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Louisiana Department of Health verifies one additional hurricane-related death, bringing toll to 26

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Health on Tuesday verifies one additional death tied to Hurricane Laura, bringing the state’s current death toll to 26.
A 45-year-old male in Calcasieu Parish died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns in a house fire caused by using a candle or lantern for lighting. The coroner has confirmed this death is storm related.

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LDWF to Begin Accepting Applications for $14.6 Million CARES Act Funds

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will soon begin accepting applications for $14.6 million in financial assistance that will be available to Louisiana fishermen and others in the industry who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funds are part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Applications open at 8 a.m. Monday, September 14, and must be submitted online.

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Randi Menard, along with family and friends have created care packages.

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Each care package comes with a “Message of Hope.”

Message of Hope: Randi Menard organizes effort to help those affected by Hurricane Laura

KAPLAN — Small ideas can often turn into something much bigger.
That is what came of Randi Menard’s plan to help people in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.
“It started with,” Menard said, “let’s grab some lunches for people who are working on their house.”
With some help from family and friends, that plan has grown to making care packages to bring to families. To this point, more than 50 have been created.
The care packs come in a reusable zipper pouch. Inside the pouch are a deodorant, a

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Gov. John Bel Edwards

Eunice men file recall on Gov. Edwards

EUNICE — Two Eunice men filed a recall petition on Gov. John Bel Edwards.
The peititon, according to a communication from Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s office stated the reasons for the petition are: “Impeding the constitutional freedoms and livelihoods of all Louisiana citizens without concrete scientific data; Unconstitutionally mandating that masks be worn in all public places.”
Filing the petition were Lee Joseph Vidrine, 151 Patasa Lane, Eunice, chairman; and Michael Lyn Vidrine, 773 Soileau Road, Eunice, vice chairman.

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