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Ventura's Commitment to Children Questioned.

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Nov. 19, 1999--

Minnesota Governor "Snubs" Famed Child Literacy Advocate

It appears again that children are not a priority on Gov. Jesse Ventura's political agenda. Add to his list of alleged offenses the recent snubbing of child literacy advocate "Arthur," the popular star of TV, books and stage. It is obvious that "The Body" has no heart.

"Arthur,' who plays a key role in many public and private education systems and whose books serve as part of the curricula in schools and libraries in Minnesota and around the globe, was to meet with Ventura to discuss issues relating to child literacy. But just as the governor couldn't find the budget for children this year, he now apparently can't find the time, claim local parents.

Earlier this year, Ventura was sent hundreds of diapers in angry protest from Minnesotans incensed over the governor's decision to withhold funding for more than 8,000 children in need of state-provided day care. (a)

"Arthur" is in Minnesota as part of a 70-city tour of "Arthur -- A Live Adventure," a Broadway-style show produced by SFX Family Entertainment and sponsored by Libby's(R) Juicy Juice(R).

(a) As compiled by www.kcco-tv.com, March 29, 1999
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