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Mayor halts New Orleans returnees

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- With Tropical Storm Rita heading for the Florida Keys, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Monday told returning residents to stay out of the Crescent City.

Bush unhappy with reopening New Orleans

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- President Bush said Monday he has concerns with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's plan to allow people back into the hurricane-ravaged city.

FEMA frets over return to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's invitation for 180,000 to return to the storm-battered city this week has brought criticism from federal emergency officials.

Report: FEMA still troubled in Gulf Region

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The federal agency at the center of the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina is muffing the operation to aid storm victims, the New York Times reports.

FEMA: Rescue and recovery almost over

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Federal emergency workers in Louisiana are turning their focus from rescue and recovery to searching for remains of people killed by Hurricane Katrina.

Katrina recovery chief wants unity

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The new U.S. chief of Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen, has called for unity among local, state and federal officials.

Allen brings new focus to Katrina fight

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Michael Brown, once in charge of the fight to get federal relief efforts moving in the Gulf Coast, finds himself out of the battle this weekend. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen is now leading the Federal Emergency Management Agency's role in the areas de

FEMA director removed from relief efforts

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Federal Emergency Management Director Michael D. Brown, under fire for his agency's slow response to Hurricane Katrina, has been relieved of relief duties.
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