HAPPENING TODAY: Trial for alleged 'Ride Or Die' gang members; Tropical depression could form in Atlantic

HAPPENING TODAY: Trial for alleged 'Ride Or Die' gang members; Tropical depression could form in Atlantic
Trial for alleged ‘Ride Or Die’ gang members begins

Three alleged gang members are expected to appear in federal court in New Orleans for the start of a racketeering trial.

Federal prosecutors say Deloyd "Puggy" Jones, Byron "Big Baby" Jones and Sidney "Duda Man" Patterson could face life in prison if convicted of murder. The three are the remaining defendants among the alleged Ride Or Die members named in a 2013 federal racketeering indictment, according to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune.

The three allegedly carried out murders to protect the turf for an 8th Ward gang – known as "Ride Or Die."

The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

Landrieu to discuss Hurricane Katrina at National Press Club luncheon

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will discuss Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts Tuesday at a National Press Club luncheon in our nation's capitol.

Landrieu will give updates on New Orleans' progress to ensure the city's long-term resilience. The luncheon will take place at noon today.

After his D.C visit, Landrieu will head to Atlanta and Houston as part of a program commemorating the storm 10 years later.

He wants to thank the cities for welcoming evacuees with open arms.

Landrieu says he knows many former residents still live in those places and he will put a call out for those people to come home.

Authorities take a stand against underage exotic dancers

State police and local leaders team up Monday to take a stand against underage exotic dancers.

They will discuss their concerns with the alcohol and beverage control board during a meeting. They'll also talk about the connections to human trafficking in New Orleans.

This comes after leaders with the Covenant House urged the city to crack down on businesses who hire underage workers at a council meeting last month. Monday's meeting takes place in council chambers.

Rain chances remain high Tuesday

Most of us saw some much needed rainfall Monday and with an ample supply of moisture from the Gulf this week, every day will see a chance for showers.

Most development will occur in the afternoon. Tuesday through Thursday, rain coverage looks around 50 percent - perhaps a little higher. Rain chances taper off by the end of the week and weekend.

Afternoon temperatures with rain can either remain or quickly drop into the 80s. By the weekend, temperatures will reach the lower 90s.

High chance of tropical cyclone development in the Atlantic

Showers and thunderstorms associated with an area of low pressure located several hundred miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands are gradually becoming better organized.

Environmental conditions appear conducive for additional development of this system, and a tropical depression will likely form within the next few days while the system moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph.
The system has a 70 percent chance of development in the next 48 hours and an 80 percent chance of development in five days.

If the system holds together, it is a week or more out from the Islands and there is no reason to start tracking now.

Dry air and shear could rip the system apart before even reaching the Caribbean. There are too many unknowns and it's too far away to concern ourselves now.

East St. John Elementary meeting to announce update for students affected by fire

Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School students will return to class on Thursday, Aug. 20, following last week's fire at East St. John Elementary School.

Administrators announced that teachers will report back to the school on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

A parent and community meeting for information relating to East St. John Elementary School will take place on Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. in the LaPlace Elementary School cafeteria. Information including the relocation plan, transition time frame and relief efforts will be discussed.

East St. John Elementary School students are tentatively set to return to class on the Leon Godchaux campus in Reserve on Aug. 31.

However, administrators say they are working as quickly as possible to prepare that campus for students and hope to have students back in school prior to that date.

In the interim, the school district has partnered with New Wine Christian Fellowship and Marathon Petroleum Corporation to provide a camp for East St. John Elementary School students.

Parents can register their children for the camp from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, and Wednesday, Aug. 19, at New Wine Christian Fellowship, 1929 West Airline Highway in LaPlace.

Parents can also register their children during Tuesday's community meeting.