LDH attributes 4th death to Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is now reporting a fourth COVID-19-related death in connection with Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

REPORT: Big Ten cancels its 2020 college football season

Joe Burrow expresses sympathy, support for college football players

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain chances low for now, but increasing later this week…

Request deadline for absentee ballot set for Aug. 11

New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett pleads not guilty to DWI

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hot and humid week ahead with a few afternoon storms returning

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COVID-19 IN SWLA: Laboratory reporting incomplete; 11 new cases, 1 new death so far

Lake Charles woman arrested following E. Gauthier Rd. homicide

SWLA Arrest Report - Aug. 9, 2020

  Wedding industry suffering during pandemic

Morikawa delivers great shot in quiet moment to win PGA

REPORTS: Power Five leaders hold ‘emergency meeting’ about 2020 college football season, postponement likely

VIDEO: Gayle Benson sent the Pelicans all the Louisiana food favorites to have in the bubble

Pelicans and Saints owner Gayle Benson sent the Pelicans a TON of Louisiana seafood to enjoy while in the bubble in Orlando

  Pandemic closures raise child sex trafficking concerns

With more children at home, experts across the nation are predicting higher rates of human trafficking, and with many students being schooled virtually, the cause for concern is even higher.

  Pres. Trump supporters hold boat rally in SWLA

President Trump supporters in SWLA took part in a boat rally yesterday on August 8.

Alternate ferry, St. Francisville, in service in Cameron

The Cameron Parish Police Jury announced an alternate ferry, St. Francisville, is in use while the Acadia and the original Cameron II are in dry dock.

Mosquito Control reminds residents to wear repellent after West Nile found in two sample pools

VIDEO: Remains of Quinnyon Wimberly removed from Hard Rock collapse site nearly 10 months later; family speaks

‘Stuff the Bus’ for local kids in need

  Local mother and son make “mask snaps” for community

  Free COVID-19 testing sites to stop use of result in 72-hour tests

  Governor on COVID-19: ”The situation is serious across the state and it is most serious in Lake Charles.”

Wok D’Lite reopens

When Wok D'Lite reopened on Thursday, the line of cars in the drive-thru stretched down Prien Lake Road.

Doctors said he wouldn’t be able to move his feet again after he was shot in the spine. A year later, he’s walking.

Puckett was accidentally shot in the back by one of his closest friends. The bullet severed part of his spinal cord, and pierced his kidney.

  LOST LANDMARKS OF LAKE CHARLES: Ball’s Auditorium, Arcade Theatre

Landmarks like Ball’s Auditorium and the Arcade are officially marked as locations, “where history took place”

  NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY: Cheniere makes donation to Sabine Pass Lighthouse

The Sabine Pass Lighthouse, originally constructed in 1857, has not only lived through countless hurricanes but was also the site of a Civil War battle.

  Great grandmother chooses homeschool due to coronavirus concerns

It’s a big decision this year - school in-person or online. Parents and guardians are weighing their options, but for one great grandparent in the Lake Area, the decision was easy. It’s what comes after that is making her nervous.

Lori Vallow could be charged in connection with the death of her ex-husband in Arizona

Lori Vallow could be charged in death of her ex-husband in Arizona

Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen making campaign stop in New Orleans

Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen making campaign stop in New Orleans

Weekend Pres. Trump boat parade in SWLA

Some Southwest Louisiana residents are having a boat parade in support of President Donald Trump this Saturday, August 8.

SWLA Arrest Report - Aug. 6, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Aug. 6, 2020.

  Hal’s Outdoor Report - Aug. 7, 2020

Dove and teal season is almost here

  Calcasieu Parish Police Jury announces temporary open of TWIC office

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury regular meeting

DeQuincy evangelist dies after battle with COVID-19

An evangelist from Southwest Louisiana has died after battling COVID-19.

Gov. Edwards provides update on COVID-19 situation in La.

Back to school reopening plans are expected to be discussed. Students are slowly returning to campuses across the state.

La. 14 at Derek Drive to be closed Saturday night

There will be a full closure of La. 14 between Monroe Street and Derek Drive Saturday night.

Country star Kane Brown appears in selfie with employee at Virginia travel center

Angie Graves was working at the Subway at White’s Travel Center along Interstate 81/64 on Thursday morning when she spied country music star Kane Brown.

Grand jury returns sex charges against Lake Charles man

Todd James Lavergne Sr., 50, was indicted on two counts of oral sexual battery involving a juvenile and one count of aggravated crime against nature.

Grand jury indicts Westlake man for sexual battery of juveniles

A grand jury indicted a Westlake man today on four counts of sexual battery, all of which involved juveniles.

  Mark Dodge owner named Dealer of the Year

Mark Dodge owner Mark Boniol has been named Dealer of the Year by the Louisiana Auto Dealers Association (LADA).

McNeese football delays start of fall camp

McNeese football delays start of fall camp

Lake Arthur to shut off water for projects on Aug. 10

The town of Lake Arthur will be shutting off water for all residents at 9 a.m. on August 10, while the town works to complete three projects.

Boil advisory lifted in Beauregard Parish areas

The boil advisory has been lifted in Singer Water and select roads in DeRidder.

Longtime CPSO employee dies at 65

Jacqueline Rose Vitatoe, also known as "Miss V," passed away Sunday morning.

LSU sends letter out to students ahead of fall campus reopening

With LSU students set to return to campus on August 24, Interim LSU President Tom Galligan and Student Body President Stone Cox, sent out a letter to students on Thursday, August 6, welcoming them back to campus for the fall semester.

  Sunrise Interview: McNeese small business workshops

We spoke to Susan Thibodeaux about the two new workshops that McNeese State University’s SEED center is offering.

SWLA Arrest Report - Aug. 5, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Aug. 5, 2020.

  Lake Charles City Council postpones voting on resolution requesting Phase 3 of reopening

Lake Charles City Council postpones voting on resolution requesting Phase 3 of reopening

  Start of Louisiana’s high school football season delayed until Oct. 8-10

The LHSAA is planning for an eight-game regular season

SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Group uncovers forgotten plantation cemeteries

There’s something hidden in the sugarcane fields of West Baton Rouge Parish.

  COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial coming to Lake Charles

About 30,000 people nationwide will be enrolled in this clinical trial.

  ‘Love is Colorblind’ message clear at mask giveaway

In one hour, all 500 masks were distributed.

17 new deaths reported at area nursing homes

Seventeen more COVID-19 deaths at area nursing homes were reported to the state this week.

Parish school plans in Southwest Louisiana

Schools in Calcasieu, Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, Jeff Davis and Vernon have announced plans for the 2020-2021 school year with details on how they’ll reopen in August.

Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office K9 makes 100th capture

Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office K9 makes 100th capture

  Frosty Factory’s license suspension over

The Frosty Factory’s bar license has been reinstated after the owner worked out an agreement with the state.

UPDATE: Manhunt called off as four in custody in Oakdale ATM theft

Officers and deputies are currently searching for the suspects in Oakdale

  COVID-19 vaccine developer eyeing doses for less than $40

One of the U.S. companies working on a COVID-19 vaccine has released an anticipated price range for doses.

SPECIAL REPORT: How one sleeping pill changed the life of a Beauregard bus driver

This month marks one year since the arrest of a Beauregard Parish school bus driver, accused of endangering students by driving her route while under the influence of a prescription sleep aid. Tammie Gibson sits down with KPLC’s Rhonda Kitchens.

SWLA Arrest Report - Aug. 4, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Aug. 4, 2020.

  Jeff Davis deputy dies at 63 of COVID-19

A deputy with the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Department died of COVID-19 Tuesday. Claude Winston Guillory, 63, worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years, according to Chief Deputy Chris Ivey.

  Gov. Edwards says La. will stay in Phase 2 until Aug. 28

Governor John Bel Edwards said during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 4 he will be issuing a new executive order to keep the state in Phase Two of the White House’s guidelines for reopening for another 21 days

SWLA couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

A Southwest Louisiana couple celebrates their 70th wedding anniversary.

  Cassidy on unemployment and future stimulus bill

The biggest worry is for the nearly 400,000 Louisiana residents currently on unemployment. With some first-time unemployment claims still coming in, he says action has to be taken pretty quickly.

Former Cameron Parish Sheriff, Theos Duhon, dies at 75

Former Cameron Parish Sheriff, Theos Duhon, dies at 75

  Judge finds there is probable cause for Chad Daybell to stand trial

"I find that there is probable or sufficient cause to believe that the defendant Chad Daybell committed the offenses counts one through four, as designated in the criminal complaint," said Judge Faren Eddins in Idaho.

  Graduation rate rises in Southwest Louisiana schools

The graduation rate in SWLA parishes increased this year, according to the Louisiana Department of Education report.

  Gov. Edwards says La. will stay in Phase Two until Aug. 28

Louisiana is neck-and-neck with Mississippi for the most positive cases per capita in the country.

Gov. Edwards joins governors of 5 other states to ask for 3 million rapid antigen tests

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the governors of five other states announced a major bipartisan interstate compact with the Rockefeller Foundation today to expand the use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests to slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue safely reopening the states.

TWITTER VIDEOS: Explosion in Beirut

Several videos of the explosion have been posted to social media, many of those shot as people in the area were already videoing a plume of smoke rising from the blast location. WARNING: These videos are graphic.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny and hot with a hit or miss storm each afternoon

The forecast for our Tuesday won’t be a whole lot different than how we started the workweek, as temperatures heat up quickly with lots of sunshine to start the morning. A few hit-or-miss storms this afternoon are possible.

LIVE: Preliminary hearing for Chad Daybell held in Idaho court

Preliminary hearing for Chad Daybell held in Idaho court.

  Sunrise Interview: Online culinary program at Sowela

We spoke with Chef Amy Haddox about Sowela's online culinary program

SWLA Arrest Report - Aug. 3, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Aug. 3, 2020.

  Backpack giveaway planned for Saturday Aug. 8

Backpack giveaway planned for Saturday Aug. 8

LED releases COVID-19 mitigation guidelines for crews restarting TV/film production in La.

Developed with entertainment industry input, the guidelines are designed to ensure the safety of Louisiana residents and anyone working on a motion picture production as the movie and TV industry gets back to business in Louisiana.

Louisiana OMV’s EXPRESSLANE shows open OMV locations

Louisiana OMV’s EXPRESSLANE shows open OMV locations

  Lake Charles City Council to vote on resolution requesting Phase 3 of reopening

The agenda item requests the City of Lake Charles be allowed to move to Phase 3 and allow businesses to operate at full capacity.

  COVID-19: Local doctor speaks on exhaustion and urges survivors to donate convalescent plasma

Even before the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Southwest Louisiana, Dr. Kohler says at Lake Charles Memorial they prepared well in advance. However, suiting up every day to battle an invisible enemy with very real victims has posed some difficult challenges.

Homsi’s owners buy Hackett’s location

The Hackett’s building on La. 14 has been purchased by another business that knows a thing or two about boudin.