8:30 LRN Newscast April 24

Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt starts an online petition to give Louisiana residents a chance to urge Governor John Bel Edwards to allow parishes to make their own decisions on when and how they reopen their economies. Hewitt says a statewide stay at home order is not working for areas of the state with low case counts.
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The online petition can be found at open-la-now-dot-com. Edwards is planning to lift some restrictions after April 30th, but he wants everyone to have their expectations properly set for what it will look like.
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The governor is expected to provide more details early next week.

The Louisiana Supreme Court extends an order delaying all jury trials until June 30th. The order was initially filed April 6th and there’s some fear that a three-month delay in cases will create a nightmare of a trial backlog, but Legal Analyst Tim Meche says Louisiana learned from Katrina and Rita…
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Meche says DAs and sheriffs have made an effort to release low-risk detainees who are awaiting trial.

Department stores have been closed since March and retail experts at Columbia University’s Business School say few of them will be able to survive. Retail analyst Wade Ragas says brick and mortar department stores can’t compete with e-commerce and social distancing also creates hurdles for the current business model…
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