1:30PM LRN Newscast March 29

Ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft may soon be regulated by the state rather than parishes or cities in Louisiana. A bill to create statewide regulations over uber drivers has been introduced. Uber spokesperson Nick Juliano says currently individual parishes and cities control the Uber and Lyft rules. This puts control of the ride share companies under the blanket of the state.

Cut 4 (09) “of Louisiana.”

71 people were arrested in a north Louisiana bust targeting prostitution and human trafficking. The sweep took place from March 20th-23rd. Authorities have released the names, with ages ranging from 68 years-old to a juvenile. Shreveport Police Corporal Angie Willhite says the sting involved officers from the FBI, Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Task Force, Louisiana ATC, and the Greenwood Police Department.

Cut 13 (06) “very successful”

On an eight to six vote, The House Agriculture Committee approved a bill by Carencro Representative Julie Emerson repealing the requirement for a Louisiana florist to be licensed.  Louisiana is the only state that requires florists to take a written exam and be approved.  She says they will still have to have a permit, but eliminates a 40 question written test…

Cut 9 (09) “public health.”

An 85,000 dollar settlement has been reached in a sexual harassment case a former aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards. Johnny Anderson was the deputy chief of staff for programs and planning, before leaving his position in November after the allegations surfaced. The claim stated the victim was subjected to unwelcome behavior by Anderson, but did not go into detail. 51,000 dollars went to the woman who made the claim, and 34,000 dollars went to her attorney Jill Craft.