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Ark. advocates in DC to push for energy help

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Advocates from Entergy Arkansas are visiting with congressional leaders to urge increasing funding for an energy assistance program for the poor.

Advocates planned to visit Washington Wednesday to push for increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides assistance for needs such as energy bills.

Entergy says cuts in funding for the federal program from $5.1 billion in 2009 to $3.4 billion have limited the level of assistance available for more than 340,000 qualifying households in Arkansas.

Entergy says its representatives and community partners are making a case for funding of least $4.7 billion for the assistance program for 2015.

The company says the funds could result in $479 million in assistance for families in its four-state service area.

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