Miss. governor wants $150M more to rebuild Katrina-ravaged towns

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour wants another $150 million to help rebuild towns still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina.

Barbour says he's asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to transfer the funds from a $5 billion disaster recovery fund into the Community Revitalization Grant Program.

The funds would be in addition to more than $104 million already approved for local governments in declared disaster counties.

The Community Revitalization Grant Program is managed by the Mississippi Development Authority.

Barbour says the MDA will begin taking applications for projects in anticipation of HUD approval.

Under the state's plan, Barbour says $75 million would be allocated to towns in George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River and Stone counties.

Barbour says up to $75 million dollars would be allocated to the remaining areas that were part of the presidential disaster declaration following Katrina.