News from Louisiana for the week of December 12, 2021

Louisiana Supreme Court to hear pastor’s case

The Louisiana Supreme Court will hear arguments from a pastor who gained national attention last year.

Tony Spell, pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central, faced criminal charges starting in 2020 when his congregation continued to gather for services despite COVID-19 orders.

Earlier this year, a state judge and an appeals court refused to dismiss Spell’s charges.

In March 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards banned gatherings of more than 50 people.

A hearing date has not been set.

FEMA Grants Solve Hurricane Damage

Senator John Kennedy, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $ 78,692,355 in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for projects across Louisiana to address damage from Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Ida .

Kennedy said Louisianans have remained strong and resilient over the past year and a half, but help is still needed.

Garth Brooks speaks and performs songs during a question-and-answer session with Alice Randall about Charley Pride at the National Museum of African American Music on October 25.

Garth Brooks promotes Louisiana stopover

Garth Brooks appeared on the Baton Rouge Morning TV shows on December 9 ahead of his concert scheduled for April 30, 2022 at LSU’s Tiger Stadium.

Tickets were scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. on December 10.

The superstar performer encouraged fans to show up in their LSU gear.

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