Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:49 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:49:03 GMT
The main runway at Lake Charles Regional Airport will reopen Wednesday after months of construction and modernization forced its closure. "It was a 90 calendar day project and we've finished 12 daysMore >>
The main runway at Lake Charles Regional Airport will reopen Wednesday after months of construction and modernization forced its closure. More >>
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The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday: Lake Charles: The City of Lake Charles will observe the Memorial DayMore >>
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday:More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:55:03 GMT
Ralph "Pie" Sonnier stays busy in his Sulphur workshop, putting together his latest creation, a water well drilling rig. It's just one of several wooden models he has assembled from hand over the years. "IMore >>
Ralph "Pie" Sonnier stays busy in his Sulphur workshop, creating one-of-kind pieces from various kinds of wood.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:54 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:54:08 GMT
End of life decisions are incredibly tough to make, yet every day, family members make arrangements for the death of a loved one. But what about for a beloved pet? I take you inside the region's onlyMore >>
Six hundred family pets were cremated at the region's only retail pet crematory, Pet Angels in Lake Charles, last year. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out how the operations work and talks to a family that knows the pain of losing pets.More >>
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The State of Louisiana is experiencing its highest number of West Nile cases in years, with 215 reported infections and 10 deaths so far this year.
The Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed on Friday 39 new human cases this week. Officials cite the most likely causes as standing water left behind by Hurricane Isaac and the cooler fall weather attracting people outdoors.
"Everyone needs to be aware of the threat of West Nile virus ...," DHH Sec. Bruce Greenstein says. "Put on repellant before you go outside, dress appropriately, and empty standing water around your home."
The virus affects those infected in one of three ways, the most deadly being the type that infects the brain and spinal cord, which can lead to death, paralysis and brain damage.
The milder viral infection is West Nile Fever, in which people experience flu-like symptoms. Most people who contract the virus will show no symptoms.
Caddo Parish reported this week one case of the most serious type and one case of the milder infection. DeSoto Parish reported one case of the milder infection.
The most active year for West Nile cases in Louisiana was 2002, when the state experienced 328 cases and 24 deaths.
Meanwhile, Texas health officials have confirmed 1,238 human cases of West Nile this year, including 57 deaths.