We had this posted a while ago, but then our host went down and the post disappeared. So, sorry for the technical problems, but that's why this is so late. Here I go, trying this again. It probably means any post of substance is delayed until tomorrow. The News Stand today is a great cross section of papers heavy with articles on the already-in-progress 2009 gubernatorial campaign that kicked off with a forum last night that included all four candidates. The rest of the articles pertain to the ever increasing state budget deficit. We also include an opinion piece concerning the Pledge of Allegiance. There's lots to mull over and consider, but unlike more conventional corner news stands, here there's never a charge. Enjoy your reading.

Va. gubernatorial hopefuls appear at Times-Dispatch (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Va. Gubernatorial Hopefuls Throw Out Their First Pitches (Washington Post)

Transportation still priority (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

Governor's race off to early start in Richmond (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Gubernatorial hopefuls meet for forum (Roanoke Times)

Virginia governor candidates preview race (Washington Times)

Education cuts called possible (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia's budget shortfall forecast approaching $2.8B (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Budget's shortfall expected to worsen (Roanoke Times)

Revenue losses may rise, Kaine says (Washington Times)

Grim State Budget Forecast Ups Anxiety (Washington Post)

Opinion:

It's Time to Update the Pledge (Newsweek/Washington Post)