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Year 157 – No. 53, 32 Pages, 6 Sections
FEBRUARY 23, 2012
Bowling Green, Kentucky
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
Mail processing cuts coming
Official: Bowling Green will lose about 40 jobs as work is transferred to Nashville
By ROBYN L. MINOR
The Daily News
U.S. Postal Service officials
announced today that Bowling
Green’s mail processing would
move to Nashville, but a timetable
on the move is uncertain.
The decision to transfer incoming mail processing – outgoing
mail processing left Bowling
Green in July – comes after a fivemonth study.
“This is the 90-day notice to
our employees,” said Denny
Palmer, president of Postal Workers Union Local 53. “We are still
under a congressional moratorium
on postal closings that will end
May 15. Once that ends, the postmaster general will proceed for-
ward with the closings of 252 mail
processing centers and upward to
3,600 post offices.
“Of course, between now and
then, some political action could
come into play and either extend
the moratorium or have some kind
of law to change things.”
The only processing center that
will be left unscathed in Kentucky is the one in Louisville.
That center would receive a portion of Lexington’s mail, as well
as mail from Elizabethtown and
Hazard, London and Somerset’s mail would go to Knoxville,
Tenn., and mail from Paducah
would go to Evansville, Ind.
Palmer said he expects there
will be more information available
this afternoon on the closings, with
rumors that discussions will begin
Friday with some employees about
See BOWLING GREEN, 5A
Senate vote might come today
By ROGER ALFORD
The Associated Press
FRANKFORT — Casinos could be built in Kentucky under a proposed constitutional amendment
that cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday
after being modified to appease reluctant lawmakers.
The Senate State and Local Government Committee voted 7-4 to send the initiative to the full
Senate for consideration. If it passes there, it would
then go to the House.
Republican state Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown, a horse industry consultant who is sponsoring
the legislation, made some last-minute changes so
that the proposal no longer requires up to five of the
proposed casinos to be built at racetracks. New language allows up to seven casinos in the state with no
assurance that they would be built at horse tracks.
“I believe an issue of this importance should be
put on the ballot to let the people vote in November,” Thayer said.
The measure, which is expected to undergo further changes, could get a Senate floor vote today.
Many lawmakers remained uneasy that the proposal allows no casino within 60 miles of a horse track,
unless it’s located at the horse track.
That provision could be changed before the Senate vote.
Sen. Dan Seum, R-Louisville, objected to a guarantee that horse tracks would get casinos, arguing
that no specific industry should be written into the
state’s Constitution. Seum said that essentially
would give a monopoly to horse tracks.
Pig-kissing teacher helps celebrate
National FFA Week at Greenwood
Above: Wyatt Bentley, 17, a senior at Greenwood
High School, presents a piglet Wednesday for
Greenwood teacher Sherry Tipton to kiss during
an assembly as part of National FFA Week at the
school. “That was definitely a hairy experience,”
she said. “A very hoggy moment in my life.” Right:
FFA members and Greenwood students Chase
Brown (from left), 17, Jerry Johnson, 17, and John
Glenn, 15, were winners of the womanless beauty contest during the assembly. Story, Page 3A.
See IF AMENDMENT, 5A
to oppose bill
Photos by Alex Slitz/Daily News
Fight centers on pseudoephedrine law
By DEBORAH HIGHLAND
The Daily News
change those poverty numbers can
lift whole communities, he said.
One of those things, Brooks said,
is to provide a state Earned Income
Tax Credit similar to the federal credit, only not as much. Such a credit
would amount to $300 to $400 in the
pockets of families of four making
less than $20,000 a year.
“They can fix the car so they can
keep a job or send kids to school
clothed and with supplies and a little
dignity,” he said.
A Washington, D.C.-based trade organization
that opposes proposed legislation that would
require a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine spent
nearly $195,000 last month lobbying the Kentucky
Senate Bill 50 would require anyone who buys
pseudoephedrine – the primary ingredient necessary to produce methamphetamine – to have a prescription for the cold medicine unless the buyer
purchases it in a gel capsule form, which would be
sold over the counter as it is now. The bill passed
the Kentucky Senate Judiciary Committee by a 6-5
vote last week.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association,
which represents American manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medications, opposes
the bill and reported to the Kentucky Legislative
See MILLIONS, 6A
See PROSECUTOR, 6A
Growing number of Kentucky kids in poverty
By ROBYN L. MINOR
The Daily News
Kentucky is one of 11 states where
30 percent or more of the population
lives in poverty.
That means a high percentage of
children are living in those areas, and
that has to be addressed, according to
Terry Brooks, executive director of
Kentucky Youth Advocates, which
produces the Kids Count report.
“Historically, almost one in four
kids lived in poverty,” Brooks said.
“That went to one in four and now it
is more than one in four. We’ve seen
a 20 percent increase in child poverty
(during past decade). There are
20,000 more kids living in poverty
now than a decade ago.”
Kids Count, by looking at results
of the American Community Survey
published by the U.S. Census
Bureau, estimated that between 2006
and 2010, 13 percent of the state’s
children lived in areas where the
poverty rate is 30 percent or higher.
The national rate for the same time
period is 11 percent. Some states
have rates much higher than Ken-
tucky, including Mississippi, which
is No. 1 with an estimated 23 percent
of its children living in those high
“That (high rate) has an impact on
children’s access to quality health
care, their educational outcomes and
an array of factors that affect kids
growing up,” he said. “And we end
up paying for it in 10 to 20 years
when they become adults.”
Higher concentrations of poverty
mean that whole communities suffer,
including schools and businesses.
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