The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)
• Virginia Secretary of Finance Stephen Cummings said Hopewell’s financial situation is “a five-alarm fire” that “cannot continue.” A consulting firm told the city, which has lost its credit rating and is unable to issue bonds, that it’s unlikely to get a clean audit this year.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The Republican-dominated Lynchburg Electoral Board has ousted its registrar in what Democrats say is a political move.—Cardinal News
• Spotsylvania Public Schools Superintendent Mark Taylor this spring ordered 14 titles removed from school libraries, including Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.” The volumes were supposed to be donated to the regional library system, which says it hasn’t received them.—Free Lance-Star
• “A free speech group lacks standing to challenge the First Amendment effect of Virginia Tech’s bias policies, appeals court judges affirmed in a ruling published Wednesday.”—Roanoke Times
• New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show productivity dropped but work hours increased in Virginia between 2021 and 2022.—WVTF
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