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Smart Talk April 14

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Double McGovern George McGovern is coming to Little Rock Wednesday, April 20, to address a breakfast meeting of the Political Animals Club. It’s at 7 a.m. at the Hilton Little Rock Metro Center. Admission is $12. Call 570-2200 for reservations. The former South Dakota senator and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee is delivering a speech at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville at 7 p.m. the night before. Tickets for that event cost $15, and can be purchased by calling 479-979-1346. Your tax dollars at work – for the Lord President George W. Bush has promised all along to put more federal money into “faith-based,” meaning religious, organizations. He’s had criticism for supporting churches and other religious groups. But he’s had noisier criticism from the Religious Right for not putting still more tax money into religious organizations. Perhaps that’s why the White House sent out state-by-state briefing sheets on faith-based grants. In 2004, the White House said, the feds have pumped $13.3 million into religious organizations in Arkansas. The biggest winner: White River Rural Health Center, a Baptist Health affiliate that operates community health centers in several cities in Arkansas. It received about $4.3 million. Among others, abstinence education grants totaling about $700,000 went to Abstinence by Choice and Catherine’s House of Little Rock and Mid-South Christian Ministries of West Memphis. Winnebago watch The idea of an urban RV park to cater to tourists is gaining some steam, we’re told. One group is looking at a site near Dixon Road south of town. The other is searching around Prothro Junction. Both operators would run shuttles to the River Market neighborhood (read: Clinton Library).

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