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BILOXI, Mississippi (CNN) -- Residents of hard-hit Harrison County, Mississippi, are complaining that bodies left after hurricane Katrina struck on Monday remain unrecovered by officials.

People in one Biloxi neighborhood showed CNN's Chris Huntington the body of their neighbor, wedged under a porch.

They said emergency officials were aware of the body and told them not to remove it but wait for the local coroner.

In another area nearby, residents said they found 25 bodies washed up in the floodwaters.

The death toll from Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi stands at 147, but local officials expect it will go much higher.

The storm ruined coastline casinos, which are a large part of the local economy.

Harrah's Entertainment, which operates casinos in Gulfport and Biloxi -- as well as devastated New Orleans -- said it plans to continue to distribute paychecks to its 8,000 employees, at least for now.

Harrah's casino in Tunica, Mississippi, is serving as a shelter for 400 displaced residents and has committed $1 million to recovery efforts.

Three hundred troops in Iraq from Keesler Air Force Base will be brought back and 100 more who were scheduled for deployment will remain to help with the recovery effort. (Full story)

More than 590,000 people in Mississippi remained without power as of Saturday afternoon, according to the Mississippi State Emergency Management Agency.

Many are relying on fuel-powered generators, and fuel has been in short supply.

The situation appears to be improving each day, however. Additional gas stations are reopening and the lines to purchase gas are getting a little shorter.

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