Morning Notes

A goose and goslings peck away outside Reston Regional Library (photo by Susan Woolsey)

Deal Reached on State Budget — “Budget negotiators in the Virginia General Assembly have reached a bipartisan deal, ending a lengthy standoff over the spending plan and avoiding a highly unusual state government shutdown. Lawmakers will be back in Richmond on Monday to vote on the deal during a special legislative session.” [WTOP]

Pedestrian Safety Measure Approved — “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on May 7…updated the county code to match the state code requiring drivers to stop — not just yield — for pedestrians at unsignalized intersections. It also prohibits drivers from overtaking vehicles stopped for pedestrians. Violators can be charged up to $500.” [Annandale Today]

Metro Retires Oldest Trains — “If you ride the Metro, you may be familiar with the carpeted trains. These are the Metro’s oldest cars, which were introduced in 1983. On Friday, the 2000-series trains will retire. The trains were built to last approximately 40 years, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.” [NBC4]

Tysons Contractor Creating AI Supercomputer — “A key supplier to the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies is building a $20 million supercomputer with buzzy chipmaker Nvidia to speed deployment of artificial intelligence capabilities across the U.S. federal government, the MITRE think tank said Tuesday.” [Washington Post]

New Apartment Building Coming to West Falls — Falls Church City’s West Falls neighborhood will include an eight-story, 400-unit apartment building called The Alder, developer Hoffman & Associates announced yesterday. The building will have 26,000 square feet of amenity space, including a fitness center, pet spa and courtyards with a swimming pool and TV lounge. [Falls Church News-Press]

County to Seek Grant for Preserving Mobile Homes — “Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development is seeking public feedback on a draft application it’s submitting for a brand-new competitive grant program for the preservation and revitalization of manufactured housing units and manufactured housing communities.” [On the MoVe]

Athletic Courts Refresh Begins at Fairfax Station Park — “The Fairfax County Park Authority is expecting to begin revitalization work at the Popes Head Park basketball and tennis courts on Friday, May 10. The project will include the replacement of old asphalt surfacing, fencing, goals, net posts and footers. New sealcoat, color coat and playing lines will also be applied to the courts.” [FCPA]

It’s Friday — Expect showers and thunderstorms with a high near 61. Precipitation chance is 70%, with rainfall between a tenth and a quarter inch, potentially higher in thunderstorms. For Friday night, it will be mostly cloudy with a low around 49 and a 60% chance of rain. [NWS]