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Louisiana Recovery

Media. Clarice Eichelberger wrote several articles on churches
Time Line:
August 24, 2006
New Orleans Still Recovering One Year After Katrina
A year after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, residents find that
despite promises of aid from local, state and federal governments, the
city still lacks adequate medical care and basic services. NewsHour
correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports from three of the hardest hit
neighborhoods of Gentilly, Uptown and the Lower Ninth Ward.
July 27, 2006
New Orleans Churches Start from Scratch After Hurricane
After Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans last summer, the
federal housing department said it would have to demolish 75 percent of
the city's public housing. But many displaced residents are willing to
move back to their former neighborhoods and make repairs themselves.
Betty Ann Bowser provides a report.
April 19, 2006
New Orleans Churches Start from Scratch After Hurricane
Following Hurricane Katrina, churches in New Orleans, like most
structures, were caked in mud with little hope of returning to their
former selves. Ray Suarez reports on the efforts of churches -- and
their communities -- to renew themselves.
April 13, 2006
Government Issues New Orleans Rebuilding Rules
The federal government on Thursday issued terms for rebuilding
thousands of homes and businesses in New Orleans, including raising
structures up to 3 feet to qualify for flood insurance.
J. Robert Hunter, former administrator of the National Flood Insurance
Program; Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute; and
Anthony Patton, a member of the bring back New Orleans commission
discuss the guidelines.
October 14, 2005
Planners Consider Future of New Orleans
Officials in New Orleans, a city twice flooded by hurricanes in 2005,
now face the challenge of rebuilding one of America's most unique cities
while making it safe for residents to live and work.
October 4, 2005
Private Companies Rebuild Gulf
Awards to private contractors to aid recovery along the Gulf Coast make
the largest transfer of federal funds into private hands. Most of the
contracts were awarded with little or no bidding, worrying government
watchdog groups. A report from Louisiana gives an overview of their
September 30, 2005
New Orleans Mayor Organizes Rebuilding Commission
On a day in which he reopened neighborhoods that once housed more than
100,000 residents, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin announced a 17-member
commission to draft a rebuilding plan for New Orleans, tapping business
owners and others, including Roman Catholic Archbishop Alfred Hughes and 
jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, to the job.
September 30, 2005
Small Louisiana Town Faces Daunting Rebuilding Effort
Video: Many small towns have felt overlooked and undersupplied since
hurricanes Katrina and Rita brought crippling devastation. City leaders
and residents of Vinton, a small Louisiana town about 10 miles from the
Texas border, are struggling to clean up and rebuild in the aftermath of
the storms.
-- Louisiana Public Broadcasting
September 23, 2005
City Leaders, Residents Take Early Look at Rebuilding New Orleans
Video: Government officials, residents, corporations and private
investors debate how best to repopulate and rebuild the devastated city
of New Orleans and who will fund the effort.
-- Louisiana Public Broadcasting
September 16, 2005
President's Address Opens Debate over Future of Gulf Region
President Bush's pledge to do "what it takes" to rebuild areas
devastated by Hurricane Katrina has sparked a debate among officials,
activists, scholars and others about the scope and goals of the
government's effort. Ray Suarez speaks with Bruce Katz of the Brookings
Institution; Alison Fraser of the Heritage Foundation; Mark
Shleff-Steen, environmental reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune;
Ronnie Seaton, a chef and teacher from New Orleans; and William Julius
Wilson, a professor of social policy at Harvard University, about their
reaction to President Bush's speech.


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