AUGUST 13, 2004 - Posted at 7:04 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - More than 1,200 Southern legislators and staff will gather in Little Rock this weekend and next week for the Southern Legislative Conference.
The event will be held at the Peabody Hotel on Sunday through Wednesday. The event will include members from 16 Southern states. Among the topics to be discussed at this year's conference are strengthening rural economies, global agriculture, and closing the achievement gap among students.