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Next steps outlined for high school seniors amid COVID-19 school closures

In response to statewide school closures to curb the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Louisiana Department of Education today released guidance to school systems regarding how they can ensure high school seniors who were on track to graduate this spring can still do so on-time and without penalty.

The guidance, which is now presented in a Q&A format and now available on the Department's COVID-19 web page, addresses course credits, assessments, graduation ceremonies and diplomas, among other key topics.

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Curfew in Acadia Parish declared

Effective tonight, April 2, Acadia Parish will start a parish-wide curfew, according to Sheriff K.P. Gibson.
The curfew will be from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
People who are traveling to and from work are asked to have identification and a letter from employers with them during the curfew hours, he stated. 
The letter needs to indicate the person’s name and that they are employed with the business and have work hours between the curfew times.

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Crawfish farmers urged not to drain ponds yet despite drop in sales

ABBEVILLE — Crawfish producer Allen McLain’s business has dropped dramatically because of the coronavirus’ impact on the restaurant business.
“We’re struggling. It’s not looking good,” said McLain, of Abbeville.
A big portion of his business is selling his product to area restaurants, but he said that has been sharply reduced.
Crawfish are plentiful and have grown to a large size, but there’s a limited market. He said sales during the week are a fraction of his normal volume.
“The weekends are about average,” he said.

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State income tax deadline extended due to coronavirus public health emergency

BATON ROUGE – Due to the public health emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) is extending the deadline for state income taxes to July 15. The extension applies to Louisiana individual, corporation, fiduciary and partnership income tax returns and payments.

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