A much-needed budget briefing, school walkouts after the shootings and more headlines

• House and Senate negotiators revealed the outlines of a budget deal during a private briefing with two media outlets on Thursday that apparently will “deliver $4 billion in tax cuts, raise salaries for teachers and state employees and will inject considerable sums into affordable housing, school construction, health and water quality.Washington Post

• Two of Virginia’s top mental health officials – the director of the state’s largest psychiatric hospital and the deputy director of forensic services – have resigned.Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration is reviewing school security after the second deadliest shooting on record.WRIC

• Students in Charlottesville and Arlington staged walkouts in response to the Uvalde school shooting.—ARLNow, Daily progress

• “The abortion debate in Virginia before Roe v. Wade was much more a debate between religious groups than between political parties.”—VPM

• The head of the state’s economic development authority said Southwest Virginia’s labor market has recovered from the pandemic faster than the rest of the state.—Cardinal News

• Bristol, Tennessee filed a lawsuit against Bristol, Virginia for its landfill odor issue.—Bristol Herald Courier

• The Norfolk Police Benevolent Association fears the town’s patriotic festival over Memorial Day weekend could undermine officer morale and worsen the staffing problem of the force, which is currently short of 239 officers.Virginien-Pilot

• Norfolk planning officials have approved plans for a temporary casino.—Virginia Affairs

• A Spotsylvania committee made up of school division staff, parents, and community members found that eight parent-challenged books, including Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” “are appropriate for high school readers and can stay in high school libraries.”—Free Lance-Star

• “An environmental organization that monitors the Potomac River is suing Alexandria, accusing the Northern Virginia city of allowing coal tar and other cancer-causing pollutants to contaminate the waterway for decades.”—Washington Post

• Closing arguments are scheduled for today in Fairfax County’s six-week trial in Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.—Associated press

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