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. () () Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:10:27 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Google joins battle against cancer, other diseases http://www.wbrz.com/news/google-joins-battle-against-cancer-other-diseases/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/google-joins-battle-against-cancer-other-diseases/ 2une In Thu, 30 Oct 2014 7:15:25 AM Hunter Robinson Google joins battle against cancer, other diseases

BATON ROUGE - The world's top search database is joining the search for a cure to cancer.

Google is working on a device that could detect the arrival of cancer and other deadly diseases before you even have them. According to the company, you would wear the device that could detect minor swings in tumor cells and alert you to potential threats.

No word on when the device will be ready for use.

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Kitchen makeover leads to weight loss http://www.wbrz.com/news/kitchen-makeover-leads-to-weight-loss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kitchen-makeover-leads-to-weight-loss/ 2une In Thu, 30 Oct 2014 7:07:20 AM Hunter Robinson Kitchen makeover leads to weight loss

BATON ROUGE - If you've been working out and exercising but aren't seeing results, your kitchen could be the problem. Experts say decluttering your kitchen can help you cutdown on snacking.

First, move healthier foods to lower shelves and put unhealthy snacks in hard to reach places. That increases the liikelihood you'll reach for something healthy when you get hungry.

You should also buy snacks in smaller portions. Research shows the bigger the package, the more your're likely to eat in a single sitting. For example, choosing smaller bags of potato chips will help you consume less.

When you cook food, eat your meals on smaller dishes. According to experts, even if you're trying to eat healthy, a bigger plate leads to bigger portions. Eating off smaller dishes can help you feel like you're eating more. Also, don't serve yourself from the kitchen table. Leaving food on the stove or counter makes you less apt to go back for seconds or thirds.

Finally, avoid doing other activities while eating. When you multitask, it's harder to pay attention to how much you're actually consuming.

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Capitol Hill Christmas tree chosen, chopped down http://www.wbrz.com/news/capitol-hill-christmas-tree-chosen-chopped-down/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/capitol-hill-christmas-tree-chosen-chopped-down/ 2une In Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:47:47 AM Hunter Robinson Capitol Hill Christmas tree chosen, chopped down

CASS LAKE, MN - Christmas is still nearly two months away, but the tree that will be on display in Washington, D.C. has already been chosen and chopped down.

The winner this year- an 88 ft. tall white spruce from Minnesota. This is the first time in more than two decades the tree for the nation's capitol is from Minnesota.

Ten thousand ornaments will adorn the tree as it embarks on a 28 city journey before finally ending up in D.C.

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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine http://www.wbrz.com/news/nurse-defies-ebola-quarantine-in-maine/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nurse-defies-ebola-quarantine-in-maine/ 2une In Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:12:57 AM Robert F. Bukaty Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine

FORT KENT, Maine - All but daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

It was the second time in two days that she left her home in remote northern Maine, along the Canadian border. On Wednesday evening, Hickox came out and briefly spoke to reporters, even shaking a hand that was offered to her.

State officials planned to go to court Thursday to have her confined against her will in what is shaping up as the nation's biggest test case yet in the struggle to balance public health and fear of Ebola against personal freedom.

Hickox, 33, told reporters that she hoped for a compromise with health officials, but her actions indicated she had no intention of remaining in isolation for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10.

"I really hope that we can work things out amicably and continue to negotiate," she said as she and her boyfriend rode on a dirt path in this town of 4,300 people.

A state police cruiser followed Hickox on her hour-long bike ride, but police could not take action to detain her without a court order signed by a judge.

After returning from Africa, where she treated Ebola victims in Sierra Leone, Hickox stepped into the media glare last week when she became subject to a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey.

After being released from a hospital there, she returned to this small town, where she was placed under what Maine authorities called a voluntary quarantine.

She said she is following the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation of daily monitoring for fever and other signs of the disease. But she said she is no threat to others because she has no symptoms.

"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," she said Wednesday evening.

States have broad authority under long-established law to quarantine people to prevent the spread of disease. But legal experts said there are differences here that could work in Hickox's favor in court: People infected with Ebola are not contagious until they have symptoms, and the virus is not spread through casual contact.

In Hickox's case, she has tested negative for Ebola so far. But it can take days for the virus to reach detectable levels.

In other developments:

- Ebola fears infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state health officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical-diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.

- Liberia is making some progress in containing the outbreak, while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.

- The World Bank announced it will give an additional $100 million to help bring in more foreign health workers. That raises the money it has given to the fight to $500 million.

Some states like Maine are going above and beyond the CDC guidelines to require quarantines. So is the U.S military.

President Barack Obama, the nation's top infectious-disease expert and humanitarian groups have warned that overly restrictive measures could cripple the fight against the disease at its source by discouraging volunteers like Hickox from going to West Africa, where the outbreak has sickened more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000 of them.

"These kinds of restrictions could dissuade hundreds, if not thousands, of skilled volunteers from helping stop Ebola's spread, which is in the national interest of every one of our countries," Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Thursday in Brussels.

She added: "The volunteers are heroes to the people they help, and they are heroes to our own countries. They should be treated like heroes when they return."

In Maine, state law allows a judge to confine someone if health officials demonstrate "a clear and immediate public health threat."

If a judge grants the request, Hickox will appeal on constitutional grounds, said Norman Siegel, one of her attorneys.

Siegel said the nurse hopes her fight against the quarantine will help bring an end to misinformation about how Ebola is spread.

"She wants to have her voice in the debate about how America handles the Ebola crisis. She has an important voice and perspective," he said.

Word spread quickly around the town about Hickox.

Priscilla Staples said that some are fearful of Hickox's presence, but Hickox "has done nothing wrong, and she has every right in the world to go for a bike ride."

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Celebrate Halloween a day early http://www.wbrz.com/news/celebrate-halloween-a-day-early/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/celebrate-halloween-a-day-early/ 2une In Thu, 30 Oct 2014 5:48:23 AM Hunter Robinson Celebrate Halloween a day early

BATON ROUGE - Halloween isn't until Friday, but there are plenty of spooky celebrations scheduled tonight across the area.

The Baton Rouge Police Department is hosting Boo with the Blue from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The event is family-friendly and will include a haunted house, food and games a costume contest. You'll even be able to check out some of the special equipment used by cops. Boo with the Blue is at the BRPD Headquarters at 9000 Airline Hwy.

There will be scary ghost stories and Halloween Crafts from 4:00-5:00 p.m. this evening at the Bluebonnet Library Branch. Call 225-763-2260 to register.

Some places are also trick or treating tonight. Kids in St. Francisville will take to the streets from 5:00-7:00 p.m., while those in Clinton, Patterson and all of St. Mary Parish do the same an hour later. You can find a full list of trick or treat times HERE.

2une In's Rebecca Buchanan previewed tonight's events and talked about Halloween safety this morning on 2une In. Watch the video for more information.



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The danger in Halloween decorations http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-danger-in-halloween-decorations/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-danger-in-halloween-decorations/ 2une In Thu, 30 Oct 2014 5:43:24 AM Hunter Robinson, John Pastorek The danger in Halloween decorations

BATON ROUGE - Halloween can be scary in more ways than one. There are an average of 1,000 reported fires each year caused by flammable Halloween decorations.

Fire Marshal Butch Browning joined us on 2une In this morning with tips to keep you safe. About 40% of those are caused by open flames.

"We want to warn people about using candles, campfires and bonfires," he told John Pastorek. "Use flashlights, but if you want to use a candle, use the new LED ones that are very safe."

When it comes to trick or treating, Browning recommends costumes that are bright-colored and tight-fitting and says to make sure your costumes are flame retardant and have reflective material.

Browning also talked about the time change this weekend. He says it's the perfect time to make sure your smoke detectors are working properly. Temperatures are starting to fall, meaning more people will be firing up heaters and space heaters. Winter is the time of year we typically see a spike in fire-related deaths.

For more information, watch the video. We'll have more of our interview with Butch Browning on WBRZ News 2 at Noon.



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Get up, get moving with the Consistency Club http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-up-get-moving-with-the-consistency-club/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-up-get-moving-with-the-consistency-club/ 2une In Thu, 30 Oct 2014 4:46:41 AM Hunter Robinson Get up, get moving with the Consistency Club

BATON ROUGE - The average person sits between 8-15 hours/day. Health professionals say that number is too high. That's why the Consistency Club wants to get you up and moving.

"We have so many technological advances that we have become a sedentary people," Nettye Johnson told Kylie Dixon this morning on 2une In. "It has such a detrimental impact on our health that experts are calling sitting the new smoking."

That led to the creation of the Consistency Club. The group is based out of Denham Springs but communicates nationally with similar groups across the country. The goal is for all members to move 100 miles/month. How you reach that number is up to you.

"So often people try to get active by doing what everyone else does," Johnson explained. "What we really want people to do is look at their own health, so that 100 miles can be whatever is the best fit for you."

For more information, click on the video link or visit the Consistency Club website.


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Guide to voting on amendments this election http://www.wbrz.com/news/guide-to-voting-on-amendments-this-election/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/guide-to-voting-on-amendments-this-election/ 2une In Wed, 29 Oct 2014 6:37:36 AM Hunter Robinson Guide to voting on amendments this election

BATON ROUGE - The November 4th election is now less than a week away and there is plenty on the ballot, including 14 constitutional amendments. Robert Travis Scott with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana stopped by 2une In this morning to alleviate some confusion.

"When you walk into that voting both, you need to know how you're going to vote," Scott explains. "You don't want to go in there without any idea".

Scott believes amendments one, two and three or the most important. Click on the video to see him break them down and watch Sunday Journal this week for a more in-depth look. For more information visit the PAR website.

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Palliative care for cancer patients the theme of forum in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/palliative-care-for-cancer-patients-the-theme-of-forum-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/palliative-care-for-cancer-patients-the-theme-of-forum-in-baton-rouge/ 2une In Wed, 29 Oct 2014 5:37:29 AM Hunter Robinson Palliative care for cancer patients the theme of forum in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - The American Cancer Society has helped millions of people battle cancer over the years. One way they do that is helping patient's quality of life during their struggle.

David Woodmansee is one of many speakers talking at a forum about awareness and understanding of palliative care. He says palliative care is about treating more than just cancer cells.

"It's extra, coordinated care that really treats the whole person- the stress, the anxiety, nausea and insomnia that comes with dealing with a serious, life-threatening disease," he told Kylie Dixon this morning on 2une In.

Palliative care has garnered more attention over the last few years as experts how vital it can be when it comes to quality of life, survival rates and even saving money.

You can learn more about palliative care today from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. Watch the video for more information.

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Hot Tails: Oyster Rockefeller Burger http://www.wbrz.com/news/hot-tails-oyster-rockefeller-burger/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hot-tails-oyster-rockefeller-burger/ 2une In Wed, 29 Oct 2014 5:01:33 AM Hunter Robinson Hot Tails: Oyster Rockefeller Burger

NEW ROADS - From Certi-fried Onion Rings to the "Swamp Thing" and Batchelor Bread Pudding, Hot Tails Chef Owen Hohl has brought you plenty of delicious recipes as our 2une In Chef of the Month. For his final segment, he made the restaurants' Oyster Rockefeller Burger.

Here's what you need to get started:
1)80/20 ground chuck
2)Pressed out into 8 oz. patties
3)Spinach artichoke dip
4)Cream cheese
5)Chopped spinach
6)Quartered artichoke hearts
7)Cajun select
8)Chopped garlic
9)Fried oysters in Hot Tails chicken breading.
10)Spillway sauce

Watch the video to see how it's done, and click on the other links to see other dishes from Hot Tails in New Roads, our October Chef of the Month.




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New and improved Smoothie King Center unveiled http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-and-improved-smoothie-king-center-unveiled/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-and-improved-smoothie-king-center-unveiled/ 2une In Wed, 29 Oct 2014 4:29:59 AM Hunter Robinson New and improved Smoothie King Center unveiled

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Pelicans dominated in their home opener Tuesday night, but the team's stellar play wasn't all that impressed fans.

The Smoothie King Center received a facelift during the offseason. The renovations include a kids zone, interactive games throughout the arena and new sports bar. There were also changes to the outside of the arena. The old green exterior is no more.

"It looks really nice," opined Pelicans fan Jacob April. "I love the outside. It's a lot better than the old green it had before. That emerald green was horrible looking." 

The renovation is part of the team's effort to re-brand following last year's name change. The new monicker has finally grown on fans.

"It's definitely a sense of pride, that we did have Charlotte's original colors, so it's nice to see a new color that represents us," Reggie Parquet says. "It's our own team".

The Pelicans marked the Smoothie King Center's new era with a 17-point win over the Orlando Magic to open the season.

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Trick or treating safety tips with La. State Police http://www.wbrz.com/news/trick-or-treating-safety-tips-with-la-state-police/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/trick-or-treating-safety-tips-with-la-state-police/ 2une In Tue, 28 Oct 2014 5:42:09 AM Rebecca Buchanan, Hunter Robinson Trick or treating safety tips with La. State Police

BATON ROUGE - Costumes and candy make Halloween fun, but it can also be a dangerous holiday.

Children are four times more likely to be involved in deadly pedestrian accidents on Halloween than any other holiday. 2une In's Rebecca Buchanan visited Halloween Express this morning with tips from Louisiana State Police that will keep your kids safe.

"If you don't feel safe taking your kids trick or treating in neighborhoods you don't know well, there are other safe alternatives out there," Trooper Jared Sandifer explains. "A lot of churches around the area are going to have parties and trick or treating for the kids and there also parades on Saturday."

State Police are also hosting their Public Safety Day on Saturday from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend, wear their Halloween costume and learn more about what police do.

Here are some quick safety tips to keep in mind as you celebrate Halloween:
1) Wear bright-colored costumes
2) Should be flame-resistant
3) Use make-up instead of a mask
4) Carry a flashlight
5) Only trick or treat in safe locations

Click on the video for more tips on how to be safe this Halloween.

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Cool Schools: West Feliciana High School http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-west-feliciana-high-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cool-schools-west-feliciana-high-school/ 2une In Tue, 28 Oct 2014 5:03:47 AM Kylie Dixon, Hunter Robinson Cool Schools: West Feliciana High School

ST. FRANCISVILLE - This week's Cool School is West Feliciana High School. They've teamed-up with LSU to tryout a teacher residency that allows future teachers to hone their skills in their own classroom. Kylie Dixon learned more about the program this week in her Cool Schools report.

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Cat Haven's Mewster Mash, online auction http://www.wbrz.com/news/cat-haven-s-mewster-mash-online-auction/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cat-haven-s-mewster-mash-online-auction/ 2une In Tue, 28 Oct 2014 4:43:40 AM Hunter Robinson Cat Haven's Mewster Mash, online auction

BATON ROUGE - Every good witch needs a sidekick, and you can find yours this weekend at Cat Haven's Mewster Mash. Executive Director Wendy Decker joined Kylie Dixon on 2une In this morning to talk about the event.

The Halloween party will serve as a kickoff to the organization's online auction. While the auction isn't live yet, most of the items have already been posted. You can view them now on the Cat Haven website. The money raised will help fund operating expenses at Cat Haven's adoption centers.

"We house about 80 cats there and we have more in foster homes," Decker explained. "All of those cats are up for adoption and we take care of their medical expenses".

Cat Haven charges a $90.00 adoption fee. Mewster Mash is Friday, October 31st from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Cat Haven headquarters (11130 N. Harrells Ferry Rd.) in Baton Rouge.

To learn more about Cat Haven's Mewster Mash, the online auction or the adoption process, watch the interview.

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Running out of time to early vote http://www.wbrz.com/news/running-out-of-time-to-early-vote/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/running-out-of-time-to-early-vote/ 2une In Mon, 27 Oct 2014 5:32:30 AM Hunter Robinson Running out of time to early vote

BATON ROUGE - Plenty of people have already turned out to cast votes for the November election. If you want to join them and cast your ballot early, there's still time.

More than 100,000 voters have already punched their votes, but Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he was expecting more, especially since the U.S. Senate race is garnering a lot of attention from across the country. People are wondering if Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu will be able to hold off Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness to keep her seat for a fourth term.

The votes cast in early voting usually account for about 20% of the total vote. If you still want to cast your ballot early to avoid the long lines and chaos of election day, you have until Tuesday to get your votes in.

"This election is by far, maybe not in terms of voter participation, but in attention, is the largest we've had in decades," Schedler opined.

2une In's Rebecca Buchanan visited the State Archives in Baton Rouge this morning with more information about early voting and the upcoming election.

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Find a new book, meet your favorite author at LA Book Festival http://www.wbrz.com/news/find-a-new-book-meet-your-favorite-author-at-la-book-festival/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/find-a-new-book-meet-your-favorite-author-at-la-book-festival/ 2une In Mon, 27 Oct 2014 5:05:00 AM Hunter Robinson Find a new book, meet your favorite author at LA Book Festival

BATON ROUGE - You can meet your favorite author and find your next book at this year's Louisiana Book Festival.

Rebecca Hamilton from the State Library joined Kylie Dixon on 2une In this morning to tell you what to expect this weekend. This is the 11th year of the event and Hamilton says it's going to as exciting as ever.

"People can expect 200+ authors, so surely your favorite author will be there," she said. "Plus food, good music, things for kids and more."

The festival is being held in memory of George Rodrigue this year.

"You can expect to see a sea of blue Saturday," Hamilton went on to say. "We'll have blue t-shirts and blue bookbags and the children will create blue dog masks."

The 2014 Louisiana Book Festival is Saturday from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. in downtown Baton Rouge. For more information, watch the interview or visit the festival website.

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Get green this fall at the tree-for-all http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-green-this-fall-at-the-tree-for-all/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-green-this-fall-at-the-tree-for-all/ 2une In Mon, 27 Oct 2014 4:33:52 AM Hunter Robinson Get green this fall at the tree-for-all

BATON ROUGE - You can go green and help Baton Rouge Green at their Tree for All. Amy Loe joined John Pastorek on 2une In this morning with all the details.

The Tree for All has expanded this year and includes more than just plants and trees. There will be activities for kids and a Brats and Beer Garden. The event will also have trees from all over but most are from Louisiana.

"We're very big on native trees," Loe explained. "If you plant in the ground what it wants, it will do really well and it'll thrive."

The Tree for All is Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00p.m. at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens. For more information about the Tree for All visit the Baton Rouge Green Website. Also, watch the video for more information about upcoming Baton Rouge Green events.

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High school marching bands to compete at Dutchtown http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-marching-bands-to-compete-at-dutchtown/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-marching-bands-to-compete-at-dutchtown/ 2une In Thu, 23 Oct 2014 6:15:36 AM Hunter Robinson High school marching bands to compete at Dutchtown

GEISMAR - Dutchtown High School is getting ready for its 10th annual High School Marching Contest.

The "Dutchtown Sound" won't compete since they're hosting the competition, but 16 other Louisiana high schools and 2,000 students will march to the beat this weekend:

C.E. Byrd
St. Thomas More Catholic
New Iberia
Sam Houston
East Ascension
Denham Springs
St. Amant

There will also be a performance from the Spirit of Northwestern College Band.

Everything gets underway Saturday at 1:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $5.00, but students can watch the show for $3.00.

Watch the video for more information.

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Rockin' out at Rocktober Fest http://www.wbrz.com/news/rockin-out-at-rocktober-fest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rockin-out-at-rocktober-fest/ 2une In Thu, 23 Oct 2014 5:39:53 AM Hunter Robinson Rockin' out at Rocktober Fest

BATON ROUGE - You can rock out for free this weekend at Rocktober Music and Arts Fest in Baton Rouge. Philliper Stewart from the Buddy Stewart Memorial Music Foundation stopped by 2une In this morning with all the details.

This year's festival is Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Rhythm Museum (1712 North Acadian West) in Baton Rouge. Admission is free.

You can find more information on the foundation's website or by watching the interview.

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Lod Cook's countdown to 2015 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lod-cook-s-countdown-to-2015/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lod-cook-s-countdown-to-2015/ 2une In Thu, 23 Oct 2014 5:19:30 AM Hunter Robinson Lod Cook's countdown to 2015

BATON ROUGE - It's only October, but the Lod Cook Alumni Center is already counting down to their annual New Year's Eve celebration.

Kickoff 2015 at the Cook is on Wednesday, December 31st from 7:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. You can get an all-inclusive package for two for $399.

This morning on 2une In, Stacey Messina told Kylie Dixon about all the celebration has to offer, as well as how the Lod Cook Alumni Center is celebrating LSU football season. Watch the interview for more information.

If you'd like to make a reservation for Kickoff at the Cook or want to learn more about the event, call Messina at 225-383-2665.

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