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   Congressional races top the ballot throughout Southwest Louisiana.

In Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis Parishes, voters choose between incumbent Charles Boustany (Republican) and Mike Stagg (Democrat) to represent them as U.S. Representative for the 7th Congressional District. Voters in parts or all of Acadia, Evangeline, Lafayette, St. Landry and Vermilion Parishes also cast votes in the 7th District race.

   Meanwhile, In Beauregard Parish, voters choose between Artis Cash, Sr. (Democrat), Patti Cox (Democrat), Chester Kelly (Republican) or incumbent "Jim" McCrery (Republican) to represent them in the 4th Congressional District. Some voters in Allen Parish, 12 precincts, also vote in 4th District Congress.  Beauregard voters also decide two school board elections in Districts 2 & 4 B, and a 1% sales tax renewal put on the ballot by the police jury.

   Allen Parish voters in 17 precincts will decide from four candidates in the 5th Congressional District.  Those on the ballot are incumbent U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander (R), Gloria Williams Hearn (D), Brent Sanders (L) or John Watts (I).  Allen Parish residents have two school board elections in Districts 4 & 6; the Mayor's race in Oberlin between Phil Beard (D) and "Rick" Smith (D), and Fire Protection and Hospital Sevice District tax and millage issues.

   In Calcasieu Parish, Iowa voters decide the race for mayor: It's between incumbent "Margo" Racca (R) and challenger C.J. Scheufens (D).  Calcasieu voters will decide on the Sugarcane Bay proposal, the Lake Charles Bond Issue, and Ward 5 Waterworks Bond and Proposition.

  In Jeff Davis Parish, voters are asked to vote on the road sales tax for District 1.

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    Lake Charles will host a series of "Stop the Bleed" training according to Matt Young, city spokesman. The first training will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness located at 901 Lakeshore Drive. The free program is to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Young says approximately 75 tr...

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    Lake Charles will host a series of "Stop the Bleed" training according to Matt Young, city spokesman. The first training will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at the Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness located at 901 Lakeshore Drive. The free program is to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Young says approximately 75 tr...

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Clouds clearing tonight, then beautiful weather to start the week

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    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:34 PM EDT2018-04-22 21:34:48 GMT
    Sunshine returns this weekSunshine returns this week
    Sunshine returns this weekSunshine returns this week

    Tonight, it will be very pleasant outside. There will be no chance for rain, and the clouds will continue to clear. With the clouds going away, that will allow temperatures to cool down overnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s. You may need a jacket as you head out the door Monday morning. Monday and Tuesday next week will be very nice to get outside. After the cold front pushes past us over the weekend, there should be plenty of sunshine. Although a few clouds are possible.

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    Tonight, it will be very pleasant outside. There will be no chance for rain, and the clouds will continue to clear. With the clouds going away, that will allow temperatures to cool down overnight. Lows will be in the mid 50s. You may need a jacket as you head out the door Monday morning. Monday and Tuesday next week will be very nice to get outside. After the cold front pushes past us over the weekend, there should be plenty of sunshine. Although a few clouds are possible.

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  • F.K. White Middle School hopes to grow opportunities with teaching garden

    F.K. White Middle School hopes to grow opportunities with teaching garden

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:30 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:30:47 GMT
    F.K. White Middle School in Lake Charles is hoping to grow new opportunities with their new teaching garden that started with just a seed of an idea. "One of our science teachers Amanda LaBove has this idea with John O'Donnell who works for Healthier Southwest Louisiana," said Jessica Woolmington, an art teacher at the school. "He approached me and then Amanda as well and said, 'Hey, we need to do this. We should've started this yesterday, so let's get on it,' and we d...More >>
    F.K. White Middle School in Lake Charles is hoping to grow new opportunities with their new teaching garden that started with just a seed of an idea. "One of our science teachers Amanda LaBove has this idea with John O'Donnell who works for Healthier Southwest Louisiana," said Jessica Woolmington, an art teacher at the school. "He approached me and then Amanda as well and said, 'Hey, we need to do this. We should've started this yesterday, so let's get on it,' and we d...More >>
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