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  • Consider This: Let's Talk

    Consider This: Let's Talk

    Monday, October 23 2017 5:48 PM EDT2017-10-23 21:48:22 GMT
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    Can we talk? I see a lot of comments and questions on social media about KPLC, and frequently get questions when I see people out and about. So what’s on your mind? Would you like to ask me about whether I’m conservative or liberal? Whether I want the station to have a bias? Do I have an agenda against President Trump? Would you like to ask me about “Fake News?” Whether I am religious, what I think about the NFL and the National Anthem controversy, d...More >>
    Can we talk? I see a lot of comments and questions on social media about KPLC, and frequently get questions when I see people out and about. So what’s on your mind? Would you like to ask me about whether I’m conservative or liberal? Whether I want the station to have a bias? Do I have an agenda against President Trump? Would you like to ask me about “Fake News?” Whether I am religious, what I think about the NFL and the National Anthem controversy, d...More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Time to vote

    CONSIDER THIS: Time to vote

    Thursday, October 12 2017 6:11 PM EDT2017-10-12 22:11:41 GMT
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    It’s time to vote, Louisiana! Did you know there's an election this Saturday? If you are a registered voter in Louisiana, you have something on the ballot in your precinct. Statewide, we are electing a state treasurer to replace John Kennedy, who become a U.S. senator for Louisiana. 

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    It’s time to vote, Louisiana! Did you know there's an election this Saturday? If you are a registered voter in Louisiana, you have something on the ballot in your precinct. Statewide, we are electing a state treasurer to replace John Kennedy, who become a U.S. senator for Louisiana. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: DIRECTV service interruption

    CONSIDER THIS: DIRECTV service interruption

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 7:53 PM EDT2017-08-22 23:53:51 GMT
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    Did you know more people get their news from local broadcasters than those big national cable outlets? In fact, the average newscast at a Raycom Media station delivers nearly eight times the audience of a national cable newscast.

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    Did you know more people get their news from local broadcasters than those big national cable outlets? In fact, the average newscast at a Raycom Media station delivers nearly eight times the audience of a national cable newscast.

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  • Consider This: Thoughts on Racism

    Consider This: Thoughts on Racism

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 5:10 PM EDT2017-08-16 21:10:47 GMT
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    I do hate that race keeps coming up, so often, in so many ways. How we approach it from a station standpoint is always a discussion, we hope we get it right more than we miss it. Everyone gets an opinion, and mine is no more valuable than yours, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the subject. I grew up in a time of school desegregation in my hometown. In discussing those times and everything happening back then, a lady I work with, whom I respect very much, asked me “what wer...

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    I do hate that race keeps coming up, so often, in so many ways. How we approach it from a station standpoint is always a discussion, we hope we get it right more than we miss it. Everyone gets an opinion, and mine is no more valuable than yours, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the subject. I grew up in a time of school desegregation in my hometown. In discussing those times and everything happening back then, a lady I work with, whom I respect very much, asked me “what wer...

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Back to School

    CONSIDER THIS: Back to School

    Thursday, July 27 2017 5:22 PM EDT2017-07-27 21:22:35 GMT

    It's hard to believe that it's already time to talk about Back-To-School, but it is. Coming from a family full of teachers I can tell you first-hand that a lot of students show up to school ready to learn, but without being able to afford basic school supplies. You and I have an opportunity to help with that in many ways, one of those ways is KPLC's Back To School Supply drive next Wednesday, August 2nd.  You can drop off your donation of any new school supplies or uniforms at ...

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    It's hard to believe that it's already time to talk about Back-to-School, but it is. Coming from a family full of teachers, I can tell you firsthand that a lot of students show up to school ready to learn, but without being able to afford basic school supplies. You and I have an opportunity to help with that in many ways. One of those ways is KPLC's Back to School supply drive next Wednesday, August 2. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: We made the list

    CONSIDER THIS: We made the list

    Thursday, July 20 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-07-21 03:07:04 GMT
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    Well, we made the list! Have you seen the story where Louisiana was ranked as the second-worst state in which to live? I have to ask, was this based on people who don’t like to fish, or eat fantastic food, or spend time with friends and family? Or do they just not like living in a state with friendly people? It turns out the state got “dinged” for crime and for the health of our citizens. New Orleans, I hate to throw you under the bus, but without your crime I...

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    Well, we made the list! Have you seen the story where Louisiana was ranked as the second-worst state in which to live? I have to ask, was this based on people who don’t like to fish, or eat fantastic food, or spend time with friends and family? Or do they just not like living in a state with friendly people? It turns out the state got “dinged” for crime and for the health of our citizens. New Orleans, I hate to throw you under the bus, but without your crime I...

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  • Consider This: Congress on Vacation

    Consider This: Congress on Vacation

    Thursday, July 6 2017 8:13 PM EDT2017-07-07 00:13:10 GMT
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    In just a couple of weeks, Congress goes on vacation for August. Sometimes I really like it when Congress is out of session – if they aren’t voting on anything they can’t be making anything worse! But this year they’ve got a lot to get done, maybe they should consider doing like my job, and probably yours, where sometimes you just have to stay over and get the work done. When they come back in September, among other things, they’ll have just three week...More >>
    In just a couple of weeks, Congress goes on vacation for August. Sometimes I really like it when Congress is out of session – if they aren’t voting on anything they can’t be making anything worse! But this year they’ve got a lot to get done, maybe they should consider doing like my job, and probably yours, where sometimes you just have to stay over and get the work done. When they come back in September, among other things, they’ll have just three week...More >>
  • Consider This: Dodging a Bullet

    Consider This: Dodging a Bullet

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 8:15 PM EDT2017-06-28 00:15:06 GMT
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    How long did you think it would be before I said, “We dodged a bullet”? Well, here it is, last week we dodged a bullet. Our meteorology team said all along that conditions weren’t right to make what became Tropical Storm Cindy into a major storm, and they were right. But it certainly could have been worse, and has been before. Sixty years ago, Hurricane Audrey devastated Southwest Louisiana. Part of the problem was that the storm sped u

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    How long did you think it would be before I said, “We dodged a bullet”? Well, here it is, last week we dodged a bullet. Our meteorology team said all along that conditions weren’t right to make what became Tropical Storm Cindy into a major storm, and they were right. But it certainly could have been worse, and has been before. Sixty years ago, Hurricane Audrey devastated Southwest Louisiana. Part of the problem was that the storm sped u

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  • Consider This: Prepare to be offended

    Consider This: Prepare to be offended

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 8:46 PM EDT2017-06-21 00:46:14 GMT
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    Prepare to be offended. Or maybe not. But this is your tool to avoid it. Your remote control. Wednesday night at 8 p.m. NBC will air an episode of The Carmichael Show that you may or may not want to see. If you haven’t seen the program yet, it’s a comedy based on the fictional family of creator Jerrod Carmichael. The program has taken on a number of controversial issues. This week’s episode features a racial slur, said more than one time. It come...More >>
    Prepare to be offended. Or maybe not. But this is your tool to avoid it. Your remote control. Wednesday night at 8 p.m. NBC will air an episode of The Carmichael Show that you may or may not want to see. If you haven’t seen the program yet, it’s a comedy based on the fictional family of creator Jerrod Carmichael. The program has taken on a number of controversial issues. This week’s episode features a racial slur, said more than one time. It come...More >>
  • Consider This: Program Interruptions

    Consider This: Program Interruptions

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 8:04 PM EDT2017-06-28 00:04:29 GMT
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    In the classic movie “Jaws”, a character whose son had been killed by the shark approaches the police chief and says “You knew, and still my boy is dead." Because the police chief had not warned them about the shark. He could have told the beachgoers, “We can’t be 100% sure, but there may be a dangerous shark in the water, protect yourselves”. But he didn’t. Monday night we interrupted some of your favorite programming to say, “We ...

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    In the classic movie “Jaws”, a character whose son had been killed by the shark approaches the police chief and says “You knew, and still my boy is dead." Because the police chief had not warned them about the shark. He could have told the beachgoers, “We can’t be 100% sure, but there may be a dangerous shark in the water, protect yourselves”. But he didn’t. Monday night we interrupted some of your favorite programming to say, “We ...

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Gun Safety

    CONSIDER THIS: Gun Safety

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 7:32 PM EDT2017-05-17 23:32:07 GMT
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    Monday’s tragic accidental shooting of an innocent victim at an elementary school gives us an opportunity, or maybe an obligation, to talk a bit about gun safety.

    A spokesman for the family of the young man injured this week released a statement thanking the community for our prayers, but also asking us to take a moment to make sure that any firearms in our homes are properly secured. I think that’s a good idea.

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    Monday’s tragic accidental shooting of an innocent victim at an elementary school gives us an opportunity, or maybe an obligation, to talk a bit about gun safety.

    A spokesman for the family of the young man injured this week released a statement thanking the community for our prayers, but also asking us to take a moment to make sure that any firearms in our homes are properly secured. I think that’s a good idea.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Chennault International Airshow

    CONSIDER THIS: Chennault International Airshow

    Thursday, April 27 2017 11:26 PM EDT2017-04-28 03:26:11 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    I imagine there are places in the world where the sight of F-16 is pretty frightening. 

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    I imagine there are places in the world where the sight of F-16 is pretty frightening. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Never pass up an opportunity to see Mom

    CONSIDER THIS: Never pass up an opportunity to see Mom

    Thursday, May 11 2017 9:05 PM EDT2017-05-12 01:05:35 GMT
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    Just a heads up here, Mother's Day is this Sunday! It's time now to make plans to show your appreciation to the significant Moms in your life. I'm blessed that my own mother is still with us, I love her dearly. And my wife is an amazing mother to our daughter, I have to think she learned that from her own Mom. Less than two weeks ago my sweet mother-in-law passed away. She was a wonderful, beautiful, incredible lady and we are missing her greatly. I suppose our Mother's Day this yea...More >>
    Just a heads up here, Mother's Day is this Sunday! It's time now to make plans to show your appreciation to the significant Moms in your life. I'm blessed that my own mother is still with us, I love her dearly. And my wife is an amazing mother to our daughter, I have to think she learned that from her own Mom. Less than two weeks ago my sweet mother-in-law passed away. She was a wonderful, beautiful, incredible lady and we are missing her greatly. I suppose our Mother's Day this yea...More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Vote!

    Monday, April 24 2017 5:27 PM EDT2017-04-24 21:27:49 GMT
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    Early voting for the April 29 election has come and gone.If you didn’t take advantage of that opportunity, you’ll have to head to the polls this Saturday to make your voice heard.

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    Early voting for the April 29 election has come and gone.If you didn’t take advantage of that opportunity, you’ll have to head to the polls this Saturday to make your voice heard.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Support the Calcasieu Ship Channel

    CONSIDER THIS: Support the Calcasieu Ship Channel

    Thursday, April 13 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-04-14 03:38:28 GMT
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    The Calcasieu Ship Channel is vital to our economy. 

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    The Calcasieu Ship Channel is vital to our economy. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Flooding changes lives

    CONSIDER THIS: Flooding changes lives

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 7:28 PM EDT2017-04-04 23:28:07 GMT
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    Being around daily news often reminds us of how quickly life can change. 

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    Being around daily news often reminds us of how quickly life can change. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Leaders Against Litter

    CONSIDER THIS: Leaders Against Litter

    Friday, March 10 2017 6:43 PM EST2017-03-10 23:43:22 GMT
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    At the "Leaders Against Litter" event on Friday, I committed to stand up against litter, to let people know about the problem, and to do something about it. 

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    At the "Leaders Against Litter" event on Friday, I committed to stand up against litter, to let people know about the problem, and to do something about it. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: MLK Day

    CONSIDER THIS: MLK Day

    Friday, January 13 2017 5:34 PM EST2017-01-13 22:34:51 GMT
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    On Monday we celebrate a holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, legacy, and tragic death. Realizing that race is something that still divides us, and discussing it sometimes leads to angering people, I would direct you to the words of Dr. King’s famous “Dream Speech." If you haven’t read it, I hope you will. We might do well to hear again the quote, “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We ...More >>
    On Monday we celebrate a holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, legacy, and tragic death. Realizing that race is something that still divides us, and discussing it sometimes leads to angering people, I would direct you to the words of Dr. King’s famous “Dream Speech." If you haven’t read it, I hope you will. We might do well to hear again the quote, “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We ...More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Heeding the warning

    CONSIDER THIS: Heeding the warning

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 6:06 PM EST2017-02-22 23:06:05 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    As the storms rolled into Lake Charles Monday around midday, I got a call from someone wondering if the sirens they were hearing were a tornado warning. 

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    As the storms rolled into Lake Charles Monday around midday, I got a call from someone wondering if the sirens they were hearing were a tornado warning. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Give life

    CONSIDER THIS: Give life

    Wednesday, December 28 2016 7:41 PM EST2016-12-29 00:41:22 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    It's amazing to me that the human body easily creates a substance that we can't live without, but that it still can't be manufactured by technology. Even today, though we are getting closer, blood can't be mass produced. It has to be donated by someone. I'm doing that right now. And trust me, with my low tolerance for pain, I wouldn't be able to talk to you right now if it were painful at all! In addition to not being painful, it also doesn't take much time. A few simple questions w...More >>
    It's amazing to me that the human body easily creates a substance that we can't live without, but that it still can't be manufactured by technology. Even today, though we are getting closer, blood can't be mass produced. It has to be donated by someone. I'm doing that right now. And trust me, with my low tolerance for pain, I wouldn't be able to talk to you right now if it were painful at all! In addition to not being painful, it also doesn't take much time. A few simple questions w...More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Merry Christmas!

    CONSIDER THIS: Merry Christmas!

    Friday, December 23 2016 11:54 PM EST2016-12-24 04:54:33 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Christmas can be an emotional time - sometimes filled with happiness; sometimes bittersweet - as we remember fond memories of loved ones we have lost and friends who are no longer in our lives. And it's sometimes just very difficult as we struggle through tough times. Recently some of us at KPLC were reminiscing about memorable gifts that we've received over the years, both good and bad. Some of the bad ones were truly funny. At this point in my life, I'm most happy about the gift of...

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    Christmas can be an emotional time - sometimes filled with happiness; sometimes bittersweet - as we remember fond memories of loved ones we have lost and friends who are no longer in our lives. And it's sometimes just very difficult as we struggle through tough times. Recently some of us at KPLC were reminiscing about memorable gifts that we've received over the years, both good and bad. Some of the bad ones were truly funny. At this point in my life, I'm most happy about the gift of...

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  • CONSIDER THIS: New Year's resolutions

    CONSIDER THIS: New Year's resolutions

    Friday, December 30 2016 4:56 PM EST2016-12-30 21:56:38 GMT
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    As we approach 2017, I want to thank you. To viewers, thank you for watching - you are the reason that we do what we do every day. To our advertisers, thank you. Without you we can’t do any of this; thank you for trusting us and letting us be part of your business. As we look at New Year’s resolutions, I can tell you that we will continue to bring you the best possible information and entertainment that we can. We’ll work hard to be a positive influence on our comm...More >>
    As we approach 2017, I want to thank you. To viewers, thank you for watching - you are the reason that we do what we do every day. To our advertisers, thank you. Without you we can’t do any of this; thank you for trusting us and letting us be part of your business. As we look at New Year’s resolutions, I can tell you that we will continue to bring you the best possible information and entertainment that we can. We’ll work hard to be a positive influence on our comm...More >>
  • Consider This: Light and Hope

    Consider This: Light and Hope

    Friday, December 16 2016 9:51 PM EST2016-12-17 02:51:55 GMT

    There are children who need their forever home, some available right now, right here, in Southwest Louisiana.

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    There are children who need their forever home, some available right now, right here, in Southwest Louisiana.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Community Christmas

    CONSIDER THIS: Community Christmas

    Friday, December 9 2016 12:35 AM EST2016-12-09 05:35:17 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Does this cold weather snap have you in the Christmas spirit yet? Well even if it doesn’t, a great way to start feeling the joys of the season is to brighten someone else’s day. You can make Christmas special for a family in need with a donation to KPLC’s Community Christmas. You have until Sunday to make a food or toy donation to this year’s drive. And while anything is helpful and appreciated, a great way to feel personally connected is to pick up a name fr...More >>
    Does this cold weather snap have you in the Christmas spirit yet? Well even if it doesn’t, a great way to start feeling the joys of the season is to brighten someone else’s day. You can make Christmas special for a family in need with a donation to KPLC’s Community Christmas. You have until Sunday to make a food or toy donation to this year’s drive. And while anything is helpful and appreciated, a great way to feel personally connected is to pick up a name fr...More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: 'No Shave November'

    CONSIDER THIS: 'No Shave November'

    Wednesday, November 2 2016 6:13 PM EDT2016-11-02 22:13:11 GMT
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    Well, November is finally here. This month, the presidential election will come and go. 

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    Well, November is finally here. This month, the presidential election will come and go. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: On being great

    CONSIDER THIS: On being great

    Friday, November 11 2016 5:23 PM EST2016-11-11 22:23:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    One of the first things I did in my new role as KPLC's general manager was to encourage all of our employees to go for greatness every day. Even knowing that we’ll fall short of that more than we will achieve it, it’s still what we strive for. But I’m keenly aware that the higher I move up in the organization, the less I can truly impact greatness.

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    One of the first things I did in my new role as KPLC's general manager was to encourage all of our employees to go for greatness every day. Even knowing that we’ll fall short of that more than we will achieve it, it’s still what we strive for. But I’m keenly aware that the higher I move up in the organization, the less I can truly impact greatness.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Breast cancer awareness

    CONSIDER THIS: Breast cancer awareness

    Monday, October 10 2016 10:03 PM EDT2016-10-11 02:03:56 GMT
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    Real men do wear pink. 

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    Real men do wear pink. 

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  • Consider This: Voting Counts

    Consider This: Voting Counts

    Friday, October 14 2016 12:43 AM EDT2016-10-14 04:43:02 GMT
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    Earlier this week we passed the deadline to register to vote in Louisiana for the November election. If you aren’t registered you won’t be able to take part in the decision for President, Louisiana’s Junior Senator, and Southwest Louisiana’s representative in the US House. The bigger issue from my chair is not the number of people who are not registered, but the number of registered voters who will not show up on Nov. 8. Yes, we know that there are many people...More >>
    Earlier this week we passed the deadline to register to vote in Louisiana for the November election. If you aren’t registered you won’t be able to take part in the decision for President, Louisiana’s Junior Senator, and Southwest Louisiana’s representative in the US House. The bigger issue from my chair is not the number of people who are not registered, but the number of registered voters who will not show up on Nov. 8. Yes, we know that there are many people...More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Drinking and driving

    CONSIDER THIS: Drinking and driving

    Wednesday, December 21 2016 7:28 PM EST2016-12-22 00:28:30 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Hi. My name is Sgt. James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police, Troop D. As we participate in the tradition of traveling to see family and friends this holiday season, there is another holiday tradition we would like to see end - the increase in crashes we normally see this time of year. According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, 698 fatalities were reported across Louisiana in 2015 - 46 percent of those deaths involved alcohol impairment and 59 percent involved unrest...

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    Hi. My name is Sgt. James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police, Troop D. As we participate in the tradition of traveling to see family and friends this holiday season, there is another holiday tradition we would like to see end - the increase in crashes we normally see this time of year. According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, 698 fatalities were reported across Louisiana in 2015 - 46 percent of those deaths involved alcohol impairment and 59 percent involved unrest...

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Shop small

    CONSIDER THIS: Shop small

    Wednesday, November 30 2016 9:15 PM EST2016-12-01 02:15:15 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Black Friday has come and gone, - and with it the race to the best deal from the big box stores. Now that the national economy has received that annual shot to the arm, we encourage you to give the same boost to our local economy. Locally-owned small businesses are the backbone of the life we love in Southwest Louisiana. From artists and craftsmen, to homemade soapmakers and woodworkers, to the small gift shops and retail outlets owned by your neighbors and friends, now is the ...More >>
    Black Friday has come and gone, - and with it the race to the best deal from the big box stores. Now that the national economy has received that annual shot to the arm, we encourage you to give the same boost to our local economy. Locally-owned small businesses are the backbone of the life we love in Southwest Louisiana. From artists and craftsmen, to homemade soapmakers and woodworkers, to the small gift shops and retail outlets owned by your neighbors and friends, now is the ...More >>
  • A Better Southwest Louisiana: Project Roadblock

    A Better Southwest Louisiana: Project Roadblock

    My message is very simple this week: Don’t drink and drive and don’t drive buzzed. Once again this year, TV stations around the country including KPLC have joined together to support Project Roadblock in an effort to remind our viewers on-air and online to not drink and drive. More >>

    My message is very simple this week: Don’t drink and drive and don’t drive buzzed.

    Once again this year, TV stations around the country including KPLC have joined together to support Project Roadblock in an effort to remind our viewers on-air and online to not drink and drive.

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