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Ben Carson to visit Cairo on Tuesday

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CAIRO -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson plans to visit the troubled housing projects in Cairo Tuesday, according to the Southern Illinoisan.

HUD officials plan to move nearly 200 people out of public housing in Cairo because of awful living conditions.

Carson told the paper he wants to see for himself if there's anything that can be done to salvage the situation.

"In medicine, many times, I was confronted with a patient who was dying," he told the Southern's Molly Parker over the phone. "We didn't just give up because the patient was dying, we did everything we could, but we had to study the situation carefully and look and see if there were any alternatives, if there were things that could be done." 

Carson also said he wants to make sure what happened to public housing in Cairo doesn't happen anywhere else.

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