News for Tuesday July 28th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The Main Street Recovery Program will begin accepting applications at 9 AM today 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. For the first 21 days, the program will only disburse funds to businesses that did not receive federal assistance or insurance payments. But, it is likely the money in the fund will not last more than a week. Businesses must have a brick and mortar location and fewer than 50 employees to be eligible.
In a rather bizarre story, people around the country have been receiving seed packages that appear to be from China or Eastern Europe. At this point officials are not saying whether or not they are dangerous, what they are saying is if you’ve received a mystery package please not open it, and if you already have, do not dispose of the seeds or plant them. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says authorities will come to you to handle the disposal of the mystery seeds. The issue appears to be 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. 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.
According to a study from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, a rise in chronic conditions is putting more Louisiana residents at risk for colorectal cancer. Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Dr. Jeremy Wigginton says there has been a substantial uptick in cancer cases for those with inflammatory colon conditions.
Wigginton says someone with a history of such conditions should talk to a doctor about when to get screened. Wigginton adds that the screening process has become much easier in recent years and people just need to get it done. Wigginton says early detection is key.
The Acadiana area is seeing the addition of nearly 400 new jobs as educational software company SchoolMint announces it will be moving their headquarters from San Francisco to Lafayette. Governor John Bel Edwards was on hand for the announcement has says this is further evidence of the state’s economic growth for the 21st century. The move comes following SchoolMint’s acquisition of Lafayette-based Smart Choice Technologies in 2019.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany announced on Monday that the two will be donating $5 million to build multiple health care centers throughout Louisiana in a partnership with Ochsner Health. The money will come from the Brees Dream Foundation and their personal giving.
Veterans on the Saints report for training camp today but it will be a few days before they get on the field. Players must pass three COVID tests during a four-day period before they can enter the team’s training facility in Metairie. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says the Saints are positioned well to handle this unique season. The NFL and its players’ association have agreed to an extensive list of health and safety protocols and players will be tested often. But Detllier says there will be no preseason games this year and training camp rosters are 80 players, instead of 90.