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Kevin Daigle pursuing intoxication defense in capital trial Video included

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Defense motions filed in state district court indicate that Kevin Daigle plans to suggest that he was so drunk that he should not be found guilty. Daigle is charged with first-degree murder in the death of State Trooper Steven Vincent. He is facing the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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Ribbon cutting held for new behavioral health hospital

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   The Archer Institute is the lake areas' first state of the art mental health facility. The Lake Charles Memorial Health System along with local psychiatrist and mental health leader Dr. Dale Archer have joined forces to create an innovative behavioral health treatment center that will provide care for adults and children struggling with behavioral health issues.  "This is the first free standing hospital that's been built in over 40 years in the state of Louis... More>>

Army investigating fatal shooting of Fort Polk soldier

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The fatal shooting of an 18-year-old soldier at Fort Polk is now a criminal investigation. Private Jacob Malcolm of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was fatally shot on April 12 in a residence at the base. Kim Reischling, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command, says that the gunshot wound was not self-inflicted. Malcolm was serving as an infantry rifleman assigned to the 2nd Battalion. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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DeRidder man convicted in February 2017 murder

Randall Paul Burton (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department) Randall Paul Burton (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department)
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A DeRidder man has been found guilty of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. Randall Paul Burton, 46, was convicted today in connection to the February 2017 murder of Cody Fletcher, 35. Authorities arrested Burton in 2017 after he called 911 and said he shot a man. Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives responded to the scene where they found Fletcher lying dead in the yard. Burt...

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CPSO searching for suspect in second Moss Bluff hit-and-run accident

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office officials are investigating another hit-and-run accident at Walmart Neighborhood Market on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff, according to Kim Myers, CPSO spokesperson. The accident took place at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Monday, April 9 when the driver of a maroon Nissan Armada hit a truck in the parking lot and drove off. The suspect is described as an older female with long hair and glasses who walks with a slight limp, said Myers. Myers ...

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Will medical marijuana make you high?

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Lake Charles was recently approved for a medicinal marijuana pharmacy, but what exactly is in medical marijuana?

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Medical marijuana in La. limited to some debilitating illnesses

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With medical marijuana dispensaries coming to Louisiana, more prescriptions are likely to be written for the drug. However, Louisiana's tightly regulated program has only approved medical marijuana for some debilitating conditions.

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Study: Native Louisiana bush used to fight obesity, Type 2 diabetes

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Can traditional medicines that go to the root of Louisiana culture help beat modern illnesses? It all boils down to a bush - in particular, the groundsel bush.  Up until the early 20th century, this native shrub was an ingredient in folk remedies. A team of investigators, including a University of Louisiana at Lafayette exercise scientist have concluded the anti-inflammatory properties of the bush could fight metabolic syndrome and related conditions, like obesity and Type 2 di...

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LCPD Swat Team training on Broad Street

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Today, the Lake Charles Police Department Swat Team will be conducting tactical training, says LCPD Cpl. Larry Moss. Moss says between 1:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m., LCPD will be in the area of 2300 Broad Street.  There will be a large police presence in that area so do not be alarmed, says Moss.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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Information sought in Moss Bluff hit-and-run accident

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s officials are looking into a hit and run accident.  It happened in the early afternoon of Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. CPSO says the driver of a dark colored 4 door Toyota Tacoma Sport backed into an SUV in the parking lot and drove off.  The Tacoma should have minor to moderate damage on the left rear corner of the truck. The public is being asked to help in this i...

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JDPSO searching for burglary suspect

Steven Sean Willis (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office) Steven Sean Willis (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)
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Authorities are searching for a suspect who burglarized a barn on April 18, according to Chris Ivey, chief deputy of Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office.  Steven Sean Willis, 25, of Lake Charles is wanted for one count of simple burglary and theft of approximately $6,000 in metal pipe and pipe fittings. Upon deputies arrival to the scene, Willis is said to have fled in his vehicle before fleeing on foot into a wooded area at the dead end of a road in Cal...

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Elementary teacher shaping future leaders Video included

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Teachers do so much to prepare our youth for their future careers, but one teacher at Carver Elementary School felt a call to do even more. Ronald Jarden started a program called the Gents of Carver Elementary to help grow young boys into respectful men in our society.

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Lean Cuisine introduces new nutrition service called "Nutria"

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Would you trust a nutria to be your nutrition coach?

Lean Cuisine has introduced a new eight-week personalized nutrition program that coincidentally shares its name with one of Louisiana's most famous rodents and biggest nuisances.

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Budget battle continues at state capitol

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(AP) Louisiana House Republican leaders are trying to rally enough votes to pass a budget for next year that contains steep cuts to health services.      They face no help from Democrats and a veto threat from Governor John Bel Edwards.      The magic number for Republican leaders is 53. That's a majority of the 105-member House, the number of votes needed to get the $27 billion operating budget proposal over to the Senate.      With 6... More>>

Shorty gets a new ride Video included

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Shorty Breaux is showing off his new three-wheeler and thanking those involved.  

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Business seeing the effects of Trump's tax cuts and job act Video included

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Businesses across the country are starting to see the effects of President Trump's tax cuts and jobs act. The corporate tax rate slashed from 35 percent to 21 percent, but are any of those tax savings businesses are getting being passed on to customers? Entergy Louisiana customers can expect an average rate reduction of $4.20 a month starting this May, according to Entergy senior manager Chip Arnold. The tax cuts and jobs act went into effect in January, and while business own... More>>

Not uncommon for vision to change during pregnancy Video included

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As new medication and technology enables people to live longer, they now have more issues to deal with when it comes to their eyes such as cataracts, glaucoma and even age-related macular degeneration. It's also no secret that women typically put their family first before their own health. "A lot of things are time sensitive. Now for just a young healthy woman, if you don't have diabetes, high blood pressure, every two to three year exam is fine," Doctor Margaret Carter wi...

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Crash under investigation in Westlake

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A motorcycle and a car collided in Westlake Wednesday night. The crash happened at the intersection of Houston River Road and Guillory Street. Police tell 7News three people went to the hospital, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

Lake Charles native chosen as Louisiana's new higher education commissioner

Kim Hunter Reed (Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education) Kim Hunter Reed (Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education)

Louisiana has a new higher education commissioner to oversee policy governing the state's public colleges and more than 200,000 students.

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How Trump's tax cuts affect SWLA

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Businesses across the country are starting to see the effects of President Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In the fiscal 2018 year, taxes will be cut by around $135 billion. But how will that affect Southwest Louisiana? Stine Home & Yard CEO Dennis Stine says that with the tax cuts, they will be watching over the next few months to see how the company will be affected. "We do believe it will be good for our organization." says Stine. They have increased the starting sala...

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TAKE THE QUIZ: Are you safely crossing the road?

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Do you think you cross the road safely? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.

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Local nonprofit helps single mothers in need Video included

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Being a single mother can be difficult, especially when you don't get the support you need. Now there's a local nonprofit organization called 'Single Mothers of America' aiming to help.  Loretha Green founded the organization in 2016 with the hope giving single mothers in need the support and help they may need. "They usually come in crisis, ready to give up." Green said. "They may be homeless and need a job or going through something where they need a support s...

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Four injured in scaffolding accident in Westlake

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Four employees of Turner Industries were injured in a scaffolding accident at a Westlake Chemical facility on Monday, company officials said. Three of the employees are in area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a statement released by Mike Phelps, vice president of Turner Industries. The fourth employee was evaluated and released. Turner Industries' statement: 'Four employees of Turner Industries Group, L.L.C. were injured on Monday, April 16, 2018, while ... More>>

LCPD releases name of pedestrian hit and killed on La. 14

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A pedestrian was killed near La. 14 in Lake Charles last night, according to authorities.

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Authorities: Robbery suspect arrested after giving clerk ID to buy cigars

Sean Riggs (Source: Lake Charles Police Department) Sean Riggs (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
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Authorities say a 36-year-old man first allowed a store clerk to see his ID so that he could buy cigars, then pulled out a box cutter and robbed the store.

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Lake Charles College Prep dismisses early due to power outage

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Lake Charles College Prep will be dismissing students early because of a major power outage.  Regional Director of Education Dr. Sabrah Kingham says that students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. Buses will be transporting students home at that time, says Kingham.  KPLC and FOX29 are following this story and will update our viewers when we receive more information on the power outage.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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Stine Lumber wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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Stine Lumber, headquartered in Sulphur, won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2018 in the category of "Sales over $50 million", according to LBM Journal, the leading magazine for lumberyards and building material dealers in the nation. The award honors the 72-year history of family owned Stine Lumber as a company that epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit by excelling at satisfying customers, successfully seeking out new business opportunities, enthusiastically impleme...

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Pedestrian crosswalk laws Video included

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Crosswalks are in place to ensure our safety, and we see them everywhere. But if pedestrians and drivers don’t know the correct laws involving them, it could lead to a dangerous situation.

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Area business leaders meet, discuss constitutional convention Video included

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Area business leaders met Tuesday afternoon at the SEED center for an update on what's going on in Baton Rouge for the legislative session. President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Stephen Waguespack, was the guest speaker, he talked about the budget and tax proposals circulating in the legislature. Waguespack also serves as a lobbyist, acting as the middle man for state lawmakers and business leaders.. "I think one of the best services we can p...

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Lake Charles man dies in single-vehicle crash near Vinton

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One person is dead following a single-vehicle accident on La. 108 near Vinton, authorities said. Sgt. James Anderson, with Louisiana State Police Troop D, said that it is believed the person ran off the road and struck a tree. The person was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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Ragley woman sentenced for stealing over $75,000 in benefits meant for deceased mother-in-law

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A Ragley woman was sentenced today for stealing more than $75,000 of her deceased mother-in-law's VA benefits.  Vanneta Hudspeth, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds back in Feb. of 2018.  Hudspeth continued to receive her dead mother-in-laws Veterans Affairs benefits from March 2010 to June 2015 that she was not entitled to. She also made false statements on the mail-in questionnaire in 2014 saying that her mother-in-law was still livin

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Olivia Vidal joins Sunrise and FOX29 morning newscasts Video included

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I am honored and so excited to return to KPLC to co-anchor the Sunrise and Fox29 morning newscasts.  Lake Charles has been my home for the last seven years. I started as a reporter at KPLC after graduating LSU in 2011, moved to Shreveport to our sister station KSLA for one year as a reporter, came back to KPLC to help launch a social media app… all before making a career change to public relations and communications for a petrochemical company in the Lake Area.  S...

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Flea Fest swarms into Lake Charles this weekend Video included

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Known as the bargain hunter’s dream, Flea Fest is back and ready to help you find that next treasure.

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Spillway gates lowered to 2 feet as Toledo Bend level recedes

Spillway gates lowered to 2 feet as Toledo Bend level recedes

File Photo: Toledo Bend (Source: Theresa Schmidt/KPLC) File Photo: Toledo Bend (Source: Theresa Schmidt/KPLC)
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The latest advisory from the Sabine River Authority announces lower water releases from Toledo Bend Reservoir with all gates now down to 2 feet.

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Lastrapes takes the stand to defend himself Video included

Roman Lastrapes (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center) Roman Lastrapes (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
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Roman Lastrapes took the stand today to defend himself as his trial on a charge of First Degree Murder winds down. Lastrapes denies killing Linda Moore--though he admits giving her a rock of crack cocaine in exchange for sex the day before she died. Lastrapes started crying at one point, saying he had seen pictures of the victim and that it was sad. When police questioned  Lastrapes about Moore he used extremely vulgar language which he says he now regrets. At last wo...

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FIRST ALERT: Strong storms; heavy rain to impact the area beginning tomorrow night

FIRST ALERT: Strong storms; heavy rain to impact the area beginning tomorrow night

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With the storms moving through during the overnight while most people are sleeping, it’s important to have a way to receive weather alerts. The best way is by downloading the free KPLC weather app for your smart phone or tablet device and set up to audibly receive severe weather alerts.

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Sulphur launches new effort to ease traffic issues in Maplewood Video included

(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC) (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
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Sulphur city officials on Wednesday announced a new effort to reduce the traffic problems in the Maplewood area associated with the I-10 construction according to a news release.  Beginning today employees of the Sulphur Police Department, Sulphur Fire Department, and Public Works Department will direct traffic in the Maplewood area. The following conditions will be in effect between the hours of 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM, or while traffic congestion persists: If you are traveling

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