Louisville news: Drink up, Brown-Forman misses earnings estimates edition [News]

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  • "Well, it’s finally happened. Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie “Mr. Unforgettable Wildcat Big Blue Basketball Man” Farmer and some cranky platitude spewing establishment figure named David Williams have just announced that they will be running as Republicans for lieutenant governor and governor (respectively) in this godforsaken commonwealth we call “Kentucky.”(Did you know? Williams is the Senate President of the Kentucky Senate!)" [LEO Weekly]
  • "A judge said he will rule Thursday on whether state employees need to report for work Friday. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd heard more arguments Wednesday from state workers suing to block Gov. Steve Beshear’s planned six-day unpaid furlough of most executive branch employees during Fiscal Year 2011. The first furlough day would be Friday." [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "Democrat Greg Fischer has inched ahead in the race to become Louisville’s next mayor, but his lead is so thin that political experts say turnout — and perhaps the coattails of candidates in the U.S. Senate race — could make the difference on Election Day. A new Courier-Journal/WHAS11 News Bluegrass Poll conducted by SurveyUSA shows Fischer with 47 percent, leading Republican Hal Heiner by two percentage points. The poll surveyed 618 likely voters Aug. 27-30." [Courier-Journal]
  • "Liquor maker Brown-Forman Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter profit fell 8% on pressured margins, while sales of its leading brands rose. The Louisville, Ky., distiller of Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort has posted higher revenue in the past few quarters as consumers' spending on drinks rebounded. Chairman and Chief Executive Paul Varga, while noting 'a sluggish environment,' said Wednesday that 'we posted good underlying growth in sales,' driven by 'strong net sales' internationally." [Wall Street Journal]
  • "Churchill Downs has canceled plans for a night-racing card on Halloween, which falls on the traditional Sunday opening day of its fall meet. The track will have only one night card at the 21-day meet — Friday, Nov. 19. The Oct. 31 opening day starting time will be 12:40 p.m." [Courier-Journal]
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