Millions in unclaimed money

Good morning!

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

Pope Benedict XVI leaves the papacy today. He becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. In an unexpected speech to Cardinals today, the Pope promised "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor. We will coverage from Rome thru NBC, and we will also bring you live to a local celebration. Lake Charles Bishop Provost is holding a mass to honor the Holy Father's eight years of Papal ministry.

In our studios, we'll be talking to Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. He's trying to get folks aware of the Citizens Assessment Rebate. Millions of dollars go unclaimed each year – could you have some money waiting for you this tax season?

Are you careful with what you say on Facebook? Take a look at THIS story to see how making threats against the President could land you in big trouble.

Also today, we'll see how a cell phone case doubles as a stun gun. It's the brain child of a man who was the victim of violence himself, and we'll show you how his invention works.

Plus, behind many a good soldier in the heat of a battle is a trustworthy, well-trained dog.  We're going to hear from a war veteran about the importance of dogs in the war zone.

Ben is a busy little bee, along with the rest of the 7Stormteam today. They'll be at the Moss Bluff Walgreens this afternoon from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., programming those NOAA weather alert radios. If you need a radio, or just want to make sure yours is working, head on down to the intersection of Hwy 171 and Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. In the meantime, Ben is preparing his live, local forecast for noon and he tells me our temperatures should run 10 to 12 degrees cooler than yesterday. It will get even colder tonight and on into the weekend. Look for all the number at noon.

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