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Gambling foes ready for next round in casino fight

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear's inaugural day push
for a constitutional amendment to allow more kinds of gambling in
Kentucky has run into immediate opposition from conservative
pastors who are promising a fight.

The Rev. Jeff Fugate of Lexington, a nationally known evangelist
and pastor of Clays Mill Road Baptist Church, said Wednesday that
gambling would bring only brokenness to Kentucky families and
shouldn't even be considered by lawmakers.

Kentucky has a long history of betting on horse races but has
tight restrictions on casino-style gambling.

Beshear's proposal calls for the legislature to approve a
proposed constitutional amendment that would then be placed on the
ballot for Kentucky voters to decide whether to ratify or reject
it.


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