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Virginia lawmakers left Richmond Saturday without accomplishing their most important task: passing a roughly $96 billion budget for the next two years.
Notable legislation that passed the Virginia General Assembly during the 2014 legislative session:
In a story Jan. 29 about a Virginia mental health task force, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sen. R. Creigh Deeds was stabbed on Aug. 19. The stabbing occurred Nov. 19.
A Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself said Monday the stigma attached to mental health issues has resulted in a lack of awareness and support that leaves the mentally ill to "struggle in silence."
Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds said Monday there's "no fix" for his son, Gus, who committed suicide last year after struggling with mental health issues, but he hopes to work to prevent similar tragedies in the future from occurring.
Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds has been discharged from the hospital after being stabbed earlier in the week before his son, Gus, died from what police say is a self-inflicted rifle shot wound.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has directed his secretary of health and human resources to conduct a "comprehensive review" of the state's mental health system in the wake of Gus Deeds' apparent suicide this week and said he'll weigh providing additional resources in the outgoing two-year state budget proposal he'll unveil next month.
Virginia has opened an investigation into the mental health evaluation of Gus Deeds, who underwent a psychiatric examination but was released just hours before attacking his father and then taking his own life early Tuesday.
After Austin "Gus" Deeds withdrew from the College of William & Mary last month, people tried to get him help. But after undergoing a mental health evaluation Monday, he reportedly was turned away because, an official said, there simply weren't any beds available.