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  • VIRAL VIDEO: Talk about a tail spin, the world's first Drodent

    VIRAL VIDEO: Talk about a tail spin, the world's first Drodent

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:05:45 GMT
    Pepeijn Bruins and his pet rat Ratjetoe. (Source: TVGelderland)Pepeijn Bruins and his pet rat Ratjetoe. (Source: TVGelderland)
    A 13-year-old Dutch boy lost his beloved pet Ratjetoe to cancer. According to the Daily Mail, Pepeijn Bruins had the rat stuffed and turned into a remote control helicopter.More >>
    A 13-year-old Dutch boy lost his beloved pet Ratjetoe to cancer. According to the Daily Mail, Pepeijn Bruins had the rat stuffed and turned into a remote control helicopter.More >>
  • Lafayette Police officers are searching for a hit and run suspect

    Lafayette Police officers are searching for a hit and run suspect

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:39:02 GMT
    The Lafayette Police department investigators are on the hunt for a truck driver who hit a pedestrian early Sunday morning. More >>
    The Lafayette Police department investigators are on the hunt for a truck driver who hit a pedestrian early Sunday morning. More >>
  • Boil Advisory for parts of Southwest Allen Parish

    Boil Advisory for parts of Southwest Allen Parish

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:32:59 GMT
    The Southwest Allen Parish Water District # 2 boil advisoryMore >>
    The Southwest Allen Parish Water District # 2 boil advisoryMore >>
  • Clean water audit discussed in Beauregard Parish

    Clean water audit discussed in Beauregard Parish

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:56 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:56:31 GMT
    A public discussion of a clean water audit lasted almost an hour and a half in Beauregard Parish Waterworks District 3 Monday night.A lawsuit settlement between an environmental group and a parish waterworks district resulted in a third party audit.The man who is leading the audit is environmental scientist David Booth. He fielded a variety of questions ranging from the audit's timeline to what they were looking for in the water."It's good to have the public involved in the process, and we're...More >>
    A public discussion of a clean water audit lasted almost an hour and a half in Beauregard Parish Waterworks District 3 Monday night.A lawsuit settlement between an environmental group and a parish waterworks district resulted in a third party audit.The man who is leading the audit is environmental scientist David Booth. He fielded a variety of questions ranging from the audit's timeline to what they were looking for in the water."It's good to have the public involved in the process, and we're...More >>
  • Karey trial postponed

    Karey trial postponed

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:16:14 GMT
    A delay in the trial of the man accused of killing a Lake Charles pastor.More >>
    A delay in the trial of the man accused of killing a Lake Charles pastor.More >>
  • 7 On your side: Medical Data Breach

    7 On your side: Medical Data Breach

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:32:21 GMT
    Data breaches seem to happen more routinely. One of the latest happened to medical facilities that use a company called Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation.More >>
    Data breaches seem to happen more routinely. One of the latest happened to medical facilities that use a company called Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation.More >>
  • College ranking gains McNeese national recognition

    College ranking gains McNeese national recognition

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:04:35 GMT
    (Source: MGN Online)(Source: MGN Online)
    McNeese is getting new national attention. It's not about the football team this time. A well respected college ranking in now calling McNeese one of the best regional universities and one of the top public universities. U.S. News and World Report recently released it's 2015 ranking. McNeese is considered one of the best regional universities in the "tier one" south category. Also in the southern region, it's considered on of the top 50 public schools."I love my classes and I love my teachers...More >>
    McNeese is getting new national attention. It's not about the football team this time. A well respected college ranking in now calling McNeese one of the best regional universities and one of the top public universities. U.S. News and World Report recently released it's 2015 ranking. McNeese is considered one of the best regional universities in the "tier one" south category. Also in the southern region, it's considered on of the top 50 public schools."I love my classes and I love my teachers...More >>
  • CPSO to host fishing derby for senior residents

    CPSO to host fishing derby for senior residents

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:39:46 GMT
    CPSO Senior Fishing Derby. (Source: KPLC)CPSO Senior Fishing Derby. (Source: KPLC)
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will host a free fishing derby for senior residents in the Calcasieu area on Friday. More >>
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will host a free fishing derby for senior residents in the Calcasieu area on Friday.  More >>
  • Two arrested on drug charges in Vernon Parish

    Two arrested on drug charges in Vernon Parish

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:27:24 GMT
    Shandi Cole. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)Shandi Cole. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
    Two Evans residents have been arrested on drug charges, following a Friday night traffic stop by agents with the Vernon Narcotics Task Force Criminal Patrol.More >>
    Two Evans residents have been arrested on drug charges, following a Friday night traffic stop by agents with the Vernon Narcotics Task Force Criminal Patrol. More >>
  • Westlake residents speak out about upcoming election

    Westlake residents speak out about upcoming election

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:21:03 GMT
    Just about every office in Westlake is up for grabs. With the upcoming election, candidates are eager to voice their platforms. They held a "Meet the Candidates" forum to give voters an opportunity to hear what they have to say.More >>
    Just about every office in Westlake is up for grabs. With the upcoming election, candidates are eager to voice their platforms. They held a "Meet the Candidates" forum to give voters an opportunity to hear what they have to say.More >>
  • Authorities seek public's help in identifying burglary suspect

    Authorities seek public's help in identifying burglary suspect

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:18:51 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect in a September 4 burglary.More >>
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect in a September 4 burglary. More >>
  • State police to offer child car seat safety checks

    State police to offer child car seat safety checks

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-09-15 20:52:45 GMT
    (Source: MGN Online)(Source: MGN Online)
    Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force will conduct free child car seat safety checks, as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.More >>
    Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force will conduct free child car seat safety checks, as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.
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  • Hurricane Odile lashes Baja; Edouard remains over open Atlantic

    Hurricane Odile lashes Baja; Edouard remains over open Atlantic

    Hurricane Odile lashes Baja; Edouard remains over open Atlantic

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-09-15 20:38:16 GMT
    Hurricane Odile making landfall over Cabo San Lucas, MXHurricane Odile making landfall over Cabo San Lucas, MX
    The Gulf of Mexico continues to remain storm free while the Pacific and Atlantic aren't necessarily as quiet, major hurricane Odile made a landfall over Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Sunday night as a category three storm making it the strongest to ever hit Baja California.More >>
    The Gulf of Mexico continues to remain storm free while the Pacific and Atlantic aren't necessarily as quiet, major hurricane Odile made a landfall over Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Sunday night as a category three storm making it the strongest to ever hit Baja California.More >>
  • Louisiana officials outline changes to early childhood system

    Louisiana officials outline changes to early childhood system

    Monday, September 15 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-09-15 17:15:41 GMT
    Plans are in place for changes to Louisiana's early childhood system. The Department of Education and DCFS outlined proposed policies and strategies to unify the system.More >>
    Plans are in place for changes to Louisiana's early childhood system. The Department of Education and DCFS outlined proposed policies and strategies to unify the system.More >>
  • 69th Commissioning Ceremony of the U.S.S. Orleck

    69th Commissioning Ceremony of the U.S.S. Orleck

    Sunday, September 14 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-09-15 00:45:58 GMT
    A commissioning ceremony on the U.S.S. Orleck took place this weekend. September 15 marks the 69th anniversary of the commissioning of the U.S.S. Orleck. This recognizes the day the ship began serving her country. The importance of the 69th year, is the countdown to 70 which marks the end of World War II.More >>
    A commissioning ceremony on the U.S.S. Orleck took place this weekend. September 15 marks the 69th anniversary of the commissioning of the U.S.S. Orleck. This recognizes the day the ship began serving her country. The importance of the 69th year, is the countdown to 70 which marks the end of World War II.More >>
  • New Orleans Police arrest man in officer shooting

    New Orleans Police arrest man in officer shooting

    Sunday, September 14 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-09-15 00:25:54 GMT
     New Orleans police have arrested a man they say was involved in the shooting of an officer early Sunday morning.
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     New Orleans police have arrested a man they say was involved in the shooting of an officer early Sunday morning.

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  • CPSB library offers special technology for students with disabilities

    CPSB library offers special technology for students with disabilities

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-09-14 23:06:04 GMT
    (Source: MGN Online)(Source: MGN Online)
    The library may be a tiny room inside the Calcasieu Parish School Board's technology building, but it's a small space creating big opportunities for students with disabilities. "You have students that are non-readers, non-verbal, are hearing impaired, vision impaired, physically impaired, and we have assistive technology to cover all of those things," said Grant Facilitator for the Calcasieu Parish School Board, Julie White. Thanks to a state grant, the Lending Library was born. It works like...More >>
    The library may be a tiny room inside the Calcasieu Parish School Board's technology building, but it's a small space creating big opportunities for students with disabilities. "You have students that are non-readers, non-verbal, are hearing impaired, vision impaired, physically impaired, and we have assistive technology to cover all of those things," said Grant Facilitator for the Calcasieu Parish School Board, Julie White. Thanks to a state grant, the Lending Library was born. It works like...More >>
  • Louisiana ranks fourth in domestic homicide rates

    Louisiana ranks fourth in domestic homicide rates

    The shocking footage of former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice has brought domestic violence into the spotlight.
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    The shocking footage of former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice has brought domestic violence into the spotlight. More >>
  • La. coastal jobs in high demand of qualified workers

    La. coastal jobs in high demand of qualified workers

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:48 PM EDT2014-09-14 00:48:57 GMT
    Job opportunities are available if you want to work to protect the Louisiana coastal wetlands. Erosion is eating away at the coast, and though billions of dollars are being spent to restore it, there are more jobs than qualified workers to fill the positions.More >>
    Job opportunities are available if you want to work to protect the Louisiana coastal wetlands. Erosion is eating away at the coast, and though billions of dollars are being spent to restore it, there are more jobs than qualified workers to fill the positions.More >>
  • Community center renamed in Cpl. Stevens honor

    Community center renamed in Cpl. Stevens honor

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:33 PM EDT2014-09-14 00:33:34 GMT
    At only 19 years of age, a soldier from Calcasieu Parish died in the line of duty, after spending just three months in Vietnam. That was nearly 50 years ago.More >>
    At only 19 years of age, a soldier from Calcasieu Parish died in the line of duty, after spending just three months in Vietnam. That was nearly 50 years ago.More >>
  • 1 dead in gas accident on offshore LA platform

    1 dead in gas accident on offshore LA platform

    Saturday, September 13 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-09-13 23:38:58 GMT

    Chevron says a contractor has been killed during maintenance on a natural gas line off the Louisiana coast. The contractor was among four maintenance workers on the platform about 11:10 a.m. Saturday.

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    Chevron says a contractor has been killed during maintenance on a natural gas line off the Louisiana coast. The contractor was among four maintenance workers on the platform about 11:10 a.m. Saturday.

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  • Sulphur hosts 5th annual Stars and Stripes Car Show; unveils Sulphur Memorial Wall layouts

    Sulphur hosts 5th annual Stars and Stripes Car Show; unveils Sulphur Memorial Wall layouts

    Sulphur hosts 5th annual Stars and Stripes Car Show; unveils Sulphur Memorial Wall layouts

    Saturday, September 13 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-09-13 21:30:02 GMT
    The city of Sulphur hosted its 5th annual Stars and Stripes in the Park Classic Car show and Cruise night Saturday. Hundreds filled Sulphur's Heritage Square to get a glimpse of classic rides and take time to honor those lost during the attacks on 9/11.More >>
    The city of Sulphur hosted its 5th annual Stars and Stripes in the Park Classic Car show and Cruise night Saturday. Hundreds filled Sulphur's Heritage Square to get a glimpse of classic rides and take time to honor those lost during the attacks on 9/11.More >>
  • SWLA Literacy Council hosts Literacy Awareness Day

    SWLA Literacy Council hosts Literacy Awareness Day

    Saturday, September 13 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-09-13 21:28:01 GMT
    The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana hosted a Literacy Awareness Day at Prien Lake Mall in Lake Charles.The theme "wild about reading" encouraged children to enjoy reading at a young age. Director of the Literacy Council, Tommeka Semien, said, "In our country we have a lot of adults who grow up and they have difficulty with reading and writing. So if we promote literacy early as a fun activity as a family activity and also if we share information about community resources for people wh...More >>
    The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana hosted a Literacy Awareness Day at Prien Lake Mall in Lake Charles.The theme "wild about reading" encouraged children to enjoy reading at a young age. Director of the Literacy Council, Tommeka Semien, said, "In our country we have a lot of adults who grow up and they have difficulty with reading and writing. So if we promote literacy early as a fun activity as a family activity and also if we share information about community resources for people wh...More >>
  • Colors for a Cause 5K run/walk benefits families battling Cancer

    Colors for a Cause 5K run/walk benefits families battling Cancer

    Saturday, September 13 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-09-13 21:20:03 GMT
    Hundreds of walkers and runners gathered in Westlake for the third annual Colors for a Cause 5K run and one mile walk. Proceeds benefit cancer fighters in Louisiana with expenses related to their cancer treatment along with funding the Colors for a Cause Cancer Awareness Program.More >>
    Hundreds of walkers and runners gathered in Westlake for the third annual Colors for a Cause 5K run and one mile walk. Proceeds benefit cancer fighters in Louisiana with expenses related to their cancer treatment along with funding the Colors for a Cause Cancer Awareness Program.More >>
  • Nuisance barge off Goos Ferry Road

    Nuisance barge off Goos Ferry Road

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:30 AM EDT2014-09-13 04:30:33 GMT
    A barge off Goos Ferry Road continues to be a nuisance for Lake Charles firefighters.More >>
    A barge off Goos Ferry Road continues to be a nuisance for Lake Charles firefighters.More >>
  • DeRidder veteran seeking home repair assistance

    DeRidder veteran seeking home repair assistance

    Friday, September 12 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-09-13 03:13:54 GMT
    Veteran Leo Carthan was taken to the hospital three weeks ago by ambulance, when he was found lying in his doorway. His family friend, Carlos Jones, then became aware of his unlivable conditions.More >>
    Veteran Leo Carthan was taken to the hospital three weeks ago by ambulance, when he was found lying in his doorway. His family friend, Carlos Jones, then became aware of his unlivable conditions.More >>
  • Senator Landrieu apologizes for misusing taxpayer's money

    Senator Landrieu apologizes for misusing taxpayer's money

    Friday, September 12 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-09-13 03:03:12 GMT
    Senator Mary Landrieu apologized Friday afternoon for misusing taxpayer's money over the past 12 years, but blamed it on bookkeeping errors.More >>
    Senator Mary Landrieu apologized Friday afternoon for misusing taxpayer's money over the past 12 years, but blamed it on bookkeeping errors.More >>
  • Ruling keeps Condea Vista spying case alive

    Ruling keeps Condea Vista spying case alive

    Friday, September 12 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-09-13 01:37:53 GMT
    It's been more than six years since we first told you about a local industry's alleged spying on Lake area environmentalists and their attorneys. But, the legal wrangling over the allegations continues.More >>
    It's been more than six years since we first told you about a local industry's alleged spying on Lake area environmentalists and their attorneys. But, the legal wrangling over the allegations continues.More >>
  • An overnight shooting sends a Lafayette Police Officer to the hospital

    An overnight shooting sends a Lafayette Police Officer to the hospital

    Friday, September 12 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-09-12 22:19:01 GMT
    Chase Chaisson. (Source: Lafayette Police Department)Chase Chaisson. (Source: Lafayette Police Department)
    Lafayette Police investigating a Wednesday shooting were searching for a suspect at an apartment complex on Thursday on W. Willow St. when a confrontation with the suspect led to exchanged gunfire.More >>
    Lafayette Police investigating a Wednesday shooting were searching for a suspect at an apartment complex on Thursday on W. Willow St. when a confrontation with the suspect led to exchanged gunfire.More >>
  • DHH confirms 12 new cases of West Nile

    DHH confirms 12 new cases of West Nile

    Friday, September 12 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-09-12 22:17:05 GMT
    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed 12 new cases of West Nile virus, three of which were neuroinvasive disease infections.More >>
    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed 12 new cases of West Nile virus, three of which were neuroinvasive disease infections.More >>
  • DeRidder man facing synthetic marijuana charges

    DeRidder man facing synthetic marijuana charges

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:08:08 GMT
    Shah Minhas. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office)Shah Minhas. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office)
    A 35-year-old DeRidder man has been arrested on four counts of distribution of synthetic marijuana, authorities said.More >>
    A 35-year-old DeRidder man has been arrested on four counts of distribution of synthetic marijuana, authorities said.More >>
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