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Gobble, gobble - gone!

Sinkhole (Source: WAFB-TV) Sinkhole (Source: WAFB-TV)

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

We continue to monitor the progress of the cruise ship Triumph as it's slowly towed to Mobile, Alabama. Carnival Cruise Line officials say the company is working to keep thousands of passengers safe and comfortable – contradicting reports coming from passengers to their relatives back home. Those reports speak of overflowing toilets and limited food. We're hearing that there are several residents from our area on the cruise ship, if anyone wishes to share their story with us, please contact us at news@kplctv.com

That sinkhole in Assumption Parish is gobbling up more land. It may now cover as many as 9 acres after a 75-foot by 100-foot parcel of land crumbled and fell into the hole on Tuesday.   First discovered back on Aug. 3, the sinkhole prompted the evacuation of more than 150 homes.  

Also today, some states are considering legislation that would require law enforcement officials to be trained to deal with people with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Plus, in honor of Black History Month, we'll share an inspiring story of one retired teacher who hasn't stop educating.

In weather, Ben tells me temperatures will be slow to warm up today thanks to the cloud cover. Those skies are expected to clear tonight and we'll get somewhat cooler. How low will those temperatures go, and what will our Valentine's Day hold? Look for all the answers in Ben's live, local forecast at noon.

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

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    Through this afternoon expect continued pop-up showers thanks to southerly flow providing ample moisture. Hot and humid conditions will persist across Southwest Louisiana for those of us not seeing a cooling shower.  Overnight warm and humid conditions persist with lows only dropping into the upper 70s. But, with ample moisture present we will feel like the 80s for much of the night.

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  • Man allegedly steals two buses and crashes into building

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    Saturday, August 18 2018 3:08 PM EDT2018-08-18 19:08:41 GMT
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