Some 30,000 attendees converged on Kansas City, Mo., September 6-10 for the 130th annual session of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc. By the time the meeting was over, the group had pumped about $12.5 million into the local economy, according to the city's convention and visitors association. “At this economic time for the city and the country, it's a nice chunk of change, absolutely,” said Rick Hughes, president of the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association, in a local ...

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