Syria

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has had a change of heart regarding Syrian refugees. He says he no longer opposes their resettlement in the volunteer state. 

A Syrian cease-fire went into effect at sundown on Monday, at approximately 11:45 a.m. EDT.

Just hours before the start of the planned cease-fire, Syrian President Bashar Assad announced on state media that he plans to "reclaim every area from the terrorists," The Associated Press reports. Assad's government had earlier indicated it would abide by the negotiated truce.

A judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas officials who want to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state.

The suit claimed the Obama administration had not adequately consulted with states before placing the refugees. In his decision, signed Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Godbey ruled that the state has no authority over resettlements handled by the federal government, which has authority over immigration policy.

Godbey also found the state had failed to present plausible evidence that Syrian refugees pose an imminent risk.

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Bowling Green is preparing to welcome Syrian refugees later this year who are fleeing their country’s civil war. The Warren County-based Kentucky International Center has agreed to resettle 40 Syrians, but the decision is raising concerns in the local community.

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Bowling Green is preparing to welcome Syrian refugees later this year who are fleeing their country’s civil war. The re-settlement is raising concerns among some in the community.

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As an ongoing series, we invite individuals who make up Murray State University's diverse body of international students to share some background into their native country, cultural traditions and experiences here at MSU. Matt Markgraf speaks with Bassel Alhashemi, an undergraduate student from Aleppo, Syria, studying biology. In a two-part conversation on Sounds Good, they discuss coming to Murray State, life growing up in Syria, how the media portrays the Syrian crisis, how his family is faring, hopes for the future and more.

While a majority of the nation's governors have asked the Obama administration to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their state, a prominent Tennessee lawmaker has gone a step further: He's suggested the National Guard round up recently arrived refugees and prevent the arrival of additional refugees.

"If I err, it will be on the side of not having another Paris, France," said state Rep. Glen Casada, the chairman of the House Republican Caucus in the state Legislature. "When we let them in, we are letting terrorists in."

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The three Republican candidates vying to replace Kentucky’s retiring 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield are of one voice when it comes to Syrian refugees: They say they shouldn’t be allowed in the United States, regardless of vetting.

Catholic Charities of Louisville, via Facebook

  Catholic Charities in Louisville will proceed with preparing for refugees from countries dealing with terrorism while state and federal leaders wrangle over the issue.

Kentucky Governor's Office / governor.ky.gov

Kentucky’s current and future governors hold opposing views on whether Syrian refugees should be accepted into the commonwealth.

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