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Catching catfish and fighting off worms: two stories on animal species in Louisiana

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Today on Louisiana Considered, we learn about the first Starbucks in Louisiana to vote in favor of forming a union. We also hear about new legislation on catching catfish and how to deal with an invasive species of worm.

Over the weekend, employees at a Starbucks in Louisiana voted to form a union, becoming the first Starbucks in Louisiana to do so. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Stephan Bisaha tells us how this move is part of a larger trend of Starbucks unionization across the Gulf South.

A bill to legalize "noodling," the practice of using one’s bare hands to catch catfish, recently passed the Louisiana house and senate and is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Bill author Rep. Jack McFarland tells us why this legislation is important.

An invasive, wriggling creature known as the hammerhead worm has been showing up lately on some south Louisiana lawns. LSU AgCenter entomologist Nathan Lord tells us more about the worm species, the dangers they present, and how to deal with them.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Karen Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose stories have aired nationally on NPR.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.