Agnes DeRouen in the KPLC 7 Newsroom with a look at what we're working on for 7News@Noon.
Passengers, including many from southwest Louisiana, have finally escaped the disabled Carnival Triumph and are on the move back home today. The ship docked late last night in Mobile, and as KPLC's Gerron Jordan has been reporting – there were cheers as the travelers were able to get away from overflowing toilets, food shortages and foul odors. Carnival says passengers had three options: take a bus straight back to Galveston to pick up their cars, take a bus to New Orleans to stay at a hotel before a charter flight home or have family or friends pick them up in Mobile. The ship itself is being moved to a shipyard where it will be repaired. We will have a report from Mobile with Gerron, and we will also take you to Galveston to see how things are progressing there. In the meantime, you can read and see more about what happened last night HERE.
Also today, hospitals are constantly fighting a battle against germs that make patients sicker. The weapons of choice for years have been bleach, soap and water, but now there's something new – ultraviolet light. It neutralizes everything from flu to tuberculosis.
Plus, we'll show you why a Texas school is considering a gun course for students. A state lawmaker has filed a bill to give school districts the option for high school students – saying it could help prevent school tragedies.
Our weather is pretty sweet today. Clear and quiet across southwest Louisiana with temperatures in the 30's and 40's. However, Ben says later this afternoon some clouds will return with winds increasing out of the north as a cold front comes in. He says there may be a few sprinkles closer to midnight, but that should be gone by sunrise. Our weekend looks great, but how cold will it get? Ben will have all the answers to help you plan your days, so tune in at noon for his live, local forecast.
Remember, you can always watch us online at kplctv.com and on air. We hope you join us, and have a great weekend everyone!