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Former La. officer charged with retaliation

A Nacogdoches County grand jury has indicted a New Orleans resident and former Leesville, Louisiana, police officer on a retaliation charge. Charlie Gerard Lopez was arrested Monday, April 15, and booked into the Nacogdoches County jail on a second-degree felony for motion to revoke probation and a


FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Tornado Warning Issued for Northern Vernon Parish

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Tornado Warning has been issued for Northern Vernon Parish near the Kurthwood and Hutton area. This warning will stay in place until 8:45 a.m.


Severe weather pounds Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi

(AP) - Heavy winds and power outages are being reported as a storm system moved across Louisiana and Mississippi. The National Weather Service reported gusts of 60 mph in Natchez, MS, on Thursday afternoon as the storm system moved across the Mississippi River from Louisiana.


LaCour to light up Leesville

On Friday, country artist and American Idol Contestant Dani LaCour will be performing live at 6:30 p.m. The Lake Charles native impressed a nationwide audience on the hit singing competition series, where she made it to Hollywood week and got the coveted Golden Ticket.


Louisiana could ban most new freestanding emergency rooms

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - A proposal to ban the creation of most new freestanding emergency rooms in Louisiana has won support from state senators. Backers of the proposal say the ERs threaten the survival of Louisiana’s fragile rural hospitals.


Louisiana authorities ID woman found in submerged car

MONROE, La. (AP) — A woman found inside a submerged car in Louisiana has been identified. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office says the victim found Saturday in floodwaters in Calhoun was 80-year-old Patsy Meeks, of Calhoun.


Community comes together for funeral for two veterans with no known relatives

LEESVILLE, LA (KPLC) - Two veterans with no known living relatives were laid to rest with hundreds from around the community attending their funeral. United States Navy Airmen Recruit Howard Glenn Spence was born in Wayne, West Virginia in 1944 and lived in Houma, Louisiana where he died in 2015.


Weather forces Louisiana state offices to close on Thursday

BATON ROUGE, La. - Due to the threat of severe weather across the state of Louisiana, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is making a rare move and closing all state offices on Thursday, April 18.


Louisiana Sheriffs Seek Additional Funding

Louisiana Sheriffs are asking for a $4 dollar a day boost in what the state pays them to house state inmates. A result of dwindling jail populations following criminal justice reforms at the state level.


These Louisiana shelter dogs boarded a flight Thursday in hopes of finding homes in the Midwest

An airplane carrying 86 adoptable dogs from shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi boarded a flight from the New Orleans Lakefront Airport on Thursday morning (April 18) hoping to find their “fur-ever” homes in Wisconsin.


Storms cause damage in Louisiana, heading towards MS/AL/FL

SHREVEPORT, La. (CBS Newspath) - Storms that are headed towards the Gulf Coast hit Shreveport, Louisiana first. Crews are out trying to restore power after high winds blew over trees there. Residents are just happy it wasn't worse, "I hate to see it, especially all of these other houses, ours didn't


Humane Society of Louisiana: Don't give animals as gifts this Easter

New Orleans, La. (KLFY) - The Humane Society of Louisiana is urging individuals and families not to give live animals such as rabbits, ducklings and chicks as gifts this Easter.


Louisiana tribe protects historic sites with oyster shells

A wall of oyster shells has been erected near Montegut to protect historical Native American mounds threatened by erosion and sea level rise. The partially-submerged wall was completed this month by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe and more than 100 vol


Well+Fed Louisiana named one of 50 Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in America

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The ArkLaTex may be best known for Cajun and seafood, however, Well+Fed Louisiana is bringing something different to the table. What originally started as a pressed juice company, grew into a restaurant that is now ranked #18 on the list of Top 50 Vegan-Friendly Restaurants i


Vernon Parish kids have 'Lunch with Lydia' as part of cancer research fundraiser

Leesville On Thursday 12-year-old Austin and 9-year-old Anden Wilson, both students at Anacoco Elementary School spent the afternoon with KALB's Lydia Magallanes for 'Lunch with Lydia.' It was an item in the Mount Bethel Baptist Church online auction as part of the Vernon Parish Relay for Life fundr


Census estimate: Louisiana area led nation in population loss, while six of nine major metros lost population

The Fort Polk South area in Vernon Parish lost about 3.4 percent of its population between mid-2017 and mid-2018, the biggest percentage loss in the nation, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.


La. man sentenced to life in prison in connection with killing of soldier

LEESVILLE, LA (KALB / KPLC) - Tobias Williams will spend the rest of his life behind bars in connection to the 2016 death of Fort Polk Capt. Jonathan Ellis. On Tuesday, Williams was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder and 40 years for obstruction of justice for his role in the shoot


EPA: Chemical site in Louisiana city to be clean by 2027

DERIDDER, La. (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says cleanup of a DeRidder, Louisiana, site contaminated with a heavy-duty wood preservative should be complete by 2027.


Fort Polk troops continue preparing for modern warfare

FORT POLK, La. (KALB) - Soldiers in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division are facing a more modern enemy as part of their rotation at Fort Polk's Joint Readiness Training Center this month to make sure they're ready for any conflict.