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Miss USA pageant to be held in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Miss USA pageant is coming to Baton Rouge this summer.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne joined with Mayor Melvin "Kip" Holden and others Thursday to provide details about the event which will be held at the Baton Rouge River Center on June 8.

Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Organization, appeared on the Today Show earlier Thursday to announce that this year's competition would be held in Louisiana's capital city.

To lure the pageant, officials say Visit Baton Rouge offered a $300,000 incentive package, including $50,000 for events to showcase the city. The state Office of Tourism also gave $50,000 to attract the event.

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