NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 17, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Tomorrow’s Senate hearings on the government’s handling of last year’s hurricane devastation in Florida noted.
(St. Lucie County, Florida: Kerry Sanders) Allegations of fraudulent payments by FEMA examined; details given from documents citing payments to Miami-Dade County residents, where damage was relatively slight compared to the hardest-hit areas, including Wauchula in Hardee County. [Senator Susan COLLINS- says people ripped off the program with no consequences.] [FEMA undersecretary Michael BROWN- defends FEMA’s payments.] [Hardee Country Public Safety Director Michael CHOATE, Emergency Management Director Richard SHEPARD- comment on the lack of help in central Florida.]