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  • LEGAL CORNER: Are bump stocks legal in Louisiana?

    LEGAL CORNER: Are bump stocks legal in Louisiana?

    Wednesday, October 11 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-10-11 20:58:12 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: Are “bump stocks” legal in Louisiana? ANSWER: A bump stock is sometimes referred to as “bump fire” or “bump fire stock” (one of the distributors has “Bump Fire” in the name), and is an attachment that uses the recoil of a weapon to mimic the action of an automatic weapon, but it does not actually fully convert it to what fits the definition of “au...

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: Are “bump stocks” legal in Louisiana? ANSWER: A bump stock is sometimes referred to as “bump fire” or “bump fire stock” (one of the distributors has “Bump Fire” in the name), and is an attachment that uses the recoil of a weapon to mimic the action of an automatic weapon, but it does not actually fully convert it to what fits the definition of “au...

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  • LEGAL CORNER: Our neighbor's man-made pond is draining into our yard. What are our options?

    LEGAL CORNER: Our neighbor's man-made pond is draining into our yard. What are our options?

    Wednesday, October 4 2017 12:23 PM EDT2017-10-04 16:23:02 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: Our neighbor had a pond dug only a few feet from our property line and placed the overflow pipe for the pond on the line. Now every time the pond overflows, we have a flooded yard for weeks. What are our options other than destroy the yard with ditches to drain their pond water? ANSWER: Louisiana Civ. Code Art. 655: An estate situated below is bound to receive the surface waters that flow natura...

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: Our neighbor had a pond dug only a few feet from our property line and placed the overflow pipe for the pond on the line. Now every time the pond overflows, we have a flooded yard for weeks. What are our options other than destroy the yard with ditches to drain their pond water? ANSWER: Louisiana Civ. Code Art. 655: An estate situated below is bound to receive the surface waters that flow natura...

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  • LEGAL CORNER: Do employees have the right to accumulate PTO during overtime?

    LEGAL CORNER: Do employees have the right to accumulate PTO during overtime?

    Wednesday, October 4 2017 12:22 PM EDT2017-10-04 16:22:27 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. QUESTION: Recently the company I work for went to a mandatory 6/10 schedule - a 60-hour work week. The employees for this company accumulated personal time off (PTO) on a 40-hour work week and were told that the 20 extra mandatory hours would not be counted towards the accumulation of PTO time. So my question is: if the work schedule has been made mandatory, shouldn't the employees have the right to accumulate PTO time during these e...

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. QUESTION: Recently the company I work for went to a mandatory 6/10 schedule - a 60-hour work week. The employees for this company accumulated personal time off (PTO) on a 40-hour work week and were told that the 20 extra mandatory hours would not be counted towards the accumulation of PTO time. So my question is: if the work schedule has been made mandatory, shouldn't the employees have the right to accumulate PTO time during these e...

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  • LEGAL CORNER: Is there any action that can be taken when a neighbor's child is bouncing a basketball at night?

    LEGAL CORNER: Is there any action that can be taken when a neighbor's child is bouncing a basketball at night?

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 2:35 PM EDT2017-09-20 18:35:54 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    1  My father passed away years ago while married to my mom. He left his house to his ex wife when they divorced. Recently the house was sold. Do I, as his child, still have any claims to the home once it was sold? ANSWER: Making the presumption that "He LEFT his house to his ex wife" means that he left it to her in his will or donated it to her, then there are no claims to be made. However, as his child, you may have a claim under certain conditions.  You are cons...

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    1  My father passed away years ago while married to my mom. He left his house to his ex wife when they divorced. Recently the house was sold. Do I, as his child, still have any claims to the home once it was sold? ANSWER: Making the presumption that "He LEFT his house to his ex wife" means that he left it to her in his will or donated it to her, then there are no claims to be made. However, as his child, you may have a claim under certain conditions.  You are cons...

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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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  • Greinwich Terrace family receives new home after Harvey

    Greinwich Terrace family receives new home after Harvey

    Monday, October 16 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-10-17 03:36:51 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos

    It's no secret Harvey devastated the Greinwich Terrace neighborhood in Lake Charles, as many families are still struggling to piece together their lives. One family, however, has finally found light at the end of the tunnel. "It's all on me," said Patricia Elie, a Greinwich Terrace resident. "I'm disabled, I don't work. I take care of my son." Darnell is Elie's 41-year-old son. He was born with cerebral palsy and had a stroke 14 years ago. He is completely immobi...

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    It's no secret Harvey devastated the Greinwich Terrace neighborhood in Lake Charles, as many families are still struggling to piece together their lives. One family, however, has finally found light at the end of the tunnel. "It's all on me," said Patricia Elie, a Greinwich Terrace resident. "I'm disabled, I don't work. I take care of my son." Darnell is Elie's 41-year-old son. He was born with cerebral palsy and had a stroke 14 years ago. He is completely immobi...

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    Troopers deploy spike strip on I-210 to stop chase

    Troopers deploy spike strip on I-210 to stop chase

    Monday, October 16 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-10-17 03:23:18 GMT
    Blake Aaron Mouton Smith (Source: KPLC)Blake Aaron Mouton Smith (Source: KPLC)
    A Lake Charles man is under arrested following a vehicle chase through Lake Charles Monday evening, authorities say. Blake Aaron Mouton Smith, 26, faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (second offense), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of pharmaceuticals without a prescription, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container, passing on the...More >>
    A Lake Charles man is under arrested following a vehicle chase through Lake Charles Monday evening, authorities say. Blake Aaron Mouton Smith, 26, faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (second offense), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of pharmaceuticals without a prescription, aggravated flight from an officer, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container, passing on the...More >>
  • TRAFFIC: Accident causing congestion in both directions on I-10 Calcasieu River bridge

    TRAFFIC: Accident causing congestion in both directions on I-10 Calcasieu River bridge

    Monday, October 16 2017 11:12 PM EDT2017-10-17 03:12:01 GMT
    (Source: KPLC SkyCam)(Source: KPLC SkyCam)

    An accident is causing traffic on the I-10 bridge to back up in both directions. Take an alternate route if possible. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    An accident is causing traffic on the I-10 bridge to back up in both directions. Take an alternate route if possible. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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