DALLAS -- Pesos County, Tex., officials yesterday said they are $7,243.57 short of making an Aug. 1 interest payment on municipal junk bonds that financed a for-profit jail that remains empty.

But a lawyer for the county said he has verbally requested that interest from $150,000 that has been held in trust to furnish the private jail -- but not yet spent -- be used to ensure that the $597,187.50 payment is made next month.

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