1230PM LRN News

Legislation that would require Louisiana businesses to provide employees with paid leave to deal with family or medical issues cleared its first legislative hurdle. The Senate Labor committee approved the measure on a 4-to-1 vote after hearing about the benefits of the proposal. This new dad believes its a great idea.
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The revenue would create a fund within the Louisiana Workforce Commission to provide the temporary paid leave. The measure heads to Senate Finance next.
The LA Wallet app, which allows Louisiana drivers to present their license on their smartphone, is now free until the end of May. OMV field administrator Paige Paxton says the app is accepted at many locations in place of a traditional physical identification card.
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New Orleans’ historic newspaper, The Times Picayune has been purchased by their Baton Rouge based rival, The Advocate.
The Picayune traces it’s roots back 182 years, and gained widespread acclaim for continuing to report on Hurricane Katrina online even as the paper’s building was surrounded by water.
The Advocate has published a daily paper in New Orleans since 2012, and the merger will use “brands and features of both publications” starting in June. Apcar thinks the new publication will feature the strengths of both of the previous papers.
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Employees of the Picayune and it’s online service, Nola.com, have been given 60 days notice.