Happy Friday morning to you! Britney Glaser here in the KPLC 7Newsroom with a look at what's in store on today's Sunrise:
*Electronic cigarettes will be a big issue in the upcoming legislative session. One Louisiana DA wants minors banned from buying them. We'll tell you about the proposal to amend the current law banning minors from buying tobacco.
*The investigation continues this morning after a Jeff Davis Sheriff's deputy shoots and kills a family's dog. Hear from the dog's owner about why he's not going to let his dog's death be in vain.
*Another arrest has been made in the case of a Many dog, known as Amazing Grace. She was badly burned with boiling water in June. We'll tell you about a grandmother's alleged role in this animal abuse case.
*The annual MLK Memorial Breakfast takes place this morning in Lake Charles. Find out how you can take part in it or watch it from home here on KPLC.
*Duck Dynasty is back, but a portion of its viewers are not. This season's premiere saw a drop of a few million people. Is the controversy over Phil's comments to blame? We'll take a look at that.
*Chocolate is one of the most popular gifts for Valentine's Day, but is it worth shelling out more money for gourmet chocolate? The Sunrise team will do a live taste test of chocolates from the cheap variety to the fancy cocoa.
*Meteorologist Zack Fradella is in for Ben Terry today. You might have seen this New Orleans native on the weekends here on KPLC. He'll have your weekend forecast on today's Sunrise.
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A Houma man partially laying on railroad tracks just east of the Lake Charles city limits was struck and killed Sunday. The accident happened near where the tracks intersect with La. 3256, according to Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. Myers said that as the train was backing up around 11 p.m. Sunday, the engineer was unable to see Long, who was hit by the back end of the train. Long died at a local hospital. Forensic Investigation Unit De...More >>
The Community Foundation for SWLA and Carheel Consulting are providing free Workforce Readiness Training sessions at area libraries that aim to help citizens develop the professional skills needed to land a job in competitive industry.More >>
Calcasieu Parish volunteers will be working to get a better understanding of the number of people in our area dealing with homelessness. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Human Services Department is taking its annual "point in time" count on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Outreach teams will be heading to areas where they believe to be a lot of homeless people. The survey is also asking agencies who provide any kind of housing to the homeless to take part and share information about t...More >>
The City of Lake Charles will be hosting a lecture on Black History Month as part of an ongoing series.More >>
Entergy is making a big investment in our area to increase its generating capacity. The new $872 million dollar Lake Charles Power Station is expected to help promote economic growth by providing reliable and affordable power. Off Houston River Road is Entergy's coal-fired power plant, Nelson Six, which is about 40 years old. Next to it will the new gas-fired plant that will increase capacity while using half the fuel. Entergy officials say the highly efficient plant is p...More >>