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Beshear back in Ky. after overseas trade mission

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has arrived back in Kentucky after traveling to Europe on a trade mission aimed at creating more jobs for Kentucky.

Beshear met with business and political leaders in Germany and France over the past two weeks to promote Kentucky products and to strengthen ties with European companies already doing business in Kentucky.

Kentucky opened an office last summer in Germany, one of the state's leading trade partners.

Direct foreign investment coming into Kentucky totaled more than $28.2 billion in 2007, the most recent data available. Germany ranked second in foreign investment, behind Japan. France ranked fourth.

Kentucky has more than 400 foreign-owned facilities employing nearly 76,000 workers.

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