‘Get your knee off our necks!’: Floyd mourned in Minneapolis

From coast to coast, and from Paris and London to Sydney and Rio de Janeiro, his death has set off turbulent and sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality, racism and inequality.

  First Alert: As of 10 p.m. Cristobal remains over land and very disorganized, will move over the Gulf late Friday

La. Office of State Fire Marshal releases guidelines for Phase 2 of reopening

  Calcasieu officials ready for Phase 2 reopening, but urge caution

Drew Brees takes to social media to apologize for comments on protests

South Dakota couple accused of drugging children, shocking them with cattle prod

LIVESTREAM: Calcasieu officials hold COVID-19 briefing at 2 p.m.

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Boil advisory lifted for parts of Bundicks Lake area

  St. Jude Dream Home 2020

  Sulphur couple’s walking journey

SWLA Arrest Report - June 3, 2020

  Westlake Veterans Memorial Park now open

New Westlake Veterans Memorial Park is now open for viewing

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few afternoon storms, but all eyes remain on the Cristobal

Another morning very similar to the last couple with temperatures in the lower 70′s for our lows with some clouds around to start the day.

Chief: NOPD forced to fire tear gas into crowd as they rush officers on interstate

New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said his officers had a dialogue with the protesters and he said they allowed one of them to use a police microphone to address the crowd and calm the situation.

  Peaceful protest and demonstration held in DeRidder

Peaceful protest and demonstration held in DeRidder

  Supporting locally owned black businesses

Current and former Saints speak out against Drew Brees’ comments

  Calcasieu Schools release online survey on fall learning options

  African American Catholics condemn Floyd killing and call for social justice

  Demonstrators lay down during peaceful protest in DeRidder

Drew Brees’ comments about kneeling during national anthem anger fellow players

La. residents encouraged to register for Disaster SNAP benefits ahead of Tropical Storm Cristobal

DCFS is encouraging all Louisiana households who are not currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to make registering for Disaster SNAP (DSNAP) a part of their hurricane preparedness game plan.

La. launches e-commerce initiative for small businesses

Today (June 3), Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced an e-commerce initiative to empower the online performance of Louisiana’s small businesses.

  St. Jude Dream Home 2020 comes together

Lake Charles is helping in the fight against childhood cancer with the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway for the third year in a row.

Halt on some evictions ends June 8 due to Phase 2 of reopening

Louisiana courts are set to begin hearing eviction proceedings again beginning June 8.

  Teacher makes blooper reel for students

One teacher shows that you can still learn even when things don't go quite as planned

SWLA Arrest Report - June 2, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for June 2, 2020.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Tracking some afternoon storms, while keeping an eye on the tropics

Off to another warm start this morning with temperatures in the lower and middle 70′s. You will also notice the humidity is back as we are feeling very tropical and this will be the case as we head through the rest of this week and into the weekend.

  Peaceful protesters march down Ryan St. in Lake Charles

Peaceful protesters march down Ryan St. in Lake Charles

  Thoughts on making meaningful change in healing the race divide

Eric Doshier felt compelled to call his 3 adult sons the day after George Floyd was killed. "Basically I just called them, and I was in tears when I was talking to them, and I was just asking them to please be careful, be mindful of what they're doing and where they're going."

Deadline to apply for financial aid to feed kids who qualify for free/reduced lunch quickly approaching

Louisiana has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help feed as many as 611,430 students during the coronavirus pandemic, Governor John Bel Edwards announced today (Friday, May 15).

  $3,000 in donations and equipment stolen from Deridder Animal Control facility

Authorities in Deridder say a recent break-in at the city’s animal control facility could have been much worse.

  Hundreds march down Ryan Street protesting racial inequality

Hundreds of people marched down Ryan Street Tuesday night to protest racial inequality.

Head of La. Gaming Control Board ousted

The head of Louisiana’s gambling regulatory board has been ousted by state senators who refused to confirm his reappointment on the final day of the regular legislative session.

Florida sheriff ‘highly recommending’ people to shoot looters who break into homes

A sheriff in one Florida county says he is “highly recommending” property owners to shoot looters if they break into homes to steal or set fires.

COVID-19 cases at La. nursing homes

The Louisiana Department of Health is tracking the numbers of coronavirus cases in nursing homes and other adult residential care facilities statewide.

Sulphur high-speed pursuit ends in Lafayette

Authorities say the pursuit reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour

Sheriff’s Office makes third arrest in Hwy 90 shooting

A third arrest has been made following last month's shooting on Hwy 90

Authorities respond to Moss Bluff accidental death

Authorities do not suspect foul play and believe the death to be accidental

  GRAPHIC: NYPD sergeant hit by car during protests

A New York police sergeant suffered serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle during protests early Tuesday morning.

  Calcasieu Public Library offering virtual summer programs

This year the library's reading program is going virtual

SWLA Arrest Report - June 1, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for June 1, 2020.

La. will move to Phase 2 of reopening June 5

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday, June 1 that Louisiana will move into Phase 2 of the White House’s reopening guidelines Friday, June 5.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A mixture of sun and clouds this afternoon, rain chances on the increase tomorrow

A partly cloudy start to our Tuesday as we are watching clouds move in from the south with temperatures warm once again. We are starting out in the upper 60′s to lower 70′s again and morning temperatures will slowly be warming through the rest of the week.

  Minn. governor: Semi driver was confused when he drove into crowd

Officials say nothing indicates the driver was intentionally targeting protesters.

LSU set to host Southern, Grambling in Tiger Stadium

LSU announced Monday, June 1, it has added Southern and Grambling to its future football schedules. The move marks the first time the Tigers will face the two historic in-state opponents, according to athletic director Scott Woodward.

  Coronavirus will have major impact on hurricane planning and timelines

It's hurricane season, already. And this year emergency officials say people need to consider the coronavirus as they plan. The Calcasieu emergency planning director urges as much self-sufficiency as possible.

  First Alert Forecast: Summer-like weather this week; also watching the tropics

As expected we saw a mixture of sun and clouds with just a few showers Monday. It will remain warm overnight with lows ranging from the upper 60s north of I-10 to the upper 70s at the coast. Rain chances will gradually increase with mostly afternoon showers and storms possible each day

  USS Orleck move to Jacksonville delayed due to Coronavirus

The ship was scheduled to begin its move to Jacksonville on March 23rd. Miller says they’ve been using the extra time to make some added improvements to the ship.

LSU releases plan for Phase 2 reopening of university

LSU Interim President Tom Galligan has released guidelines for how the university will enter its Phase 2 reopening plan.

Clemons endorses Dwight in DA’s race

Stephen Dwight has received the endorsement of local attorney Todd Clemons in this fall’s Calcasieu District Attorney race.

New COVID-19 testing sites for SWLA parishes announced

Beginning Monday, June 1, there are now more COVID-19 testing sites for residents of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes.

Boil advisory rescinded for area north of Westlake

The boil advisory for district 4 has been lifted.

  Sunrise Interview: Mayor Nic Hunter on Phase II reopening

We have our interview with Mayor Nic Hunter here.

SWLA Arrest Report - May 31, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for May 31, 2020.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A warm afternoon with some clouds, higher rain chances ahead

A mild start to our morning with a good deal of cloud cover as well. Temperatures are currently in the upper 60′s to near 70 and will drop a degree or so before we reach sunrise.

  Protesters rally in Lake Charles following death of George Floyd

The protest will start on the corner of Broad St. and Enterprise Blvd. at 3 p.m.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A nice end to the weekend, but an unsettled week is ahead

It’s been a nice weekend full of sunshine and clouds from time to time, but the majority of us have remained dry from any showers or storms. Temperatures have been warm as well as we have climbed into the middle and upper 80′s both days.

Hundreds of protesters march through streets of New Orleans amid death of George Floyd

Hundreds of masked protesters gathered at Duncan Plaza to shed light on racial injustice amid the death of George Floyd.

Authorities searching for suspects who damaged DeRidder Animal Control facility

Authorities are offering a reward for information

Calcasieu officials release statement on the death of George Floyd

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter release statement on the death of George Floyd.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A warm afternoon, rain chances increase late next week

It’s been a warm afternoon with temperatures climbing into the middle and upper 80′s. We have seen a few clouds around, but the good news is the showers and storms have stayed away.

Boil advisory lifted for all of Waterworks District No. 5

Boil advisory for Waterworks District 5 lifted

Gov. Edwards releases statement on death of George Floyd

Governor John Bel Edwards released a statement on Twitter Saturday on the death of George Floyd.

  LMPD officer fires pepper balls at WAVE 3 News reporter, photographer during Louisville protest

WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust and photojournalist James Dobson were struck by pepper balls reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville on Friday night.

  Minneapolis officer charged with George Floyd’s death as protests flare

The police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday and charged with murder in a case that sparked protests across the United States and violence in Minneapolis.

  Minnesota governor apologizes for arrest of CNN crew

Following the arrest of a CNN crew on live television by police on Friday, an apologetic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz promised that journalists would not be interfered with in reporting on violent protests following the death of George Floyd.

  Truckers gather at La. capitol in support of bill that could lower auto insurance rates

Truckers gather at La. capitol in support of bill that could lower auto insurance rates

Child in Louisiana dies from rare COVID-19 related condition

Child in Louisiana dies from rare COVID-19 related condition

  SWLA colleges plan for fall semester reopening

SWLA colleges plan for fall semester reopening

Retiring executive director predicts LC Port will drive growth and prosperity

Retiring LC Port Director Bill Rase: "This community rolls on the Calcasieu River. So, if you don't have the Calcasieu River, so that industry can come here, we really slow down the economics of the area."

LifeShare offering free COVID-19 antibody tests to blood donors

LifeShare offering free COVID-19 antibody tests to blood donors

Burrow: ‘This isn’t politics. This is human rights.’

Former LSU and newly drafted Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow took to social media on Friday to weigh in on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Sports betting will be on Nov. ballot, but implementation at least a year away

Voters will get to decide whether sports betting should be allowed in their parishes during the presidential election, though it would not happen where it is approved for at least another year.

Saints season ticket holder deadline to pay final invoice Friday

Saints season ticket holders payment deadline Friday

LDH partners with 11 companies to expand COVID-19 testing statewide

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has contracted with 11 partners as part of its comprehensive testing plan that will be submitted on May 30 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Chris Young among performers Saturday night at Grand Ole Opry

Chart-topping country music stars are once again returning to perform at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night for a live concert at the empty venue.

Cameron Parish: free COVID-19 testing sites

Cameron Parish: free COVID-19 testing sites

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A partly cloudy afternoon, temperatures will be warming next week

It’s been a partly cloudy afternoon so far with plenty of sunshine at times and that has helped us warm up through the afternoon.