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  • Oyster fishermen and local biologist agree tonging won't help oysters

    Oyster fishermen and local biologist agree tonging won't help oysters

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 8:37 PM EDT2017-06-14 00:37:03 GMT
    (Source:KPLC)(Source:KPLC)

    State lawmakers just passed a bill requiring oyster fishermen in Calcasieu Lake to use tongs instead of dredges.   The oyster fishermen say it's a step backwards that will make their lives harder and won't help the resource. At least one local biologist agrees with the fishermen. Commercial fishing is a hard way to make a living in Cameron, where right now they're catching shrimp.  But if they get an oyster season, buyer Adley Dyson says it will be harder when fis...

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    State lawmakers just passed a bill requiring oyster fishermen in Calcasieu Lake to use tongs instead of dredges.   The oyster fishermen say it's a step backwards that will make their lives harder and won't help the resource. At least one local biologist agrees with the fishermen. Commercial fishing is a hard way to make a living in Cameron, where right now they're catching shrimp.  But if they get an oyster season, buyer Adley Dyson says it will be harder when fis...

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  • VA Outpatient Clinic 80% complete; volunteers still needed

    VA Outpatient Clinic 80% complete; volunteers still needed

    Monday, June 12 2017 12:50 PM EDT2017-06-12 16:50:16 GMT

    Officials from the VA in Alexandria were in Lake Charles today to check out the progress of the new medical clinic for veterans of Southwest Louisiana. The clinic is now 80% complete and they are on target for it to open August 28th of this year.  Public Affairs Officer Tammie Arnold says they are still looking for volunteers work at the clinic “We're looking for someone who's positive, who's upbeat and just wants to come out again and have a positive interaction with ou...

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    Officials from the VA in Alexandria were in Lake Charles today to check out the progress of the new medical clinic for veterans of Southwest Louisiana. The clinic is now 80% complete and they are on target for it to open August 28th of this year.  Public Affairs Officer Tammie Arnold says they are still looking for volunteers work at the clinic “We're looking for someone who's positive, who's upbeat and just wants to come out again and have a positive interaction with ou...

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  • Lake Charles doctor discusses 'dry drowning'

    Lake Charles doctor discusses 'dry drowning'

    Friday, June 9 2017 7:59 PM EDT2017-06-09 23:59:22 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    The parents of little Frankie Delgado say the four year old died six days after returning home from a trip to Galveston bay.  His parents say he was briefly knocked down by a wave but got right up and seemed normal. But days later his parents say he became severely ill, vomiting and in pain: His father described the severe illness that came over the child.. "'Ahhh.' he went like that!  'Ahhh!' he looked at me with these painful, hurtful eyes like I've never ...

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    The parents of little Frankie Delgado say the four year old died six days after returning home from a trip to Galveston bay.  His parents say he was briefly knocked down by a wave but got right up and seemed normal. But days later his parents say he became severely ill, vomiting and in pain: His father described the severe illness that came over the child.. "'Ahhh.' he went like that!  'Ahhh!' he looked at me with these painful, hurtful eyes like I've never ...

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  • 'Big Jack's Reef' under construction in Calcasieu Lake

    'Big Jack's Reef' under construction in Calcasieu Lake

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 8:50 PM EDT2017-06-08 00:50:44 GMT
    "Big Jack's Reef""Big Jack's Reef"

    He was known to his family and friends as "Big Jack." And the late Jack Lawton Sr. was not only an esteemed businessman and philanthropist from the Lake area - he was also a founding member of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana.

    So, what better way to honor his memory than building "Big Jack's Reef" in Calcasieu Lake? It's part of a program aimed at creating exceptional fish habitats. 

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    He was known to his family and friends as "Big Jack." And the late Jack Lawton Sr. was not only an esteemed businessman and philanthropist from the Lake area - he was also a founding member of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana.

    So, what better way to honor his memory than building "Big Jack's Reef" in Calcasieu Lake? It's part of a program aimed at creating exceptional fish habitats. 

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  • Second victim dies from May 21 house fire on Gen. Wainwright St.

    Tuesday, June 6 2017 7:57 PM EDT2017-06-06 23:57:00 GMT

    A house fire in Lake Charles that already claimed one life has now taken another. The woman who helped get others to safety has now succumbed to her injuries from the May 21 fire at 2721 East General Wainwright in Lake Charles.

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    A house fire in Lake Charles that already claimed one life has now taken another.  The woman who helped get others to safety has now succumbed to her injuries from the May 21 fire at 2721 East General Wainwright in Lake Charles.

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  • Why are some trauma victims sent from Lake Charles to Lafayette?

    Why are some trauma victims sent from Lake Charles to Lafayette?

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 7:39 PM EDT2017-05-30 23:39:42 GMT

    A child shot two weeks ago, a Lake Charles attorney this past weekend - In both of those high-profile trauma cases involving gunshot wounds, the victims were moved to Lafayette for treatment. But why?

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    A child shot two weeks ago, a Lake Charles attorney this past weekend - In both of those high-profile trauma cases involving gunshot wounds, the victims were moved to Lafayette for treatment. But why?

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

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

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

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

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

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  • President-elect Burckel optimistic about future for McNeese

    President-elect Burckel optimistic about future for McNeese

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

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

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

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

    Family of KK's Corner murder victim wants case reopened

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

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

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

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  • Veterans cemetery planned in Jennings

    Veterans cemetery planned in Jennings

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

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

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

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  • Major progress visible on permanent Veterans Clinic

    Major progress visible on permanent Veterans Clinic

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

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

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

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  • $143 million Cameron Interstate Pipeline station dedicated

    $143 million Cameron Interstate Pipeline station dedicated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Corps says Saltwater Barrier flood gates open since May 3

    Corps says Saltwater Barrier flood gates open since May 3

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

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

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

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  • Some question whether development is worsening flooding

    Some question whether development is worsening flooding

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • Sign changes confusing to drivers

    Sign changes confusing to drivers

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

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

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

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  • DeRosier and Palermo accuse each other of breaching plea agreement

    DeRosier and Palermo accuse each other of breaching plea agreement

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

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

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

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  • DeQuincy police chief's daughter arrested on drug charges

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

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

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

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  • Local tax attorney optimistic about effects of Trump tax plan

    Local tax attorney optimistic about effects of Trump tax plan

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

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

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

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  • DOES IT WORK? Have you tried any of those hair accessories you see in stores?

    DOES IT WORK? Have you tried any of those hair accessories you see in stores?

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 6:29 PM EDT2016-08-24 22:29:11 GMT

    When shopping, have you ever wound up buying various hair accessories - the ones that are supposed to give you a perfect bun or updo?

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    When shopping, have you ever wound up buying various hair accessories - the ones that are supposed to give you a perfect bun or updo?

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  • 7On Your Side: Choosing a health care plan

    7On Your Side: Choosing a health care plan

    Changes in health care have put us in the driver's seat. Now is the time to do your research, weigh all options and pick a health plan that's right for you."Taking advantage of the open enrollment periodMore >>
    Changes in health care have put us in the driver's seat. Now is the time to do your research, weigh all options and pick a health plan that's right for you.More >>
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