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Is Kentucky’s alcohol regulatory reform going flat?

After three months of work, a Kentucky task force aimed at overhauling the state’s alcoholic-beverage regulations that date back to Prohibition is close to sending its report to Gov. Steve Beshear – but it won’t address some of the biggest issues.

The task force is silent, for example, on state laws that allow more liquor licenses in Louisville than elsewhere, that close bars during elections and that prevent alcohol sales in groceries while allowing them in drug stores.

Task force members say they deliberately avoided those issues because the legislature’s urban-rural divide makes it …