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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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The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is keeping a close eye on the development of Invest 92L, a weather system over the eastern Gulf of Mexico that will be forming into a possible tropical storm or hurricane by this weekend.

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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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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday it will continue to look for legal grounds to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, hours after President Donald Trump said he is "very seriously" considering an executive order to get the question on the form.

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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.