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Peak time for flesh-eating bacteria found in saltwater

False color image of vibrio vulnificus as viewed through an electron microscope. (Source: CDC/James Gathany) False color image of vibrio vulnificus as viewed through an electron microscope. (Source: CDC/James Gathany)
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin walks into to court to be sentenced on federal corruption charges. (Source: WVUE) Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin walks into to court to be sentenced on federal corruption charges. (Source: WVUE)
Good morning!

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

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will spend time in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering and other corruption charges. Those charges date back to the time Nagin was mayor – including those years after Hurricane Katrina. We'll have the story at noon, and you can read more HERE.

Many of you are probably taking advantage of outdoor activities, but did you know this is peak season for exposure to a deadly flesh-eating bacteria found in saltwater? It's called “vibrio vulnificus,” and it's most common along the Gulf coast as temperatures reach above 85 degrees. At noon, we'll tell you about this infection and how you can protect yourself.

Also today, Americans spend more than twice the average for industrialized nations on prescription drugs. This fact has many in the U.S. looking overseas to save money, but are they putting themselves at risk?

Plus, a 74-year-old woman is going for a world record as the oldest woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. We'll share her story at noon.

Ben tells me our rain chances will be heat-driven today, and that means our best chance will come in the mid to late afternoon when temperatures are at their warmest. Storms will diminish by this evening, but what about tomorrow? Tune in at noon for Ben's live, local forecast for the answer. You can also check out the latest weather conditions HERE.

Remember, if you're away from the TV at noon, you can always tune in to kplctv.com to watch us online and your mobile device.

Have a great day everyone!
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