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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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  • UPDATE: Suspects in Broad Street homicide arrested

    UPDATE: Suspects in Broad Street homicide arrested

    Saturday, July 22 2017 9:59 PM EDT2017-07-23 01:59:00 GMT
    Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Three suspects in a homicide at an RV park on Broad Street Saturday morning have been arrested, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. LCPD responded to a 911 call in reference to an armed robbery and shooting at the Twelve Palms RV Park around 6 a.m. Saturday, July 22. 

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    Three suspects in a homicide at an RV park on Broad Street Saturday morning have been arrested, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. LCPD responded to a 911 call in reference to an armed robbery and shooting at the Twelve Palms RV Park around 6 a.m. Saturday, July 22. 

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  • LCPD holds recruitment day to hire 17 more officers

    LCPD holds recruitment day to hire 17 more officers

    Saturday, July 22 2017 9:48 PM EDT2017-07-23 01:48:50 GMT

    Dozens of law enforcement applicants poured into the Lake Charles Civic Center Saturday morning to see if they have what it takes to become a Lake Charles Police Officer. Applicants who turned out Saturday endured a number of health and psychological screenings. 

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    Dozens of law enforcement applicants poured into the Lake Charles Civic Center Saturday morning to see if they have what it takes to become a Lake Charles Police Officer. Applicants who turned out Saturday endured a number of health and psychological screenings. 

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  • Families gather in Sulphur for Alfi's Syndrome family reunion

    Families gather in Sulphur for Alfi's Syndrome family reunion

    Saturday, July 22 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-07-23 01:04:57 GMT
    (Source :Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source :Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Saturday was a learning experience for parents of children with Alfi's Syndrome.  Families from all over the world traveled to Sulphur for the "9pminus" family reunion. 

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    Saturday was a learning experience for parents of children with Alfi's Syndrome. Families from all over the world traveled to Sulphur for the "9pminus" family reunion. 

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