Arkansas Judge Says War Making it Hard to Fund State's Delta

WASHINGTON - Members of Congress say fighting the war in Iraq is making it hard to get money for projects in the economically depressed Mississippi Delta region.  That's what Desha County Judge Mark McElroy says he heard as part of a group visiting Washington yesterday to lobby for more funding for the area.

McElroy, the country's top elected administrator, not a judicial official, said three lawmakers spoke to the Delta Grassroots Caucus on the first day of the group's annual gathering in the nation's capital.  They heard from Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas, and two members of the House, Congressman Arthur Davis of Alabama and Charlie Melancon of Louisiana, all three of them Democrats.  Senator Thad Cochran, a Republican from Mississippi, is expected to talk to the group today.

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