Additional parishes to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
The number of parishes issuing licenses to same sex couples is growing.
More than half the clerks of court across the state issued marriage licenses to same sex couples on Monday afternoon, with more planning to start Tuesday.
St. Bernard Parish Clerk of Court Randy Nunez says he expects to have new forms Tuesday morning, changing the wording from "bride and groom" to "bride-spouse and groom-spouse"
According to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune, same sex couples in at least 35 parishes across the state were able to get marriage licenses Monday with Jefferson Parish leading the change.
"We spent the weekend examining the opinion and we made our decision," said Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court Jon Gegenheimer. "My counsel made his decision this morning. His opinion was you must comply with the order now. It's definitive and that's what we did but I had no idea as to how many pieces of business that would bring to us."
Gegenheimer says his office issued about a dozen licenses to same sex couples Monday. Governor Bobby Jindal says clerks don't have to give out the licenses if it goes against their religious beliefs. He says they're protected under his religious freedom executive order.
Bridge closes for emergency repairs
The Judge Seeber Bridge over the Industrial Canal is closed Tuesday for emergency repairs.
State highway officials say they hope to re-open it on Thursday.
The trouble stems from a drawbridge counterweight that fell off during a routine inspection.
Police investigate overnight shooting in New Orleans East
Police are investigating an overnight shooting in New Orleans East.
The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 6800 block of Lake Kenilworth Drive.
Details are limited at this time. New Orleans police will provide additional information as the investigation develops
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Franklin: A chance of thunder Tuesday
There are no major changes as we are under the influence of an upper high to our east.
The upper high, however, is sending impulses which help to trigger higher rain chances. Tuesday looks around 40-50 percent coverage with 30-40 percent by Wednesday.
The upper high then builds more on top of us, which limits rain chances and increases temperatures.
This 4th of July weekend looks mostly dry and hot!