- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The commission that oversees Nebraska’s state tourism agency has scheduled a meeting to discuss the job of its embattled director in the wake of a blistering state audit.

Commission members on Friday will hear the initial recommendations of a subcommittee that was formed to review the audit’s findings. The recommendations could include actions against Kathy McKillip, the commission’s executive director.

The audit revealed that Nebraska tourism officials used state money to reimburse a marketing firm for alcohol and cigarettes, went $4.4 million over budget on advertising contracts over three years and paid $44,000 in speaking fees for a 90-minute speech by a corporate executive.

Commission Chairman John Chapo called the audit “alarming” when members met last week.

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