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Several bar owners in Acadiana have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Governor Edwards over his emergency order that bans onsite consumption at bars. Attorney Jimmy Faircloth is representing the plaintiffs and he says bar owners have been signaled out.
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A spokesperson for Edwards says the governor has taken both legal and necessary action to protect the health of Louisiana residents by prohibiting on-premise consumption at bars.

A Minden Senator is asking the Edwards administration to allow clergy members into healthcare facilities to tend to sick and/or dying patients. The current public health emergency bars family from entry, but Robert Mills says clergy should be considered mental health support personnel.

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This would include nursing homes, hospitals, and adult residential facilities.

Governor Edwards addressed concerns about COVID-19 among the state’s incarcerated population during his most recent coronavirus press conference.  Edwards says another corrections officer, Sgt. Rosa Thomas who worked at Angola for nearly 13 years, recently died from the virus.As of Tuesday, Edwards says two inmates are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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The Louisiana High School Graduation rate for the Class of 2019 was 80-percent. That’s down from 81-percent for the previous graduating class. New Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley says it’s a disappointing development after years of gains in the graduation rate.
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Louisiana public high schools graduated 42,650 students for the class of 2019, which is a state record.