MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These are the four stories you need to know about for Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. They include a study delving into whether healthy school lunch plans are worth the effort, and a meeting held to discuss plans to allow alternate taxi services at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
400+ Attend MSP Airport Uber/Lyft MeetingREAD MORE: Infant Found Safe After South Minneapolis Car Theft, Police Say
On Monday night, more than 400 people packed a meeting room to make their case to airport commissioners. They’re considering an ordinance that would allow Lyft and Uber to make pickups as soon as this summer. Taxi drivers argue Uber and Lyft drivers should pay the appropriate fees, just like they do. If this passes, airport officials say it will be a different fee structure, but the license fees will be about the same for taxi and Uber drivers. A final decision will not be made until March at the earliest.
‘Affluenza’ Teen’s Mother In Court Tuesday
The mother of Ethan Couch, better known as the “affluenza teen,” is set to appear in court in Los Angeles Tuesday. Authorities will determine whether to extradite her back to Texas. Tonya Couch and her son were detained in Mexico last week. They fled the U.S. after online video appeared to show her son violating the terms of his probation. Ethan Couch was convicted in a drunken driving accident that killed four people in 2013.READ MORE: Federal COVID Task Force Team Providing Backup For Burned-Out Hospital Workers In St. Cloud
Justice Department Files Suit Against VW
The U.S. Justice Department is suing Volkswagen over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. The suit accuses Volkswagen of violating U.S. environmental rules. Volkswagen could face up to $18 billion in penalties for clean air violations.
Study: Healthier School Lunch Rules WorkingMORE NEWS: Bicyclist Hospitalized After Colliding With Light Rail Train In South Minneapolis
A University of Washington study has found the plan to make school lunches healthier is working. The study looked at more than 7,000 middle and high schoolers before and after new meal standards went into effect in 2012. Researchers found that students are now getting more vitamins and minerals in their meals. The study also found the number of students getting school lunch did not change, especially among high school students who can leave campus during lunch. The study did not look at how much food the students actually ate, but the researchers say there is no evidence that students are throwing away more food.