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Bible Belt towns consider going wet

By BRUCE SCHREINER
Associated Press

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (AP) - In socially conservative Barbourville, some people want to do what was once unthinkable: legalize liquor sales. They are looking to tap a revenue source at a time when hundreds of jobs are evaporating.

Supporters say that passing the measure in a special election Tuesday would bring a touch of cosmopolitan feel that could help spur growth in the town. But from the pulpits to the courthouse square, opponents are pressing their case that uncorking liquor sales would harm the town.

It's the latest in a series of special elections popping up all over small-town Kentucky, where voters are asked whether they want to approve liquor sales as a way to bring tax dollars.

Voters in London and Corbin are set to decide whether to expand liquor sales in coming weeks.

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