Gov. John Bel Edwards

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The Louisiana Department of Health has revoked the food permit for Firehouse BBQ in Watson for failure to comply with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate. It's the first punitive action the state has taken against a restaurant for failure to comply with Edwards’ coronavirus regulations.

But the restaurant remains open in defiance of the state’s sanctions. 

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The executive order keeping Louisiana in Phase 2 of reopening from the coronavirus is set to expire at the end of next week. But Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that Louisianans shouldn’t expect any big changes.

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As Congress debates a fifth coronavirus relief package and the future of the $600-per-week federal unemployment benefit that’s set to expire at the end of the month, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the lower amount proposed by Senate Republicans is not enough to support individuals thrown out of work by the coronavirus.

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A surge of applicants forced Louisiana to suspend its emergency rental assistance program Sunday, just four days after Gov. John Bel Edwards and state officials launched the effort to stave off a looming eviction crisis brought on by the coronavirus.

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As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has imposed a statewide mask mandate and new social distancing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that a member of his staff has tested positive for COVID-19.  

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Face coverings will now be mandatory in East Baton Rouge Parish businesses in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards has a press conference scheduled for 2:30 this afternoon. He is expected to announce whether the state is ready to move into the third phase of reopening. 

The last time he addressed the public, the outlook was not good. Cases and hospitalizations were trending upward several regions of the state—mostly from community spread.

Since then state health officials have identified a series of clusters tied to so-called “super-spreader events.”

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The Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors agreed Friday to remove Troy H. Middleton’s name from the university’s main library. 

Middleton was LSU’s president from 1951 to 1962 and an ardent segregationist. He oversaw the university when A.P. Tureaud Jr.-- LSU’s first Black student-- came to campus, and stood idly by while Tureaud was beaten and harassed by white students.

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With Tropical Storm Cristobal in the rearview, Gov. John Bel Edwards spent most of his Monday press conference discussing the state’s ongoing fight against COVID-19 and widespread protests against police violence following the death of George Floyd.

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