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  Calcasieu Officials: To be part of the solution, stay home!

Louisiana highest risk for COVID-19 death: "We are tracking all the deaths within Louisiana. Right now, the biggest risk factor that we've pulled from that is that diabetes is the number one risk factor," said Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh at a Calcasieu briefing.

Calcasieu Parish schools continues feeding program at two sites

Fifth inmate at Oakdale federal prison dies from COVID-19

UPDATED - IRS Q&A: What you need to know about stimulus checks

Local artist creates window art to show thanks

KPLC’s 2020 Crawfish Price Check

How to apply for unemployment in La. during COVID-19 pandemic

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LIVESTREAM: Calcasieu Parish officials give an update on COVID-19

COVID-19 ‘clusters’ at La. nursing homes

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A mostly cloudy afternoon, but rain chances increase into the weekend

COVID-19 IN SWLA: Now 188 confirmed cases in area, 119 in Calcasieu

THE LATEST: Confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in La.

More storms than normal expected this hurricane season, according to Colorado State forecaster

Beauregard schools resume meal service with a different schedule

The meals can be picked up on Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon.

SWLA Arrest Report - Apr. 2, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Apr. 2, 2020.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few showers this morning, more rain in the forecast into the weekend

A few scattered showers are moving through the region very early this morning with the more widespread rain north of the viewing area. Temperatures off to a warmer start in the upper 50′s for a few areas and lower 60′s for many of us.

  Lake Charles native teaches in China amid COVID-19

Early Wednesday morning, over a cup of coffee, I video chatted with a new friend who lives all the way in China. Damien Thibodeaux is originally from Lake Charles, but he lives overseas teaching English to kids through theater and dance.

  Warnings related to new Coronavirus related scams

  Death toll rising at Federal prison in Oakdale

Gov. Edwards launches new text alert system to give La. residents COVID-19 updates

Fourth inmate at Oakdale federal prison dies from coronavirus

‘Stay at home’ order issued by Gov. Edwards extended through April

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A mostly cloudy afternoon, rain chances go up beginning Friday night

Coast Guard medevacs mariner off Louisiana coast

The mariner was successfully medevaced

  Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.

St. Amant man killed in Allen Parish crash

The single-vehicle crash happened along Hwy 113 near Hwy 190.

  Hometown Heroes - Salvation Army volunteers

The Salvation Army is feeding almost 800 people in Lake Charles and Sulphur.

SWLA Arrest Report - Apr. 1, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Apr. 1, 2020.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A cool start, but a nice afternoon with a mixture of sun and clouds

We are off to another cool start across the region as we have seen temperatures dropping back into the lower and middle 50′s as we saw clear skies and calm winds for the majority of the night. We are going to see a warm up ahead as we go into Friday, but rain chances aren’t far away.

  Local physical therapy center taking advantage of technology

Local physical therapy center taking advantage of technology

  Pantry of Hope helps families in need during COVID-19

Pantry of Hope helps families in need during COVID-19

  Telehealth visits encouraged during COVID-19 pandemic

Although exam rooms are empty at the Children’s Clinic, an appointment is still happening, but not in the way you might think.

  COVID-19 infections accelerate at Oakdale Federal Prison

The sister of an inmate at the Federal prison in Oakdale expresses concern about conditions for those incarcerated and whether they are being adequately protected from COVID-19, especially now that two inmates have died.

  Couple has backyard wedding due to coronavirus pandemic

Couple adjusts wedding during coronavirus pandemic

  Cameron leaders hope to keep coronavirus case count at zero

Many speculate the lack of civilian life in what’s considered “creole country” is what has helped to keep the number of cases so far at zero.

  Why one La. restaurant owner lets couple dine in during coronavirus shutdown

There's always a line outside MePa's Diner in Central, especially since the governor ordered all restaurants to serve take-out only.

Jennings police investigating home invasion, assault with a firearm on Gallup Street

Jennings police are investigating a home invasion and assault on Gallup Street this afternoon, authorities said.

Nurse at New Orleans East Hospital dies as result of COVID-19

A nurse at New Orleans East Hospital has died during the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Second inmate at Oakdale federal prison dies from coronavirus

Second inmate at Oakdale federal prison dies from coronavirus

Man arrested after invading home on Hodges Street

Lake Charles Police Department were called to the 1700 block of Hodges Street in regards to a home invasion at 7:01 a.m. on Mar. 31

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A beautiful afternoon ahead, rain chances are coming back into the weekend

A very pleasant afternoon as we have seen plenty of sunshine and that has really helped temperatures warm as we have moved into the afternoon. Highs are int the lower to middle 70′s, which is right where we should be for this time of year.

Man arrested after body dropped off at Moss Memorial

The body of Gavin Blaine Benoit, 18, of Vinton, was left at Moss Memorial around 12:37 p.m., according to information from Lt. Jeff Keenum, with the Lake Charles Police Department.

Census forms should be completed today

Today, April 1, is National Census Day.

  Local businesses give out 2,000 free lunches to the public

LB Computers and Cajun Air & Insulation will be giving the lunches away at Cajun Air & Insulation, at 708 E. School Street, beginning at 11 a.m. today.

SWLA Arrest Report - Mar. 31, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Mar. 31, 2020.

CARES Act begins mobilization effort to distribute funds to small businesses

We have a list of the terms, conditions, and features

Pastor of La. church charged, accused of disobeying governor’s order

The pastor of a church in Central, La. will be charged with six misdemeanor counts of disobeying the powers of the governor.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A cool start, but plenty of sunshine gives us a beautiful afternoon

Off to a cool start as we are in the upper 40′s for areas to the north and lower 50′s along and just south of the I-10 corridor.

  Clerk of Court Sulphur location offering drive-thru “emergency” wedding licenses

Many who plan to say, “I do,” this spring or summer have likely had to alter their plans.

  Ventilators in SWLA: Where local hospitals stand

Ventilators in SWLA: Where local hospitals stand

Lake Charles Mayor gives update on city resources during COVID-19 outbreak

With Calcasieu Parish leading the area, it leads many to question, is social distancing working? or are people actually playing by those rules?

  Calcasieu Clerk devises system for filing emergency court papers

The Calcasieu Clerk of Court has set up a system for those who must file court papers in person to do so; papers that just can't wait.

  Testing at Burton no longer just for those with high-risk conditions

Local health and government officials have updated the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site’s eligibility criteria.

  Hundreds of meals delivered to hospital workers

Louisiana State Police and Billy Navarre Auto Group teamed up on Tuesday to deliver hundreds of meals from Southern Spice restaurant to four major hospital emergency rooms in Southwest Louisiana.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cooler weather here for the next few days…

A cold front moved through earlier Tuesday, and behind the front it has turned windy with gusts in excess of 20 mph out of a northerly direction. Temperatures overnight will be noticeably cooler with lows ranging from the mid 40s north of I-10 to the mid 50s at the coast.

Bureau of Prisons releases statement after death of inmate at Oakdale FCC

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has released a statement after several inmates and staff at Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex tested positive for COVID-19.

Sheriff’s Office releases identity of body found in West Fork River

Investigators say there appeared to be no signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected.

Payton: This will be Drew Brees’ final season

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will be back for his 15th season in black and gold in 2020, but according to head coach Sean Payton, this is likely going to be it.

Cameron Police Jury asks public to avoid beaches

They are asking residents to stay home and only go out for essential supplies

SWLA Arrest Report - Mar. 30, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Mar. 30, 2020.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Front moving through this morning; much cooler tonight

Ahead of the front, temperatures remain on the warm side, but models have packed down those numbers through the afternoon into the lower to middle 70s, so our high temperatures will occur this morning ahead of the front’s arrival.

  Judge refutes Washington Post article based on “misconstrued” texts

Judge David Ritchie defends himself against an article in the Washington Post based on private texts from a judges' meeting.

  First Alert Forecast: Cold front arrives Tuesday with temperatures dropping to near normal.

Clouds will continue to increase through the afternoon into the evening, temperatures will be warmer too with lows only reaching the mid to upper 60s. Showers have been limited through the afternoon, but will likely increase late tonight into the overnight hours.

SWLA community holds ‘park & pray’ for local healthcare workers

The Southwest Louisiana community found a way to show support for the doctors, nurses, and staff at local hospitals and still practice social distancing.

Shell drops out of Lake Charles LNG project

Citing market conditions, Shell says it is dropping out of the proposed Lake Charles LNG project. The project was proposed to be 50/50 between Shell and Energy Transfer. The companies were to convert Energy Transfer’s existing import terminal in Lake Charles to an LNG export facility.

Some school systems to begin meals again with different distribution

Calcasieu Parish School Board will provide meals at two locations in Calcasieu Parish on April 1 and April 8.

Supplemental SNAP benefits in response to COVID-19 will be issued to many Louisiana households

Many Louisiana households who received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in March will see an extra boost on their SNAP cards Tuesday, following a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorizing supplemental SNAP benefits to bring each household to its maxim

Entergy’s new Lake Charles power station begins commercial operation

Entergy's new Lake Charles power station in Westlake has been completed ahead of schedule

Kidnapping victim rescued during arrest in Jeff Davis Parish

The victim says she had been held for five months in Kenner, LA

La. colleges postpone spring commencement ceremonies due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Colleges and universities in Baton Rouge have announced postponements of graduation and commencement ceremonies as the threat of COVID-19 bears down.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers returning today; severe threat tonight stays across north Louisiana

With the return of clouds overnight, temperatures have still managed to drop into the 60s making for a decent feel outside early in the day. Clouds will continue moving in through the day and will be accompanied by some passing showers this afternoon and evening.

SWLA Arrest Report - Mar. 29, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Mar. 29, 2020.

  Lack of Spanish translations for COVID-19 resources

It can be difficult to find certain critical information translated into Spanish

  Increase in plant sales due to stay-at-home order

Some plant nurseries are still open

Inmate dies of Covid-19 at federal prison in Oakdale

A 49-year-old inmate died Saturday after contracting the coronavirus at Oakdale FCC where at least five prisoners have tested positive for the virus.

Louisiana prepares to open temporary hospital in N.O. Convention Center

Governor John Bel Edwards joined New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell Sunday, March 29 for a walk through of the Convention Center in New Orleans that will be used to help COVID-19 patients recover.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A beautiful afternoon, rain chances increasing for Monday

A very nice afternoon across the area as we have seen plenty of sunshine and pleasant temperatures with highs in the upper 70′s to near 80.

Travel not banned between Louisiana and Texas; travel quarantine expanded

The announcement shared by Texas Governor Greg Abbott Sunday, March 29 means all Louisianans are required to quarantine for 14-days before entering Texas. It does not mean Louisianans are banned from traveling to Texas.

Abbott announces new travel restrictions to combat COVID-19

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced orders restricting travel to Texas from some COVID-19 “hot spots."

Advocate for disabilities dies from COVID-19 complications

April Dunn, chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council died at the age of 33 due to complications from COVID-19.

Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office asking for public’s help identifying man found dead

Around noon, Saturday, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to a possible body floating in the West Fork River off Frank Parker Road in Sulphur.