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Murderer sentenced; victim's family speaks

The family of Wanda Barton attends the sentening of Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara. (Source: Antoine Aaron/KPLC) The family of Wanda Barton attends the sentening of Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara. (Source: Antoine Aaron/KPLC)
Agnes DeRouen in the KPLC newsroom with a look at what we're working on for 7 News at Noon.

A convicted murderer learns his fate in a Lake Charles courtroom Friday morning. We'll tell you about the sentence for Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, who raped and killed Wanda Barton in February 2008. You can learn more about the case HERE, and you can read a statement by the victim's family HERE.

Higher education in the state could face even more tough budget cuts as Louisiana deals with a financial shortfall. We're hearing from the Commissioner of Higher Education as he visits the area. How can the system deal with the money issues and still provide for local communities? KPLC's Monica Grimaldo will join us live, and you can read more about the commissioner's visit HERE.

We'll also tell you about a crab trap clean-up set for Sabine Lake. It means that both the Louisiana and Texas sides of the lake will be closed for a time so that abandoned and derelict traps can be removed. How long will the closure last, and how does this affect the harvest? Find out at noon, and you can read more HERE.

Also, we'll check out the special care being given to a 40-year-old, critically endangered northern white rhino. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is pampering Nola with a nail trim!

In weather, we're a bit warmer than we were Thursday, and we'll get into the upper 60s by Friday afternoon. A few, spotty showers may be around, but the chance of rain will only increase as we get into the weekend. We'll also have to contend with temperatures dropping drastically by Sunday night. Meteorologist Ben Terry will have the lowdown on all these changes during his live, local forecast at noon. You can also access up-to-the minute weather info HERE.

Remember, if you're away from the TV, watch us live at http://bit.ly/1lCk0p5 or through the KPLC News and Weather Apps for Apple or Android devices.

Have a great day!
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