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COMING UP 40-day journey Purples win People flock to services for ashes as the Lenten season begins. See Friday’s Faith & Values. Tomorrow SPORTS BG defeats Warren East in District 14 Tournament semifinals. Page 1C DAILY NEWS Park City Partly sunny. 51/29 Details, Page 2A Year 157 – No. 53, 32 Pages, 6 Sections www.bgdailynews.com THURSDAY 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 rminor@bgdailynews.com/783-3249 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 Campton. 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 early retirement. See BOWLING GREEN, 5A GENERAL ASSEMBLY Gambling legislation advances 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 D.C. group spends big to oppose bill Photos by Alex Slitz/Daily News Fight centers on pseudoephedrine law By DEBORAH HIGHLAND The Daily News dhighland@bgdailynews.com/783-3242 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 General Assembly. 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 rminor@bgdailynews.com/783-3249 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 poverty rates. “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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