Arraignment For Farmer Moved to Thursday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The arraignment for one-time Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has been moved to Thursday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier issued an order Wednesday bumping up the date of Farmer's first court appearance from April 30. Wier cited a scheduling conflict by Farmer's attorney, J. Guthrie True, as the reason. The arraignment is set for 4 p.m. EDT in Lexington.

Farmer is charged in a federal indictment with four counts of misappropriating government property and money and one count of soliciting property in exchange for a government grant during his 8-year tenure as head of the state Department of Agriculture.

Farmer was a shooting guard for the University of Kentucky's Wildcats basketball team from 1988 to 1992, a team known as "The Unforgettables."

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