The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)
• “Virginia is facing a fiscal reckoning, as the spending needs of state government — especially for public education and Medicaid health care — begin to exceed the revenues available to pay for them in the next two-year budget, according to a sobering outlook presented to the House Appropriations Committee at its annual budget retreat Tuesday in Richmond.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Newly-elected District 15 Sen. Ghazala Hashmi, a Democrat, is facing scrutiny following allegations she misrepresented information about her primary residence on official election documents.—NBC12
• If federal lawmakers don’t reach an agreement to avert a government shutdown by Friday, Hampton Roads’ economy – 40% of which is fueled by businesses catering to the military – could be devastated, according to an Old Dominion University economist.—Virginian-Pilot
• Officials have documented at least 200 abandoned or derelict boats in Virginia waterways in recent years, prompting pollution concerns, as the vessels can leak fuel and hazardous substances into local waterways and harm wildlife habitats.—WHRO
• Amid a shortage of mental health professionals in the Shenandoah Valley, a counselor’s anger management books help Staunton children and families improve their behavioral health.—VPM News
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