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Ivan Stops New Orleans Benefits Conference

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NU Online News Service, Sept. 15, 2004, 1:23 p.m. EDT

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Brookfield, Wis., has canceled its 50th annual employee benefits conference because of worries about Hurricane Ivan.[@@]

The foundation had hoped to hold the conference Sept. 17-22 in New Orleans, but it says it decided to cancel the event to ensure the safety of the people traveling to the city for the conference.

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Scheduled speakers had included Bradley Belt, executive director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., and Charlie Cook, a well-known Washington political analyst.

The foundation already is exploring the possibility of rescheduling the conference.