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Thursday Afternoon Headlines

This is Cynthia Arceneaux from the KPLC Newsroom.

We've got more good news for the local economy. It involves another expansion at Chennault International Airport, with at least 500 more permanent jobs for Southwest Louisiana.

And two teenagers have been arrested and face charges in the robbery at a Sulphur convenience store on Tuesday. 17-year-old Dquacious Freeman and a 16-year-old, whose name is being withheld because of his age, are under arrest for the robbery at the "Fifth Wheel" Conoco on North Beglis Parkway.

And on a lighter note! Dogs have taken over the lake area! From today through this weekend the Acadiana Kennel Club is partnering with the Calcasieu Kennel Club for a dog show.

The summer weather pattern will continue across SWLA throughout the weekend. Look for an increase of afternoon pop up storms for the first half of the weekend. Chances for rain decrease slightly as we head towards the start of the workweek. Temperatures will also increase by that time also.

Coming up on 7 News at Six Sports, how close are the Saints to signing quarterback Drew Brees to a long term deal? We'll take a look at conflicting reports out of the Big Easy. Plus, a date has been set for the Bounty-Gate player suspension appeals, we'll tell you when and who will be the judge in the process. And it's Thursday night, time for another edition of "Eye on the Bucs".

We'll bring you the highlights tonight on Live at Five and 7 News at Six.

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  • Local fraternity helping SWLA families have a good Christmas dinner

    Local fraternity helping SWLA families have a good Christmas dinner

    Saturday, December 16 2017 9:16 PM EST2017-12-17 02:16:30 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    One local fraternity made sure some families in Southwest Louisiana had a fully cooked meal to enjoy for Christmas. "We have turkeys and hams, but it's enough food in the box to feed a family of eight," said  Mark Gallashaw, president of Kappa Alpha Psi's Lake Charles Alumni Chapter. Thirty-five boxes of cooked meals are getting ready to be delivered to families across Southwest Louisiana. 

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    One local fraternity made sure some families in Southwest Louisiana had a fully cooked meal to enjoy for Christmas. "We have turkeys and hams, but it's enough food in the box to feed a family of eight," said  Mark Gallashaw, president of Kappa Alpha Psi's Lake Charles Alumni Chapter. Thirty-five boxes of cooked meals are getting ready to be delivered to families across Southwest Louisiana. 

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers and a few thunderstorms become likely this week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers and a few thunderstorms become likely this week

    Saturday, December 16 2017 6:40 PM EST2017-12-16 23:40:37 GMT
    Rain likely Sunday morningRain likely Sunday morning

    Tonight, we will have a 100% chance for rain to come through. At times there could be some thunder and lightning. The rain will begin early this evening, and will be scattered. Overnight, the rain will become more widespread. This is from an upper level disturbance that is coming through. It is the first of many disturbances.   Sunday’s rain chances remain high at 70%. All the rain from tonight will slowly wind down and will gradually come to an end before noon on Sunday.

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    Tonight, we will have a 100% chance for rain to come through. At times there could be some thunder and lightning. The rain will begin early this evening, and will be scattered. Overnight, the rain will become more widespread. This is from an upper level disturbance that is coming through. It is the first of many disturbances.   Sunday’s rain chances remain high at 70%. All the rain from tonight will slowly wind down and will gradually come to an end before noon on Sunday.

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  • LCPD: Suspect arrested after vehicle pursuit in Lake Charles

    LCPD: Suspect arrested after vehicle pursuit in Lake Charles

    Saturday, December 16 2017 5:12 PM EST2017-12-16 22:12:28 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    The Lake Charles Police Department has arrested one person after a nearly 20-minute pursuit Saturday afternoon. LCPD received a call of a person shooting a firearm from a vehicle on the 1900 block of Prejean Drive in the afternoon, said LCPD Deputy Chief Mark Kraus. Police located the vehicle near Hwy 14. A 19-minute pursuit then ensued, and ended with a suspect arrested.

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    The Lake Charles Police Department has arrested one person after a nearly 20-minute pursuit Saturday afternoon. LCPD received a call of a person shooting a firearm from a vehicle on the 1900 block of Prejean Drive in the afternoon, said LCPD Deputy Chief Mark Kraus. Police located the vehicle near Hwy 14. A 19-minute pursuit then ensued, and ended with a suspect arrested.

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