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Representative Whitfield Issues Statement on Expediting FEMA

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Whitfield Calls Upon FEMA to Expedite Emergency Declaration to President

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01) today spoke with Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and urged Serino and FEMA to do whatever possible to advance Governor Steve Beshear’s request to the President for a declaration of a major disaster for all of Kentucky.

On April 28, Whitfield, after having viewed flood and storm damage across portions of the First Congressional District, led the Kentucky delegation in sending a letter to the President supporting the Governor’s request for a disaster declaration. Rep. Whitfield has continued to follow reports of rising river levels and, on the heels of the Army Corps of Engineers blasting a levy on the Mississippi River to relieve swelling river levels, Whitfield felt it necessary to call on FEMA and urge them to advance the disaster request.

“Deputy Administrator Serino was helpful in updating me on the process of the disaster declaration request,” said Whitfield following the call. “He informed me that FEMA has received the final pieces of information from the State and will now begin advancing the disaster declaration request through the necessary channels. It is my hope that this request would reach the President as quickly as possible so that local officials can have the assurance of federal support to make our damaged communities whole once more. I will continue to monitor and follow this situation closely and do whatever possible to assist Kentucky residents.”

Written by Angela Hatton

May 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Datebook: May 3 – World Press Freedom Day

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Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. Click here to visit the official website for this year’s event.

It’s Tuesday, May 3

Purchase Area Senior Games open next Monday at Murray State’s Stewart Stadium then fan out to locations throughout the Purchase District. A one-time non-refundable $6 registration fee brings the 2011 tee and entitles participation in all events, except for bowling and golf which require additional fees. See purchase to print a registration form.

Hopkinsville Art Guild and the City of Hopkinsville host the Derby Arts Festival Saturday. It’s free and open to all from 10 to 2 inside Bradford Square Mall, 4000 Ft. Campbell Boulevard. The Belmont Elementary School Choir, the combined bands of Hopkinsville Middle, North Drive Middle and Christian County Middle schools, and the Fourth Dimension Dance group are among the entertainments.

Murray State University’s Clay Club’s end of the semester sale is nine to three Tomorrow and Thursday in front of Price Doyle Fine Arts Building, featuring pottery and sculpture.

Thank you for listening. Find more information about the flooding around us at

morning cram [$27 million edition]

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The $27 million reward for Osama bin Laden could go unclaimed.

NPR blogs Secretary of State Hilary Clinton wouldn’t comment on the bounty.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah ditches efforts to block flooding at the Julian Carroll/Paducah Expo Centers and river industry companies there cite million$ in expected damages. The rest of Paducah’s floodgates will go up today. Gov Beshear is back today! and will end his tour at the Benton-hosted Regional Emergency Operations Center. Evacuations and inundated farmland abound in Ballard, Carlisle and Fulton counties. GOP AG-hopeful Todd P’Pool has raised $350k (totally).

ILLINOIS~ Some 65% of Alexander County residents have evacuated; both relief shelters near max capacity; officials relieved by levee blasting.