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Mayor calls WBRZ airing Miss USA 'giant step'

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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 goes.

"Basically we're in a fantastic environment that's just a fantasy," Stewart said.

On Wednesday, WBRZ announced a partnership with Reelz Channel to air the competition. Reelz was one of the only options left for viewers to be able to see the pageant after other networks dropped it due to controversial remarks made by the pageant's owner, Donald Trump.

News 2 will air the event on its sister station, WBTR, so that it can be available to more local viewers.

Mayor Kip Holden said it was a good thing.

"Thanks to channel 2, WBRZ, having the heart to say we condemn the remarks made by Donald Trump, but we have a passion for the people that will be impacted. Not only the contestants but others in Louisiana who should be able to see this. That's a giant step and I'll give them my Academy Award," said Mayor Holden Thursday.

WBTR TV is broadcast on channel 41, COX cable channel 19, AT&T U-verse channel 19 and Eatel cable channel 144. The pageant is Sunday night at 7 p.m.




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