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    • "After weeks of contentious negotiations, the U.S House of Representatives easily passed a measure to raise the country’s debt ceiling Monday and avoid the first federal government default. The vote was 269 to 161, but many Democratic slammed bill, including Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., who released the following statement in response to his NO vote on the legislation. From Yarmuth’s office: 'Tonight, I chose to stand up for what the American people have demanded. Throughout this politically-induced crisis, my constituents have been loud and clear: any plan to reduce our debt must protect Medicare and require millionaires, billionaires, and big oil companies to share in the sacrifice. This plan asks nothing of the wealthy few and will inevitably lead to cuts in Medicare, education, and the investments we need to create jobs and get our economy back on track.'" [WFPL]
    • "The Kentucky Democratic Party filed a complaint Monday with the Legislative Ethics Commission, alleging that Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams violated an ethics law by intentionally failing to report gambling as a source of income in his 2002 financial disclosure statement with the state." [Bluegrass Politics]
    • "The father-in-law of Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams contributed $1 million to the Republican Governors Association a few weeks before the group’s political action committee began running TV ads in support of Williams. Terry Stephens, owner of Stephens Pipe and Steel in Russell Springs, told The Kentucky Gazette that he usually does not make such hefty campaign contributions, but 'David is family.'" [Bluegrass Politics]
    • "A state agency has reversed course and given Planned Parenthood of Indiana $6,000 in neighborhood assistance grants." [Courier-Journal]
    • "Louisville Mega Cavern, a 100-acre limestone cavern located near the Louisville Zoo, is now offering Mega Zips, a 2-hour underground zipline adventure with breathtaking views and unprecedented access." [Louisville CVB]

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    I'm a freelance writer, focusing on travel, food, and A&E. I've contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Gawker Media's Gridskipper and Deadspin, USA Today, BlackBook, and Curbed. Previously I was a senior editor at Aol Travel and MapQuest. And, before that, director of content and editorial strategy for I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville. Washington, DC based. Boston born. Kentucky Colonel.

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