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BP On Trial

     Hello everyone. This is Cynthia Arceneaux from the KPLC Newsroom. The first witness took the stand today in the civil trial against BP over the 2010 Gulf oil spill. An engineering expert, Robert Bea testified that BP's cost-cutting culture led to the disaster. The judge in the federal trial is expected to decide how much more BP and the other companies should have to pay in damages for the spill.

Jennings police and state and local fire agencies are investigating reports of a molotov cocktail beign thrown at a home on Monday.  Two suspects are identified as 18 year old Kristopher Watkins and 17 year old Leslie Barker, Jr. Both face charges related to arson and making an incendiary device. No one in the home was hurt.

And we'll update you on what's happening with the residents of an apartment complex in Lake Charles that was dealing with a problem of overflowing trash. The owners of the Whispering Pines Apartments on 5th Avenue tell 7News the garbage problem was the result of a billing dispute with Waste Management. They've now brought in a new company and the mounds of trash have been removed.

And finally a day without rain and plenty of sunshine. How long will our lucky streak last? Wade Hampton will have your complete weather forecast today on Live at Five and on 7News At Six.

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