Morning Meeting: Can You Hear Me Now?

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 10:05 am
By: Karen Sherman
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People across KELOLAND are still feeling the effects of recent flooding, so expect this to be a big story for awhile.  We looked at the issues facing residents in Ravinia and Hitchcok yesterday.  Mitchell is a community that has been hit hard by the flooding.  One of our news interns, Kolbe Nelson,  stopped by a golf course in town to see how flooding has affected business.

Today, our coverage will extend from Waubay to Milltown to the James River.  Shawn Neisteadt left a bit ago and is already sending back photos from his cell phone.  [Follow him on Twitter]

Highway 44 under the James River

Highway 44 under the James River

Another hot topic in the morning meeting was city cell phones.  At a news conference to announce department head appointees Monday, Mayor Mike Huether briefly touched on city cell phones.

Mayor Mike Huether discusses changes at City Hall

Mayor Mike Huether discusses changes at City Hall

One of every two city employees has a cell phone, according to Huether.  This morning, the newsroom discussed everything from data plans to contracts, and whether these 500+ cell phones are necessary.  We’re making calls to other cities of comparable size to find out where we rank.  What do you think about the cell phones?

The oil spill continues to come up in our meetings.  Ahead of the president’s address from the Oval Office tonight, we’re out getting reaction to the leak.  We’ve also posted a question on our Facebook page where you can discuss your feelings on the situation and the federal government’s response to the disaster.  Or you can let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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