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  • Woman in captivity for 18 years visits Lake Charles for police training

    Woman in captivity for 18 years visits Lake Charles for police training

    Thursday, March 16 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-03-16 23:14:41 GMT

    She lived in captivity for 18 years and bore two children by her abductor. But Jaycee Dugard was rescued in 2009 after two campus police in California noticed something not right about a man with two young girls.

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    She lived in captivity for 18 years and bore two children by her abductor. But Jaycee Dugard was rescued in 2009 after two campus police in California noticed something not right about a man with two young girls.

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  • Victim : Javonta Harrison is 'the devil himself'

    Victim : Javonta Harrison is 'the devil himself'

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 8:11 PM EDT2017-03-16 00:11:40 GMT
    Javonta Jermel Harrison. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Javonta Jermel Harrison. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Javonta Harrison, who raped a woman at gunpoint and recorded video of it, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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    Javonta Harrison, who raped a woman at gunpoint and recorded video of it, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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  • Harrison gets life in prison for rape, 104 years for robbery and 30 years for burglary

    Harrison gets life in prison for rape, 104 years for robbery and 30 years for burglary

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 1:21 PM EDT2017-03-15 17:21:55 GMT
    Javonta Jermel Harrison (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Javonta Jermel Harrison (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Javonta Harrison, who raped a woman at gunpoint and recorded video of it, will spend the rest of his life in prison.   In State District Court, Harrison was sentenced to life in prison for aggravated rape; 104 years for armed robbery with a firearm and 30 years for aggravated burglary. In a letter to the court, the victim called Harrison the devil himself and told how he ruined her life. She said Harrison shows no remorse for his crime or that her young daughter was in th...

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    Javonta Harrison, who raped a woman at gunpoint and recorded video of it, will spend the rest of his life in prison.   In State District Court, Harrison was sentenced to life in prison for aggravated rape; 104 years for armed robbery with a firearm and 30 years for aggravated burglary. In a letter to the court, the victim called Harrison the devil himself and told how he ruined her life. She said Harrison shows no remorse for his crime or that her young daughter was in th...

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  • Alliance working to promote positive growth

    Alliance working to promote positive growth

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 10:15 PM EDT2017-03-15 02:15:00 GMT

    Everybody wants a piece of the pie when it comes to the potential for economic prosperity during Southwest Louisiana's "big boom."

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    Everybody wants a piece of the pie when it comes to the potential for economic prosperity during Southwest Louisiana's "big boom."

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  • Newsman Jim Beam inducted into La. Political Hall of Fame

    Newsman Jim Beam inducted into La. Political Hall of Fame

    Monday, March 13 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-03-14 01:04:37 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A huge honor for a southwest Louisiana newsman this weekend..  Retired Editor of the American Press newspaper, Jim Beam, has been inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame. It's a rare honor to be inducted with the likes of Huey and Earl Long and others of the state's most well known, and memorable politicians.  And it's even rarer for a journalist. Yet, Beam is now the first and only journalist from Southwest Louisiana to receive the honor bestowed this pas...

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    A huge honor for a southwest Louisiana newsman this weekend..  Retired Editor of the American Press newspaper, Jim Beam, has been inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame. It's a rare honor to be inducted with the likes of Huey and Earl Long and others of the state's most well known, and memorable politicians.  And it's even rarer for a journalist. Yet, Beam is now the first and only journalist from Southwest Louisiana to receive the honor bestowed this pas...

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  • Mardi Gras parade-goers urged to keep safety in mind

    Mardi Gras parade-goers urged to keep safety in mind

    Monday, February 27 2017 8:08 PM EST2017-02-28 01:08:04 GMT

    A crash during a parade in New Orleans has heightened safety concerns of parade-goers. The crash at the Endymion parade injured 32 people and sent 23 to the hospital. Law enforcement in the Lake area says measures already in place would likely prevent such a crash here. Still, officers urge people to keep safety in the forefront.

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    A crash during a parade in New Orleans has heightened safety concerns of parade-goers. The crash at the Endymion parade injured 32 people and sent 23 to the hospital. Law enforcement in the Lake area says measures already in place would likely prevent such a crash here. Still, officers urge people to keep safety in the forefront.

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  • Homeless man finds kindness, compassion at sandwich shop

    Homeless man finds kindness, compassion at sandwich shop

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 11:02 PM EST2017-02-22 04:02:28 GMT

    The perils of living life on the streets are many and varied - from braving bad weather to not having a decent meal. But one local homeless man found kindness and compassion at a sandwich shop.

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    The perils of living life on the streets are many and varied - from braving bad weather to not having a decent meal. But one local homeless man found kindness and compassion at a sandwich shop.

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  • BBBS: Research proves mentors make measurable differences for kids

    BBBS: Research proves mentors make measurable differences for kids

    Friday, February 17 2017 8:24 PM EST2017-02-18 01:24:02 GMT
    (Source:KPLC)(Source:KPLC)

    Organizers say kids who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters are less likely to start using drugs and alcohol, or get into fights.

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    Organizers say kids who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters are less likely to start using drugs and alcohol, or get into fights.

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  • YMCA building donated to Boy Scouts

    YMCA building donated to Boy Scouts

    Friday, February 10 2017 7:05 PM EST2017-02-11 00:05:48 GMT

    For almost twelve years the building that once housed the Kirby street YMCA has been vacant and deteriorating. But the building has now been donated to the Boy Scouts Calcasieu Council. Since hurricane Rita devastated the building it's been vacant, trashed and partly boarded up causing many to ask... Concerned citizen John Chavanne:  "I wanna know, what's going on with this building?  Ever since Rita, nothing's happened."    Local historic preservation...

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    For almost twelve years the building that once housed the Kirby street YMCA has been vacant and deteriorating. But the building has now been donated to the Boy Scouts Calcasieu Council. Since hurricane Rita devastated the building it's been vacant, trashed and partly boarded up causing many to ask... Concerned citizen John Chavanne:  "I wanna know, what's going on with this building?  Ever since Rita, nothing's happened."    Local historic preservation...

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  • LC businessman shares story of survival and overcoming adversity

    LC businessman shares story of survival and overcoming adversity

    Thursday, February 2 2017 8:35 PM EST2017-02-03 01:35:40 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    He survived and lives to share his message to all who will listen. Local businessman nick Perioux was shot in the stomach and nearly died just over 12 years ago. It's about overcoming adversity: by all accounts, Perioux should have died that December night in 2004 in an attempted armed robbery and shooting as he was leaving his family's restaurant..

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    He survived and lives to share his message to all who will listen. Local businessman nick Perioux was shot in the stomach and nearly died just over 12 years ago. It's about overcoming adversity: by all accounts, Perioux should have died that December night in 2004 in an attempted armed robbery and shooting as he was leaving his family's restaurant..

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  • Parents await refunds, records from License 2 Drive

    Parents await refunds, records from License 2 Drive

    Monday, January 30 2017 10:15 PM EST2017-01-31 03:15:59 GMT

    Parents of students at the Lake Charles driving school that recently lost its license are becoming increasingly frustrated.

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    Parents of students at the Lake Charles driving school that recently lost its license are becoming increasingly frustrated.

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  • Judge hears heartbreaking victim statements in McArthur sentencing hearing

    Judge hears heartbreaking victim statements in McArthur sentencing hearing

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 11:52 PM EST2017-01-26 04:52:00 GMT

    There were words of heartbreak and misery in a DeRidder courtroom on Wednesday in the sentencing hearing of Cecil McArthur, Jr.

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    There were words of heartbreak and misery in a DeRidder courtroom on Wednesday in the sentencing hearing of Cecil McArthur, Jr.

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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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