Northam paid for crisis communications; Old Rag named one of the world’s best hikes; Today’s rocket launch from Wallops Island should be visible across the state and more headlines

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• Virginia’s top three elected Democrats saw their fundraising numbers tank, but the party as a whole out-raised Republican opponents, with Democratic House and Senate candidates pulling in $4.3 million in donations during the first quarter, compared with $2.8 million raised by Republican candidates. – The Washington Post

• Campaign finance disclosures show Gov. Ralph Northam’s PAC paid $30,000 for help from a crisis communications firm. – WVTF

• Colonial Downs opens its first video gambling parlor next week at its race track in New Kent County. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Researchers studying sea level rise on the Virginia coast have an idea: floating houses. – WVTF

• Outside Magazine named Old Rag in Shenandoah National Park as one of “the best 25 hikes in the world right now.” – Culpeper Star-Exponent

• A resupply mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to take off today at 4:46 p.m. from Wallops Island on the Eastern Shore. It should be visible from pretty much anywhere in the state outside of far Southwest Virginia. – The Virginian-Pilot

• PolitiFact says Sen. Mark Warner botched remarks after UVA won the NCAA basketball championship when he noted, “We’ve not had a Virginia team even in the Final Four in over a decade. I think George Mason was the last one…” PolitiFact’s ruling: “We’re calling a foul. VCU made the Final Four in 2011 – less than a decade ago. We rate Warner’s statement False.” – WCVE