530PM LRN News

The Pastor of a suburban Baton Rouge church that’s made national news for defying the Governor’s ban on large gatherings was arrested earlier today for allegedly backing his church bus towards a protestor. Tony Spell’s attorney Joe Long says that’s not stopping him from holding 7:30 mass tonight, and Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran says it’s been frustrating dealing with the pastor.

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Congress agrees to pass a 450 billion dollar aid package aimed at refilling the recently depleted payroll protection program that funneled forgivable SBA loans to small businesses. Congressman Garret Graves says the program is remarkable, and one of the most efficient he’s ever seen…

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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, and LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry says producers who hired foreign labor to bring in the catch are still on the hook to pay those workers for a guaranteed amount of a full season’s work due to contractual obligations.

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The Louisiana Department of Education will award nearly 10 million dollars to childcare providers who are hurting for cash during the coronavirus shutdown. Assistant State Superintendent Jessica Baghian says only about 30 percent of childcare centers are still open, and even the ones still open are bleeding cash.

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A report indicates child care providers have already experienced a 1.7 million dollar loss in revenue since the shutdown began.