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Heating group seeks money

Home heating aid advocates urged President Obama on Wednesday to release at least $100 million in emergency money to help poor families struggling to pay higher heating bills and keep enough oil in their tanks after a harsh winter.

The Northeast has been particularly hard hit by cold weather and rising oil prices, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association. In a letter to Mr. Obama, the group said many families are feeling the pinch because the price of home-heating oil increased from $3.12 per gallon at the beginning of the winter to $3.89 last week.

“It’s been an extraordinarily hard winter, and with prices so high, these families are having a very hard time,” said Mark Wolfe of NEADA, the association of state officials who administer the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides heating and cooling subsidies for the poor.

Even so, the request comes as record federal deficits have intensified pressure on both parties to find budget cuts, making it harder than usual for the White House and lawmakers to back additional spending.


State GOP: Trump to address dinner

DES MOINES | Republican officials say Donald Trump will address the party’s Lincoln Day dinner as part of his first foray into Iowa as a possible presidential contender.

The New York billionaire and reality TV figure has already announced plans to visit New Hampshire in June.

Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn said Mr. Trump will speak June 10 in Des Moines.

Mr. Strawn said the Iowa party invited Mr. Trump so he could introduce himself to Iowa Republicans. He noted Mr. Trump’s success as an “entrepreneur and job creator.”

Mr. Trump has said he will decide by June whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination.


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