WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ 2une In 2une In en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:08:25 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Houmas House Plantation's Tahini Grouper with Couscous Salad http://www.wbrz.com/news/houmas-house-plantation-s-tahini-grouper-with-couscous-salad/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/houmas-house-plantation-s-tahini-grouper-with-couscous-salad/ 2une In Wed, 20 Aug 2014 7:42:33 AM Hunter Robinson Houmas House Plantation's Tahini Grouper with Couscous Salad

BATON ROUGE - Fete Baton Rouge is now less than two weeks away. Many of Louisiana's top chefs will come together for a night of fine food, wine and celebration.

Chef Jeremy Langlois from Houmas House and Brian Dykes with Bin 77 and the Epicurean society joined John Pastorek in the 2une In kitchen this morning. Chef Langlois showed off one of the dishes you could use to electrify your taste buds at Fete Baton Rouge, Houmas House's Tahini Grouper with Couscous Salad and Sumac Yogurt Sauce:

For Grouper
4 6oz. grouper fillets
1/2 cup Tahini paste
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season grouper with salt and pepper. Using a spoon, spread Tahini paste on the top of the grouper filet. Sprinkle, generously, bread crumbs on top of the fish coated with the Tahini paste. Place fillets on a oiled sheet pan, and roast in oven for 15 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden brown and fish is cooked though. Serve on top of couscous salad with sumac yogurt sauce.

For Couscous Salad
1 1/2 cups cooked couscous
1 small shallot (aprox 2 tablespoons), finely chopped
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 English cucumber, seeded and diced
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup toasted pine nuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
salt and pepper to taste

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and gently mix, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Serve cold.

For Sumac Yogurt Sauce
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon sumac seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

In a small mixing bowl whisk, yogurt, oil, and season with salt and pepper. Serve cold. Drizzle sauce around plate with grouper and couscous.

Check out the video for more information about Fete Baton Rouge.



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Go Bowling for Babies with Kiwanis http://www.wbrz.com/news/go-bowling-for-babies-with-kiwanis/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/go-bowling-for-babies-with-kiwanis/ 2une In Mon, 18 Aug 2014 7:11:14 AM Hunter Robinson Go Bowling for Babies with Kiwanis

BATON ROUGE - It's time to hit the lanes and go "Bowling for Babies" this weekend in Baton Rouge.

The Kiwanians' fundraiser is Saturday from 2 - 4 p.m. at Circle Bowl in Baton Rouge. Tanya Moses and Mark Bray with the South Baton Rouge Kiwanis stopped by 2une In this morning with all the details. Bowling for Babies will help Kiwanis to support UNICEF's "Eliminate Project".

"The 'Eliminate Project' is a global health initiative to wipe out maternal neonatal tetanus," Moses explained.

According to the "Eliminate Project" website, MNT kills one baby every nine minutes. It causes the newborns to "suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch". MNT can kill both the baby and the mother.

Check out the video for more information.

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Duck poppers and more for breakfast at Boudreaux's http://www.wbrz.com/news/duck-poppers-and-more-for-breakfast-at-boudreaux-s/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/duck-poppers-and-more-for-breakfast-at-boudreaux-s/ 2une In Fri, 15 Aug 2014 6:54:06 AM Hunter Robinson Duck poppers and more for breakfast at Boudreaux's

BATON ROUGE - 2une In's John Pastorek was in the kitchen at Boudreaux's this morning cooking up some delicious duck poppers. Check out the video to see some of the delicious options.

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Legends of Motown come to Baton Rouge Saturday http://www.wbrz.com/news/legends-of-motown-come-to-baton-rouge-saturday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/legends-of-motown-come-to-baton-rouge-saturday/ 2une In Fri, 15 Aug 2014 6:17:21 AM Hunter Robinson Legends of Motown come to Baton Rouge Saturday

BATON ROUGE - The Legends of Motown are coming to Baton Rouge for a special concert on Saturday.

It's all to benefit the unique and legendary radio programs at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. 2une In's #1 Motown fan, John Pastorek, previewed the concert this morning.

Check out the video for more information.

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Anti-Common Core hearing today http://www.wbrz.com/news/anti-common-core-hearing-today/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/anti-common-core-hearing-today/ 2une In Fri, 15 Aug 2014 5:44:57 AM Hunter Robinson Anti-Common Core hearing today

BATON ROUGE - The court battle over the future of Louisiana's education continues today.

Later today, state District Judge Tim Kelley will hold a hearing for an anti-Common Core challenge filed by 17 state lawmakers. They claim the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) broke a state law when it implemented the controversial education standards.

On Wednesday, a judge ruled that a group of parents, teachers and charter school managers can proceed with their lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal. The suit challenges Jindal's attempts to end the state's involvement with the Common Core education standards. The judge also said that Jindal is protected and can't be ordered to testify under oath.

Schools throughout the state are instructed to teach Common Core standards without any set test in place after the state school board voted to eliminate the LEAP testing.

We'll have the latest on today's hearing throughout the day on WBRZ News 2 and on WBRZ.com.

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State of the art home theaters just in time for football http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-of-the-art-home-theaters-just-in-time-for-football/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-of-the-art-home-theaters-just-in-time-for-football/ 2une In Fri, 15 Aug 2014 4:32:21 AM Hunter Robinson State of the art home theaters just in time for football

BATON ROUGE - If you have always dreamed of having your own home theater, it just got a little easier.

The Magnolia Design Center opens today at the Best Buy on Bluebonnet Blvd. in Baton Rouge. It's the first of its kind in the city and will help with everything from custom-designed rooms to in-home consultations.

The new home theaters feature the latest technology. You can connect your tablet, gaming consoles and phone directly to your mounted television. The Magnolia Design Center can cater to just about any need you have.

"We have a number of customers that are looking to have those great experiences, whether they're tired of going to the movies or just want to spend that time at home with friends and family," Best Buy employee Cody Dickerson says.

Dickerson gave us an exclusive preview this morning on 2une In. Check out the video to see what your home is missing.

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Bone marrow registration drive underway in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/bone-marrow-registration-drive-underway-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bone-marrow-registration-drive-underway-in-baton-rouge/ 2une In Thu, 14 Aug 2014 5:59:55 AM Hunter Robinson Bone marrow registration drive underway in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - The challenge has been issued and it's time to register to be a bone marrow donor.

Earlier this week, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, Be the Match and the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer joined forces to announce the start of the 90 day challenge to increase the bone marrow donor registry.

The registration drive will be held at locations throughout Baton Rouge from now until November 1st. More than 10,000 people need bone marrow transplants each year, but it is often difficult to find a match. For people like WWL TV anchor Sally Ann Roberts, the issue hits close to home. She was a perfect match for her sister, Good Morning America Robin Roberts, when she needed a transplant.

"It was a very easy process," Sally Ann explained. "People think oh my goodness it's going to be very painful, I'm going to have to go through surgery. In the vast majority of cases, if you can donate blood, you can do this."

Mayor Holden and Renea Duffin from OLOL joined us on 2une In this morning to tell you more about the challenge. Click on the video for more information.

For a list of locations for the bone marrow drive, call (225) 215-1234 or visit the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center website.


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Habitat's Pink Tool Belt Bash http://www.wbrz.com/news/habitat-s-pink-tool-belt-bash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/habitat-s-pink-tool-belt-bash/ 2une In Thu, 14 Aug 2014 5:42:29 AM Hunter Robinson Habitat's Pink Tool Belt Bash

BATON ROUGE - Habitat for Humanity's Pink Tool Belt Bash will break ground in a couple weeks.

This year's bash is scheduled for Tuesday, August 26th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Juban's Restaurant. Executive Director Lynn Clark joined us on 2une In this morning to talk about the event. The Pink Tool Belt Bash raises funds for the Habitat for Humanity Women's Build.

"It's all about women helping other women rise above poverty and a good way to do that is to give the stability of a home for their family," Clark explains.

In addition to the Pink Tool Belt Bash, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge has several other projects in the works. They'll start building a new home each Saturday from September 6th-October 4th.

For more information, watch the video or visit the Habitat for Humanity website.


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Investigation underway after police shooting in Algiers http://www.wbrz.com/news/investigation-underway-after-police-shooting-in-algiers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/investigation-underway-after-police-shooting-in-algiers/ 2une In Thu, 14 Aug 2014 4:26:27 AM Hunter Robinson Investigation underway after police shooting in Algiers

ALGIERS - An investigation underway following a police shooting near New Orleans that was not reported to the public.

Armand Bennent, 26, is recovering in the hospital after he was shot in the head by a New Orleans police officer during a traffic stop.

Details surrounding the case are hazy at this time. According to WWL TV, the shooting was not reported until 48 hrs. later when multiple media outlets began asking questions.

According to NOPD, the shooting happened because "their life was in danger". However, the only injury listed on the incident report was a minor contusion to the officer's hand.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas has apologized for the lack of communication.

The incidents comes days after a police shooting in Missouri sparked riots in a St. Louis suburb. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by cops outside of an apartment complex in Ferguson, MO. Witnesses claim Brown was unarmed at the time, while officers contend the teen attempted to take one of their guns.

Both police shootings are under investigation.

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Schools growing in Livingston Parish http://www.wbrz.com/news/schools-growing-in-livingston-parish/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/schools-growing-in-livingston-parish/ 2une In Wed, 13 Aug 2014 7:32:00 AM Hunter Robinson Schools growing in Livingston Parish

LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Superintendent John Watson visited 2une In this morning to discuss the start of the school year.

Schools there are approaching record enrollment this year. Nearly 26,000 students have enrolled so far, and Watson expects to surpass that total when all is said and done.

"The tremendous growth started about fifteen years ago and does not look like it's slowing down," he told John Pastorek. "We never really envisioned we would be as large as we are now."

To accommodate the growth, Livingston Parish has built eight new schools in the past ten year and more could be on the way.

Check out the view to see more of Watson's interview.




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Bin 77's Duck Confit Beignets http://www.wbrz.com/news/bin-77-s-duck-confit-beignets/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bin-77-s-duck-confit-beignets/ 2une In Wed, 13 Aug 2014 6:58:46 AM Hunter Robinson Bin 77's Duck Confit Beignets

BATON ROUGE - Bin 77 Chef David Dickensauge and Scott Callais with Juban's stopped by 2une in this morning to talk about the Epicurean Society and whip up some Duck Confit Beignets.


10 oz diced duck confit
1 oz Worcestershire
1 oz crab boil
1 tbsp creole seasoning
1 oz Tabasco sauce
1 splash truffle oil
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
2 oz sugar
8 eggs yolks
8 egg whites
6 oz dark beer
2 cups flour
1 cup cornstarch
½ cup buttermilk
1 oz duck fat

In a mixing bowl, add all spices, liquids, and egg yolks and mix. Add flour and corn starch. Whip egg whites to stiff peaks, fold in buttermilk and duck fat. Stir and fold in both mixtures until evenly mixed.

For Cayenne Powder Sugar Garnish:
½ cup powder sugar
1 oz cayenne pepper

For Dirty Rice:
½ tbsp. butter or duck fat
¼ lb ground pork
½ cup minced yellow onion
¼ cup minced celery
¼ cup minced dried ancho chile
3 minced garlic cloves
¼ tsp cayenne
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ tsp ground cumin
1/3 tbsp dried thyme leaves
1 tbsp dried oregano
3 tbsp finely chopped duck liver
2 dried bay leaves
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup basmati rice
½ tsp kosher salt

Place the butter and ground pork in a heavy lidded pot over medium-high heat. Cook for 10 minutes, on occasion stirring to break up the pork. Add onion, celery, poblano and garlic. Stir well to start removing some of the browned meat bits from the bottom. In a small bowl, mix the cayenne, black pepper, paprika, cumin, thyme and oregano. Add to pot and stir well. Add duck livers and cook for 2 minutes.

Add bay leaves, butter, stock, rice, and salt. Cover and bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Discard bay leaves and serve rice.

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STAR Monument Quilt in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/star-monument-quilt-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/star-monument-quilt-in-baton-rouge/ 2une In Tue, 12 Aug 2014 5:11:33 AM Hunter Robinson STAR Monument Quilt in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Powerful Stories from survivors of sexual abuse are aimed at changing the "rape culture".

LSU's Women's Center and Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) is helping to share those stories. 2une In's Rebecca Buchanan visited the Monument Quilt covered with those stories.

Watch the video for more information. Also, visit the STAR website if you or someone you know needs help.

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Chef Bucks' Chicken Sausage Potato Casserole http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-bucks-chicken-sausage-potato-casserole/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-bucks-chicken-sausage-potato-casserole/ 2une In Tue, 12 Aug 2014 4:25:12 AM Hunter Robinson Chef Bucks' Chicken Sausage Potato Casserole

BATON ROUGE - Donald "Chef Bucks" Barkemeyer from New Orleans Cuisine Enterprises stopped by 2une In this morning to make his Chicken Sausage Potato Casserole. Check out the video to see how to make this perfect tailgating dish.


1 lb. each of Cajun Grill Creole Chicken and Hot Chicken Sausage sliced 1/8"

2 large onions sliced or diced

1 medium bell pepper sliced or diced

2 Roma tomatoes sliced or diced

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup

3-4 table spoons of minced garlic

2 tablespoon Soy Sauce

5 lbs. new red potatoes diced into ¼"

16 oz. shredded Colby Jack cheese

16 oz. sour cream

½ stick Butter


1)Toss the potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, bell pepper, in large bowl. Cajun Seasoning to taste. Mix soup and soy sauce in separate bowl.
2) In a greased 11.5 X 9 X 2.5 inch aluminum pan, start with a layer of the potato mixture to cover bottom. Then in each half of pan place a layer of each type sausage. Repeat as needed.
3) Spoon soup and soy sauce mixture over top layer, place 4 slices butter equally on top.
4)Bake covered at 400 degrees for 90 minutes, remove from oven, sprinkle cheese on top then bake another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spoon on sour cream as one sees fit.
5) This allows you to taste both types of Cajun Grill Sausage with having them in their own sections of the pan. Can be prepared at home then warmed on BBQ pit at your tail-gatin' event.


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Packing a healthy school lunch http://www.wbrz.com/news/packing-a-healthy-school-lunch/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/packing-a-healthy-school-lunch/ 2une In Mon, 11 Aug 2014 5:53:51 AM Hunter Robinson Packing a healthy school lunch

BATON ROUGE - Kids across the area head back to school today. For many parents that means a new part of the daily ritual- packing lunch. Kristen F. Gradney, a dietitian from Our Lady of the Lake, stopped by 2une In this morning with some tips to packing a healthy and affordable school lunch.

"The first thing you want to do is make sure you have an insulated bag and lots of ice packs," Gradney explained. "That way you know what you're packing isn't just healthy but also safe."

She says every school lunch needs variety. Instead of sending plain vegetables, Gradney suggests packing individual servings of guacamole or hummus. She says you need to also make sure they have their dairy serving with either string cheese or yogurt.

Instead of making a regular sandwich, Gradney says pita pockets can liven things up. Plus, it's perfect for those kids that don't like crust.

The American Heart Association also has some recommendations. In addition to ice packs, it's also a good idea to have thermos to keep food warm. That way, you can send leftovers from the night before. The AHA also suggests letting your child help you make their lunch.

For more school lunch ideas, watch the video or visit the American Heart Association website.


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Local woman living with MS tells her story http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-woman-living-with-ms-tells-her-story/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-woman-living-with-ms-tells-her-story/ 2une In Fri, 8 Aug 2014 8:55:27 AM Rebecca Buchanan, Hunter Robinson Local woman living with MS tells her story

BATON ROUGE - Jennifer Cope says she was shocked but determined when she first found out she had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) back in 2011.

"I'm not going to let this get the best of me," Cope recollected. "I will overcome this, somehow in my life, but I'm not going to let it get me."

She had always dreamed of being a hairdresser and worked hard to obtain her dream of owning her own business, but the diagnosis meant all that would have to change.

"The doctor told me if I stood up and cut hair for another year, I would be a wheel chair," she explained.

That's when the mother of two switched her focus to home, but even that wasn't enough. Jennifer's MS wasn't responding to medications that were supposed to slow down the disease. She followed her doctor's orders and cutback on her stress levels and got more rest, but there's one factor she didn't take into account- the heat.

"It happened to me so quickly," Jennifer explains. "That morning people saw me out and about running errands and within 20 minutes I was on the floor in my house and couldn't walk."

The incident changed her life again. It left her right side paralyzed and confined her to a scooter. For Jennifer, that was her low point.

"I no longer felt like me, I truly felt disabled for the first time," she says. "Even though a lot of people me as disabled because I had MS, I had truly finally accepted that I was disabled, even though I didn't want to."

But as Jennifer and her family adjusted to her new lifestyle, things changed yet again. One day she was in the wheelchair, the next day she was walking again. According to Jennifer, her abilities sometimes comeback just as quickly as they left.

Right now there is no cure for MS, so Jennifer takes it one day at a time. She says her faith plays a big role in her battle.

"You can not give up your faith and your hope that tomorrow will be a better day," she says. "You just have to have the strength and the courage not to give up."


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Dat's How We Roll: Cycling for MS http://www.wbrz.com/news/dat-s-how-we-roll-cycling-for-ms/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/dat-s-how-we-roll-cycling-for-ms/ 2une In Fri, 8 Aug 2014 6:13:06 AM Hunter Robinson Dat's How We Roll: Cycling for MS

BATON ROUGE - Dat's How We Roll is a two-day cycling ride across 150 miles to raise funds and awareness for the National MS Society.

The ride starts on October 4th at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Participants will pedal all the way Percy Quin St. Park in McComb, MS before returning the following day. Even though the ride isn't until October, you can register now and find more information on this website.

We visited with some locals who are participating in the ride this morning on 2une In.

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Local church to talk Spirituality and Sexuality http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-church-to-talk-spirituality-and-sexuality/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/local-church-to-talk-spirituality-and-sexuality/ 2une In Fri, 8 Aug 2014 5:19:45 AM Hunter Robinson Local church to talk Spirituality and Sexuality

BATON ROUGE - Broadmoor United Methodist Church will hold discussions of "Spirituality and Sexuality" the next three Sundays.

According to a press release, the series will cover a variety of topics including the sexualization of children, human trafficking, homosexuality and the viewpoints of the United Methodist Church regarding those issues. Regarding homosexuality, Broadmoor United Methodist says they "aren't trying to indoctrinate anyone, but talk about what the Bible really says about homosexuality".

We spoke to Broadmoor United Methodist Senior Pastor Fred Wideman about the discussions. He believes talking about sexuality and its place in the church is important.

"Scripture teachers us that human sexuality is a gift from God, that we're created in God's image, all of it good, if not very good," Wideman opined. "However, we live in a world where we have so much pain and suffering regarding issues related to human sexuality.

The discussions start on Sunday following the 11:00 a.m. service at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. Subsequent discussions will take place on August 17 and 24th.

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High school robotics team returns from international competition http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-robotics-team-returns-from-international-competition/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-robotics-team-returns-from-international-competition/ 2une In Thu, 7 Aug 2014 6:23:14 AM Hunter Robinson High school robotics team returns from international competition

NEW ROADS - The robotics team from Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee just returned from an international competition in Hawaii. Despite all of their success, the team is already looking forward to next year. CHSPC students Ian Landry and Cade Forbes stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about their experience.

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Legendary sports illustrator's work on display in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/legendary-sports-illustrator-s-work-on-display-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/legendary-sports-illustrator-s-work-on-display-in-baton-rouge/ 2une In Thu, 7 Aug 2014 5:48:42 AM Hunter Robinson Legendary sports illustrator's work on display in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - The work of legendary sports illustrator Leroy Neiman is now on display in Baton Rouge.

The "Leroy Neiman: Action!" exhibit opened on August 2nd at the LSU Museum of Art. It features over eighty of his best drawings paintings and prints. Curator Katie Pfohl says Neiman is the greatest sports artist of the twentieth century.

"He's famous for being up close with the athletes and capturing their every motion all across sports," she explains.

The exhibit also includes some LSU connections.

"In addition to drawing Pete Maravich in 1970, we also have some classic LSU memorabilia on display," Pfohl says. "We have lockers from Tiger Stadium signed by the LSU greats, nearly 100 different baseballs signed by all the national championship teams and a painting of the Tiger eye by a local artist."

Leroy Neiman: Action! is on display now until January 17th, 2015 at the LSU Museum of Art in the Shaw Center in downtown Baton Rouge. Check out the video for more information.

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Cassidy critical of new EPA regulations http://www.wbrz.com/news/cassidy-critical-of-new-epa-regulations/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cassidy-critical-of-new-epa-regulations/ 2une In Tue, 5 Aug 2014 9:19:52 AM Hunter Robinson Cassidy critical of new EPA regulations

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Representative Bill Cassidy and Senator David Vitter are critical of a plan the EPA released to reduce power plants' carbon emission.

The EPA blames the emissions on climate change and wants plants to cut back 30 percent by 2030 from the 2005 standards. Cassidy says the plan could have a negative impact on Louisiana's economy.

"The impact of these latest regulations on families and their jobs is potentially tremendous," Cassidy explained this morning on 2une In. "It's suggested that these latest regulations would cost Louisiana as much as 325,000 jobs and nationwide as much as 25 billion dollars. Now, those are working families that will no longer have their construction jobs and manufacturing jobs."

Cassidy and Vitter attended a briefing this morning to discuss the potential impact these new regulations could have on the state. We'll have more information on what was talked about at that meeting later today on WBRZ News 2.


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