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HAPPENING TODAY: End of an era at State Police

Col. Mike Edmonson (Source: WAFB) Col. Mike Edmonson (Source: WAFB)

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It’s the final day in a career that has lasted 37 years. State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson is retiring. Maj. Kevin Reeves, who commands a state police quick reaction force, will start the interim job Saturday, March 25.

More than 450 LSU students will dance the day...and night...away for a good cause. It's the 4th annual Big Event, which is a 26.5-hour long dance marathon to raise funds for the kids being treated at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. The event will kickoff tonight at 5:45 p.m. Admission to the Big Event for visitors is a minimum donation of $5 that will go toward Dance Marathon’s final fundraising total. 

In Ascension Parish, today is Paint the Parish Purple Day. The goal is to promote cancer awareness and to give back to those who are fighting cancer. When you're planning your outfit this morning, put on something purple!  

And a group of salvage artists have a unique approach to removing blight in Baton Rouge. Today they will be picking up items that have been tossed out and turning them into art.  

Join us for the early morning show. Liz Koh will be live all morning at the USS KIDD as the old warship gets ready to celebrate “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” And we'll take a look ahead to a big test for LSU baseball beginning tonight in Florida. 

WEATHER: 

  • Increasing clouds and a stiff southerly breeze should take a little sting out of the warmth we've felt this week. Highs will still reach the low 80°s but unlike Thursday, that would be well shy of record levels. A spotty shower or two can't be ruled out on Friday, but most will stay dry. The main event is still expected for Saturday morning as showers and t-storms roll in from the west. The Storm Prediction Center continues to place our region under a 'slight risk' of severe weather, with the main threat from any strong storms being damaging winds. Most rains should exit by late afternoon on Saturday with mainly dry weather back for Sunday. CLICK HERE for more weather
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