Good Thursday morning to you! Britney Glaser here in the KPLC 7Newsroom with a look at what's ahead on today's Sunrise:
*The retirement rate among Louisiana teachers keeps rising. This morning, we take a look at the upward climb of this trend and the driving force behind more teachers deciding to leave the classrooms.
*Setting a plan in place before an emergency, like a hurricane, is normal - but what about for your pets? Hear from a pet owner in town and a vet that will have tips on getting your home ready.
*The Black Bayou Bridge remains closed to traffic this morning, but it is open to marine traffic. We'll update the work being done to repair the bridge after an accident.
*New questions about diet soda: is it worse than regular soda? We'll have the findings of a new study looking into its effect on metabolism and endocrinology.
*A new Louisiana law now requires an extra test for newborns before they leave the hospital. I'll tell you how pulse ox screenings work and how they can detect heart defects in newborns.
Make it a Sunrise day!
Tonight, skies will be clear and we will have little to no chance for rain. It will not be as cold tonight. Temperatures will still get down to the 30s for Southwest Louisiana, but we should not see any freezing temperatures. If you head out tonight, you will still need to grab a coat. As we go through this week, the weather will be nothing less than perfect! We will have lots of sunshine and little to no chance for rain. We are on a gradual warming trend.More >>
Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of stealing ATVs in Calcasieu and Jeff Davis parishes, authorities say. On Nov. 26, the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a stolen Honda ATV. Patrol deputies, with the assistance of the Welsh Police Department, located the ATV in Welsh, said Cmdr. Ramby Cormier, JDSO spokesman.More >>
McNeese University's campus is getting a little lighter next semester. Saturday morning the university held its graduation ceremony for 577 students. It's the sound every college kid can't wait to hear, "The Graduation March." Over 500 students gathered inside Burton Coliseum to receive that special piece of paper.More >>
An Army veteran of the 35th Infantry division in Vietnam, Raymond Maylen didn't just sit back in his rocking chair when he retired from the Lake Charles Fire Department.More >>
A Texas man is dead after being struck by a vehicle early Sunday morning while walking on La. 12 in Starks. At 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 10, Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on La. 12 near Old River Road, about 4.5 miles east of the Texas state line, said Sgt. James Anderson, State Police spokesman.More >>