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Gov. Edwards moves to keep Louisiana in Phase 3, while legislators mull overturning his order

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday said Louisiana would remain in Phase 3 of the White House-approved restrictions meant to control the spread of COVID-19 until Nov. 6.
The announcement comes as some legislators continue to call for an end to all pandemic mitigation measures and question the governor’s right to impose them, arguing the rules handcuff the economy and violate basic individual rights.

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Speakers from LSUE at Wednesday’s Eunice Rotary Club meeting were, from left, Nancee Sorenson, chancellor; Jeff Willis, athletic director and baseball coach; Dr. John Hamlin, vice chancellor for academic affairs; and Travis Webb, public affairs director. (Photo by Myra Miller)

LSUE enrollment up 5%

LSUE’s fall enrollment is up 5% over last year even as the campus adjusts to life during a pandemic.
LSU Eunice Chancellor Nancee Sorenson spoke to the Eunice Rotary Club on Wednesday along with Dr. John Hamlin, vice chancellor of academic affairs, Travis Webb, public affairs director, and Jeff Willis, athletic director and baseball coach.

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St. Landry, Acadia bars OK’d to open

St. Landry and Acadia parish bars were cleared to reopen after the Louisiana Department of Health reported COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 5% for the last two weeks.
Gov. John Bell Edwards rules for Phase 3 reopening require parishes to report two consecutive weeks of positivity rates of less than 5% for bars to reopen. If rates rise above 10%, bars will be closed again.
St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard opted to allow the parish bars as did Acadia Parish Police Jury President Chance Henry.

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Covid-era economy in La. ranked worst

With a June jobless rate of 9.7% and a five-year annualized employment growth rate of negative 2.3%, the Louisiana economy finished worst in a new ranking by the website 24/7 Wall St.
The state’s annualized gross domestic product growth through the first quarter of this year stood at 0.2%, the financial news website reported, while its poverty rate came in at 18.7%.

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LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Professor Emeritus of Economics Loren Scott

State’s downturn worst since the 1980s

Louisiana will suffer a 5.3% job loss in the first half of this year — 104,400 jobs — due to the impact of COVID-19, according the 2021-22 Louisiana Economic Outlook.
The downturn will be the worst the state has experienced since the early 1980s when Louisiana lost 147,900 jobs (-9%) over a six-year period.
The report is produced by LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Professor Emeritus of Economics Loren Scott and Greg Upton, associate professor-research at the Center for Energy Studies.


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