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Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
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What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
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Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
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Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
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It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
For one east Nashville man, a new dog specially trained to meet his medical needs may just save his life, and a fundraiser is now helping to bring him home.
A set of health problems surfaced for Andrew Booker, including epilepsy, Type 1 diabetes and a rare disorder called AAG that impacts his nervous system.
"So all of that, on top of each other, kind of makes this perfect storm of illnesses that make it difficult to take care of myself," Booker said.
All of it limits life for this former police officer trainee who is not yet 30 years old.
"Nine times I've had the, you know, 'You're going to die' talk from a doctor," Booker said. "We just don't believe it anymore. We just refuse."
Last year, Booker's sister suggested he get a service dog, and their search led the Bookers to the group Retrieving Independence, based in Linden.
There, Booker met Rex.
"He and Rex just seemed to hit it off right away," said Karen Langer, with Retrieving Independence. "He's the type of dog that likes to just sit next to you and lean on you. He doesn't require all the attention. He just likes to be close."
That could make the difference. Thanks to training, Rex can tell Booker when his blood sugar runs too low or too high.
And in the case of a seizure, Rex will protect his companion.
"He can actually make sure I get on the ground, roll me over and then lay at my feet or my head and make sure I don't get hurt. And then he'll run around the house and look for help. And if there isn't any, he can actually hit the call button to call 911 for me," Booker said.
The Bookers need to raise $20,000 to bring Rex home, and while they realize they cannot do it alone, they are optimistic they will receive help.
"I used to be a missionary, and I've seen a lot of bad stuff. And there's always someone who has it worse than you, period. No matter how bad you think you've had it," Booker said.