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Democratic Ark. Gov. Beebe sworn in for 2nd term

By Jeannie Nuss

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 11 2011 3:10 p.m. MST

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is greeted in the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., before delivering his State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.

Danny Johnston, Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Mike Beebe (bee-bee) has taken the oath of office for his second and final term as Arkansas governor.

During his inaugural address on Tuesday, Beebe touted the state's recent achievements in education and economic development.

The inaugural festivities will continue Tuesday night with a formal ball in downtown Little Rock.

The incumbent Democratic governor has a lot to celebrate: He weathered a pro-GOP, anti-incumbent election season to win every county in the state.

Some Republicans even admit that Beebe's popularity among Arkansas residents helped exempt him from an anti-Democrat tide during the fall elections.

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