Monday afternoon headlines: May 21st, 2012 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Monday afternoon headlines: May 21st, 2012

This is Cynthia Arceneaux from the KPLC Newsroom. 

A chemical plant fire near Baton Rouge injures at least one person and forces near-by residents to evacuate.  It happened this morning at the Air Liquide Plant in west Baton Rouge Parish.

Meanwhile here at home, three people were arrested after a fire in Vinton. One of the suspects was even seen fleeing the scene with a gas can in tote.  We'll have the latest on the investigation.

Plus a certain endangered bird is being closely monitored in a Louisiana forest.  We'll travel north to the Kisatchie National  Forest for a close up look at what's being done to save the Red Cockaded Woodpecker.  Those stories and more coming up tonight on Live at Five and 7news at Six.

A few showers developed this afternoon and they will likely linger into the early evening; but they will be over by midnight. Temperatures will struggle to drop out of the 70s tonight with lows in the upper 60s by morning. Tuesday should be much like today with highs in the lower 90s and a slight 20% chance of a few afternoon and evening showers and storms.

Coming up on 7 News at Six Sports, we'll hear from the McNeese State baseball team as they prepare for their first Southland Conference Tournament appearance in two years. We'll also take a look at a pair of Diamond Cowboys who have earned post-season honors, as well as McNeese State's signing of a local pitching ace. Plus we'll tell you about a big event coming to Southwest Louisiana this summer. We'll see you then.

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