HAPPENING TODAY: Steve Gleason Act awaits President's signature

HAPPENING TODAY: Steve Gleason Act awaits President's signature
Popular Bourbon Street club up for auction 

A popular Bourbon Street bar goes up for auction on Wednesday with several bidders already lined up.

Oz, billed as New Orleans' No. 1 gay dance club, will be sold to the highest bidder, according to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune.

The owners of Oz were allegedly unable to pay off millions in loans that were due last summer, the paper reports. This forced the owners to sell the business.

The live auction for the bar will take place Wednesday at federal court. Attorneys who represent one of the owners says an interested party has already put in a bid for $4.75 million.

The club is located at 800 Bourbon Street.

Some cooling showers and storms

It looks like the upper high is gaining strength once again and this will help to keep us relatively dry.

Rain coverage today should be around 40 percent, but much less after that through the weekend and into early next week.

High temperatures will again reach the mid and some upper 90s through that period as well. The only relief comes from pop-up shower development.

Report blasts New Orleans' parking control division

A report from the New Orleans Inspector General blasts the city's parking division.

The report blasts several parking control officers and has harsh words for the division for not producing records.

Investigators say that parking control officers sat for extended periods of time in coffee shops and hotel lobbies while on duty, often on personal cell phones.

The IG report details allegations from one of the business owners, who allegedly confronted a parking control officer who was sitting in the business for an "extended period of time." The owner states that the officer retaliated by issuing a large number of tickets to business employees and customers.

The Inspector General's office also investigated complaints from local and federal law enforcement officers who claimed their vehicles were cited. An investigation revealed that law enforcement vehicles parked in the vicinity of the federal courthouse were being cited, despite displaying a dashboard placard with the agency's emblem and the words "On Official Duty."

An administrative hearing later dismissed these citations, but the city incurred the cost of time spent issuing the citations, processing the citations, sending the citations to collections, sending collection letters and the cost of having an administrator dismiss the citations.

The Inspector General says the parking division did not produce all the requested documents and took months to even respond to the request to view the violations in question.

Steve Gleason Act heads to President Obama’s desk

The Steve Gleason Act heads to the president.

House Speaker John Boehner signed the bill on Tuesday.

House Majority whip and Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise participated in the signing ceremony.

It will mean better access to speech generating devices for people with ALS and similar neurological disorders.

It does away with rules that limited coverage by Medicare and Medicaid.

The bill is now officially on its way to the president's desk.

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