Louisville news: Losers in Kentucky's gubernatorial race debate while winner chickens out edition [News]

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  • "Two candidates for the state’s top office criticized incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear for being a no-show in the first televised debate of the governor’s race. Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith appeared Monday on KET’s Kentucky Tonight to discuss education. Beshear, who is leading in most polls by more than 20 points and has amassed millions in campaign donations, declined the invitation to attend." [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "Louisville philanthropist Owsley Brown II has died at the age of 69. Family members say Brown passed away last night. Brown worked in the family’s Brown-Forman liquor business for about 40 years, was CEO from 1993-2005, and most recently, served as Chairman until his retirement in 2007." [WFPL]
  • "For an obscure sport, it has a huge international following. So it was a big deal a year ago when it was announced the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships would be coming to Louisville along with two other big races. A big deal in that thousands of competitors and fans would be coming from around the world, a godsend for hotels and restaurants. Eva Bandman Park on River Road near downtown was reworked as a permanent cyclocross track. Now, a number of European publications are reporting the events may be in jeopardy, with the Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen and Cyclocross Magazine are reporting organizers are having financial trouble, claims local organizers deny." [Insider Louisville]
  • "Louisville received some sad news last week, as Bill O’Reilly’s “It’s Time for the Truth” talk at the Kentucky Center was suddenly cancelled, less than two weeks prior to his scheduled Oct. 1 date. While O’Reilly’s PR team says the cancellation is due to a 'scheduling conflict,' a representative from the center told WDRB originally that it was due to “sluggish” ticket sales. David Holland, the communications director for the Kentucky Center, told LEO Weekly that they could not reveal their ticket sales for the event to the public, so you’ll just have to draw your own conclusions." [LEO Weekly]

Photo: Courtesy Beshear/Abramson 2011

About Zach Everson
Travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Eater, USA Today, Condé Nast Traveller, BlackBook, Curbed, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Fox News. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville and the director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com.
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