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State Department Of Health Files Complaint Against Noncompliant BBQ Joint

A Livingston Parish judge has ordered Firehouse BBQ to temporarily close, granting a restraining order requested by the Louisiana Department of Health as part of a lawsuit the department filed against the Watson, Louisiana, restaurant for its repeated failure to comply with state coronavirus restrictions.

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A Livingston Parish judge has ordered Firehouse BBQ to temporarily close, granting a restraining order requested by the Louisiana Department of Health as part of a lawsuit the department filed against the Watson, Louisiana, restaurant for its repeated failure to comply with state coronavirus restrictions.

You don't have to look far to find controversy around mask mandates and business closures. Just scroll through social media or take a trip to the grocery store in Louisiana, multiple groups of business owners have filed lawsuits, challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus restrictions.

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A Louisiana judge upheld Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate, closure of bars and 50-person limit on indoor gatherings Thursday, rejecting four Jefferson Parish business owners’ claims that the state’s coronavirus restrictions violate their constitutional rights.

The latest forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts there could be a record-breaking number of hurricanes this year.

More than 4,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Louisiana, six months into the still-raging coronavirus pandemic.

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Representatives of Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration were in court Wednesday defending the state’s coronavirus restrictions during the preliminary hearings in a legal challenge brought by four Jefferson Parish business owners.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Tuesday that Louisiana will remain under Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions for another 21 days as the state attempts to build upon recent gains in its fight against the virus.

The “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is smaller than average this year, according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is among a bipartisan group of attorneys general calling on the federal government to increase the supply of the drug remdesivir to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients.

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When Baton Rouge activist Gary Chambers Jr. posted a cell phone video on his Facebook page of a police officer kneeling on what appeared to be a Black teenager’s neck, Louisiana’s state capital braced for the worst.

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