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Governor's Prayer Breakfast

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The federal government shutdown has scrambled plans for a Missouri prayer breakfast after Ben Carson had to cancel as the keynote speaker.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development said Wednesday that the agency couldn't pay for the secretary's travel to Missouri because of the shutdown.

 

Carson had been scheduled as the main speaker Thursday for the Missouri governor's annual prayer breakfast.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Parson said Carson's spot would be filled by St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts.

Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

Hal Donaldson remembers the day well: It was August of 1969, and he was 12 years old. His parents were off to a business meeting, and Donaldson and his three siblings were home with a babysitter.

But his parents never made it to that meeting. On the way there, their car was hit by a drunk driver.

A policeman came to the house, and neighbors crowded around as the officer told Donaldson and his siblings the news: Their father had been killed, and their mother, severely injured.