HAPPENING TODAY: Landrieu to sign 'Living Wage' ordinance; rain and cooler temps persist

HAPPENING TODAY: Landrieu to sign 'Living Wage' ordinance; rain and cooler temps persist
Mayor Landrieu to sign 'Living Wage' ordinance Monday

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to sign a measure that requires some city contractors to pay their workers higher wages.

Known as the "Living Wage Ordinance," the measure was authored by Jared Brossett. City Council unanimously approved the ordinance on August 6.

The new law applies to companies with city contracts worth $25,000 or more, or companies that have received grants of $100,000 or more to pay employees involved in city-contracted work.

Under the new measure, these companies would be required to pay their workers at least $10.55 an hour and provide a minimum of seven paid sick days.

Once signed, the ordinance will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

A signing ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at New Orleans City Hall.

Rain chances remain high through the week

A Gulf low is sending a surge of moisture and rainfall toward the Gulf coast.

We will see plenty of breaks in the rain, but the increase in shower activity and cloud cover will help to keep temperatures down.

Sunday's high finally stayed out of the 90s! That was the first time since June 28 we didn't hit at least 90 degrees.

We could see more days like that as rain chances will remain high in the afternoons all this week.

2 LaPlace schools remain closed following Friday fire

Two LaPlace schools remain closed following a destructive fire early Friday morning.

Administrators at East St. John Elementary and Lake Pontchartrain Elementary say both schools will remain closed Monday following Friday's fire.

Students at East St. John will be moved to the old Leon Godchaux campus. However, crews first need to move equipment and prepare the site for students. Administrators say this could take up to three weeks.

Lake Pontchartrain Elementary did not sustain any damage, but officials want to make sure the site is safe for everyone.

No injuries were reported in Friday's fire. Investigators are still working to learn the cause of the blaze. Criminal activity is not suspected.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Public School System is asking for school supplies to replace the ones lost in the fire. You can drop off donations at both locations of A Storage Inn - 2820 Highway 51, LaPlace and 3334 W. Airline Highway, Reserve. The locations will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.