The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)
• Gov. Glenn Youngkin is downplaying the threat of a federal government shutdown, which could come just as voting begins in Virginia’s General Assembly elections.—Washington Post
• With abortion a major issue in Virginia’s elections, Republicans are starting to go on offense with ads that portray the Democratic position as “no limits.”—NBC News
• A pair of Virginia Beach parents filed a lawsuit seeking to compel local school officials to adopt the Youngkin administration’s policies for transgender students, a case that centers on legal uncertainty over how much leeway local school leaders have to reject state guidelines.—Associated Press
• Loudoun County supervisors had a heated debate over whether they should self-impose limits on public officials’ spending on international travel or risk having the General Assembly pass a new law restricting foreign trips.—Loudoun Times-Mirror
• A Rappahannock County man set a new world record by entering a 131-pound butternut squash at the State Fair of Virginia’s “Giant Veggie Weigh-Off.”—WRIC
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