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Join us today for 7 News at Noon!

Good morning!  

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

Lawmakers are in their last day of the three month legislative session in Baton Rouge. Two big money matters are awaiting final decisions – a $3.4 billion elementary and secondary education funding formula and a multi-year state construction budget that tops $4 billion. The session must end by 6 p.m. tonight, so we'll let you know how things are going.

A pair of Hollywood stars could spend the next two weeks in a New Orleans courtroom in a real-life legal drama. Stephen Baldwin is suing Kevin Costner over their investments in a device BP used in trying to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Both are expected to testify. The lawsuit claims Costner and a business partner duped Baldwin and a friend out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to buy oil separating centrifuges. You can read more about this case HERE.

We all hate having to deal with mosquitoes. But would you believe that an app can stop the pests from biting you?  Hey – it may work – then again it may not. We'll leave it up to you when we explain how you can download the app for free.

Plus, when your baby is born premature, hospitals offer state-of-the-art technology. However, one hospital is experimenting with an added dimension – how to include the mom in all of that extended care.

Ben tells me we should have a pretty sunny day, but it will be hot and humid. The actual highs will be in the low 90's, but when you factor in the heat index, it will feel like 95 to 98!  However, as the week rolls on, the chances of rain come into the forecast and Ben's working on those numbers right now and will share them with you at noon.

Remember, you can watch us online at kplctv.com as well as on air at KPLC.  While you're on kplctv.com you may be interested in a story about renewed interest in the search for those Missing in Action in Vietnam.  You can find that story HERE.

Be safe in that hot weather, and have a wonderful day everyone!

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