Good Samaritans work to clean up community after possible tornado in Deridder

SEVERE WEATHER: Street flooding, trees down on roadways in DeRidder area

Over 5,000 Beauregard Electric customers without power

Man found dead near Holly Beach

  Search continues for Jeff Davis Parish man missing since 2018

Severe storms roll through overnight with damage, flooding and power outages reported

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La. cold case card deck could make comeback if new sponsor found

First Alert Forecast: Strong storms possible late Saturday into early Sunday

LSP: Pursuit leads to arrest of a Lafayette man and woman

First Alert Forecast: Rain and storms likely this weekend; drier next week

DWI look back period in Louisiana

  21st annual Downtown at Sundown series kicks off

  Gyth Rigdon shares details about making it to The Voice finale

7News spoke to the Singer native about his journey to the finals.

Oakdale High School student rewarded after returning lost graduation money

An Oakdale student was rewarded today after returning some lost graduation money he found

  Florida bass released into the Mermentau River as part of restocking program

Five hundred baby Florida bass were released into the Mermentau River. The restocking program is to help provide more and bigger fish, since saltwater intrusion destroyed so many during the hurricanes.

Davis and Saltzman denied new trial

Davis and Saltzman denied post-conviction relief.

  Local company creates “Cal-cask-oo-choo” t-shirts

Texas man accused of making $14,000 in unauthorized ATM withdrawals at casinos

Bill to build LA 415 connector speeding through legislature

Third patrolman involved in motorcade crash released from hospital

Gov. Edwards: Louisiana unemployment rate lowest on record

REPORT: Davis to Lakers? ‘Over my dead body,’ Gayle Benson says

KPLC’s Crawfish Price Check

Check this week's boiled crawfish prices from around the area.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Dubbed the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all."

‘Shocking’: Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware

Dr. Richard Strauss groped or ogled young men while treating athletes from at least 16 sports and working at the student health center and his off-campus clinic, investigators from a law firm hired by the university found.

FCC working to eliminate robocalls

The FCC is working towards eliminating robocalls by enlisting the help of cell phone carriers.

210 bridge reopens following accident

I-210 has reopened in both directions following an accident.

Louisiana state parks to hire people with special needs for summer jobs

As part of a partnership with the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the state park system is looking to hire individuals with disabilities and special needs for jobs this summer.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Nice day ahead, but storms arrive over the weekend

Temperatures start off in the 60s for the morning commute as you head out today. You’ll probably already notice it feeling a little muggier and not quite as pleasant and expect that trend to continue as temperatures warm up into the middle 80s this afternoon under an abundance of sunshine.

SWLA Arrest Report - May 16, 2019

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for May 16, 2019.

  Iowa Police Department honors fallen officers

The Iowa Police Department honored those officers who lost their lives in 2018.

First Alert Forecast: Humidity on the increase as we finish the week, then rain this weekend

Friday will also be a good day. There will be a high-pressure center will stay to our east. This will keep southerly winds with us and may even cause a sea-breeze. That may help pop up a few showers and storms by the afternoon. Also, any rain we may see will be heat-induced.

  Immaculate Conception Cathedral School hosts 4th annual ‘Panther Walk’

For the last four years, ICCS has held their annual “Panther Walk”, where graduating seniors put on their caps and gowns and walk through the halls of the schools while the little ones cheer then on.

  Local student saved by AED graduates

It all happened at the foot of the Saint Terese statue on the third floor of the school. Shortly after an afternoon mass, Garrett challenged one of his classmates to a race up the stairs, that’s when Garrett suddenly collapsed.

Governor Edwards weighs in on ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill

Following in the footsteps of Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama, Louisiana lawmakers are now poised to pass their version of a bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

  Grand opening of the new Gator Chateau building at the Jennings Visitor Center

The 5,000-square-foot facility houses baby gators, and fosters them until they’re old enough to be released into the wild.

Recreational marijuana bill not dead in Louisiana Legislature

The House’s judiciary committee did not approve or kill a bill that would allow for recreational marijuana use in Louisiana. Instead, lawmakers essentially sent it to the House’s criminal justice committee, where the concept faces opposition.

  Authorities say power tools, building supplies stolen from numerous home construction sites

Deputies are investigating what Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso calls a theft ring stealing items off home construction sites.

  California mom confronts daughter’s bullies in the classroom, gets banned from school

The mother said that although the school suspended one of the bullies, her daughter was being harassed more than before, even saying she had thought about suicide.

Top La. baby names of 2018 announced

Top baby names for 2018 are in!

  Army releases name of Special Operations Soldier killed in Fort Polk training accident

The Army has released the name of a soldier killed while training at Fort Polk Wednesday.

How the tariffs on Chinese goods could impact you

Which household items will be impacted by the United States' tariffs on Chinese goods?

Coast Guard: New collection system has 14-year Taylor oil spill contained

The U.S. Coast Guard said work has been completed that should successfully contain and collect oil from a platform that sank of Louisiana’s coast after Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

  Boy burned while handling lime juice because of skin condition

For those who have phytophotodermatitis, handling lime or any citrus juice - and then exposing that skin to the sun will cause burns, sometimes severe one.

Fred’s in Moss Bluff added to list of closing stores

Fred’s in Moss Bluff has been added to the list of stores the chain plans to close.

  Mick Jagger back with Rolling Stones after illness to start North American tour

Tickets sold for the original dates will be honored, but those who can't attend can get refunds by accessing their Ticketmaster accounts.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Weekend storms, then a long pattern of heat, humidity and drier weather

The forecast continues to move along quietly this week, and no real complaints about that as the sunshine and heat are the only factors for now. With temperatures starting off just a couple of degrees warmer this morning, the streak of pleasant nights is coming to an end as winds turn back onshore.

SWLA Arrest Report - May 15, 2019

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for May 15, 2019.

First Alert Forecast: More dry weather for the rest of the week, then rain by the weekend

Thursday will have limited rain chances at well. This is all because a high-pressure center has moved south near Louisiana. This is limiting any rain to develop. There will be an upper-level disturbance coming from the west, but it looks like all of the rain will be gone before it reaches us.

Army Reservist killed, 11 injured in Fort Polk training accident

One Army Reservist was killed and eleven others were injured in a military vehicle rollover accident during training at Fort Polk

  Lake Charles outsourcing lawn care services for local parks

You’ll no longer see city workers cutting grass at local parks. The city said it’s saving taxpayer money by outsourcing lawn care services.

  Task force reacts to President Trump’s promise of a new I-10 bridge

It’s been a topic of discussion for years, replacing the I-10 bridge is a task that’s long overdue.

Bill would make prosecuting hazing cases easier

The House’s education committee approved a bill Wednesday, May 15 that would require campus organizations and university officials to contact law enforcement as soon as they learn of any hazing allegations.

  LEGAL CORNER: At what age is a child’s input considered in custody matters?

At what age is it legal for a child to say he is not going to visit his father?

Alabama governor signs near-total abortion ban into law

The law makes performing an abortion in Alabama at any stage of pregnancy a felony unless the mother’s health is in danger. There's no exception for rape or incest.

State, area graduation rates continue to rise

Louisiana high schools had a graduation rate of 81.4 in 2018, a 16.6 percent increase since 2006, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Protesters pour fake blood in Capital Building as La. lawmakers debate Fetal Heartbeat Bill

A bill banning abortions in Louisiana after a heartbeat can be detected is one step closer to becoming law.

CPSB announces ‘Of the Year’ winners

The Calcasieu Parish School Board announced its “Of the Year” winners for the 2018-2019 school year

Downtown at Sundown kicks off Friday

The annual concert series, Downtown at Sundown, is set to begin this Friday, May 17.

  Three officers injured in motorcade crash receive presidential coins

Three motorcycle officers - two Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies and one Sulphur Police Department captain - who were injured escorting President Trump’s motorcade Tuesday have each received presidential challenge coins and a set of cuff links.

  Just-released video shows man being pushed off Las Vegas bus a month before his death

Police in Las Vegas are looking for witnesses after a woman was allegedly seen on video pushing a man from a public bus onto the street and to his death, according to a report.

Protecting your luggage while traveling

Ways to protect your luggage while on vacation or a trip.

Crawfish farmer accused of attempting to run over pedestrians catching crawfish from ditch

A crawfish farmer is accused of attempting to run over pedestrians who were catching crawfish in a roadside ditch at the intersection of La. 26 and La. 1126.

I-210 bridge closure scheduled for Friday night

DOTD announces I-210 bridge closure for Friday through Saturday

  WATCH: SOWELA offering new Hospitality Management concentration

We talk with Dr. Shankle about SOWELA's new Hospitality Management concentration.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A couple more dry days before some rain this weekend

With temperatures just a tad bit warmer than yesterday, we’re still at least getting to enjoy the 60s across most all of Southwest Louisiana as lower humidity remains in place to start the day which will send temperatures quickly up through the 80s and keep mostly cloud-free skies through the day.

SWLA Arrest Report - May 14, 2019

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for May 14, 2019.

#MakeSocksGreatAgain: La. lieutenant governor sports Trump socks during president’s visit to Louisiana

President Donald Trump toured Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG Export Facility in Cameron Parish Tuesday, May 14, and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser was sure to show off his choice of socks to the president.

POLICE: Standoff at St. John and N. Prater Streets resolved

Lake Charles Police report they were involved in a short standoff that ended peacefully tonight

Beer to your front door? Alcohol delivery bills advance in legislature.

Two bills that would allow retailers to deliver alcohol to doorsteps are now headed to the Senate floor after a judiciary committee approved the bill Tuesday, May 14.

  Crowds gather to catch glimpse of president in Southwest Louisiana

People from all across Southwest Louisiana gathered at Chennault International Airport to catch a glimpse of President Trump arriving in Air Force One.

  President touts state’s status as energy exporter during visit to Southwest Louisiana

Pres. Donald Trump touted Louisiana’s status as an exporter of energy during a visit to Cameron LNG Tuesday, May 14.

  Gov. Edwards says president’s visit brings attention to state’s energy exports

President Trump was in town touring Cameron LNG. Governor John Bel Edwards was in Lake Charles discussing emergency management.

  Comedy actor Tim Conway dies at age 85

Conway won several Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his work. In 1989, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

First Alert Forecast: Rain chances stay low for now, then increase this weekend

Wednesday will be another great day! There will not be any rain at all! Instead, there will be abundant sunshine. Temperatures will be warm again though. Highs will reach the mid to upper 80s.

  Pres. Trump promises new I-10 bridge if he’s re-elected

Pres. Donald Trump promises a new I-10 bridge, if re-elected.

Three Louisiana officers in presidential motorcade injured in crash

Three motorcycle officers involved with the escort for President Trump’s motorcade were injured in a crash Tuesday, May 14.

Kentucky man offers $5,000 reward following toddler son’s disappearance

Kenneth Howard, just 22 months old, was last seen Sunday night.

LIVE: Pres. Trump tours Cameron LNG

President Donald Trump will tour Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG Export Facility in Cameron Parish today.

ON TWITTER: Pres. Trump in Southwest Louisiana

Follow along on Twitter as we cover Pres. Donald Trump’s trip to Southwest Louisiana today.