1:30 LRN Newscast April 21

After his arrest, this morning in Central for allegedly backing a church bus in the direction of a protester Sunday, Life Tabernacle Church Pastor Tony Spell has posted bond. Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran was questioned if he thought today’s arrest would deter Spell from holding large services in the future.

Cut 8 (09) “…President’s order”

Spell’s attorney Joe Long says the church will hold services tonight as usual.

A survey of crawfish producers shows the decreased demand for their crop has pummeled the industry at a time when producers usually make their most money. LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry says a dip in demand has resulted in lost income of about $500 per acre.

Cut 12 (07) “…farm gate value.”

The survey findings are being used to showcase the pandemic’s impact on the industry to the US Department of Agriculture and Louisiana congressional delegation.

The Louisiana Department of Education is asking childcare providers impacted by the economic shutdown to apply for a piece of a 10-million-dollar federal award. Matt Doyle has more.

Cut 1 (29) “…I’m Matt Doyle” 

According to the latest numbers the state’s death toll increases by 77 from COVID-19, rising to 1,405. Total cases: 24,854… up by 331. Hospitalizations increased by 4 to 1,798.