4:30 pm LRN Newscast Sept 30

Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also called DSNAP) benefits have been extended for folks impacted by Hurricane Ida. Marketa Garner Walters is with the state Department of Children & Family Services, who administer the federal assistance. She says very high call volume is the reason for starting another phase of applications on October 11th. Walters says please remember, DSNAP eligibility is a combination of one’s income and disaster-related expenses…:

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Go to the DCFS website to know more.

Not seen in Louisiana since the 1940’s, the ivory-billed woodpecker has join 23 other species on the federal extinct list. State Wildlife & Fisheries spokesman Robert Dobbs…:

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The state Department of Health reports 872 new COVID-19 cases today; the lowest one-day total reported since early July. Hospitalizations are also lower than mid-summer numbers. Ochsner Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Hart says that’s encouraging, but the chance of a fifth surge in cases depends on how many get the vaccine…:

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Nearly 52% of Louisianans have received the COVID vaccine; that represents about 61% of those eligible to get the shots.

Baton Rouge Police arrest the mother of a two-year-old found dead this week in rural Mississippi. Investigators say Lanaya Cardwell grew angry with the toddler and hit her in the stomach and head. She later died on a sofa and Cardwell’s boyfriend disposed of the body. Both Cardwell and boyfriend Phillip Gardner face serious charges.