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Congress passes a bill on Louisiana's Chimp Haven

Happy Friday morning to you!  Britney Glaser here with a look at what's in store on today's Sunrise:

*Congress sends the president a bill that would lift a spending cap for a chimpanzee sanctuary in Northwest Louisiana.  Find out what it means for these retired chimps once used for medical research.

*The situation in the Philippines is turning more desperate as thousands of typhoon survivors wait for food and water.  We'll tell you about a local effort to help through Friendships Port Mercy in Lake Charles.

*A fire continues to rage in rural North Texas after yesterday's gas pipeline explosion.  A massive plume of smoke and flames could be seen for miles as the pipeline burned near the town of Milford, about 40 miles south of Dallas.  Hear what's being done today to get the fire under control.

*It's America Recycles Day and Citgo, along with its community partners, is launching a new recycling program.  We'll tell you about it in a live interview with our own John Bridges as he heads to the site where you can drop off recyclables today.

*Rain chances are creeping up for our weekend forecast.  Meteorologist Ben Terry lets us know if it will rain this weekend and when our next cold front will head into Southwest Louisiana.

Make it a Sunrise day!

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    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:47 PM EDT2018-06-21 16:47:44 GMT

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says, around five Thursday morning 32-year-old Blake A. Russell was found hanging in a mop closet at the Calcasieu Sheriff's Prison.  Russell had been incarcerated since July 2017 after being charged with the 2nd degree murder in the 2009 murder of Sierra Bouzigard. Bouzigard's body was found by a bicyclist on November 23, 2009. Authorities say she died from blunt-force trauma to the head and that her body had likely not been ther...

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    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says, around five Thursday morning 32-year-old Blake A. Russell was found hanging in a mop closet at the Calcasieu Sheriff's Prison.  Russell had been incarcerated since July 2017 after being charged with the 2nd degree murder in the 2009 murder of Sierra Bouzigard. Bouzigard's body was found by a bicyclist on November 23, 2009. Authorities say she died from blunt-force trauma to the head and that her body had likely not been ther...

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain coming to an end with lower rain chances this weekend

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    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:42 PM EDT2018-06-21 16:42:27 GMT
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    So far today, we have seen some very heavy rainfall. There were also a few storms. A few places saw some localized street flooding. All of this rain, is slowly moving away. By this evening, we should not be dealing with any rain. As the train moves away, the clouds will lighten up. Then the temperatures should go back up. Highs should top out in the mid to upper 80s. Overnight, some of the clouds will clear away. It should be a dry forecast overnight, with no rain expected. 

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    So far today, we have seen some very heavy rainfall. There were also a few storms. A few places saw some localized street flooding. All of this rain, is slowly moving away. By this evening, we should not be dealing with any rain. As the train moves away, the clouds will lighten up. Then the temperatures should go back up. Highs should top out in the mid to upper 80s. Overnight, some of the clouds will clear away. It should be a dry forecast overnight, with no rain expected. 

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  • I-10 Westbound closed near Roanoke due to jackknifed 18-wheeler

    I-10 Westbound closed near Roanoke due to jackknifed 18-wheeler

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:40 PM EDT2018-06-21 16:40:11 GMT
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    I-10 Westbound is closed due to a jackknifed 18-wheeler, according to Louisiana State Police Troop D.  The vehicle was carrying 300 gallons of diesel and it is leaking. LSP advises people to avoid I-10 westbound near Roanoke.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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    I-10 Westbound is closed due to a jackknifed 18-wheeler, according to Louisiana State Police Troop D.  The vehicle was carrying 300 gallons of diesel and it is leaking. LSP advises people to avoid I-10 westbound near Roanoke.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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