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  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers return Monday ahead of a cold front

Rain chances begin to increase through the morning hours on Monday as our next cold front moves closer to the area.

LDH confirmed an outbreak connected to Louisiana Classic Wrestling Tournament

  Sheriff Mancuso pleads with parents to ‘take control’

Sulphur PD issues statement regarding the Sulphur student that was struck Friday morning

Coronavirus vaccine could affect how you donate plasma

CPSO arrests four juveniles in reference to Saturday night homicide

COVID-19 in SWLA: Jan. 24, 2021

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15-year-old dies after stabbing at Walmart on La. 14

Qualifying for March 20 mayoral election

Mardi Gras feels a little different this time around

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Foggy evening will lead to showers overnight into Sunday morning

CDC extends eviction moratorium

KPLC’s 2021 Crawfish Price Check

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 22, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 22, 2021.

’Let’s not let up, instead let’s step up’ says Gov. Edwards during news conference on state’s COVID-19 response Friday

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a news conference Friday, Jan. 22 on the state’s response to continued rising COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.

  SOWELA first in Louisiana to integrate new VR surgeries in class

SOWELA first in Louisiana to integrate new VR surgeries in class

  Major Sony production filmed in Vernon Parish boost local economy

The new movie staring Adam Driver and Ariana Greenblatt has been quietly shooting in Vernon Parish in the past few weeks. Scenes shot in the Kisatchie National Forest are about to hit the big screens with this science fiction movie titled “65.”

LDH launches new anonymous contact tracing app

Penalty phase to be held again for Kevin Daigle, convicted of killing trooper

  Calcasieu Parish officials discuss long-term goals for current homeless, housing situation

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy with areas of fog developing tonight

Rouses’ co-owner apologizes for attending Trump rally on WBOK radio

Lake Charles man sentenced for armed robbery

  Sulphur student struck while boarding school bus, less than mile from similar 2018 accident

The child has been transported to a local hospital and the extent of their injuries is unknown.

Sheriff Mancuso announces property tax payment methods

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has announced that 2020 property taxes notices are currently being mailed and the multiple ways that residents can pay their taxes.

Homeowner insurance tops list for hurricane claim complaints

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has announced that nearly 80 percent of the 873 complaints that the Louisiana Department of Insurance has received about hurricane claims are about homeowners insurance.

COVID-19 in SWLA: Jan. 22, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

Calcasieu 2020 tax notices delayed

The Sheriff & Tax Collector will be sending out the 2020 tax notices within the next 10 days or so with a new due date.

Authorities release new information on Carlyss homicide arrest

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department has released additional information on the suspect arrested last night in a Carylss homicide.

Westlake man accused of chasing woman with a machete

A Westlake man has been arrested after being accused of attempted second-degree murder for chasing a woman with a machete

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 21, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 21, 2021.

Beloved WAFB anchor Donna Britt passes away

Longtime WAFB anchor Donna Britt, a dedicated journalist and beloved member of the community, has passed away after her courageous battle with ALS. Donna passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers to start off the day, cloudy and rainy weekend ahead

Off to a rainy start on this Friday morning as we are seeing showers push across Southwest Louisiana with the main focus of rain remaining north of I-10. Shower come to and end around daybreak, but we remain cloudy with the chance of some light rain through the afternoon with a cloudy forecast head

  CPSO makes arrest in Carlyss homicide investigation

BREAKING: CPSO investigating homicide in Carlyss

  Southwest Louisiana Independence Center still recovering from hurricane damage

Southwest Louisiana Independence Center still recovering from hurricane damage

NYU student makes website where you can put Bernie Sanders in his mittens at any address

The internet moves fast.

  Local health experts on President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

Although some may feel the vaccine rollout is going slower than expected, Dr. Cavanaugh said our region is pretty much on schedule.

  Radar back in action for National Weather Service in Lake Charles

A major step on the road to recovery for southwest Louisiana. The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is closer to having a working radar after theirs was destroyed in hurricane Laura.

  Mardi Gras Museum names Lord and Lady

Another installment of "safe" ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana.

Sulphur woman indicted for murder of her boyfriend

The girlfriend of the South Irwin Street homicide victim has been indicted on second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.

Murder indictment returned in September shooting on 14th Street

A Lake Charles man has been indicted for second-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting in the 1600 block of 14th Street in September 2020.

Patient at local mental health facility accused of inappropriately touching other patients

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a sexual assault complaint at a local mental health facility.

Lake Charles man indicted on charges of sexual battery, rape

A Lake Charles man was indicted by a grand jury today on one count of sexual battery of a victim under 13 and first degree rape.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy, rainy evening and overnight ahead with mild temperatures

Temperatures won’t budge much this evening and it’s also possible the light drizzle and mist could slightly lower the visibility a bit. Expect more rain through the evening and especially overnight as a front moves closer to our area.

  Neurological disorder linked to COVID-19 leaves La. firefighter paralyzed

Doctors have diagnosed Rory Miller with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which they believe was triggered by COVID and has left him paralyzed.

COVID-19 in SWLA: Jan. 21, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

State Fire Marshal’s Office releases 2020 performance outcomes

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has announced their 2020 performance outcomes amid a pandemic and multiple tropical threats.

Energy Experts and Environmentalists React to Biden Keystone Decision

Energy experts and environmentalists have differing views on Keystone decision

FEMA releases overview of process to install a trailer on private property

FEMA has released the following information on the application and installment process of having a FEMA trailer placed on private property.

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 20, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 20, 2021.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Off to a foggy start, rain returns this afternoon and for Friday

A foggy start is around for our Thursday as winds have turned back out of the south and that has raised our dew points back into the lower 60′s and with our actual temperatures in the lower 60′s fog has formed in many areas. The fog will burn off throughout the day, but then we have to turn towards

  City of Lake Charles receives $1 million in COVID relief money

City of Lake Charles receives $1 million in COVID relief money

  FBI asks for Lake Area community’s help in finding Capitol Hill rioters

FBI asks for Lake Area community’s help in finding Capitol Hill rioters

  Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago.

  Joe Biden visited SWLA in 2006 to see Hurricane Rita damage

Joe Biden was a senator when he visited SWLA in 2006.

  Inauguration Day: Local AKA chapter reflects on Kamala Harris becoming first female vice president

Along with an unprecedented inauguration, Kamala Harris also made history Wednesday.

  New Biden administration could impact local trade

The new Biden administration is looking to move the economy forward. Locally, a new take on trade could have an impact on Lake Charles exports.

Gov. Edwards attends Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards attended the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

La. senators react to inauguration of President Joe Biden

Louisiana’s senators, Dr. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, have both released statements commenting on the day’s events.

Baton Rouge native designs VP Kamala Harris’ outfit for Inauguration Day

A Baton Rouge native has a direct connection to the historic swearing-in of America’s first female vice president.

COVID vaccine locations in Southwest Louisiana

List of COVID-19 vaccination locations in Southwest Louisiana.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy with fog rolling into tonight; showers return Thursday

We’ll likely see lows dropping into the middle to upper 50s before midnight before warming a few degrees overnight. One thing we’ll have to watch out for tonight is fog, and it’s already been a problem for coastal areas.

COVID-19 in SWLA: Jan. 20, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

Grant woman arrested after complaint of alleged sexual conduct between teacher, student

Brittany Greene, 28, was booked into the VPSO jail on January 19 on three counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student and two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles.

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 19, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 19, 2021.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Clouds around for today, rain chances return for Thursday afternoon

Another mild start to the day as temperatures are back into the middle and upper 50′s across the area thanks to an increase in our cloud cover. A weak boundary remains off to the north this morning bringing a few showers into central and northern Louisiana, but our day looks to remain dry as it wea

  Scammers target second round of stimulus checks

Scammers target second round of stimulus checks

  Gyms dealing with New Year influx and COVID restrictions

Gyms dealing with New Year influx and COVID restrictions

  Mardi Gras cancellation impacts local businesses, organizations

Mardi Gras cancellation impacts local businesses, organizations

  Paycheck Protection Program reopens for small businesses hurt by pandemic

Paycheck Protection Program reopens for small businesses hurt by pandemic

  Cameron Parish making headway on Rutherford Beach storm recovery

Cameron Parish making headway on Rutherford Beach storm recovery

Sheriff: Daughter of KK’s murder victim dies after apparent accidental overdose

The Calcasieu sheriff says the daughter of a murder victim from 1997 has now died. Sheriff Tony Mancuso says Traci Reeves died of an apparent accidental overdose.

  Water’s Edge Church still working to address homeless concerns amidst hurricane recovery

With concerns about the homeless population and COVID-19 growing following Hurricanes Laura and Delta, we checked in with Water’s Edge Church to get an update on their mission to still serve the homeless while recovering from the storms.

  First state budget draft likely to include cuts to higher education, health care

Gov. John Bel Edwards’s first spending proposal for the coming budget year will likely slash state services to offset a budget hole worth “hundreds of millions,” Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said.

First Alert Forecast: First of several cold fronts arrive tonight, but little change is expected...

Rain chances do begin to increase as we head into the next several days though as we are awaiting the arrival of the slow moving front. Most of our Wednesday looks to stay dry as well as we won’t see much rain with the front as the bulk of the energy passes north of here.

  Cajun Navy looking for volunteers as it continues clean-up efforts following hurricanes

The Cajun Navy is still helping clean up in Southwest Louisiana following hurricanes Laura and Delta.

Nearly 15,000 nursing home patients, employees have received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccinations at Louisiana nursing homes are not complete.

LDH calling upon retired medical personnel to volunteer to help state administer COVID-19 vaccine

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is asking people who have retired from the medical field to volunteer to help the state speed up the process of administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

Top AG official disciplined, loses $20K in pay

A top-ranking member of the Louisiana Attorney General’s office has been disciplined for “inappropriate verbal conversations” and will be made to work for nearly one month without pay.

Former high basketball coach sentenced to prison for sex crimes involving students

A former Westlake girls basketball coach has been sentenced to prison for having sexual relationships with students. Edward Garriet III, 39, was sentenced on Jan. 15, to five years in prison on two counts.

Louisiana State Capitol closed to the public Wednesday

The Louisiana State Capitol will be closed to the public on Wednesday, Inauguration Day, out of an abundance of caution to help facilitate security.