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Keithville Chimp Haven
9:08 am
Thu September 6, 2012

California woman sponsors surprise baby chimp

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.

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Interstate Widening
8:31 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Work resumes on I-10, I-12 in Baton Rouge, Livingston

Work to widen Interstates 10 and 12 in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes has resumed.

The state Department of Transportation and Development had suspended construction on the interstates as Hurricane Isaac approached last week to speed evacuation and help emergency workers.

With activities beginning to return to normal, DOTD said Wednesday that it had instructed construction contractors to resume work.

The widening project is expected to be complete by mid-2013.

Hunter Hayes
8:29 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Country music's rising star returns to 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.

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Hurricane Isaac
7:48 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Isaac: dead nutria, other creatures wash ashore

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.

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6:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Suggests Reviewing Hurricane Isaac Responses

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city responded well to the crisis posed by Hurricane Isaac. But he has some suggestions for improvements — especially regarding power outages.

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Louisiana Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday
4:08 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Tax free shopping for guns, ammo this weekend

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.

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Hurricane Isaac
4:07 am
Thu September 6, 2012

State offices still closed in St. John, Plaquemines

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.

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6:45 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

BP Says Oil From 2010 Spill Washing Ashore After Isaac

BP says oil that gushed from its undersea well two years ago is washing up along the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Isaac is being blamed for churning up the sludge.

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Hurricane Isaac
1:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

'Spawn of Isaac' moves into the Gulf

Satellite image of the storm system.
National Hurricane Center

A remnant of Hurricane Isaac, drawn back to the Gulf of Mexico after an odyssey through the Midwest, hovered Wednesday off the Gulf Coast.

Meteorologist Shawn O'Neill of the National Weather Service in Slidell called it the "spawn of Isaac."

The National Hurricane Center gives the disturbance a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next two days. If it does develop, O'Neill says it probably would get a new name, but that's a matter for the hurricane center to decide.

Alligator Bandits
1:28 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Alligator buyers held up: lose $6500, cell phones

St. Mary Parish sheriff's investigators are looking for three men accused of taking $6,500 and cell phones from alligator buyers in Morgan City.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Traci Landry says three alligator buyers were winding up a day of purchases shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday when a dark gray four-door car arrived. Two passengers, one armed with a gun, got out and ordered the buyers onto the ground. Both wore blue jeans and had blue bandannas over their faces.