WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ 2une In 2une In en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:07:32 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Medicare turns 50 http://www.wbrz.com/news/medicare-turns-50/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/medicare-turns-50/ 2une In Tue, 28 Jul 2015 9:39:06 AM Joe Hagan Medicare turns 50

BATON ROUGE- At the end of the week America’s first nationalized healthcare, Medicare, will turn 50 years old.

Medicare is a federal program that provides health insurance coverage for more than 50 million Americans.

Before Medicare, senior citizens were plagued by poverty, shorter life spans and very few options for affordable healthcare. More than 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day and enroll in Medicare, the program supports more than 700,000 people in Louisiana.

You can learn more about the healthcare program at Peoples Health’s website.


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Bike sharing in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/bike-sharing-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bike-sharing-in-baton-rouge/ 2une In Tue, 28 Jul 2015 9:12:37 AM Rebecca Buchanan Bike sharing in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE- Hundreds of cities across the country have started using “Bike Share” to get around. On Tuesday, the Baton Rouge Environmental Protection Agency is advising city groups on how the system could work in Baton Rouge.

The program offers a variety of benefits, such as: less emissions, ease of transportation and overall health.

Most groups in the city agree that the program would benefit the area, but have different opinions on how it should be implemented.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the EPA is making suggestions to city planners, development groups and the general public about different aspects of the program. The agency will cover topics like how far the bike system can reach, where it could be used the most and how to create safe routes for biking commuters.

News 2’s Rebecca Buchanan talked to people in the area that think the innovative program could be a huge success in the city.

“I think any time you create an activity that gets people more mobile than just driving you create an energetic feel and a healthier lifestyle for the city,” said Baton Rouge resident, Justin Byrd.

The EPA meeting is being held Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Art and Science Museum. You can also take a survey about the proposed program here.


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Battle of Baton Rouge commemorative ceremony http://www.wbrz.com/news/battle-of-baton-rouge-commemorative-ceremony/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/battle-of-baton-rouge-commemorative-ceremony/ 2une In Mon, 27 Jul 2015 9:20:03 AM Joe Hagan Battle of Baton Rouge commemorative ceremony

BATON ROUGE- The annual Civil War Battle of Baton Rouge commemorative ceremony is coming back to the capital city.

The Battle of Baton Rouge took place on August 5, 1862 on Magnolia Cemetery’s grounds. Major General John C. Breckinridge led 2,600 confederate troops into Baton Rouge, trying to reclaim the city from Union occupation.

The ceremony will feature a speech from the Port Hudson State Historic Site Interpretive Ranger, Marvin Steinbach.

During the event, attendees will be able to talk about the 9th Battalion Louisiana Infantry that participated in the Battle of Baton Rouge under Major B.R. Chinn.

The event will be held on Saturday, August 1st at the Magnolia Cemetery grounds. It is free and perfect for people of all ages. It will go from 10 to 11 a.m.

For more information call the Foundation for Historical Louisiana at 225-387-2464.


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Public safety concerns after Lafayette shooting http://www.wbrz.com/news/public-safety-concerns-after-lafayette-shooting/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/public-safety-concerns-after-lafayette-shooting/ 2une In Mon, 27 Jul 2015 7:53:27 AM Rebecca Buchanan, Joe Hagan Public safety concerns after Lafayette shooting

BATON ROUGE- Law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge are beefing up security in the wake of the tragedy in Lafayette. Officials are encouraging the public to let this tragedy open their eyes to possible dangers around them.

Two people were killed and nine others were injured when a gunman opened fire in a Lafayette movie theater. The shooter turned the gun on himself when he saw police outside the theater.

The shooting sparked debates throughout the state about police presence in public locations.

Baton Rouge Constable Reginald Brown, Sr. says he hopes people will learn from what happened in Lafayette, and start paying more attention to what’s going on around them.

“I’m just not going to let someone stop me from going to the movies or going to the shopping center,” said Brown. “It’s unnecessary for me to stop, but it is necessary for me to become more cautious and careful.”

Baton Rouge resident, Mathieu Pitre, says he believes most people are good individuals and he’s not going to let one man’s actions affect how he lives his life.

“My mentality is, well he’s gone. That guy was the outlier, not everyone is crazy,” said Pitre.

Louisiana residents say they hope the state can band together to weather the tragedy. Many say they want to honor the shooting victims and let this hardship make the entire community stronger.


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Breakfast with 2une In: Italian Heritage Festa http://www.wbrz.com/news/breakfast-with-2une-in-italian-heritage-festa/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/breakfast-with-2une-in-italian-heritage-festa/ 2une In Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:49:14 AM Kylie Dixon, Joe Hagan Breakfast with 2une In: Italian Heritage Festa

BATON ROUGE- This weekend, Baton Rouge is showing off its Italian flare! The Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association is hosting the 2015 Italian Heritage Festa.

The AIA was founded in 1978 by immigrants and descendants of Italy. The group started with only 30 members that wanted to continue their family lineage, promote education and become involved in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

This morning, News 2’s Kylie Dixon was at La Divina with some members of the AIA learning more about the event.

The weekend will kick off with a big bocce ball tournament on Saturday, July 25th followed by a concert in the evening. The festival will also feature fundraising events for local charities in Baton Rouge.

“We have a lot of collaboration from people in the city,” said Bill Bryan with the AIA. “We’re really excited about all the excitement around the community.”

The actual Italian Heritage Festa will be on Sunday, July 26th at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel Atrium. The event will go from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

You can find out more about the exciting event at the American Italian Association’s website.


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Southern Christian Leadership Conference http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-christian-leadership-conference/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-christian-leadership-conference/ 2une In Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:27:14 AM Joe Hagan Southern Christian Leadership Conference

BATON ROUGE- The National Southern Christian Leadership Conference is coming to Baton Rouge for the organization’s 57th annual convention.

The SCLC is a civil rights organization founded back in 1957. The group strives to be a “voice for the voiceless,” in dealing with social justice issues that face many U.S. citizens.

The group’s annual convention will feature keynote speakers giving talks on past and present civil rights issues such as, international sex trafficking, criminal justice reform, survival of historical black colleges and more.

This year’s conference theme is “Voting then and now…we’ve come too far to turn back.”

Some of the event’s notable guests include presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, and “Selma” director, Ava Duvernay.

The convention is being held from July 23rd through the 26th at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. You can find out more about the convention at the SCLC website.


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Barefoot Pedals Foundation: Nolapalooza4 http://www.wbrz.com/news/barefoot-pedals-foundation-nolapalooza4/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/barefoot-pedals-foundation-nolapalooza4/ 2une In Thu, 23 Jul 2015 9:59:45 AM Joe Hagan Barefoot Pedals Foundation: Nolapalooza4

BATON ROUGE- The Barefoot Pedals foundation was founded in 2011 to honor the legacy of local educator and musician, Jeffrey David Nola, who died from Burkitts Lymphoma.

Nola had a love for music and teaching and it’s the foundation’s goal to make sure those passions live on. The foundation is holding Nolapalooza4 to raise money for charities that better the community the way Nola would have wanted.

Nolapalooza4 is a fundraiser that will feature live music and food from The Chimes restaurant in Baton Rouge. The event will be held Saturday, July 25th at the Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge. The doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or on the foundation’s website.


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LA Homebrew beer brewing class http://www.wbrz.com/news/la-homebrew-beer-brewing-class/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/la-homebrew-beer-brewing-class/ 2une In Thu, 23 Jul 2015 9:38:30 AM Rebecca Buchanan, Joe Hagan LA Homebrew beer brewing class

BATON ROUGE- Beer brewing is an American tradition dating back to the 1800s. Now, most people just head to the grocery store when they’re in the mood for a brew, but in Baton Rouge almost 200 people are registered home brewers.

There are 15 breweries throughout the state. LA Homebrew is giving people the chance to turn their house into their very own brewery.

“Home brewing is a lot cheaper and easier than most people think,” said Donovan McClelland from LA Homebrew. “People are used to having beer they buy at the store, but they don’t realize they can easily make it at home for pretty cheap.”

McClelland says it costs about $90 for enough equipment and ingredients to make five gallons of beer, or about eight to nine six packs.

Beer brewing is on an upward trend in the U.S. In the 1980s there were only 40 breweries in America, today there are around three thousand. McClelland attributes the rising success to the affordability of home brewing and the passion that brewers take in their craft.

LA Home Brew is sponsoring a class to teach people how to become creators instead of consumers. The class will teach people everything they need to know about brewing beer from home.

The LA Homebrew class will be held at the Goodwood Library at 2:30 pm on July 25 and at the same time on Oct. 10.

Visit the LA Homebrew website for more information.


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Kevin Harris: 'The Forever Home' http://www.wbrz.com/news/kevin-harris-the-forever-home-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kevin-harris-the-forever-home-/ 2une In Tue, 21 Jul 2015 9:44:50 AM John Pastorek Kevin Harris: 'The Forever Home'

BATON ROUGE- If you're looking to build your own home, Kevin Harris Has the perfect book for you. Harris is an architect, former LSU professor and now a published author.

‘The Forever Home' is a book that gives people pointers on building the house of their dreams. Harris says he wants his book to inspire people to make their home a part of their identity.

Check out the video to learn more about ‘The Forever Home'. Harris' book launch is being held today at 5:30 p.m. at the Old State Capitol.

 


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Back to school vaccinations http://www.wbrz.com/news/back-to-school-vaccinations/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/back-to-school-vaccinations/ 2une In Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:11:49 AM Joe Hagan Back to school vaccinations

BATON ROUGE- Children everywhere are getting ready to head back to school, but school supplies isn't the only thing kids need to start the year off right. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is reminding parents and guardians to make sure their children are up to date on all their vaccinations.

This morning, Dr. Marilyn Renaud stopped by 2une In to tell News 2's Kylie Dixon more about the importance of vaccinations.

The DHH says vaccines are safe, effective and help protect other children from getting sick. They are considered one of the most successful and cost-effective tools against childhood sickness.

Louisiana law requires children ages 4 and older and entering kindergarten, pre-k or Head Start programs have proof they've received the following vaccinations:

A booster dose of poliovirus vaccine (IPV)
2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR)
3 doses of hepatitis vaccine (HBV)
2 doses of varicella vaccine (Var)
A booster dose of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP)

Children ages 11 and older who are entering the sixth grade must have proof of the following vaccinations:

Meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine
Tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)

If your child is uninsured you can visit parish health units to get them vaccinated. You can see a list of parish health units close to you on the DHH's interactive parish map.

 


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Can't beat 'em, eat 'em http://www.wbrz.com/news/can-t-beat-em-eat-em/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/can-t-beat-em-eat-em/ 2une In Tue, 21 Jul 2015 8:22:42 AM Joe Hagan Can't beat 'em, eat 'em

BATON ROUGE- Invasive species cost the U.S. $120 billion every year. ‘Can't beat ‘em, eat ‘em' is a new project that educates the general public about edible invasive species.

The initiative teaches consumers about the threat these species pose to natural habitats and shows how they can be turned into food.

The project was founded by Chef Philippe Parola who wants to show young chefs how to utilize invasive species on restaurant menus to help preserve natural habitats.

The group also aims to provide financial incentives and resources to commercial fishermen to efficiently harvest Asian Carp, one of the many invasive species the group targets.

This morning Chef Parola stopped by 2une In to show us just how we can use harmful species like nutria and Asian Carp, and turn them into a delicious dish.

Chef Parola will be hosting a group of students from Houston at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters on July 22nd to talk to them about using more invasive species for their menu items.

To learn more about Chef Parola and his new project, check out the video or visit the ‘Can't beat ‘em, eat ‘em' website.

 


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Chef of the Month: Capital City Grill's Mahi Corn Maque Choux http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-capital-city-grill-s-mahi-corn-maque-choux/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-capital-city-grill-s-mahi-corn-maque-choux/ 2une In Wed, 22 Jul 2015 8:23:54 AM Joe Hagan Chef of the Month: Capital City Grill's Mahi Corn Maque Choux

BATON ROUGE- Capital City Grill's Y'zell Williamson was back in the 2une In kitchen on Wednesday. On this week's Chef of the Month segment Williamson cooked up some Mahi Corn Maque Choux. It's one of the most popular items on the restaurant's menu.

Check out the video for some special cooking instructions from Chef Y'zell and make sure to get the recipe below.

Ingredients

1 pack or ½ tbs. of tasso cubed
1 cup diced red onion
1 cup diced red bell pepper
3 cups roasted corn
½ cup of white cream
½ cup of heavy cream

Directions

1. Combine tasso, red onions and bell peppers in a pan and sauté until soft.
2. Add in corn, white wine and cream.
3. Work until it reduces down.
4. Pour over your plate and top with your mahi.
5. Garnish with berre blanc and serve.

Make sure to watch 2une In next Wednesday for Chef Y'zell's final Chef of the Month segment!

 


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Treasurer Kennedy on the BP settlement http://www.wbrz.com/news/treasurer-kennedy-on-the-bp-settlement/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/treasurer-kennedy-on-the-bp-settlement/ 2une In Wed, 22 Jul 2015 9:22:41 AM Joe Hagan Treasurer Kennedy on the BP settlement

BATON ROUGE- Just a few weeks ago, state officials announced Louisiana would be getting $6.8 billion from the lawsuit with BP over the 2010 oil spill. This morning, Treasurer John Kennedy stopped by 2une In to break down what this money means for the state.

Five billion dollars of the settlement is for natural resource damage, $1 billion is for state economic damages and $787 million is for Clean Water Act penalties.

The money will be paid out over fifteen years, with the first check coming sometime in January.

Kennedy says he's happy the state settled, but there are a few things we need to look out for.

"We have to keep people from stealing the money," said Kennedy. "You're going to have all kinds of consultants coming out of the woodwork that want to study the problem, write papers and hold conferences, but we have to tell them ‘no.'"

Kennedy also stressed the importance of a plan to make sure the state gets all of the money it's owed. Since the settlement is being paid out over time, there's no guarantee that the company will be able to pay the entire amount when the time comes.

The final thing Kennedy expressed was just how important this money is to Louisiana and the gulf coast.

"The state makes its living off the wetlands," said Kennedy. Let's spend this money to restore our wetlands and to rehabilitate the gulf, let's not waste it."

 


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Chef of the Month: Capital City Grill's Seafood Pasta http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-capital-city-grill-s-seafood-pasta/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-capital-city-grill-s-seafood-pasta/ 2une In Wed, 1 Jul 2015 7:24:52 AM Joe Hagan Chef of the Month: Capital City Grill's Seafood Pasta

BATON ROUGE- It's officially July which means we have a brand new chef of the month on 2une In. This morning Capital City Grill's Y'zell Williamson stopped by the kitchen to show Kylie Dixon and John Pastorek his recipe for seafood pasta. Watch the mouth-watering video for delicious tips from Chef Y'zell and check out the recipe below so you can make your own seafood pasta at home.

Ingredients:
12 oz. Penne pasta
3 oz. Small shrimp
2 oz. Peeled crawfish
1 tbl. Minced garlic, diced red onion, diced red bell peppers, green onions
1 tsp. Seasoning
5 oz. Heavy cream
Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. Place seafood and vegetables in a saucepan and start to cook with oil until they start to sweat.
2. Add heavy cream and seasoning and let it thicken.
3. Add in cooked pasta and parmesan cheese.
4. Flip over until it reaches a thick consistency. (Sauce should stick to the pasta)
5. Season to taste

 


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Chef of the Month: Blend's Seared Crab Cakes http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-blend-s-seared-crab-cakes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-blend-s-seared-crab-cakes/ 2une In Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:23:57 AM Joe Hagan Chef of the Month: Blend's Seared Crab Cakes

BATON ROUGE- Our chef of the month for June is Cody Tregre from Blend. This week he stopped by and showed News 2's John Pastorek and Rebecca Buchanan how to whip up some tasty seared crab cakes. Check out the recipe below and make sure to watch 2une In next Wednesday for Blend's last segment.

Crab Cake Mix:


3 lb quality crabmeat
4 oz chopped leek
4 oz chopped celery
3 oz chopped green onion
20 dashes Tabasco
1 oz Dijon mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire

2 cups panko bread crumbs

2 eggs, whole
2 egg yolks
8 whole scallions
1 ½ c olive oil

Salt to taste

Red Bell Pepper Puree:

1 large shallot, diced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
12 oz tomato paste
3 c red cooking wine
2 whole red bell peppers, deseeded

Other:

Oil for sautéing, preferably something neutral (ex. vegetable, canola)
Chopped Bibb lettuce
Cracked black pepper
1 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
1 lemon
1 head fennel

Directions:

1. To make the crab cakes, you must first make the scallion aioli. Sautee the whole scallions until slightly black. Add to blender with whole eggs and yolks. Blend, slowly adding the oil gradually, giving you a thick aioli when finished.

2. Add all crab cake ingredients to finished aioli and mix well. Season with salt and black pepper.

3. Form cakes. Heat pan to medium high heat and add oil when hot. Gently sear each side of the cakes for 1 ½ - 2 minutes each. Remove to paper towel when done to catch excess fat. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over finished cakes.

4. Toss Bibb lettuce with a spoonful of puree. Season with salt and black pepper. Place mound of tossed lettuce in the middle and put crab cakes on top. Sprinkle chopped tarragon and garnish with very thinly shaved fennel.

 


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Kids in the Kitchen: Pesto Shrimp Kabobs http://www.wbrz.com/news/kids-in-the-kitchen-pesto-shrimp-kabobs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kids-in-the-kitchen-pesto-shrimp-kabobs/ 2une In Mon, 8 Jun 2015 8:56:01 AM Kylie Dixon Kids in the Kitchen: Pesto Shrimp Kabobs

BATON ROUGE- This morning on Kids in the Kitchen, News 2's Kylie Dixon was back at Pennington Biomedical cooking something healthy that the whole family can enjoy. Make sure to watch the video for directions on how to make delicious Pesto Shrimp Kabobs.

Pesto Shrimp Kabobs
Makes: 15 Kebabs

Ingredients:

1 ½ lbs. Jumbo or Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 Bell peppers, preferably different colors (red, yellow, or orange), seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 Zucchinis, cut into 1/2 inch round slices
2 Yellow Squash, cut into 1/2 inch round slices
8oz. Mushrooms, whole, washed, drained, and stems removed
1 Red Onion, cut into chunks
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
6oz. prepared Pesto
Salt and Pepper to taste
If Grilling: wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes; not necessary if baking.


Directions:

These can be cooked on a grill or baked in the oven.

Grilling: Preheat grill for medium heat;

Baking: Preheat oven to 350ºF

1. Spray baking dish or pan with cooking spray.
2. Alternately thread vegetables and shrimp onto skewers; try to use at least one piece of each vegetable
and a few shrimp on each skewer.
3. Place assembled skewers in baking dish or pan.
4. Brush each skewer on all sides with Pesto. Salt and pepper to taste.
5. Grilling: Cook skewers on preheated grill until vegetables are tender and shrimp are cooked; turning occasionally, 10-15 minutes.
6. Baking: Cook skewers uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender and shrimp are cooked.
Serve with Quinoa, Brown and Wild Rice Mix, or Couscous.

Nutrition Information:

Per Serving: 1 Kebab (167.1g)
132 calories
6.7g Fat
1.7g Sat. Fat
12.6g Protein
6.2g Carbohydrate
1.7g Fiber
0.5g Sugar
150mg Sodium

 


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BREC teen camp http://www.wbrz.com/news/brec-teen-camp/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/brec-teen-camp/ 2une In Thu, 16 Apr 2015 7:55:38 AM Joe Hagan BREC teen camp

BATON ROUGE- What should your kids do over the summer if they're too old for camp but too young for work?

Cheryl Michelet, BREC's communications director, stopped by 2une In this morning to tell us about a new summer program that will keep your teens busy.

BREC is trying out a brand new teen camp to give older kids a fun summer. The camp includes taking fun field trips around Louisiana to places like Hammond and New Orleans. The curriculum will be geared toward older kids to keep them active and learning throughout the summer.

The camp is for kids ages 13-15. You can register your kids for the camps on site. There will be two locations, one on Plank Rd. and the other at Flannery Park.

"It's rough because you don't want them staying home by themselves all summer," said Michelet. "This way we can keep them in structured activities in a very safe environment, and most of all, having fun."

To register your child for one of the teen camps it's $90 a week. For more information on these fun and exciting summer programs you can visit the BREC website or call (225)272-9200 ext. 571.

 


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Breakfast with 2une In: Walk MS & 5K Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/breakfast-with-2une-in-walk-ms-and-5k-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/breakfast-with-2une-in-walk-ms-and-5k-baton-rouge/ 2une In Fri, 6 Mar 2015 6:58:24 AM Breakfast with 2une In: Walk MS & 5K Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - There are currently 2.3 million people living with Multiple Sclerosis. This week on Breakfast with 2une In, Rebecca Buchanan went downtown to Blend to find out more about the disease and get the details on the upcoming Walk MS.

MS is a disease that disrupts the connection from the brain to various parts of the body. No two symptoms are the same, making it extremely hard to diagnose.

Rebecca got the chance to talk to Jennifer Mcgehee, whose currently living with MS.

"People tend to forget you have MS, " Mcgehee she explained. "So a lot of times people don't understand that there are issues like the numbness and the tingling and burning sensation."

"Everybody's course of MS is different," Mcgehee told News 2. "So while somebody may be in a wheelchair after 15 years...another person may be fine. You just don't know what's going to happen."

Mcgehee, whose a teacher, said that her students have also really gotten behind promoting MS awareness since she had an MS flare-up about a year ago.

"I really was kind of surprised," she said. "I really thought that they would have fun doing it but the fact that they are actually getting behind the purpose behind this is really exciting."

Baton Rouge's Walk MS & 5K is a fundraising event to support the research and progress toward finding a cure for MS. The event helps connect people around the world that are struggling with MS.

Walk MS & 5K Baton Rouge will be held Saturday April 18th, at the North Boulevard Town Square. The site will open at 8 a.m. And the walk will begin at 9 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to come out and help in the battle to find a cure for this horrible disease.

Click here for more information on how to register for the walk.

 


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Weekend with Whitney: Coastal Erosion Plan http://www.wbrz.com/news/weekend-with-whitney-coastal-erosion-plan/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/weekend-with-whitney-coastal-erosion-plan/ 2une In Fri, 6 Mar 2015 6:34:32 AM Whitney Vann Weekend with Whitney: Coastal Erosion Plan

According to a news study, selling credits for storing carbon in our wetland plants and soil could bring in more than $1.5 billion to Louisiana.

Louisiana is home to 40% of our nation's wetlands, but we suffer 80% of wetland loss in the continental U.S.

"We have an obligation not only to our state, but to our country to try and save America's wetlands, because of what Louisiana provides to the nation," Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne told News 2's Whitney Vann.

There's a $50 billion plan to help slow down coastal erosion...but that's money we don't have.

It's been easy to push it down the road," explained Dardenne. "but we can't keep pushing it down the road or there's not going to be a road to push it down."

If the coastal erosion continues at the same rate, in 35 years we would lose a chunk of Louisiana the size of Rhode Island.


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Sen. Cassidy talks immigration, healthcare and more http://www.wbrz.com/news/sen-cassidy-talks-immigration-healthcare-and-more/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sen-cassidy-talks-immigration-healthcare-and-more/ 2une In Thu, 19 Feb 2015 6:44:32 AM Hunter Robinson Sen. Cassidy talks immigration, healthcare and more

BATON ROUGE - It's been whirlwind few months for new U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy. At the end of 2014, the then-representative defeated incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to earn a spot in the Senate. Now that he's been sworn in, he's in the think of debates over immigration, healthcare and energy.

President Obama's immigration reforms were supposed to take effect Wednesday, but were blocked by a federal judge in Texas. Louisiana is one of more than two dozen suing over the executive order. Once enacted, the reforms would give an estimated 5 million unauthorized immigrants legal status. According to the Pew Research center, there were an estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2012.

Sen. Cassidy believes the judge was right to block the plan from taking effect.

"The judge has decided that what the President has done has exceeded his limits as a President," he told News 2's John Pastorek this morning on 2une In. "He can allow people to come in, but he can't give them benefits. He's set it up so they can receive social security, potentially, Medicare, Medicaid, you name it."

Catholic Charities says that of the estimated 10,000 unauthorized immigrants in the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area, about 5,000 would have been eligible for the President's reforms.

Sen. Cassidy was passionate about reforming the Affordable Care Act during the campaign. The issue is still on his "To Do List" now that he's taken office.

"The Supreme Court will take up a bill in March that challenges the way Obamacare was implemented," Sen. Cassidy said. "If the Supreme Court rules against the administration, in 36 states, including Louisiana, for the private health insurance market including the penalties, the mandates, the subsides go away."

He suggests repealing the ACA and replacing it with something that will allow continuous treatment of patients, while eliminating the mandates the current law requires.

Also in health care, Sen. Cassidy introduced a bill this week that would expedite the process for veterans with military emergency medical technician to pursue a career as an EMT. They currently are required to repeat their training. This bill would change that.

Another hot button issues in the nation's capital is the Keystone XL Pipeline. He claims President Obama is ignoring facts.

"The State Department has said that it will save lives, decrease oil spills, lower carbon output, (and) create 40,000 jobs," He explains.

The Keystone XL Pipeline recently passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Even before their approval, President Obama threatened to veto any pipeline legislation that made its way to his desk. The White House argues the State Department's review is ongoing and believes signing the bill into law would undermine that process.

Sen. Cassidy also discussed several other issues with News 2. Watch his interview on 2une In for more information.

 


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