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. () () Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:02:39 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 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 5:44:32 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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Exchange 'Gas for Guns' this weekend http://www.wbrz.com/news/exchange-gas-for-guns-this-weekend/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/exchange-gas-for-guns-this-weekend/ 2une In Thu, 19 Feb 2015 3:49:48 AM Rebecca Buchanan Exchange 'Gas for Guns' this weekend

BATON ROUGE - BRAVE continues to get guns off the streets of Baton Rouge through their 'Gas for Guns' program. You can exchange your firearms for up to $300 in fuel money.

Since the program began, they've given out more than $40,000 in gas cards and have $40,000 more to give away.

$50 cards are available for those smaller than a .38 caliber, $100 for .38 or higher and $300 for assault rifles. Since those high-powered rifles are the weapon of choice for many criminals, they come with a higher price tag.

The program is also about keeping the unsecured guns out of the hands of children. District Attorney Hillar Moore says Gas for Guns is a safe, proven way to get firearms off the street.

"We looked all around the country to find out who did what," he told News 2's Rebecca Buchanan. "Just about everywhere we went, they gave out cash. We thought we could do it a better, safer way, so it wouldn't be exchanged for another weapon or drugs, but it could be used for milk or other kind of food items."

Gas for Guns is Saturday from 10 a.m.- noon at Elm Grove Baptist Church on 38th Street. If you have a gun you want to exchange, make sure you put it in the trunk of your car to bring it to the event. If you're walking, have it inside a case or bag.


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Tommy's Fish House: Seared Tuna http://www.wbrz.com/news/tommy-s-fish-house-seared-tuna/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tommy-s-fish-house-seared-tuna/ 2une In Wed, 18 Feb 2015 6:51:24 AM Hunter Robinson Tommy's Fish House: Seared Tuna

BATON ROUGE - Our 2une In Chef of the Month for February is Tommy's Fish House in Prairieville. Kenny Carr joined us in the kitchen this morning with a recipe that's perfect for the start of Lent: Seared Tuna.


1) Put about 3 tbsp. of butter in your pan.
2) Dust each side of the tuna.
3) Cook for about 2.5 minutes on each side then remove from heat.
4) Put 2 tbsp. of butter and 3 oz. of crawfish in a separate pan.
5) Saute then add green onions & pinch of chicken base.
6) Let sit for about 45 seconds.
7) Add heavy cream and let reduce.
8) In another pan, add water, butter, salt pepper and broccoli.
9) Let broccoli steam.
10) Remove sauce from heat.
11) Place two pieces of tuna on a plate.
12) Spoon crawfish tails on top.
13) Drizzle the sauce around the tuna.
14) Place broccoli on the plate & serve.

Click on the related links for more recipes from Tommy's Fish House in Prairieville.

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Seminar for senior citizens struggling behind the wheel http://www.wbrz.com/news/seminar-for-senior-citizens-struggling-behind-the-wheel/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/seminar-for-senior-citizens-struggling-behind-the-wheel/ 2une In Wed, 18 Feb 2015 5:30:37 AM Hunter Robinson Seminar for senior citizens struggling behind the wheel

BATON ROUGE - Stories about senior citizens becoming overwhelmed behind the wheel and getting into accidents are becoming more common. An upcoming seminar will focus on the keys to driving safely as you get older.

"This seminar is targeting adults with aging parents and adults who are aging themselves...to learn how to detect signs that may affect their safety for driving," Rehab Specialist Stormie Williamson told News 2's John Pastorek this morning on 2une In.

There are many different risk factors you may be unaware of including recent medical conditions, anxiety when driving, confusion with road signs or the gas pedal/break or new medications they may be taking.

"We provide an assessment that normal physicians may not be able to see...in clinics," Williamson explains.

Roxanne Bingham with the Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital says they want to see anyone who's noticed changes when they're driving.

"We want to see those with the aging process who may be uncomfortable behind the wheel and aren't quite sure if they should drive or not drive," she says. "Or you may have that parent you're scared to get in the car with."

The 'Key to Safe Driving for Seniors' Seminar is Tuesday, February 24th at noon at the Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital.


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Cool Schools: St. Thomas More http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-st-thomas-more/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-st-thomas-more/ 2une In Tue, 17 Feb 2015 5:08:03 AM Kylie Dixon & Hunter Robinson Cool Schools: St. Thomas More

BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras is celebrated in Many different ways throughout Louisiana. Whether it's chasing chickens or riding floats, people say it's great for the community to come together and celebrate the season.

The same can be said about St. Thomas More Catholic School in Baton Rouge. Their Fat Tuesday celebration is a great way to teach students about the holiday and the Lenten season.

"It's a big, big tradition," Director of Pre-School Pam Faciane told News 2's Kylie Dixon. "We've carried it on for over 25 years, and the kids can't wait to make their floats."

Students from Pre-K through 3rd Grade know how to throw a Mardi Gras party. With no shortage of beads, family and friends crowd around the gym the check-out the best homemade floats. This year's Krewe of St. Thomas More featured everything from Minions to LSU cheerleaders to the gang from 'Frozen'.

But the celebration is about more than throws. It's a reminder of the reason for the Carnival season.

"It's the way we kick-off Lent with all the children," Faciane explains. "It's teaching them about our Catholic, but also about the school community."

If you want to see your school featured, contact Kylie Dixon via email (kdixon@wbrz.com) or phone (336-2392). She's currently looking for outstanding seniors across the area.

Visit our 2une In Page for more highlights from today's show.


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Louisiana's top dogs competing at Westminster http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-s-top-dogs-competing-at-westminster/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-s-top-dogs-competing-at-westminster/ 2une In Mon, 16 Feb 2015 5:51:12 AM John Pastorek & Hunter Robinson Louisiana's top dogs competing at Westminster

BATON ROUGE - The search for America's top dog begins today the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. This year there are plenty of Louisiana connections, including several dandy dogs that could win "Best in Show".

Thousands of the nation's best dogs will be on display tonight. The be named America's top pooch, they must first win their breeds and groups. Last year, a little Cardigan Welsh Corgi with Baton Rouge connections won her group and nearly brought the title of "Best in Show" back to the boot. She'll be back again this year hoping to win the hearts of fans and the judges.

Betty Cline, who's shown at Westminster, Carl Grotton of the Baton Rouge Kennel Club and his buddy Astro, the Siberian husky, joined John Pastorek on 2une In this morning to preview the much-anticipated event.


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Weekends with Whitney: Tour highlights food, culture of downtown BR http://www.wbrz.com/news/weekends-with-whitney-tour-highlights-food-culture-of-downtown-br/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/weekends-with-whitney-tour-highlights-food-culture-of-downtown-br/ 2une In Fri, 13 Feb 2015 6:09:16 AM Whitney Vann & Hunter Robinson Weekends with Whitney: Tour highlights food, culture of downtown BR

BATON ROUGE - There's a new way to sink your teeth into Baton Rouge. It combines two Louisiana favorites: Rich history and rich food.

Kim Harper started the C'est Si Bon Food Tour last year.

"I thought, 'Baton Rouge really needs something like this because we have such great culture and...great southern Louisiana food,'" she told News 2's Whitney Vann. "I would wake up in the middle of the night with ideas, and I couldn't get it out of my head."

On the food tour, you'll visit nearly a half-dozen restaurants. While you're sampling dishes, Harper serves up entertaining historical and cultural stories. It's fuel for your belly and your brain.

At Hotel Indigo, you can try crawfish bread with a side of Huey Long.

"Huey P. Long stayed across the street at the Heidelberg Hotel, but his mistress stayed here at the King Hotel," Harper explains. "He would sneak her in and out through the tunnel that you are all sitting above right about now."

The food tour is the perfect way to give any out-of-towner a one-of-a-kind experience. They get the best cuisine and culture in one bite.

The entire tour last 2.5 - 3 hours. It's available Monday, Thursday and Friday nights at 6:00 p.m. There's also one for Friday lunch, and you can book a private food tour anytime.

For another one-of-a-kind experience, watch Weekends with Whitney every Sunday morning at 6:30 on WBRZ News 2.

You can find more highlights from this morning's show on our 2une In Page.


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LSU Scouting Report: One-on-One with Paul Mainieri http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-scouting-report-one-on-one-with-paul-mainieri/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-scouting-report-one-on-one-with-paul-mainieri/ 2une In Fri, 13 Feb 2015 5:11:11 AM John Pastorek & Hunter Robinson LSU Scouting Report: One-on-One with Paul Mainieri

BATON ROUGE - LSU opens the 2015 baseball tonight at The Box against the University of Kansas.

The new season brings along new hopes and high expectations. News 2's John Pastorek got a scouting report on the Tigers when he went one-on-one with head coach Paul Mainieri.

Visit our 2une In Page for more highlights from today's show.


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Hope for the voiceless: Human trafficking in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/hope-for-the-voiceless-human-trafficking-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hope-for-the-voiceless-human-trafficking-in-baton-rouge/ 2une In Fri, 13 Feb 2015 4:42:25 AM Rebecca Buchanan & Hunter Robinson Hope for the voiceless: Human trafficking in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Calls reporting human trafficking have doubled in Louisiana over the past two years. increased awareness from both public safety officers and the public has helped voiceless victims change their lives. News 2's Rebecca Buchanan visited Sullivan's this morning for Breakfast with 2une In to discuss the upcoming Trafficking Hope Gala.

In the past seven years, there's been more than 500 confirmed human trafficking cases.

"People say that's ridiculous, that can't happen here," explains Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson. "It does happen here, and it happens far too often."

'Sarah' says she never could have imagined a life of forced-prostitution as in her future, but it happened when she thought she had found love.

"At that point in my life, everything wasn't going well," she explained, her identity hidden. "He reached out to me on Facebook and came at me like a boyfriend. I never knew he was a pimp."

She says working the streets was traumatizing, but the thought of leaving was even worse.

"You get searched, and if you get caught with money or caught trying to leave...you don't want to get caught," she recollected. "He (said) he would kill me if I ever said anything...(that) he would kill my family."

Laws have been strengthened in Louisiana and across the country, as law enforcement has increased training to combat human sex trafficking. Those efforts have doubled the number of victims saved in Louisiana the last two years.

Hope House in Louisiana has helped 44 trafficking victims like Sarah get back on their feet since October 2013. Col. Mike Edmonson says even after victims are rescued, there's a long road to recovery.

"It's a very emotional experience...I've talked to girls that have seen as many as 50 people in one day," he says. "The trauma that's inside that girl, it's a tough thing to break."

At the Hope House, they can begin to restart their lives, learn a trade and heal.

"I'm going to school now. I want to speak to girls in CPS and let them know their value, because no one tells them they're pretty. No one tells that...they mean something to somebody," Sarah says.

The Trafficking Hope Gala is Saturday, March 7th at 7 p.m. at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge. Visit the Trafficking Hope website for more information and tickets.

You can find more highlights from this morning's show on our 2une In Page.



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Outdoors Report: Fishin' heatin' up http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-fishin-heatin-up/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/outdoors-report-fishin-heatin-up/ 2une In Fri, 13 Feb 2015 3:56:28 AM John Jackson & Hunter Robinson Outdoors Report: Fishin' heatin' up

BATON ROUGE - Looking for the perfect Valentine's gift for the angler in your life? How about a new rod and reel or a lightweight, camo tackle box? In this Outdoors Report, News 2's John Jackson says not to let the cold weather fool you: fishin' is already heating up.

Now is the time to yourself a bit onto the water when it comes to a good green trout bite, but in places like Grosse Savanne in Lake Charles, the bass are starting to gorge and fatten up nicely for the spawn.

Some of the larger variety are in tight to the grass, starting to pick out spots to lay eggs. Small creature baits or slower jig-style baits are better for laying the bait through the cover.

Visit our 2une In page for all the highlights from this morning's show!


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Open Data BR site already making City-Parish more efficient, tech-friendly http://www.wbrz.com/news/open-data-br-site-already-making-city-parish-more-efficient-tech-friendly/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/open-data-br-site-already-making-city-parish-more-efficient-tech-friendly/ 2une In Thu, 12 Feb 2015 6:47:57 AM Hunter Robinson Open Data BR site already making City-Parish more efficient, tech-friendly

BATON ROUGE - This morning on 2une In, City-Parish Director of Information Services Eric Romero joined us to discuss Mayor Kip Holden's new Open Data Initiative.

"Open Data BR is really the framework for Mayor Holden's vision to make the Baton Rouge government more efficient, transparent and create a truly a digital-friendly city," he told News 2's John Pastorek. "We're loading this raw data out to this website, and the public has access to tools that they can filter and visualize that data in a way that is important to them."

Police, traffic and fire incidents are all included on the site, as well as permitting data, property information and City-Parish employee salary figures.

"Instead of making a request to the Parish Attorney's Office, they can just go to the website and download the information themselves," Romero explains.

Much more data will be added to the website soon, including DPW work order information. That will also make things easier on work crews.

"They'll have all devices where they can get assigned a work order, do the work, close the work order and be assigned another work order," he said. "That way they're not having to...come all the way back to the office to get their next assignment."

Baton Rouge officials talked to leaders in other cities that have implemented similar open date sites before launching the site. Now towns and cities around the state are contacting Baton Rouge to learn more about the program.


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Harlem Globetrotters returning to Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/harlem-globetrotters-returning-to-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/harlem-globetrotters-returning-to-baton-rouge/ 2une In Thu, 12 Feb 2015 5:35:45 AM Hunter Robinson Harlem Globetrotters returning to Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to Baton Rouge!

They're performing on Saturday, February 21st at 7 p.m. Visit the Baton Rouge River Center website for tickets.

Globetrotters rookie Zeus McClurkin joined us on 2une In this morning to talk about his first year with the team, discuss their program honoring military veterans and teach John Pastorek and Kylie Dixon some of his signature moves!

Visit our 2une In page for more highlights from today's show!


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Bonefish Grill: Lobster Tacos http://www.wbrz.com/news/bonefish-grill-lobster-tacos/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bonefish-grill-lobster-tacos/ 2une In Thu, 12 Feb 2015 5:19:46 AM Hunter Robinson Bonefish Grill: Lobster Tacos

BATON ROUGE - Couples have begun making reservations at restaurants around the city to celebrate Valentine's Day. Chef Brian Bertin from The Bonefish Grill stopped by 2une In this morning with a great dish to share with your sweetheart: Lobster Tacos.


8 oz. lobster claw or leg meet, pre-cooked and chilled
2 tbsp. celery, freshly chopped
2 tbsp. red onion, freshly chopped
4 tsp. cole slaw dressing
1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
fresh romaine lettuce


1) Dice pre-cooked lobster claws into bite-sized pieces.
2) Mix seasonings and ingredients together with cole slaw dressing.
3) Coat crispy taco shells with romaine lettuce.
4) Add fresh lobster salad.
5) Top with fresh cilantro for extra flavor.

Head into the 2une In Kitchen to see how it's done!

Be sure to visit our 2une In page for highlights from todays show.

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The Digital Answer Man returns with the latest gadgets http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-digital-answer-man-returns-with-the-latest-gadgets/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-digital-answer-man-returns-with-the-latest-gadgets/ 2une In Wed, 11 Feb 2015 5:52:42 AM Hunter Robinson The Digital Answer Man returns with the latest gadgets

BATON ROUGE - Digital Answer Man Jim Barry returned to 2une In this morning to show off the hottest gadgets in the tech world.

The new innovations were just introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Watch this morning's segment to stay up-to-date on the technological advances.


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Tommy's Fish House: Shrimp and Grits http://www.wbrz.com/news/tommy-s-fish-house-shrimp-and-grits/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tommy-s-fish-house-shrimp-and-grits/ 2une In Wed, 11 Feb 2015 5:30:21 AM Hunter Robinson Tommy's Fish House: Shrimp and Grits

PRAIRIEVILLE- Our 2une In Chef of the Month, Chef Kenny Carr from Tommy's Fish House, was back in the kitchen this morning. On today's menu: Shrimp and Grits.


Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. dry parsley
1/2 tsp. rosemary dry
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
1/4 tsp. granulated onion
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. creole seasoning

Cheese grit ingredients:
1 qt. water
heavy cream
1/2 cup stone-ground grits
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
salt to taste


1) Let the butter sit-out at room temperature.
2) Whip rosemary, black pepper, granulated garlic and onion, paprika and creole seasoning for about three minutes.
3) Add Worcestershire and lemon juice.
4) Sautee shrimp in butter and a little bit of water. Cook on both sides.
5) Add a little more water and 1.5 tbsp. of butter and cream. Pour over grits.

Grits Directions:

1) In a small pot, add 1 qt. water, 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1 tbsp. butter.
2) Let simmer.
3) Add grits and stir constantly until they start to simmer.
4) Salt to taste once grits have cooked.
5) Add cheese.
6) Remove from heat.

Head into the kitchen with Chef Kenny to see the process step-by-step. Check out the related links for his recipe for Pepper Jack Crab Dip, and 2une In next Wednesday for another recipe from Tommy's Fish House.



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Growing efforts to fight growing crime in Downtown B.R. http://www.wbrz.com/news/growing-efforts-to-fight-growing-crime-in-downtown-b-r-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/growing-efforts-to-fight-growing-crime-in-downtown-b-r-/ 2une In Tue, 10 Feb 2015 6:08:04 AM Rebecca Buchanan & Hunter Robinson Growing efforts to fight growing crime in Downtown B.R.

BATON ROUGE - New development has downtown Baton Rouge growing like never before. Now you can expect the police presence there to do the same. The BRAVE Initiative is now in action there, and a new police precinct is coming soon.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the decision to expand BRAVE into downtown was made following an increase in burglaries, armed robberies and shootings in the 70802 zip code. They're using the same strategies there that brought them success in combating crime in other areas, like the 70805 zip code.

BRAVE targets groups of known offenders and gives them three options. They can either enroll in a self-development program, deny the program and stay our of trouble or go to jail with more severe consequences if they're found guilty.

"Some of them feel like there's no way out, and the BRAVE Initiative gives them an opportunity to see there is something else besides the element of crime they've actively involved in," BRPD Cpl. L'Jean McKneely told News 2's Rebecca Buchanan.

A combination of grants are providing $2.5 million to expand BRAVE's efforts to connect with the community and give those with a record a way out.

The new precinct will be in City Hall and operate 24/7.


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Deadline approaching for entries in Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest http://www.wbrz.com/news/deadline-approaching-for-entries-in-rodrigue-foundation-art-contest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/deadline-approaching-for-entries-in-rodrigue-foundation-art-contest/ 2une In Tue, 10 Feb 2015 5:43:10 AM Hunter Robinson Deadline approaching for entries in Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest

BATON ROUGE - The George Rodrigue Foundation Art Contest has received over 2,000 entries since 2010 and has contributed more than $200,000 in scholarships. Entries for this year's contest are due this week. The theme is ‘Louisiana's Music'.

"Louisiana has such a rich, vibrant music history from New Orleans jazz, to Cajun, to zydeco," Kim Graham told News 2's Kylie Dixon this morning on 2une In.

The winner of this year's contest will receive a $6,000 scholarship and have their work published on a poster that will be handed-out at four different concerts this year through a partnership with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

The Rodrigue Foundation typically receives around 600 entries for the art contest and have already received hundreds this year. The scholarship is not tied to performance in the classroom.

"When George established the scholarship contest years ago, he said he was never gifted academically in traditional subjects so he didn't want to place any exclusions," Graham explains.

Students must be attending public, private or home schools in Louisiana with a junior or senior standing to be eligible. All entries must be submitted by Monday, February 16th. Visit the Rodrigue Foundation website for more information about the contest or to submit your work.


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Cool Schools: Dutchtown High School http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-dutchtown-high-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-dutchtown-high-school/ 2une In Tue, 10 Feb 2015 5:12:44 AM Kylie Dixon & Hunter Robinson Cool Schools: Dutchtown High School

BATON ROUGE - An English and creative writing teacher in Ascension Parish is being celebrated by her peers and students. Tamara Empson was named Teacher of the Year at Dutchtown High School.

"She is just so positive is someone you want to work with, you want to work around and...the kids want to be in her class," Principal Carli Francois told News 2's Kylie Dixon.

She was honored to be selected the school's top teacher by her fellow educators.

"Dutchtown is such a great school," Empson said. "I was overwhelmed. We have such great teachers here. It was a really nice thing."

One of the many activities in her classroom: a mock court. Her kids say they're interested in what they're learning because she comes up with out of the box ideas to keep them engaged.

"Ms. Empson teaches with such a high level of enthusiasm, and she intervenes with the kids who don't get it...and works harder with the kids who do," 10th grader Kayla Winey explains.

In addition to English, Ms. Empson also teaches creative writing. Take a look inside her classroom.

If you want to see your school in the spotlight, contact Kylie Dixon via email (kdixon@wbrz.com) or phone (225-336-2392).



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Deadline to get health care without a penalty less than a week away http://www.wbrz.com/news/deadline-to-get-health-care-without-a-penalty-less-than-a-week-away/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/deadline-to-get-health-care-without-a-penalty-less-than-a-week-away/ 2une In Mon, 9 Feb 2015 5:43:52 AM Hunter Robinson Deadline to get health care without a penalty less than a week away

BATON ROUGE - The open enrollment period for health insurance under the affordable care act ends on February 15th. Brian Keller from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana stopped by 2une In this morning to explain what happens if you miss that deadline.

"You may be out of luck and you're going to pay some tax penalties.," he told News 2's John Pastorek. "People this year are going to file taxes, and if they didn't have insurance last year, they're finding out from their accountant that they owe a penalty."

If you do not have insurance for 2015, the penalty will be even greater when you file taxes next year. Keller says Blue Cross Blue Shield has some ways to make enrolling easy.

"Whichever means you're most comfortable with you can do it," he explains. "You can do it online, in-person or via the phone. You can get help potentially paying for your premiums. You can get your insurance in one-day's turnaround time, but you have to do it by this Sunday.

For more information, watch the interview from 2une In, visit the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana website or give them a call at 1-800-568-1456.

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Louisiana Legacy: Mardi Gras Costumes http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-legacy-mardi-gras-costumes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-legacy-mardi-gras-costumes/ 2une In Mon, 9 Feb 2015 5:22:38 AM Kylie Dixon & Hunter Robinson Louisiana Legacy: Mardi Gras Costumes

IOTA - A woman in Acadia Parish has been sewing and crafting Mardi Gras costumes for people in Louisiana and around the world for decades. Jackie Miller has even been inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Fame.

For more than forty years, she's handmade more than 1,000 costumes for the Courier de Mardi Gras. Carnival season is celebrated differently in rural areas than in New Orleans. Historians link rural Mardi Gras to earlier French versions of the holiday.

That's when bands of costumed merrymakers would travel from house to house begging for charity. The shirt and pants were made with scraps of fabric revelers found around the house, the hats mocked nobility like the royals or clergy and the masks were for hiding their identity.

"You can't go out and buy it," Miller told News 2's Kylie Dixon. "You either have to make it or have someone make it. "A lot of people don't sew or they can't do it, so I get really busy this time of year."

Her husband, Larry, is an accomplished accordion player and legendary accordion maker. He's turned his love for music into a mission to spread the unique cajun sound around the world.

"I went out and bought an accordion...and...within 30 minutes after I put my deposit...it struck me that I really wanted to learn how to build as well," he explains.

The costumes and music come together in the Tee Mamou Mardi Gras that locals say is the "real" Mardi Gras. The costumed characters ride the countryside, dancing and begging for chickens and other ingredients for their Fat Tuesday gumbo.

Visit the Millers and you'll cut up because through her costumes, his music and their love of tradition, everyday is Mardi Gras, as they carry on a Louisiana Legacy.


Iota, Louisiana, 70543
Phone: (337) 779-2456
Fax: (337) 779-3080
E-Mail: boncajun@akool.com







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