Latest Lake Charles News

Westlake Chemical plants in LA, KY to cut air pollution

Jun. 09, 2022 20:04 PM EDT

WESTLAKE, La. (AP) — Three subsidiaries of a Texas-based petrochemical company on Thursday settled allegations that they violated federal and state pollution control laws. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release, said Westlake Chemical Corporation agreed to make upgrades...

As natural gas expands in Gulf, residents fear rising damage

Jun. 02, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana (AP) — The front lawn of Lydia Larce’s home is strewn with debris: remnants of cabinets and chunks of pink shower. She lives in a FEMA trailer out back, her home in shambles after hurricanes tore through Lake Charles. Larce, like many in Southwest...

As natural gas expands in Gulf, residents fear rising damage

Jun. 02, 2022 06:56 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana (AP) — The front lawn of Lydia Larce’s home is strewn with debris: Remnants of cabinets and chunks of pink shower marble lie between dumpsters. She lives in a FEMA trailer out back, her home in shambles more than a year after Hurricane Laura tore through Lake Charles. ...

Unclaimed $90,000 jackpot prize sold in Lake Charles

May. 03, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $90,000 jackpot won by someone who played the Louisiana Lottery's Easy 5 game in December remains unclaimed, lottery officials said. The winning ticket for the Dec. 1 drawing was purchased at Tobacco Place in Lake Charles and is set to expire on May 30,...

Competing bills deal with 2025 sales tax expiration

May. 02, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Competing ideas on what to do about the impending end of a 0.45% state sales tax — and the more than $420 million it generates annually — are on the way to the Louisiana House of Representatives. The seven-year tax was approved in 2018, ending a decade...

Energy Dept OKs expanded LNG exports from Texas, Louisiana

Apr. 27, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department on Wednesday authorized additional exports of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from planned terminals in Texas and Louisiana. The orders allow Golden Pass LNG Terminal near Port Arthur, Texas, and Magnolia LNG Terminal in Lake Charles,...

Northrop Grumman laying off 120 workers in Lake Charles

Apr. 22, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Northrop Grumman is laying off 120 workers in Lake Charles, the company confirms. Northrop Grumman spokesman Jared Krull said the company notified the employees Tuesday that May 5 will be their last day, KPLC-TV reported. The layoffs are a...

Lake Charles starts program for 2020 hurricane home repairs

Apr. 17, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Registration has started for a new program to help low- and moderate-income Lake Charles residents fix 2020 hurricane damage to their homes, and Mayor Nic Hunter says he expects it to fill up fast. “We’ve already had so many people express interest in...

ASL teacher bridging gulf between deaf, hearing communities

Apr. 10, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — American Sign Language is more than a form of communication. It’s a culture. That’s what Lake Charles native and LaGrange High School graduate Tarold Gallien teaches his students at both Westside High School in Houston and Houston Community College. ...

Students do their part to restore coastal land in Louisiana

Apr. 09, 2022 01:06 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Roughly 150 students from area schools met at Prien Lake Park recently to plant grasses on 10 large floating islands that were taken by boat to Prien Lake. The effort is designed to help restore coastal land lost during Hurricanes Laura and Delta. The...