Gov. John Bel Edwards

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Republican state lawmakers narrowly passed a bill Tuesday that would rein in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ emergency powers, accomplishing the top item on their to- do list for this special session.

But lawmakers’ efforts may be rendered moot by the Democratic governor’s veto pen.

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The Republican-controlled Louisiana House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly approved several measures aimed at limiting Gov. John Bel Edwards power during times of emergency, including a resolution that would repeal Edwards’ public health emergency for the coronavirus.

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The Louisiana Legislature will convene its second special session of year at 6 p.m. Monday to address the state’s coronavirus restrictions, Hurricane Laura recovery efforts and the dwindling unemployment trust fund.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards loosened Louisiana’s coronavirus restrictions Thursday to allow bars to serve alcohol until 11 p.m. — one hour later than the previous restrictions allowed.

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Heading into Labor Day weekend, Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed concern that evacuations from Hurricane Laura could fuel the spread of the coronavirus.

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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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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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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.

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