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  • Miss USA back on stage after turbulent year, Donald Trump

    June 5, 2016 3:14 PM

    LAS VEGAS - A new Miss USA will be crowned Sunday night after a series of controversies last year with the beauty pageant organization, including a breakup with former owner Donald Trump and the mistaken crowning of Miss Universe. Fifty-two contestants will participate in the 2016 Miss USA competition will... more »
  • Miss Universe mistake crowns Colombia before Philippines

    December 20, 2015 11:16 PM

    LAS VEGAS - The Miss Universe contestant from the Philippines is this year's winner but for one brief moment Sunday evening, it appeared as if it might be a repeat win for Colombia. Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was already wearing the crown as this year's Miss Universe winner when... more »
  • Trump isn't center of Miss Universe as pageant crowns winner

    December 20, 2015 3:00 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Donald Trump's pageant days are over after his controversial comments about immigrants created a backlash, but the Miss Universe show must go on. The pageant that pits international beauties against one another returns to Las Vegas at 4 p.m. Sunday to crown a winner. NBC and Trump... more »
  • Tourism board won't pay $75,000 to Miss USA

    August 27, 2015 2:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Visit Baton Rouge board voted unanimously Thursday not to pay the Miss USA organization $75,000 in outstanding incentives for this year's pageant. The group already paid nearly $125,000 in incentives, which included a $100,000 cash incentive and nearly $25,000 for "enhancements" like special lunches and... more »
  • State won't pay full incentives to Miss USA

    July 23, 2015 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state will pay less money to the Miss USA Pageant than initially agreed, according to the Lieutenant Governor's Office. Originally Louisiana state officials agreed to pay $50,000 cash as part of an incentives package to have the Miss USA pageant held in Baton Rouge. That... more »
  • Louisiana still hasn't paid Miss USA

    July 15, 2015 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said he will announce next week how much the state will pay the Miss USA pageant. The state tourism board and seafood board agreed to pay a combined total of $65,000, but may pay less since the pageant lost its prime T.V. spot... more »
  • Miss USA sees lowest ratings ever amid Trump controversy

    July 14, 2015 3:11 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump found a new home for the Miss USA pageant after NBC dumped it because of his comments on Mexican immigrants, but few television viewers sought it out. The Nielsen company said 925,000 people watched Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma crowned as Miss USA on the Reelz... more »
  • Miss Oklahoma, Olivia Jordan, wins Miss USA Play Video

    July 12, 2015 11:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Twenty-six-year-old Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma has won the 64th annual Miss USA contest, beating out 50 other women from states around the country and the District of Columbia. Twenty-two-year-old Ylianna Guerra of Texas was named first runner-up, and Miss Louisiana, Candice Bennat, finished in the top... more »
  • Visitors in town for Miss USA see what the Red Stick has to offer Play Video

    July 10, 2015 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People from all over the country are in the Red Stick to witness which lady will walk away with the crown and be the next Miss USA. "I've always watched Miss USA since I was little and I've never been in pageants," said Sandy Kutyna, who... more »
  • Miss USA pageant judges includes former Miss Universe and Miss USA winners

    July 10, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - REELZ channel announced Friday the panel of nine judges for the 2015 Miss USA Pageant, all former titleholders of the Miss Universe Organization. The announcement comes after the news that Emmy Award-winning host Todd Newton and former Miss Wisconsin USA 2009 Alex Wehrley will co-host the... more »
  • Miss USA host Todd Newton Play Video

    July 10, 2015 10:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge has shown off their best features to the 51 women competing in the Miss USA Pageant. Now, it's the contestants' turn. Todd Newton, one of the pageant's hosts, stopped by 2une In this morning to tell News 2's Kylie Dixon what to expect on Sunday night.... more »
  • Mayor calls WBRZ airing Miss USA 'giant step' Play Video

    July 9, 2015 7:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Production crews spent the day continuing to prepare for the Miss USA competition. From band rehearsals to checking equipment, the work was ongoing Thursday. Set Designer Joe Stewart told News 2 pageant goers and viewers are in for a treat as far as the new set... more »
  • WBRZ's owner reaches deal with Reelz to show Miss USA in BR Play Video

    July 8, 2015 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sunday's Miss USA pageant will be televised by the Manship family station group on WBTR TV, a sister station of WBRZ TV. The announcement came during Wednesday's 5pm newscast on WBRZ where the owner of Reelz Channel aid the two companies worked together to secure the... more »
  • After wreck, Miss Idaho wasn't sure she'd be able to compete Play Video

    July 7, 2015 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Growing up in a small western town, Claira Hollingsworth was looking for her big break and has been excited all year that it could happen this summer. But, just a few weeks before arriving in Baton Rouge for the Miss USA pageant, Hollingsworth - competing as... more »
  • Stage set for Miss USA, prelims get underway Wednesday night Play Video

    July 7, 2015 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Miss USA association officially announced it was able to secure three hosts for its telecast, forced to a high-tier cable channel after comments its owner made about illegal immigrants. Tuesday, hours after TMZ.com published the names, organizers shared a news release from the cable channel... more »
  • Miss USA contestants dismiss Trump comments, show must go on

    July 7, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Controversy continues to surround presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments painting Mexican immigrants as criminals, but the women taking part in the upcoming Miss USA pageant Trump co-owns say the show must go on. Several Hispanic candidates and one immigrant from Albania taking part in the contest sat... more »
  • Breakfast with 2une In: WBRZ's Fireworks on the Mississippi Play Video

    July 3, 2015 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE- For almost five decades WBRZ has lit up the sky for Independence Day with our Fireworks on the Mississippi event. This year the USS Kidd is sponsoring the event. This morning News 2's Rebecca Buchanan was downtown at the Kidd finding the perfect spot to watch the celebration... more »
  • Despite snafu, La. officials tell Miss USA 'Y'all come back now' Play Video

    July 2, 2015 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite some tense moments surrounding the Miss USA pageant, local leaders said they'd be open to working with the pageant for a third year. Everyone was in good spirits at the official welcome party Thursday night after learning a few hours earlier, the event would be... more »
  • Reelz comes to the rescue of Miss USA pageant

    July 2, 2015 9:16 AM

    LOS ANGELES- The Reelz channel is coming to the rescue of Donald Trump's Miss USA pageant. Reelz said Thursday it will carry the pageant that was dropped by NBC after Trump made critical comments about immigrants from Mexico. In a statement, Reelz chief executive Stan E. Hubbard said the company... more »
  • Miss USA contestants say the show must go on Play Video

    July 1, 2015 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ten of the Miss USA contestants arrived by the Capital Park Trolley to take on the rock climbing wall at BREC's Perkins Road Extreme Park Wednesday evening. It's their first public appearance since arriving in Baton Rouge earlier this week. Miss Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, New Mexico,... more »
  • Miss USA musical performers all drop out Play Video

    July 1, 2015 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It appears only one celebrity remains as a judge or performer at the upcoming Miss USA pageant, hosted at the River Center. The Associated Press reported Jessie James Decker, a country singer, was the only person still listed as a pageant judge on the Miss USA... more »
  • Negotiations for Miss USA cash still going on

    July 1, 2015 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish and tourism officials in East Baton Rouge said they're still in talks with Miss USA officials about a six-figure cash incentives payout which is in jeopardy. A spokesperson for the EBR Mayor-President's Office said they have not turned over a $100,000 incentives payout to Miss... more »
  • Macy's dumps Trump clothing line in response to comments

    July 1, 2015 11:11 AM

    NEW YORK - Macy's is the latest company to end its relationship with Donald Trump as the fallout from the real estate mogul's remarks about Mexican immigrants continues. Macy's has carried a Donald Trump menswear line since 2004, including $70 button down-shirts and $65 striped ties. Macy's said in a... more »
  • Wednesday is welcome day for Miss USA contestants in BR

    June 30, 2015 11:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wednesday morning, contestants for the Miss USA pageant will wake up in their hotel rooms in the city and prepare to make their first public appearances. Just before sunset, the group will participate in what the organization calls an "Extreme Sports Outing." The contestants will go... more »
  • Baton Rouge continues to prep for Miss USA

    June 30, 2015 8:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businesses are prepping for visitors coming in for the Miss USA pageant despite NBC's decision not to air the show. Peter Sclafina, Co-Owner and Executive Chef at Ruffino's Catering Hall downtown. He said he's been prepping all week getting ready to welcome the 51 pageant contestants... more »
  • Trump says he's struck back at Univision with $500M lawsuit

    June 30, 2015 7:45 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump's lawyers say Trump and the Miss Universe pageant have sued Univision for $500 million in a New York court, claiming Trump's First Amendment rights were violated when the company declined to air the Miss USA contest. The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan... more »
  • Miss USA to be streamed online

    June 30, 2015 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite losing its broadcast partners, hosts, and some sponsors, the Miss USA pageant will be seen outside of Baton Rouge. According to reports the July 12 pageant will be streamed online at the Miss Universe website . This comes after NBC / Universal and Univision both... more »
  • Dardenne says activities will go on for Miss USA Play Video

    June 30, 2015 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne's office said things will proceed as planned for the upcoming Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, despite recent setbacks for the organization. Dardenne said he's assured the Miss Universe organization that the state will move forward with all the events they were... more »
  • Baton Rouge to fight for its crowning moment amid pageant scandal

    June 29, 2015 11:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after NBC announced it was not going to broadcast this year's Miss USA pageant, city leaders closest to the production remained mostly tight-lipped about the situation while others were discussing their frustrations over the ordeal. "We miss out on... exposure," councilman John Delgado said in... more »
  • Passing the Flag 2015 Play Video

    June 29, 2015 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Nation of Patriots is hosting its sixth annual Passing the Flag Event this weekend as part of the nation-wide Patriot Tour. The Patriot Tour follows an American flag during its 14,000 mile journey through 48 states. The entire tour takes about 100 days to complete and... more »
  • Univision dropping Miss USA pageant over Trump comments

    June 25, 2015 11:23 AM

    NEW YORK - Univision says it is dropping the Miss USA pageant and says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump over comments he made about Mexican immigrants. The network said Thursday it will not air the July pageant and has ended its business relationship with the Miss... more »
  • Reports: Caitlyn Jenner invited to judge Miss USA in BR

    June 9, 2015 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As tickets went on sale for the Miss USA pageant next month, the Internet was buzzing Tuesday morning over reports Caitlyn Jenner was invited to be a judge. The Miss USA telecast will broadcast from Baton Rouge in July and pageant events will take place in... more »
  • Tickets on sale Tuesday for BR-hosted Miss USA

    June 8, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tickets for the 2015 Miss USA pageant go on sale Tuesday. Sales to the general public start at 11 a.m., although, people with a special code can start ordering now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster . Miss USA returns to Baton Rouge for the second time... more »
  • Miss USA Pageant officially returning to Baton Rouge

    April 14, 2015 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the Miss USA Pageant officially confirmed Tuesday that they will come back to the Baton Rouge River Center this July. The announcement comes a week after Metro Council members approved spending and incentive packages which were part of the agreement to have the pageant... more »
  • Metro Council approves Miss USA spending

    April 8, 2015 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members unanimously approved a request Wednesday for $230,000 to bring the Miss USA pageant to Baton Rouge again. The six-figure expenditure will help cover costs for the pageant, and was part of the agreement to bring it back to Baton Rouge for another year.... more »
  • Metro Council to talk pay raises and pageants Play Video

    March 25, 2015 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There is a packed agenda for Wednesday's Metro Council meeting . The council could decide to put more money in the pockets of city workers. They will vote on a pay raise today that was promised by Mayor Kip Holden. Everyone but the firefighter's union had... more »
  • Baton Rouge ready for its next crowning moment

    March 19, 2015 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city is ready to host the Miss USA pageant again this year. The mayor's office has asked the Metro Council for $280,000 to cover expenses associated with hosting the event. Of the total cost, $230,000 will come from the city's general fund. The other $50,000... more »
  • 5.5 million watch Miss USA highlight Baton Rouge in national telecast

    June 9, 2014 8:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Five-and-a-half million people watched the Miss USA pageant as it aired from the River Center Sunday night. National media outlets reported after the telecast, the show increased its audience by about eight percent. Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada, won the title . Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry, came... more »

    June 8, 2014 9:40 PM

    Baton Rouge- The Miss USA pageant kicked off in the capitol city tonight and the stars came out in droves. Some of them say Louisiana is a one of a kind place. "They welcome you with open arms here in Louisiana and Baton Rouge, and also the food,... more »
  • Miss USA on the red carpet

    June 8, 2014 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Celebrities and contestants were out on the red carpet Sunday in the hours leading up to the Miss USA pageant. Donald Trump, former NSYNC member Lance Bass, and some of the contestants stood for photo ops and interviews. Mayor Kip Holden says tonight's event puts... more »
  • 51 beauty queens vie for Miss USA crown

    June 8, 2014 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Beauty queens from every U.S. state and the District of Columbia are vying for the crown, each hoping to be named Miss USA. Reigning queen Erin Brady, of South Glastonbury, Connecticut, is to relinquish her crown Sunday evening when her successor is chosen in a competition in... more »
  • Stage set for Miss USA

    June 4, 2014 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The River Center was transformed into a technical wonderland and it came alive Wednesday night for the prelims of Miss USA. The 51 contestants introduced themselves and modeled gowns and swimwear. The events of the night will help decide the top 15 contestants who will perform live... more »
  • Miss USA contestants visit children in hospital

    May 31, 2014 6:30 PM

    Baton Rouge- Several Miss USA contestants made some kids' day a little brighter today. The contestants visited with children who are patients at Our Lady of the Lake hospital and spent part of the day with them making arts and crafts and taking pictures. "I think it's really cool... more »
  • Miss USA contestants visit children in hospital

    May 31, 2014 6:30 PM

    Baton Rouge- Several Miss USA contestants made some kids' day a little brighter today. The contestants visited with children who are patients at Our Lady of the Lake hospital and spent part of the day with them making arts and crafts and taking pictures. "I think it's really cool... more »
  • Miss USA contestants visit children in hospital

    May 31, 2014 6:30 PM

    Baton Rouge- Several Miss USA contestants made some kids' day a little brighter today. The contestants visited with children who are patients at Our Lady of the Lake hospital and spent part of the day with them making arts and crafts and taking pictures. "I think it's really cool... more »
  • Miss USA contestants visit children in hospital

    May 31, 2014 6:30 PM

    Baton Rouge- Several Miss USA contestants made some kids' day a little brighter today. The contestants visited with children who are patients at Our Lady of the Lake hospital and spent part of the day with them making arts and crafts and taking pictures. "I think it's really cool... more »
  • Miss USA contestants get a taste of Baton Rouge

    May 30, 2014 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Contestants for the Miss USA pageant got up close and personal with some staples of Louisiana cuisine Friday. The contestants toured Tony's Seafood Friday morning, seeing how the Gulf's largest seafood market processes and sells 50,000 pounds of live and boiled crawfish in a single day.... more »
  • Miss USA contestants show off their moves Play Video

    May 29, 2014 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The fifty-one women who will participate in the upcoming Miss USA contest were introduced in an opening ceremony Thursday night. With the State Capitol in the background, the women and their shining dresses took to the stage set up in the plaza area of the Louisiana... more »
  • Bayou Country Superfest traffic was a nightmare

    May 23, 2014 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Friday traffic fiasco lasted around seven hours as thousands of people descend on the city for a weekend of country music and others left to join the traffic headed out of town for an extended weekend. State traffic leaders issued an alert to drivers headed into... more »
  • Miss USA tickets on sale today

    April 17, 2014 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tickets for the Miss USA pageant that will be held here go in sale Friday. According to ticket information on Ticket Master, about half of the River Center Arena will be utilized for the event. There will be floor, lower, and middle level seating available. The... more »
  • $350,000 in incentives offered to land Miss USA Play Video

    March 13, 2014 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tourism officials put together a package worth thousands of dollars in rental waivers, enhancements, and other incentives to help convince the Miss USA pageant to come to Baton Rouge. Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe organization, announced Thursday the 2014 Miss USA pageant would be... more »
  • Trump: I'm taking Miss USA to Baton Rouge

    March 12, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Donald Trump confirmed on network television Thursday morning, the Miss USA pageant will be hosted by the Capital City in June. Hours earlier, the Internet swarmed with details about the event after a blogger posted it on his Twitter page. L'Auberge, in the southeast area of... more »
  • Reports: Miss USA coming to Baton Rouge

    March 12, 2014 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A day before East Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is scheduled to announce a major media event, social media and Miss USA insiders claim the pageant is making its new home in south Louisiana. Holden's office said Wednesday he will announce that "Baton Rouge will host a... more »

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