Good morning, Southwest Louisiana

Good morning.  This is John Bridges in the KPLC 7 Newsroom.   Britney is on her way to Washington, D.C. this morning to get her Dr. Michael DeBakey award for medical reporting.  She'll be back with us on Friday.

Residents living off North General Wainwright in Lake Charles are claiming victory this morning.  The city's Planning and Zoning Board voted unanimously against any special exceptions for a company creating black dust that was a nuisance to residents.

Sulphur residents will soon be paying more for water, sewer and garbage pickup.  The city council has voted to approve utility rate increases starting July 1.

Gumbo Morrow has died.  The Lake Charles resident was founder of Gumbeaux Magazine.

Angelina Jolie says she's had a preventive double mastectomy. The actress says in an op-ed for today's New York Times that she had the mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that makes it extremely likely she'll get breast cancer.

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit your state income tax.  Donia Broussard with the Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation will be with us this morning to offer some advice.

We need to clarify a story we ran yesterday on Sunrise.  It was about an audit REPORT on the former Lacassine Sugar Mill.  During the story, we ran video of the current Lacassine Rum Distillery.  The audit had nothing to do with Louisiana Spirits or the distillery, only with the sugar mill.  We apologize to Louisiana Spirits and the community for any confusion.

Meteorologist Ben Terry says expect another beautiful day today, but it's going to be much warmer.  He'll have your Tuesday forecast.

Join us this morning from 4:30 – 7 a.m. for 7 News Sunrise.

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