HAPPENING TODAY: 'Steve Gleason Act' slated for House vote; heat persists

HAPPENING TODAY: 'Steve Gleason Act' slated for House vote; heat persists
Vote on 'Steve Gleason Act' expected Wednesday

The U.S. House is expected to vote Wednesday on the "Steve Gleason Act."

As part of Gleason's advocacy in getting assistive technology into the hands of those suffering with ALS and related diseases, the U.S. Senate passed the Steve Gleason Act of 2015 in April.

If passed by the House and signed into law, the measure would make speech generating devices, like the one Gleason uses to communicate, available to patients through Medicare and Medicaid.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise says he will push for the bill's passage.

Gleason, the former Saints special-teams player, was diagnosed in January 2011 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. His triumphs in overcoming his physical limitations serve as an inspiration to many.

Gleason has also helped raise funds to provide leading-edge technology, equipment and services to other individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries.

In a joint effort with his family and friends, he started his Team Gleason advocacy group shortly after his diagnosis.

The organization's goal is to help those struggling with ALS to live productive lives by providing access to events and assistive technology.

Customer shoots would-be robber at New Orleans East gas station, store owner says

A man was shot Wednesday morning at a New Orleans East gas station.

The shooting was reported around 5 a.m. near the intersection of Chef Menteur Highway and Downman Road. At least a dozen evidence markers surround a Shell gas station at the intersection.

A gunman entered the gas station and demanded a customer to empty his pockets, according to the store manager. He says the customer then drew a firearm and shot the would-be robber in the hip.

He was transported to the hospital for treatment and will be booked upon release, according to reports from the New Orleans Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

No break from the heat, rain chances remain low

Temperatures reached over 95 degrees Tuesday afternoon at the Airport. That makes it three days in a row.

While it's not record heat, it's not too far off.

Record temperatures recorded on July 15 at Kenner are 100 degrees and 102 degrees at Audubon Park.

We'll likely reach 95 degrees again Wednesday afternoon with no relief from the heat. The upper ridge looks to remain in place through the weekend and finally break down and shift enough to allow for around 20 percent coverage heading into early next week.

Mayor Landrieu to hold third of 5 community meetings

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will hold his third of five community meetings to hear want New Orleans residents would like to see prioritized in next year's budget.

Wednesday's meeting will be held in Central City at Kipp Central City Academy on 3rd Street. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu took on residents and the Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office at Tuesday's town hall meeting in District C.

Dozens of residents who feel their riverfront view is for sale showed up to criticize a proposal to put hotels and high-rises along the riverfront in Algiers.

Landrieu stood firm with the proposed construction and rezoning, saying it is part of the city's master plan.