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“Lex­ing­ton-area tourism group beefs up mar­ket­ing in wake of Red Hen con­tro­versy,” The Roanoke Times re­ports — ref­er­enc­ing the Vir­ginia restau­rant that re­fused to serve White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders and her fam­ily in June, re­sult­ing in a “slew of neg­a­tive na­tional me­dia cov­er­age,” the news­pa­per said.

The re­gional tourism group has been us­ing $5,000 from their emer­gency funds each month since the in­ci­dent to craft new pos­i­tive mar­ket­ing mes­sages and con­duct con­sumer sur­veys — this af­ter re­ceiv­ing thou­sands of com­plaints. Typ­i­cally the money is saved. But each lo­cal­ity agreed the re­gion was in des­per­ate need of pos­i­tive cov­er­age af­ter The Red Hen in­ci­dent, The Roanoke Times said.

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