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Same problems with FEMA in Miami

November 7, 2005 - Hurricane Wilma hasn't received a lot of media play, but families in South Florida are facing a lot of the same problems as those in the Gulf Coast. Here's a dispatch from the Miami Worker's Center, a grassroots group that organizes low-income workers, about an event they hosted last Friday to bring attention to the situation:

Ark. Beebe pushes "state's rights" over environment

November 4, 2005 - Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe, a Democrat who is running for governor, has asked the Supreme Court to "stop the State of Oklahoma from attempting to impose Oklahoma laws upon Arkansas farmers and poultry companies," according to a press release from Beebe's office.

FEMA's money trail: "Transparent as mud"

October 31, 2005 - Newhouse News reporter Sean Reilly has stayed on the case of post-Katrina contracts in the Gulf, and has unearthed more dubious dealings, this time with a company called PBS&J. First there's the questionable revolving door of a FEMA-employee-turned-contractor-exec:

How Big Energy did Georgia

October 31, 2005 - As consumers ponder reports that Big Energy may be "forced" to drive up heating costs this winter, here's a story of what one utility did with the money another time they jacked up prices. From yesterday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Time to rein in Big Oil

October 28, 2005 - The NY Times has a story today headlined "Big Rise in Profit Puts Oil Giants on Defensive," which shows how hard times at the gas pump for ordinary folks means good times for oil execs:

Poor may have to choose between heating and eating

By R. Neal
October 27, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal Despite dire warnings of energy shortages and skyrocketing natural gas prices, the Senate this week voted down additional funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that would assist low-income families with their heating bills this winter.