Are you ready for Thanksgiving? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

Whether you're hitting the road or taking to the skies this Thanksgiving, you can expect to see a bigger crowd. 

That's according to AAA's annual Thanksgiving travel forecast, which says nearly 51 million Americans are expected to travel.

That's up more than two million from last year and it's the most in the past 12 years. 

And while some may be flying to their destinations…

"I am tired of driving," said Roy Siller. "I'm going to fly up to Madison, Wisconsin, to go deer hunting with my brother."

Others are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, despite the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014.

"Wednesday evening, we will leave to go to Sugarland, Texas," said Robin Basone.

And who could forget all the shopping deals associated with the holiday weekend, which often cause lines to form of customers ready to shop? 

And there are plenty of opportunities to get a good deal, starting with Black Friday then Small Business Saturday and finishing it all off with Cyber Monday. 

But for many, the main course on Thanksgiving Day is family with a side of turkey.

However, before you dig into those leftovers you should keep in mind the threat of foodborne illness, which is a bigger problem than you might think. 

The CDC says food-linked infections cause 48 million Americans to get sick each year, sending close to 130,000 to the hospital and leading to 3,000 deaths.

So remember this from the US Department of Agriculture: turkey is safe to eat when it reaches 165 degrees. 

And pop those leftovers in the fridge within two hours, so there's no time for bacteria to grow. 

Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Dionne Warwick to perform on the Golden Nugget stage March 10th

    Dionne Warwick to perform on the Golden Nugget stage March 10th

    Dionne Warwick to perform on the Golden Nugget stage March 10th

    Friday, January 19 2018 10:46 PM EST2018-01-20 03:46:22 GMT
           Grammy Hall of Fame singer, actress and television host, Dionne Warwick is set to perform her celebrated hits on the Grand Event Center stage at Golden Nugget Lake Charles, Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 PM.           With hits like "I Say A Little Prayer", That's What Friends Are For", "Walk on By", "I'll Never Love This Way Again", "Then Came You", and "Alfie", Warwick is sec...More >>
           Grammy Hall of Fame singer, actress and television host, Dionne Warwick is set to perform her celebrated hits on the Grand Event Center stage at Golden Nugget Lake Charles, Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 PM.           With hits like "I Say A Little Prayer", That's What Friends Are For", "Walk on By", "I'll Never Love This Way Again", "Then Came You", and "Alfie", Warwick is sec...More >>
  • Lawmakers proposing changes to Louisiana casino laws

    Lawmakers proposing changes to Louisiana casino laws

    Friday, January 19 2018 10:25 PM EST2018-01-20 03:25:31 GMT
    Golden Nugget Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)Golden Nugget Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)
    After nearly 20 years, Louisiana's river boat casino laws could finally see some changes.  The Legislative Task Force has recommended some proposals that Senator Ronnie Johns says he plans to sponsor in the upcoming legislative session.  Changes could be coming soon to Louisiana's riverboat casino laws.  The state's Legislative Task Force has recommended two proposals for the next legislative session.  The first proposal would allow casinos to move to...More >>
    After nearly 20 years, Louisiana's river boat casino laws could finally see some changes.  The Legislative Task Force has recommended some proposals that Senator Ronnie Johns says he plans to sponsor in the upcoming legislative session.  Changes could be coming soon to Louisiana's riverboat casino laws.  The state's Legislative Task Force has recommended two proposals for the next legislative session.  The first proposal would allow casinos to move to...More >>
  • Defense moves to recuse Judge Bradberry in Daigle capital murder case

    Defense moves to recuse Judge Bradberry in Daigle capital murder case

    Friday, January 19 2018 8:24 PM EST2018-01-20 01:24:37 GMT

      Attorneys defending Kevin Daigle-- have filed to recuse the judge in the case-- guy Bradberry.                Daigle is the man accused of capital murder in the killing of state trooper Steven Vincent. judge guy Bradberry was to issue a ruling dealing with evidence in the case against Kevin Daigle-- when the case came to a standstill.      that's because defense attorneys f...

    More >>

      Attorneys defending Kevin Daigle-- have filed to recuse the judge in the case-- guy Bradberry.                Daigle is the man accused of capital murder in the killing of state trooper Steven Vincent. judge guy Bradberry was to issue a ruling dealing with evidence in the case against Kevin Daigle-- when the case came to a standstill.      that's because defense attorneys f...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly