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Wednesday morning headlines

Good Morning!

Agnes DeRouen in the KPLC 7 Newsroom getting ready for 7News@Noon

Two massive earthquakes off the coast of Indonesia today, but luckily there have been no signs of deadly waves or serious damage.  A tsunami watch issued for much of the Indian Ocean has been lifted, but people along the coast are still seeking higher ground because of memories of the 2004 tsunami that killed 170 thousand people in one province alone. 

Big news from the Food and Drug Administration today.  The agency is now calling on drug companies to help limit the use of antibiotics given to farm animals.  Scientists say this decades-old practice has contributed to a surge in dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria.  Antibiotics are mixed with animal feed to help livestock, pigs and chickens to put on weight and stay healthy in crowded barns. Scientists have warned this practice leads to the growth of resistant germs that can be passed to humans.  At noon, we'll tell you about the new FDA guidelines. 

Also today a bit of maritime history and how time passes.  One hundred years ago, the Titanic would have arrived on New York's west side piers, but now some of those piers don't even exist. What would it have been like if the ship made it to shore? 

Plus romance is in the air at the Baton Rouge Zoo.  So right now there are babies, babies and more babies over there!  At noon, we'll take a look. 

In weather, Ben tells me there's a chance for a few afternoon thunderstorms today – but what about tomorrow?   

You can find that answer and more today on 7News@Noon.  We hope you join us, and have a great day everyone!

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  • Sales tax break on hurricane items this weekend

    Sales tax break on hurricane items this weekend

    Saturday, May 27 2017 11:18 PM EDT2017-05-28 03:18:29 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Flashlights, tarps, fuel cans, and lanterns. These are just some of the many items Carolyn Trahan sells at Trahan Hardware. With hurricane season approaching, Trahan and her employees like Jeremy Jolviette are usually selling these types of items right before a hurricane. "Everyone is trying to get prepared for it," said Jolviette. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has declared this weekend a hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday. All hurrica...

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    Flashlights, tarps, fuel cans, and lanterns. These are just some of the many items Carolyn Trahan sells at Trahan Hardware. With hurricane season approaching, Trahan and her employees like Jeremy Jolviette are usually selling these types of items right before a hurricane. "Everyone is trying to get prepared for it," said Jolviette. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has declared this weekend a hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday. All hurrica...

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dry and warm weekend for now, but a wet week ahead

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dry and warm weekend for now, but a wet week ahead

    Saturday, May 27 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-05-27 21:39:19 GMT
    Rain expected on Memorial DayRain expected on Memorial Day

    Through tonight we will see mostly cloudy skies. No rain is expected despite the cloud coverage. The winds are still blowing out of the south and will continue to blow 5-10 mph overnight. This will keep our temperatures warm. Overnight, we will struggle to get out of the 70s once again. Over the rest of the weekend, we are still not expecting any rain for our Sunday. Although there is a 20% chance for some afternoon showers. We will have mostly cloudy skies when it is not raining.

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    Through tonight we will see mostly cloudy skies. No rain is expected despite the cloud coverage. The winds are still blowing out of the south and will continue to blow 5-10 mph overnight. This will keep our temperatures warm. Overnight, we will struggle to get out of the 70s once again. Over the rest of the weekend, we are still not expecting any rain for our Sunday. Although there is a 20% chance for some afternoon showers. We will have mostly cloudy skies when it is not raining.

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  • Lake Charles opens time capsule buried 50 years ago

    Saturday, May 27 2017 3:16 PM EDT2017-05-27 19:16:59 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    On Friday Mayor Randy Roach helped pull out history - 50 years worth, to be exact.

    In 1967 a time capsule was buried in front of historic Lake Charles City Hall, and many had different ideas of what could be buried inside. 

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    On Friday Mayor Randy Roach helped pull out history - 50 years worth, to be exact.

    In 1967 a time capsule was buried in front of historic Lake Charles City Hall, and many had different ideas of what could be buried inside. 

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