they are once again pulling together to clean and fix it up Taking down soaked plywood, scraping up water damaged floor and removing soggy insulation.  That's just some of the dirty work going on here at the park on the banks of the Sabine River.  On this day volunteers came from the C...

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    It's less than a year since Niblett's Bluff Park was opened after major flooding in 2016.  And now the community finds the park with major flood damage from Hurricane Harvey.  But they are once again pulling together to clean and fix it up Taking down soaked plywood, scraping up water damaged floor and removing soggy insulation.  That's just some of the dirty work going on here at the park on the banks of the Sabine River.  On this day volunteers came from the C...

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  • LEGAL CORNER: At what age can a child pick which parent they want to live with?

    LEGAL CORNER: At what age can a child pick which parent they want to live with?

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 6:01 PM EDT2017-09-13 22:01:31 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    QUESTION: What age can a child pick which parent they want to live with?

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    QUESTION: What age can a child pick which parent they want to live with?

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  • Local agent discusses insurance issues after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

    Local agent discusses insurance issues after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 8:31 PM EDT2017-09-13 00:31:00 GMT
    (Source: KPLC weather)(Source: KPLC weather)

    insurance claims stemming from Harvey and Irma will no doubt set new records.                 and while Louisiana wasn't the hardest hit, many wonder if back-to-back disasters will affect insurance rates here. when it comes to damage from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, several types of insurance come into play.  those who suffered wind damage, will make claims under their homeowners insurance which comes from...

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    insurance claims stemming from Harvey and Irma will no doubt set new records.                 and while Louisiana wasn't the hardest hit, many wonder if back-to-back disasters will affect insurance rates here. when it comes to damage from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, several types of insurance come into play.  those who suffered wind damage, will make claims under their homeowners insurance which comes from...

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  • Rouses Markets breaks ground with two new locations in Calcasieu Parish

    Rouses Markets breaks ground with two new locations in Calcasieu Parish

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 1:28 PM EDT2017-09-12 17:28:33 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    Rouses Markets, a common fixture in South Louisiana, broke ground Tuesday with two new locations in Calcasieu Parish. 

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    Rouses Markets, a common fixture in South Louisiana, broke ground Tuesday with two new locations in Calcasieu Parish. 

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  • Quarterly Job Fair Thursday Oct. 12

    Quarterly Job Fair Thursday Oct. 12

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 10:01 AM EDT2017-09-12 14:01:24 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

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

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

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  • Beauregard Parish Airport receives funding for improvements

    Beauregard Parish Airport receives funding for improvements

    Monday, September 11 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-09-11 22:24:47 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)
    The Beauregard Parish Airport will be making some improvements after receiving a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The $142,712 grant will help repair 62,500 square yards of the existing apron, which is where the aircraft park after landing. The Shreveport Air Authority will also receive a $150,000 grant for a runway extension. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    The Beauregard Parish Airport will be making some improvements after receiving a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The $142,712 grant will help repair 62,500 square yards of the existing apron, which is where the aircraft park after landing. The Shreveport Air Authority will also receive a $150,000 grant for a runway extension. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • PHOTOS: 9/11 Remembrance ceremony held at Fort Polk

    PHOTOS: 9/11 Remembrance ceremony held at Fort Polk

    Monday, September 11 2017 12:45 PM EDT2017-09-11 16:45:07 GMT
    (Source: Jean Dubiel, Fort Polk Guardian)(Source: Jean Dubiel, Fort Polk Guardian)

    A 9/11 remembrance ceremony was held at Fort Polk's Warrior Memorial Park Monday morning.

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    A 9/11 remembrance ceremony was held at Fort Polk's Warrior Memorial Park Monday morning.

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  • TRAFFIC: Grand Lake Pontoon Bridge back in service

    TRAFFIC: Grand Lake Pontoon Bridge back in service

    Monday, September 11 2017 6:59 AM EDT2017-09-11 10:59:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Grand Lake Pontoon Bridge is out of service due to a broken cable. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Grand Lake Pontoon Bridge is out of service due to a broken cable. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Navy Reservist serves patients in Lake Charles

    Navy Reservist serves patients in Lake Charles

    Sunday, September 10 2017 12:40 PM EDT2017-09-10 16:40:42 GMT
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    When Tammy Mitchell graduated from LSU Medical School in Shreveport, serving in the United States Navy was not on her radar. "After I finished medical school I winded up joining the military because I went to a medical conference in New Orleans," said Mitchell. "The Navy was there recruiting. They said, 'We saw where you were a doctor and we need doctors to come in. So would you consider coming into the Navy?'" She did and eventually found herself in the Naval Re...

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    When Tammy Mitchell graduated from LSU Medical School in Shreveport, serving in the United States Navy was not on her radar. "After I finished medical school I winded up joining the military because I went to a medical conference in New Orleans," said Mitchell. "The Navy was there recruiting. They said, 'We saw where you were a doctor and we need doctors to come in. So would you consider coming into the Navy?'" She did and eventually found herself in the Naval Re...

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  • Sports

    2017 SWLA High School Football Standings

    2017 SWLA High School Football Standings

    Friday, September 8 2017 2:19 PM EDT2017-09-08 18:19:58 GMT
    Saturday, September 9 2017 12:49 AM EDT2017-09-09 04:49:35 GMT
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    Southwest Louisiana High School football standings.

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    Southwest Louisiana High School football standings.

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  • Vehicle wrecks on I-10 EB near bridge

    Vehicle wrecks on I-10 EB near bridge

    Friday, September 8 2017 7:11 PM EDT2017-09-08 23:11:24 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Westlake Police Department is investigating a five-vehicle crash on I-10 eastbound at the base of the I-10 bridge, according to Louisiana State Police. Drivers should expect traffic delays in the area due to the accidents.

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    The Westlake Police Department is investigating a five-vehicle crash on I-10 eastbound at the base of the I-10 bridge, according to Louisiana State Police. Drivers should expect traffic delays in the area due to the accidents.

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  • Emergency water outage and boil advisory for Village of Elizabeth

    Emergency water outage and boil advisory for Village of Elizabeth

    Friday, September 8 2017 3:31 PM EDT2017-09-08 19:31:55 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Village of Elizabeth has announced a boil advisory for all water customers except for those living on Horseshoe Drive and Hwy 112 South. The boil advisory will last until further notice, according to the city. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Village of Elizabeth has announced a boil advisory for all water customers except for those living on Horseshoe Drive and Hwy 112 South. The boil advisory will last until further notice, according to the city. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Hay Clearing House Network created to help livestock producers in Louisiana

    Hay Clearing House Network created to help livestock producers in Louisiana

    Friday, September 8 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-09-08 18:30:27 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    The Louisiana Farm Bureau Hay Clearing House Network has been activated to assist livestock producers with hay needs due to recent flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

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    The Louisiana Farm Bureau Hay Clearing House Network has been activated to assist livestock producers with hay needs due to recent flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Dustin Jackson

    Sports Person of the Week - Dustin Jackson

    Thursday, September 7 2017 11:17 PM EDT2017-09-08 03:17:37 GMT
    One game into the Chad Paulk coaching regime, and it looks as though the Sam Houston Broncos are back. “I think it goes back to the way we prepare every day of every week. The way we’ve prepared all summer long for this opportunity," said Paulk. "We tell our kids this is a process every single day and just like Saturday, it was another day in the process of making our team better.” After struggling in the team's first few drives, the Broncos f...More >>
    One game into the Chad Paulk coaching regime, and it looks as though the Sam Houston Broncos are back. “I think it goes back to the way we prepare every day of every week. The way we’ve prepared all summer long for this opportunity," said Paulk. "We tell our kids this is a process every single day and just like Saturday, it was another day in the process of making our team better.” After struggling in the team's first few drives, the Broncos f...More >>
  • La. 12 open at Texas state line

    La. 12 open at Texas state line

    Thursday, September 7 2017 6:32 PM EDT2017-09-07 22:32:02 GMT
    La. 12 at state line (Source: DOTD)La. 12 at state line (Source: DOTD)

    La. 12 is open at the Texas state line in both directions, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The road had been closed due to flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. Copyright KPLC 2017. All rights reserved.

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    La. 12 is open at the Texas state line in both directions, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The road had been closed due to flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. Copyright KPLC 2017. All rights reserved.

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  • Defense attorney says more time needed to prepare for Daigle capital murder trial

    Defense attorney says more time needed to prepare for Daigle capital murder trial

    Thursday, September 7 2017 4:37 PM EDT2017-09-07 20:37:28 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)

    It's less than two weeks from what is supposed to be the start of jury selection in the trial of Kevin Daigle - accused of first degree murder of State Trooper Steven Vincent in 2015. But it's a death penalty case and the attorney for the defense says they need more time to prepare. It's two years since Vincent was shot to death.  Daigle is charged with first degree murder and his trial is set to start soon. But his lead defense attorney, David Price, died in July of a heart ...

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    It's less than two weeks from what is supposed to be the start of jury selection in the trial of Kevin Daigle - accused of first degree murder of State Trooper Steven Vincent in 2015. But it's a death penalty case and the attorney for the defense says they need more time to prepare. It's two years since Vincent was shot to death.  Daigle is charged with first degree murder and his trial is set to start soon. But his lead defense attorney, David Price, died in July of a heart ...

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  • Blue Bell announces brand-new flavor

    Blue Bell announces brand-new flavor

    Thursday, September 7 2017 7:10 AM EDT2017-09-07 11:10:32 GMT
    (Source: Blue Bell website)(Source: Blue Bell website)

    The new flavor from the ice-cream company was inspired by the camouflage trend.

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    The new flavor from the ice-cream company was inspired by the camouflage trend.

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  • Toomey resident cleaning up his flooded business in Orange

    Toomey resident cleaning up his flooded business in Orange

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 8:41 PM EDT2017-09-07 00:41:20 GMT

    Last week we visited a Toomey family who built a levee around their home and it worked!  No water made it inside.  Yet the husband’s business in Orange is another matter. When John Clark entered his mechanics shop in Orange for the first time after Harvey, he admits, he cried. "It's devastating.  October 2 will be fifteen years since I've had this business.  This is the second time it's gone under water,"he said. With, at first, nearly three feet...

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    Last week we visited a Toomey family who built a levee around their home and it worked!  No water made it inside.  Yet the husband’s business in Orange is another matter. When John Clark entered his mechanics shop in Orange for the first time after Harvey, he admits, he cried. "It's devastating.  October 2 will be fifteen years since I've had this business.  This is the second time it's gone under water,"he said. With, at first, nearly three feet...

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  • Allen Parish Airport receives grant totaling almost a half-million dollars

    Allen Parish Airport receives grant totaling almost a half-million dollars

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-09-06 22:05:07 GMT
    (Source: Google Images)(Source: Google Images)

    The Allen Parish Airport in Oakdale will be making some improvements after receiving a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The $454, 087 grant will help to repair about 5,000 feet of runway, 5,800 feet of taxiway, and 8,000 square yards of terminal apron, which is where aircraft park after landing.  According to the FAA website the Allen Parish Airport, which is owned by the Allen Parish Police Jury, had 9,100 local, 3,500 general, and 1,50...

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    The Allen Parish Airport in Oakdale will be making some improvements after receiving a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The $454, 087 grant will help to repair about 5,000 feet of runway, 5,800 feet of taxiway, and 8,000 square yards of terminal apron, which is where aircraft park after landing.  According to the FAA website the Allen Parish Airport, which is owned by the Allen Parish Police Jury, had 9,100 local, 3,500 general, and 1,50...

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  • Sheriff's Office to host senior fishing rodeo

    Sheriff's Office to host senior fishing rodeo

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 5:47 PM EDT2017-09-06 21:47:58 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is hosting its annual Senior Citizen Fishing Rodeo on Friday, Sept. 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office The event will take place at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Farm located at 5400 East Broad Street in Lake Charles. The rodeo is free to citizens age 55 and older.  The Sheriff's Office asks that you bring your own fishing gear, chairs, and one fishing pole per person. For more informat...

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    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is hosting its annual Senior Citizen Fishing Rodeo on Friday, Sept. 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office The event will take place at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Farm located at 5400 East Broad Street in Lake Charles. The rodeo is free to citizens age 55 and older.  The Sheriff's Office asks that you bring your own fishing gear, chairs, and one fishing pole per person. For more informat...

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  • Cancer Center open to Harvey evacuees

    Cancer Center open to Harvey evacuees

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-09-06 16:33:43 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A cancer diagnosis can rock anyone's world.  Add Hurricane Harvey into the mix and the stress can be unimaginable. 

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    A cancer diagnosis can rock anyone's world.  Add Hurricane Harvey into the mix and the stress can be unimaginable. 

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  • Doctors warn of health hazards associated with flood waters

    Doctors warn of health hazards associated with flood waters

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 12:32 PM EDT2017-09-06 16:32:15 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Doctors from around the lake area jumped at the chance to help with rescues in Houston after Harvey hit the city.

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    Doctors from around the lake area jumped at the chance to help with rescues in Houston after Harvey hit the city.

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  • PHOTOS: CPSO and La. National Guard rescue flooded residents in Starks

    PHOTOS: CPSO and La. National Guard rescue flooded residents in Starks

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 11:53 AM EDT2017-09-05 15:53:49 GMT

    Check out these photos from Starks Tuesday.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Several people with trash bags full of personal belongings were picked up from their flooded roads by the Louisiana National Guard and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies in high profile vehicles. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Check out these photos from Starks Tuesday.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Several people with trash bags full of personal belongings were picked up from their flooded roads by the Louisiana National Guard and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies in high profile vehicles. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Harvey aftermath: Gulf Restoration Network surveys industries by air

    Harvey aftermath: Gulf Restoration Network surveys industries by air

    Monday, September 4 2017 8:19 PM EDT2017-09-05 00:19:22 GMT

    There's increasing concern about pollution from industries that were inundated with rain from Hurricane Harvey. The Gulf Restoration Network and volunteers are surveying the region to investigate if any substances may have escaped into flood waters. They're working on what they call a reconnaissance mission to be an eye in the sky to survey industries in Texas and Louisiana - some of which flooded, some did not. But Laura Cox with the Green Army says it's all a concern. "Too m...

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    There's increasing concern about pollution from industries that were inundated with rain from Hurricane Harvey. The Gulf Restoration Network and volunteers are surveying the region to investigate if any substances may have escaped into flood waters. They're working on what they call a reconnaissance mission to be an eye in the sky to survey industries in Texas and Louisiana - some of which flooded, some did not. But Laura Cox with the Green Army says it's all a concern. "Too m...

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  • Touchdown Live week one scores

    Touchdown Live week one scores

    Saturday, September 2 2017 11:50 PM EDT2017-09-03 03:50:24 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Harvey has made an impact on Southwest Louisiana in numerous ways. One of which, includes the opening week of high school football and Touchdown Live. Numerous schools have moved the location, date or time of its opening game. Below is the updated schedule for each Southwest Louisiana game. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Harvey has made an impact on Southwest Louisiana in numerous ways. One of which, includes the opening week of high school football and Touchdown Live. Numerous schools have moved the location, date or time of its opening game. Below is the updated schedule for each Southwest Louisiana game. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • National Guard gets needed nurses to Texas

    National Guard gets needed nurses to Texas

    Saturday, September 2 2017 8:43 PM EDT2017-09-03 00:43:58 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana National Guard)(Source: Louisiana National Guard)

    The Louisiana National Guard brought a special delivery of labor and delivery nurses, medical supplies, and blood donations to Beaumont from Lake Charles.  Hurricane Harvey caused significant flooding in the Southeast Texas region which cut off the supply chain for blood, medical supplies, and a shortage of medical personnel.  Donald Lloyd, president, and CEO of Christus St. Patrick Health System said the mission to resupply the Beaumont hospitals was critical. The Louisi...

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    The Louisiana National Guard brought a special delivery of labor and delivery nurses, medical supplies, and blood donations to Beaumont from Lake Charles.  Hurricane Harvey caused significant flooding in the Southeast Texas region which cut off the supply chain for blood, medical supplies, and a shortage of medical personnel.  Donald Lloyd, president, and CEO of Christus St. Patrick Health System said the mission to resupply the Beaumont hospitals was critical. The Louisi...

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  • Calcasieu River rises drastically in Oakdale

    Calcasieu River rises drastically in Oakdale

    Saturday, September 2 2017 1:45 PM EDT2017-09-02 17:45:36 GMT
    (Source: Oakdale Police Department)(Source: Oakdale Police Department)

    The Calcasieu River has flooded streets and home in Oakdale overnight according to the Oakdale Police Department Facebook page.  The OPD asks that you not drive through high water because this causes a wake that could cause even more damage to someone's residence.  Emergency personnel will be checking on citizens by boat today.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Calcasieu River has flooded streets and home in Oakdale overnight according to the Oakdale Police Department Facebook page.  The OPD asks that you not drive through high water because this causes a wake that could cause even more damage to someone's residence.  Emergency personnel will be checking on citizens by boat today.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Lake Charles Police Department partners with area Churches to help flooding victims

    Lake Charles Police Department partners with area Churches to help flooding victims

    Friday, September 1 2017 10:28 PM EDT2017-09-02 02:28:49 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The Lake Charles Police Department, Union Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and Church of the King are working together to help SWLA residents that have been displaced by Harvey. The community can collect needed items on Saturday, Sep. 2 and Sunday, Sep. 3, between the times of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Local evacuees can get the following items located at 1215 N. Adams Street in Lake Charles: Household cleaning supplies Toiletries Hygiene items for both men and women Non-pe...

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    The Lake Charles Police Department, Union Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and Church of the King are working together to help SWLA residents that have been displaced by Harvey. The community can collect needed items on Saturday, Sep. 2 and Sunday, Sep. 3, between the times of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Local evacuees can get the following items located at 1215 N. Adams Street in Lake Charles: Household cleaning supplies Toiletries Hygiene items for both men and women Non-pe...

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  • Our latest, updated list of closures and openings

    Our latest, updated list of closures and openings

    Friday, September 1 2017 3:12 PM EDT2017-09-01 19:12:32 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Here is a list of storm-related closures around Southwest Louisiana:

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    Here is a list of storm-related closures around Southwest Louisiana:

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  • Toomey couple builds levee to protect home

    Toomey couple builds levee to protect home

    Thursday, August 31 2017 10:31 PM EDT2017-09-01 02:31:27 GMT

    As water from the Sabine River edges closer to homes, one couple in toomey spent the day working against the clock to build levee to save their home. J just south of I-10 in Toomey, John and Roxanne Clark live in a quiet remote area.  But since nine in the morning, a backhoe clanks and groans building a levee all the way around the house to protect it from flood waters.. "It's my father in law.  He's an angel," said John Clark, of his father-in-law, hard at work...

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    As water from the Sabine River edges closer to homes, one couple in Toomey spent the day working against the clock to build levee to save their home. Just south of I-10 in Toomey, John and Roxanne Clark live in a quiet remote area.  But since nine in the morning, a backhoe clanks and groans building a levee all the way around the house to protect it from flood waters.. "It's my father in law.  He's an angel," said John Clark, of his father-in-law, hard at work...

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  • WATCH KPLC ONLINE: Join our newscasts for the latest on Tropical Storm Harvey

    WATCH KPLC ONLINE: Join our newscasts for the latest on Tropical Storm Harvey

    Wednesday, August 30 2017 12:28 PM EDT2017-08-30 16:28:27 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    KPLC is bringing you the latest on Hurricane Harvey and how it will affect Southwest Louisiana.

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    KPLC is bringing you the latest on Hurricane Harvey and how it will affect Southwest Louisiana.

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  • Touchdown Live Two-A-Days high school football previews

    Touchdown Live Two-A-Days high school football previews

    Friday, August 25 2017 5:46 PM EDT2017-08-25 21:46:04 GMT

    The high school football season is nearly upon us, and KPLC 7 Sports has your favorite local high school team covered with TDL Two-A-Days. Two-A-Days takes you behind the scenes as players and coaches from across Southwest Louisiana prepare for the 2017 high school football season. Catch the team's preview on KPLC Sports at 6 p.m. and Nightcast, August 9 through 23. 

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    The high school football season is nearly upon us, and KPLC 7 Sports has your favorite local high school team covered with TDL Two-A-Days. Two-A-Days takes you behind the scenes as players and coaches from across Southwest Louisiana prepare for the 2017 high school football season. Catch the team's preview on KPLC Sports at 6 p.m. and Nightcast, August 9 through 23. 

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  • Rockefeller Refuge closed due to Hurricane Harvey

    Rockefeller Refuge closed due to Hurricane Harvey

    Friday, August 25 2017 8:14 AM EDT2017-08-25 12:14:59 GMT
    (Source: LDWF)(Source: LDWF)

    The Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is closed until further notice due to Hurricane Harvey, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

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    The Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is closed until further notice due to Hurricane Harvey, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Logan Maddox

    Sports Person of the Week - Logan Maddox

    Friday, August 25 2017 12:52 AM EDT2017-08-25 04:52:01 GMT
    Coaches will tell you, as they progress in their career, the game-to-game results become less important. Jennings' basketball coach Logan Maddox, learned that a year ago. "As a younger coach I was worried about the wins and losses. Last year, my mindset changed and I took a step back from worrying about winning or losing every game," said Maddox. "I just tried to help them take a step further in life every single day. That was my goal." So Maddox had an idea...More >>
    Coaches will tell you, as they progress in their career, the game-to-game results become less important. Jennings' basketball coach Logan Maddox, learned that a year ago. "As a younger coach I was worried about the wins and losses. Last year, my mindset changed and I took a step back from worrying about winning or losing every game," said Maddox. "I just tried to help them take a step further in life every single day. That was my goal." So Maddox had an idea...More >>
  • OLQH school closed Thursday due to water leak, will reopen Friday

    OLQH school closed Thursday due to water leak, will reopen Friday

    Thursday, August 24 2017 10:12 PM EDT2017-08-25 02:12:55 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic School is closed Thursday due to a water leak, according to Superintendent of Catholic Schools Kimberlee Gazzolo. Only the school is closed today. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic School is closed Thursday due to a water leak, according to Superintendent of Catholic Schools Kimberlee Gazzolo. Only the school is closed today. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • CPSB: Precautionary lockdown lifted at LaGrange High School

    CPSB: Precautionary lockdown lifted at LaGrange High School

    Thursday, August 24 2017 1:06 PM EDT2017-08-24 17:06:26 GMT
    LaGrange High School (Source: Facebook)LaGrange High School (Source: Facebook)

    A precautionary lockdown has been lifted at LaGrange High School, Calcasieu Parish School Board spokeswoman Holly Holland said.

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    A precautionary lockdown has been lifted at LaGrange High School, Calcasieu Parish School Board spokeswoman Holly Holland said.

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  • TRAFFIC: Cameron Ferry back in service

    TRAFFIC: Cameron Ferry back in service

    Thursday, August 24 2017 11:11 AM EDT2017-08-24 15:11:12 GMT
    Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)

    The big Cameron Ferry is currently out of service. However, the small ferry is running. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The big Cameron Ferry is back in service. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Scheduled power outage for Beauregard Electric customers in Vernon Parish Aug. 25

    Scheduled power outage for Beauregard Electric customers in Vernon Parish Aug. 25

    Thursday, August 24 2017 9:43 AM EDT2017-08-24 13:43:29 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Beauregard Electric Co-op customers living in Anacoco will experience power outages beginning at 2 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25. CLECO will perform maintenance on power lines that feed the BECi Anacoco Substation. The outage will last approximately two hours. For more information, call 1-800-367-0275. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Beauregard Electric Co-op customers living in Anacoco will experience power outages beginning at 2 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25. CLECO will perform maintenance on power lines that feed the BECi Anacoco Substation. The outage will last approximately two hours. For more information, call 1-800-367-0275. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • VFW post honored as All-American Post

    VFW post honored as All-American Post

    Thursday, August 24 2017 4:58 AM EDT2017-08-24 08:58:04 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    Moss Bluff VFW Post 7321 is being honored for its service to the community. The post was recently honored by the National VFW as an All State All American Post.  "It's all due to our members getting out and working in the community for community service," said Charlie Woolridge, Post Commander. "That's a big part of being recognized by the state and by national." Many of the projects include promoting patriotism in schools, food distribution and helping othe...

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    Moss Bluff VFW Post 7321 is being honored for its service to the community. The post was recently honored by the National VFW as an All State All American Post.  "It's all due to our members getting out and working in the community for community service," said Charlie Woolridge, Post Commander. "That's a big part of being recognized by the state and by national." Many of the projects include promoting patriotism in schools, food distribution and helping othe...

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - South Cameron Tarpons

    TDL: Two-A-Days - South Cameron Tarpons

    Thursday, August 24 2017 12:20 AM EDT2017-08-24 04:20:40 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)
    There was some doubt surrounding the South Cameron football team coming into the season. The Tarpons were without a coach at the start of August and many worried about the player count. But in stepped former Johnson Bayou athletic director, Darryl Lee. "First day I was here we only had 11 show up," said Lee. "Then, we got to 16." And now the Tarpons will dress out 21. Lee, with the help of assistant coaches, Kerry Morrison and Brendan Tr...More >>
    There was some doubt surrounding the South Cameron football team coming into the season. The Tarpons were without a coach at the start of August and many worried about the player count. But in stepped former Johnson Bayou athletic director, Darryl Lee. "First day I was here we only had 11 show up," said Lee. "Then, we got to 16." And now the Tarpons will dress out 21. Lee, with the help of assistant coaches, Kerry Morrison and Brendan Tr...More >>
  • Westlake Mayor urges citizens to prepare for flooding

    Westlake Mayor urges citizens to prepare for flooding

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 6:19 PM EDT2017-08-23 22:19:19 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    Plenty of people in Southwest Louisiana feel as if they are having a recurring nightmare with all the rain and flooding. Still, local officials say it's no time to let down your guard. If you're having having deja vu  you're not alone. It was just May 3 when Sampson Street in Westlake looked more like a river than a road.  Mayor Bob Hardy is concerned about what the weather may bring over the coming days and urges citizens to prepare. "We're going to have a stor...

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    Plenty of people in Southwest Louisiana feel as if they are having a recurring nightmare with all the rain and flooding. Still, local officials say it's no time to let down your guard. If you're having having deja vu  you're not alone. It was just May 3 when Sampson Street in Westlake looked more like a river than a road.  Mayor Bob Hardy is concerned about what the weather may bring over the coming days and urges citizens to prepare. "We're going to have a stor...

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  • Touchdown Live Jamboree schedules

    Touchdown Live Jamboree schedules

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 3:56 PM EDT2017-08-23 19:56:29 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    With the start of the high school football season beginning next week, the teams get one last dress rehearsal with their jamboree game. Many local jamborees have had to switch up its date due to impending weather. List of the jamborees are below. All dates are subject to change. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    With the start of the high school football season beginning next week, the teams get one last dress rehearsal with their jamboree game. Many local jamborees have had to switch up its date due to impending weather. List of the jamborees are below. All dates are subject to change. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - East Beauregard Trojans

    TDL: Two-A-Days - East Beauregard Trojans

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 3:47 PM EDT2017-08-23 19:47:17 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    East Beauregard continued its impressive run under head coach Gordy Glaser in 2016. The Trojans have won at least eight games, each of the past four seasons. The Trojans will now face a tougher road to the playoffs with a bump up to class 2A. "These kids have stepped up. We're getting to see a lot through the practices so were excited with what we're seeing there. But we still have a lot of work to do though." East Beauregard brings back thirteen starters from last ye...More >>
    East Beauregard continued its impressive run under head coach Gordy Glaser in 2016. The Trojans have won at least eight games, each of the past four seasons. The Trojans will now face a tougher road to the playoffs with a bump up to class 2A. "These kids have stepped up. We're getting to see a lot through the practices so were excited with what we're seeing there. But we still have a lot of work to do though." East Beauregard brings back thirteen starters from last ye...More >>
  • New website adds convenience for those with disabilities

    New website adds convenience for those with disabilities

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 8:54 AM EDT2017-08-23 12:54:53 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    A new website aimed at providing resources to parents and caretakers for those with disabilities is launching this week.

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    A new website aimed at providing resources to parents and caretakers for those with disabilities is launching this week.

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Grand Lake Hornets

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Grand Lake Hornets

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 12:13 AM EDT2017-08-23 04:13:28 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)
    It's a tough process to build a football program. The Hornets of Grand Lake have found that out in the team's first four years of existence. "We have consistently increased our wins each and every year," said head coach Chad Lavergne. "Our kids are starting to learn the game and play a lot more physical, it's just that we half to find a way to finish strong and finish healthy." Last year was a season of building blocks for Grand Lake. Despite a 4-7 reco...More >>
    It's a tough process to build a football program. The Hornets of Grand Lake have found that out in the team's first four years of existence. "We have consistently increased our wins each and every year," said head coach Chad Lavergne. "Our kids are starting to learn the game and play a lot more physical, it's just that we half to find a way to finish strong and finish healthy." Last year was a season of building blocks for Grand Lake. Despite a 4-7 reco...More >>
  • Deputies discuss safe boating when towing tubes, skiers or others

    Deputies discuss safe boating when towing tubes, skiers or others

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 8:48 PM EDT2017-08-23 00:48:42 GMT

    The investigation continues into the death of a child, who died while tubing. When the driver of the boat turned, the tube hit the bank flinging three boys off. Boating safety efforts can prevent many accidents.  There are things to keep in mind if towing a tube, a skier, or other recreational equipment Though fun on the water is a huge part of Southwest Louisiana culture, it can turn tragic, if boaters towing someone don't know about something called the “slingshot e...

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    The investigation continues into the death of a child, who died while tubing. When the driver of the boat turned, the tube hit the bank flinging three boys off. Boating safety efforts can prevent many accidents.  There are things to keep in mind if towing a tube, a skier, or other recreational equipment Though fun on the water is a huge part of Southwest Louisiana culture, it can turn tragic, if boaters towing someone don't know about something called the “slingshot e...

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Oberlin Tigers

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Oberlin Tigers

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 8:01 PM EDT2017-08-23 00:01:06 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)
    What a difference a year has made for Oberlin. The Tigers entered 2016 with uncertainty, and now, Oberlin is on the prowl to defend its district title. "We know that we have a target on our back now, so you know that every practice is not just going to be laying around," said quarterback James Kirklin. "We're going to make every practice as hard as we can." The change for Oberlin a year ago, started with head coach Durell Peloquin. After seeing him...More >>
    What a difference a year has made for Oberlin. The Tigers entered 2016 with uncertainty, and now, Oberlin is on the prowl to defend its district title. "We know that we have a target on our back now, so you know that every practice is not just going to be laying around," said quarterback James Kirklin. "We're going to make every practice as hard as we can." The change for Oberlin a year ago, started with head coach Durell Peloquin. After seeing him...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Lake Arthur Tigers

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Lake Arthur Tigers

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:19 PM EDT2017-08-22 03:19:24 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The Lake Arthur Tigers are coming off a 5-6 season and lose a chunk of starters to graduation. The Tigers must now adapt.   "We have to replace a lot and we don't have a whole lot of experience. Main concern is depth, we don't have a whole lot of depth." "We had a lot of good seniors last year that helped us, but we do have some good guys stepping up and taking their sports this year and I think we're going to do alright with them." The Tigers were expected...More >>
    The Lake Arthur Tigers are coming off a 5-6 season and lose a chunk of starters to graduation. The Tigers must now adapt.   "We have to replace a lot and we don't have a whole lot of experience. Main concern is depth, we don't have a whole lot of depth." "We had a lot of good seniors last year that helped us, but we do have some good guys stepping up and taking their sports this year and I think we're going to do alright with them." The Tigers were expected...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - DeQuincy Tigers

    TDL: Two-A-Days - DeQuincy Tigers

    Monday, August 21 2017 7:27 PM EDT2017-08-21 23:27:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    2016 was good to the DeQuincy Tigers, as the team snapped a pair of losing streaks. DeQuincy posted a winning record for the first time since 2011, and picked up its first playoff victory since 1997. “We took another step in our program last year. One of the things we wanted to do was host a playoff game and win it and we did that. Then we were pretty competitive in the playoff game so we were happy. Never satisfied, but we were happy.” After graduating a number of ...More >>
    2016 was good to the DeQuincy Tigers, as the team snapped a pair of losing streaks. DeQuincy posted a winning record for the first time since 2011, and picked up its first playoff victory since 1997. “We took another step in our program last year. One of the things we wanted to do was host a playoff game and win it and we did that. Then we were pretty competitive in the playoff game so we were happy. Never satisfied, but we were happy.” After graduating a number of ...More >>
  • Old Spanish Trail reopening

    Old Spanish Trail reopening

    Monday, August 21 2017 7:04 PM EDT2017-08-21 23:04:04 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)
    A portion of Old Spanish Trail will reopen tonight at 7:30 after closing for a water line repair, according to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. The section of Old Spanish Trail between Water Tower and Prater Roads will reopen.  The road was closed due to emergency maintenance on a water line.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
    A portion of Old Spanish Trail will reopen tonight at 7:30 after closing for a water line repair, according to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. The section of Old Spanish Trail between Water Tower and Prater Roads will reopen.  The road was closed due to emergency maintenance on a water line.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
  • Police units donated to Westlake Police Department

    Police units donated to Westlake Police Department

    Monday, August 21 2017 5:25 PM EDT2017-08-21 21:25:04 GMT
    (Source: Westlake Police Department)(Source: Westlake Police Department)

    The Westlake Police Department received several donations today. Two new police cars were donated by Phillips 66 and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.  The donation of traffic cones, strike pads, gloves, and portable breath testing kits, as well as recent felony and high-risk traffic stop training, was made possible by Mike Willis and the employees of United States Deputy Sheriff's Association. A police unit and trailer were also donated by Kent Trucking. Copyright 2017 KPLC....

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    The Westlake Police Department received several donations today. Two new police cars were donated by Phillips 66 and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.  The donation of traffic cones, strike pads, gloves, and portable breath testing kits, as well as recent felony and high-risk traffic stop training, was made possible by Mike Willis and the employees of United States Deputy Sheriff's Association. A police unit and trailer were also donated by Kent Trucking. Copyright 2017 KPLC....

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  • Scheduled power outage in Jeff Davis Parish on Aug. 24

    Scheduled power outage in Jeff Davis Parish on Aug. 24

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:28 AM EDT2017-08-21 15:28:55 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The outage will last approximately 3 hours due to scheduled maintenance. 

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    The outage will last approximately 3 hours due to scheduled maintenance. 

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - St. Louis Saints

    TDL: Two-A-Days - St. Louis Saints

    Sunday, August 20 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-08-21 03:16:46 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The St. Louis Saints took a step back last year coming off a district title, posting just three wins. Simply put, St. Louis wasn't happy with 2016. "You have to learn in football to overcome adversity. I don't think we did a very good job of that. It starts with me, I take fault for that. It's not going to happen again. Our standards are high here and they are going to continue to be high as long as we're here." If the Saints re-emerge in the district race this season, it'...More >>
    The St. Louis Saints took a step back last year coming off a district title, posting just three wins. Simply put, St. Louis wasn't happy with 2016. "You have to learn in football to overcome adversity. I don't think we did a very good job of that. It starts with me, I take fault for that. It's not going to happen again. Our standards are high here and they are going to continue to be high as long as we're here." If the Saints re-emerge in the district race this season, it'...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Barbe Buccaneers

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Barbe Buccaneers

    Sunday, August 20 2017 2:24 PM EDT2017-08-20 18:24:38 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The Barbe Bucs have been on one heck of a streak since 2008 as the Bucs have averaged over 9 wins per season during that stretch. That run continued last year as the Bucs posted nine wins behind a strong senior class. But now the Bucs must face life post Gavin Nettles, Kirkland Banks and Nate Briscoe. "The class we had last year, was an exceptional class. They were a very good group of kids and very successful. The way we practice and the way we prepare, those younger guys are r...More >>
    The Barbe Bucs have been on one heck of a streak since 2008 as the Bucs have averaged over 9 wins per season during that stretch. That run continued last year as the Bucs posted nine wins behind a strong senior class. But now the Bucs must face life post Gavin Nettles, Kirkland Banks and Nate Briscoe. "The class we had last year, was an exceptional class. They were a very good group of kids and very successful. The way we practice and the way we prepare, those younger guys are r...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Leesville Wampus Cats

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Leesville Wampus Cats

    Saturday, August 19 2017 6:21 PM EDT2017-08-19 22:21:27 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Leesville won a co-district title and took home a playoff victory in 2016, to the surprise of many-- even its coach.  "Year one was probably a little bit faster than what we thought in terms of wins coming in, considering we came in so late. We were very pleased with how well the kids bought into the program and what we are trying to do. We stole a couple of wins we probably shouldn't have had, but it's a way to build." Now the Wampus Cats are re-t...More >>
    Leesville won a co-district title and took home a playoff victory in 2016, to the surprise of many-- even its coach.  "Year one was probably a little bit faster than what we thought in terms of wins coming in, considering we came in so late. We were very pleased with how well the kids bought into the program and what we are trying to do. We stole a couple of wins we probably shouldn't have had, but it's a way to build." Now the Wampus Cats are re-t...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Sam Houston Broncos

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Sam Houston Broncos

    Friday, August 18 2017 9:27 PM EDT2017-08-19 01:27:55 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)
    Change is on the horizon at Sam Houston. The Broncos hired former Barbe offensive coordinator Chad Paulk to help this program take the next step in class 5A. "I think it is a fresh start. The last few years have been a little rocky at times," Paulk said. "The team wasn't in shambles, Coach Egg left this program in great shape. What I said early on is that we need a spark, and I think we are doing that right now." And that spark, Paulk believes, comes fr...More >>
    Change is on the horizon at Sam Houston. The Broncos hired former Barbe offensive coordinator Chad Paulk to help this program take the next step in class 5A. "I think it is a fresh start. The last few years have been a little rocky at times," Paulk said. "The team wasn't in shambles, Coach Egg left this program in great shape. What I said early on is that we need a spark, and I think we are doing that right now." And that spark, Paulk believes, comes fr...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Pickering Red Devils

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Pickering Red Devils

    Friday, August 18 2017 7:48 PM EDT2017-08-18 23:48:22 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The Pickering Red Devils finished 2016 with a solid 8-4 record, and a playoff win, but this year the Red Devils deal with attrition. But, with a familiar face in new head coach, Eddie Thomas, Pickering hopes to have continued success. "This is my 30th year. I was the defensive coordinator for 22 of my 30 years. I was the men's basketball coach for 10 years, and we were pretty successful. I hope to carry on the same tradition that we had there." "We did lose a lot of t...More >>
    The Pickering Red Devils finished 2016 with a solid 8-4 record, and a playoff win, but this year the Red Devils deal with attrition. But, with a familiar face in new head coach, Eddie Thomas, Pickering hopes to have continued success. "This is my 30th year. I was the defensive coordinator for 22 of my 30 years. I was the men's basketball coach for 10 years, and we were pretty successful. I hope to carry on the same tradition that we had there." "We did lose a lot of t...More >>
  • Elizabeth boil advisory lifted

    Elizabeth boil advisory lifted

    Friday, August 18 2017 12:22 PM EDT2017-08-18 16:22:38 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The water boil advisory for the Village of Elizabeth has been lifted, city officials announced Friday morning. The advisory had been issued by the city on Wednesday. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The water boil advisory for the Village of Elizabeth has been lifted, city officials announced Friday morning. The advisory had been issued by the city on Wednesday. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - LaGrange Gators

    TDL: Two-A-Days - LaGrange Gators

    Friday, August 18 2017 12:48 AM EDT2017-08-18 04:48:21 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)
    After a six year stint in class 4A, the LaGrange Gators make a return to the state's highest classification, 5A. "We are just trying to make sure that we touch up on the things that maybe we laxed on a little bit in the 4A classification," said head coach Jules Sullen. "Going into it, I think our kids are excited, our coaches are excited and we just know that it's going to take it one day at a time, and we're looking forward to the challenge." "It'...More >>
    After a six year stint in class 4A, the LaGrange Gators make a return to the state's highest classification, 5A. "We are just trying to make sure that we touch up on the things that maybe we laxed on a little bit in the 4A classification," said head coach Jules Sullen. "Going into it, I think our kids are excited, our coaches are excited and we just know that it's going to take it one day at a time, and we're looking forward to the challenge." "It'...More >>
  • I Wanna Know: Why don't they cut the grass?

    I Wanna Know: Why don't they cut the grass?

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:01 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:01:31 GMT

    High grass and weeds can be hiding places for pests like rodents and snakes, and they can breed mosquitoes. That's why Lake Charles resident Raymond LeDay wants to know why billion-dollar company Entergy doesn't cut its grass. The Southeast corner of Highway 171 and Fitzenreiter Road is a large tract of land. Much, if not most of it, is owned by Entergy.

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    High grass and weeds can be hiding places for pests like rodents and snakes, and they can breed mosquitoes. That's why Lake Charles resident Raymond LeDay wants to know why billion-dollar company Entergy doesn't cut its grass. The Southeast corner of Highway 171 and Fitzenreiter Road is a large tract of land. Much, if not most of it, is owned by Entergy.

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  • Music collector remembers the day Elvis died 40 years ago

    Music collector remembers the day Elvis died 40 years ago

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-08-18 00:16:26 GMT

    It may not be the largest collection of Elvis recordings in the world, but it's certainly one Gary Doucet is proud of. 

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    It may not be the largest collection of Elvis recordings in the world, but it's certainly one Gary Doucet is proud of. 

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - South Beauregard Golden Knights

    TDL: Two-A-Days - South Beauregard Golden Knights

    Thursday, August 17 2017 6:38 PM EDT2017-08-17 22:38:03 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)
    The Golden Knights of South Beauregard have made a name for themselves the past few seasons, and it's started on offense. The grinder at running back has been the team's identity. Former safety Braedan James, is next in line. "It's a tradition definitely. I think I can continue that tradition under Hudler," said James. "I think I can go for 2000 yards like Shea Holland did a couple of years ago and Matt Uhlik almost did last year." James' speed and pow...More >>
    The Golden Knights of South Beauregard have made a name for themselves the past few seasons, and it's started on offense. The grinder at running back has been the team's identity. Former safety Braedan James, is next in line. "It's a tradition definitely. I think I can continue that tradition under Hudler," said James. "I think I can go for 2000 yards like Shea Holland did a couple of years ago and Matt Uhlik almost did last year." James' speed and pow...More >>
  • Boil advisory issued for parts of Beauregard Parish

    Boil advisory issued for parts of Beauregard Parish

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:47 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:47:30 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish has issued a boil advisory for customers located on the following roads in the Ragley area: Hunt Road, Gimnick Road, Pascal LeBleu Road, Bill LeBleu Road, George Smart Road, Ray Sanders Road, Elroy Sittig Road, Craft Road, Sophie Craft Road, Atwood Daniels Road, and Louis Burnett Road. For any further questions, please call 337-725-3000.

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    Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish has issued a boil advisory for customers located on the following roads in the Ragley area: Hunt Road, Gimnick Road, Pascal LeBleu Road, Bill LeBleu Road, George Smart Road, Ray Sanders Road, Elroy Sittig Road, Craft Road, Sophie Craft Road, Atwood Daniels Road, and Louis Burnett Road. For any further questions, please call 337-725-3000.

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  • South Cameron hires Darryl Lee as head football coach

    South Cameron hires Darryl Lee as head football coach

    Thursday, August 17 2017 4:46 PM EDT2017-08-17 20:46:33 GMT
    (Source: Darryl Lee/Facebook)(Source: Darryl Lee/Facebook)
    The South Cameron Tarpons have hired former Johnson Bayou athletic director Darryl Lee as its head football coach. Lee also served as the head boys and girls basketball coach during his time with the Rebels. Lee is coming out of retirement to accept the South Cameron job. He had previously spent more than 20 years coaching middle school football in Bossier City, LA. Lee said he'll run a similar system on offense and defense as the previous coaching staffs.  Copyright...More >>
    The South Cameron Tarpons have hired former Johnson Bayou athletic director Darryl Lee as its head football coach. Lee also served as the head boys and girls basketball coach during his time with the Rebels. Lee is coming out of retirement to accept the South Cameron job. He had previously spent more than 20 years coaching middle school football in Bossier City, LA. Lee said he'll run a similar system on offense and defense as the previous coaching staffs.  Copyright...More >>
  • Trash pickup rescheduled for Sulphur

    Trash pickup rescheduled for Sulphur

    Thursday, August 17 2017 2:22 PM EDT2017-08-17 18:22:55 GMT
    (Source: Progressive Waste)(Source: Progressive Waste)

    Trash pickup has been rescheduled in Sulphur this week for Progressive customers, the City of Sulphur has announced.  The pickup schedule may be delayed up to a day and a half through Saturday, Aug.19. Trash pickup normally scheduled for Wednesday may be picked up on Thursday. Pickup normally scheduled for Thursday may be picked up Friday. Pickup normally scheduled for Friday may be picked up Saturday. Residents are advised to still place their trash out on their schedule...

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    Trash pickup has been rescheduled in Sulphur this week for Progressive customers, the City of Sulphur has announced.  The pickup schedule may be delayed up to a day and a half through Saturday, Aug.19. Trash pickup normally scheduled for Wednesday may be picked up on Thursday. Pickup normally scheduled for Thursday may be picked up Friday. Pickup normally scheduled for Friday may be picked up Saturday. Residents are advised to still place their trash out on their schedule...

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Elton Indians

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Elton Indians

    Thursday, August 17 2017 1:38 PM EDT2017-08-17 17:38:31 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    2016 resulted in a .500 season and a first-round playoff victory for the Elton Indians. This year, the goal is to get further.     "We're expecting a little more out of them this year and it all started with the off season and the summer workouts. The summer workouts have been the best we've had in 5 years." The Indians' have the groundwork laid for the upcoming season with returning starters, it's just about how far they'll take it. "We were 6-6 last year, ...

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    2016 resulted in a .500 season and a first-round playoff victory for the Elton Indians. This year, the goal is to get further.     "We're expecting a little more out of them this year and it all started with the off season and the summer workouts. The summer workouts have been the best we've had in 5 years." The Indians' have the groundwork laid for the upcoming season with returning starters, it's just about how far they'll take it. "We were 6-6 last year, ...

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  • Doll maker donates her work to Oasis Women's Shelter

    Doll maker donates her work to Oasis Women's Shelter

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:17 AM EDT2017-08-17 12:17:10 GMT

    Children staying at the Oasis Women's Shelter will be getting a gift from a former Sweetlake resident in the coming days. Jeanne LaVergne is putting the final touches on some 50 dolls she's made at her new home at Tower Oaks Apartments. The 75-year-old Sweetlake native wanted to do something for children at the local women's shelter. "When my husband died in September of 2015, his check was cut off and I didn't have financial help," said LaVergne. She didn't know how she w...

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    Children staying at the Oasis Women's Shelter will be getting a gift from a former Sweetlake resident in the coming days. Jeanne LaVergne is putting the final touches on some 50 dolls she's made at her new home at Tower Oaks Apartments. The 75-year-old Sweetlake native wanted to do something for children at the local women's shelter. "When my husband died in September of 2015, his check was cut off and I didn't have financial help," said LaVergne. She didn't know how she w...

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  • Safety Seat Check event being held in Sulphur

    Safety Seat Check event being held in Sulphur

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:06 AM EDT2017-08-17 12:06:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Sulphur Police Department will be hosting a free child safety seat check event this Saturday, Aug. 16, 2017, according to Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesman. The event will be held at the West Cal Event Center from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Parents will be able to speak with a technician or law enforcement officer who will demonstrate how to correctly use the safety seat, and make sure the child is in the right seat for his/her height and ...

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    Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Sulphur Police Department will be hosting a free child safety seat check event this Saturday, Aug. 16, 2017, according to Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesman. The event will be held at the West Cal Event Center from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Parents will be able to speak with a technician or law enforcement officer who will demonstrate how to correctly use the safety seat, and make sure the child is in the right seat for his/her height and ...

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Westlake Rams

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Westlake Rams

    Thursday, August 17 2017 12:03 AM EDT2017-08-17 04:03:37 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)
    The Rams under Phil Fontenot have posted back-to-back two win seasons, but this year the coaching staff believes Westlake finally takes a step forward. "This is a football town and they know that it was going to take a little time," said Fontenot, "but we did circle year three as being the year we felt like we could compete." "You need older kids that have been in the weight room for three to four years and we are finally getting that at Westlake. ...More >>
    The Rams under Phil Fontenot have posted back-to-back two win seasons, but this year the coaching staff believes Westlake finally takes a step forward. "This is a football town and they know that it was going to take a little time," said Fontenot, "but we did circle year three as being the year we felt like we could compete." "You need older kids that have been in the weight room for three to four years and we are finally getting that at Westlake. ...More >>
  • Groundbreaking for $200 million housing development

    Groundbreaking for $200 million housing development

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-08-17 00:16:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Groundbreaking for a huge housing Development in Iowa. The Sugarcane Townes development will cost about $200 million, making it one of the largest developments ever in Southwest Louisiana.

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    Groundbreaking for a huge housing Development in Iowa. The Sugarcane Townes development will cost about $200 million, making it one of the largest developments ever in Southwest Louisiana.

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  • LEGAL CORNER: If my landlord posted a 5-day notice to vacate do I have to have all my stuff out in 5 days?

    LEGAL CORNER: If my landlord posted a 5-day notice to vacate do I have to have all my stuff out in 5 days?

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 4:38 PM EDT2017-08-16 20:38:17 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. QUESTION: My landlord posted a five-day Notice to Vacate on my door because I was a little late with the rent. Does that mean I have to have all my stuff out in five days? Proper procedure must be followed.  When the tenant breaches the lease agreement (i.e., fails to pay rent), the landlord must first deliver a written Notice to Vacate to the tenant.  This notice gives the tenant five days, not counting weekends or h...

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. QUESTION: My landlord posted a five-day Notice to Vacate on my door because I was a little late with the rent. Does that mean I have to have all my stuff out in five days? Proper procedure must be followed.  When the tenant breaches the lease agreement (i.e., fails to pay rent), the landlord must first deliver a written Notice to Vacate to the tenant.  This notice gives the tenant five days, not counting weekends or h...

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  • Sheriff's Office: Texas man wanted for trespassing on residential property

    Sheriff's Office: Texas man wanted for trespassing on residential property

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 4:37 PM EDT2017-08-16 20:37:13 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Texas man is wanted for trespassing on a residential property in Starks, according to Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.  James F. Connolly, 47, of Vidor, Texas, was caught on surveillance video approaching the front door to the home, walking around the property, and eventually entering a shop on the property. The footage also showed Connolly was armed with a gun, said Myers.  A warrant has been issued for Connolly and he is being...

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    A Texas man is wanted for trespassing on a residential property in Starks, according to Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.  James F. Connolly, 47, of Vidor, Texas, was caught on surveillance video approaching the front door to the home, walking around the property, and eventually entering a shop on the property. The footage also showed Connolly was armed with a gun, said Myers.  A warrant has been issued for Connolly and he is being...

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Lake Charles College Prep Trailblazers

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Lake Charles College Prep Trailblazers

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 12:14 AM EDT2017-08-16 04:14:22 GMT
    (Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)(Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)
    2016 was historic for Lake Charles College Prep. The Trailblazers not only won their first game, but also took home the school's first playoff victory.   "Every year we've gotten better and kids experience-wise have gotten stronger and faster," said head coach Erick Franklin. "I think this year is going to be one of our better years from a skill standpoint."   Heading into the team's third year of existence, LCCP will now have senior leader...More >>
    2016 was historic for Lake Charles College Prep. The Trailblazers not only won their first game, but also took home the school's first playoff victory.   "Every year we've gotten better and kids experience-wise have gotten stronger and faster," said head coach Erick Franklin. "I think this year is going to be one of our better years from a skill standpoint."   Heading into the team's third year of existence, LCCP will now have senior leader...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Iota Bulldogs

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Iota Bulldogs

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 8:02 PM EDT2017-08-16 00:02:15 GMT
    (Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)(Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)
    For a program that owns just three wins since the 2012 season, Iota remains confident in its rebuild-- even though injuries derailed the Bulldogs in 2016.   "By week two, we had six starters out on offense and a couple more on defense," said head coach Josh Andrus. "So if we can stay healthy, that's gonna be  the biggest thing." "A 2-8 season, I think we're better than that record indicates."  Iota returns a lot of experien...More >>
    For a program that owns just three wins since the 2012 season, Iota remains confident in its rebuild-- even though injuries derailed the Bulldogs in 2016.   "By week two, we had six starters out on offense and a couple more on defense," said head coach Josh Andrus. "So if we can stay healthy, that's gonna be  the biggest thing." "A 2-8 season, I think we're better than that record indicates."  Iota returns a lot of experien...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Washington-Marion Charging Indians

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Washington-Marion Charging Indians

    Monday, August 14 2017 11:57 PM EDT2017-08-15 03:57:44 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)

    Washington-Marion charges into 2017 with a goal to post a winning season for the first time in four years. Indians head coach Freddie Harrison thinks all the bumps and bruises of the past, will finally pay off. "Those guys are experienced under the lights and they know what to expect," said Harrison. 

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    Washington-Marion charges into 2017 with a goal to post a winning season for the first time in four years. Indians head coach Freddie Harrison thinks all the bumps and bruises of the past, will finally pay off. "Those guys are experienced under the lights and they know what to expect," said Harrison. 

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Hamilton Christian Warriors

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Hamilton Christian Warriors

    Monday, August 14 2017 8:47 PM EDT2017-08-15 00:47:12 GMT
    (Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)(Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)

    Following a disappointing 2-8 season, and the resignation of its coach, Hamilton Christian looked to hire its third coach in three years. The team found new leadership in former Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston.  Vaughn Eggleston: “These kids they were already working hard. So just looking forward to the challenge of the season a new district puts in front of us.” The Warriors earned back-to-back district titles, but fell from that spot last year.

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    Following a disappointing 2-8 season, and the resignation of its coach, Hamilton Christian looked to hire its third coach in three years. The team found new leadership in former Sam Houston coach Vaughn Eggleston.  Vaughn Eggleston: “These kids they were already working hard. So just looking forward to the challenge of the season a new district puts in front of us.” The Warriors earned back-to-back district titles, but fell from that spot last year.

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Iowa Yellow Jackets

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Iowa Yellow Jackets

    Sunday, August 13 2017 11:22 PM EDT2017-08-14 03:22:44 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    "We’re trying to be just as good as we were last year, or even better.” 2016 was a season to remember for Iowa. The Jackets swept the district for the title and made a run to the quarterfinals for a 2nd straight year. Despite nine starters returning, the leadership will have to be replaced on offense.  “The two guys that we lost, Joseph Figueroa and Andre Sam was kind of the heartbeat of our team. That’s two guys that you just don’t go out and...More >>
    "We’re trying to be just as good as we were last year, or even better.” 2016 was a season to remember for Iowa. The Jackets swept the district for the title and made a run to the quarterfinals for a 2nd straight year. Despite nine starters returning, the leadership will have to be replaced on offense.  “The two guys that we lost, Joseph Figueroa and Andre Sam was kind of the heartbeat of our team. That’s two guys that you just don’t go out and...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Welsh Greyhounds

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Welsh Greyhounds

    Sunday, August 13 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-08-13 20:58:36 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    It's rare for a team to finish a regular season 10-0, and yet still feel like expectations were not met. For Welsh, 2016 was just that. After downing Kinder for the district title, the Greyhounds fell in the second round of the playoffs.  "We had success during the season but we were still making mistakes against teams that we were just better than. We get into the playoffs and we made those mistakes and it cost us. It was a hard lesson and it made for a long off-season and...

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    It's rare for a team to finish a regular season 10-0, and yet still feel like expectations were not met. For Welsh, 2016 was just that. After downing Kinder for the district title, the Greyhounds fell in the second round of the playoffs.  "We had success during the season but we were still making mistakes against teams that we were just better than. We get into the playoffs and we made those mistakes and it cost us. It was a hard lesson and it made for a long off-season and...

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  • Offense Shines in LSU's Preseason game of Training Camp

    Offense Shines in LSU's Preseason game of Training Camp

    Sunday, August 13 2017 1:35 PM EDT2017-08-13 17:35:42 GMT
    (Source: LSU)(Source: LSU)
    BATON ROUGE – Derrius Guice rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown, while Darrel Williams added 76 yards and a pair of TDs as the Tiger offense put together an impressive performance here during LSU’s second “preseason game” of training camp on Saturday afternoon in Tiger Stadium. “We just completed a fantastic preseason game No. 2,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said following the workout. “I thought our guys were highly spirited and prepared. I though...More >>
    BATON ROUGE – Derrius Guice rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown, while Darrel Williams added 76 yards and a pair of TDs as the Tiger offense put together an impressive performance here during LSU’s second “preseason game” of training camp on Saturday afternoon in Tiger Stadium. “We just completed a fantastic preseason game No. 2,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said following the workout. “I thought our guys were highly spirited and prepared. I though...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Vinton Lions

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Vinton Lions

    Saturday, August 12 2017 11:39 PM EDT2017-08-13 03:39:09 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    It's no secret the Vinton Lions possess the area's top offensive player. Running back Tony St. Julien has made a name for himself this year, going from relative unknown, to four star prospect.  "I'm a utility, I play everywhere. Defense, offense, kick return, special teams, everything." Lions aim to once again lean on the legs of TSJ, after totaling over 3,000 yards the past two seasons. But in 2017, Vinton will move from under center, to the shotgun, running the spre...More >>
    It's no secret the Vinton Lions possess the area's top offensive player. Running back Tony St. Julien has made a name for himself this year, going from relative unknown, to four star prospect.  "I'm a utility, I play everywhere. Defense, offense, kick return, special teams, everything." Lions aim to once again lean on the legs of TSJ, after totaling over 3,000 yards the past two seasons. But in 2017, Vinton will move from under center, to the shotgun, running the spre...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Jennings Bulldogs

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Jennings Bulldogs

    Saturday, August 12 2017 9:34 PM EDT2017-08-13 01:34:25 GMT

    "I think every year we come in with the expectations around here with the tradition and stuff to put really good football teams on the field, and I don't think this year is any different." Make no bones about it, Jennings will miss four-star running back Travis Etienne, who totaled nearly 9,000 yards in his prep career. But the Bulldogs have the athletes to fill the void.  "Defense wins games. Defense matters every game, but with Travis we were able to outscore m...

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    "I think every year we come in with the expectations around here with the tradition and stuff to put really good football teams on the field, and I don't think this year is any different." Make no bones about it, Jennings will miss four-star running back Travis Etienne, who totaled nearly 9,000 yards in his prep career. But the Bulldogs have the athletes to fill the void.  "Defense wins games. Defense matters every game, but with Travis we were able to outscore m...

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Merryville Panthers

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Merryville Panthers

    Saturday, August 12 2017 12:00 AM EDT2017-08-12 04:00:39 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)

    It's been a few years since Merryville felt stability on its coaching staff. Randy Jones is aiming to provide that. "A lot of the years the coaches haven't been here for us and they always vanish," said linebacker Ethan Thompson. 

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    It's been a few years since Merryville felt stability on its coaching staff. Randy Jones is aiming to provide that. "A lot of the years the coaches haven't been here for us and they always vanish," said linebacker Ethan Thompson. 

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Oakdale Warriors

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Oakdale Warriors

    Friday, August 11 2017 10:41 PM EDT2017-08-12 02:41:17 GMT
    (Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)(Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)

    The Oakdale Warriors haven't experienced a winning season in six years. This season, they hope to remedy that. "We've had a couple .500 seasons, you know 6-6, second round playoff losses. We lost last year first round and it left a bad taste in our mouths. We think we were better than that, but we didn't prove it," said head coach Randall Gordon. 

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    The Oakdale Warriors haven't experienced a winning season in six years. This season, they hope to remedy that. "We've had a couple .500 seasons, you know 6-6, second round playoff losses. We lost last year first round and it left a bad taste in our mouths. We think we were better than that, but we didn't prove it," said head coach Randall Gordon. 

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  • Mosquitoes on the rise as on-and-off rain continues

    Mosquitoes on the rise as on-and-off rain continues

    Friday, August 11 2017 7:43 PM EDT2017-08-11 23:43:35 GMT
    Mosquito (Source: KPLC)Mosquito (Source: KPLC)

    Mosquito counts are going up. To prevent a major hatch off in your own back yard, it's important to try to eliminate standing water around your house. 

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    Mosquito counts are going up. To prevent a major hatch off in your own back yard, it's important to try to eliminate standing water around your house. 

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  • Back-to-school: Events and supply drives in SWLA

    Back-to-school: Events and supply drives in SWLA

    Friday, August 11 2017 6:55 PM EDT2017-08-11 22:55:21 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The first day of school is coming up soon, and many organizations are holding back-to-school supply event and supply drives to help get everyone ready. If you have an event that you would like on this page, email news@kplctv.com 

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    The first day of school is coming up soon, and many organizations are holding back-to-school supply event and supply drives to help get everyone ready. If you have an event that you would like on this page, email news@kplctv.com 

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  • Calcasieu responders spreading school zone awareness Friday and Monday

    Calcasieu responders spreading school zone awareness Friday and Monday

    Friday, August 11 2017 1:00 PM EDT2017-08-11 17:00:47 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Law enforcement officers serving Calcasieu Parish will be out Friday and Monday reminding motorists to be aware of school zones, in anticipation of the 2017-2018 public school year beginning Tuesday, August 15.

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    Law enforcement officers serving Calcasieu Parish will be out Friday and Monday reminding motorists to be aware of school zones, in anticipation of the 2017-2018 public school year beginning Tuesday, August 15.

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  • Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

    Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

    Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

    Friday, August 11 2017 10:17 AM EDT2017-08-11 14:17:04 GMT
    Perseid Meteor ShowerPerseid Meteor Shower
    A treat in the sky awaits tonight as the best meteor shower show of the year returns. The Perseid meteor shower rarely disappoints as long as the weather cooperates which may be a factor for some spots if clouds linger into the overnight. The moon will also be bright which could limit viewing tonight as the shower show peaks overnight with the best time to view is right before midnight through the pre-dawn hours of Saturday where as many as 50 to 80 meteors per hour. The meteor show...More >>
    A treat in the sky awaits tonight as the best meteor shower show of the year returns. The Perseid meteor shower rarely disappoints as long as the weather cooperates which may be a factor for some spots if clouds linger into the overnight. The moon will also be bright which could limit viewing tonight as the shower show peaks overnight with the best time to view is right before midnight through the pre-dawn hours of Saturday where as many as 50 to 80 meteors per hour. The meteor show...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - DeRidder Dragons

    TDL: Two-A-Days - DeRidder Dragons

    Friday, August 11 2017 12:19 AM EDT2017-08-11 04:19:16 GMT
    (Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)(Source: Brady Renard/KPLC)

    For the first time in five seasons, DeRidder enters a new year off a losing record. The Dragons snapped their streak of four straight playoff appearances in 2016. But with a new season, comes new beginnings. 

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    For the first time in five seasons, DeRidder enters a new year off a losing record. The Dragons snapped their streak of four straight playoff appearances in 2016. But with a new season, comes new beginnings. 

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Kinder Yellow Jackets

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Kinder Yellow Jackets

    Thursday, August 10 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-08-10 23:51:37 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    High expectations are nothing new to the Kinder Yellow Jackets who've made trips to the dome in three of the past four seasons. This senior class is a group that’s won 38 games in their three years, so they’ve had a lot of success.  

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    High expectations are nothing new to the Kinder Yellow Jackets who've made trips to the dome in three of the past four seasons. This senior class is a group that’s won 38 games in their three years, so they’ve had a lot of success.  

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  • Village of Elizabeth under boil advisory: Horseshoe Drive ONLY

    Village of Elizabeth under boil advisory: Horseshoe Drive ONLY

    Thursday, August 10 2017 11:50 AM EDT2017-08-10 15:50:55 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    The Village of Elizabeth's water had to be shut off this afternoon for all customers. A water line was damaged during the village's ongoing water improvement construction project. The water was shut off for immediate repair. When water is restored, customers should boil their water before consumption until further notice. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Village of Elizabeth's water had to be shut off this afternoon for all customers. A water line was damaged during the village's ongoing water improvement construction project. The water was shut off for immediate repair. When water is restored, customers should boil their water before consumption until further notice. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Cold War veteran served at White Sands during missile testing

    Cold War veteran served at White Sands during missile testing

    Thursday, August 10 2017 4:25 AM EDT2017-08-10 08:25:51 GMT
    Donald FaulkDonald Faulk
    Donald Faulk was drafted during the days of the Cold War in the late 1950s. He found himself in White Sands, New Mexico testing missiles.   "We were assigned to review the repair equipment that repaired the missiles to make sure that they accepted the radar signals," said Faulk. "They fired missiles on a continuous basis. In fact, they had Von Braun, the engineer from Germany, they came down and were shooting V2 missiles there at the White Sands range."  ...More >>
    Donald Faulk was drafted during the days of the Cold War in the late 1950s. He found himself in White Sands, New Mexico testing missiles.   "We were assigned to review the repair equipment that repaired the missiles to make sure that they accepted the radar signals," said Faulk. "They fired missiles on a continuous basis. In fact, they had Von Braun, the engineer from Germany, they came down and were shooting V2 missiles there at the White Sands range."  ...More >>
  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Sulphur Golden Tors

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Sulphur Golden Tors

    Thursday, August 10 2017 12:29 AM EDT2017-08-10 04:29:39 GMT
    (Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)(Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)

    The Sulphur Golden Tors are coming off their best season in nearly a decade. A co-district championship coupled with a playoff victory, gives the Tors confidence to stay cooking in 2017.

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    The Sulphur Golden Tors are coming off their best season in nearly a decade. A co-district championship coupled with a playoff victory, gives the Tors confidence to stay cooking in 2017.

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  • TDL: Two-A-Days - Rosepine Eagles

    TDL: Two-A-Days - Rosepine Eagles

    Wednesday, August 9 2017 8:53 PM EDT2017-08-10 00:53:37 GMT
    (Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)(Source: Taylor Verrico/KPLC)

    With just one win over the last two seasons, it's easy to have doubts. For the Rosepine Eagles, 2016 is a chance to build off last year's growing pains. "Every football season no matter if you were 0-10, everybody comes out like it's this is going to be their year and that's one of the great things about football," said head coach Danny Cain. "I think we can do better, but we had a lot of guys get hurt and there all back now," admitted safety Cade Ledet

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    With just one win over the last two seasons, it's easy to have doubts. For the Rosepine Eagles, 2016 is a chance to build off last year's growing pains. "Every football season no matter if you were 0-10, everybody comes out like it's this is going to be their year and that's one of the great things about football," said head coach Danny Cain. "I think we can do better, but we had a lot of guys get hurt and there all back now," admitted safety Cade Ledet

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  • Police juror getting attention for curt remark to citizen

    Police juror getting attention for curt remark to citizen

    Tuesday, August 8 2017 8:59 PM EDT2017-08-09 00:59:11 GMT

    Sometimes it's not what you say, but how you say it. And a Calcasieu Police juror is getting attention for a comment made in an email to a constituent. Yet  juror Judd Bares offers no apologies. 

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    Sometimes it's not what you say, but how you say it. And a Calcasieu Police juror is getting attention for a comment made in an email to a constituent. Yet  juror Judd Bares offers no apologies. 

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  • UPDATE: Arrest made in connection with shooting death of 14-year-old in Lafayette

    UPDATE: Arrest made in connection with shooting death of 14-year-old in Lafayette

    Tuesday, August 8 2017 12:27 PM EDT2017-08-08 16:27:39 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    The Lafayette Police Department is working on a homicide investigation early this morning.

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    The Lafayette Police Department is working on a homicide investigation early this morning.

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  • PHOTOS: Boundless Pennies 'flock' Dr. John Noble's business

    PHOTOS: Boundless Pennies 'flock' Dr. John Noble's business

    Tuesday, August 8 2017 11:53 AM EDT2017-08-08 15:53:36 GMT
    (Source: Mona DeFries)(Source: Mona DeFries)

    A non-profit organization 'Boundless Pennies' happened to be 'flocking' people at the time with yard flamingo as a fundraiser, so a local couple paid them to 'flock' his business.

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    A non-profit organization 'Boundless Pennies' happened to be 'flocking' people at the time with yard flamingo as a fundraiser, so a local couple paid them to 'flock' his business.

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  • Legal Corner: Does reduced rent absolve my landlord from paying for repairs?

    Legal Corner: Does reduced rent absolve my landlord from paying for repairs?

    Monday, August 7 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-08-07 16:58:16 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I've been crossing over my neighbor’s land, with their permission, for several years to get to the highway. A business recently purchased the land, and it appears they are building a fence across the area I normally cross. Can I enforce the old agreement with the new owner? Normally, verbal agreements regarding immovable property are not binding. So, any verbal permission can be withdrawn. But there may be other legal grounds ...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I've been crossing over my neighbor’s land, with their permission, for several years to get to the highway. A business recently purchased the land, and it appears they are building a fence across the area I normally cross. Can I enforce the old agreement with the new owner? Normally, verbal agreements regarding immovable property are not binding. So, any verbal permission can be withdrawn. But there may be other legal grounds ...More >>
  • Survey to help La. small business owners with 2016 flood damage begins this week

    Survey to help La. small business owners with 2016 flood damage begins this week

    Monday, August 7 2017 5:55 AM EDT2017-08-07 09:55:56 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    The Restore Louisiana flood recovery program wants to hear from small businesses that were damaged in the flooding of March and August of 2016.

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    The Restore Louisiana flood recovery program wants to hear from small businesses that were damaged in the flooding of March and August of 2016.

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  • 7-in-Seven Countdown: Top 2018 high school prospects

    7-in-Seven Countdown: Top 2018 high school prospects

    Sunday, August 6 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-08-07 00:21:19 GMT
    (SOURCE: KPLC)(SOURCE: KPLC)

    We are just one week away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days high school previews and to get ready, we wrap up our 7-in-Seven countdown. We finish the countdown with the top seven 2018 high school prospects. If a player is left off the list or an offer isn't reported on the page, please send an e-mail to sports@kplctv.com. Honorable mention will be released on Sunday. **The stars are based off of recruiting services 247Sports, Rivals and Scout.** 7. Nicholas Sander...

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    We are just one week away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days high school previews and to get ready, we wrap up our 7-in-Seven countdown. We finish the countdown with the top seven 2018 high school prospects. If a player is left off the list or an offer isn't reported on the page, please send an e-mail to sports@kplctv.com. Honorable mention will be released on Sunday. **The stars are based off of recruiting services 247Sports, Rivals and Scout.** 7. Nicholas Sander...

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  • Annual state sales tax holiday continues through Saturday

    Annual state sales tax holiday continues through Saturday

    Saturday, August 5 2017 10:25 AM EDT2017-08-05 14:25:47 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    The annual Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday is this Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5.

    During the holiday most purchases of personal items such as electronics, furniture, and clothing will only have a state sales tax of 3 percent. The sales tax exemption is only good for the first $2,500 of the sales price or cost price of any purchase of an eligible item. 

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    The annual Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday is this Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5.

    During the holiday most purchases of personal items such as electronics, furniture, and clothing will only have a state sales tax of 3 percent. The sales tax exemption is only good for the first $2,500 of the sales price or cost price of any purchase of an eligible item. 

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  • Public invited to comment on federal grant to fund CPSO equipment

    Public invited to comment on federal grant to fund CPSO equipment

    Friday, August 4 2017 6:00 PM EDT2017-08-04 22:00:00 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    The public is invited to comment on a grant that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is requesting to fund safety and rescue equipment. Under the 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of...

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    The public is invited to comment on a grant that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is requesting to fund safety and rescue equipment. Under the 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of...

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  • GRILLIN' & CHILLIN' - Join us at Niblett's Bluff this afternoon

    GRILLIN' & CHILLIN' - Join us at Niblett's Bluff this afternoon

    Friday, August 4 2017 2:09 PM EDT2017-08-04 18:09:18 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Some cast and crew members from KPLC will be out in Vinton Friday, Aug. 4, for this weeks Grillin' & Chillin' series. Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton, Candy Rodriguez, and other members of the KPLC team will be broadcasting live. We'll be grilling hot dogs for the community during our First at Four, Live at Five, and 7 News at Six broadcasts. KPLC wants to meet and connect with our viewers in their hometowns, so we'll see you there for some f...

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    Some cast and crew members from KPLC will be out in Vinton Friday, Aug. 4, for this weeks Grillin' & Chillin' series. Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton, Candy Rodriguez, and other members of the KPLC team will be broadcasting live. We'll be grilling hot dogs for the community during our First at Four, Live at Five, and 7 News at Six broadcasts. KPLC wants to meet and connect with our viewers in their hometowns, so we'll see you there for some f...

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  • Community Pregnancy Center in need of donated breast pumps

    Community Pregnancy Center in need of donated breast pumps

    Friday, August 4 2017 6:04 AM EDT2017-08-04 10:04:45 GMT

    If you have a breast pump that you no longer need, there's a big demand for them with the Community Pregnancy Center in DeRidder.     

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    If you have a breast pump that you no longer need, there's a big demand for them with the Community Pregnancy Center in DeRidder.     

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  • Estherwood officer asked to resign days after controversial Facebook post

    Estherwood officer asked to resign days after controversial Facebook post

    Thursday, August 3 2017 7:49 PM EDT2017-08-03 23:49:55 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    An officer with the Estherwood Police Department has been asked to resign. 

    The announcement comes days after posts from a Facebook page with the officer’s name went viral.

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    An officer with the Estherwood Police Department has been asked to resign. 

    The announcement comes days after posts from a Facebook page with the officer’s name went viral.

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  • Boil advisory for town of Iota

    Boil advisory for town of Iota

    Thursday, August 3 2017 5:24 PM EDT2017-08-03 21:24:59 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Workers will be replacing three fire hydrants in the town of Iota on Monday, Aug. 7. The water will have to be shut off for the replacements, and when it comes back on Iota will be under a boil advisory. The advisory will remain in place until the water is deemed safe for consumption.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Workers will be replacing three fire hydrants in the town of Iota on Monday, Aug. 7. The water will have to be shut off for the replacements, and when it comes back on Iota will be under a boil advisory. The advisory will remain in place until the water is deemed safe for consumption.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Boy Scouts and Venturers return from National Jamboree

    Boy Scouts and Venturers return from National Jamboree

    Thursday, August 3 2017 7:23 AM EDT2017-08-03 11:23:31 GMT
    (Source: Troop 4102)(Source: Troop 4102)

    A group of 30 plus Boy Scouts are back from West Virginia with a new perspective on their organization.

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    A group of 30 plus Boy Scouts are back from West Virginia with a new perspective on their organization. They, along with 30 thousand other scouts, attended the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

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  • Two in custody for multiple burglaries while another still at large

    Two in custody for multiple burglaries while another still at large

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-08-02 18:50:29 GMT
    Charlie, Darrien and John Guillory (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Charlie, Darrien and John Guillory (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Two people are in custody On Monday, June 26 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detective responded to a complaint of five vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Gulf Highway and one complaint of a vehicle burglary of a locked car, where the suspect busted a window, in the area of E. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles. During further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for all six vehicle b...

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    Two people are in custody On Monday, June 26 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detective responded to a complaint of five vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Gulf Highway and one complaint of a vehicle burglary of a locked car, where the suspect busted a window, in the area of E. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles. During further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for all six vehicle b...

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  • Iowa participates in National Night Out

    Iowa participates in National Night Out

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 11:42 AM EDT2017-08-02 15:42:11 GMT

    National night out is a day to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the communities across the United States. Tuesday night the town of Iowa participated for the second time.  Residents of Iowa took part in several family-friendly activities, free food and had a chance to meet those who protect and serve.

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    National night out is a day to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the communities across the United States. Tuesday night the town of Iowa participated for the second time.  Residents of Iowa took part in several family-friendly activities, free food and had a chance to meet those who protect and serve.

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  • Bring Braylon back home through adoption

    Bring Braylon back home through adoption

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 8:24 AM EDT2017-08-02 12:24:59 GMT
    Braylon is a 10-year-old boy who has spent many, many months in foster care, waiting to be adopted into a permanent family. (Source: KPLC)Braylon is a 10-year-old boy who has spent many, many months in foster care, waiting to be adopted into a permanent family. (Source: KPLC)

    Far from home and without a permanent family: 10-year-old Braylon is in foster care hours away from Lake Charles because of a shortage of foster homes. KPLC's Britney Glaser met up with Braylon for this month's The New Family Tree. 

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    Far from home and without a permanent family: 10-year-old Braylon is in foster care hours away from Lake Charles because of a shortage of foster homes. KPLC's Britney Glaser met up with Braylon for this month's The New Family Tree. 

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  • Village of Elizabeth under boil advisory

    Village of Elizabeth under boil advisory

    Tuesday, August 1 2017 4:24 PM EDT2017-08-01 20:24:58 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The water for Elizabeth Water System was shut off today for repair.  A boil advisory will go into place as soon as the water is turned back on and will continue until further notice. All water meant for consumption, including fountain drinks, should be boiled for a full minute. The water quality levels will be intermittently checked until the water supply is deemed safe. A water improvement project is underway in the Village of Elizabeth. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights...

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    The water for Elizabeth Water System was shut off today for repair.  A boil advisory will go into place as soon as the water is turned back on and will continue until further notice. All water meant for consumption, including fountain drinks, should be boiled for a full minute. The water quality levels will be intermittently checked until the water supply is deemed safe. A water improvement project is underway in the Village of Elizabeth. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights...

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  • DeRidder High School gets grant for Advanced Placement classes

    DeRidder High School gets grant for Advanced Placement classes

    Tuesday, August 1 2017 3:23 PM EDT2017-08-01 19:23:04 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    DeRidder High School is trying to bring more Advanced Placement classes into its curriculum. The school received a grant Tuesday morning to aid in bringing the number of courses and the test scores up at the high school. The grant is the result of a partnership between DeRidder High School, The National Math and Science Initiative, and Fort Polk Progress. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
    DeRidder High School is trying to bring more Advanced Placement classes into its curriculum. The school received a grant Tuesday morning to aid in bringing the number of courses and the test scores up at the high school. The grant is the result of a partnership between DeRidder High School, The National Math and Science Initiative, and Fort Polk Progress. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
  • Sheriff's Office to host AARP Smart Driver safety program

    Sheriff's Office to host AARP Smart Driver safety program

    Monday, July 31 2017 4:15 PM EDT2017-07-31 20:15:03 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is hosting an AARP Smart Driver safety program. If you go through the entire course you will get a certificate of completion which could earn you discounts on car insurance.  The class fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.  The program will be held August 3, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff's Prison, 5400 E. Broad Street. To reserve your seat call 337-433...More >>
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is hosting an AARP Smart Driver safety program. If you go through the entire course you will get a certificate of completion which could earn you discounts on car insurance.  The class fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.  The program will be held August 3, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff's Prison, 5400 E. Broad Street. To reserve your seat call 337-433...More >>
  • What's Going Around: travel-related illnesses

    What's Going Around: travel-related illnesses

    Sunday, July 30 2017 7:16 PM EDT2017-07-30 23:16:26 GMT
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Travelers' Health guide detailing infectious disease alerts by country, region, and recommended vaccines for certain areas of travel. (Source: CDC)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Travelers' Health guide detailing infectious disease alerts by country, region, and recommended vaccines for certain areas of travel. (Source: CDC)

    Traveler's diarrhea, malaria, Zika virus, and the sicknesses go on. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the CDC has a growing list of travel advisories to many countries and if you don't take early precautions, you could find yourself with What's Going Around. 

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    Traveler's diarrhea, malaria, Zika virus, and the sicknesses go on. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the CDC has a long, growing list of travel advisories to many countries this summer and if you do not take early precautions, you could find yourself with What's Going Around this week. 

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  • LSU working to get tiger mascot by start of football season

    LSU working to get tiger mascot by start of football season

    Sunday, July 30 2017 6:16 PM EDT2017-07-30 22:16:39 GMT

    Louisiana State University is searching for a new tiger mascot, with the university's president hoping to have a Mike VII on campus by the September start of football season.

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    Louisiana State University is searching for a new tiger mascot, with the university's president hoping to have a Mike VII on campus by the September start of football season.

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  • Leesville native is first female two-star general in La. National Guard

    Leesville native is first female two-star general in La. National Guard

    Sunday, July 30 2017 2:48 PM EDT2017-07-30 18:48:12 GMT
    Two-star General Joanne F. Sheridan (Source: Louisiana National Guard)Two-star General Joanne F. Sheridan (Source: Louisiana National Guard)

    A Leesville native was recently promoted to a two-star general in the Louisiana National Guard. On Friday, July 21, Maj. Gen. Joanne F. Sheridan became a two-star general at the Ansel M. Stroud Military History & Weapons Museum at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans.

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    A Leesville native was recently promoted to a two-star general in the Louisiana National Guard. On Friday, July 21, Maj. Gen. Joanne F. Sheridan became a two-star general at the Ansel M. Stroud Military History & Weapons Museum at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans.

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  • Hometown Heroes - Kappa Sigma fraternity at McNeese

    Hometown Heroes - Kappa Sigma fraternity at McNeese

    Saturday, July 29 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-07-29 21:39:30 GMT
    Kappa SigmaKappa Sigma

    A Greek organization at McNeese State University is being recognized locally and nationally for its community service work. Members of the Theta Rho chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity are already planning next year's events here at McNeese State University. That's after having one of their busiest years in recent history.  "We have four pillars: leadership, fellowship, service and scholarship," said Austin Pottorff, Kappa Sigma president. "Those are what we l...

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    A Greek organization at McNeese State University is being recognized locally and nationally for its community service work. Members of the Theta Rho chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity are already planning next year's events here at McNeese State University. That's after having one of their busiest years in recent history. "We have four pillars: leadership, fellowship, service and scholarship," said Austin Pottorff, Kappa Sigma president. "Those are what we l...

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  • Structure fire in Singer Saturday morning; no injuries

    Structure fire in Singer Saturday morning; no injuries

    Saturday, July 29 2017 1:25 PM EDT2017-07-29 17:25:08 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A structure on North Bearhead Road in Singer caught fire Saturday morning. The fire is now extinguished, according to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office.

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    A structure on North Bearhead Road in Singer caught fire Saturday morning. The fire is now extinguished, according to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office.

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  • Lake Charles Toyota and KPLC hosting Grillin' & Chillin' in DeRidder

    Lake Charles Toyota and KPLC hosting Grillin' & Chillin' in DeRidder

    Friday, July 28 2017 5:46 PM EDT2017-07-28 21:46:48 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Folks from KPLC will be out in the community of DeRidder today for the continuing Grillin' & Chillin' series. Be sure to join us this Friday, July 28, at the Veterans Park and Splash Pad on Hwy. 171. Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton, Candy Rodriguez, and other members of the KPLC team will be broadcasting live. We'll be grilling hot dogs for the community during our First at Four, Live at Five, and 7 News at Six broadcasts. KPLC wants to meet and connect with our viewers ...

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    Folks from KPLC will be out in the community of DeRidder today for the continuing Grillin' & Chillin' series. Be sure to join us this Friday, July 28, at the Veterans Park and Splash Pad on Hwy. 171. Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton, Candy Rodriguez, and other members of the KPLC team will be broadcasting live. We'll be grilling hot dogs for the community during our First at Four, Live at Five, and 7 News at Six broadcasts. KPLC wants to meet and connect with our viewers ...

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  • 7 juveniles arrested, 12 adults cited during LC curfew sweep

    7 juveniles arrested, 12 adults cited during LC curfew sweep

    Friday, July 28 2017 2:54 PM EDT2017-07-28 18:54:28 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Lake Charles Police arrested several juveniles and cited a dozen adults during a citywide curfew detail between 11 p.m. Thursday, July 27 and 2 a.m. Friday, July 28.

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    Lake Charles Police arrested several juveniles and cited a dozen adults during a citywide curfew detail between 11 p.m. Thursday, July 27 and 2 a.m. Friday, July 28.

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  • SUNRISE KITCHEN: Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish

    SUNRISE KITCHEN: Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish

    Friday, July 28 2017 9:30 AM EDT2017-07-28 13:30:38 GMT
    Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish (Source: KPLC)Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish (Source: KPLC)

    Chef Roy Angelle at SOWELA Community Technical College shares his recipe for Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish.

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    Chef Roy Angelle at SOWELA Community Technical College shares his recipe for Gafftop fish and pineapple avocado relish.

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  • Ad and Press Club's Gridiron spoofs news makers

    Ad and Press Club's Gridiron spoofs news makers

    Friday, July 28 2017 9:23 AM EDT2017-07-28 13:23:13 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    For 45 years, members of the Ad and Press Club of Southwest Louisiana have put on a show that spoofs lawmakers, elected officials and even themselves. These once a year actors are rehearsing for another year of satire in this Saturday's Gridiron Show, put on by the ad and press club of SWLA.  Thomas Frazier-Cole is directing the 45th year of the show, which spoofs local lawmakers and politicians. "People are going to see us take the local headlines in the news, twist it, tu...

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    For 45 years, members of the Ad and Press Club of Southwest Louisiana have put on a show that spoofs lawmakers, elected officials and even themselves. These once a year actors are rehearsing for another year of satire in this Saturday's Gridiron Show, put on by the ad and press club of SWLA.  Thomas Frazier-Cole is directing the 45th year of the show, which spoofs local lawmakers and politicians. "People are going to see us take the local headlines in the news, twist it, tu...

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  • Secure medical image sharing for faster, better care

    Secure medical image sharing for faster, better care

    Thursday, July 27 2017 2:01 PM EDT2017-07-27 18:01:27 GMT
    Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Director of Radiology, Scott Daigle, shows how the Nuance PowerShare App works, a cloud-based platform to securely view and share medical images. (Source: KPLC)Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Director of Radiology, Scott Daigle, shows how the Nuance PowerShare App works, a cloud-based platform to securely view and share medical images. (Source: KPLC)

    If you have ever had imaging done at a medical office or hospital, then had to go to another office for follow-up, chances are, you have had to go with a CD of your file or paper copy. That is changing thanks to a medical image sharing network.

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    If you have ever had imaging done at a medical office or hospital, then had to go to another office for follow-up, chances are, you have had to go with a CD of your file or paper copy. That is changing thanks to a medical image sharing network.

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  • 'Important meeting' on I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge set for Aug. 3 in Lake Charles

    'Important meeting' on I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge set for Aug. 3 in Lake Charles

    Thursday, July 27 2017 9:18 PM EDT2017-07-28 01:18:57 GMT

    For years we've heard about the need for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. There is a time line and an upcoming public meeting is part of the process of determining what will happen and when. Though the discussion is usually about a new I-10 bridge, the proposed project includes improvements between I-10 and 210 interchanges. The bridge has safety issues because of how steep it is, congestion,  no shoulders and short entrance ramps that don't meet today's design ...

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    For years we've heard about the need for a new I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge. There is a time line and an upcoming public meeting is part of the process of determining what will happen and when. Though the discussion is usually about a new I-10 bridge, the proposed project includes improvements between I-10 and 210 interchanges. The bridge has safety issues because of how steep it is, congestion,  no shoulders and short entrance ramps that don't meet today's design ...

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  • Bundick Lake drawdown gate opened

    Bundick Lake drawdown gate opened

    Thursday, July 27 2017 4:42 PM EDT2017-07-27 20:42:34 GMT
    Bundick Lake water levels (Source: United States Geological Survey)Bundick Lake water levels (Source: United States Geological Survey)

    The National Weather Service is forecasting Bundick Lake water levels to reach the 97-foot flood stage, according to the Beauregard Parish Police Jury Facebook page. Bundick Lake's drawdown gate was opened yesterday to control high water levels. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says the gate will remain open until the water level is back below the 97-foot flood stage. Water levels are being constantly monitored, says the Beauregard Parish Police ...

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    The National Weather Service is forecasting Bundick Lake water levels to reach the 97-foot flood stage, according to the Beauregard Parish Police Jury Facebook page. Bundick Lake's drawdown gate was opened yesterday to control high water levels. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says the gate will remain open until the water level is back below the 97-foot flood stage. Water levels are being constantly monitored, says the Beauregard Parish Police ...

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  • District Attorney: Community needs to come together to address teen violence

    District Attorney: Community needs to come together to address teen violence

    Thursday, July 27 2017 3:40 PM EDT2017-07-27 19:40:46 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    There is a shocking trend in the Lake area—deadly violence with teens among those arrested. In fact we've seen two cases in just over a week.First on July 17TH, gunfire on North Simmons Street in Lake Charles left  31 year old Gary Obrien dead.       Four people face charges in connection with the case, including 16 year old Justin Ned. He's booked on charges of principle to first degree murder and armed robbery. And this past Saturday, 24-ye...

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    There is a shocking trend in the Lake area—deadly violence with teens among those arrested. In fact we've seen two cases in just over a week.First on July 17TH, gunfire on North Simmons Street in Lake Charles left  31 year old Gary Obrien dead.       Four people face charges in connection with the case, including 16 year old Justin Ned. He's booked on charges of principle to first degree murder and armed robbery. And this past Saturday, 24-ye...

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  • TRAFFIC: Cameron Ferry back in service

    TRAFFIC: Cameron Ferry back in service

    Thursday, July 27 2017 1:26 PM EDT2017-07-27 17:26:13 GMT
    Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)

    The Cameron Ferry is currently out of service. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Cameron Ferry is currently out of service. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • PHOTO: "Pinky" the dolphin spotted again in Gulf of Mexico

    PHOTO: "Pinky" the dolphin spotted again in Gulf of Mexico

    Thursday, July 27 2017 12:10 PM EDT2017-07-27 16:10:29 GMT
    "Pinky" the dolphin (Source: Viewer)"Pinky" the dolphin (Source: Viewer)

    A viewer snapped this picture of 'Pinky' swimming with another dolphin Wednesday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    A viewer snapped this picture of 'Pinky' swimming with another dolphin Wednesday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Ideas for tackling teen violence include church activities and teen dances

    Ideas for tackling teen violence include church activities and teen dances

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-07-27 00:21:40 GMT

    A lot of recent violent crime in the Lake area has involved teens. which leads to the question what can be done to stop the violence among our youth?  A concerned citizen and statewide church group are among those working to help young people avoid trouble and find the right path. People from around the state who belong to the Louisiana Home and Foreign Missions of the Baptist State Convention Inc. are in Lake Charles this week.  An event at a local church site might ...

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    A lot of recent violent crime in the Lake area has involved teens. which leads to the question what can be done to stop the violence among our youth?  A concerned citizen and statewide church group are among those working to help young people avoid trouble and find the right path. People from around the state who belong to the Louisiana Home and Foreign Missions of the Baptist State Convention Inc. are in Lake Charles this week.  An event at a local church site might ...

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  • Lake Charles participating in National Night Out

    Lake Charles participating in National Night Out

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 7:06 PM EDT2017-07-26 23:06:58 GMT
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)
    Lake Charles officials will be hosting the city's annual National Night Out Against Crime. Multiple events will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, in Lake Charles. The Lake Charles Police Department is hosting the following events for the public: The Oak Park Neighborhood Watch Group Join South Lake Charles Watch Groups at Glad Tidings church from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Jones Manor Community Building (located at 1409 St. Mary Drive) Food, games, arts and crafts will be provide...More >>
    Lake Charles officials will be hosting the city's annual National Night Out Against Crime. Multiple events will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, in Lake Charles. The Lake Charles Police Department is hosting the following events for the public: The Oak Park Neighborhood Watch Group Join South Lake Charles Watch Groups at Glad Tidings church from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Jones Manor Community Building (located at 1409 St. Mary Drive) Food, games, arts and crafts will be provide...More >>
  • Back-to-school dates in SWLA

    Back-to-school dates in SWLA

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 5:59 PM EDT2017-07-26 21:59:11 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The upcoming school year is fast approaching. Here is a list of back-to-school dates:

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    The following back-to-school dates are those that KPLC has received: Calcasieu Parish Schools First day of school for regular classes Aug. 15  First day of school for Pre-K classes Aug. 17 Cameron Parish Schools First day of school for students Aug. 15 Jeff Davis Parish Schools First day of school for 1-12 grade Aug. 11 First day of school for Pre-K and Kindergarten Aug. 15 Allen Parish Schools First day of school for students Aug. 9 Beauregard Parish ...

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  • Boil Advisory for town of Thornwell

    Boil Advisory for town of Thornwell

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 4:08 PM EDT2017-07-26 20:08:14 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    The Jeff Davis Water Commission in Thornwell has issued a boil advisory for portions of Hwy. 99. Water service has been restored to all affected areas but residents on Hwy. 99 as well as areas West and Northwest of Hwy. 99 should boil their water before use. The Jeff Davis Water Commission says it apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    The Jeff Davis Water Commission in Thornwell has issued a boil advisory for portions of Hwy. 99. Water service has been restored to all affected areas but residents on Hwy. 99 as well as areas West and Northwest of Hwy. 99 should boil their water before use. The Jeff Davis Water Commission says it apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Calcasieu Parish School Board continues free meal program

    Calcasieu Parish School Board continues free meal program

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 6:10 PM EDT2017-07-25 22:10:59 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)(Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)

    The Calcasieu parish school board has been offering the Community Eligibility Provision Program for four years. This year, adding Westwood Elementary to the ever-growing list. It makes sure students in high poverty schools receive a healthy breakfast and lunch during the school day. The Director of School Nutrition Programs, Jaqueline Richard, says this has been a successful program over the years. “It’s a great program for students and families who struggle to have a nu...

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    The Calcasieu parish school board has been offering the Community Eligibility Provision Program for four years. This year, adding Westwood Elementary to the ever-growing list. It makes sure students in high poverty schools receive a healthy breakfast and lunch during the school day. The Director of School Nutrition Programs, Jaqueline Richard, says this has been a successful program over the years. “It’s a great program for students and families who struggle to have a nu...

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  • Lending a Hand: students build prosthetic hand for burn survivor

    Lending a Hand: students build prosthetic hand for burn survivor

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 7:52 AM EDT2017-07-25 11:52:31 GMT
    Engineering design students at Sam Houston High School have spent part of their summer break building a 3D printed prosthetic hand for 12-year-old Bowen Johnson, a burn survivor from Westlake. (Source: KPLC)Engineering design students at Sam Houston High School have spent part of their summer break building a 3D printed prosthetic hand for 12-year-old Bowen Johnson, a burn survivor from Westlake. (Source: KPLC)

    A classroom project is changing the life of a Westlake sixth grader who has no hands. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports engineering design students at Sam Houston High School are seeing in real-life, how technology and heart can combine to help them lend a hand.

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    A classroom project is changing the life of a Westlake sixth grader who has no hands. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports engineering design students at Sam Houston High School are seeing in real-life, how technology and heart can combine to help them lend a hand.

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  • Section 8 applicants will still face difficulties finding low rent housing

    Section 8 applicants will still face difficulties finding low rent housing

    Monday, July 24 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-07-25 00:16:54 GMT

    Part of the reason the waiting list takes for Section 8 Housing takes so long to pare down is because there's a shortage of Section 8 housing, at least in the Lake Charles area. It's because of the economy...and high rents.  Local officials are working to increase the dollars available, but it's still hard for residents to find the housing. "It's harder than Houston and Houston is bigger," said Kristina Broussard,  who lives in public hou...

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    Part of the reason the waiting list takes for Section 8 Housing takes so long to pare down is because there's a shortage of Section 8 housing, at least in the Lake Charles area. It's because of the economy...and high rents.  Local officials are working to increase the dollars available, but it's still hard for residents to find the housing. "It's harder than Houston and Houston is bigger," said Kristina Broussard,  who lives in public hou...

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  • Applications being accepted for Section 8 housing in Lake Charles

    Applications being accepted for Section 8 housing in Lake Charles

    Monday, July 24 2017 9:29 AM EDT2017-07-24 13:29:34 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Section 8 program provides rental assistance based on your household income.

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    The Section 8 program provides rental assistance based on your household income.

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  • Telesitter system keeping patients safe

    Telesitter system keeping patients safe

    Monday, July 24 2017 6:26 AM EDT2017-07-24 10:26:02 GMT
    Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is now using the Telesitter system on its critical care unit to keep the most at-risk patients safe with constant remote viewing by skilled staff. (Source: KPLC)Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is now using the Telesitter system on its critical care unit to keep the most at-risk patients safe with constant remote viewing by skilled staff. (Source: KPLC)

    Patient safety is paramount in hospital settings and traditionally, it has taken one-to-one care 24/7 for some of the most at-risk patients. KPLC's Britney Glaser shows how a new video monitoring system is keeping patients safe and freeing up nursing staff for other duties.

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    Patient safety is paramount in hospital settings and traditionally, it has taken one-to-one care 24/7 for some of the most at-risk patients. KPLC's Britney Glaser shows how a new video monitoring system is keeping patients safe and freeing up nursing staff for other duties.

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  • Vehicle accident on I-10 WB near Shattuck Street

    Vehicle accident on I-10 WB near Shattuck Street

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:37 PM EDT2017-07-24 02:37:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Drivers should avoid I-10 westbound near the Shattuck Street exit for the next hour due to a nearby wreck, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Drivers should avoid I-10 westbound near the Shattuck Street exit for the next hour due to a nearby wreck, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Hometown Hero - Edward Wilcox

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:42 AM EDT2017-07-23 15:42:03 GMT
    Ed WilcoxEd Wilcox

    A DeQuincy businessman has the distinction of being one of the first National Guard members to represent his town. It had been five years since World War II and Ed Wilcox found himself serving his country in the National Guard. Wilcox was too young to serve in the war, but felt the guard could keep him trained.

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    A DeQuincy businessman has the distinction of being one of the first National Guard members to represent his town. It had been five years since World War II and Ed Wilcox found himself serving his country in the National Guard. Wilcox was too young to serve in the war, but felt the guard could keep him trained.

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  • McNeese Fall fee deadline approaching

    McNeese Fall fee deadline approaching

    Friday, July 21 2017 4:56 PM EDT2017-07-21 20:56:31 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    The fee deadline for students registered online at McNeese State University is coming up. Students registered for the upcoming Fall semester have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 to pay fees. McNeese has a new payment plan going into effect this Fall.

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    The fee deadline for students registered online at McNeese State University is coming up. Students registered for the upcoming Fall semester have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 to pay fees. McNeese has a new payment plan going into effect this Fall.

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  • Donations needed for DeQuincy veterans memorial

    Donations needed for DeQuincy veterans memorial

    Friday, July 21 2017 4:30 PM EDT2017-07-21 20:30:58 GMT
    DeQuincy Railroad Museum (Source: Facebook)DeQuincy Railroad Museum (Source: Facebook)

    A new veterans memorial is in the works for the town of DeQuincy.

    It will be a replication of "Raising the Flag" in Japan during World War II, and will honor area veterans like the Clifton brothers, who returned to their hometown of DeQuincy after serving in the war.

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    A new veterans memorial is in the works for the town of DeQuincy.

    It will be a replication of "Raising the Flag" in Japan during World War II, and will honor area veterans like the Clifton brothers, who returned to their hometown of DeQuincy after serving in the war.

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  • What's Going Around: roseola

    What's Going Around: roseola

    Thursday, July 20 2017 6:56 AM EDT2017-07-20 10:56:57 GMT
    Roseola is a generally mild infection caused by two strains of herpes virus. (Source: KPLC)Roseola is a generally mild infection caused by two strains of herpes virus. (Source: KPLC)

    A common strain of the herpes virus is causing What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports almost every child will contract roseola at some point, and there is no treatment for the infection. 

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    A common strain of the herpes virus is causing What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports almost every child will contract roseola at some point, and there is no treatment for the infection. 

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  • Black Bear sighting in Calcasieu Parish?

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 6:57 AM EDT2017-07-19 10:57:14 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    A picture shot earlier this spring at a deer lease in the Gillis area could be a rare sighting of two Louisiana Black Bears. The photo got the attention of Justin Lanclos, who manages the Louisiana Bowhunters website.  "There was one gentleman who said they had seen one with a collar and that Wildlife and Fisheries had a tracking device on it, and had seen it travel from Gillis to Sabine Island which is west of Vinton and back," said Lanclos. "Apparently...

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    A picture shot earlier this spring at a deer lease in the Gillis area could be a rare sighting of two Louisiana Black Bears. The photo got the attention of Justin Lanclos, who manages the Louisiana Bowhunters website.  "There was one gentleman who said they had seen one with a collar and that Wildlife and Fisheries had a tracking device on it, and had seen it travel from Gillis to Sabine Island which is west of Vinton and back," said Lanclos. "Apparently...

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  • Hometown Heroes - TeamCITGO

    Hometown Heroes - TeamCITGO

    Friday, July 14 2017 8:05 PM EDT2017-07-15 00:05:30 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    In 1987, a group of employees from the CITGO refinery decided they wanted to start giving back to the community through non-profit organizations.  They formed "TeamCITGO" and got right to it. "We feel it is our duty to help give back to the community that we operate in," said Dennis Thibodeaux, longtime TeamCITGO volunteer. "I love what we do for the community," said Petula Glaspie, a TeamCITGO volunteer. "But It's also a great opportunit...

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    In 1987, a group of employees from the CITGO refinery decided they wanted to start giving back to the community through non-profit organizations.  They formed "TeamCITGO" and got right to it. "We feel it is our duty to help give back to the community that we operate in," said Dennis Thibodeaux, longtime TeamCITGO volunteer. "I love what we do for the community," said Petula Glaspie, a TeamCITGO volunteer. "But It's also a great opportunit...

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  • El Salvador man pleads guilty to illegally entering US for fifth time

    El Salvador man pleads guilty to illegally entering US for fifth time

    Friday, July 14 2017 6:27 PM EDT2017-07-14 22:27:49 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A man from El Salvador pleaded guilty Thursday to reentering the United States after having been previously removed four times, acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced.

    Aristides Arevalo-Rodriguez, 44, of El Salvador, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of illegal reentry following removal. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter.

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    A man from El Salvador pleaded guilty Thursday to reentering the United States after having been previously removed four times, acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced.

    Aristides Arevalo-Rodriguez, 44, of El Salvador, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of illegal reentry following removal. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter.

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  • Seven Tigers named to Preseason All-SEC Teams

    Seven Tigers named to Preseason All-SEC Teams

    Friday, July 14 2017 5:44 PM EDT2017-07-14 21:44:17 GMT
    Derrius Guice (Source: WAFB)Derrius Guice (Source: WAFB)

    HOOVER, AL (WAFB) - Seven Tigers have been named to the 2017 Preseason All-SEC Teams. LSU junior Derrius Guice was named first team running back and second team all-purpose. Joining Guice on the preseason first team was linebacker Arden Key. Defensive lineman Christian LaCouture, defensive back Donte Jackson and offensive lineman K.J. Malone were selected as second team members. Center Will Clapp and defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence earned third team honors. Alabama had t...

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    HOOVER, AL (WAFB) - Seven Tigers have been named to the 2017 Preseason All-SEC Teams. LSU junior Derrius Guice was named first team running back and second team all-purpose. Joining Guice on the preseason first team was linebacker Arden Key. Defensive lineman Christian LaCouture, defensive back Donte Jackson and offensive lineman K.J. Malone were selected as second team members. Center Will Clapp and defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence earned third team honors. Alabama had t...

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  • LSU picked to finish behind Alabama, Auburn in the SEC West

    LSU picked to finish behind Alabama, Auburn in the SEC West

    Friday, July 14 2017 5:43 PM EDT2017-07-14 21:43:47 GMT
    LSU coach Ed Orgeron (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)LSU coach Ed Orgeron (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)
    HOOVER, AL (WAFB) - Head coach Ed Orgeron and the 2017 Tigers are picked to finish third in the SEC West behind Alabama and Auburn. LSU is the number four pick to win the SEC Championship behind Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.  The good news for Tiger fans, only six times since 1992 – four times in the last 20 -  the predicted champion at SEC Media Days has proceeded to win the SEC Championship.  View image on Twitter  Follow SEC Network&nbs...More >>
    HOOVER, AL (WAFB) - Head coach Ed Orgeron and the 2017 Tigers are picked to finish third in the SEC West behind Alabama and Auburn. LSU is the number four pick to win the SEC Championship behind Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.  The good news for Tiger fans, only six times since 1992 – four times in the last 20 -  the predicted champion at SEC Media Days has proceeded to win the SEC Championship.  View image on Twitter  Follow SEC Network&nbs...More >>
  • Pediatric specialty clinic opens in Lake Charles

    Pediatric specialty clinic opens in Lake Charles

    Friday, July 14 2017 7:52 AM EDT2017-07-14 11:52:00 GMT
    The Women’s & Children’s Specialty Center - Lake Charles recently opened at 1890 W. Gauthier Road, Suite 115 in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)The Women’s & Children’s Specialty Center - Lake Charles recently opened at 1890 W. Gauthier Road, Suite 115 in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)

    If you have a child with special medical needs, no doubt you have spent hours traveling to specialist appointments out of town.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a new pediatric specialty clinic is now open in Lake Charles, relieving the burden of traveling a long distance.

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    If you have a child with special medical needs, no doubt you have spent hours traveling to specialist appointments out of town.  KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a new pediatric specialty clinic is now open in Lake Charles, relieving the burden of traveling a long distance.

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  • What's Going Around: athlete's foot

    What's Going Around: athlete's foot

    Thursday, July 13 2017 7:07 AM EDT2017-07-13 11:07:04 GMT
    Athlete's foot is a contagious fungal infection and Dr. Tyson Green at Center for Orthopaedics says he's seeing a lot of infections this summer. (Source: CDC)Athlete's foot is a contagious fungal infection and Dr. Tyson Green at Center for Orthopaedics says he's seeing a lot of infections this summer. (Source: CDC)

    A contagious fungal infection that affects the feet is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports athlete's foot is typically not serious, but it can be challenging to treat.

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    A contagious fungal infection that affects the feet is What's Going Around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports athlete's foot is typically not serious, but it can be challenging to treat.

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  • Louisiana Traveler - Collectible tins

    Louisiana Traveler - Collectible tins

    Thursday, July 13 2017 4:24 AM EDT2017-07-13 08:24:05 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV
    It was in 2000 when we first met Louise Bordelon.  She proudly showed me her collection of ornamental tin cans, which at that time, numbered about 400. She started gathering them as a hobby.  "I really don't know. Just seeing a pretty can caught my attention," said Louise. "I could display it somewhere in this big house when all the kids were gone."  Her son Donald was called in to help.  "You at first when she started collecting, it was...More >>
    It was in 2000 when we first met Louise Bordelon.  She proudly showed me her collection of ornamental tin cans, which at that time, numbered about 400. She started gathering them as a hobby.  "I really don't know. Just seeing a pretty can caught my attention," said Louise. "I could display it somewhere in this big house when all the kids were gone."  Her son Donald was called in to help.  "You at first when she started collecting, it was...More >>
  • Swimming advisories at 11 SWLA beaches

    Swimming advisories at 11 SWLA beaches

    Friday, July 7 2017 8:20 AM EDT2017-07-07 12:20:35 GMT
    The Louisiana Beach Monitoring Program has posted swim advisories at 11 of the 14 Southwest Louisiana beaches this week, due to high bacteria levels. (Source: KPLC)The Louisiana Beach Monitoring Program has posted swim advisories at 11 of the 14 Southwest Louisiana beaches this week, due to high bacteria levels. (Source: KPLC)

    Nearly every beach in Southwest Louisiana is under a health advisory for high bacteria levels this week, but does that mean you should avoid them altogether? KPLC's Britney Glaser takes that question to a public health officer to see the magnitude of the threat.

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    Nearly every beach in Southwest Louisiana is under a health advisory for high bacteria levels this week, but does that mean you should avoid them altogether? KPLC's Britney Glaser takes that question to a public health officer to see the magnitude of the threat.

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  • A forever family for Kendrick

    A forever family for Kendrick

    Wednesday, July 5 2017 7:30 AM EDT2017-07-05 11:30:02 GMT
    In September 2016, we featured Kendrick in The New Family Tree, as he shared his desire to be adopted. We were there for his adoption day as he became a member of the Case family. (Source: KPLC)In September 2016, we featured Kendrick in The New Family Tree, as he shared his desire to be adopted. We were there for his adoption day as he became a member of the Case family. (Source: KPLC)

    A 12-year-old boy no longer has to worry about moving through foster homes. KPLC's Britney Glaser takes us inside the courtroom for Kendrick's special adoption day.

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    A 12-year-old boy no longer has to worry about moving through foster homes. KPLC's Britney Glaser takes us inside the courtroom for Kendrick's special adoption day.

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  • Swimmer's red eyes: chlorine or something else?

    Swimmer's red eyes: chlorine or something else?

    Friday, June 30 2017 7:30 AM EDT2017-06-30 11:30:41 GMT
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a public campaign through the healthy swimming program to alert swimmers about some of the health risks in the water. (Source: CDC)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a public campaign through the healthy swimming program to alert swimmers about some of the health risks in the water. (Source: CDC)

    Do your eyes turn red after swimming in a pool or water park? When the head of the CDC's healthy swimming program shared some insight into swimming pools, he opened a lot of eyes about the culprit behind the red eyes.

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    Do your eyes turn red after swimming in a pool or water park? When the head of the CDC's healthy swimming program shared some insight into swimming pools, he opened a lot of eyes about the culprit behind the red eyes.

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  • What's Going Around: water-borne sickness, swimmer's ear

    What's Going Around: water-borne sickness, swimmer's ear

    Thursday, June 29 2017 7:58 AM EDT2017-06-29 11:58:34 GMT
    Swimmer's ear is one of the summer-related sicknesses bringing more people in to the WCCH emergency department this week. (Source: KPLC)Swimmer's ear is one of the summer-related sicknesses bringing more people in to the WCCH emergency department this week. (Source: KPLC)

    Before you take a dip in the pool or head to the beach, listen up about What's Going Around this week.There is an uptick in water-related bugs, swimmer's ear infections and summer rashes. 

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    Before you take a dip in the pool or head to the beach, listen up about What's Going Around this week.There is an uptick in water-related bugs, swimmer's ear infections and summer rashes. 

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  • Erasing spider veins

    Erasing spider veins

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 6:49 AM EDT2017-06-28 10:49:07 GMT
    Liquid sclerotherapy can make spider veins disappear before your eyes, by scarring down these tiny veins. (Source: KPLC)Liquid sclerotherapy can make spider veins disappear before your eyes, by scarring down these tiny veins. (Source: KPLC)

    Summertime is the season of shorts and swimsuits, and for many women, their dreaded spider veins on bigger display. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports sclerotherapy can make them disappear.

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    Summertime is the season of shorts and swimsuits, and for many women, their dreaded spider veins on bigger display. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports sclerotherapy can make them disappear.

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  • Navy veteran now serving at LC Memorial Hospital

    Navy veteran now serving at LC Memorial Hospital

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:37 AM EDT2017-06-23 15:37:55 GMT
    Source: Danette NullSource: Danette Null

    A DeRidder native is now using the skills she learned in the military to help others here in Lake Charles.    

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    A DeRidder native is now using the skills she learned in the military to help others here in Lake Charles.    

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  • What's Going Around: dermatitis

    What's Going Around: dermatitis

    Thursday, June 22 2017 7:55 AM EDT2017-06-22 11:55:41 GMT
    Dermatitis, associated with poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)Dermatitis, associated with poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    The strong winds associated with Tropical Storm Cindy likely have leaves or tree branches blown into your yard.  Before you start the clean-up process, you need to be vigilant against What's Going Around this week.

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    The strong winds associated with Tropical Storm Cindy likely have leaves or tree branches blown into your yard.  Before you start the clean-up process, you need to be vigilant against What's Going Around this week.

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  • St. Jude Affiliate Clinic gives cancer care closer to home

    St. Jude Affiliate Clinic gives cancer care closer to home

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 8:34 AM EDT2017-06-21 12:34:16 GMT
    Six-year-old Hadlee Henry and her mom, Corren, await Hadlee's weekly chemo treatment at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in Baton Rouge. (Source: KPLC)Six-year-old Hadlee Henry and her mom, Corren, await Hadlee's weekly chemo treatment at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in Baton Rouge. (Source: KPLC)

    Pediatric cancer care closer to home: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an eight-hour drive or plane ride away for families in Southwest Louisiana, but an affiliate clinic in Baton Rouge is offering a seamless transition in care.

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    Pediatric cancer care closer to home: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an eight-hour drive or plane ride away for families in Southwest Louisiana, but an affiliate clinic in Baton Rouge is offering a seamless transition in care.

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  • Community garden in the works in North Lake Charles

    Community garden in the works in North Lake Charles

    Friday, June 16 2017 7:29 AM EDT2017-06-16 11:29:45 GMT
    Volunteers are working to get the ground tilled for the Mill St. community garden in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)Volunteers are working to get the ground tilled for the Mill St. community garden in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)

    Ground is being tilled on a big piece of property in North Lake Charles to bring the first of its kind community garden to the entire city. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports for it to be successful, lots of volunteers are needed to get involved!

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    Ground is being tilled on a big piece of property in North Lake Charles to bring the first of its kind community garden to the entire city. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports for it to be successful, lots of volunteers are needed to get involved!

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  • What's Going Around: staph infections

    What's Going Around: staph infections

    Thursday, June 15 2017 7:37 AM EDT2017-06-15 11:37:45 GMT
    Dr. Tim Haman, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital infectious disease physician, says he is seeing staph infections every day in the hospital and clinic setting. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Tim Haman, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital infectious disease physician, says he is seeing staph infections every day in the hospital and clinic setting. (Source: KPLC)

    One of the most common germs found on people's skin and in their noses is creeping into the body and causing infections. Staph infections are what's going around this week.

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    One of the most common germs found on people's skin and in their noses is creeping into the body and causing infections. Staph infections are what's going around this week.

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  • Hometown Hero: Michelle Hagerich served in Army Reserve for 31 years

    Hometown Hero: Michelle Hagerich served in Army Reserve for 31 years

    Thursday, June 15 2017 7:17 AM EDT2017-06-15 11:17:10 GMT
    Source: Michelle HagerichSource: Michelle Hagerich

    After 31 years of a career that involved serving during the wars in Iraq, a Moss Bluff Army reservist is retiring. 

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    After 31 years of a career that involved serving during the wars in Iraq, a Moss Bluff Army reservist is retiring. 

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  • New book looks into "Lost Lake Charles"

    New book looks into "Lost Lake Charles"

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 7:24 AM EDT2017-06-14 11:24:58 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    As the city of lake Charles celebrates 150 years, there's a new book shedding light on its history. 

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    As the city of lake Charles celebrates 150 years, there's a new book shedding light on its history. 

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  • C. diff vaccine trial fast-tracked by FDA

    C. diff vaccine trial fast-tracked by FDA

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 2:28 PM EDT2017-06-13 18:28:40 GMT
    A clinical trial is underway to develop a C. diff vaccine. (Source: Cdiffense)A clinical trial is underway to develop a C. diff vaccine. (Source: Cdiffense)

    A clinical trial for a C. diff vaccine has been fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration to get protection to people most at risk as quickly, and safely, as possible.

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    A clinical trial for a C. diff vaccine has been fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration to get protection to people most at risk as quickly, and safely, as possible.

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  • What's Going Around: Salmonella

    What's Going Around: Salmonella

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 8:55 AM EDT2017-06-07 12:55:23 GMT
    The CDC is currently investigating eight different Salmonella outbreaks in 47 states, connected to backyard chickens. (Source: CDC)The CDC is currently investigating eight different Salmonella outbreaks in 47 states, connected to backyard chickens. (Source: CDC)

    Nearly 400 people have been sickened in salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the CDC is investigating eight different outbreaks in 47 states, including Louisiana. 

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    Nearly 400 people have been sickened in salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the CDC is investigating eight different outbreaks in 47 states, including Louisiana. 

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  • Four spots open for Royal Family Kids Camp

    Four spots open for Royal Family Kids Camp

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 8:03 AM EDT2017-06-07 12:03:48 GMT
    Royal Family Kids Camp is set to happen for the first time in Southwest Louisiana in July. (Source: Royal Family KIds Camp)Royal Family Kids Camp is set to happen for the first time in Southwest Louisiana in July. (Source: Royal Family KIds Camp)

    A special sleep-away camp for children in foster care is happening in Beauregard Parish this summer. In this month's The New Family Tree, KPLC's Britney Glaser explains there are still several spots open for female campers between the ages of 6-12.

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    A special sleep-away camp for children in foster care is happening in Beauregard Parish this summer. In this month's The New Family Tree, KPLC's Britney Glaser explains there are still several spots open for female campers between the ages of 6-12.

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  • What's Going Around: whooping cough

    What's Going Around: whooping cough

    Thursday, June 1 2017 8:03 AM EDT2017-06-01 12:03:14 GMT
    Whooping cough or pertussis is What's Going Around this week in Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)Whooping cough or pertussis is What's Going Around this week in Southwest Louisiana. (Source: KPLC)

    A highly contagious respiratory disease known for its distinctive cough is what's going around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a handful of cases of whooping cough in local children is concerning in the medical community.

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    A highly contagious respiratory disease known for its distinctive cough is what's going around this week. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports a handful of cases of whooping cough in local children is concerning in the medical community.

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  • Bob Cain served in Air Force and Westlake Police

    Bob Cain served in Air Force and Westlake Police

    Thursday, June 1 2017 7:08 AM EDT2017-06-01 11:08:02 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    Bob Cain signed up for the U.S. Air Force in October of 1959 while living in Buffalo, New York, where he says there are two seasons: July and Winter.

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    Bob Cain signed up for the U.S. Air Force in October of 1959 while living in Buffalo, New York, where he says there are two seasons: July and Winter.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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