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Hurricane Katrina / State of Emergency / Blame Game / Amoss Interview / Jefferson Parish #802311

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 06, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: Ed Henry) A contentious "blame game" meeting between Congress& President Bush's cabinet reviewed; details given about the questions asked of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the call for hearings, an investigation & an independent commission to look at the slow federal response. [Representative Tom DeLAY - blames local & state officials, who ask the federal government for help.] FEMA director Michael Brown's memo in which he asked Chertoff for a thousand volunteers discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) An open editorial letter in the "Times-Picayune" newspaper to the president quoted. [In live interview, "Times-Picayune" editor Jim AMOSS†- calls it preposterous to suggest it is a state/local problem; recounts how FEMA officials claimed they did not know this & that & could not get to New Orleans; comments on conditions in the city.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) The situation in New Orleans reviewed; scenes shown from New Orleans, including fires in the Garden District, a makeshift morgue in Baton Rouge & people in shelters; details given about the contaminated water that could lead to an outbreak of disease & of the resettlement of the displaced people. [Senator Susan COLLINS, President BUSH - offer views.] [New Orleans police OFFICIAL, Mayor Ray NAGIN - talk about evacuating the city.] [In Washington, DC, EVACUEE - comments.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) The return home to Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, featured; scenes shown from outside & inside one man's house on Hollywood Lane. [Storm evacuee Mark WONJA†- reacts to being back in his now-flooded yard & house.]

Brown, Aaron;
Henry, Ed

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