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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has ordered a study to look into the advisability and feasibility of adding the privately run University of Pikeville to the state's public university system.
Beshear said Tuesday the study will begin immediately to determine whether existing public universities can meet the educational needs of eastern Kentucky residents.
In a statement, Beshear said the University of Pikeville's growth shows its potential as an economic force in the state's Appalachian region. But he said it's prudent and necessary to weigh the issues.
Proponents say Kentucky's mountain residents need a four-year state university closer to their homes than the two nearest them, Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University.
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