Nothing smells as good as a hero - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Nothing smells as good as a hero

Good morning!

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

Local longshoremen are up in arms this morning. They're telling KPLC's Theresa Schmidt that workers from outside the state are being brought in. Theresa's checking out their concerns and we hope to have her update at noon.

Many of you may be wondering what's happening at the Lake Charles Regional Airport – with emergency vehicles racing in and out. Well, it's actually an intense drill for local emergency responders – a full scale mock disaster scenario. KPLC's Holly Carter is covering that story and we'll have more info for you at noon.

Also today, we'll tell you about a crazy series of events for neighbors in one close-knit community. It begins and ends with a smelly pest who was once a bother, but now an unlikely hero. 

Plus, when you think of donating blood, animals probably aren't the first thing that comes to mind. Well, as it turns out, humans aren't the only ones who can donate blood to save lives.

In other health news, Governor Jindal's administration has sent word to federal officials that Louisiana will not create its own health insurance exchange. You can read more about that HERE.

In weather, it was definitely colder this morning with some areas reaching the freezing mark.  Ben tells me that we should get into the mid 60's by this afternoon. What about tonight, and the upcoming weekend? He's working on his live, local forecast right now, so be sure to tune in at noon.

Remember, you can always watch us on kplctv.com and on air. We hope you join us, and have a great day!

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    Boating accident on Sabine River, two children injured

    Boating accident on Sabine River, two children injured

    Sunday, August 20 2017 8:49 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:49:57 GMT
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Source: LDWF)Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Source: LDWF)

    A single-vessel boating accident on the Sabine River near Niblett's Bluff Park Sunday evening has resulted in two children being seriously injured, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The injured children have been taken to the hospital, and one child is in critical condition, said Lt. Beau Robertson, LDWF spokesman.

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    A single-vessel boating accident on the Sabine River near Niblett's Bluff Park Sunday evening has resulted in two children being seriously injured, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The injured children have been taken to the hospital, and one child is in critical condition, said Lt. Beau Robertson, LDWF spokesman.

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  • Dog abandoned at local vet gets second chance

    Sunday, August 20 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:16:58 GMT

    It's unfortunately more common than you would think: pet owners dropping their animals off at the vet and never picking them up. Most offices cannot take in these animals, so they just end up at the shelter.

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    It's unfortunately more common than you would think: pet owners dropping their animals off at the vet and never picking them up. Most offices cannot take in these animals, so they just end up at the shelter.

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few showers possible during the eclipse; Scattered storms likely all week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few showers possible during the eclipse; Scattered storms likely all week

    Sunday, August 20 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-08-20 20:53:00 GMT
    A few showers possible Monday for the eclipseA few showers possible Monday for the eclipse

    Overnight, we will have clouds clear and will become mostly clear. Temperatures will slowly fall to the mid 70s. It will feel very warm due to the humidity. Heat indices will be in the 80s, throughout the night. Monday, the day of the eclipse, there is just a 30% chance of rain, so we will most likely have a few clouds during the time of the eclipse. There could be a few showers around the peak of the eclipse, but more likely, at least some clouds. 

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    Overnight, we will have clouds clear and will become mostly clear. Temperatures will slowly fall to the mid 70s. It will feel very warm due to the humidity. Heat indices will be in the 80s, throughout the night. Monday, the day of the eclipse, there is just a 30% chance of rain, so we will most likely have a few clouds during the time of the eclipse. There could be a few showers around the peak of the eclipse, but more likely, at least some clouds. 

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