(06/15/2001)
Wal-Mart agreed yesterday to continue accepting school clothing vouchers for low-income West Virginia children.

In return, the State department of Health and Human Resources says it will modify how it pays the Arkansas based retailer.

DHHR officials had said Wal-Mart would no longer participate in the clothing voucher program because its accounting system cannot handle the vouchers.

Wal-Mart Regional Vice President, Don Swann says, "that's not true." Swann says, "The company never intended to stop accepting the vouchers." He says, "Wal-Mart officials had asked the state merely to change the way the vouchers are processed." Swann says, "State officials may have misunderstood the company's request."

DHHR spokesman John Law says, "the voucher system will be modified so Wal-Mart's reimbursement checks are sent to one place, rather than individual stores."


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