- - Sunday, March 27, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Ship crew member still missing

LOS ANGELES — Family members of a 24-year-old Briton reported missing from a Disney cruise ship last week planned to meet with investigators after the vessel returned to its home port in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Rebecca Coriam, whose hometown is Chester, England, was reported missing at sea Tuesday after she failed to report for a scheduled shift on the Disney Wonder. The ship was on a seven-day cruise along the western coast of Mexico.

Cousin Trish Davies said officials on board told the family that Miss Coriam made a phone call from the ship shortly before being reported missing. “They say they know what the conversation was but they’re not telling us,” she told KABC-TV.

Because the Disney Wonder is registered in the Bahamas, police from there are handling the investigation. The Mexican navy and the U.S. Coast Guard also are involved, City News Service reported.

IOWA

City builds flood wall but may be too late

DAVENPORT — Despite repeated floods, the Mississippi River city of Davenport, Iowa, has long refused to build a flood wall. But that’s changing.

The city of 100,000 people is preparing to build an $11 million wall to protect its water treatment plant. But some fear it could be too late since the winter snowpack and spring rains are expected to result in flooding.

The National Weather Service this week predicted that cold weather would delay the threat, but forecasts still give a 25 percent chance that the city will see flooding that could top the record set in 1993.

Although Davenport and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are building the wall, the project won’t begin until summer. Officials believe a temporary levee will protect the plant.

INDIANA

Spring Break trip turns deadly

ANGOLA — Four northeastern Indiana high school students returning from a spring break trip and another man have been killed in an auto crash in Alabama.

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