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Newsom ordered to pay $1.35M to LA church over coronavirus shutdown

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California Governor Gavin Newsom is $1.35 million in the hole after a judge ordered the state pay Harvest Rock Church of Pasadena back for attorney costs and fees in a lawsuit the church brought against the state last summer.

The settlement also prevents Newsom’s administration from implementing any further restrictions against houses of worship in the state, as reported by Fox News and Pasadena Now.

Mat Staver is the founder of the group that defended the church, the Liberty Counsel, and said in terms of religious freedom, Newsom is “the worst governor in America.”

“The church stayed open [during the lockdown], and the pastor and parishioners were threatened with daily criminal charges that were up to a year in prison,” he said, as reported by Fox News.

The settlement is forcing the state to pay for the church’s fees pertaining to the lawsuit.

“After nearly a yearlong battle defending our religious freedoms, our lawsuit has reached a permanent settlement in our favor,” the founder of the church Rev. Ché Ahn said. “I am thrilled to see the complete reversal of the last discriminatory restrictions against churches in California.”

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State officials, CDC investigating monkeypox case in Florida

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Florida state health officials, are investigating what is believed to be a case of monkeypox. A statement from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County stated the “case is related to international travel, and the person remains isolated.”

Late Friday a New York City resident also tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, and is the state’s first confirmed case. On Sunday, President Joe Biden made his first public statements about the outbreaks, saying the recent spread of monkeypox in at least 12 countries are “something that everybody should be concerned about.”

Axios reports a person was confirmed positive with the virus in Massachusetts, New York and “roughly a half dozen other cases” are “being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

 

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