Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  First Alert Forecast: Daily showers continue with higher rain chances this weekend

  Old Spanish Trail & Coach Williams Drive intersection closes Monday

  Westlake road construction causes drivers to reroute

  Contraband Bayou Project at McNeese needs additional $1 million

Two adults arrested after 5-year-old arrives at Slidell, La. school with cocaine

  Keeping your thermostat too high can end up costing you money

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Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her old songs

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: 210 bridge open in both directions

LCPD releases more information on July murder/suicide on Lucille Street

Officer likely behind LSU intruder situation was on campus to educate students about online safety

  ‘Very fortunate’: LSU responds to false alarm security scare

  Sign language interpreter steals show from rapper Twista

KCS Holiday Express plans three stops in Southwest Louisiana

The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express is already making its holiday travel plans. The holiday train will make make three stops in Southwest Louisiana this year: in Westlake, DeQuincy and Leesville.

  LEGAL CORNER: If community property was not settled and one passes, what are the rights of the other?

Legal Corner if featured on KPLC 7News at Noon each Wednesday. Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Repeat forecast today; even higher rain chances later this week

As we saw on Tuesday, storms will likely be slow to move once developing, leaving the opportunity for locally heavy downpours to drop 1 to 4 inches of rain in localized spots in a short period of time, so brief street flooding will again be a concern in any storms that develop today.

SWLA Arrest Report - August 20, 2019

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for August 20, 2019.

Louisiana Department of Health educates public about opioid epidemic

Police release additional information on former officer who pleaded guilty to using excessive force in 2017

  Elderly most susceptible to being successfully scammed

  OEP: Be prepared as SWLA enters peak hurricane season

  Old Pelican Refinery seeks permit renewal; September 5 deadline for public comment.

Louisiana reports first human West Nile virus cases for 2019

Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan over private jet use

Elton John took to social media to slam stories that suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan were hypocritical for accepting jet travel despite their devotion to eco-causes.

Florida man arrested for rape in Lake Charles

Bryan Echevarria-Rodriguez, 21, of Miami, Florida, is accused of forcing a woman into her 6th Avenue home at gunpoint, then sexually assaulting her.

  One dead in Crowley house fire

A fatal Crowley house fire is under investigation by the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Two wrecks on I-10 near Iowa

Law enforcement is currently working two traffic accidents near Iowa - one in each direction.

FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: I-210 WB Enterprise exit flooded

The Eneterprise exit on I-210 westbound is flooding due to rainfall.

Tractor trailer accident on I-10 EB between Vinton and Sulphur

There is heavy traffic along I-10 EB between Sulphur and Vinton

  First Alert Forecast: More scattered showers and storms in the afternoon this week

Wednesday will not be much different from Tuesday. There will be a 40% chance of rain with scattered showers and storms in the afternoon. The rain should not be widespread. I do not expect much sunshine during the day.

What’s the ideal thermostat temperature? Energy Star says 78 degrees

Thermostat recommendations by Energy Star have sparked a heated debate on Twitter.

DeRidder Police: Missing woman found safe

DeRidder police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing woman

Topsy man arrested for carnal knowledge of a juvenile

A Topsy man has been arrested after a 15-year-old girl reported him to authorities

'Clash of the Titans’: Chick-fil-A, Popeyes compete for best chicken sandwich title

The best chicken sandwich debate has heated up!

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Above normal rain chances continue to provide more heat relief today

Rain chances today are still higher than typically seen on an otherwise benign August day across Southwest Louisiana. This caused by a weakness aloft in the ridge that is moving away from the area and allowing for storms to easily form with daytime heating.

SWLA Arrest Report - August 19, 2019

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for August 19, 2019.

Louisiana deputy dies while serving with Army Reserve

Governor releases statement mourning his death in Saudi Arabia

Sheriff: NKY teen nearly kidnapped in high school parking lot by man she met online

The sheriff's office says Benjamin J. Margitza flew from Las Vegas to northern Kentucky late Saturday night with the intention of making contact with the victim.

Boil advisory lifted for parts of Broad and Cherry Streets

The City of Lake Charles has lifted a boil advisory for parts of Broad and Cherry streets

Allen Parish Sheriff: Juvenile in custody after shots fired at vehicle

The Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting near the casino, according to a post on the Sheriff’s Office website.

  NAMI expresses need for mental health awareness

“It’s easier for someone to purchase a gun than it is to get mental help for their condition”

  Former Governor Blanco remembered as one who genuinely cared about the people of Louisiana

As people throughout the state turn their thoughts to former Governor Kathleen Blanco, Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach pays tribute to the woman he calls a fine person who genuinely cared about the people.

  Louisiana leads the nation in ADHD diagnoses among children

What sets Louisiana apart from the rest of the country?

  Cameron Parish School Board implements program to reward kindness

For the second year in a row Cameron Parish continues their S.T.A.R. program, which awards students and teachers for being kind. It stands for Students and Staff, Thank you, and Recognition.

Two arrests made in decades-old rape, homicide cold case in Louisiana

Two men have been arrested on counts of first-degree murder, first-degree rape and aggravated kidnapping in connection with a cold case investigation that dates to 1980.

Third brand of animal treats recalled over Salmonella amid outbreak spanning 33 states

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a third brand of pets treats are being removed from stores because of their potential contamination with Salmonella.

Cameron LNG fined $41,600 for not reporting leaks

Cameron LNG is being fined for not reporting two separate leaks at their Hackberry export facility earlier this year.

Horses in La. test positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced Monday, Aug. 19 that since June 5, sixteen horses have texted positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and one has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

200 pounds of shrimp stolen from boat in Cameron Parish

A Hackberry man is under arrest after 200 pounds of shrimp were stolen from a boat in Cameron Parish, authorities said.

Hackberry man arrested for home invasion, rape

A Hackberry man has been arrested following a months long investigation into accusations of home invasion and rape.Eddie Bird, 26, was arrested Sunday, although the allegations date to May 2019, Cameron Parish Sheriff Ron Johnson said in a news release.

  First Alert Forecast: Daily scattered showers and storms limit the afternoon heat

Tuesday will likely have more rain. There may not be quite as many showers, though. It should not be a washout, but heavy downpours are still possible. I have the rain chances up to 40%. Most of the rain should be in the afternoon.

KIRAN: Baker officer’s employment reinstated after calling firearm law ‘B.S.’

A Baker police officer who was terminated for calling a firearm law "B.S." has won an appeal to get his job back.

Lake Charles man arrested for 4th offense DWI

A Lake Charles man has been arrested for 4th offense DWI

Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far

Louisiana became the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana.

Adorable photo shows group of service dogs attending ‘Billy Elliot’ theater production in Canada

The service dogs were in training to help their handlers navigate a theater.

I-210 bridge nighttime closures this week

DOTD announces nighttime closures for the I-210 bridge

SWLA Arrest Report - August 18, 2019

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for August 18, 2019.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered daily downpours; otherwise the August swelter continues

As you get ready to head out the door this morning and send to kids to school, prepare for a very similar day to watch we saw both Saturday and Sunday where a few spots see rain during the morning, mainly coastal locations, while inland spots stay dry, although you’ll want to take an umbrella.

Louisiana’s first female governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco dies at 76

Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco died at the age of 76.

McNeese reopens to new and returning students today

McNeese welcomes back new and returning students with "Howdy Rowdy" week.

  First Alert Forecast: Afternoon shower and storm chances continue daily

Daily rain chances continue

7th grade boy donates $15,000 earnings from Huron County Fair to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Western Reserve Schools is commending one of their seventh grade students for an act of kindness that is helping other kids his age in need.

Lesa Cormier, Louisiana Cajun music legend, dies at 88 years old

Lesa Cormier of the Sundown Playboys passed away Saturday morning at the age of 88. His band was well known on the Southwest Louisiana Cajun music scene.

  First Alert Forecast: Daily chances of afternoon thunderstorms continues

Daily rain chances continue

Lightning strike may have caused house fire near Gillis

No injuries were reported.

2019 St. Jude Dream House holds first open house

Hundreds in the Lake Area made their way to Graywood Plantation on Saturday for the first open house of the 2019 St. Jude Dream Home.

  First Alert Forecast: A little relief from the heat this weekend with rain in the forecast

A brief break from heat this weekend

‘Easy Rider’ star and writer Peter Fonda dies at age 79

Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," has died.

  Parents voice frustrations over school buses not having air conditioning

as a mother who sends her kids on the bus, Fautherree says those who actually have to ride that bus should be prioritized.

FOX 8 journalist Nancy Parker killed in New Orleans East plane crash

Nancy Parker, a journalist at FOX 8 for 23 years, was killed in a small plane crash in New Orleans East on Friday afternoon.

  ’Clear the Shelters’ day sheds light on harsh reality

The annual event encourages people to adopt shelter animals, clearing as many cages as possible by waiving pet adoption fees.

City of Sulphur to pick up blue garbage carts Aug. 19

The City of Sulphur will begin picking up the blue garbage carts on Monday, Aug. 19, for those who called and requested a pickup.

Harlequin and Villa restaurants merging, creating ‘The Villa Harlequin’

The doors of the Harlequin in its current location will close for good on August 31. They’ll move into The Villa’s building as a part of the merge.

Two arrested for intentionally setting fire to Jennings home in 2017

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrested two individuals in relation to a 2017 house fire in Jennings, according to a post on the Fire Marshal’s Facebook page.

Over 460 cases of hepatitis A confirmed in Louisiana outbreak

More than 460 cases of Hepatitis A were confirmed as part of an ongoing outbreak in Louisiana, data provided by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) showed Friday, Aug. 16.

  Joe Chapa wins election challenge, remains on ballot for Beauregard sheriff

Joe Chapa remains in the race for sheriff of Beauregard Parish, a judge ruled Friday morning.

Man arrested in Officer Chatéri Payne’s murder pleads guilty to firearms, drug charges

Glenn Frierson was arrested on January 15, 2019, in connection to her death.

Lake Charles man arrested for robbery

A Lake Charles man has been arrested for second degree robbery

Vinton woman accused of deserting 2-year-old child

A Vinton woman is accused of child desertion and a number of drug charges

Gov. Edwards requests major disaster declaration after flood fight ends in Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump requesting that he issue a major disaster declaration following the flooding that happened along the Mississippi River this year.

Firefighter re-arrested for 14 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile

A firefighter has been re-arrested for 14 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile