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Personnel Board opens investigation into Farmer

The Kentucky Personnel Board has decided to open an investigation into alleged improprieties at the Department of Agriculture under former Commissioner Richie Farmer.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville and the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday that the investigation will look into allegations made in a report by the state auditor's office that alleged a series of potential improprieties in the department during Farmer's administration.

Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball standout who ran for lieutenant governor last year, served as agriculture commissioner from 2004 to 2011.

The auditor's report charged that Farmer used state employees to take him hunting and shopping, mow his yard and chauffeur his dog between Frankfort and Louisville during the state fair because the hotel he was staying in wouldn't allow dogs.

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