Paul Braun

Paul Braun is WRKF's Capitol Access reporter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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