NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana criminal defense attorney has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for failing to pay approximately $1 million in income and employment taxes, including interest and penalties. The Justice Department said in a statement that 66-year-old Michael Thiel, of Baton Rouge, used trusts to conceal his income and assets and evade his tax obligations over a decade-long period that started in 2003.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State government offices are closing Monday in Mississippi and Alabama for Confederate Memorial Day. Georgia used to mark the holiday, but removed the Confederate reference in 2015.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A North Louisiana chimpanzee sanctuary says Candy the Chimp, who for decades lived at Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge, has died. Sam Haynes Jr. and his family have owned Candy since she was 6-months-old. She was more than 50-years-old when she died Thursday. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and Chimp Haven had been battling in court to move Candy to the sanctuary. Multiple media outlets say the ALDF sued in November 2015, alleging that Candy was "inhumanely" confined and neglected.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The LSU AgCenter is looking for taste testers to try new food products. The AgCenter's Sensory Services Lab helps companies conduct evaluations and product research before new food products go to market, and it's looking for people who would be willing to participate in the testing. Researchers with the lab are compiling a database of anyone 18 years or older interested in participating in the consumer tests, called Tiger Tasters.
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