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Hurricane Katrina / New Orleans / Reopening #803396

FNC Evening News for Sunday, Sep 18, 2005
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(Studio: Laurie Dhue) The revised death toll in Louisiana from Hurricane Katrina cited.

(New Orleans: Phil Keating) Conditions across New Orleans, as the city prepares to reopen, featured; scenes shown of damages to local businesses. [Representative Richard BAKER†, Louisiana National Guardsman Lt. Col. Jacques THIBODEAUX†- comment.]

(Studio: Laurie Dhue) Report introduced.

(Washington: Kelly Wright) The debate over whether evacuees should return to New Orleans featured; details given about Mayor Ray Nagin’s decision to reopen portions of the city. [Coast Guard official Thad ALLEN†- warns against a quick return to the city.]

(Studio: Laurie Dhue) The statement by the mayor of St. Bernard’s Parish, Louisiana, that residents will not be able to return home until next summer, the efforts of Congress to balance Katrina relief with other spending cuts, and the creation of tax insensitive plans for Gulf Coast home owners noted.

Dhue, Laurie;
Keating, Phil;
Wright, Kelly

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