330 PM LRN News

State Treasurer John Schroder warns the Main Street Recovery Program, state-run grant program for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, will run out of money within a week once applications open at 9 AM tomorrow. Eligible businesses can receive up to 15,000 dollars in reimbursement for expenses incurred during the shutdown. Schroder calls it no strings attached, and expansive…

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Businesses must have a brick and mortar location and fewer than 50 employees to be eligible.

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry is warning residents of mystery seeds being delivered through the mail that may contain some sort of plant pest or disease.  Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says the seeds have been received via unsolicited packages by people across the US, including Louisiana.

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Former Vernon Parish Sheriff and former State Representative Frank Howard has died at the age of 81 due to complications from COVID-19.  Howard was Sheriff for 24 years. Following a few years of retirement from law enforcement, Howard was elected to be a state representative and served three terms in that position before being termed out in 2019.  Current Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft says Howard became a fixture in the area’s political circle.

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New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell orders all locations of Willie’s Chicken Shack closed due to violations of the city’s ban on to-go drinks. Cantrell says the there was ample evidence of non-compliance at the locations and a task force was dispatched to investigate.

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Willie’s released a statement saying patrons refused to comply with the order and they support the city’s public health efforts.