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The Main Street Recovery Program will begin accepting applications at 9 AM tomorrow from small businesses impacted by the pandemic. State Treasurer John Schroder says Eligible businesses can receive up to 15,000 dollars, and the money will be sent out on a first-come-first-served basis. They’ll be taking applications online…

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For the first 21 days, the program will only disburse funds to businesses that did not receive federal assistance or insurance payments.

If you’ve received a mystery package of seeds from China or Eastern Europe, the Ag Commissioner is asking you to please not open the package, and if you do, do not dispose of the seeds or plant them. Mike Strain says authorities will come to you to handle the disposal of the mystery seeds.

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The issue appears toe nationwide.

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.  Current Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft remembers his predecessor as one to constantly be involved in the community.

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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.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has shut down all Willie’s Chicken Shack locations in the city after one shop reportedly sold go-cups over the weekend. Cantrell says the shutdown sends the message that the city is serious about enforcing its COVID health orders.

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Bars and restaurants are prohibited from selling to go cups in New Orleans.