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Sept. 20, 2018 Newscast | Cronkite News

Staff Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 Sept. 20, 2018 Newscast | Cronkite News We look at how ASU is working to bring STEM education to underrepresented students; changes the Maricopa County Elections Department is setting to make the general election run smoother; and...

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A year after Hurricane Maria, panel wants 9/11-level probe of response

Daniel Perle Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 A year after Hurricane Maria, panel wants 9/11-level probe of response WASHINGTON – One year after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, Arizona State University Professor Maria Cruz-Torres said her parents on the island are still struggling to complete repairs to their house after getting “no help from FEMA at all.” Her complaints were echoed at a Capitol Hill conference Thursday where experts called for a 9/11 Commission-style investigation into the government’s response to the storm that left an estimated 3,000 people dead, making it the deadliest American natural disaster in a century. The Federal Emergency Management Agency “failed miserably, we need to call it what it is,” said Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation, at the event that one participant called “the largest Capitol Hill gathering of experts” since the storm struck Puerto Rico. Calderon was flanked on the panel by philanthropists whose companies did humanitarian work in Puerto Rico after the hurricane. Kellie Bentz, head of global disaster response and relief at Airbnb, said efforts to house both victims and humanitarian-aid workers was slowed down by the process involved in FEMA’s contractor system. Jeanette Morelan, communications and marketing manager for World Central Kitchen, said that Puerto Rico was already importing about 85 percent of its food before Hurricane Maria. Since the storm, that has shot up to 98 percent, she...

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A year after Hurricane Maria, panel wants 9/11-level probe of response

Daniel Perle Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 A year after Hurricane Maria, panel wants 9/11-level probe of response WASHINGTON – One year after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, Arizona State University Professor Maria Cruz-Torres said her parents on the island are still struggling to complete repairs to their house after getting “no help from FEMA at all.” Her complaints were echoed at a Capitol Hill conference Thursday where experts called for a 9/11 Commission-style investigation into the government’s response to the storm that left an estimated 3,000 people dead, making it the deadliest American natural disaster in a century. The Federal Emergency Management Agency “failed miserably, we need to call it what it is,” said Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation, at the event that one participant called “the largest Capitol Hill gathering of experts” since the storm struck Puerto Rico. [related-story-right box-title=”Related story:” link=”https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2018/09/20/hurricane-florence-victims-trauma/” image=”https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Screenshot-2018-09-19-17.36.24.png” headline=”Red Cross volunteers help victims deal with emotional trauma from Hurricane Florence”] Calderon was flanked on the panel by philanthropists whose companies did humanitarian work in Puerto Rico after the hurricane. Kellie Bentz, head of global disaster response and relief at Airbnb, said efforts to house both victims and humanitarian-aid workers was slowed down by the process involved in FEMA’s contractor system. Jeanette Morelan, communications and marketing manager for World Central Kitchen, said that Puerto Rico was already importing about 85 percent...

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Fontes labels primary elections a ‘success,’ discusses plan for improvements in November

Daisy Finch Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 Fontes labels primary elections a ‘success,’ discusses plan for improvements in November PHOENIX – Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes on Thursday praised his office’s handling of the August primary election and said better training and monitoring will avoid issues in the Nov. 6 general election. “The story here is a story of success – successful planning for contingencies that we did not know would have happened but that did happen, and we addressed the problems,” Fontes said of the Aug. 28 primaries. “That’s the story here, and that is an incontrovertible fact. We overcame significant problems. Period.” During the primaries, problems were reported at 62 polls in metro Phoenix, including technological glitches and locations that didn’t open for up to 5½ hours. After noon on election day, Secretary of State Michele Reagan urged Fontes to ask the county Board of Supervisors to petition the courts to extend voting hours, but supervisors declined. Fontes – who in the days before the election had promised that all voting equipment had been checked – blamed third-party contractors for the problems. Earlier this month, Fontes announced that Maricopa County Elections Department employees, rather than contractors, will handle the November voting. On Thursday, he stressed better training for poll workers and enhanced monitoring of polling places through SiteBook technology. “We will have live monitoring of every line at...

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