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Jun 14, 2013 9:48 AM by AP (courtesy: MGN Online)

W. Baton Rouge council extends bars closing time

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - The West Baton Rouge Parish Council has issued an executive order establishing a 2 a.m. Sunday closing time for all alcohol-serving businesses in the parish's unincorporated areas.

Parish President Riley Berthelot said after Thursday's meeting that the executive order is a result of a lawsuit claiming discrimination brought against the parish by the Crazy Horse Cabaret.

The bar's ownership claimed the parish discriminated against the bar by forcing it to shut down alcoholic beverage sales at 10 p.m. while allowing truck stop casinos to serve spirits until 2 a.m.

Berthelot told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1538oyc ) the executive order will remain in effect until the end of the year. He said the Parish Council will take up the Sunday alcohol sales issue at a future date.

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