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Teacher Layoffs

Hello everyone. This is Cynthia Arceneaux from the KPLC Newsroom.  School is out for summer.  But those last bells are sounding with some serious trouble brewing for the future.   How will our schools manage with a cutback in teachers? The Calcasieu Parish School Board will be meeting in a couple of hours at 4:30 to hash out what could be some serious cutbacks in our schools. The budget committee is meeting to discuss a plan to layoff more than 150 teachers to deal with a 13 million dollar deficit.

In Beauregard Parish, the Narcotics Task force made five arrests in connection with a Dry Creek meth lab. Sheriff Ricky Moses says 21 year old Joseph Rappold was arrested at a Dry Creek home. He is charged with operating a meth lab and criminal conspiracy. Also arrested were 20 year old Lance Sonnier, 45 year old Jamie Sonnier, Brittany Smith, and Natasha Long.

And it looks like Lake Charles is losing its indoor arena football team. The Swashbucklers are folding up shop.  Low attendance finally took its toll on the organization's finances. Those stories and more today on Live At Five and 7news At Six.

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    One child dead, another in stable condition after boating accident on Sabine River

    One child dead, another in stable condition after boating accident on Sabine River

    Sunday, August 20 2017 10:14 PM EDT2017-08-21 02:14:39 GMT
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Source: LDWF)Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Source: LDWF)

    A single-vessel boating accident on the Sabine River near Niblett's Bluff Park Sunday evening has resulted in two children being seriously injured, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The injured children have been taken to the hospital, and one child is in critical condition, said Lt. Beau Robertson, LDWF spokesman.

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    A single-vessel boating accident on the Sabine River near Niblett's Bluff Park Sunday evening has resulted in two children being seriously injured, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The injured children have been taken to the hospital, and one child is in critical condition, said Lt. Beau Robertson, LDWF spokesman.

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  • Dog abandoned at local vet gets second chance

    Sunday, August 20 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:16:58 GMT

    It's unfortunately more common than you would think: pet owners dropping their animals off at the vet and never picking them up. Most offices cannot take in these animals, so they just end up at the shelter.

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    It's unfortunately more common than you would think: pet owners dropping their animals off at the vet and never picking them up. Most offices cannot take in these animals, so they just end up at the shelter.

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few showers possible during the eclipse; Scattered storms likely all week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few showers possible during the eclipse; Scattered storms likely all week

    Sunday, August 20 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-08-20 20:53:00 GMT
    A few showers possible Monday for the eclipseA few showers possible Monday for the eclipse

    Overnight, we will have clouds clear and will become mostly clear. Temperatures will slowly fall to the mid 70s. It will feel very warm due to the humidity. Heat indices will be in the 80s, throughout the night. Monday, the day of the eclipse, there is just a 30% chance of rain, so we will most likely have a few clouds during the time of the eclipse. There could be a few showers around the peak of the eclipse, but more likely, at least some clouds. 

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    Overnight, we will have clouds clear and will become mostly clear. Temperatures will slowly fall to the mid 70s. It will feel very warm due to the humidity. Heat indices will be in the 80s, throughout the night. Monday, the day of the eclipse, there is just a 30% chance of rain, so we will most likely have a few clouds during the time of the eclipse. There could be a few showers around the peak of the eclipse, but more likely, at least some clouds. 

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