FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hazy, hot and humid today; stormy pattern ahead

With today being the last of our dry days, the heat is on and humidity values will send feels like temperatures well above 100 degrees this afternoon. The haze will also return with today declared an Air Quality Action Day due to levels of particulates high enough to create some respiratory problems

  Calcasieu River closed at Saltwater Barrier as refurbished gates are put back

  SWLA Economic Development Alliance explains extension on Paycheck Protection Program

  Local police recruitment and retention amid nationwide unrest

  Families of Tylee Ryan, JJ Vallow release statement

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

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Gov. Edwards issues stern warning about rise of COVID-19 in La.

  La. Guard performs flyovers across Lake Charles area

Man charged with conspiring to hide kids’ bodies in his yard

Memorial updates visit procedures

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: The heat and humidity roll on, with rain chances for Fourth of July

COVID-19 IN SWLA: 429 new cases in Calcasieu

LIVESTREAM: Gov. holding COVID-19 briefing at 2:30 p.m.

KPLC livestreams regarding coronavirus.

USMCA goes into effect today

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) goes into effect today, July 1, 2020.

City of Lake Charles temporarily closes I-10 North Beach

I-10 North Beach is now closed

  Alternative Baseball Organization expanding to Lake Charles

The Alternative Baseball Organization is looking for volunteers

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hazy, hot and humid; still on track for weekend storms

WATCH: Cam Jordan surprises Saints super fan living in isolation in assisted living facility

SWLA Arrest Report - June 30, 2020

  The Children’s Museum in downtown Lake Charles encourages the public to return

In-Zone Permits for Ward 3 students

  “Houston, we have a problem,” and so does SWLA, according to economic development alliance

  Youth Baseball Tournament underway amid growing COVID-19 cases

Under Governor John Bel Edwards’s order, youth recreational sports are still allowed to take place. As for the tournament, event organizers say they’re working with the city to make sure safety comes first.

Police say missing kids’ mom helped keep their bodies hidden

Prosecutors say the mother of two children who were found dead in rural Idaho months after they vanished had conspired with her new husband to hide or destroy the kids’ bodies.

Mark Herford sworn in as Beauregard Parish Sheriff

Mark Herford was sworn in on Tuesday in a gathering outside the Beauregard Parish courthouse.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hot and humid weather continues with little chance of rain for several more days!

We are now is a dry setup for the next few days as an upper level ridge of high pressure slowly moves across our area. So, expect a hot and dry weather pattern for at least the next few days! Tonight, will be warm and muggy with lows barely reaching the upper 70s to low 80s

Vernon Parish School Board plans for students to return to campus in the upcoming school year

Superintendent James Williams said while the school board wants students back in classrooms, they are formulating plans to also include virtual education options.

La. lawmakers reach decision on controversial car insurance bill on last day of special session

A compromise bill that aims to lower Louisiana drivers’ car insurance rates is headed to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk after intense negotiations.

3 New Orleans Pelicans players test positive for COVID-19

Three New Orleans Pelicans have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Pelicans Executive Vice President David Griffin.

Human remains found in search for missing Fort Hood private

Human remains have been found in the search for a Fort Hood private who disappeared without a trace more than two months ago.

  Sheriff: Oklahoma man shoots woman who tried to steal his Nazi flag

A 26-year-old Oklahoma woman was shot after authorities say she was dared to steal a Nazi flag from a man’s front yard.

Lake Charles “Red White Blue & You” to be streamed online

“Red White Blue & You,” will not have a live audience in 2020. Instead, a patriotic concert and fireworks will be streamed live on KPLC's website and Facebook on Saturday, July 4.

LifeShare holding 3-day blood drive this week

LifeShare Blood Center will be holding a 3-day blood drive called “United We Give, United We Live” this week.

Lake Charles City Marshal Vic Salvador announces he will not run for re-election

Ward 3 City Marshal Vic Salvador has announced that he will not be seeking re-election in the November 2020 election.

  Walmart removes ‘All Lives Matter’ merchandise from website

Walmart is no longer selling “All Lives Matter” merchandise on its website.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hazy hot and humid forecast; storms return for the holiday weekend

Buckle up for another hot and extremely humid day as southerly winds return through the afternoon, at times gusting up to 20 mph. The heat index will again top 100 and there will be few, if any, cooling showers in the forecast this afternoon.

  ISR swimming lessons and water safety

A big part of water safety is some very basic skills that can be taught at a young age

SWLA Arrest Report - June 29, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for June 29, 2020.

  Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates the abortion right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

  Local reaction to Supreme Court ruling on La. abortion clinics

This case was seen as an important test of the high court’s new conservative majority.

  Advocates for residents in nursing homes call for improved response to COVID-19

"Families are not kept in the loop when their loved one is sick, is being transported to the hospital and is sometimes transported back to the nursing home and the families have never been notified," said Denise Bottcher, director of Louisiana AARP.

State Fire Marshal’s Office offers fireworks safety tips

The Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal gives fireworks safety tips ahead of July 4 holiday.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Limited rain the next few days, the heat and humidity will be noticeable though!

Our weather pattern is changing back to a dry setup for the next few days as an upper level ridge of high pressure develops over our area. So, expect a hot and dry weather pattern for at least the next few days!

Louisiana lawmakers react to SCOTUS decision in Louisiana abortion law case

Louisiana lawmakers react to Supreme Court decision in abortion law case and the impact it has on the state.

  One in custody after police chase in Lake Charles

Authorities are involved in a chase in Lake Charles, officials with the Lake Charles Police Department have confirmed.

OMV in Lake Charles closed Monday

The Office of Motor Vehicles in Lake Charles is closed today, June 29, so that the building can be sanitized, local officials confirm.

Mobile COVID-19 testing sites for SWLA parishes

List of mobile COVID-19 testing sites in SWLA.

  Momma C’s cooking class

Cooking from scratch can be a challenge for some but one Moss Bluff woman’s passion for teaching and cooking might just save your next meal.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain takes a backseat as heat and humidity remain this week

A ridge of upper level high pressure will keep the storm track well to our north while helping to keep the hot temperatures in place with daily heat indices between 100 and 105.

  Lake Charles Regional Airport seeing steady increase of passengers

Lake Charles Regional Airport is seeing a steady increase in travel.

  Local DeQuincy evangelist still in critical condition after testing positive for COVID-19

Reverend George Guy has been diagnosed with the coronavirus and is currently on a ventilator

Senate, House both approve bill to change Miss. state flag

The Mississippi Legislature approved a bill that would change the state flag.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered storms this afternoon, we see a drier pattern into the new week

A few showers and storms have moved through Southwest Louisiana this afternoon and a few more will be possible as we head into the evening before rain chances diminish. Temperatures are on the warm side as we are in the upper 80′s and even a few lower 90′s.

One dead following five-vehicle accident on US 90 in Sulphur

One person is dead following a five-vehicle accident on US 90 in Sulphur, authorities say.

  Two local teens organize “Prayer Over Our City” event

Two local teens organize “Prayer Over Our City” event

LSU announces changes to fall semester due to COVID-19

LSU has announced some changes to its fall semester schedule due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Gayle Benson: Dixie Brewery changing name and branding

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said she is in the process of changing the name and branding of Dixie Brewery and all of its products.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A cloudy and hazy afternoon, we are expecting more showers and storms for the weekend

A cloudy and hazy afternoon across Southwest Louisiana as we are seeing some of the effects of the Saharan Dust moving its way in. The good news is we haven’t been tracking as many showers and storms this afternoon as we have the last couple of days, but the rain chances return into the weekend.

Lake Charles woman wins trip to Barbados on the Today Show

Lake Charles woman Danika Broussard played a scavenger hunt via Facetime with Hoda and Jenna from the Today show.

  Mayor Nic Hunter says South’s Defenders Monument should be removed

Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter released a statement on Facebook regarding the Confederate statue at the Calcasieu courthouse.

Lafayette man arrested following high speed pursuit in Jennings

A Lafayette man who was wanted for aggravated assault with a weapon has been arrested following a high-speed pursuit along I-10

Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future

The country music industry has long been hesitant to address its long and complicated history with race, but the death of George Floyd in police custody and the protests it sparked in the U.S. and around the world became a sound too loud for the genre to ignore.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Morning showers move out by afternoon as the haze thickens today

The best chances of rain will come before the noon hour with cloudy and hazy skies this afternoon as the Saharan Dust thickens up. The remainder of the afternoon will bring less rain but some of the haziest conditions as the thickest part of the dust moves into Southwest Louisiana.

  Sun Up for Lake Chuck

The program “Sun Up for Lake Chuck” is an effort to provide the community with fun and education activities.

SWLA Arrest Report - June 25, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for June 25, 2020.

  Mcneese State University to hold “Cowboy Camp” freshman orientation sessions in August

Mcneese State University to hold “Cowboy Camp” freshman orientation sessions in August

  DeRidder officer resigns after accusations of pulling over women, then sending friend requests to them

A DeRidder officer resigned after being accused of pulling over female drivers and then friend requesting them on social media.

  Face masks: Yes or No?

Even though the CDC recommends you to wear a mask to help minimize the spread of the virus, many people are choosing not to.

First eight rows of Superdome will be covered to protect from coronavirus

The NFL announced Thursday that all stadiums, including the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be mandated to cover its first eight rows to protect coaches, players and other staff from coronavirus.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: I-10 W closed at 171 following tractor-trailer accident

Accident on I-10 westbound at US 171.

  Calcasieu Officials say “we can do better” on COVID-19 prevention

“The numbers are very clear. Our medical community’s concerns are real. We all need to do better. We still have a chance to get back on track, but everyone must do their part,” said Tony Guillory, president of the Calcasieu Police Jury .

Authorities release initial reports from officer-involved shooting

Calcasieu Parish and Louisiana State Police officials have released the initial reports following the officer-involved shooting of Michael Torres last Saturday.

LDOE releases 2020-2021 school reopening guidelines

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released guidelines for how schools can reopen across the state for 2020-2021 while also reducing the spread of COVID-19.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers and storms this afternoon, a little drier and hazy for Friday

Another active day in terms of showers and storms as we saw one wave move through this morning and another round moving through this afternoon. Rain chances will decrease into the overnight hours and be lower for Friday, but that could mean we see some hazy skies.

Disney changing Splash Mountain, ride tied to Jim Crow film

Disney calls the new concept inclusive and says it will speak to the diversity of the millions of people who visit Disney parks each year.

Authorities searching for shoplifting suspect

Authorities are searching for a suspect they believe is responsible for shoplifting about $1,400 worth of golf clubs

Early voting continues through July 4

Early voting for the July 11 election is continuing through July 4.

Iowa man arrested for Sulphur burglaries

An Iowa man has been arrested after several Sulphur residents reported that their homes had been burglarized

Calcasieu school board releases statement

The Calcasieu Parish School Board says it is planning for students to return to campuses next school year but is also making plans for virtual education options.

SWLA Arrest Report - June 24, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for June 24, 2020.