Paul Braun

Capitol Reporter

Paul Braun is WRKF's reporter for Capitol Access, our series of reporting on state politics, government, and the people shaping Louisiana's state policy.

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As Louisiana continues to recover from Hurricane Laura, state officials said Wednesday that more storm victims are seeking state assistance to find shelter.

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As first responders and residents of Southwest Louisiana take stock of the damage wrought by Hurricane Laura, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state seems to have avoided the worst-case scenarios predicted before the Category 4 storm made landfall early Thursday morning.

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As Hurricane Laura bears down on the Louisiana coast, state officials expect the storm to strengthen to a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph winds and up to 13 feet of storm surge on the western coast.

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The political tug-of-war over how Louisiana should conduct this fall’s presidential election continued Wednesday as the state’s top elections official and legislators took up the issue during a marathon meeting of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday that he will not sign off on Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s emergency plan for this fall’s presidential election because it doesn’t do enough to ensure robust participation while protecting voters from the coronavirus.

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After a week of mixed messaging from state and federal officials, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday that the state expects to receive the first round of federal funding for a $300 enhancement of weekly unemployment benefits by the end of the week.

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All Louisianans currently receiving state unemployment benefits will likely be eligible for the partial extension of weekly federal benefits authorized by executive actions taken by President Donald Trump over the weekend, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The governor made the announcement Thursday, two days after he said nearly half of the state’s unemployed workers would be ineligible for the weekly $300 payments on top of state unemployment benefits.

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With Congress at an impasse on a fourth coronavirus relief bill, President Donald Trump took executive actions Saturday intended to partially extend the federal government’s weekly unemployment benefits while meaningfully decreasing the payout.

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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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