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Chrome Favorite breaks away for Derby win BY BETH HARRIS AP RACING WRITER

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horse with a humble pedigree. A couple of working stiff owners. A 77-year-old trainer with his first Kentucky Derby horse. Even Hollywood couldn’t have made this up. California Chrome made it look easy on Saturday, pulling away down the stretch to win the Derby by 13⠄4 lengths. In a sport dominated by wealthy owners and regally bred horses from Kentucky’s bluegrass country, this was a victory for the little guys. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce the winner of the world’s most famous race with their one-horse stable. “This is just a dream come true and a great SEE DERBY/PAGE A2 Gary Emord-Netzley, Messenger-Inquirer gemord-netzley@messenger-inquirer.com 691-7318

Salsman Brothers Inc. employees, Jewell Galloway of Madisonville, left, and C.J. Brummett of Dawson Springs, cover a section of concrete wall on the second of two bridges on Kentucky 144 on Thursday afternoon. The bridge work is part of the first phase of the U.S. 60 Bypass Extension project under way east of Owensboro. The Bypass Extension is one of 58 public and private projects currently under way in the community with a total value of $759 million. For more coverage of the Derby, see Pages B1, B3

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BUILDING BLOCKS Projects boosting employment, economic growth BY STEVE VIED

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wensboro Mayor Ron Payne likes to say that “Owensboro is on the move,� and he often follows it by saying that no other city in Kentucky has as much going on as Owensboro.

Last week, in his annual “State of the City� address, Payne made that case again, with details supporting the claim. He seized on the fact that 58 public and

with more than 200 members private projects are currently working on the new Owensboro under way in the community with a total value of $759 million, Medical Health System hospital between Pleasant all of which he Valley Road and said contribute The total Daniels Lane off U.S. to a strong local economic impact, 60 East. economy. The hospital and Larry Boswell according to a long list of other doesn’t doubt it. “I’ve Mayor Ron Payne, projects outlined lived here all my will be $1.3 by Payne keep life, and it’s been a the local’s other long time coming,� billion. electricians working Boswell said. steadily, with Boswell is journeymen earning the top rate business manager of the of $29.02 a hour, plus benefits, 386-member Owensboro Boswell said. Local 1701 of the International “It’s been very beneficial Brotherhood of Electrical to us,� Boswell said. “All our Workers union. These days, members are working. It’s according to Bowell, it’s full definitely a boost compared to employment time for the local,

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the two years prior (to 2010). We started seeing the increase toward the end of 2010. 2012 is projected to be great. ... It’s really looking good for any electrical contractor, union or nonunion.� Some of the projects on Payne’s list are close to completion, such as the Kentucky National Guard Readiness Center, the new state office building and the downtown river wall project. But others, including the downtown convention center and Hampton Inn & Suites hotel, are set to begin this spring. Boswell said spin-off projects related to the hospital and downtown projects hold potential for more construction jobs.

“It looks like several years of work,� he said. For his fourth “State of the City� speech Thursday at the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Rooster Booster breakfast, Payne delivered a glowing report on the city’s health, shining a light on the size of the surplus in the city’s general fund and moderate-to-low tax rates compared to 13 other firstand second-class cities. He spent the bulk of his time presenting the list of ongoing, just finished or soon-to-start projects and the city’s lower-than-average unemployment rate. While the national unemployment rate is SEE BLOCKS/PAGE A2

Airport boardings keep breaking records BY KEITH LAWRENCE MESSENGER-INQUIRER

Goodfellows drive tops $121,000/C1

Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airpor t had another record-breaking year in 2011. And officials there are hoping to set yet another record for passengers in 2012. BY STEVE PEOPLES Printed selves and unable to knock the ASSOCIATED 2010, Downs the airpor t boarded Victor Espinoza ridesPRESS California Chrome to victory off during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday atIn Churchill in Louisville. front-runner stride. with slightly more than 16,000 passenMANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Three days before the first insoy ink gers, primarily on Allegiant Air Romney brushed aside rivals’ criti- the-nation New Hampshire priflights to Orlando, Fla. cism Saturday night in the open- mar y, Romney largely ignored Last year, boardings continued ing round of a weekend debate his fellow Republicans and turned to climb to 16,849. doubleheader that left his Repub- instead on President Barack And Ray Assmar, board chairlican presidential campaign chalman, says, “We should bounce lengers squabbling among themSEE DEBATE/PAGE A2

close to 20,000 this year.� The 2011 numbers might have been closer to 20,000, but Allegiant suspended flights to Orlando for most of August and September, which are typically slow months for travel to Florida. The airline did theAssociated same thing Press in 2009. The 2010 numbers were the most passengers the airport had seen in a single year since commercial ser vice began here in 1951 with Eastern Airlines.

Chamber hosting debate for judge-executive candidates BY JOY CAMPBELL

May 20 between incumbent Judge-Executive Al Mattingly,  Â Â?

The Gr eater Owensbor o who is seeking a second term, Chamber of Commerce is host- and challenger Gar y Boswell, ing a public debate between the an Owensboro businessman and two Republican candidates for former county commissioner. Daviess County judge-executive Chamber President Amy at 5:30 p.m. May 12 in Blandford Jackson said the debate is part Hall at Owensboro Community of the organization’s efforts to & Technical College, 4800 New get voters engaged in this race. Hartford Road. “It’s the first time in the hisRepublican voters will decide tor y of Daviess County, as far MESSENGER-INQUIRER

as we know, that the judge-executive’s office, one of our most impor tant positions, will be decided in the primary election,� Jackson said. “From the questions our members have asked, it appears the candidates have real dif ferences in philosophy and focus.� The debate will help voters learn for themselves how each candidate approaches issues

 

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and their positions on them, she said. “The second part of this is to bring awareness to the fact that this race will be decided May 20,� Jackson said. Daviess County currently has 22,820 registered Republicans compared to 41,189 registered Democrats and 4,920 others, for a total of 68,929, according to Chief Deputy Richard House

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in the Daviess County Circuit Clerk’s Office. In 2010, the last primary election for county judge-executive and other county offices, Daviess County posted a 30.5 percent voter turnout among all voters, with 19,541 total votes cast. In that primary, 5,650 Republicans voted. Mattingly polled

  

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