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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Building toward hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Barry began hitting Louisiana with wind and rain Friday as it closed in for what forecasters said will be a long, slow — and epic — drenching that could trigger flooding in and around New Orleans.

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso advises citizens to be prepared for a hurricane threat that is increasing for the southwest region of Louisiana. While all of the details about this threat are evolving, he urges everyone to be prepared for hurricane-force winds by Saturday with possible…

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As of 10:30 Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service in Lake Charles has updated the situation with Tropical Cyclone #2 in the Gulf of Mexico, which is expected to hit South Louisiana some time Saturday as a hurricane.

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Residents along the Gulf Coast are keeping an eye on the weather as meteorologists have predicted that a tropical system entering the gulf this week could form into a tropical storm that could impact Southwest Louisiana over the weekend.

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For decades Southwest Louisiana has been a major player on a national scale when it comes to industry and energy. In the last decade, the development of the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) market has given the region a seat at the world’s energy table.

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WESTLAKE — The city council here adopted the city budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, at their Monday night regular meeting.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday, a move that puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members of his own party.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure.

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President Donald Trump visited Sempra Energy’s $10 billion Cameron LNG export facility in Hackberry on Tuesday, touting the United States as being an “energy superpower” under his administration, while also promising a new Interstate 10-Calcasieu River bridge, if re-elected.“Now we have an A…

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — The latest financial stalemate between Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republican leaders has ended, with the adoption of a brightened Louisiana income forecast.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The guidance of founding father Benjamin Franklin wasn't enough to sway the Louisiana's Supreme Court, which has declared moot a lawsuit filed by homeowners who said they were unfairly denied state tax credits for installing solar panels.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards unveiled a $30 billion budget proposal Friday that would boost education and health care spending and give public school teachers pay raises, but relies on uncertain financing to make the numbers balance.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Five children heading to Disney World in a church van from Louisiana died along with two truck drivers in a fiery crash on Interstate 75 in north Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said Friday.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — By sidestepping the Louisiana governor's race, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy denied Republicans a popular, high-profile candidate to pit against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards, renewing speculation about whether the GOP can rally around one main contender in 2019.

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Incumbent Chris Wilrye will once again serve as Westlake Police Chief, after defeating opponent Corporal Jason P. Ledet, an eight-year veteran of the police department, 1,069 to 400, or 73 percent to 27 percent, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s website as of press time.

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Calcasieu Parish voters on Tuesday elected Sulphur resident Stuart Moss as the new state representative for District 33, according to complete, but unofficial results from Louisiana Secretary of State.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana has one statewide position on the ballot Tuesday, a special election to fill a secretary of state seat vacated because of a sexual harassment scandal, but the crowded primary competition has lacked the attention-grabbing nature of other states' races around the country.

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LAKE CHARLES — On Tuesday, local officials and representatives from public works departments and drainage boards heard about the cutting edge technology the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury now posesses to more accurately forecast weather events and pinpoint their effects.

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LAKE CHARLES — A ribbon cutting ceremony, held at the Chennault Industrial Airport Tuesday, marked completion of the rehabilitation of the airport’s runway, lighting, and taxiway.

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MOSS BLUFF — Louisiana’s Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser announced Wednesday that Sam Houston State Park is on track for major improvements, in large part, as a result of the state’s settlement with BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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In a presentation on the City’s fire rating, Sulphur Fire Chief Dan Selph explained that individual properties can have a different fire rating than that of the city in which they are located.

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Despite tougher standards enacted by the state’s property insurance association, the Sulphur Fire Department received an even better fire rating in its last assessment, than it had previously.

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Setting a precedent in Calcasieu Parish and serving as a model for future endeavors of its kind, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the parish’s first STEM school at E.K. Key Elementary on Monday, August 20.

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Editor’s Note: This is the third of a three-part series focusing on McNeese President Dr. Daryl Burckel’s crusade to increase McNeese enrollment and improve the college experience for MSU students.

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WESTLAKE —  The mayor and financial director made their case Monday night for obtaining a line of credit, not to exceed $2 million, for the construction of a club house at The National Golf Club at the Westlake City Council meeting.

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A representative from the state’s transportation department gave a brief overview of the upcoming Interstate-210 bridge repair project, set to begin this fall.

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Editor’s Note: This is the second of a three-part series focusing on McNeese President Dr. Daryl Burckel’s crusade to increase McNeese enrollment and improve the college experience for MSU students.

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A little over a year after ascending to the position of McNeese State University President, Dr. Daryl Burckel is rolling up his sleeves and going to work with one goal in mind — make McNeese … “Your McNeese.”

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Several Entergy projects are currently underway in Southwest Louisiana, all part of what company representative Margaret Harris described as a “holistic approach” to improving reliability and supporting future growth.

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WESTLAKE — District 35 State Rep. Stephen Dwight gave the Westlake City Council a brief legislative update at their Monday night meeting.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana's health department should be pressing harder to correct problems found by auditors who say the agency does a poor job overseeing billions in Medicaid payments and can't be sure the money was spent properly, a state Senate leader said.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers not only passed a tax deal to avert immediate and deep budget cuts, they backed an agreement in the latest special session that gives the state more financial certainty than it's had in years.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Lawmakers in the Louisiana House are having trouble bridging the same divides that left two previous special sessions this year without a tax deal, disagreeing about fractions of a penny.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — With time growing short to reach a deal, the Louisiana House got off to a slow start Tuesday in the latest special session on taxes, with no votes on tax bills and a rehashed debate over budget issues from prior sessions.