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Quick Guide & Transcript: FEMA issues new Katrina rebuilding rules, Week in Review


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(CNN Student News) -- April 14, 2006

Quick Guide

Rebuilding New Orleans - Find out about the new guidelines for many who hope to rebuild in New Orleans.

Giant Sinkhole - Stand at the edge of a bus-sized sinkhole in Idaho and learn what officials are doing about it.

Week in Review - Learn why the White House says Iran is moving in the "wrong direction."



DANIELLE ELIAS, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Hello and welcome to this Friday, April 14th edition of CNN Student News! I'm Danielle Elias at the CNN Center. New guidelines: FEMA tells some New Orleans residents what they'll have to do, if they want to rebuild their homes. "Rough road" is right: Imagine you're driving along in Idaho, and come up on a hole the size of a bus! We'll tell you what caused it. And they're as awesome as they are destructive. Take a look at what a line of severe storms, left behind earlier this week.

First Up: Rebuilding New Orleans

ELIAS: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has set up some new rules for New Orleans residents: Many people who want to rebuild their homes and businesses, will have to raise them off the ground. One flood expert says that won't help much if another major hurricane hits-- you may remember that in some areas, floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina reached rooftops. Still, many residents are looking forward to starting over. Susan Roesgen describes what they'll have to do.


SUSAN ROESGEN, CNN REPORTER: For the past eight months, many neighborhoods in the New Orleans area, like this one in the Lakeview section, have been stuck in a time warp. Homeowners haven't come home because they're waiting to find out how high they might have to raise their homes in order to qualify for flood insurance. Now FEMA has come out with new guidelines. In the new guidelines, the magic number for most people is three feet, a minimum of three feet. The new guidelines only apply to homes like these that were severely damaged. But it's expensive to raise a home, it can cost tens of thousands of dollars. The federal government will pay part of that expense, but now homeowners have a decision to make: whether to raise their homes, or tear them down. Susan Roesgen, CNN, New Orleans.


ELIAS: If they want advice, former FEMA leader Michael Brown is offering to help -- for free. Brown took a lot of criticism for the way the government responded to Hurricane Katrina. And that criticism started up again when there was word St. Bernard Parish was considering hiring him as a consultant. Now Brown says he won't take any money from the battered community for his advice.

New Orleans Update

ELIAS: The city's gearing up to elect a mayor, and there are 23 people who want the job! Frontrunner's include Ray Nagin, the current mayor, Ron Rorman, who brought a world-class aquarium to New Orleans. And Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu. Some lesser-known candidates include James Arey, who's running on a platform for the arts-- you can hear why. Mac Rahman is an immigrant from India who's lived here for 32 years-- he's not spending much money on his campaign. And a 24-year-old Tulane medical student named Nick Bacque is getting his word out on the internet.

Word to the Wise


erosion (noun) the process of wearing away by the action of water, wind or glacial ice

source: www.m-w.comexternal link

Giant Sinkhole

ELIAS: Several Northern and Central California counties are in states of emergency. The reason-- more wet weather than the region's seen in 100 years. Flooding is one danger. This is another: When the ground gets too wet, mudslides can send homes slipping downhill. Officials in Mill Valley believe an elderly man died when his home was swallowed by a wall of mud. There's also the threat of sink-holes-- Craters formed when the ground's surface gives way and collapses. In another state inundated by rain, Alex Cabrero from affiliate KSL shows us one massive sinkhole.


ALEX CABRERO, REPORTER: People in Franklin County, Idaho know you need good tires to drive Cub River Road; but not even the best tires get over this.

BILL PALMER: I couldn't believe there was this big a hole in the county.

CABRERO: 30 feet deep, 25 feet around... it's become quite an attraction.

PALMER: Everybody in the county is talking about it.

ALAN CARTER, FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMISSIONER: Oh yeah, there have been a lot of people up to view it.

CABRERO: Even though the road is closed, good luck trying to stop people.

BROOKS MOSER: We just heard about the hole and we figured we'd come up to look at it.

SCOTT EGBERT: It's huge. Walking up to it, it doesn't look that big, and then you peak over the edge, and it's 20 feet deep.

CABRERO: Road crews are trying to figure out exactly what caused the sinkhole. It started caving in last week with all the rain, but it was small then, over the weekend it got bigger.

CARTER: It was deep, and the bad thing was it was really dark the day we found it. You couldn't see the bottom, but you could hear water running through it.

CABRERO: But for as much attention as this big hole is getting, now comes the tough part for the county. They have to fix it.

TROY MOSER, ROAD SUPERVISOR: It could collapse at any time.

CABRERO: Troy Moser, the county's road supervisor wants to get it fixed next week. Just past this point is a popular place for weekend snowmobilers.

CARTER: We're afraid people are gonna want to drive across it and cause a further collapse.

CABRERO: Crews plan to fill the hole with boulders, dirt, and gravel... and do it right away... no matter what the cost.

MOSER: It's gonna cost the same if we fix it now, or a month from now, so we'll jump on it.



AZUZ: Time for the Shoutout! Which modern-day country was once known as Persia? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it: A) Iran, B) Pakistan, C) Afghanistan or D) India? You've got three seconds--GO! Until 1935, Iran was known as Persia. That's your answer and that's your Shoutout!

Week in Review

ELIAS: The White House says Iran is moving in the "wrong direction"... After Iran made a major announcement about its nuclear program earlier this week. Deanna Morawski explains why in today's "Week in Review."


DEANNA MORAWSKI, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: The Southeast is picking up after a band of severe storms pummeled the region Friday and Saturday. Twisters and strong winds killed at least 12 people in Tennessee, and left a trail of destruction stretching from Mississippi to South Carolina.

MAN ON THE STREET: My mother went flying, and bless his heart, Brian grabbed her. And if he hadn't grabbed her, she'd have been dead, she'd have been gone.

MORAWSKI: The storm also downed power lines, Leaving tens of thousands temporarily in the dark.

Immigrants and their supporters rallied Monday in what they called a "National Day of Action." many are upset about a measure passed by the house in December that - among other things - makes entering the country illegally a felony and calls for building more than 700 miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. A similar measure stalled in the

Senate last week. According to organizers, the "Day of Action" included events in more than 140 cities in at least 39 states.

Iran has not yet agreed to international demands to limit its nuclear program. The Gulf nation announced Tuesday that it has successfully produced enriched uranium, which can be used to generate nuclear power or with further enrichment... build a nuclear bomb. But experts say Iran still isn't close to producing weapons-grade nuclear material, and may even be exaggerating its progress. The U.N. Security Council has given Iran until the end of April to suspend its uranium enrichment activities.

Thursday, Zacarias Moussaoui took the stand for the second time in his death-penalty trial. The al Qaeda conspirator said it makes his day to hear witnesses cry about their experiences on 9/11. Earlier in the week, prosecutors rested their case against Moussaoui after playing a tape from United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into a Pennsylvania field after it was hijacked. The tape contained the last words of some of the passengers.

HAMILTON PETERSON, RELATIVE OF TWO FLIGHT 93 VICTIMS: What I heard was at least two people in what are likely their final moments pleading for their lives, recognizing they were going to die.

MORAWSKI: Prosecutors are hoping to convince the jury to give Moussaoui the death penalty. He remains the only person in the U.S. prosecuted in connection with the 9/11 attacks. That's your Week in Review. For CNN Student News, I'm Deanna Morawski.



ELIAS: So how are we doing? Here's your chance to "shout out" what you think of today's stories. Head to, and click the link that says "Contact Us"-- you'll find it in the "Watch and Learn" box. We're looking forward to your feedback!

Off the Beaten Path

ELIAS: There's a lot of "big" news this week from Off the Beaten Path; and we mean big. Carl Azuz shows you a wrestler and alligator you wouldn't want to mess with!

CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: It probably wouldn't be a good idea to make fun of this guy's skirt. Maybe you don't spend your afternoons in a loin cloth. But this dude is six feet, eight inches and 315 pounds of sumo-rasslin' robustness. He's the first European to rise to sumo super-stardom. And they say his good looks have helped him wrestle his way into ladies' hearts.

Pucker up, baby. You could call this his reptilian equivalent... but we wouldn't recommend kissing this guy. He measures more than 13 feet long and a thousand pounds, and would make one fine pair of boots! But that wasn't on the minds of the crocodile hunters who caught him behind a Florida medical center-- They were thinking about the health of the folks inside.

And you remember that kid who always brought a squirt gun to class? Here's his heaven: "Dude, you can like, squirt people and not get detention!" That's right, and all you gotta do is go to Thailand, where the annual water festival aims to dampen heated emotions. It's reportedly a celebration of renewal and cleansing. But before you ask, "Why not just take a shower?" Think about whether you'd want to do that in the middle of a city. I'm Carl Azuz, dude, reporting from Off the Beaten Path.


ELIAS: We hope you have a safe, fun weekend. For CNN Student News, I'm Danielle Elias. We'll see you Monday.

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