Aide to Ark. governor to head Delta Authority

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A top aide to Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe
has been chosen by President Barack Obama to head the multi-state
Delta Regional Authority that works to enhance the economy of the
impoverished Mississippi Delta region in eight states.
      Chris Masingill, Beebe's director of intergovernmental affairs,
is currently the governor's alternate to the DRA. He was nominated
by the White House on Thursday to become federal co-chair of the
agency, essentially its top administrator. The nomination must be
approved by the U.S. Senate, according to the announcement.
      DRA was created by Congress in 2000 and provides economic
development programs in 252 counties and parishes in parts of
Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Missouri and Tennessee.
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