Louisville news: 'Were their ethics just lost in the flood?' edition [News]

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  • "Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams and his running mate, Richie Farmer, defended Farmer’s controversial state expenses Thursday before boarding a big blue-and-white bus to start their 'Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way' campaign tour of the state. Williams, president of the state Senate, and Farmer, state agriculture commissioner, appeared together at a news conference in Louisville before leaving on their bus tour that will run every day except Sundays through May 16. Williams, in his comments to a crowd of about 50 at the Jefferson County GOP headquarters, noted recent news reports about Farmer’s travel expenses." [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "Answering tough questions, Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, spent hours testifying during a day-long ethics hearing Thursday, which alleges she used a city-funded summer jobs program to benefit members of her family. Green was quizzed under oath in front of the Ethics Commission about her role in creating the 'Green Clean Team,' a beautification project in her district. Specifically, the embattled city lawmaker was questioned on funding, who ran the program, who interviewed youth participants and how each person was paid. An internal audit found that children in the program were paid various amounts, but that Green’s family members who worked in the program were among the highest salaries and collected $3,580 in total.
    'I do know my children worked every single day,' Green said. 'They worked extra and even on Saturdays and did not get paid for those times.'" [WFPL]
  • "A snag in railroad traffic is causing the Derby Festival to make minor changes to Saturday’s marathon and mini marathon routes. About 1-1/2 miles of the races are being taken out to accommodate railroad traffic, according to a release from the festival. The Norfolk Southern railroad has said it can’t delay trains long enough to accommodate 15,000 runners because of recent storm damage in the South and flooding along the Ohio, Mississippi and Illinois rivers, according to the release." [Courier-Journal]

Photo: Kentucky Commission of Agriculture

About Zach Everson
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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