Happy Wednesday morning to you! Britney Glaser here in the KPLC 7Newsroom with a preview of some of today's top stories:
*A controversial debate is expected today in the state legislative session over eye care for Louisiana residents. Find out why it has divided optometrists and ophthalmologists.
*Today, lawmakers will vote on challenging Governor Jindal's decision not to accept new federal funding to expand Medicaid. The expansion could give coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured residents.
*We'll give you an inside look at the Port of Lake Charles' plan to provide housing for 4,000 more people as economic projects become a reality.
*A terrible story overseas this morning: at least 70 people are dead after a building collapse in Bangladesh. We'll update the information as more details become available.
*Federal investigators are in Russia this morning talking to the parents of the accused Boston bombers.
*Meteorologist Ben Terry has a look at today's rain chances and the next cold front.
Make it a Sunrise day!
State government agencies in Louisiana are being barred from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.More >>
For the rest of the day, there will be more storms and showers that pop up in the afternoon. This is the new normal with the heat during the afternoon, and the extra moisture in the air. Not everyone will see rain, but if you are caught under one of these showers, you will likely see some heavy rainfall at times. Temperatures will still be hot today, especially where there is no rain. Highs will be in the lower 90s. Tonight, the rain should come to an end.More >>
Sulphur police are searching for a man on the run from an assault investigation, according to Sulphur Police spokesperson Mel Estess. Yesterday, SPD was dispatched to Lori Lane in Sulphur for a disturbance, says Estess. Estess says, William Michael Tibbits attempted to force his way inside of a residence and was unable to get inside. The victim noticed Tibbets and an argument ensued. Tibbets then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim, hit her in the he...More >>
Arthritis causes pain and inflammation in the joints and can be hard to live with, especially for animals. "Pets get it for a variety of reasons, we see a lot in older dogs where it's a result of age, or younger dogs where they have a history of trauma,” said Veterinarian Adam McMahan from Lake Area Animal Hospital.More >>
The National Hurricane Center continues to highlight an area in Gulf of Mexico for potential tropical development over the next five days. This area to watch is currently located south of the Yucatan Peninsula and strong wind shear will keep this area at a 0% chance of development over the next couple of days before increasing late-week and weekend as it pushes into the Gulf of Mexico.More >>