Roundup: Tax relief / Economic development / COVID boosters 

    Filing extensions: Officials with the Louisiana Department of Revenue are granting filing extensions to taxpayers whose homes and businesses were damaged by Hurricane Ida. For excise, franchise, income, severance and withholding taxes with original or extended due dates on or after Aug. 26, 2021, and before Jan. 3, 2022, the automatic extended due date is Jan. 3, 2022. See the full statement from the Department of Revenue. 

    New director: The  Board of Directors of Baton Rouge North Economic Development District today announced the selection of April Hawthorne as executive director. Hawthorne replaces Jerry Jones, who moved to take on a similar role in Richmond, Texas. Hawthorne is a Realtor with Keller Williams Red Stick Partners and former legislative assistant to current Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, when Broome served as a state senator. Read more about Baton Rouge’s economic development districts in a recent Daily Report. 

    Third shots: One review of scientific evidence published in The Lancet by a group of U.S. and international scientists concluded that COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are not needed for the general public at this time, CNBC reports. The comment comes a week before the Biden administration says it plans to begin offering vaccine booster shots to the general public amid varying commentary from doctors and scientists on the necessity of the extra shots. Read the full story.