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Boil advisory issued for some northwest Allen Parish customers

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Residents of Mt. Fair Road, Carpenters Bridge Road and south of 2813 N. Carpenters Bridge road are currently under a boil advisory. The Northwest Allen Waterworks District made the announcement Friday afternoon. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

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Vermilion school board president resigning

Vermilion school board President Anthony Fontana is resigning. (Source: KATC) Vermilion school board President Anthony Fontana is resigning. (Source: KATC)
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The president of the Vermilion Parish School Board is resigning. Anthony Fontana Jr. made the announcement Friday, less than two weeks after the arrest of a Vermilion Parish teacher at a school board meeting made national news. Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher at Rene Rost Middle School, questioned board members about a pay raise for Superintendent Jerome Puyau. Fontana ruled her out of order, saying she was asking questions during a part of the meeting that was for public ... More>>

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Kinder water will shut off at 7 p.m., residents asked to conserve water

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The Town of Kinder will turn off the water from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. again tonight.

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Sanctity of Life Prayer Rally set for Sunday in DeRidder

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The Beauregard/Vernon Community Pregnancy Center is having its annual prayer rally for Sanctity of Life Sunday on Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 P.M. on the Beauregard Parish Courthouse steps. 

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Sanctity of Human Life events planned across Louisiana

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Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is on Sunday, January 21 and there are events across the state, as well as here in Southwest Louisiana to commemorate the day.

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Beauregard Waterworks District 2, East Allen Waterworks district, and Elton under precautionary boil advisory

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Fields, Starks and Merryville are without water following a system failure in the Fields area, officials with Waterworks District 2 said. Once water is restored, a precautionary boil advisory will be in place. The advisory will be lifted once water samples have been tested by the Department of Health and Hospitals and found safe to drink. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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Cold weather delays contribute to postponement of Karey trial Video included

Woodrow Karey and Pastor Ronald Harris (Source: KPLC) Woodrow Karey and Pastor Ronald Harris (Source: KPLC)
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It's coming up on five years since the killing of a local pastor in front of his congregation. Woodrow Karey is charged with manslaughter  in the death of Ronald Harris, pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center. Karey's trial was set for this week but has been postponed. The trial is now set for April 2. Preliminary jury selection was just starting in the trial of Woodrow Karey when a winter storm blew through Southwest Louisiana early this week, costing the court a ...

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Paycheck boost could come next month for most Americans Video included

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More money could be coming to your wallet thanks to the federal tax overhaul congress passed a month ago.  Last week the United States Treasury Department announced it's adjusted the amount the Internal Revenue Service will take out of paychecks to account for the new tax law. Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson said around 90% of Americans will see a boost in their paychecks. "The reason for it is that it's a combination of new tax brackets and tax rates that are being appl...

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Terry Miles extradited from Colorado to Texas

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A man with Sulphur ties who is accused of kidnapping two girls and bringing them with him to Colorado has been returned to Texas. Terrence "Terry" Allen Miles, 44, became the subject of a nationwide manhunt after his roommate, Tonya Bates, 44, was found dead in Round Rock, Texas, and her two daughters missing. Authorities quickly focused on Miles, who has a long criminal history in Southwest Louisiana, and an Amber Alert was issued. Bates was found dead on Dec. 21, 20...

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Food for Seniors will not distribute this week in Calcasieu, Beauregard

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The Food for Seniors program in Beauregard and Calcasieu will not be available this week. Tom Hoefer, with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, said that delivery trucks were unable to deliver meals from Baton Rouge due to the cold weather. He said a new distribution date for Calcasieu will be announced when the program is able to resume. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

Changes coming to hunting, fishing license sales in Louisiana

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The way Louisiana's recreational hunters and fishermen get their licenses is changing.  According to a news release, The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries says it's currently transitioning to a new recreational hunting/fishing license sales system. To minimize impact to those who will be purchasing licenses in next few months, please see below. If you will need to purchase a license from a retailer before April 2, it's recommend that you make your purchase b...

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BBB: Tips for choosing the right repair shop

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In the wake of this week's winter weather and ice, the Better Business Bureau has released some tips to find a quality collision repair center.  Do your research. Trust is important. Check businesses and their reputations on the BBB's website.  Tour the shop. A reputable repair shop that is proud of its work and facility will be happy to show you around. If the shop owner takes good care of the facilities, your car is more likely to be well taken care of, too. Make sure...

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Calcasieu schools open Friday

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All Calcasieu Parish public schools will be open Friday according to a post on the Calcasieu Parish School Board's Facebook page.  Calcasieu Parish School Board Schools were closed this week due to freezing temperatures and icy road conditions.  KPLC is monitoring other parishes for information on schools being open. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

UPDATE: Kinder, Calcasieu and Jeff Davis Parish schools remain closed Thursday

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Calcasieu Parish schools will remain closed tomorrow, Jan. 18 due to ice, water, and heat issues. All central office locations will open at 11 a.m.  KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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Thursday morning update on ice-related road closures

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As of 5:00 A.M. Thursday, there are still a couple of road closures due to ice in Southwest Louisiana.

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Entergy, BECI customers asked to conserve electricity

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Entergy asked its customers to conserve electricity Wednesday night.  Entergy customers should begin electricity conservation at 5 a.m. on Thursday, according to Chip Arnould, spokesman for Entergy. The unusual request comes as electricity could exceed available generation, meaning periodic power outages would be needed. Below is a list of suggestions for power conservation: Lowering thermostat delaying laundry, dish washing and bathing Copyright 2018 KPLC...

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TRAFFIC: Hwy. 190 near La. 395 closed due to ice

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Highway 190 between Lauderdale Hwy. and La. 395 is closed due to ice, according to Louisiana State Police. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes until further notice. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

Low water advisory for Southwest Louisiana

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Sabine Lake and Calcasieu Lake are under a low water advisory, according the National Weather Service. Water levels will remain 1 to 2 feet below predicted levels during times of low tide through midnight. Mariners should use extreme caution and transit at the slowest safe navigable speed to minimize impact.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

The City of Lake Charles asking residents to conserve water

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The City of Lake Charles is asking residents to voluntarily conserve water over the next two days in order to help rebuild water pressure. Water usage is high because of burst pipes and dripping faucets.   “When temperatures are above freezing, all running faucets should be turned off. Doing this will help rebuild water pressure in our system," said City Administrator John Cardonne. Faucets only need to run a steady drip to avoid freezing. Copyright 2018&...

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City of Crowley to host Arbor Day Ceremony

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The City of Crowley will host an Arbor Day event this Friday.  The event begins at 10:00 a.m. at Mobley Field by the West 10th Street entrance.  This is the third year for the memorial tree planting. Any person, business or organization is welcome to participate. For more information contact the tourism coordinator at Crowley City Hall, 337-783-0824, EXT 301   Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.  

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TRAFFIC: 210 bridge, loop now open Video included

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Authorities continue to urge drivers to stay off the road in Southwest Louisiana, due to the chance of ice on the roads.

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Boil advisory issued for Singer

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The Beauregard Parish Waterworks District No. 2, is issuing a precautionary boil advisory for residents after a break in the main water line and severe weather conditions. Once the water has been restored the area north of Fred Cloessner Road and all intersecting roads up to Ben Elston Road, residents are advised to boil water until further notice. For more information please call 462-6805. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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Legislators propose changes to casino laws

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After nearly 20 years, Louisiana lawmakers will be asked to rewrite the state's riverboat casino laws for the first time.  A legislative task force is recommending two main changes: to move the casinos to land and to redefine the limits on gambling space.      Senator Ronnie Johns, a Lake Charles Republican, says he'll sponsor the proposals in the regular legislative session that begins in March.          Task force members ...

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Incoming, outgoing flight canceled at Lake Charles Regional

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An incoming flight and an outgoing flight at the Lake Charles Regional Airport were canceled this morning A United flight arriving from Houston at 10:33 a.m. was canceled as was an American Airlines flight scheduled to depart for Dallas Forth Worth at 6:15 a.m. Click HERE for the latest on weather conditions. Flights for the rest of the day are still listed as on time. To check flights, click HERE. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

Ice covers many streets in downtown Lake Charles

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Ice covers many roads across Southwest Louisiana, including downtown Lake Charles. Black ice can be seen on the Lake Charles Skycam pointed at Lakeshore Drive near the Civic Center. Other roads with ice reported include Ryan Street, Broad Street, and Pujo Street, all in the downtown area. Ice has been reported on bridges and overpasses across Southwest Louisiana including US 171 in the Moss Bluff and Gillis areas, but state police say most major highways in Southwest Louisiana are pa...

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Statewide travel warning: I-10 closed from Lafayette to Slidell

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Ice is causing critical disruptions for travelers across the state of Louisiana Wednesday morning. I-10 from Lafayette to Slidell is closed in both directions, causing issues for anyone traveling from Southwest Louisiana to eastern portions of the state. For anyone traveling in the Baton Rouge area, you can see an updated list of road closures here.  According to Louisiana State Police, the I-210 bridge remains closed in both directions is closed due to ice. The remainder of the...

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About 5,000 residents without power across SWLA

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Many residents in are without power in Southwest Louisiana. Entergy is reporting around 700 residents in Calcasieu Parish and an estimated 2,200 residents in Jefferson Davis Parish have lost power. Entergy expects power to be restored by 9 p.m. Beauregard Parish Electric is reporting that around 1,700 residents are without power in Allen Parish. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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Local youth make the most of snow day

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If you're a kid, there's just nothing like a snow day! Local children and teens made the most of the opportunity for snow play, a rare opportunity in Southwest Louisiana. As those from areas like the Midwest will tell you, there's nothing like an unexpected snowfall and school cancellation to make it a great day, if you happen to be a kid. 

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'Heroes all': Survivors mark 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack Video included

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The crowds were smaller this year. There were fewer headlines and cameras and big names.

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Special Report: SWLA Traffic Troubles

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Kristen Harrell              is a traveling teacher in Calcasieu parish.   she lives in lake Charles, spends mornings at Sulphur high and then goes to SAM Houston high in moss bluff for the afternoons. it's a long day. "Traffic from Sulphur into Lake Charles is fairly bad because of people being let off from the plants. Traffic from Lake Charles into Moss Bluff in the afternoon is horrible because of ...

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