Moore, Oklahoma: Disaster, Relief and Recovery
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The Director of FEMA and the Secretary of Homeland Security arrived in Moore, Oklahoma today to assess what assistance is needed after Monday's deadly tornado. People educated by past tornadoes in neighboring cities were already there. We hear about rescue, recovery, rebuilding and human resilience. Also, Los Angeles has a new mayor, Eric Garcetti. On Reporter's Notebook, we talk with Maine Republican Olympia Snowe about leaving the US Senate in order to save it.
Banner image: Two girls stand in rubble after a tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, May 20, 2013. Photo Gene Blevins/Reuters
Eric Garcetti, the Next Mayor of Los Angeles ()
After yesterday's run-off election, America's second largest city will have new leadership. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be replaced by City Councilman Eric Garcetti, who fought a contentious and costly race against City Controller Wendy Greuel. Jim Newton is editor at large and columnist at the Los Angles Times and author, most recently, of Eisenhower: The White House Years.
Life and Death in 'Tornado Alley' ()
With 24 dead and 237 injured, Glen Lewis, Mayor of Moore, Oklahoma, says the town's now gone "from rescue and searching to recovery." But rebuilding will be a long time coming. The tornado that hit Moore on Monday, was rated EF-5 on what's called the Enhanced Fujita Scale. It stayed on the ground for 40 or 50 minutes — much longer than usual — and it demolished a swath of buildings 20 miles long and more than a mile wide. Two years ago today, Joplin, Missouri, lost 161 to a tornado, and Joplin is still on the mend. We hear from people in Moore, Joplin and elsewhere in what's called "Tornado Alley." What's it like to experience winds of 200 miles an hour? Are more storms like this inevitable? Is it possible to prepare? What does it take to clean up and face the future? And… why do they stay?
- Kurt Gwartney: KGOU, @kgwartney
- Julie Jones: University of Oklahoma
- Jane Cage: Citizens Advisory Recovery Team (Joplin, Missouri), @JaneCage
- William Hooke: American Meteorological Society, @williamhooke
- Clayton Jones: Christian Science Monitor
Can Olympia Snowe 'Fight for Common Ground' outside Congress? ()
Maine Republican Olympia Snowe served in elected office for 40 years, including three terms in the US Senate. Last year, she declined to run for re-election on the ground that extreme partisanship had rendered what used to be called "the world's greatest deliberative body" unable to perform its governing functions under the Constitution. Now she says she can serve the country better from outside than inside, and she's written Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress about what might be done. Snowe says she "can understand why so many Americans are fed up with government."
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