7:30 LRN Newscast April 22nd

A protest over the state’s stay at home order is planned for Saturday at the Louisiana State Capitol. But Governor John Bel Edwards says complaints about the shutdown will not shake him from the position that the stay at home order will hold until April 30th…
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But he says if he was a betting man he’d bet a dollar that the statewide restrictions come May 1st will not be the same as they are today. His economic resilient Louisiana Commission meets for the first time today.

Senator Bill Cassidy is working on legislation that would provide state and local governments with financial aid. Cassidy says Congress has been focused on helping people and small businesses, but local governments are struggling to fund basic services, like the fire department…
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Monroe, Lafayette, and Crowley are among the cities reporting financial difficulties.

LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center is studying lifestyle changes as a result of social distancing and COVID-19 restrictions through an online survey. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
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Controversial Pastor Tony Spell of the Life Tabernacle Church in Central is out on bond today after he was arrested on an assault charge. Police say Spell nearly hit a protester with a church bus. Spell is also facing misdemeanors for violating the state’s order that bans large gatherings. The Reverend has said the crowd-size restriction is an attack on religion.