1:30 LRN Newscast August 5

Police Baton Rouge arrest a 20-year-old Houma man for the alleged rape of an underage girl. BRPD spokesman Sgt. L’Jean (EL-gene) McKneely says 20-year-old Kwan Allen made contact with the 16-year-old girl via social media; representing himself being much younger. McKneely says he courted the girl for weeks before enticing her to a meeting at the Mall of Louisiana…:

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McKneely says the victim’s 8-year-old sister was waiting in the teen girls’ car, while the assault was occurring in Allen’s vehicle. Allen’s been charged with sexual battery and 2nd degree rape.

New Orleans hosts the annual Great American Seafood Cookoff Saturday. Winning chefs from across the USA will compete for top honors, and one of them is Chef Amanda Cusey. The executive chef at The Villa Harlequin in Lake Charles, Cusey took top state honors back in June at the Louisiana Seafood Cookoff.


Louisiana has dropped from the top of one of those ”bad lists.” More from Marsanne Golsby…:

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FEMA has announced an additional $11 million in federal grant funding for disaster aid related to Hurricane Laura relief efforts, according to Sen. John Kennedy. The funds are part of a $69 million relief package intended for communities affected by Hurricane Laura and Ida. A large portion of the funds is to assist in the repairing of schools that were damaged during the storms.