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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

(AP) - New Orleans will begin taking down Confederate statutes, becoming the latest Southern body to divorce itself from what some say are symbols of racism and intolerance. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the first memorial will come down at night because of death threats and intimidation from some of those who want the monuments to stay and to minimize city disruption. The other statues, of Lee, Beauregard and Davis, will come down in following days.

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.

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