3:30 LRN Newscast March 31

A Central pastor is charged with six counts of violating of the Governor’s emergency order after continuing to hold services with congregations of over 11-hundred people.  Matt Doyle has the story.

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The Louisiana Health Department reports over 12-hundred new cases and 54 additional deaths to bring the total COVID 19 cases to 5,237 and 239 deaths. The Governor plans to extend his stay at home order to April 30th.

Legislators returned to the state capitol today, introduced some bills and left about an hour later and it’s unclear when they’ll return. The 2020 legislative session must conclude by June 1st and a budget must be approved by July 1st. The chambers were not full as the legislators present practiced social distancing.  House Speaker Clay Schexnayder says at this point it’s better to be flexible on a return date

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AARP Louisiana is holding a Telephone Town Hall Meeting tomorrow to answer seniors’ concerns about the coronavirus. State Director Denise Bottcher says they wanted to hold it call for not just members but everyone, especially people in outlying areas of the state, to make sure they are aware of resources during this critical period.

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