JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Mississippi lawmakers are working to provide nearly $88 million to help the state compete for a new federal laboratory that will study animal diseases.
A site will be chosen in the next several months for the new lab to replace one on Plum Island, N.Y. Manhattan, Kansas, is one of the five finalists for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said Kansas and at least one of the other states already have pledged money for the project. State lawmakers are in special session to consider several proposals.
Earlier this year, Kansas lawmakers approved $105 million in bonds for infrastructure improvements at the state's proposed site at Kansas State University.
The Department of Homeland Security will announce the chosen site this fall.