Convicted sex offender calls 911. His emergency? He 'needed a woman'

Kareem Collins. (Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office)
Kareem Collins. (Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office)

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Agnes DeRouen in the KPLC 7 Newsroom with a look at what we're working on for 7News@Noon.

A legislative hearing on the increasing need for skilled workers in southwest Louisiana is happening now at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Lawmakers are talking about the upcoming economic upturn as companies move to the state. Will there be enough workers to fill the new jobs? What about the need for more infrastructure and construction workers? KPLC's Gerron Jordan is covering the event.

In St. Tammany Parish, deputies arrest a man – a convicted sex offender – who called 9-1-1 Saturday night. His emergency – well, he told dispatchers he "needed a woman." Wow. There's more to the story at noon, and you can read more HERE.

Also today, imagine being a passenger on a plane, 30 thousand feet in the air and hearing these announcements: "Does anyone on board have medical training?" And then later, "Does anyone have flight experience?" It happened recently on a flight in which a pilot had a medical emergency. We'll hear from one of two nurses who sprang into action.

Plus, whether its shedding a few pounds or just vowing to take better care of yourself in the New Year, some spas are claiming "detox foot baths" can help you lose weight, sleep better, even boost your immune system.

And you won't want to miss the incredible reaction of a toddler who gets to meet her uncle for the first time – an uncle who is the identical twin of her dad! See the whole story at noon, and you can read more HERE.

In weather, Ben tells me to expect sunny skies for the next several days, with cool temperatures.  How long will the beautiful pattern last? Check out Ben's live, local forecast at noon for the answer.

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