LRN PM Newscall March 29

A bill to establish one set of rules for ride sharing companies has come up in the legislature. If passed Uber and Lyft will be riding high. Jim Shannon explains.

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An 85,000 dollar settlement has been reached in a sexual harassment case against a former aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards.  Matt Doyle has more.

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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 we have been lagging behind other states when it comes to regulations.

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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.

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Juliano says individual cities will no longer have jurisdiction of the cars and trucks.

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Your child may ask for a rabbit as a pet for their very own Easter bunny. But it may not be the right fit for your family. Alicia Haefele-Vile with the Louisiana SPCA says a rabbit is like having a dog or cat, but with much more care…

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Haefele-Vile says neutering or spaying is extremely important in care for your rabbit. Rabbits have a quick reproduction cycle, so if you don’t, you will have more rabbits than you can handle…

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Shelters usually after a month or so after Easter see a rash of bunnies turned in. Haefele-Vile says if you find you can’t care for the rabbit, under no circumstances should you let the rabbit loose in the wild…

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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 florists will still need a permit, but her bill eliminates a 40 question written test…

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Committee Chairman Clay Schexnayder of Gonzales is afraid if the requirement to license florists is done away with, it will be bad news for consumers…

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Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says 70-percent pass the florist’s exam on the initial try and those who take it a second time usually pass. Emerson says it’s time to take down the barriers keeping florists out of the marketplace…

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71 people were arrested in a north Louisiana bust targeting prostitution and human trafficking. The sweep took place last week. Authorities have released the names, with ages ranging from 68 years-old to a juvenile. Shreveport Police Corporal Angie Willhite says the charges involve a wide range of criminal behavior.

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The operation, named “Slick John” arrested people from seven different states as far away as Nebraska. Willhite says the sting involved officers from the FBI, Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Task Force, Louisiana ATC, and the Greenwood Police Department.

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Willhite says the bust was part of the ongoing effort to fight human trafficking in the Bayou State.

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