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SWLA wakes up early for Black Friday Video included

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Thanksgiving has come and gone. For bargain hunters, Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday season. "On Thursday afternoon, I usually sit down with my paper and look through the deals and stuff," said Shawna Chapman, a veteran Black Friday shopper. "I pinpoint and get an idea of what I want." Alongside friends and family in matching Black Friday T-shirts, Chapman digs for the best deals in town - all before the sun rises.

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Moss Bluff man meets son for first time Video included

Devin and Jeremy (Source: KPLC) Devin and Jeremy (Source: KPLC)
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A local man received a phone call a week ago from a son he never knew about - and welcomed him with open arms. After years of searching, 23-year-old Devin Hutchinson says he's found his birth father. "I had that in the back of my mind ever since I was a kid," said Hutchinson. "My parents would say, 'You'll find him one day.' I looked all the time when I was a little kid."

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Christmas tree shopping at Grant Christmas Tree Farm Video included

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It's a tradition here in Southwest Louisiana: shopping for Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving. Many travel yearly to the Grant Christmas Tree Farm to do just that. 

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Breastfeeding vs. formula for newborns

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New moms have the right to choose whether they breastfeed their babies. Lake Area doctors are urging mom's to consider the benefits breastfeeding has on their children and how it could impact their future. 

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A coach's ultimate gratitude Video included

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On this Thanksgiving: a story of the ultimate gratitude. A life saved, thanks to a selfless act that starts on a high school basketball court in Elton, as KPLC's Britney Glaser reports. 

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Volunteers serve Thanksgiving dinner at Sulphur recreation center Video included

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It was a feast at the Sulphur Recreation and Aquatic Center today, as volunteers served up a community Thanksgiving dinner. The event was sponsored by the Maplewood/Hollywood Lions Club, Southwest Daily News, Sulphur Parks and Recreation, the City of Sulphur and Care Help of Sulphur.

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The Spot Cafe serves up dozens of Thanksgiving meals Video included

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Many in Lake Charles found themselves filling their Thanksgiving cravings at the Spot Cafe Thursday - all free of charge. The local restaurant partnered with Wise Tax & Accounting to feed those in Lake Charles who might not have a place to gather on Turkey day. "It feels really good to know that you've been blessed in such a way that you can bless someone else with something as simple as a meal," said LaShawnda Bartie, a volunteer. Volunteers said in years passed,...

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Shop local this 'Small Business Saturday' Video included

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This Saturday, small businesses across the country will be opening their doors with deals for customers. It's part of Small Business Saturday – an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In the Bayou State, there are a total of 436,867 small businesses with a total of 910,366 employ...

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DOTD and Sasol install traffic signal system to mitigate traffic woes Video included

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To attempt to quell commuter headaches in Westlake, D.O.T.D. and Sasol teamed up to implement a traffic signal system. This system is the first of its kind in Louisiana, it's called an "adaptive traffic signal system." "The system adjusts the traffic signal timings based on actual traffic demand and helps reduce the amount of congestion," said Dr. Shawn Wilson, DOTD secretary. "It enhances safety, reduces delays and shortens travel times for drivers..." ...

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Barricade situation on Louisiana Avenue ends peacefully Video included

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Lake Charles police are currently dealing with a barricade situation on Louisiana Avenue, Deputy Chief Mark Kraus confirmed. Kraus asked that the public stay away from the 3000 block of Louisiana Avenue, which is just north of Prien Lake Road. KPLC is at the scene and will have more information as it becomes available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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All-clear given at Entergy's Nelson plant Video included

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The all-clear has been given at Entergy's Nelson plant, state police said.

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Fresh Start Initiative helps clean criminal record

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Imagine you turned over a new leaf 20 years ago, yet a past mistake continues to haunt you as far as getting a job and living a good life. The Fresh Start Initiative is for those trying to clean their criminal record.

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TRAFFIC: Exit ramp from I-210 WB to I-10 EB closed

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The exit ramp from I-210 westbound to I-10 eastbound (Exit 1B) is closed due to emergency road construction, according to the Department of Transportation and Development.

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