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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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Edwards moving state to Phase 3

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday the state will move to Phase 3 for the reopening of its economy amid an improving picture in the fight against the deadly virus.
Edwards said he would provide details about Phase 3 Friday afternoon.
A question remained what would the move to Phase 3 mean for public schools.
St. Landry Parish public schools opened on Sept. 8 with a virtual plan. Instruction was provided online.
The school district’s plan is to move instruction to in-person when the state goes into Phase 3 of the coronavirus response.

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Edwards to extend Phase 2 restrictions

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday that he will extend his Phase Two order, including the statewide mask mandate, closure of bars to on-site consumption and crowd size limits of no more than 50 people for at least another 21 days.
The current order expires on Friday. Edwards will sign a new order before the end of the week that extends this order through Aug. 28.

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Gov. Edwards announces $90M investment by Cabot in Ville Platte

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Cabot Corporation Senior Vice President Bart Kalkstein announced Cabot will make a $90 million capital investment to enhance the performance of its plant in Ville Platte, Louisiana. The facility manufactures carbon black, a key material that extends the life of tires and other rubber products.

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Gov. creates Resilient Louisiana Commission

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the creation of Resilient Louisiana, a state commission charged with examining Louisiana’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and making recommendations for more resilient business-related activities and commerce in the coming months.
The 18-member panel includes Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, and will be co-chaired by Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson and health care leader Terrie Sterling, a Baton Rouge consultant and retired Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System executive.

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