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Calcasieu Parish Shelters Open To The Homeless During Freezing Temperatures

With the freezing temperatures upon once again, it's important to remember not all us have a warm, dry place the get out of the cold.  If you or someone you know is in need of shelter during this winter storm there are a few shelters in our area that can help them.

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UPDATED — Here’s a Timeline of What to Expect From This Week’s Winter Storm — Expect Power Outages, Road Closures

UPDATED 3:34 p.m. 1/27/14 -- Emergency preparedness officials are saying that Tuesday's and Wednesday's winter storm event at least has the potential to match the ice storm from 1997 -- an event that left many without power for several days. Officials are advising residents to make plans now as if they were going to be without power for 2-3 days.

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10 Tips For Surviving Winter Weather In SWLA

I've lived in SWLA my whole life, and can count on one hand the number of times I've seen snow, ice-sickles, and other wintry weather wonders. Winter in SWLA usually means that during any given week you'll have 5 cold days, 1 really cold day, and 1 day warm enough to wear shorts and a tanktop

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Sirens Wail In Downtown Lake Charles Sunday Evening – Why?

At approximately 9PM Sunday evening, January 26, a loud warbling high-low siren could be heard throughout downtown Lake Charles.

Reports came in that the siren was coming from the Lake Charles post of the National Guard on 3rd Avenue

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UPDATE — State Police Activate AMBER Alert for Three-Year-Old Duson Girl

UPDATE -- The AMBER Alert has been cancelled after police retrieved the girl. Her father is still at large, however.

As if things weren't bad enough this morning, Louisiana State Police are also searching for a three-year-old Duson girl who was abducted.  An AMBER alert has been issued, and the public is being asked to stay alert, as the child's life is believed to be in danger.

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Louisiana State Police Tips On Driving In Deteriorating Weather Conditions

With deteriorating weather conditions anticipated tonight and tomorrow, the Louisiana State Police has issued tips on how to handle driving if you have to get out in the weather tonight or tomorrow.

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UPDATED — New List of Ice Storm Closures for Tuesday and Wednesday

Keep checking this page for an updated list of weather-related closures for Tuesday and Wednesday across Southwest Louisiana.  The following are a list of officially announced closures:

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Calcasieu Pairsh Sheriff’s Dept. To Conduct DWI and Seatbelt Checkpoint This Friday

This Friday January 24, in an effort to keep Calcasieu Parish residents safe, the CPSO will be conducting a DWI Sobriety and Seatbelt Checkpoint in the parish. These checkpoints will  target people driving under the influence of alcohol and or narcotics as well as those not wearing seatbelts.

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The Full Story Of How Lake Charles Won The Right To Have A MLK School Holiday [VIDEO]

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day everybody!  The old saying is true, "you gotta know where you've been, to know where your going."  In part II of my interview with retired educator Dr. Nancy B. Shepard, she explains how the MLK School Holiday came about here in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Dr. Nancy B. Shepard’s Martin Luther King Jr. Poem [VIDEO]

The national holiday celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is fastly approaching. In tribute, I would like to share a poem by retired educator Dr. Nancy B. Shepard.

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Our Legendary Lundi Gras Party With Keith Frank Is March 3rd — Advanced Tickets Now On Sale

It's finally here!  Our legendary Lundi Gras party is coming your way!  The 4th Annual Lundi Gras Party is set for Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at Yesterdays Nightclub in Lake Charles.

Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco band will perform live!

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C.A.T. Team Makes Drug Bust On Interstate-10 [PHOTO]

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force stopped a car traveling eastbound on I-10 between Vinton and Sulphur for a traffic violation on January 9th, which resulted in the seizure of 4 grams of powder heroin, and 24 pounds of marijuana.

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