KPLC News On Demand - November 19, 2009

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

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KPLC receives subpoena for video

A judge in Jeff Davis parish has ordered KPLC to immediately hand over all video recordings of interviews conducted for our one-hour special on the unsolved deaths of eight Jeff Davis women. You may remember that KPLC sat down with Tracee Chaisson and Frankie Richard. Chaisson said she knew some of the girls, but denied knowing anything about their deaths. Richard says he also knew most of the victims, and was initially called a person of interest by investigators. KPLC will continue to update you on what happens.

Judge rules in Katrina flooding lawsuit

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers are savoring the taste of victory after a Federal judge ruled that the corps caused the flooding in St. Bernard parish and New Orleans' lower ninth ward. Late Wednesday, a judge sided with six residents and one business who argued the Army Corps' shoddy oversight of the Mississippi River-Gulf outlet led to catastrophic flooding after Hurricane Katrina. The canal would have protected the levees and prevented them from breaking during the storm. This decision could eventually make the government vulnerable to a much larger payout.

Meeting about Lake Street construction

Businesses and residents along Lake Street will have a chance on Thursday to has out any concerns about upcoming construction in the area. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Prien Lake Park in the Calcasieu Room. Phase one will begin next year in March, extending from Contraband Bayou Bridge to McNeese Street. Phase two will pick up there and will continue to Country Club Road. The scope of the construction work includes four lane paving, a sidewalk, new drainage, and a new bridge over Contraband Bayou. Before all of the work begins, the city will start by advertising for bids beginning on Friday. The bid will be awarded in January, and construction will begin in March. The project is expected to take a couple of years to finish.

Senate healthcare plan released

The Senate's version of health care reform has been released. The price tag of their version is $849 billion over ten years. Democrats say the plan is expected to reduce the Federal deficit by $127 billion over the same amount of time as the plan. It is estimated that about two-thirds of the U.S. population would have a public plan available in their state, even though the Democrats bill would allow states to opt out. An early showdown on the Senate floor is expected by the end of the week. Sixty votes are needed to overcome a Republican filibuster attempt. Democratic leadership sources say a Saturday vote to start debate is likely.

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