Government shutdown hurting the bottom line of some Kentucky businesses

10/09/2013 09:33 AM

CAVE CITY — As the government shutdown rolls into its ninth day, it’s no longer just furloughed federal workers and Washington, D.C.-area businesses feeling the pain.

Many of the hotels, tour companies and other businesses around the closed Mammoth Cave National Park in southern Kentucky are taking a hit at a crucial time in their year. The park’s shutdown coincides with fall break for many students and the end of what had been a healthy tourism season.

The result: reservations have been canceled, workers have been sent home and stores and hotels are like ghost towns, which has a ripple effect on the local economy in Hart, Edmonson and northern Barren counties.

Here’s the report:

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at


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