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FEMA claims dwindle as organizers begin closing up

A very good Wednesday evening to you. Here's what's ahead in our 10 p.m. broadcast.

Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration are closing up their operations in Limestone county to help out people who suffered damage in the tornadoes of April and May. Their centers there have seen a dropoff in activity, indicating that a lot of the need has been met. Our Vincent Crivelli will check in with one family still struggling and glad for some assistance.

The economy is looking weak, much weaker than it was looking. The newest stats from the Commerce Department show the U.S. gross domestic product shrank 2.9% in the first quarter of this year.  The experts are divided on whether that means the economy is really in trouble if it was just some one-time issues that make things look bad temporarily.  We talked with a UAH professor who says the political fallout will likely depend on what kind of political hay various candidates try to make of this.

Health officials are keeping an eye on the case of a local woman  who came back from a trip to Haiti apparently infected with chikungunya.  That's a disease spread by mosquitoes.  It appears in the Caribbean but lately a few cases have started showing up in the United States.  We talked with a who also went to Haiti and took her own precautions to avoid the bug. You'll hear from her at 10.  

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Charles Molineaux

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