First Lady Michelle Obama http://wfpl.org en Congressman Andy Barr Knocks 'War on Coal' Ahead of First Lady Michelle Obama's Visit http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-andy-barr-knocks-war-coal-ahead-first-lady-michelle-obamas-visit <p>Republican Congressman Andy Barr is welcoming First Lady Michelle Obama to Kentucky this weekend, but took time to criticize the White House's energy policy in the process.</p><p>The First Lady will <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/michelle-obama-speak-eastern-kentucky-university-commencement">attend the spring commencement ceremony at Eastern Kentucky University</a> on Saturday, where she will deliver the keynote address.</p><p>Mrs. Obama is speaking at EKU as part of her Joining Forces initiative to assist military families. Long lines are expected for those seeking to attend.</p><p><span data-term="goog_1360473319" tabindex="0">Barr says he </span>hopes the visit will give the district an opportunity to showcase its local economy including the horse industry, but took a shot at the Obama administration's environmental regulations.</p><p>"I hope the First Lady&nbsp;will also take back with her to Washington a better understanding of the detrimental effects of the administration’s 'War on Coal' that is raising energy prices and crippling the futures of many of the very graduates to whom she will speak," he says. "It is my sincere hope that she will benefit from her time in the Sixth District and return with a new appreciation about the need to support policies that will get Kentuckians back to work." Fri, 10 May 2013 22:54:44 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5350 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Andy Barr Knocks 'War on Coal' Ahead of First Lady Michelle Obama's Visit Michelle Obama to Speak at Eastern Kentucky University Commencement http://wfpl.org/post/michelle-obama-speak-eastern-kentucky-university-commencement <p>First Lady Michelle Obama will come to Eastern Kentucky University in May to participate in the spring commencement ceremony.</p><p>EKU President Doug Whitlock says his office got a call from a member of the First Lady’s staff almost a week ago. Eastern is receiving national attention for the help it gives veterans working to further their education.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:50:39 +0000 Stu Johnson | Kentucky Public Radio 4936 at http://wfpl.org Michelle Obama to Speak at Eastern Kentucky University Commencement