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According to consumer research firm reach advisors, women between the ages of 22 and 30 without children had bigger paychecks in 2008 than their male counterparts. That was true in 47 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. Wages averaged eight percent higher, but it varied from city to city. Of those cities, Atlanta was the best for women, with them making 121 percent of what men did. Researchers say education and the fact that wages for young, single men are on the decline played a role in the shift.

Amazon's looking at offering a new subscription service that would deliver TV shows and movies over the internet. The online retailer has been in negotiations with several major media companies, including NBC Universal. You could see the content on either a web browser or on internet-capable TV sets. It's a move that would compete with such companies as Netflix and Google as they seek to broaden their influence in the digital delivery marketplace. No word however on when this could happen.

And there's a new bicycle built just for youngsters that some say will help them learn to ride without training wheels. They're called Balance Bikes and they don't have pedals either. Youngsters move the bikes by sitting on them and walking flat footed. The thought is for them to pedal later. Kids as young as one are using the bikes to learn to ride.

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    Suspect in fatal downtown Lake Charles shooting indicted

    Suspect in fatal downtown Lake Charles shooting indicted

    Thursday, December 14 2017 2:12 PM EST2017-12-14 19:12:49 GMT
    Joey Julian (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Joey Julian (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The suspect in the fatal November shooting of a man in downtown Lake Charles was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder by a grand jury Thursday. Joey Julian, 34, whose...

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    The suspect in the fatal November shooting of a man in downtown Lake Charles was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder by a grand jury Thursday. Joey Julian, 34, whose...

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  • Hometown Hero: Kip Coltrin and The Cajun Special Forces

    Hometown Hero: Kip Coltrin and The Cajun Special Forces

    Thursday, December 14 2017 8:26 AM EST2017-12-14 13:26:51 GMT
    (source: Kip Coltrin)(source: Kip Coltrin)

    A Lake Area who man who jumped to help flood victims last year has not stopped. Kip Coltrin started The Cajun Special Forces during the August 2016 floods. Coltrin got a call from a friend needing help. Over a year later, The Cajun Special Forces is well known in Louisiana and Texas for its rescue efforts. "We've seen people give until they couldn't give anymore, do until they couldn't do anymore. The one thing I've learned and it's said all the time, there's still good people o...

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    A Lake Area who man who jumped to help flood victims last year has not stopped. Kip Coltrin started The Cajun Special Forces during the August 2016 floods. Coltrin got a call from a friend needing help. Over a year later, The Cajun Special Forces is well known in Louisiana and Texas for its rescue efforts. "We've seen people give until they couldn't give anymore, do until they couldn't do anymore. The one thing I've learned and it's said all the time, there's still good people o...

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  • KPLC's Community Christmas & Salvation Army Angel Tree

    Helping hundreds of families have a brighter Christmas!

    Thursday, December 14 2017 5:35 AM EST2017-12-14 10:35:49 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    When you're having trouble making ends meet, giving your children a Merry Christmas can be a challenge! This year, KPLC’s COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS & THE SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE will help over 450 local families have a brighter holiday season. 

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    When you're having trouble making ends meet, giving your children a Merry Christmas can be a challenge! This year, KPLC’s COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS & THE SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE will help over 450 local families have a brighter holiday season. 

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