FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain ending early; warmer through the day ahead

After 8:00 a.m. the chance of rain starts to drop and continue to taper off during the afternoon with a much-improved afternoon ahead. The roads will remain wet for awhile this morning even as the rains come to an end, so use caution on the roads, slow down and give yourself a little extra time.

  Boy Scout leads work to restore Cajun prairie

  New ‘sextortion’ scam targeting victims

  Gillis Elementary parents concerned about rodents

  Family of mother and daughter who died in Lake Charles house fire speaks out

  Volunteers needed at Harbor Hospice

  Louisiana awarded $33 million grant to enhance early childhood education

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All signs point to Amazon distribution center being built in south Baton Rouge

  Space heater causes massive damage to N Acadian apartment complex; no injuries

Lake Charles man accused of sexually assaulting 5- and 8-year-old girls, girlfriend arrested for obstruction

Police release name of 18-year-old suspected of crashing car into trailer following chase

Eli Manning announces retirement from NFL after 16 seasons

Iowa police: Several bags of suspected marijuana found after chase on I-10

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers moving through, some heavier rain possible overnight

A cold and dreary day across Southwest Louisiana as we have been seeing showers continuing to move through the area. Temperatures are very cool as well as we are seeing temperatures in the lower to middle 40′s.

  LEGAL CORNER: Can a succession wait until both spouses are dead?

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High school football player dies after attempted armed robbery in Lafayette

A high school football and soccer player for Comeaux High School in Lafayette has died after being shot during an armed robbery attempt.

SOWELA sees record increase in enrollment

SOWELA saw a 19% increase in Spring semester enrollment this year.

Jeff Davis authorities seeking identity of suspect in restaurant burglary

No college or conference will have more players in Super Bowl LIV than LSU and SEC

Two guns, two airsoft guns confiscated from vehicle in parking lot at DeQuincy High

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers on the way today; more rain tonight and Thursday

  Trump impeachment: Senate approves trial rules, rejecting witnesses

Louisiana congressman added to President Trump’s defense team for impeachment trial

Iberville Parish’s youngest council member attends first meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 21 was a big day for a young trailblazer in Iberville Parish. The youngest council member in the history of the parish attended his first meeting.

  McNeese Baseball and Bahama Bucks host snowball fight

Kids and college students in Lake Charles enjoyed a baseball snowball fight at the McNeese baseball field.

  Louisiana monitoring Chinese Coronavirus after confirmed US case

United States health officials are now cautioning travelers about a mysterious coronavirus. The respiratory virus first appeared in the Chinese province of Wuhan, but doctors confirmed a case of coronavirus in Washington state.

  Office of Public Health reminds people of the importance of hand washing

Office of Public Health reminds people the importance of hand washing

  Seniors complain new computer system kicking them off Medicaid

Advocates for seniors at Tower Oaks Apartments say seniors eligible for Medicaid are being cut off from services because of problems with a new computer system at the State Health Department.

  Louisiana delegation on Senate impeachment trial

Locally, the Louisiana delegation has made it no secret where they stand on the issue.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Chilly again tonight, but rain returns Wednesday

Our weather pattern is changing, and you may have noticed some subtle hints of that today in the form of high thin clouds. This is a sign that bigger changes are on the way and it involves a warming trend along with rain.

Rainbow Trout in Southwest Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) stocked seven water bodies with more than 2,000 pounds of adult-size rainbow trout on Tuesday.

City offers security checks for homes and businesses in effort to reduce burglaries

Through the Safe & Secure Program, detectives and community policing officers with the LCPD Property Crimes division will schedule a time to meet with the property owner and complete a security check, including an inspection of both the inside and outside of the property to advise property owners of

  Money from ‘big’ fundraisers moving too slow; wildlife carers in desperate need of supplies

Despite a global push to donate money for much-needed medical supplies, carers on the ground and on the frontlines of the fight against mass extinction haven’t seen a dime.

Wildlife authorities stock rainbow trout in community ponds

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) stocked seven water bodies around the state with 2,300 lbs of adult-size rainbow trout Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Car crashes into Carlyss mobile home following police pursuit

A car crashed into a mobile home in Carlyss following a police chase Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

  Sulphur woman accused of rape of 5-year old boy and 3-year old girl

A Sulphur woman has been arrested on multiple rape charges

More than 10,000 report 3.8 magnitude quake in northeast Tenn.

There have been more than 10,000 responses on the USGS website

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Frosty start; next storm system on the way with showers Wednesday

Once the sun rises temperatures will eventually warm up through the 40s and into the 50s by afternoon with our last sunniest day before the next storm system arrives by tomorrow afternoon and evening.

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 20, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 20, 2020.

  City of Lake Charles launches “The Veterans’ Oral Histories Project”

We can learn so much from older residents of Southwest Louisiana, especially from those who served our country. The City of Lake Charles has launched a new project to help tell local veterans’ stories.

  Ward 3 LC Deputy Marshal Mary Williams makes history

A local woman who serves papers as a Ward 3 deputy marshal didn't know know she was making history. But as it turns out, Mary Williams, is the first female African American woman to serve as a deputy marshal for Ward 3 Lake Charles City Court.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold night ahead with frost likely; but more rain is not far away…

Well it finally feels like January again with highs today only reaching the 50s under sunny skies. Enjoy this taste of winter while it lasts, because warmer weather returns soon. Tonight, will be clear and cold with light winds allowing temperatures to drop quickly through the night.

Water’s Edge Church temporarily open for shelter during the cold

With the temperatures dropping due to a cold front, Watersedge Church will be opening its doors to anyone who may be in need of shelter to stay warm.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Winter has finally returned for now; more rain later in the week

With another cold night on tap, make sure to take precautions for a light freeze as temperatures are expected to be a few degrees colder tonight. Make sure your pets have a warm place to stay, and also make sure to take the necessary precautions with your outdoor plants.

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

  Lake Charles commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with parade and purpose

Lake Charles is commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Llife with the 36th Annual Parade and Family Day Festival.

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 19, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 19, 2020.

Top 16 compete for the Louisiana State Pinball Championship

The top 16 players from all across Louisiana competed for the opportunity to play in the National Pinball Championship. This year, the National Championship is held in Denver.

  Local program teaching teens life skills

Nearly 50 students came to learn about a range of topics from mental health to car maintenance.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A much cooler day with plenty of sunshine, areas of frost possible over the next several nights

A much different day across Southwest Louisiana as we are seeing cooler temperatures and thankfully plenty of sunshine.

Arrest Report - Jan. 19, 2020

Arrest report - January 19, 2020

Warrant for Odell Beckham Jr. rescinded in butt-swat case

A police official on Saturday said that the security officer involved in the incident decided to drop the charge.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heavy rain and a few storms this afternoon, clearing and turning cooler for Sunday

Dealing with warm and muggy conditions ahead of our cold front today as temperatures have warmed into the lower and middle 70′s.

LSU Tigers celebrate national championship win with parade, fanfare

The LSU football team celebrated with the Baton Rouge community with a parade and much fanfare after the team’s national championship game win.

  Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

Meghan and Harry are no longer working members of the British royal family.

  Impact Agency announces it’s expanding to reach young women

A community program started to inspire and help at-risk young men in the Lake Area will now be available to young women.

  President Trump congratulates LSU’s football team on national title during White House visit

The LSU Tigers met President Donald Trump as part of the team’s victory celebration at the White House on Friday, Jan. 17.

  High school students get a sneak peek into the teaching profession

Formerly known as ‘Geaux Teach,' the event allowed high school juniors and seniors to see what it’s actually like to be a teacher.

State Fire Marshal’s Office arrests man in connection with Dobbertine Road house fire

Authorities have obtained two warrants for second-degree murder for Casey Hatch in connection with a fatal house fire on Dobbertine Road this week.

MLK Festival presents Lifetime Achievement Award

MLK Festival presents Lifetime Achievement Award

  DeQuincy Industrial Park gets shovel-ready certification

An industrial development park in DeQuincy has now been "certified" by the state, which means it's shovel-ready for businesses interested in becoming tenants there.

  Author of New York Times Bestselling book, “Finding Gobi,” visits Lake Charles

Author Dion Leonard discussed his book “Finding Gobi,” on Thursday with readers of all ages in Lake Charles.

Woman involved in second fatal bicycle accident arrested for negligent homicide

Louisiana State Police say Lacey Jade Jordan, 27, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado on U.S. 165, south of Alexandria, when she struck and killed Alexandria man Taurus McQuarn, 50, who was riding a bicycle. Both were traveling south. Authorities say Jordan then fled the scene.

  Video of LSU players dancing to ‘Get The Gat’ at White House goes viral

A video has gone viral just hours after the LSU national championship team’s visit to the White House. on Jan. 17.

Teen accused of causing fiery fatal crash after ‘God told him to kill himself’ being sent back to mental facility until next court date

Jack Jordan, the teen accused of causing a fiery car wreck that left one woman dead after “God told him to kill himself” is now being sent back to a mental health facility until his next court appearance.

Iowa Police pursue car after driver refused to stop

On Jan. 16 around 10 p.m., Iowa Police Officers attempted to pull over a car due to a traffic violation on U-S 10 eastbound near the Iowa exit.

Students, staff at F.K. White wear purple to honor student who died in fire

Students and staff at F.K. White wore purple Friday to honor Ski Smith, a student at the school who was killed in a house fire this week.

Former Jennings Bulldog Travis Etienne staying at Clemson for senior season

Jennings native Travis Etienne announced on Friday that he will be returning to Clemson for his senior season.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers and even a storm possible Saturday, colder weather returns next week

Another warm day across Southwest Louisiana as temperatures have warmed into the upper 60′s and lower 70′s, but the main difference is the dew points are slightly lower for today.

KPLC’s 2020 Crawfish Price Check

We update prices every Friday. If you would like to add your restaurant to our list, please e-mail your restaurant name, location, pricing and contact information to news@kplctv.com. Please send in information by 3 p.m. Thursday to be included in Friday’s list.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers return Saturday, then turning much colder into next week

With the remnant showers coming to an end around sunrise, I don’t expect clouds will move out today which will keep a dreary feel as temperatures warm into the upper 60s to lower 70s this afternoon.

  WATCH: McNeese introduces new head football coach Frank Wilson

McNeese is introducing new head football coach Frank Wilson during a news conference at noon today.

  LSU Tigers fans rush to get merchandise after championship win

After the LSU win Monday night, the first thing lots of Lake Area fans did was head out to buy some LSU merchandise.

Veteran public school teachers could get a big one-time salary increase

The raise is meant to make up for salaries that were frozen during the Great Recession and following years.

WATCH: MLK Memorial Breakfast and Awards program

Friday’s Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast and Awards program, held at Mount Olive Baptist Church, was part of the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Festival.

Suspect arrested following burglary at Paycheck Loans in Sulphur

The suspect has been arrested in connection to three burglaries

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 16, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 16, 2020.

Biopshere 2 reopens rainforest after drought research

Scientists from all over the world studied how plans perform under stress.

  Text messages used for U.S. Army recruitment scam debunked

The draft hasn’t been used since 1973, and according to Captain Paxton Haydel, Commander for the U.S. Army Recruiting Company, even if a draft was needed, it wouldn’t involve the U.S. Army.

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda officially named new Baylor head coach

Baylor University has officially named LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as its next head coach.

  TSA reports record number of guns found at airport security checkpoints in 2019

More guns were found at TSA checkpoints across the country in 2019 than 2018.