KPLC News On Demand - November 18, 2009

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - With the latest local stories in southwest Louisiana, this is KPLC 7 News On Demand.

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Funding for dredging low

For ships to get up the Calcasieu ship channel, it must be dredged and maintained - and that is expensive. The Army Corps of Engineers, which is in charge of keeping the channel deep enough, is not getting enough funding from Washington. In fact, according to the Port of Lake Charles, its getting roughly half what it needs. Congressman Charles Boustany says that in tough economic times, fully funded dredging is needed more than ever. Boustany made his case for fully funding dredging projects on Wednesday before the House transportation and infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee.

Heroin found during drug bust in Lake Charles

We hear about drug busts all the time, but one drug bust was a little different on Wednesday because heroin was found in a home on Leon Drive in Lake Charles. Three bags of heroin were found, along with illegal prescription drugs. Three people were arrested and now face various drug charges.

McNeese Police continue search for armed robber

There have still been no arrests in an armed robbery that happened during the day at McNeese State University of Tuesday. Campus police say that two men robbed the victim as he walked to his car near the recreation complex Tuesday afternoon. The victim says that the bandits fled on foot toward Ryan Street. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact McNeese Police at 475-5711.

Gas well explosion kills one, injures one in DeSoto parish

A deadly gas well explosion happened in northern Louisiana on Wednesday. The explosion killed one worker and injured another. Workers were doing routine maintenance at a well in DeSoto parish when something went wrong. Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution. An investigation into what happened continues.

Railroad crossing closed for repairs in Sulphur

A railroad crossing across Beglis Parkway was closed for repairs much of the day in Sulphur, forcing motorists to follow detours. The crossing will also be closed on Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. so Union Pacific can do emergency repair work.

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