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Beshear sworn in for second term

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Steve Beshear has been sworn-in for a
second term as Kentucky governor in a midnight state Capitol
ceremony a little more than one month after overwhelmingly winning
re-election.
Beshear was surrounded by his family, closest friends and
advisers as he took Kentucky's traditional and archaic
constitutional oath. The pledge requires him to swear that he has
never fought a duel with deadly weapons, a holdover from Kentucky's
frontier days that always draws modern-day snickers.
Newly elected Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, formerly mayor of
Louisville, was sworn-in immediately after Beshear.
Beshear was re-elected Nov. 8 amid lingering economic
uncertainty and widespread unemployment that political foes had
hoped would be his undoing.
The a 67-year-old Democrat is only the third Kentucky governor
to serve consecutive four-year terms.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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