Nearly a a half million people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina will remain in hotel rooms beyond the Oct. 15 deadline set for their relocation. The Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency made the announcement Tuesday. The agencies said the program, which is in effect in 48 states, would be extended indefinitely. Details:
In related news, the chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency questions whether federal money should be used to restore flood-prone parts of New Orleans. For Rep. William Shuster (R-Pa.), the answer is NO.