Widespread fuel shortages due to “panic buying,” Virginia leaders’ plans for $4.3 billion in federal aid, fresh glimpses of Amazon HQ2, and more headlines

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• More than half of Virginia’s gas stations had run out of fuel as of Wednesday night, according to crowdsourced data. Officials say the shortage is a result of panic buying after a ransomware attack shut down a major supply pipeline, which came back online yesterday afternoon. “For now, our message is for Virginians to avoid ‘panic buying’ fuel and to avoid any unnecessary travel.”—Virginia Business

• Virginia lawmakers say they want to use $4.3 billion in emergency federal aid to provide assistance to small businesses, repair school buildings, extend broadband networks and bail out the state’s beleaguered unemployment insurance program.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was “dead wrong” when he asserted during a debate that “every single Petersburg school was accredited” when he left office, according to PolitiFact.—VPM

• With their municipal election system ruled illegal and discriminatory by a federal judge, leaders in Virginia Beach are looking at alternatives they might propose as part of a potential settlement. “My greatest concern is having the court draw maps that we have no input on.”—Virginian-Pilot

• Former House Speaker Kirk Cox’s loss in the GOP nomination contest this week marks the end of his 32-year career in the House of Delegates.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Amazon released new renderings of its planned office complex in Northern Virginia, showing pedestrian-filled plazas.—ARLnow

• “A Hampton police officer was arrested on charges of burglary and destruction of property in Norfolk on Wednesday.”—Virginian-Pilot

• A Prince William County woman is charged with posing as an immigration attorney, billing clients for legal work she never completed and threatening “to report some victims to immigration authorities when they questioned her.”—Washington Post

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