Bush remembers victims of Hurricane Katrina, pushes for rebuilding plan

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - President Bush will pause Tuesday to remember the hundreds who died in New Orleans, which has been slow to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina a year ago.

Looking to local leaders to design a rebuilding plan that can speed its revival, Bush went to breakfast today with Mayor Ray Nagin before attending a somber prayer service marking the first anniversary of the nation's costliest natural disaster.

Bush and Nagin chose Betsy's Pancake House, a well-known local breakfast hangout that reopened in March.

Monday night, Bush and Nagin discussed the slow pace of recovery at dinner in New Orleans, and they also talked about how to accelerate the flow of federal assistance.

A prayer service is scheduled this morning at Saint Louis Cathedral, virtually untouched by the fierce winds and high waters that hit the city August 29th, 2005.

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