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Government shutdown cancel’s Carson prayer breakfast speech

January 9, 2019
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks at the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House in Washington. The federal government shutdown has scrambled plans for a Missouri prayer breakfast after Ben Carson had to cancel as the keynote speaker Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. A spokesman for the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development said Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, that the agency could not pay for the secretary's travel to Missouri because of the shutdown. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks at the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House in Washington. The federal government shutdown has scrambled plans for a Missouri prayer breakfast after Ben Carson had to cancel as the keynote speaker Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. A spokesman for the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development said Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, that the agency could not pay for the secretary's travel to Missouri because of the shutdown. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown has scrambled plans for a Missouri prayer breakfast after Ben Carson had to cancel as the keynote speaker.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development said Wednesday that the agency couldn’t pay for the secretary’s travel to Missouri because of the shutdown.

Carson had been scheduled as the main speaker Thursday for the Missouri governor’s annual prayer breakfast.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Parson said Carson’s spot would be filled by St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts.

The breakfast hosted during the first week of the legislative session typically draws hundreds of people. Ticket proceeds benefit a leadership forum on faith and values for college students.

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