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BATON ROUGE (AP) — A Louisiana judge Thursday upheld Gov. John Bel Edwards' statewide mask mandate and bar restrictions as legal and enforceable, rejecting claims from Jefferson Parish business owners that the Democratic governor overstepped his legal authority in enacting the coronavirus rules.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Payments start going out this week to Louisiana's front-line workers who remained at grocery store checkouts, in health care facilities and on bus routes in the first months of the coronavirus outbreak, the revenue department said Tuesday.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gov. John Edwards on Saturday ratcheted up Louisiana's restrictions to combat the coronavirus's spread, saying he's instituting a statewide mask mandate, putting tougher limits on group gatherings and shuttering bars.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana has recorded its largest daily coronavirus case spike since April, and the mayor of Baton Rouge announced Wednesday that she is requiring people to wear masks inside businesses in hopes of stemming the worrisome spread of the disease.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly 22,000 Louisiana residents filed new claims for unemployment last week, the state's labor department reported Thursday.

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