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Congress passes a bill on Louisiana's Chimp Haven

Happy Friday morning to you!  Britney Glaser here with a look at what's in store on today's Sunrise:

*Congress sends the president a bill that would lift a spending cap for a chimpanzee sanctuary in Northwest Louisiana.  Find out what it means for these retired chimps once used for medical research.

*The situation in the Philippines is turning more desperate as thousands of typhoon survivors wait for food and water.  We'll tell you about a local effort to help through Friendships Port Mercy in Lake Charles.

*A fire continues to rage in rural North Texas after yesterday's gas pipeline explosion.  A massive plume of smoke and flames could be seen for miles as the pipeline burned near the town of Milford, about 40 miles south of Dallas.  Hear what's being done today to get the fire under control.

*It's America Recycles Day and Citgo, along with its community partners, is launching a new recycling program.  We'll tell you about it in a live interview with our own John Bridges as he heads to the site where you can drop off recyclables today.

*Rain chances are creeping up for our weekend forecast.  Meteorologist Ben Terry lets us know if it will rain this weekend and when our next cold front will head into Southwest Louisiana.

Make it a Sunrise day!

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  • Hundreds of racers come out for 5th Annual Dragon Boat Race

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    It's an event that is growing every year and something many look forward to--the dragon boat race.  Saturday marks the 5th year for the event that benefits Christus St. Patrick Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network.  With 30 teams comes a lot of rowers some for the first time,  "This is my first year," said Donnie Glyenn.  And others with a little bit more experience  "I've been doing it for three years," said Hollie Zimmerman.&n...

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    It's an event that is growing every year and something many look forward to--the dragon boat race.  Saturday marks the 5th year for the event that benefits Christus St. Patrick Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network.  With 30 teams comes a lot of rowers some for the first time,  "This is my first year," said Donnie Glyenn.  And others with a little bit more experience  "I've been doing it for three years," said Hollie Zimmerman.&n...

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  • Funnel clouds sighted in SWLA Saturday afternoon

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    Reports of tropical funnel clouds were sent in by viewers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 22 as thunderstorms moved across parts of Southwest Louisiana.  According to the 7Stormteam, these are a common occurrence in Louisiana with thunderstorms, especially in the summer months, and rarely ever touch down. Since the rotation is relatively weak and below the level of radar, they often go undetected. If you have any severe weather to report, let us know by submittin...

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    Reports of tropical funnel clouds were sent in by viewers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 22 as thunderstorms moved across parts of Southwest Louisiana.  According to the 7Stormteam, these are a common occurrence in Louisiana with thunderstorms, especially in the summer months, and rarely ever touch down. Since the rotation is relatively weak and below the level of radar, they often go undetected. If you have any severe weather to report, let us know by submittin...

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