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St. Tammany having FEMA issues; Prez wanted four-times rent

CNN reports in "Parish president: FEMA still fumbling" that the Prez of St. Tammany Parish, Kevin Davis, is not satisfied with FEMA's endless red tape:

...Davis cited as an example his request for trailers to house parish residents and emergency workers currently living in shelters and tents.
"I've met with so many FEMA officials outside of my liaison officer; it's just I can't get a response," he complained...

Only at the 12th paragraph of the story do you get this:

...FEMA spokeswoman Nicol Andrews said the agency expects to have more than 1,000 housing units in the area up and running shortly, but that Davis himself has been part of the problem, recommending to the agency that his construction company be hired to develop a property to which he has personal ties.
Davis also asked that FEMA pay $7,000 per acre per month for the property -- more than four times its value, FEMA's Andrews said in an e-mailed response.
Since then, Davis dropped his lease rate "to a reasonable monthly amount," and federal officials have nearly finalized a deal to put housing on the site, which can accommodate as many as 1,000 units, she said.
In addition, FEMA has already installed more than 120 mobile homes in the parish, she said...
...Davis did not immediately return a call seeking further comment...

TSA screeners clogged New Orleans airport?

Lisa Myers reported on this evening's NBC News that flights entering and leaving the New Orleans airport ("MSY") were clogged because TSA personnel were being flown in to meet post-9/11 requirements. Once the TSA personnel were in place, their screening machines failed. Only after a delay were they able to obtain authorization to screen people manually.

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