Louisville news: City vs. commonwealth in a corruption battle: who wins? edition [News]

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  • "In 2006, state Rep. John Will Stacy, D-West Liberty, helped authorize $13 million in the state budget to build a new Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead. In 2008, local construction company Packs’ Inc. was assigned to manage the project, in partnership with Alliance Corp. of Glasgow. Also in 2008, Stacy first disclosed he was employed by Packs’ in a paid job that he held for at least the next three years and may still hold, according to his annual legislative financial disclosures. Stacy declined Tuesday to talk about his work for Packs’ or his involvement in the judicial center, which is expected to be completed this summer." [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "During the height of the city's budget crisis, Louisville’s former Neighborhoods director fabricated invoices and funneled money through production companies to protect funding for popular events such as Light Up Louisville, the Mayor's Hike and Bike and World Fest, according to a Louisville police investigation. Melissa Mershon led the department under Mayor Jerry Abramson. Police found that in 2008 and 2009she had checks for tens of thousands of dollars sent to companies involved in producing the festivals and events, then directed those companies to pay people who were working under contract for the city" [Courier-Journal]
  • "According to what we’re hearing from the Facebook’s chatterings, the city’s hubristic chamber of commerce fell victim not to the Ghost of Jobsmas past, but to a well-choreographed flash mob at its annual self-congratulatory meeting of the minds held at the KFC Yum! Center earlier today." [LEO Weekly]

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Travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Eater, USA Today, Condé Nast Traveller, BlackBook, Curbed, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Fox News. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville and the director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com.
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