7:30 LRN Newscast February 22

Louisiana has submitted its action plan to the feds for spending $600 million in federal disaster aid for Hurricanes Laura and Delta. The state proposes using the grant money for homeowner assistance, creating affordable housing, and other programs. Nearly $200 million would be dedicated to infrastructure. Pat Forbes, executive director of the Office of Community Development, says those dollars remove a tremendous burden for local governments.
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Grand Isle Councilman Elgene Gary faces sexual battery charges related to the sexual assault of minors over the span of several years. State Police Trooper Ross Brennan says the alleged incidents happened at Gary’s Grand Isle home..
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78-year old Gary turned himself in and was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on two counts of felony sexual battery.

Two Jefferson Parish Sheriff deputies are facing a manslaughter charge for fatally shooting a man who refused to leave his parked car in Marrero on February 16th. Sheriff Joe Lopinto announced the charges last night and said the use of force in this situation was not justified. 34-year-old Daniel Vallee was not armed and the deputies arrested have been identified as 29-year-old Isaac Huges and 35-year-old Johnathan Louis.

When an Alexandria funeral home could not find nearby relatives to assist with a 94-year-old Air Force veterans’ funeral, the baseball team at Menard High School stepped up. Brooke Thorington explains.
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