7:30 LRN Newscast March 30

A 30-year contract extension between the state and Harrah’s land-based casino in New Orleans has been approved by the House. The legislation would allow the casino to make big expansions. Barras says Harrah’s would also add new restaurants and a night club. He says Harrah’s massive investment in the only land-based casino in the state will mean hundreds of jobs…

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The bill now goes to the Senate.

Louisiana lawmakers have voted to keep the state minimum wage as low as possible under federal law and spurned a proposal to make state contractors pay men and women equally. The AP Says the House labor committee killed a bill forcing companies with state contracts to pay male and female employees doing similar jobs the same amount. A measure that would establish a minimum wage of $15 an hour was also defeated. New Orleans Rep. Joe Bouie sponsored both bills.

Flu season is calming down but a particularly nasty strain is still out there threatening children in particular. Matt Doyle has more.

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Walker High Senior Jeremy McLain says he’s being threatened with expulsion over the length of his hair. He is nearing his goal on 17,000 signatures on an online petition to overturn the Livingston Parish School Board regulation on hair length. McLain says Assistant Principal Tim Rodgers threatened to have him thrown out of school for not following the policy.

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