WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ 2une In 2une In en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 21 Jul 2017 HH:07:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 WBRZ's 2une-In recognizes graduating class of 2017 http://www.wbrz.com/news/wbrz-s-2une-in-recognizes-graduating-class-of-2017/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/wbrz-s-2une-in-recognizes-graduating-class-of-2017/ 2une In Wed, 17 May 2017 8:46:49 AM WBRZ WBRZ's 2une-In recognizes graduating class of 2017

BATON ROUGE – Thousands of graduates across the Baton Rouge area will walk across the stage and receive diplomas this month.

The 2une-In team wanted to recognize the class of 2017 graduates for their outstanding achievements.

All this week, 2une-In has shared photos from viewers of the graduating class of 2017. To recognize your graduate, email the photos to 2une-in@wbrz.com with the graduate's name and school. 


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Gonzales event to help residents with flood recovery survey http://www.wbrz.com/news/gonzales-event-to-help-residents-with-flood-recovery-survey/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gonzales-event-to-help-residents-with-flood-recovery-survey/ 2une In Wed, 17 May 2017 8:15:35 AM Michael Vinsanau Gonzales event to help residents with flood recovery survey

GONZALES, La. - The state is trying to get more people to take the flood recovery survey. They're hosting an event to get the applications done.

To date, over 20,000 people have finished the application. The state originally sent out emails to 45,000 people, and wanted a total of around 86,000 submissions.

Today, they'll take to the Gonzales Public Library to assist anyone who may need help walking through the process.

Right now, Phase 1, which includes the elderly and those with low-to-moderate income, is in the home inspection stage. Phase 2, which broadens the spectrum to those living in one of the 10 most impacted parishes, is in the enviromental study stage.

The good news: if you weren't signed up for relief when the appropriate stage passed, the state will still come and assist you, if eligible.

The event today runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at 708 S Irma Ave, in Gonzales.

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2une In 2 the weekend: local events guide http://www.wbrz.com/news/2une-in-2-the-weekend-local-events-guide/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/2une-in-2-the-weekend-local-events-guide/ 2une In Thu, 27 Apr 2017 2:49:49 PM Courtney Allen 2une In 2 the weekend: local events guide

BATON ROUGE - Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Your 2une In crew has you covered.

New Orleans
April 28-30
Head to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the first weekend of Jazz Fest! Headliners this weekend include, but are not limited to, Maroon 5, Alabama Shakes and Tom Petty.

April 26-30
$65-$200 PLUS FEES
The largest international music festival in the United States is rooted right here in South Louisiana. Head to downtown Lafayette to see musical artists from over 20 countries, along with workshops, exhibits, visual arts, theater and more

New Orleans
April 27-30
Some of the biggest names in golf will be on the greens at TPC Louisiana. Expect to see Olympic champions Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Masters champions Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson, as well as PGA Tour favorites Jason Day and Rickie Fowler.

Baton Rouge
April 1, 3p.m.-April 2, 10 a.m.
Grab a tent and enjoy a day of activities and night under the stars in BREC park. Food is provided, and no camping experience is needed. Five people max per family - $5 additional charge for each additional family member

Baton Rouge
April 29, 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
Shimmy on over to the PMAC on LSU's campus to see live ballroom dance performances by some local celebrities, including News 2's Ashley Fruge! Don't forget to vote for your favorite dancer online before the show. All proceeds go to the Big Buddy Program.

U.S.S KIDD El Galeon: 
Baton Rouge
April 28-May 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. all days
Have you ever wondered what it was like to sail during colonial America? El Galeon, the authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain's West Indies fleet docks next to the U.S.S KIDD this weekend. Captain Jack Sparrow will greet everyone who says, "Ahoy!"

U.S.S KIDD Mini Field Day:
Baton Rouge
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

All aboard! Join in on this weekend workday to help preserve the U.S.S. Kidd on the Mississippi River downtown. Bring a small tool kit and a brown bag lunch.

Weather: Friday will be partly sunny, even warmer and more humid with high temperatures pushing 90. If you have outdoor plans this weekend, Saturday is a much better bet. The first half of the weekend will be warm and humid. A stray shower or thunderstorms can’t be ruled out, but much of the day will be partly sunny and dry. Into Sunday, we’ll be tracking a storm system that currently shows potential for severe weather and heavy rain. While it is still early for details, all severe weather threats appear possible and there will likely be an extended period of rain and storms—greatly hindering any outdoor events such as Jazz Fest.


Travel Alerts: Drivers traveling from the Baton Rouge area to Lafayette should be aware of rolling lane closures between the Mississippi River Bridge and the Atchafalaya Basin River Bridge.

The inside lane on I-10 west from the Mississippi River Bridge to the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge will be closed starting Friday afternoon. The closures will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday and will last until 6 a.m. Monday morning. Traffic officials say the closure is needed for asphalt rehabilitation.

Beat the traffic every time using WBRZ's Advanced Traffic Tracking Technology.

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LIVE UPDATES: Tuesday morning commute http://www.wbrz.com/news/live-updates-tuesday-morning-commute-96020/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/live-updates-tuesday-morning-commute-96020/ 2une In Tue, 18 Apr 2017 5:20:07 AM Ashley Fruge' LIVE UPDATES: Tuesday morning commute

BATON ROUGE - News 2's Ashley Fruge’ has you covered with live updates for your Tuesday morning commute.

Beat the traffic every time using WBRZ's advanced traffic tracking technology. Click here to go to our traffic center.

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Contractor booked in March arrested again in Ascension http://www.wbrz.com/news/contractor-booked-in-march-arrested-again-in-ascension/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/contractor-booked-in-march-arrested-again-in-ascension/ 2une In Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:18:31 AM Kevin Dupuy Contractor booked in March arrested again in Ascension

BATON ROUGE - A contractor arrested on fraud charges, also arrested in Livingston Parish Thursday, was booked in Ascension Parish Friday.

Michael Simmers was charged with residential contractor fraud and theft of assets from an aged or disabled person. He is being held at Ascension Parish Jail.

Simmers, the owner of TWG Contractors, was charged with contractor fraud Thursday in Livingston Parish. He was also charged with one count of residential contractor fraud on March 9.

Simmers was the focus of a 2 On Your Side report where homeowners said TWG Contractors were accepting payment and not completing work.

Deb and Mark Landry hired TWG Contractors in September. The company was referred to them by a family member. Putting their trust into the work, the Landry's handed over a $10,000 check to cover various tasks. The money was also meant to be used for buying cabinets, flooring, tile and countertops, but those items were never purchased. Most of the work was not completed and Deb Landry says she did some of it herself.

"You try to trust people, you try to do your research to make sure you're not getting ripped off," she said. "You live and learn."

After handing over their insurance money three separate times to TWG, they're out $50,000.

While the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors will not comment on a specific investigation, it does say it's received about 300 credible complaints since the August flood. Compliance Director Brad Hassert says he's read plenty of contracts that wave red flags.

"Some of the ones I have read I would have never signed," he said.

The complaints are about licensed and unlicensed contractors regarding potential over-charging, not doing the work they've been paid to do or abandoning a job.

Hassert says if you've already signed a contract and believe you're a victim of theft or fraud, consult an attorney and stop dealing with that contractor until the issues are resolved. He also suggests reading a contract in its entirety. Some contracts have less than standard language. The board for contractors is on the lookout for contracts that include strong powers of attorney granted to the contractor to be able to access funds without approvals from the homeowner.

Prior to signing a contract, read it in its entirety, including the fine print. The fine print can define dollar amounts and exit strategies for the contractor and the homeowner.

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One employee injured in fire at Airgas in Geismar, cause under investigation http://www.wbrz.com/news/one-employee-injured-in-fire-at-airgas-in-geismar-cause-under-investigation/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/one-employee-injured-in-fire-at-airgas-in-geismar-cause-under-investigation/ 2une In Wed, 11 Jan 2017 5:36:24 AM Courtney Allen One employee injured in fire at Airgas in Geismar, cause under investigation

GEISMAR - According to a statement from Airgas Welding and Gas Supplies, a fire broke out early Wednesday morning at its Geismar location. 

According to the Gonzales Fire Department, firefighters responded to the scene around 4:40 a.m. and found flames coming from a lab that performs testing on the gases handled at the facility. 

The building was immediately evacuated, and one employee suffered minor injuries. 

The fire department said that firefighters were not able to get close enough to the facility due to cylinders rupturing as a result of the fire. The fire was eventually extinguished around 6:30 a.m. 

The fire department says that preliminary investigations into the fire reveal that the cause of the fire could have been from a malfunction of equipment in the building, however the cause remains under investigation. 

There was no damage to the surrounding community, but the fire shut down LA 30 in both directions between LA 3115 and LA 73 for about an hour Wednesday morning.

The Sorrento 7th District Volunteer Fire Department, the Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department, St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office HazMat Team also responded to the scene to assist. 

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Holly's Holiday Countdown: Pulled Chicken and Artichoke Bread http://www.wbrz.com/news/holly-s-holiday-countdown-pulled-chicken-and-artichoke-bread/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/holly-s-holiday-countdown-pulled-chicken-and-artichoke-bread/ 2une In Thu, 15 Dec 2016 7:54:22 AM Holly's Holiday Countdown: Pulled Chicken and Artichoke Bread

Forget barbecue when you can instantly whip up this awesome and simple pulled chicken recipe.


1 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 cup chili sauce
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cocoa
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup fat-free chicken broth
2 cups shredded skinless rotisserie chicken breast

      In nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion until tender. add remaining ingredients except chicken, stirring. cook about 7 minutes.
     Add chicken and continue cooking until well heated.

TERRIFIC TIP:  Chili sauce is found where ketchup is in the grocery. if you want to substitute ketchup for chili sauce, add 1 teaspoon chili powder to ketchup.
                       Serving option:  serve on sandwiches, sliders or as an entrée.

This versatile "melt-in-your-mouth" bread makes a great side, snack or appetizer.


1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1/3 cup nonfat sour cream
2/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 loaf Italian bread

  In bowl, mix together all ingredients except Parmesan cheese and bread.
  Slice bread in half lengthwise and hollow 1/2-inch out of the center of both halves of bread. spread artichoke mixture evenly on top of each bread half. sprinkle each half with Parmesan cheese.
  Bake, covered with foil, about 20 minutes. remove foil and continue baking 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. slice and serve.

TERRIFIC TIP:  Use a serrated knife to cut bread easier

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Holly's Holiday Countdown: Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake http://www.wbrz.com/news/holly-s-holiday-countdown-lemon-cranberry-pound-cake/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/holly-s-holiday-countdown-lemon-cranberry-pound-cake/ 2une In Thu, 8 Dec 2016 1:31:51 AM Holly's Holiday Countdown: Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake

A  lemon cake mix and fresh canberries pair for simple, delectable cake to make over and over during cranberry season.




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All lanes now open on I-110 SB http://www.wbrz.com/news/all-lanes-now-open-on-i-110-sb-90512/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/all-lanes-now-open-on-i-110-sb-90512/ 2une In Wed, 30 Nov 2016 5:55:25 AM Courtney Allen All lanes now open on I-110 SB

BATON ROUGE - All lanes are now open on I-110 southbound.

Wednesday morning, I-110 southbound was closed in both directions at Capitol Access due to water on the road.

The delay from this incident remains to Chippewa Street.

News 2's Ashley Fruge is monitoring traffic during Good Morning America. We will have updates on WBRZ.com and Twitter.

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Congressman Garret Graves on Baton Rouge Police Shooting http://www.wbrz.com/news/congressman-garret-graves-on-baton-rouge-police-shooting/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/congressman-garret-graves-on-baton-rouge-police-shooting/ 2une In Mon, 18 Jul 2016 8:12:48 AM Alicia Serrano Congressman Garret Graves on Baton Rouge Police Shooting

BATON ROUGE – La. Congressman Garret Graves spoke to 2une In’s John Pastorek on Monday morning to give his reaction to the shooting ambush that left three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers dead and three more injured on Sunday.

Although a motive to the shooting caused by 29-year-old Gavin Long has not yet been identified, Congress Graves said that he believes investigators are making progress in finding it.

“I think it’s good that we are beginning to make progress in getting this resolved,” Graves said.

“I think that we can learn about him, learn about background, learn about motivation and learn if this truly was a lone wolf incident or if there truly is some type of support or association with an organization that helped him or prompted him to do this,” he said.

There also have been no indication that Long had any ties to Baton Rouge. Graves said that Long, along with others that are not from the city are not remaining peaceful.

“It wasn’t until you had outsiders come in and try to re-define the narrative and incite violence and tried to force a confrontation with police officers,” Graves said.

Graves stated that citizens of Baton Rouge have remained peaceful in their protests.

“Our people, our community, they were peaceful, they had frustrations to voice, they had an opportunity to do it,” he said.

Graves said that the shooting was a “travesty” and must be prevented from repeating itself.

“What happened yesterday was an absolute travesty to our community, to our police officers, to their family. We got to make sure that we extract every lesson learned that we can from this and prevent it from ever happening again,” Graves said.

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Cool Schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School's PIT Crew http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-baton-rouge-magnet-high-school-s-pit-crew/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-baton-rouge-magnet-high-school-s-pit-crew/ 2une In Tue, 10 May 2016 9:36:30 AM Catherine Nguyen, Kylie Dixon Cool Schools: Baton Rouge Magnet High School's PIT Crew

BATON ROUGE - A group of students from Baton Rouge Magnet High School volunteered at Petco off of Perkins Road over the weekend.

The Pit Crew is a club that helps out at the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge and off-site pet adoption events.

"They do a lot of social media," teacher Laurie Font said. "We've done towel drives, food drives, money drives, just anything they can do to get involved."

The Pit Crew started three years ago, and it became an outlet for students to find their passion.

According to high school senior Maia Cavell, the animal shelter were doing everything they can, but can't do as much as they would like to because of the limited space, funds and stay they have.

Students enjoy spending time with dogs, cats and even snakes. The Pit Crew helped out with 40 animal adoptions this weekend.

We salute you, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, for volunteering for a cause and making your school really cool.

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Chef of the Month: Bergeron's City Market Chicken sausage, navy bean and greens soup http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-bergeron-s-city-market-chicken-sausage-navy-bean-and-greens-soup/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-bergeron-s-city-market-chicken-sausage-navy-bean-and-greens-soup/ 2une In Wed, 4 May 2016 8:45:17 AM Catherine Nguyen Chef of the Month: Bergeron's City Market Chicken sausage, navy bean and greens soup

BATON ROUGE - New month means a new Chef of the Month. Chef Don Bergeron from the new Bergeron's City Market joined 2une In on Wednesday Morning. Bergeron showed JP and Kylie how to make a warm soup for the cool weather.

Chicken Sausage, navy bean and greens soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound chicken sausage (casing removed and crumbled)
2 cups chopped seasonings (onions, celery & bell pepper)
1 Tbs. chopped garlic
6 cups chicken stock
1 can navy beans 15.5 ounce (drained and rinsed)
salt and pepper to taste
pinch red pepper flakes
shot of Louisiana hot sauce
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
4 cups mixed greens (spinach/kale/Swiss chard/mustard greens)
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Whole wheat pasta, cooked (if desired)

1. In a heavy bottom pot, heat oil on medium high heat.

2. Add crumbled chicken sausage. Sauté until no longer pink.

3.Add chopped seasonings and garlic. Sauté about five minutes and add chicken stock.

4. Bring to a medium simmer and add navy beans.

5. Season with salt, peppers, thyme and bay leaf.

6. Add mixed greens and green onions.

7. Cook five or so minutes and add lemon juice.

8. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve over whole wheat pasta if desired.

2une In next Wednesday to see what Chef Bergeron is cooking up next.

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Cool Schools: St. Jude the Apostle School http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-st-jude-the-apostle-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-st-jude-the-apostle-school/ 2une In Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:31:41 AM Catherine Nguyen, Kylie Dixon Cool Schools: St. Jude the Apostle School

BATON ROUGE - St. Jude Cougars packed the gym last week to see their Community Cougar Project come to fruition.

The students has been bringing in piggy bank, birthday and Christmas money to raise money for new bikes. The students were raising money for one bike, but they raised more than enough. They raise over $5000 to buy bikes for three children.

The bikes were bought through the McLindon Family Foundation, which provides adaptive bikes to special needs children.

The McLindon family was blown away by the school's support and compassion during the project.

"I thought it was really cool that as soon as the children came into the gym, the children started applauding," Andrew McLindon said. "When the children started riding their bikes, they started to applaud."

The families said they were blessed with the opportunity.

We salute you, St. Jude Cougars, for giving a gift of a bike, and being a really cool school.

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Chef of the Month: SHUCKS! Crab cakes http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-shucks-crab-cakes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-shucks-crab-cakes/ 2une In Wed, 20 Apr 2016 8:21:45 AM Catherine Nguyen Chef of the Month: SHUCKS! Crab cakes

BATON ROUGE - SHUCKS! is back on 2une In with a delicious crab cake recipe this morning. Chef Joey Faciane showed the 2une In crew how to make crab cakes.

SHUCKS! Crab cakes

2# Lump (White) crabmeat
1# Claw (Brown) crabmeat

1 cup diced yellow onion
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 Tablespoon SHUCKS! Seasoning

1 Egg
1/4 cup Flour
1/4 cup fine breadcrumbs


1) Pick lump and claw meat several times to ensure there are no shells remaining in the meat.

2) In a medium heat skillet add 1 tablespoon of olive oil allowing to get hot.

3) To the oil add bell peppers, onion, garlic and SHUCKS! Seasoning, cooking until the vegetable are soft and translucent.

4) Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cooled vegetable mixture to crabmeat, carefully folding so that crab meat does not break apart.

5) Add eggs, flour, and breadcrumbs while continuing to fold crab meat.

6) Form into 4oz patties and allow to chill in refrigerator 2 hours or overnight for best results.

2une In next Wednesday for the last SHUCKS! segment. They'll be cooking up some oysters as their finale!

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April 19, 2016 Morning News Pop http://www.wbrz.com/news/april-19-2016-morning-news-pop/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/april-19-2016-morning-news-pop/ 2une In Tue, 19 Apr 2016 6:38:25 AM Joe Hagan, Josh Eachus April 19, 2016 Morning News Pop

Here are today's top stories:

EXCLUSIVE: Teen talks about encounter with officer, viral video

New video in Will Smith shooing case

L'auberge, Hollywood parent companies agree on merger

Showers return to the forecast for a few days

Updates all day, every day:


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April 15, 2016 Morning News Pop http://www.wbrz.com/news/april-15-2016-morning-news-pop-83426/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/april-15-2016-morning-news-pop-83426/ 2une In Fri, 15 Apr 2016 6:48:19 AM Joe Hagan April 15, 2016 Morning News Pop

Here are today's top stories:

BRPD: Man hit by train near Tigerland

DOTD: Washington Exit relief could be 3-4 years away

Iconic Coca-Cola sign lights back up Friday

Trending drier through the weekend

Updates all day, every day:


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April 14, 2016 Morning News Pop http://www.wbrz.com/news/april-14-2016-morning-news-pop/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/april-14-2016-morning-news-pop/ 2une In Thu, 14 Apr 2016 6:13:37 AM Joe Hagan, Josh Eachus April 14, 2016 Morning News Pop

Here are today's top stories:

Metro Council kills smoking ban proposal

EBR Sheriff hosts Evening of Remembrance

NOLA hosts balloon release for Hokie Gajan

Scattered storms continue, downpours and hail possible

Updates all day, every day:


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Chef of the Month: SHUCKS! Redfish on the Half Shell http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-shucks-redfish-on-the-half-shell/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chef-of-the-month-shucks-redfish-on-the-half-shell/ 2une In Wed, 13 Apr 2016 9:08:53 AM Catherine Nguyen Chef of the Month: SHUCKS! Redfish on the Half Shell

BATON ROUGE- Our April chef of the month, SHUCKS!, will be cooking up delicious meals all month long in the 2une In kitchen.

Chef Joey Faciane was back on Wednesday cooking some delicious redfish that's perfect for any occasion, whether it be a family dinner or a first date.

Make sure you stop by the restaurant to get your own plate of redfish on the half shell. The Baton Rouge SHUCKS! is located at 18135 East Petroleum Drive off of Highland Road between I-10 and Airline Highway.

Click here to see what they cooked up last week. Watch 2une In every Wednesday of the month to see what they're cooking up next. 

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Whooping crane chick: Louisiana's 1st in wild since 1939 http://www.wbrz.com/news/whooping-crane-chick-louisiana-s-1st-in-wild-since-1939/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/whooping-crane-chick-louisiana-s-1st-in-wild-since-1939/ 2une In Wed, 13 Apr 2016 3:09:27 AM Janet McConnaughey Whooping crane chick: Louisiana's 1st in wild since 1939

NEW ORLEANS- For the first time since 1939, a whooping crane chick has hatched in the wild in Louisiana.
Biologist Sara Zimorski of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Tuesday she's been smiling all day.
She says a department technician spotted the chick Monday evening.
Whooping cranes are among the world's most endangered birds. Only about 600 exist, all descended from 15 in Texas.
Two other pairs have laid eggs that were fertile but never hatched. Biologists collected the eggs and found dead embryos.
A fourth pair laid eggs a couple of weeks ago. Hatching usually takes about 30 days.
State and federal wildlife officials have been working since 2011 to create a wild flock of whooping cranes in the general area where Louisiana's last wild flock once lived.

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Cool Schools: St. Michael's Band http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-st-michael-s-band/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-st-michael-s-band/ 2une In Tue, 12 Apr 2016 8:58:58 AM Cathine Nguyen, Kylie Dixon Cool Schools: St. Michael's Band

BATON ROUGE - The St. Michael's high school band recently competed in Festival Disney, an international band competition at Disney World. The band took home 10 awards and made their in front of bands from all over the world.

"All we ever asked them was to do your best," Band director Kevin "Doc" Andry said. "I think after that they got off the stage, we all thought that's our best."

The award-winning band earned superior ratings and best-in-class awards. The concert band received a bronze Mickey trophy, while the jazz band earned a gold one. Three St. Michael students earned individual Mickey trophies for their outstanding solos.

Students like sophomore Trey Parker and junior Rachel Wilson were really excited to hear the results and see the hard work pay off.

"Since I've been teaching, I've taken bands to Disney World." Andry said. "It's a great motivator and a great reward for great student behavior, and these students are the best I've had."

In addition to competing, the students got to spent time at the Disney amusement parks.

We salute you, St. Michael's concert and jazz bands, for being a really cool school!

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