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Several years ago, Bedford County’s office of economic development began brainstorming the idea of creating a tourism zone in the county to incentivize the growth of the local tourism industry. On Monday, Pam Bailey, director of economic development in Bedford County, presented an early draft of the results of tourism zone brainstorming.

Environmentalists and Indigenous people were important to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's election to a third term as Brazil's president. Now, Lula is seeking to fulfill campaign pledges to expand protected territories in the Amazon and halt a surge in illegal deforestation.

Lessons learned from the debt ceiling standoff more than a decade ago are rippling through Washington, as the White House and Congress brace for another fiscal showdown — one that appears headed toward a very similar outcome. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are willing to budge.

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