Thousands Turn Out For Derby Breakfast

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Thousands of people turned out Saturday morning for this year's Derby breakfast with the traditional menu of eggs, ham, sausage, biscuits and cheese grits on the grounds of the state Capitol.

Officials threw the traditional breakfast Saturday morning, even
as other state-sponsored events surrounding the Derby are being
scaled down this year because of budget cuts.

Gov. Steve Beshear says the state is being more efficient and
not spending as much money as in past years. Even so, Beshear says
there's as much fun this year as in previous years.

Kentucky's facing a $900 million revenue shortfall over the next
two fiscal years. The legislature last month approved a two-year
$19 billion spending plan that includes funding cuts to numerous
government agencies and programs.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-03-08 1042EDT

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