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Thursday Afternoon Headlines

This is Cynthia Arceneaux from the KPLC Newsroom. 

Former presidential candidate John Edwards was found not guilty on one of six campaign fraud charges today, and the jury could not reach a verdict on the other counts, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on them.

A large steroid ring was busted today in Jennings. 24-year-old Regan Chase Benoit of Hathway is the only one in jail for now. But more arrests could be coming.

And changes to Louisiana's abortion law. Now doctors will be required to ask women if they want to hear the fetal heartbeat and see an image of the baby before an abortion is performed. 

A cold front will move through Friday morning and once it moves through the humidity will drop a little. There could be a few showers around until the front moves through; but the worst of the rain is over.

Big night in sports! The LSU softball team opens College World Series play today against #1 Cal. The LSU baseball team is only one day out from the NCAA Regionals. Hear how the Tigers' chemistry compares to that of the 2009 national championship team. Plus, Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt says Drew Brees should be back with the team by training camp. And, the Louisiana High School Rodeo Finals returns to Burton Coliseum for the first time since 2001!

Those stories coming your way on Live at Five and 7 News at Six.

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Soldiers prepare for deployment in 'Atropia'

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 9:18 PM EDT2017-06-29 01:18:23 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos

    When soldiers deploy to a dangerous country overseas, being prepared for the worst is often the only line of defense. That vital and irreplaceable training is happening right here in Southwest Louisiana. "It's a culminating and crucible event," said Lt. Col. Ethan Divens, squadron commander. "It requires all 400 of us to be operating on all six cylinders." Better known by the United States Army as the Joint Readiness Training Center, or J.R.T.C. for short, t...

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    When soldiers deploy to a dangerous country overseas, being prepared for the worst is often the only line of defense. That vital and irreplaceable training is happening right here in Southwest Louisiana. "It's a culminating and crucible event," said Lt. Col. Ethan Divens, squadron commander. "It requires all 400 of us to be operating on all six cylinders." Better known by the United States Army as the Joint Readiness Training Center, or J.R.T.C. for short, t...

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  • Inaugural celebration honoring Mayor-elect Nic Hunter

    Inaugural celebration honoring Mayor-elect Nic Hunter

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 11:04 PM EDT2017-06-29 03:04:55 GMT

    It's a time of transition for the city of Lake Charles as a new leader will sit in the mayor's office for the first time in 17 years.  Ahead of his inauguration Saturday, Mayor-elect Nic Hunter was honored by the city at a celebration at Calcasieu Marine National Bank.  "I really would hope that this is a time not for me but for the Lake Charles," said Hunter, "It's exciting to have a new chapter for the city and it's exciting tonight just to invite everyone...

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    It's a time of transition for the city of Lake Charles as a new leader will sit in the mayor's office for the first time in 17 years.  Ahead of his inauguration Saturday, Mayor-elect Nic Hunter was honored by the city at a celebration at Calcasieu Marine National Bank.  "I really would hope that this is a time not for me but for the Lake Charles," said Hunter, "It's exciting to have a new chapter for the city and it's exciting tonight just to invite everyone...

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  • Honoring outgoing LC Mayor Randy Roach

    Honoring outgoing LC Mayor Randy Roach

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 7:39 PM EDT2017-06-28 23:39:41 GMT
    (Source: Jason Rivera/KPLC)(Source: Jason Rivera/KPLC)

    Mayor Randy Roach will forever be a major part of Lake Charles' history. Those who know him best say he's a very humble man who doesn't seek recognition.

    But his Administrator John Cardone expects Roach to be remembered as one of the city’s greatest leaders.

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    Mayor Randy Roach will forever be a major part of Lake Charles' history. Those who know him best say he's a very humble man who doesn't seek recognition.

    But his Administrator John Cardone expects Roach to be remembered as one of the city’s greatest leaders.

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