08:30 Newscast December 24, 2014

Nearly 20 homes were damaged after a tornado touched down yesterday in Tangipahoa Parish. Jeff McKneely, spokesperson for Tangipahoa Parish Emergency Management, says with the weather much better today, they’ll continue to survey the damage, but they do have a lot of property damage east of Amite…

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No injuries were reported. At least a dozen families are reportedly displaced as a result of the damage from the tornado.

Tonight it’s the annual Bonfires on the Levee in St. James Parish. Rhonda Lee, President of the Festival of the Bonfires, says the popularity of the Christmas Eve bonfires has been growing steadily over the last 25 years. There are several stories about how the bonfires started in St. James Parish, but Lee says one stands out…

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They will light the bonfires around 7 o’clock tonight.

Now that the bad weather day is behind us, we can expect beautiful, yet chilly, conditions for Christmas. Michelle Southern reports…

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Lake Charles Police say a 37-year-old man is under arrest accused of kidnapping a woman. They say a witness saw Oscar Pete of Lake Charles throw a woman into a vehicle and drive off. When the pair got to Iowa, the victim escaped the vehicle and contacted authorities. Shortly after, officers spotted Pete’s vehicle and arrested him. Pete was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a charge of simple kidnapping.