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SUPER SWAPS: BIG CHANGES IN MEALS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE — STORY ON A5 NATIONAL NEWS I A10 SPORTS I B8 Singer’s funeral set for Saturday BIG SWEEP? Davis could win 3 national awards A2: Elvis makes appearance at Dollar General Advocate-Messenger The 75¢ | Danville, Kentucky www.amnews.com Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Boyle seeks to expand Substance Abuse Program Jail’s success draws state attention By DAVID BROCK dbrock@amnews.com With the Substance Abuse Program at the Boyle County Detention Center, and its leader, receiving praise at the state level, officials believe they are poised to double the size of the program. On Tuesday, Jailer Barry Harmon told Boyle Fiscal Court there will be a chance to increase the number of beds for the program from 40 to 80 in the coming months, in large part because Otter Creek Correctional Center in Eastern Kentucky is set to close its own 100-bed program in June. at could mean almost a halfmillion dollars in additional funds for the jail. With the state looking to real- SO YOU KNOW Boyle County Jailer Barry Harmon talks Tuesday at the Fiscal Court meeting about the possibility of doubling the number of beds used for the facility’s Substance Abuse Program. locate inmates and funds in a relatively short period of time, the Boyle jail is uniquely positioned to accommodate the inmates, Harmon said. ere currently are 24 Class D and C inmates eligible for work release in the jail, a number Harmon said will continue to fall as the state goes through more rounds of early release for those who have committed less serious felonies. If that David Brock/ dbrock@ amnews.com See JAIL, on A8 Timeless tradition Liquor licenses issued in Junction City Liquor licenses were issued Tuesday in Junction City, clearing the way for two package stores to open for business. City Clerk Susan Music said Junction City Police Chief Merl Baldwin, who is the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control officer, received an email about noon from Danny Reed, distilled spirits administrator for the state ABC, confirming the decision. Licenses were granted to Antles, 4165 Hustonville Road, and Ray’s Liquor Mart, 267 Margus Drive. Music said both establishments can open for business as soon as their facilities are ready. Beshear presents expanded gambling proposal, sponsor Editor’s Note: Advocate-Messenger Staff Writer David Brock contributed to this article. By ROGER ALFORD Associated Press FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear presented a plan Tuesday to amend Kentucky’s Constitution to allow up to seven casinos to open in the state, most of them at horse tracks. The proposal generated instant opposition in the Bible-belt state where betting on horse races is a tradition but where casinos have been unwelcome. For years, proposals to expand gambling opportunities have been debated in Kentucky but have never been able to get through the House and Senate. “We believe that we have fashioned something that could and should and hopefully will pass both chambers,” the Democratic governor said Tuesday. Republican Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown is sponsoring the legislation Farm opens contest to name colt of Rachel Alexandra LEXINGTON (AP) — A 3-weekold baby with two very accomplished parents needs a name. Stonestreet Farms says it wants the public to submit possible names for its new bay colt, who was born Jan. 22. The colt’s mother is 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, and his father is two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. The farm says on its website that submissions must be made by Sunday. State Rep. Mike Harmon State Sen. Tom Buford that would begin the process of amending the Constitution. If approved by lawmakers, the proposal would be placed on the ballot in November to be ratified or rejected by voters. “The issue of expanded gambling, after nearly two decades of debate, has reached a tipping point,” Beshear said. “Recently, the people of this state were polled by two separate organizations, including the state Republican Party. Both surveys found that more than 80 percent of the people of this state, regardless of whether they support expanded gambling or are against it, want See GAMBLING, on A8 KENTUCKY LOTTERY Lancaster council members mum about memorandum TUESDAY MIDDAY Pick 3: 6-1-4 Pick 4: 4-5-7-4 EVENING Pick 3: 7-9-0 Pick 4: 5-1-3-3 Mega Millions: 3-5-10-26-27 Mega Ball 27 Megaplier 2 Cash Ball: 4-7-29-33 Cash Ball 11 Kicker 6-3-3-6-1 5 Card Cash: 4C, 8D, 2D, 9D, 2C By STEPHANIE MOJICA smojica@amnews.com TONIGHT Chance of rain 90 percent. High: 50s Low: 40s Complete weather map, A10 INDEX Advice Classifieds Comics Deaths Local News National News Opinion Scrapbook Seasonings Sports Mini Pages A6 B7-B8 B9 A2 A2-A3 A10 A9 A4 A5, A7 B1-B4, B10 B5-B6 Second-grader Lexi Curtsinger, top photo, enjoys a snack Tuesday during a Valentine’s Day party in teacher Megan Shelby’s classroom at Junction City Elementary School. Above, classmate Madison Finley talks to other students as she hands out Valentine’s Day cards. Clay Jackson/cjackson@amnews.com Associated Press 6 05358 12300 7 Printed on recycled paper © 2012 The Advocate-Messenger See COUNCIL, on A8 State lawmakers weigh pros, cons of charter schools By RANDY PATRICK Vol. 146, No. 198 LANCASTER — Four Lancaster City Council members declined to comment specifically regarding Mayor Brenda Powers’ allegations that they illegally met to create a memorandum demanding her resignation. On Feb. 6, all Lancaster City Council members except Maggie Mick presented Powers a signed document claiming she failed “to understand the legal authority of the position of mayor” and willfully neglected her duties. Powers issued a state- ment Monday defending her position as mayor and demanding that all City Council members resign for their violation of Kentucky’s Open Meetings Act. “It is obvious the allegations contained in the Memorandum were discussed among yourselves at closed door meetings or gatherings other than at a regular or special called meeting of the City Council ...” Powers said in her prepared response. She declined to comment beyond her prepared statement, and City Attorney Leonard Smith also de- FRANKFORT — Educators on both sides weighed in this week on the debate over allowing charter schools in Kentucky. Speaking before the House Education Committee at the Capitol on Tuesday, leaders of charter schools around the nation told lawmakers why they favor a proposal by Republican Rep. Brad Montell of Shelbyville that would allow charter schools in Kentucky. Their testimony was followed by that of public school advocates who oppose the measure. Charter schools are publicly-funded schools that The Advocate-Messenger | www.amnews.com are permitted to contract with a school district or other entity to operate outside some of the regulations governing other state schools. Lisa Grover, senior director of state advocacy for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, said her experience with charter schools began as a founder of the first one in New Mexico. Ten years later, she said, See SCHOOLS, on A8

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