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New Orleans, Louisiana / Hurricane Katrina / Recovery / National Hurricane Center #870567

NBC Evening News for Friday, May 18, 2007
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(New Orleans: Brian Williams) The suffering at the New Orleans Convention Center after Hurricane Katrina recalled; footage shown; scenes shown from inside the building now.

(New Orleans: Martin Savidge) The spotty progress of recovery featured; scenes shown from Filmore Avenue, where some houses have not been touched since the storm, recent festivals and presidential candidates, including Senator Hillary Clinton, visiting New Orleans; statistics on population, contractor fraud complaints and the Road Home assistance program cited; details given of problems with the new hurricane evacuation plan. [Filmore Avenue residents Gary PENDERGAST††, Blanche BELL†, Nick KLEAMENAKIS††- comment.] [Demographer Gregory RIGAMER†- predicts the population rise will continue.]

(New Orleans: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Miami: Mark Potter) National Hurricane Center director Bill Proenza†’s claims that forecasting abilities are being undercut by NOAA featured. [PROENZA – complains about an aging weather satellite.] [NOAA director of communications Anson FRANKLIN†- says everybody is going to be focusing on safety and preparedness.] [Florida emergency management director Craig FUGATE†- comments on NOAA’s spending.]

Williams, Brian;
Savidge, Martin;
Potter, Mark

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