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Monday Morning Headlines

Good morning!

Agnes DeRouen in the KPLC 7 Newsroom with a look at what we're working on for 7News@Noon.

More budget woes in Baton Rouge today.  Public colleges in the state would be forced to make steep cuts next year if the Senate agrees to the version of the 25 billion dollar budget passed by the House.  Under that plan, the Governor's budget office says higher education would take more than 200 million dollars in the fiscal year that begins July 1. 

Big news from the military – starting today the Pentagon opens more than 14-thousand combat-related roles to women serving in the Army.  We'll have more on how this development came together.

Also today, are you opening yourself up to becoming a victim of online crime?   Identity theft, fraud and romance scams are all growing in popularity thanks to the internet.  The FBI has released the latest statistics on these type of crimes and we'll break down the numbers and show you how to avoid becoming at target.

Plus, being able to get onto the internet is just one of the big draws of an IPad.  Today, we're going to meet some curious twins and their four closest friends as we check out how technology is changing the way humans can communicate with great apes.

Ben says it should be a pretty nice day to start off our work week.  He's telling me we should enjoy clear and dry conditions, but that could change tomorrow as more clouds enter the picture.  You can get all the details on what to expect in his full, up-to-the-minute local forecast at noon.

Remember, you can catch us each and every day online at kplctv.com and on air.

Have a great Monday everyone – we'll see you at noon!

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    All lanes open on I-10 W near Crowley, following fatal crash

    All lanes open on I-10 W near Crowley, following fatal crash

    Sunday, March 26 2017 5:29 PM EDT2017-03-26 21:29:17 GMT
    SOURCE: KATCSOURCE: KATC

    Police are on scene of a multiple-vehicle fatal crash on I-10 West at Mile Marker 78, west of Crowley.  Multiple Air Med Helicopters are en route. Multiple emergency agencies are assisting with the crash.  According to a spokesman with Louisiana State Police, the crash resulted in a fatality. There is no confirmed amount of fatalities in the crash. I-10 West is closed to traffic at Mile Marker 80 in Crowley. Congestion has reached 4 miles in length. Use US 90 West as an ...

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    Police are on scene of a multiple-vehicle fatal crash on I-10 West at Mile Marker 78, west of Crowley.  Multiple Air Med Helicopters are en route. Multiple emergency agencies are assisting with the crash.  According to a spokesman with Louisiana State Police, the crash resulted in a fatality. There is no confirmed amount of fatalities in the crash. I-10 West is closed to traffic at Mile Marker 80 in Crowley. Congestion has reached 4 miles in length. Use US 90 West as an ...

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm temperatures with rain arriving by the middle of the week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm temperatures with rain arriving by the middle of the week

    Sunday, March 26 2017 5:12 PM EDT2017-03-26 21:12:21 GMT
    Mostly cloudy skies MondayMostly cloudy skies Monday

    Overnight we will have partly cloudy skies. There is a chance for fog to develop again overnight, but only if the wind calms down enough. Temperatures will be mild with lows in the middle 60s. Monday, we will have mostly cloudy skies. Throughout the day, we could also see a couple areas with drizzle. No significant rain is expected. So, if you see any light showers, it will pass by quickly. Temperatures will still be warm with highs in the lower 80s. Tuesday should be a great day! 

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    Overnight we will have partly cloudy skies. There is a chance for fog to develop again overnight, but only if the wind calms down enough. Temperatures will be mild with lows in the middle 60s. Monday, we will have mostly cloudy skies. Throughout the day, we could also see a couple areas with drizzle. No significant rain is expected. So, if you see any light showers, it will pass by quickly. Temperatures will still be warm with highs in the lower 80s. Tuesday should be a great day! 

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  • TRAFFIC: Avoid I-10 eastbound in Vinton

    TRAFFIC: Avoid I-10 eastbound in Vinton

    Sunday, March 26 2017 4:59 PM EDT2017-03-26 20:59:30 GMT
    (Source: Google traffic)(Source: Google traffic)

    Avoid I-10 eastbound in Vinton.

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    Avoid I-10 eastbound in Vinton.

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