Louisville news: Gov. Beshear gambles on slots, Ky. state employees lose; happy furlough day edition [News]

  • "Today is 'day one' of Gov. Steve Beshear's six-day furlough plan. The rest are scattered throughout the fiscal year...The six-day furlough plan is expected to save $24 million over the course of the fiscal year, and it will prevent the layoffs of more than 400 state workers. Some facilities that provide 24/7 services, mental health personnel, corrections staff and select public safety officials are exempt from the furlough." [Public News Service]
  • "Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and his running mate, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, hold a 7 percentage point lead — 44 .4 percent to 37.7 percent — over the newly formed Republican ticket of Republican Senate President David Williams and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer in next year’s race for governor, a new cn|2 Poll shows." [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "The latest SurveyUSA poll shows Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth with only a 2-point lead over Republican challenger Todd Lally, which is within the 4.3 percent margin of error." [LEO Weekly]
  • "Citizens for Better Judges, whose endorsements are considered important in judicial races, has declined to make recommendations in two contested Jefferson District Court races, including one in which Judge Katie King is seeking re-election. The non-partisan group, which has a 30-member steering committee, declined to make a pick in King’s race against former District Judge James Green and in the race between incumbent Judge Erica Lee Williams and challenger A. Christine Ward. King was elected in 2008 despite questions about her judgment and inexperience." [Courier-Journal]
  • "Visitors to the Jeffersonville, Ind., riverfront and its restaurants and shops along the Ohio River and up Spring Street to Eighth Street will likely soon have access to free Internet connections for their wireless-ready computers, cell phones and other devices. The three-year pilot project will be up and running by Thanksgiving, pending approval by the City Council and Redevelopment Commission next week, Redevelopment Director Paul Wheatley said." [Courier-Journal
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About Zach Everson
I'm the travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, 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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