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Hurricane Katrina / Bush Rebuilding Plan / New Orleans / Mississippi #803246

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 15, 2005
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(New Orleans: Brian Williams) The conclusion that Hurricane Katrina was the most destructive storm in the US noted; death toll & unemployment claims cited. NOTE: Local weather bulletin on screen.

(New Orleans: David Gregory) President Bush’s speech tonight from New Orleans, in which he will outline the relief & reconstruction effort for the Gulf region, previewed; excerpts quoted; details given of concern about the cost. [Historian Michael BESCHLOSS††– comments on the view that Bush’s leadership ability has been absent.] [St. Bernard Parish store owner Joey JEANFREAU‡- comments on rebuilding.] [Senator John McCAIN – worries about the deficit.]

(New Orleans: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(New Orleans: Kevin Tibbles) The surprising announcement from Mayor Ray Nagin that residents may start returning to New Orleans soon featured; scenes shown of sludge in the streets, a line of people at a Winn-Dixie in Jefferson Parish, the remaining floodwaters. [NAGIN – says we’ll start to breathe again; warns against lawlessness.] [Survivor Emerson FERNANDEZ†- warns people not to take chances.] [WOMAN – comments on the search for groceries.] [French Quarter salon owner Steve KHAN‡- comments on damage to his shop.] [Volunteer Michael GLOW‡- cries over the destruction.]

(New Orleans: Brian Williams) The question of New Orleans’ readiness to reopen mentioned; scenes shown of debris left by evacuees on the interstate, including a framed marriage certificate for Walter Stevenson & Georgette Hilton.

(Biloxi, Mississippi: Ron Mott) The devastation in Mississippi featured; details given of frustration over getting help from FEMA. [3 RESIDENTS, Norman BLEULER††, Dana ROWELL††, former Chicago Bears football player/resident Lionel ANTOINE†– comment on the need for aid.]

(New Orleans: Brian Williams, Tim Russert) The devastation in the New Orleans area and the spirit of the people discussed.

(New Orleans: Brian Williams) NBC’s coverage of Bush’s speech and the establishment of an NBC New Orleans bureau announced.

Williams, Brian;
Gregory, David;
Tibbles, Kevin;
Mott, Ron;
Tim, Brian Williams,

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