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Community leader Faye Brown Blackwell dies early Wednesday morning

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

*New from overnight: longtime community leader and former Lake Charles City Council member Faye Brown Blackwell has died. She passed away this morning after battling a lengthy illness.  We will remember the life and legacy of this special woman who made history in Louisiana.

*You can now relive Louisiana's historical moments in broadcast right from your home.  Find out how you can access 1,500 clips covering several decades with everything from political giants to interviews with artists and war heroes.

*SOWELA Technical Community College is ranked eighth in the nation for the fastest-growing public two-year college.  KPLC's Erica Bivens will be live from the SOWELA campus interviewing Chancellor Neil Aspinwall about the new offerings to help students pursue technical careers.

*We have an inspiring Teen Report this morning following a high school student diagnosed with cancer.  Hear about her brave fight and what it's like balancing school with chemo treatments.

*Meteorologist Ben Terry is blowing the fog horn today!  He'll have a look at the foggy morning and the rain chances on the rise for the end of the week.

Make it a Sunrise day!

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