Bush to Visit Arkansas on Saturday...Rita Permitting

SEPTEMBER 21, 2005 - Posted at 8:16 a.m. CDT

FORT SMITH, AR - Final plans have not been made yet for a visit to Arkansas by President Bush.  But Arkansas officials say they want the president to understand the role the state is playing in taking in refugees from Hurricane Katrina.

Initially, the White House and state officials indicated that Bush could visit on Friday or Saturday.  U.S. Senator Mark Pryor says he spoke with Bush adviser Karl Rove, and Rove cautioned that Hurricane Rita could change or postpone the president's travel plans.

Arkansas is getting a new wave of refugees being moved from the Houston area because Rita is in the Gulf of Mexico and moving toward the Texas coast.

Governor Huckabee says he wants Bush to see the big picture of how aid has been organized in Arkansas.

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