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HAPPENING TODAY: Officials to answer brain-eating amoeba questions; NOFD monitors marsh fire

Public meeting to update St. Bernard residents on chlorine burn

Concerned citizens in St. Bernard Parish can learn more about a brain-eating amoeba found in the parish's water system. 

State Senator J.P. Morrell is hosting a community meeting to touch base with residents Tuesday evening. Leaders from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will also be on hand to answer questions.

The parish started a 60-day chlorine burn last week to flush the lines after an amoeba was detected in a sample. The health department says the water is safe to drink, but it warns people should not get it up their nose.

Parish President Dave Peralta thinks the problem is not in the water system, but because of faulty equipment at the sample site.

“What we believe we have had happen is there's been an infiltration of the water that was pulled around the sampling station,” Peralta said.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Nunez Community College Auditorium.

Mandeville developer unveils vision for massive lakefront project

The developer of what's called one of Mandeville's biggest projects ever unveils his vision to the public Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the public is invited to City Hall to see plans for a sweeping transformation of what's now an abandoned industrial site.

The proposed $200 million project calls for about 500 housing units, a grocery store, four restaurants, a boutique hotel, a public park, a marina and a promenade at the former Pre-Stressed Concrete Products plant just east of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

The public presentation on July 28 will take place at 7 p.m. before the Mandeville Planning and Zoning Commission.

The fight over back pay for New Orleans firefighters heads to court

The Firefighters Association has filed contempt charges against the city. It alleges the city failed in an agreement to pay nearly $75-million in back wages.

The city has said the association neglected to find a level headed approach, and paying that amount of money at one time could threaten essential services for citizens.

A judge ruled the city owes the money to more than one thousand firefighters or their families.

Firefighters continue to monitor New Orleans East marsh fire

A marsh fire in New Orleans East has been burning since Friday.

The fire has intensified somewhat and there is a light haze of smoke on Highway 11 between the levee and the merger for Interstate 10.

The fire is 1 ½ miles south of I-10 between Irish Bayou and the lake on private land, and is inaccessible to land-based fire units or the fireboat.

The Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development plan to post signage along I-10 and at Chef Menteur Highway and Highway 11 exits to warn motorists of the haze in the area.

The New Orleans Fire Department is closely monitoring this fire for any changes and will continue to update the public as needed. 

Fundraiser planned for slain NOPD Officer Daryle Holloway

A fundraiser is planned Tuesday night for fallen New Orleans Police Officer Daryle Holloway.

Holloway died June 20 after he was allegedly shot by a man he was taking to Orleans Parish Prison. Travis Boys, 33, escaped after the shooting, but was captured the next day.

Boys shot Holloway through an access window of the caged portion of the police car, according to court documents. Prior to the shooting, Boys was handcuffed in the back seat. His hands were cuffed behind his back. Boys somehow was able to bring his arms to the front, court documents state. There are still many unanswered questions, including why Boys had two guns on him while in police custody.

Holloway served 22 years on the force. He was close to Superintendent Michael Harrison, who describes him as a man full of life, who had many friends. Holloway leaves behind three children.

Rock n’ Bowl will play host to Tuesday night’s fundraiser. It takes place from 6-11 p.m. Admission is $20.

The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation have set up a fund for the family of Holloway. For more information on how you can make a donation to the Holloway family, click here.

Another hot day, some late week rain relief

Tuesday will be another scorcher as highs rise back to the mid to upper 90s with heat indices in the 102-108 range.

The upper high will hold its grip one more day, then start to move a bit more westward. This will allow a few more showers to develop on the eastern peripherary as a trough and front are able to slide in from the northeast.

This will allow rain chances to rise by 10 percent each day through Friday to the 50 percent range. 

I am watching an elongated area of low pressure that stretches from the central Gulf back NE to off the Georgia coast.  Strong upper winds will make any development very slow.  

However, it looks like part of that system may slide east northeast into the area by Thursday. 

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