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Phelps won't appear at forum


State Rep. Eber Phelps, D-Hays, said Tuesday he will not attend a candidate forum sponsored by the Big First Tea Party.

The forum is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Thirsty's.

"It is my intention to attend church services this afternoon to pray for the souls of the people who died in the attack, and I won't be going to a political event that is intended to capitalize on tragedy," Phelps said. "There are plenty of opportunities to engage in partisan politics, but the anniversary of the worst disaster to strike the American people in this century is not one of them. I would encourage others to attend the church of their choice and remember the many innocent people who lost their lives."