Churchill Downs names new track president
Churchill Downs Inc. executive Kevin Flanery has been named president of Churchill Downs Racetrack, which is home to the Kentucky Derby. As track president, Flanery will report to Bill Carstanjen, the racing company's chief operating officer. Flanery is a Louisville native who joined Churchill Downs' corporate team in late 2005 as vice president of national public affairs. He was named senior vice president of national public affairs and communications in March 2008. In its Monday announcement, Churchill said that Flanery headed a successful 2008 campaign to allow Calder Race Course, the company's racetrack in Miami, to operate slot machines. In Kentucky, a proposal backed by horse racing interests to allow video slot machines at race tracks failed to get through a special session of the General Assembly last month.
Term expires for PSC Commissioner John Clay
The term of service for Kentucky Public Service Commission member John Clay has expired. Clay, who was appointed by former Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher in October 2006, will continue to serve until he is either reappointed by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear or a replacement is named. His term expired June 30. Jay Blanton, a spokesman for Beshear, said Monday that the governor does not have an "exact timetable" for the appointment. "It's an important appointment, and he'll be making it as expeditiously as possible," he said. Blanton declined to comment further.
Office 2010 testing soon
Microsoft said this week at an annual conference of its partners that it will give a select group of testers an early peek at Office 2010, but it's keeping Web-based versions of Word, Excel and its other go-to programs under wraps. Office 2010 is due out in the early part of next year. When Office 2010 arrives, consumers will be able to go online to view and create new files for free. It's a response to Google, which has pushed its own free versions for more than two years. The company is not saying how much Office 2010 will cost.
Compiled from Staff, wire reports