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  • SUNRISE: Jan. 18 Birthdays!

    SUNRISE: Jan. 18 Birthdays!

    Thursday, January 18 2018 10:17 AM EST2018-01-18 15:17:55 GMT

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 18 Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 18 Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 16, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 16, 2018

    Thursday, January 18 2018 8:40 AM EST2018-01-18 13:40:13 GMT

    Ireall N Chest, 25, Harvey: Two counts instate detainer.  Troy Scott Coker, 35, Sulphur: Two counts of failure to register as a sex offender. Bond: $15,000. Anthony Dashuan Williams, 19, Lake Charles: Simple burglary, illegal possession of stolen things, six counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, theft. Bond: $5,000.  Dontrelle Washington, 34, Lake Charles: Instate detainer.  Dion Matthews Smith, 36, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, battery, ...

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    Ireall N Chest, 25, Harvey: Two counts instate detainer.  Troy Scott Coker, 35, Sulphur: Two counts of failure to register as a sex offender. Bond: $15,000. Anthony Dashuan Williams, 19, Lake Charles: Simple burglary, illegal possession of stolen things, six counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, theft. Bond: $5,000.  Dontrelle Washington, 34, Lake Charles: Instate detainer.  Dion Matthews Smith, 36, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, battery, ...

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  • UPDATE: Kinder, Calcasieu and Jeff Davis Parish schools remain closed Thursday

    UPDATE: Kinder, Calcasieu and Jeff Davis Parish schools remain closed Thursday

    Thursday, January 18 2018 8:18 AM EST2018-01-18 13:18:51 GMT
    CPSB logo (Source: CPSB)CPSB logo (Source: CPSB)

    Calcasieu Parish schools will remain closed tomorrow, Jan. 18 due to ice, water, and heat issues. All central office locations will open at 11 a.m.  KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Calcasieu Parish schools will remain closed tomorrow, Jan. 18 due to ice, water, and heat issues. All central office locations will open at 11 a.m.  KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • FIRST ALERT: In the deep freeze through mid-morning

    FIRST ALERT: In the deep freeze through mid-morning

    FIRST ALERT: In the deep freeze through mid-morning

    Thursday, January 18 2018 8:04 AM EST2018-01-18 13:04:53 GMT

    With the final morning of very hard freezing temperatures underway now, the thaw will begin by late-morning with temperatures warming up to above freezing closer to noon today.

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    With the final morning of very hard freezing temperatures underway now, the thaw will begin by late-morning with temperatures warming up to above freezing closer to noon today.

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  • Thursday morning update on ice-related road closures

    Thursday morning update on ice-related road closures

    Thursday, January 18 2018 7:42 AM EST2018-01-18 12:42:20 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    As of 5:00 A.M. Thursday, there are still a couple of road closures due to ice in Southwest Louisiana.

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    As of 5:00 A.M. Thursday, there are still a couple of road closures due to ice in Southwest Louisiana.

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  • Sulphur business donates new roof to Avenue of Flags building

    Sulphur business donates new roof to Avenue of Flags building

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:59 AM EST2018-01-18 11:59:35 GMT
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    Two days a year, the Orange Grove Graceland Cemetery is home to the nation's largest display of veteran casket flags. But what happens to those flags the other 363 days?  They are stored here in a concrete building near the display.  "We have a well-made storage shelter," said Ted Harless of the Avenue of Flags. "It's like a bomb shelter, made out of concrete walls. But the roof got old. We started having leaks. We were putting tarps over them and kept the pl...

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    Two days a year, the Orange Grove Graceland Cemetery is home to the nation's largest display of veteran casket flags. But what happens to those flags the other 363 days?  They are stored here in a concrete building near the display.  "We have a well-made storage shelter," said Ted Harless of the Avenue of Flags. "It's like a bomb shelter, made out of concrete walls. But the roof got old. We started having leaks. We were putting tarps over them and kept the pl...

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  • Entergy, BECI customers asked to conserve electricity

    Entergy, BECI customers asked to conserve electricity

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 11:59 PM EST2018-01-18 04:59:17 GMT
    (Source: Entergy)(Source: Entergy)

    Entergy asked its customers to conserve electricity Wednesday night.  Entergy customers should begin electricity conservation at 5 a.m. on Thursday, according to Chip Arnould, spokesman for Entergy. The unusual request comes as electricity could exceed available generation, meaning periodic power outages would be needed. Below is a list of suggestions for power conservation: Lowering thermostat delaying laundry, dish washing and bathing Copyright 2018 KPLC...

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    Entergy asked its customers to conserve electricity Wednesday night.  Entergy customers should begin electricity conservation at 5 a.m. on Thursday, according to Chip Arnould, spokesman for Entergy. The unusual request comes as electricity could exceed available generation, meaning periodic power outages would be needed. Below is a list of suggestions for power conservation: Lowering thermostat delaying laundry, dish washing and bathing Copyright 2018 KPLC...

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  • State police talk about Tuesday night's road conditions and crashes

    State police talk about Tuesday night's road conditions and crashes

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 11:31 PM EST2018-01-18 04:31:54 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)

    The weather shut down both the I-10 and I-210 bridges Tuesday night leaving many stranded for hours. Wednesday the ice melted allowing roads to open back up.   "The biggest challenge was for the people that were caught up in that traffic," said Sgt. James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police.  As the sun set Tuesday afternoon hundreds of vehicles were stuck on the interstate as the I-10 bridge shut down after a truck slid on ice.   "A&nbs...

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    The weather shut down both the I-10 and I-210 bridges Tuesday night leaving many stranded for hours. Wednesday the ice melted allowing roads to open back up.   "The biggest challenge was for the people that were caught up in that traffic," said Sgt. James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police.  As the sun set Tuesday afternoon hundreds of vehicles were stuck on the interstate as the I-10 bridge shut down after a truck slid on ice.   "A&nbs...

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  • BREAKING: Burned body found near Elms Street

    BREAKING: Burned body found near Elms Street

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 10:09 PM EST2018-01-18 03:09:50 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    A burned body has been discovered on Elm St., according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department. The circumstances of the death aren't clear at this time, and the body has not been identified yet. KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    A burned body has been discovered on Elm St., according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department. The circumstances of the death aren't clear at this time, and the body has not been identified yet. KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Icy conditions send some to local emergency room

    Icy conditions send some to local emergency room

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 8:36 PM EST2018-01-18 01:36:33 GMT

    On Prien Lake Road,  you could sense the frustration of drivers forced to turn around because the icy overpass over Contraband Bayou was closed. But pedestrians were allowed to cross, and at least one person slipped and fell as several witnesses looked on. “They were coming across the bridge and a woman actually slipped and fell twice trying to cross the bridge right here,” said witness Dion Nannie. "It's very dangerous.  It really is, you know. I don't r...

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    On Prien Lake Road,  you could sense the frustration of drivers forced to turn around because the icy overpass over Contraband Bayou was closed. But pedestrians were allowed to cross, and at least one person slipped and fell as several witnesses looked on. “They were coming across the bridge and a woman actually slipped and fell twice trying to cross the bridge right here,” said witness Dion Nannie. "It's very dangerous.  It really is, you know. I don't r...

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  • TRAFFIC: Hwy. 190 near La. 395 closed due to ice

    TRAFFIC: Hwy. 190 near La. 395 closed due to ice

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 7:57 PM EST2018-01-18 00:57:34 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Highway 190 between Lauderdale Hwy. and La. 395 is closed due to ice, according to Louisiana State Police. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes until further notice. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Highway 190 between Lauderdale Hwy. and La. 395 is closed due to ice, according to Louisiana State Police. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes until further notice. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Low water advisory for Southwest Louisiana

    Low water advisory for Southwest Louisiana

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 6:12 PM EST2018-01-17 23:12:29 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)
    Sabine Lake and Calcasieu Lake are under a low water advisory, according the National Weather Service. Water levels will remain 1 to 2 feet below predicted levels during times of low tide through midnight. Mariners should use extreme caution and transit at the slowest safe navigable speed to minimize impact.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Sabine Lake and Calcasieu Lake are under a low water advisory, according the National Weather Service. Water levels will remain 1 to 2 feet below predicted levels during times of low tide through midnight. Mariners should use extreme caution and transit at the slowest safe navigable speed to minimize impact.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • The City of Lake Charles asking residents to conserve water

    The City of Lake Charles asking residents to conserve water

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 5:43 PM EST2018-01-17 22:43:16 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    The City of Lake Charles is asking residents to voluntarily conserve water over the next two days in order to help rebuild water pressure. Water usage is high because of burst pipes and dripping faucets.   “When temperatures are above freezing, all running faucets should be turned off. Doing this will help rebuild water pressure in our system," said City Administrator John Cardonne. Faucets only need to run a steady drip to avoid freezing. Copyright 2018&...

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    The City of Lake Charles is asking residents to voluntarily conserve water over the next two days in order to help rebuild water pressure. Water usage is high because of burst pipes and dripping faucets.   “When temperatures are above freezing, all running faucets should be turned off. Doing this will help rebuild water pressure in our system," said City Administrator John Cardonne. Faucets only need to run a steady drip to avoid freezing. Copyright 2018&...

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  • City of Crowley to host Arbor Day Ceremony

    City of Crowley to host Arbor Day Ceremony

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 5:22 PM EST2018-01-17 22:22:01 GMT
    (Source: City of Crowley)(Source: City of Crowley)

    The City of Crowley will host an Arbor Day event this Friday.  The event begins at 10:00 a.m. at Mobley Field by the West 10th Street entrance.  This is the third year for the memorial tree planting. Any person, business or organization is welcome to participate. For more information contact the tourism coordinator at Crowley City Hall, 337-783-0824, EXT 301   Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.  

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    The City of Crowley will host an Arbor Day event this Friday.  The event begins at 10:00 a.m. at Mobley Field by the West 10th Street entrance.  This is the third year for the memorial tree planting. Any person, business or organization is welcome to participate. For more information contact the tourism coordinator at Crowley City Hall, 337-783-0824, EXT 301   Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.  

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  • TRAFFIC: Hwy. 190 blocked by 18-wheeler

    TRAFFIC: Hwy. 190 blocked by 18-wheeler

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 5:08 PM EST2018-01-17 22:08:15 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)

    Highway 190 is blocked by an 18-wheeler near Elton and Jefferson Davis Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. LSP is currently working to clear the roadway. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes until further notice. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Highway 190 is blocked by an 18-wheeler near Elton and Jefferson Davis Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. LSP is currently working to clear the roadway. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes until further notice. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • TRAFFIC: 210 bridge, loop now open

    TRAFFIC: 210 bridge, loop now open

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 3:32 PM EST2018-01-17 20:32:33 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)

    Authorities continue to urge drivers to stay off the road in Southwest Louisiana, due to the chance of ice on the roads.

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    Authorities continue to urge drivers to stay off the road in Southwest Louisiana, due to the chance of ice on the roads.

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  • Legal corner: When does duck hunting season really end?

    Legal corner: When does duck hunting season really end?

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 2:22 PM EST2018-01-17 19:22:40 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. 

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. 

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  • Boil advisory issued for Singer

    Boil advisory issued for Singer

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 2:18 PM EST2018-01-17 19:18:09 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Beauregard Parish Waterworks District No. 2, is issuing a precautionary boil advisory for residents after a break in the main water line and severe weather conditions. Once the water has been restored the area north of Fred Cloessner Road and all intersecting roads up to Ben Elston Road, residents are advised to boil water until further notice. For more information please call 462-6805. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Beauregard Parish Waterworks District No. 2, is issuing a precautionary boil advisory for residents after a break in the main water line and severe weather conditions. Once the water has been restored the area north of Fred Cloessner Road and all intersecting roads up to Ben Elston Road, residents are advised to boil water until further notice. For more information please call 462-6805. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Lake Street construction to start Thursday

    Lake Street construction to start Thursday

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 1:32 PM EST2018-01-17 18:32:48 GMT
    (Source: Google)(Source: Google)

    An eight month long reconstruction project to widen Lake Street is set to begin Thursday, Jan. 17.  Lake Street between McNeese Street and Country Club Road will be closed to southbound traffic. 

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    An eight month long reconstruction project to widen Lake Street is set to begin Thursday, Jan. 17.  Lake Street between McNeese Street and Country Club Road will be closed to southbound traffic. 

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  • Free kids tennis play day

    Free kids tennis play day

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 10:07 AM EST2018-01-17 15:07:51 GMT
    The Lake Area Community Tennis Association is hosting a free kids tennis play day on Saturday, January 20. (Source: KPLC)The Lake Area Community Tennis Association is hosting a free kids tennis play day on Saturday, January 20. (Source: KPLC)

    The Lake Area Community Tennis Association is hosting a free tennis play day for middle school students from 2:00-4:00 Saturday afternoon at the Lake Charles Ward 3 Power Centre Complex tennis courts. 

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    The Lake Area Community Tennis Association is hosting a free tennis play day for middle school students from 2:00-4:00 Saturday afternoon at the Lake Charles Ward 3 Power Centre Complex tennis courts. 

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  • Legislators propose changes to casino laws

    Legislators propose changes to casino laws

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 9:45 AM EST2018-01-17 14:45:01 GMT

    After nearly 20 years, Louisiana lawmakers will be asked to rewrite the state's riverboat casino laws for the first time.  A legislative task force is recommending two main changes: to move the casinos to land and to redefine the limits on gambling space.      Senator Ronnie Johns, a Lake Charles Republican, says he'll sponsor the proposals in the regular legislative session that begins in March.          Task force members ...

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    After nearly 20 years, Louisiana lawmakers will be asked to rewrite the state's riverboat casino laws for the first time.  A legislative task force is recommending two main changes: to move the casinos to land and to redefine the limits on gambling space.      Senator Ronnie Johns, a Lake Charles Republican, says he'll sponsor the proposals in the regular legislative session that begins in March.          Task force members ...

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 17, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 17, 2018

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 8:26 AM EST2018-01-17 13:26:10 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 17, 2018: Kylie Levergne, 16 Lanay Rubin, 16 Lincoln Captain, 50 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 17, 2018: Kylie Levergne, 16 Lanay Rubin, 16 Lincoln Captain, 50 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Incoming, outgoing flight canceled at Lake Charles Regional

    Incoming, outgoing flight canceled at Lake Charles Regional

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 8:01 AM EST2018-01-17 13:01:22 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Regional Airport)(Source: Lake Charles Regional Airport)
    An incoming flight and an outgoing flight at the Lake Charles Regional Airport were canceled this morning A United flight arriving from Houston at 10:33 a.m. was canceled as was an American Airlines flight scheduled to depart for Dallas Forth Worth at 6:15 a.m. Click HERE for the latest on weather conditions. Flights for the rest of the day are still listed as on time. To check flights, click HERE. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    An incoming flight and an outgoing flight at the Lake Charles Regional Airport were canceled this morning A United flight arriving from Houston at 10:33 a.m. was canceled as was an American Airlines flight scheduled to depart for Dallas Forth Worth at 6:15 a.m. Click HERE for the latest on weather conditions. Flights for the rest of the day are still listed as on time. To check flights, click HERE. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Ice covers many streets in downtown Lake Charles

    Ice covers many streets in downtown Lake Charles

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 7:40 AM EST2018-01-17 12:40:08 GMT

    Ice covers many roads across Southwest Louisiana, including downtown Lake Charles. Black ice can be seen on the Lake Charles Skycam pointed at Lakeshore Drive near the Civic Center. Other roads with ice reported include Ryan Street, Broad Street, and Pujo Street, all in the downtown area. Ice has been reported on bridges and overpasses across Southwest Louisiana including US 171 in the Moss Bluff and Gillis areas, but state police say most major highways in Southwest Louisiana are pa...

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    Ice covers many roads across Southwest Louisiana, including downtown Lake Charles. Black ice can be seen on the Lake Charles Skycam pointed at Lakeshore Drive near the Civic Center. Other roads with ice reported include Ryan Street, Broad Street, and Pujo Street, all in the downtown area. Ice has been reported on bridges and overpasses across Southwest Louisiana including US 171 in the Moss Bluff and Gillis areas, but state police say most major highways in Southwest Louisiana are pa...

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  • Statewide travel warning: I-10 closed from Lafayette to Slidell

    Statewide travel warning: I-10 closed from Lafayette to Slidell

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 6:52 AM EST2018-01-17 11:52:22 GMT
    (Source: DOTD)(Source: DOTD)

    Ice is causing critical disruptions for travelers across the state of Louisiana Wednesday morning. I-10 from Lafayette to Slidell is closed in both directions, causing issues for anyone traveling from Southwest Louisiana to eastern portions of the state. For anyone traveling in the Baton Rouge area, you can see an updated list of road closures here.  According to Louisiana State Police, the I-210 bridge remains closed in both directions is closed due to ice. The remainder of the...

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    Ice is causing critical disruptions for travelers across the state of Louisiana Wednesday morning. I-10 from Lafayette to Slidell is closed in both directions, causing issues for anyone traveling from Southwest Louisiana to eastern portions of the state. For anyone traveling in the Baton Rouge area, you can see an updated list of road closures here.  According to Louisiana State Police, the I-210 bridge remains closed in both directions is closed due to ice. The remainder of the...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 15, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 15, 2018

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 7:06 PM EST2018-01-17 00:06:30 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Misty Veonica Anderson, 46, Orange: Drug possession. Jeroid David Guillory, 52, Lake Charles: Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of weapons, obstruction of justice, possession of drugs with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or produce, possession of synthetic marijuana. Wayland Lekeith Thibodeaux, 44, Sulphur: Obscenity, drug paraphernalia. Carl Allen Rogers, Jr., 48, Lake Charles: No turn signals, drug possession, dr...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Misty Veonica Anderson, 46, Orange: Drug possession. Jeroid David Guillory, 52, Lake Charles: Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of weapons, obstruction of justice, possession of drugs with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or produce, possession of synthetic marijuana. Wayland Lekeith Thibodeaux, 44, Sulphur: Obscenity, drug paraphernalia. Carl Allen Rogers, Jr., 48, Lake Charles: No turn signals, drug possession, dr...

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  • PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Winter Weather makes its way through Southwest Louisiana

    PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Winter Weather makes its way through Southwest Louisiana

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 5:55 AM EST2018-01-17 10:55:11 GMT

    Winter weather hits Southwest Louisiana for the second time this season.

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    Winter weather hits Southwest Louisiana for the second time this season.

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  • Two-year-old to undergo third surgery after coding during last one

    Two-year-old to undergo third surgery after coding during last one

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:57 AM EST2018-01-16 16:57:05 GMT
    Two  year old Colton Bruce has been through more in his life than most could ever imagine experiencing. "His left lung is enlarged so much it's pushing everything to the right," said Rebecca Robison, Colton's mother. His first surgery took place when he was just 10 days old. During his surgery in October, doctors nearly lost him. "They gave him anesthesia, and he coded," Robison said. "They spend 18 minutes doing CPR to get his heart to beat again on ...More >>
    Two  year old Colton Bruce has been through more in his life than most could ever imagine experiencing. "His left lung is enlarged so much it's pushing everything to the right," said Rebecca Robison, Colton's mother. His first surgery took place when he was just 10 days old. During his surgery in October, doctors nearly lost him. "They gave him anesthesia, and he coded," Robison said. "They spend 18 minutes doing CPR to get his heart to beat again on ...More >>
  • Governor's office activates crisis team due to wintry weather conditions

    Governor's office activates crisis team due to wintry weather conditions

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 4:04 PM EST2018-01-16 21:04:04 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana GOHSEP)(Source: Louisiana GOHSEP)

    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness activated its Crisis Action Team (CAT) Tuesday afternoon, due to the wintry weather conditions currently impacting the state. Team members will monitor the conditions, provide situational reports to state and local leaders, and help answer any calls for support from local partners.  The activation comes as much of the state is dealing with sleet and snow on the roadways. The National Weather Service indicates ...

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    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness activated its Crisis Action Team (CAT) Tuesday afternoon, due to the wintry weather conditions currently impacting the state. Team members will monitor the conditions, provide situational reports to state and local leaders, and help answer any calls for support from local partners.  The activation comes as much of the state is dealing with sleet and snow on the roadways. The National Weather Service indicates ...

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  • About 5,000 residents without power across SWLA

    About 5,000 residents without power across SWLA

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 10:17 PM EST2018-01-17 03:17:38 GMT
    Power OutagePower Outage

    Many residents in are without power in Southwest Louisiana. Entergy is reporting around 700 residents in Calcasieu Parish and an estimated 2,200 residents in Jefferson Davis Parish have lost power. Entergy expects power to be restored by 9 p.m. Beauregard Parish Electric is reporting that around 1,700 residents are without power in Allen Parish. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Many residents in are without power in Southwest Louisiana. Entergy is reporting around 700 residents in Calcasieu Parish and an estimated 2,200 residents in Jefferson Davis Parish have lost power. Entergy expects power to be restored by 9 p.m. Beauregard Parish Electric is reporting that around 1,700 residents are without power in Allen Parish. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • BREAKING

    Schools closed Wednesday in Allen, Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard and Jeff Davis

    Schools closed Wednesday in Allen, Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard and Jeff Davis

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 10:08 PM EST2018-01-17 03:08:44 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Schools will be closed in Calcasieu, Allen, Beauregard and Jeff Davis parishes on Wednesday, Jan. 17, due to poor weather conditions. KPLC will post school closures as they are announced. School Closures: Allen Parish Calcasieu Parish Beauregard Parish Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School Diocese of Lake Charles Jeff Davis Parish Glad Tidings Preschool  Lake Charles Charter Academy Lake Charles College Prep Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy  Copyright 2018 KP...

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    Schools will be closed in Calcasieu, Allen, Beauregard and Jeff Davis parishes on Wednesday, Jan. 17, due to poor weather conditions. KPLC will post school closures as they are announced. School Closures: Allen Parish Calcasieu Parish Beauregard Parish Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School Diocese of Lake Charles Jeff Davis Parish Glad Tidings Preschool  Lake Charles Charter Academy Lake Charles College Prep Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy  Copyright 2018 KP...

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  • Jury selection starts in Woodrow Karey manslaughter case; Third Circuit stays trial until 10 am Thursday

    Jury selection starts in Woodrow Karey manslaughter case; Third Circuit stays trial until 10 am Thursday

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 8:26 PM EST2018-01-17 01:26:58 GMT

    Despite the bad weather, they started picking a jury in the trial of Woodrow Karey-- charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a pastor in front of his congregation. The state and defense are still at odds over at least one issue they're asking an appeal court to resolve. It's coming up on five years since Pastor Ronald Harris was shot to death in front of his congregation at the Tabernacle of Praise Church in Lake Charles. If convicted, Karey faces between twent...

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    Despite the bad weather, they started picking a jury in the trial of Woodrow Karey-- charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a pastor in front of his congregation. The state and defense are still at odds over at least one issue they're asking an appeal court to resolve. It's coming up on five years since Pastor Ronald Harris was shot to death in front of his congregation at the Tabernacle of Praise Church in Lake Charles. If convicted, Karey faces between twent...

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  • Residents react to snowfall in Leesville

    Residents react to snowfall in Leesville

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 8:11 PM EST2018-01-17 01:11:53 GMT

    Snow made a rare return to Southwest Louisiana today. Areas of Vernon Parish saw lots of snow fall throughout the day, but it didn't stop people from being out and about. In Leesville, it was business as usual for some residents who went out to go to different stores like Walmart. There were a few people who were surprised by the snow and some who tried to endure the cold with just a T-Shirt.

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    Snow made a rare return to Southwest Louisiana today. Areas of Vernon Parish saw lots of snow fall throughout the day, but it didn't stop people from being out and about. In Leesville, it was business as usual for some residents who went out to go to different stores like Walmart. There were a few people who were surprised by the snow and some who tried to endure the cold with just a T-Shirt.

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  • Guidry not going to Florida State, will remain at McNeese

    Guidry not going to Florida State, will remain at McNeese

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 3:59 PM EST2018-01-16 20:59:03 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC
    Despite being linked to the Florida State Seminoles in multiple reports over the last week, McNeese head coach Lance Guidry will remain head coach of the Cowboys. In a report from GridironNow.com, the website said Guidry made a trip to Tallahassee, FL and was being considered as an assistant coach for the Seminoles. Guidry's likely interest in the position stemmed directly from his relationship with new FSU coach, Willie Taggart. Guidry served as defens...More >>
    Despite being linked to the Florida State Seminoles in multiple reports over the last week, McNeese head coach Lance Guidry will remain head coach of the Cowboys. In a report from GridironNow.com, the website said Guidry made a trip to Tallahassee, FL and was being considered as an assistant coach for the Seminoles. Guidry's likely interest in the position stemmed directly from his relationship with new FSU coach, Willie Taggart. Guidry served as defens...More >>
  • Temporary cold weather shelter in place at Water's Edge Church

    Temporary cold weather shelter in place at Water's Edge Church

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 3:24 PM EST2018-01-16 20:24:13 GMT

    Water's Edge Gathering Church locates at 2760 Power Center Parkway in Lake Charles, is set up as a temporary shelter until at least Thursday.  They have cots, air mattresses, blankets, coats, food, and water for anyone that needs to get out of the cold.  Volunteer will be going around to pick people up who need a ride. Call  337-476-7470 to arrange a pick up.  LCPD will also be picking anyone up they see off the streets.  Organizers say they will...

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    Water's Edge Gathering Church locates at 2760 Power Center Parkway in Lake Charles, is set up as a temporary shelter until at least Thursday.  They have cots, air mattresses, blankets, coats, food, and water for anyone that needs to get out of the cold.  Volunteer will be going around to pick people up who need a ride. Call  337-476-7470 to arrange a pick up.  LCPD will also be picking anyone up they see off the streets.  Organizers say they will...

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  • Cold weather poses threats to cats, dogs

    Cold weather poses threats to cats, dogs

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 12:30 PM EST2018-01-16 17:30:06 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    As the temperatures continue to drop across Southwest Louisiana, be aware that cold weather poses serious threats to your pets' health.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cold weather may worsen some medical conditions, such as arthritis. Just like people, pets' cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. The organization has the following recommendations for pet owners during freezing temperat...

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    As the temperatures continue to drop across Southwest Louisiana, be aware that cold weather poses serious threats to your pets' health.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, cold weather may worsen some medical conditions, such as arthritis. Just like people, pets' cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. The organization has the following recommendations for pet owners during freezing temperat...

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 16

    Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 16

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 10:20 AM EST2018-01-16 15:20:00 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 16:More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 16:More >>
  • Staying safe on the roads

    Staying safe on the roads

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 5:41 AM EST2018-01-16 10:41:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    With an expected freeze to hit Southwest Louisiana later today many are taking precautions and experts say its best to stay off the roads.  Icy weather conditions can lead to dangerous situations on the road so to make sure your commute is safe AAA recommends the following winter driving tips: Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, s...More >>
    With an expected freeze to hit Southwest Louisiana later today many are taking precautions and experts say its best to stay off the roads.  Icy weather conditions can lead to dangerous situations on the road so to make sure your commute is safe AAA recommends the following winter driving tips: Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, s...More >>
  • State, parish and Entergy monitor winter weather needs

    State, parish and Entergy monitor winter weather needs

    Monday, January 15 2018 8:51 PM EST2018-01-16 01:51:02 GMT

    State and parish officials, along with Entergy crews are watching the weather - and are ready to respond if needed to help keep people safe. Some think back to the ice storm twenty years ago, and more recently, the snow that covered Southwest Louisiana in December. While cold weather preps are not routine here, emergency officials have had more experience lately. First alert meteorologist Ben Terry says when talking about winter weather in south Louisiana,  expect the...

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    State and parish officials, along with Entergy crews are watching the weather - and are ready to respond if needed to help keep people safe. Some think back to the ice storm twenty years ago, and more recently, the snow that covered Southwest Louisiana in December. While cold weather preps are not routine here, emergency officials have had more experience lately. First alert meteorologist Ben Terry says when talking about winter weather in south Louisiana,  expect the...

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  • New traffic law for drivers-in-training

    New traffic law for drivers-in-training

    Monday, January 15 2018 8:04 PM EST2018-01-16 01:04:19 GMT

    There's a newly implemented curriculum for drivers-in-training ready to hit the road this year.

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    There's a newly implemented curriculum for drivers-in-training ready to hit the road this year.

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  • Local business makes dreams come true for autistic teen

    Local business makes dreams come true for autistic teen

    Monday, January 15 2018 8:01 PM EST2018-01-16 01:01:34 GMT

    Bringing your favorite fairytales to life, one local family is spreading happiness at birthday parties across Southwest Louisiana. Although they make all children smile... there's one, in particular, whose life is beginning to change for the better. Here at the studio, we're going off the air and into a magical world. You may recognize these fair princesses...but have you met their prince charming? 14-year-old Bain Jones has autism and as he gets older, his mother, Christy Jones, ...

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    Bringing your favorite fairytales to life, one local family is spreading happiness at birthday parties across Southwest Louisiana. Although they make all children smile... there's one, in particular, whose life is beginning to change for the better. Here at the studio, we're going off the air and into a magical world. You may recognize these fair princesses...but have you met their prince charming? 14-year-old Bain Jones has autism and as he gets older, his mother, Christy Jones, ...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 13

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 13

    Monday, January 15 2018 7:59 PM EST2018-01-16 00:59:03 GMT

    Lucretia Louise Patterson, 47, Lake Charles: Possession of controlled dangerous substance. Adrian Evertte Jackson, 37, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, contraband defined.  Rosmechia Lashun Robinson, 28, Sulphur: Direct contempt of court.  Jessica Lynne McMichael, 27, Lake Charles: Operating while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, driving on a roadway laned for traffic, prohibited acts, operating a ve...

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    Lucretia Louise Patterson, 47, Lake Charles: Possession of controlled dangerous substance. Adrian Evertte Jackson, 37, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, contraband defined.  Rosmechia Lashun Robinson, 28, Sulphur: Direct contempt of court.  Jessica Lynne McMichael, 27, Lake Charles: Operating while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, driving on a roadway laned for traffic, prohibited acts, operating a ve...

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Jan. 14

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Jan. 14

    Monday, January 15 2018 7:55 PM EST2018-01-16 00:55:06 GMT

    CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Jan. 14, 2018, Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report: Lucretia Louise Patterson, 48, Lake Charles: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance Adrian Evertte Jackson, 38, Lake Charles: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Contraband Defined; Certain Activities Regarding contraband in Penal Institutions Prohibited. Jessica Lynne McMichael, 27, Lake Charles: Operating While Intoxicated, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance,...

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    CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Jan. 14, 2018, Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report: Lucretia Louise Patterson, 48, Lake Charles: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance Adrian Evertte Jackson, 38, Lake Charles: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Contraband Defined; Certain Activities Regarding contraband in Penal Institutions Prohibited. Jessica Lynne McMichael, 27, Lake Charles: Operating While Intoxicated, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance,...

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 15, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 15, 2018

    Monday, January 15 2018 7:53 PM EST2018-01-16 00:53:45 GMT

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 15: Leeose Lewis, 37 Abigail Miles, 9 Garynn Citizen, 5 Tylar Citizen, 24 Zion Boyd Carl Williams, 52 Andrea Smith, 8 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 15: Leeose Lewis, 37 Abigail Miles, 9 Garynn Citizen, 5 Tylar Citizen, 24 Zion Boyd Carl Williams, 52 Andrea Smith, 8 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest reports: Jan. 12, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest reports: Jan. 12, 2018

    Monday, January 15 2018 7:51 PM EST2018-01-16 00:51:58 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jamie Garrett Stratton, 41, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, failure to signal; Bond: $2,750 Isiah Andrelus Syas, 28, Lake Charles: Instate detainer Brallyon Poydras, 26, Lafayette: Instate detainer Clinton Oneal Jackson, 59, Lake Charles: Intent to produce, manufacture, distribute or possess drugs; possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon; illegal carrying of weapons; speeding; Bond: $105,000 Christopher Walter ...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jamie Garrett Stratton, 41, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, failure to signal; Bond: $2,750 Isiah Andrelus Syas, 28, Lake Charles: Instate detainer Brallyon Poydras, 26, Lafayette: Instate detainer Clinton Oneal Jackson, 59, Lake Charles: Intent to produce, manufacture, distribute or possess drugs; possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon; illegal carrying of weapons; speeding; Bond: $105,000 Christopher Walter ...

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  • Twitter users come up with creative #WaysToGetOutOfJuryDuty

    Twitter users come up with creative #WaysToGetOutOfJuryDuty

    Monday, January 15 2018 6:49 PM EST2018-01-15 23:49:48 GMT
    (Source: Twitter)(Source: Twitter)

    One of Monday's trending Twitter hashtag has social media users coming up with clever ways to get out of jury duty. While we at 7News encourage every to do their civic duty and serve if selected, we did want to share some pretty creative tweets using #WaysToGetOutOfJuryDuty. 

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    One of Monday's trending Twitter hashtag has social media users coming up with clever ways to get out of jury duty. While we at 7News encourage every to do their civic duty and serve if selected, we did want to share some pretty creative tweets using #WaysToGetOutOfJuryDuty. 

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  • Winter weather could cause problems Tuesday for SW Louisiana

    Winter weather could cause problems Tuesday for SW Louisiana

    Winter weather could cause problems Tuesday for SW Louisiana

    Monday, January 15 2018 12:58 PM EST2018-01-15 17:58:02 GMT
    Tuesday ForecastTuesday Forecast

    The likelihood of any precipitation that falls freezing on contact will increase through the day with temperatures below 32 in spots by afternoon, heading down into lower 20s by early Wednesday morning.

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    The likelihood of any precipitation that falls freezing on contact will increase through the day with temperatures below 32 in spots by afternoon, heading down into lower 20s by early Wednesday morning.

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  • PHOTOS: Rare frost flowers spotted in Southwest Louisiana

    PHOTOS: Rare frost flowers spotted in Southwest Louisiana

    Thursday, January 4 2018 1:09 PM EST2018-01-04 18:09:28 GMT
    Frost flower spotted at Tuten Park in Lake Charles (Source: viewer)Frost flower spotted at Tuten Park in Lake Charles (Source: viewer)

    Frost flowers “bloom” when the air temperature is below freezing, but the ground stays above freezing and is moist. 

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    Frost flowers “bloom” when the air temperature is below freezing, but the ground stays above freezing and is moist. 

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  • Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras 2018 events

    Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras 2018 events

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 12:42 PM EST2018-01-10 17:42:15 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    The following is a list of Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras events from Jan. 6 to Feb. 13

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    The following is a list of Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras events from Jan. 6 to Feb. 13

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  • City of Lake Charles to host monthly child safety and well-being workshop

    City of Lake Charles to host monthly child safety and well-being workshop

    Thursday, December 28 2017 7:58 AM EST2017-12-28 12:58:31 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    The City of Lake Charles will host a series of free workshops for foster parents and others interested in learning more about child safety and well-being. 

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    The City of Lake Charles will host a series of free workshops for foster parents and others interested in learning more about child safety and well-being. 

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  • TRAFFIC: Accident on I-210 WB at Prien Lake Bridge

    TRAFFIC: Accident on I-210 WB at Prien Lake Bridge

    Sunday, January 14 2018 3:00 PM EST2018-01-14 20:00:39 GMT
    Accident on Prien Lake Bridge (Source: Google)Accident on Prien Lake Bridge (Source: Google)

    The left lane of I-210 westbound is blocked on the Prien Lake Bridge due to an accident, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. Congestion has reached nearly 1 mile, according to DOTD. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The left lane of I-210 westbound is blocked on the Prien Lake Bridge due to an accident, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. Congestion has reached nearly 1 mile, according to DOTD. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Hundreds attend 60th annual Fur and Wildlife Festival

    Hundreds attend 60th annual Fur and Wildlife Festival

    Sunday, January 14 2018 12:19 PM EST2018-01-14 17:19:13 GMT
    60th Annual Fur and Wildlife Festival (Source: KPLC)60th Annual Fur and Wildlife Festival (Source: KPLC)

    Hundreds of people attended the 60th annual Fur and Wildlife Festival in Cameron Parish Saturday. There was plenty of live music, rides and gumbo at Southwest Louisiana's "oldest and coldest" festival. Some traveled as far as Alexandria to attend, and KPLC spoke to a few people to find out what they love about the festival.

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    Hundreds of people attended the 60th annual Fur and Wildlife Festival in Cameron Parish Saturday. There was plenty of live music, rides and gumbo at Southwest Louisiana's "oldest and coldest" festival. Some traveled as far as Alexandria to attend, and KPLC spoke to a few people to find out what they love about the festival.

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  • SLIDESHOW: Southwest Louisiana Mugshots

    Saturday, January 13 2018 12:39 PM EST2018-01-13 17:39:54 GMT

    Southwest Louisiana mugshots for January. Mobile users, click HERE to see the mugshots. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Southwest Louisiana mugshots for January. Mobile users, click HERE to see the mugshots. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • LCPD releases video explaining police procedure

    LCPD releases video explaining police procedure

    Friday, January 12 2018 8:53 PM EST2018-01-13 01:53:21 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The Lake Charles Police Department has released a 10-minute video to its Facebook page, explaining to the public how officers "handle and respond to calls about suspicious persons/circumstances."

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    The Lake Charles Police Department has released a 10-minute video to its Facebook page, explaining to the public how officers "handle and respond to calls about suspicious persons/circumstances."

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  • Lake Charles Police announce series of neighborhood meetings

    Lake Charles Police announce series of neighborhood meetings

    Friday, January 12 2018 6:48 PM EST2018-01-12 23:48:45 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The Lake Charles Police Department's Neighborhood Patrol Division has announced a series of upcoming meetings to encourage community involvement and neighborhood policing. The meetings allow residents to become acquainted with neighborhood patrol officers, as well as offer input. The following meetings have been announced:

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    The Lake Charles Police Department's Neighborhood Patrol Division has announced a series of upcoming meetings to encourage community involvement and neighborhood policing. The meetings allow residents to become acquainted with neighborhood patrol officers, as well as offer input. The following meetings have been announced:

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  • Sunrise birthdays: Jan. 12

    Friday, January 12 2018 5:44 PM EST2018-01-12 22:44:23 GMT

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 12: Elsie Thibodeaux, 25 Jonah Reggie, 16 Kristin Bennett, 31 Kylin Andrus, 16 Sara Fruge, 17 Shemekia January 42 Skylar Canik, 18 Skylar Strope, 2 Fred Buddy Wannage, 63 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for Jan. 12: Elsie Thibodeaux, 25 Jonah Reggie, 16 Kristin Bennett, 31 Kylin Andrus, 16 Sara Fruge, 17 Shemekia January 42 Skylar Canik, 18 Skylar Strope, 2 Fred Buddy Wannage, 63 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • East Calcasieu Solid Waste Convenience Center to reopen

    East Calcasieu Solid Waste Convenience Center to reopen

    Friday, January 12 2018 5:19 PM EST2018-01-12 22:19:58 GMT
    Source: CPPJSource: CPPJ

    The East Calcasieu Solid Waste Center, located at 5500 B Swift Plant Road in Lake Charles, will reopen Thursday, Jan. 18, after being closed for two months for construction, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. Both the East and West (2915 Post Oak Road in Sulphur) Solid Waste Convenience Centers have received upgrades in the past few months.

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    The East Calcasieu Solid Waste Center, located at 5500 B Swift Plant Road in Lake Charles, will reopen Thursday, Jan. 18, after being closed for two months for construction, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. Both the East and West (2915 Post Oak Road in Sulphur) Solid Waste Convenience Centers have received upgrades in the past few months.

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  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Friday, January 12 2018 1:52 PM EST2018-01-12 18:52:13 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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  • Exhibit exploring history of American slave trade coming to LC Central Library

    Exhibit exploring history of American slave trade coming to LC Central Library

    Friday, January 12 2018 11:50 AM EST2018-01-12 16:50:08 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)

    “Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865,” a traveling panel exhibition exploring the history of the domestic slave trade, is making a stop at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude Street in Lake Charles. The exhibit will be on display from Jan. 16 until Feb. 27. An opening reception and presentation of the exhibit will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the library. 

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    “Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865,” a traveling panel exhibition exploring the history of the domestic slave trade, is making a stop at Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude Street in Lake Charles. The exhibit will be on display from Jan. 16 until Feb. 27. An opening reception and presentation of the exhibit will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the library. 

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  • World War II vet has #1 fan in great-grandson

    World War II vet has #1 fan in great-grandson

    Friday, January 12 2018 6:07 AM EST2018-01-12 11:07:18 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    A World War two veteran and his great grandson have developed a special relationship the past few months, and it's all due to a classroom project. When Prien Lake Elementary third grader Henry Hoffpauir was choosing a theme for his shoe box Mardi gras float entry, he knew just what to do. He would honor his great grandfather, Delbert Pearce, who served in the U.S. Navy in World War 2.    #6   He like remembers a lot of stuff. He's super intelligent, should I say....

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    A World War two veteran and his great grandson have developed a special relationship the past few months, and it's all due to a classroom project. When Prien Lake Elementary third grader Henry Hoffpauir was choosing a theme for his shoe box Mardi gras float entry, he knew just what to do. He would honor his great grandfather, Delbert Pearce, who served in the U.S. Navy in World War 2.    #6   He like remembers a lot of stuff. He's super intelligent, should I say....

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  • 2018 SWLA Mardi Gras poster available

    2018 SWLA Mardi Gras poster available

    Thursday, January 11 2018 9:41 PM EST2018-01-12 02:41:44 GMT

    The official 2018 Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana poster is now available for purchase. Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana partnered with local artist Candice Alexander to create the poster, which is available in a variety of sizes. The poster can also be customized for specific Mardi Gras krewes.

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    The official 2018 Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana poster is now available for purchase. Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana partnered with local artist Candice Alexander to create the poster, which is available in a variety of sizes. The poster can also be customized for specific Mardi Gras krewes.

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  • Governor's office issues warnings ahead of cold snap

    Governor's office issues warnings ahead of cold snap

    Thursday, January 11 2018 5:51 PM EST2018-01-11 22:51:56 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana GOHSEP)(Source: Louisiana GOHSEP)

    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging everyone across Louisiana to be aware of freezing temperatures expected this weekend. Some portions of the state in extreme Northeast Louisiana could be impacted by ice and snow, making it dangerous to be on the roads in those areas. House fires have also been a problem this winter during long periods of freezing conditions.

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    The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging everyone across Louisiana to be aware of freezing temperatures expected this weekend. Some portions of the state in extreme Northeast Louisiana could be impacted by ice and snow, making it dangerous to be on the roads in those areas. House fires have also been a problem this winter during long periods of freezing conditions.

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  • Teens eat laundry detergent in dangerous social media 'challenge'

    Teens eat laundry detergent in dangerous social media 'challenge'

    Thursday, January 11 2018 11:28 AM EST2018-01-11 16:28:53 GMT
    ( Source: website)( Source: website)

    A new and dangerous trend on social media is raising the concerns of doctors. 

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    A new and dangerous trend on social media is raising the concerns of doctors. 

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  • VIDEO: Sunrise birthdays - Jan. 11

    VIDEO: Sunrise birthdays - Jan. 11

    Thursday, January 11 2018 8:40 AM EST2018-01-11 13:40:06 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Happy birthday this morning to our Sunrise birthdays: Brittin Devall, 11 Stacey Jr., 18 Anyah Winbush, 16 Devin McCraney, 10 If you want your birthday featured, you can send your birthday pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com or mail them to: KPLC Birthdays PO Box 1490 Lake Charles, LA 70602

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    Happy birthday this morning to our Sunrise birthdays: Brittin Devall, 11 Stacey Jr., 18 Anyah Winbush, 16 Devin McCraney, 10 If you want your birthday featured, you can send your birthday pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com or mail them to: KPLC Birthdays PO Box 1490 Lake Charles, LA 70602

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  • Central Library launches "Faces of Our Community" program

    Central Library launches "Faces of Our Community" program

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 7:01 PM EST2018-01-11 00:01:26 GMT

    Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude Street in Lake Charles, is hosting a "Faces of Our Community" program on Monday, January 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Attendees will be able to "check out" a "human book" for approximately ten to twenty minutes. The goal is to listen to the participant's story, as well as ask questions that will help those asking questions have a better understanding of the topic they are sharing. According to a press release f...

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    Central Library, located at 301 W. Claude Street in Lake Charles, is hosting a "Faces of Our Community" program on Monday, January 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Attendees will be able to "check out" a "human book" for approximately ten to twenty minutes. The goal is to listen to the participant's story, as well as ask questions that will help those asking questions have a better understanding of the topic they are sharing. According to a press release f...

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  • Cold and flu season: Which pharmacies in the Lake area have certain medication available?

    Cold and flu season: Which pharmacies in the Lake area have certain medication available?

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 6:21 PM EST2018-01-10 23:21:44 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington / KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington / KPLC)

    With cold and flu in full force across southwest Louisiana, some pharmacies are dealing with a shortage of medicine to treat symptoms. KPLC has called around to many pharmacies in the Lake area to find out what is available right now. It is important to note both medications are available by prescription only and must be directed by a physician. Lake Charles Kroger Pharmacy, 600 12th Street Lake Charles Tamiflu:  Yes Promethazine with codeine: No Walmart Pharmacy, ...

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    With cold and flu in full force across southwest Louisiana, some pharmacies are dealing with a shortage of medicine to treat symptoms. KPLC has called around to many pharmacies in the Lake area to find out what is available right now. It is important to note both medications are available by prescription only and must be directed by a physician. Lake Charles Kroger Pharmacy, 600 12th Street Lake Charles Tamiflu:  Yes Promethazine with codeine: No Walmart Pharmacy, ...

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  • VIDEO: Sunrise birthdays - Jan. 10

    VIDEO: Sunrise birthdays - Jan. 10

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 12:46 PM EST2018-01-10 17:46:56 GMT

    Birthdays

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    Birthdays

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: Jan. 9

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 12:36 PM EST2018-01-10 17:36:48 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Mandy Lynn Ernst, 31, Sulphur: Illegal possession of stolen things, resisting an officer by flight; Bond: $10,000 Tessa Shanae LaBove, 26, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs; Bond: $5,000 Shayla Leigh Lasalle, 18, Lake Charles: First-offense illegal possession of stolen firearms, obliteration of number or mark, resisting an officer; Bond: $10,500 Samantha Kay Sanchez, 33, Houston: Illegal possession of stolen things, no seat belt, operating ...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Mandy Lynn Ernst, 31, Sulphur: Illegal possession of stolen things, resisting an officer by flight; Bond: $10,000 Tessa Shanae LaBove, 26, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs; Bond: $5,000 Shayla Leigh Lasalle, 18, Lake Charles: First-offense illegal possession of stolen firearms, obliteration of number or mark, resisting an officer; Bond: $10,500 Samantha Kay Sanchez, 33, Houston: Illegal possession of stolen things, no seat belt, operating ...

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  • SOWELA aiding manufacturers impacted by Hurricane Harvey

    SOWELA aiding manufacturers impacted by Hurricane Harvey

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 11:31 AM EST2018-01-10 16:31:37 GMT

    MEP of Louisiana will conduct community forums to provide insight on available resources to support those manufacturers affected.

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    MEP of Louisiana will conduct community forums to provide insight on available resources to support those manufacturers affected.

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  • State receives Real ID extension

    State receives Real ID extension

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 7:55 PM EST2018-01-10 00:55:43 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Louisiana travelers now have until October to get a Real ID driver's license or ID card. The deadline for states to have Real ID's in place is January 22nd, but the Department of Homeland Security just gave Louisiana an extension to October 10th.   The Real ID is needed in many states to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings. The extension means travelers can still use a non-expired Louisiana driver's license or ID card for air travel.  Copyright 2...

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    Louisiana travelers now have until October to get a Real ID driver's license or ID card. The deadline for states to have Real ID's in place is January 22nd, but the Department of Homeland Security just gave Louisiana an extension to October 10th.   The Real ID is needed in many states to board domestic flights and enter federal buildings. The extension means travelers can still use a non-expired Louisiana driver's license or ID card for air travel.  Copyright 2...

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  • Foreigner, Three Dog Night to perform at Golden Nugget Lake Charles

    Monday, January 8 2018 5:58 PM EST2018-01-08 22:58:19 GMT

    Foreigner, the iconic band with sixteen Top 30 hits, will perform on Saturday, April 21 at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles. Foreigner is famous for hits such as Juke Box Hero, Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, Head Games, and I Wanna Know What Love Is.  Tickets go on sale Friday, January 26.   The Golden Nugget Lake Charles also announces iconic band Three Dog Night will bring their hits to the Grand Event Center on Friday, April 20.  Hits include Mama Told M...

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    Foreigner, the iconic band with sixteen Top 30 hits, will perform on Saturday, April 21 at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles. Foreigner is famous for hits such as Juke Box Hero, Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, Head Games, and I Wanna Know What Love Is.  Tickets go on sale Friday, January 26.   The Golden Nugget Lake Charles also announces iconic band Three Dog Night will bring their hits to the Grand Event Center on Friday, April 20.  Hits include Mama Told M...

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  • Scheduled power outage for Jeff Davis Electric Co-op customers Jan. 10

    Scheduled power outage for Jeff Davis Electric Co-op customers Jan. 10

    Monday, January 8 2018 11:54 AM EST2018-01-08 16:54:08 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    There will be a scheduled power outage for some Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative customers on Wednesday, January 10. 

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    There will be a scheduled power outage for some Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative customers on Wednesday, January 10. 

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  • AT&T to launch 5G speed this year

    AT&T to launch 5G speed this year

    Monday, January 8 2018 11:46 AM EST2018-01-08 16:46:00 GMT
    (Source: AT&T)(Source: AT&T)

    AT&T says it will launch 5G mobile service in a dozen markets later this year. 

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    AT&T says it will launch 5G mobile service in a dozen markets later this year. 

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  • McNeese State University kicks off its spring Sage Series

    McNeese State University kicks off its spring Sage Series

    Monday, January 8 2018 8:24 AM EST2018-01-08 13:24:52 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    McNeese State University is kicking off its spring Sage series with a lecture about the New Orleans art scene of the 1920s. 

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    McNeese State University is kicking off its spring Sage series with a lecture about the New Orleans art scene of the 1920s. 

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  • Louisiana State Police welcomes 27 new troopers

    Louisiana State Police welcomes 27 new troopers

    Saturday, January 6 2018 10:59 AM EST2018-01-06 15:59:51 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)

    Louisiana State Police announce the graduation of 27 new troopers.

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    Louisiana State Police announce the graduation of 27 new troopers.

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  • Lake Charles church choir invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

    Lake Charles church choir invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

    Thursday, January 4 2018 8:33 PM EST2018-01-05 01:33:54 GMT

    First United Methodist Church of Lake Charles Choir has been invited to perform at the world famous Carnegie Hall. The church's choir will participate in a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem in New York City. The performance is planned to take place on Monday, February 19th, 2018 in Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium.  "It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York", Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Dr. Jonathan Griffith sta...

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    First United Methodist Church of Lake Charles Choir has been invited to perform at the world famous Carnegie Hall. The church's choir will participate in a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem in New York City. The performance is planned to take place on Monday, February 19th, 2018 in Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium.  "It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York", Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Dr. Jonathan Griffith sta...

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  • I-10 lane closure in Jeff Davis Parish

    I-10 lane closure in Jeff Davis Parish

    Thursday, January 4 2018 4:54 PM EST2018-01-04 21:54:11 GMT

    The I-10 westbound right lane at U.S. 165 will be closed Friday, Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for bridge maintenance, according to a news release from DOTD. 

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    The I-10 westbound right lane at U.S. 165 will be closed Friday, Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for bridge maintenance, according to a news release from DOTD. 

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  • Free nutrition program for Calcasieu parish kids

    Free nutrition program for Calcasieu parish kids

    Thursday, January 4 2018 8:35 AM EST2018-01-04 13:35:33 GMT
    (Source: wikipedia)(Source: wikipedia)

    Kids in grades three through five can learn more about healthy eating, throughout the month of January. The Moss Bluff Library is partnering with the LSU Ag Center to offer the free four-week class. LSU Ag Center nutrition educator Bernadine Thomas will cover the basics of nutrition and lead hands-on activities. Students will receive a certificate for participating. The program is free, but you need to register with the library to participate. The first class st...

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    Kids in grades three through five can learn more about healthy eating, throughout the month of January. The Moss Bluff Library is partnering with the LSU Ag Center to offer the free four-week class. LSU Ag Center nutrition educator Bernadine Thomas will cover the basics of nutrition and lead hands-on activities. Students will receive a certificate for participating. The program is free, but you need to register with the library to participate. The first class st...

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  • Hometown Hero: Al Cochran

    Hometown Hero: Al Cochran

    Thursday, January 4 2018 7:33 AM EST2018-01-04 12:33:01 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV
    When Al Cochran went to Vietnam in 1967, he had completed the ROTC program at McNeese. He was an Army engineer. "The first thing I built was an airstrip for Caribou and C-123 for Special Forces at Bin Ton." Al went on to maintain roads and other structures for the army. "As we were told, we were stopping Communism and basically we did that. There was a job that needed to be done and I was picked to do that and I did it." Once he got back, he experienced the ant...More >>
    When Al Cochran went to Vietnam in 1967, he had completed the ROTC program at McNeese. He was an Army engineer. "The first thing I built was an airstrip for Caribou and C-123 for Special Forces at Bin Ton." Al went on to maintain roads and other structures for the army. "As we were told, we were stopping Communism and basically we did that. There was a job that needed to be done and I was picked to do that and I did it." Once he got back, he experienced the ant...More >>
  • Calcasieu Parish Public Library to showcase new genealogy database

    Wednesday, January 3 2018 8:02 PM EST2018-01-04 01:02:44 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)

    Learn about genealogy research from the Calcasieu Parish Public Library in a free program at Carnegie Memorial Library. 

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    Learn about genealogy research from the Calcasieu Parish Public Library in a free program at Carnegie Memorial Library. 

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  • 2018 Puppy Cam calendars on sale at Prien Lake Mall Friday

    2018 Puppy Cam calendars on sale at Prien Lake Mall Friday

    Wednesday, January 3 2018 11:17 AM EST2018-01-03 16:17:21 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Members of the KPLC team will be at Prien Lake Mall Friday, January 5th, selling 2018 Puppy Cam calendars. Each month of the calendar features an adoptable pet and a member of the KPLC anchor and reporting team. Money from the sale of the calendars goes to benefit four animal rescue groups across southwest Louisiana including: LAPAW (Lake Area Partnerships for Animal Welfare) New Beginnings German Shorthair Pointer Rescue Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue The Humane Society of West L...

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    Members of the KPLC team will be at Prien Lake Mall Friday, January 5th, selling 2018 Puppy Cam calendars. Each month of the calendar features an adoptable pet and a member of the KPLC anchor and reporting team. Money from the sale of the calendars goes to benefit four animal rescue groups across southwest Louisiana including: LAPAW (Lake Area Partnerships for Animal Welfare) New Beginnings German Shorthair Pointer Rescue Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue The Humane Society of West L...

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  • Lake Area golfers help children's advocacy group

    Lake Area golfers help children's advocacy group

    Tuesday, January 2 2018 9:01 PM EST2018-01-03 02:01:10 GMT
     Mallard Cove's Men's Golf Association has donated $10,717 to the Children's Advocacy Center, a division of Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Inc., according to a news release from Family and Youth.  The golfers raised the money during the 40th annual Shine Flournoy Golf Tournament.  Family and Youth says the Children's Advocacy Center is a child-friendly facility designed to coordinate services for sexually or severely physically abused children.  Copyright 2...More >>
     Mallard Cove's Men's Golf Association has donated $10,717 to the Children's Advocacy Center, a division of Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Inc., according to a news release from Family and Youth.  The golfers raised the money during the 40th annual Shine Flournoy Golf Tournament.  Family and Youth says the Children's Advocacy Center is a child-friendly facility designed to coordinate services for sexually or severely physically abused children.  Copyright 2...More >>
  • Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center to host job fair in January

    Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center to host job fair in January

    Thursday, December 28 2017 7:30 PM EST2017-12-29 00:30:00 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Police Jury)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Police Jury)

    The Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center will host its Quarterly Job Fair soon after the start of the new year. The fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. - noon on Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Exhibition Hall, according to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

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    The Calcasieu Business & Career Solutions Center will host its Quarterly Job Fair soon after the start of the new year. The fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. - noon on Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Lake Charles Civic Center’s Exhibition Hall, according to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

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  • Two brothers ask for a family this Christmas

    Two brothers ask for a family this Christmas

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 10:14 AM EST2017-12-13 15:14:38 GMT
    Trevon and Dionta have spent years in foster care and are asking to be adopted into a forever family this Christmas. (Source: KPLC)Trevon and Dionta have spent years in foster care and are asking to be adopted into a forever family this Christmas. (Source: KPLC)

    While the hottest toys top the Christmas wish lists of most kids this time of year, two young brothers are hoping for something much different. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the boys are asking for a forever family.

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    While the hottest toys top the Christmas wish lists of most kids this time of year, two young brothers are hoping for something much different. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the boys are asking for a forever family.

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  • SWLA church organizations providing Hurricane Harvey relief

    SWLA church organizations providing Hurricane Harvey relief

    Wednesday, December 6 2017 1:41 PM EST2017-12-06 18:41:28 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Several church organizations in southwest Louisiana are teaming up to provide disaster relief from damages caused by Hurricane Harvey.  The Louisiana United Methodist Conference along with Southwest Louisiana Volunteers Organization Active in Disasters is accepting applications of those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  LA UMC will review applications for long-term disaster relief. If you would like more information or want to register you are asked to call...

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    Several church organizations in southwest Louisiana are teaming up to provide disaster relief from damages caused by Hurricane Harvey.  The Louisiana United Methodist Conference along with Southwest Louisiana Volunteers Organization Active in Disasters is accepting applications of those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  LA UMC will review applications for long-term disaster relief. If you would like more information or want to register you are asked to call...

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