Good Monday morning to you! Britney Glaser here with a look at what's in store on today's Sunrise:
*Authorities have a new lead in the disappearance of a former girlfriend of Felix Vail. He remains in custody in the Calcasieu Correctional Center awaiting his 2nd degree murder trial for the death of his first wife, Mary Horton. We'll tell you about the latest lead in the case centering on the DNA testing of a skull.
*Louisiana's lawmakers prepare to wrap up this year's legislative session. On the agenda today: possible changes to the TOPS program and a bill making it illegal to carry dogs in the back of pick-up trucks.
*Velmer Smith, known for keeping track of Beauregard Parish and World War II history, has died. We'll take a look back at some of the most memorable stories we've done with Velmer and tell you about a community memorial service to honor her life.
*We're opening the Sunrise Pet Shop this morning with our friends from Calcasieu Parish Animal Services. We'll introduce you to a sweet animal in need of a home.
*Meteorologist Ben Terry tells us we are seeing more of a summer-like pattern than spring. He'll have a look at warm temperatures and the next chance for rain.
Make it a Sunrise day!
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A Moss Bluff man died this evening after a vehicle accident, according to Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police. Investigations revealed a 2015 Honda Civic driven by Hannah Borill, 22, of Westlake, was traveling north on Luke Powers Road and stopped at the stop sign at La. 3059. The Civic then traveled into the path of a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling east on La. 3059, according to Anderson. The operator of the motorcycle, Peter McCarthy, 29, "la...More >>
There was much excitement around KPLC today as Vice President/General Manager John Ware duked it out in a tap dancing battle with Antoine Aaron, KPLC photographer. John is participating in the 2018 Mad Hot Ballroom dance competition alongside partner Gambrelle DiGiglia on August 4. The competition raises funds for The Whistle Stop's dancing classrooms and DanceSport program. Since John and Gambrelle's Facebook page reached 400 likes, John...More >>
Jazz music has been a staple of Louisiana's culture for many years, and you can help celebrate it this weekend. The Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Saturday, June 23rd. Jazz in the Arts is hosting a free jazz workshop before the festival starting at 9, and Jazz After Dark will follow the festival at 7 p.m. Musician Mickey Smith Junior, with be performing at the event. Mickey Smith Jr. said in a statem...More >>
Last October Louisiana lost a hidden gem---Hodges Gardens. The state couldn't fund the park anymore, and with no one willing to step in and keep it running, it finally closed down. But a local art exhibit in Leesville wants to preserve the garden's memory and inspire someone to consider opening it again. On the walls of Gallery One Ellleven you'll find the beauty of Hodges Gardens. Last summer Jerry Keeton decided he wanted to create water color painti...More >>