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Bicyclists on the W&OD Trail in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

County Needs More Taxing Power, McKay Says — Like other Northern Virginia leaders, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay has long pushed for Virginia to expand local authority, an uphill battle particularly under Gov. Glenn Youngkin. McKay says “he would like the option for the county to levy taxes on personal income or other services to diversify the county’s revenue, which is about 90% dependent on property taxes.” [Axios D.C.]

Democrats Plan Caucus for 35th District Nominee — The Fairfax County Democratic Committee announced yesterday (Wednesday) that it will hold a caucus on Oct. 8 to select its nominee to fill the seat vacated by Mark Keam. Voters in the district, which includes Tysons, Vienna, Dunn Loring and Oakton, will be able to participate at three locations, along with an early voting site at the FCDC headquarters. [Patch]

Tolling on New I-66 Express Lanes Looms — “Tolling and high occupancy vehicle (HOV) rules will begin this Saturday, Sept. 24, on the recently opened western section of 66 Express Lanes. Motorists will be able to use this nine-mile stretch of new Express Lanes from Route 29 in Gainesville to Route 28 in Centreville by paying a toll or can ride toll-free if traveling as an HOV with two or more people and an E-ZPass Flex.” [VDOT]

Man Convicted for Bailey’s Crossroads Drug Overdoses — “A Dumfries, Virginia, man was convicted Wednesday on charges that he caused the overdoses of six people in Fairfax County. One year ago, Michael Vaughn, 28, distributed cocaine laced with fentanyl at a party inside an apartment in the Skyline area of Fairfax County, according to court documents and evidence presented at trial.” [WTOP]

One Injured by Lake Barcroft House Fire — “One person was injured in a house fire Tuesday night in the Lake Barcroft area, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue…One resident was taken to the hospital for evaluation. No firefighters were injured…Damages were estimated to be around $25,000.” [Patch]

Herndon Part of Rivana Development for Sale — “Fairfax County’s portion of the gargantuan Rivana at Innovation Station mixed-use development is up for sale, meaning its owners are actively shedding the ‘at Innovation Station’ part of the project’s billing…By prevailing norms, it’s prime, transit-oriented real estate. Which makes it all the more curious that the site’s owners…are seeking to sell it. [Washington Business Journal]

Local Airports Could Add Amazon Checkout Tech — “Amazon.com Inc.’s Just Walk Out retail shopping technology, which allows customers to skip the checkout line using sensors and cameras, appears to have locked down its first third-party users in Greater Washington: Reagan National and Dulles International airports.” Both airports plan to use the tech at planned convenience stores. [WBJ]

Book Sales Galore This Weekend — The Friends of the Reston Regional Library will have over 40,000 items, albeit without kids’ books, at its Big Fall Book Sale, starting today through Sunday (Sept. 25). This weekend will also bring book sales at the Kingstowne and Patrick Henry libraries. [Fairfax County Public Library]

It’s Thursday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 78 and low of 61. Sunrise at 6:58 am and sunset at 7:07 pm. [Weather.gov]

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