A surprise baby at the national sanctuary for research chimps in Louisiana has a lifetime sponsor and a name.
Chimp Haven spokeswoman Karen Allen says a southern California woman, Anita Hirsh, pledged $13,000 a year to "adopt" the baby, now named for Hirsh's late mother, Natalie.
The federal government covers three-quarters of the cost for animals used in federal research, but not for babies or chimps that were privately owned before coming to the sanctuary near Keithville in northwest Louisiana.
Hunter Hayes knows a thing or two about hurricanes.
The south Louisiana native has seen his share of storms and even named his breakout country music single "Storm Warning" — about a beautiful girl he compares to a "Cat 5" hurricane.
On Friday, the accordion-playing, harmonica-blowing singer returns to Louisiana as the area cleans up from Hurricane Isaac for a concert benefiting a New Orleans hospital. He's also scheduled to sing the national anthem at the New Orleans Saints football game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday — his 21st birthday.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast isn't the only place dead nutria washed ashore after Hurricane Isaac. Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere says debris on the Lake Pontchartrain lakefront included a thousand dead nutria and some other animals.
He tells The Times-Picayune those included dead fish, a dead alligator and some feral hogs.
Villere says the city got state permission to dump the dead animals in a closed parish landfill. He says city crews dug a hole, dumped in the bodies, and filled the hole back in.
Hunters and campers will pay no sales tax on firearms, ammunition and hunting and fishing supplies during this weekend's Louisiana Second Amendment sales tax holiday.
Beginning Friday, eligible purchases are exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax and all local sales taxes. The exemption runs through Sunday.
The exemption applies to a variety of supplies including shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers, all ammunition, hunting or fishing accessories, apparel such as safety gear and camouflage clothing and off-road vehicles designed for hunting.
Because of continued safety concerns after Hurricane Isaac, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says state government offices will remain closed in St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes.
The offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.
State offices in other parishes have reopened since the storm.