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HAPPENING TODAY: Search for missing Miss. River swimmer; higher rain chances mean lower temps

Search continues Wednesday morning for Miss. River swimmer

The search continues Wednesday morning for a man who went missing Tuesday evening while swimming in the Mississippi River.

The Port of New Orleans received a call at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday saying that a man who was swimming near Jax Brewery had gone under and never resurfaced.

At the time of the man’s disappearance, the river was high with swift currents, according to the Coast Guard. Multiple agencies responded to the scene, executing an expansive search on Tuesday night.

Search efforts ceased late Tuesday night and continued around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Helicopters and boats are scouring the river for signs of the missing man.

New Orleans police are currently working to identify the missing man. 

Higher rain chances means lower temperatures

We are starting to see a pattern change that will allow more showers to develop and move in over the next several days.

The stubborn upper high that has brought the hot and dry weather will shift to the west. This will allow showers and thunderstorms within disturbances to rotate in from the north and east.

Also, there is a wave of low pressure in the eastern Gulf (non tropical) that will move south and west of the area through the end of the work week putting us on the wetter side.

Highs Wednesday will be hot again in the mid to upper 90s, as temperatures will fall into the lower 90s as rain chances increase Thursday into weekend.

Criminal Justice Committee to discuss budget issues

The New Orleans Criminal Justice Committee will meet to discuss budget issues.

City council members will get a mid-year update from the New Orleans Police Department, Juvenile Court and the Orleans Parish District Attorney.

Last month, Orleans public defenders said state and local funding is coming up short. They get a third of the DA's budget.

 The mayor blamed the shortfall on the state.

 Wednesday's meeting is at 2 p.m. in council chambers.

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