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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Housewives' star calls on Congress for arts funds

WASHINGTON -- ''Desperate Housewives'' actor Kyle MacLachlan, who plays Orson Hodge on the Sunday night series, is telling lawmakers he got his start by performing in community theaters funded in part by federal grants.

MacLachlan joined actor Jeff Daniels and hundreds of arts advocates Tuesday on Capitol Hill. They are pressing Congress for increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts as federal deficits could trigger budget cuts.

Advocates are seeking $180 million in federal support for the NEA for 2011. NEA funding hit a high of $176 million in the mid-1990s before the agency's budget was slashed.

Gosselin relatives to testify at Pa. labor hearing

PHILADELPHIA -- Relatives of Kate Gosselin are expected to testify at a Pennsylvania legislative hearing on child labor laws.

Republican state Rep. Thomas Murt wants to prevent exploitation of children who appear in movies and reality shows like ''Jon & Kate Plus 8.''

The once-popular TLC show documented the lives of Gosselin, her husband and their eight children at home in Wernersville, Pa. It ended last year after the couple split.

State labor officials investigated the production for possible violations of child labor laws but released no findings. TLC denied wrongdoing.

Gosselin's brother Kevin Kreider and his wife, Jodi, will testify today in Horsham.

Patti LaBelle to get honorary degree in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- Veteran R&B diva Patti LaBelle is getting an honorary degree from Temple University in her hometown of Philadelphia.

The university will present LaBelle with the doctorate in humane letters at its May 13 commencement ceremony.

LaBelle's singing career has spanned more than four decades and includes several hit records and two Grammy Awards. She has also written four books, two of which are cookbooks.