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Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will resign on Nov. 13 for a post in the White House, and former state Auditor Crit Luallen will be appointed in his place, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday.

Abramson will be President Obama's liaison to state and local government, the Associated Press reports.

The AP adds:

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The U.S. Department of Education is awarding more than 70 million dollars over 38 states to improve school climate and keep students safe, including a Western Kentucky organization. The  Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative will receive nearly $750,000 in School Climate Transformation grants that are part of President Obama and Vice President Biden’s “Now is the Time” initiative, a comprehensive plan to make  schools safer, reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of dangerous hands, and increase mental-health services.

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In the same week Congress decides on whether or not to defund the Affordable Care Act and/or prevent a government shutdown, President Barack Obama made his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly, outlining the role of the United States in the Middle East and Worldwide. Commentator, Murray State History Professor and Foreign Policy Analyst, Dr. Brian Clardy examines the underlying message of the Presidents' speech and its potential challenges. Please note that the views expressed in this commentator are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

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Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator said while he hasn’t made up his mind on a possible U.S. strike in Syria, he’s certain American military forces won’t be placed inside that country.

Republican Mitch McConnell spoke to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club Wednesday, and said even those in Washington who are advocating for U.S. involvement in Syria are stopping short of calling for boots on the ground.

“I’m not just instinctively opposed to military action,” the Louisville Republican said. “I supported the Afghan war, and I supported the Iraq war. Certainly we need to be careful about doing it. I don’t think anybody supports putting any American military personnel there at all.”

McConnell Says Obama Must Come Closer to the Center

Jun 24, 2013

United States Senator Mitch McConnell says there’s likely to be more gridlock in Washington over the next three and a half years unless president Obama moderates his views. The Kentucky republican spoke Friday at the American enterprise institute in Washington and took questions from the audience.

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  U.S.  Senator  Rand Paul said he'll examine President Obama's just-announced executive orders to see if the president has overstepped his authority — and, if he believes so, will introduce legislation to overturn the orders. 

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From NPR: The latest and last NPR Battleground Poll for 2012 shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holding the narrowest of leads in the national sample, but trailing President Obama in the dozen states that will decide the election.

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Senator Rand Paul says his party needs to break away from its base when it comes to war.

In the past, politicians have had a tough time breaking from the base to change party opinion. Think Bill Clinton and welfare reforms.

But Rand Paul says Republicans need to take a similar step on war, and tone down the hawkishness of recent years.

“"Well one issue I'’ve sided with President Obama on is that I think the war in Afghanistan should end," says Paul. "There aren'’t many other Republicans saying that, but I think it is time to come home.”"

SIU Receives Clean Coal Grant

Jun 8, 2012

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is getting a nearly $300,000 federal grant money meant to develop clean-coal technology. 

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Kentucky has become the latest in a growing number of states where Democratic voters have chosen not to vote for President Obama in primary elections.

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