DAYBREAK DAILY: Virginia Tech, Tennessee, NASCAR to play ball at Bristol

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – The latest on the D.C. budget battle over the government shutdown and debt ceiling talks; Trial begins in the shooting death of former Redskin Sean Taylor; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

GENTLEMEN: Start your engines, or something, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “With a level of fanfare one would expect from the marketing machine that is NASCAR, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Bristol Motor Speedway announced the 2016 Battle at Bristol college football game between the Hokies and Volunteers, holding a press conference Monday that featured fireworks, giant video boards and falling confetti.

“This is as big as anything that's happened in the world of football,” Virginia Tech athletics director Jim Weaver said. A source said both teams will earn $4 million dollars for playing the game, as long as they sell at least 40,000 tickets. That could go up to $4.5 million based on other escalators in the contract, the source said. School and track officials declined to comment on the payout for the game.”

BALTIMORE: What’s that?, per the Baltimore Sun, “The leading candidates for governor have announced their running mates, making choices that underscore a harsh reality for Baltimore: It is no longer the center of the Maryland political universe.

“Democrat Douglas F. Gansler's selection Monday of Prince George's County Del. Jolene Ivey, coming after other announcements from candidates of both parties, makes it highly likely that neither Baltimore nor Baltimore County will be represented in the two top State House offices for the first time in more than three decades. The tickets in the 2014 election have exacerbated concerns that Baltimore's needs will not get attention in Annapolis.”

FUNNY HOW THINGS WORK OUT: Or not, per the Washington Post, “The cheers rang out, and Vincent C. Gray put his fist in the air. As it pumped, the crowd chanted: “Free D.C.! Free D.C.! Free D.C.!” Ten days into a federal shutdown posing unprecedented challenges to the city’s governance, the mayor had just told a crowd of hundreds how congressional inaction threatened the health, safety and welfare of D.C. residents. The District, he warned, is in uncharted territory.

“So is Gray. Nearly three years into a scandal-plagued tenure that at times has seemed destined to end after one term or in a resignation, the shutdown has capped an extraordinary month.”

THE GOLDEN YEARS: Or something like that, per the Los Angeles Times, “More than 4 in 5 older Americans expect to keep working during their latter years, a sign that traditional retirement is out of reach for vast swaths of society, according to a new survey. Among Americans ages 50 and older who currently have jobs, 82% expect to work in some form during retirement, according to the poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. In other words, “retirement” is increasingly becoming a misnomer.”

SITUATION SHUTDOWN: Progress, per the New York Times, “Senate leaders neared the completion Monday night of a bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown while the rest of the world braced for the possibility of an American default that could set off a global financial disaster.

“Negotiators talked into the evening as senators from both parties coalesced around a plan that would lift the debt limit through Feb. 7, pass a resolution to finance the government through Jan. 15 and conclude formal discussions on a long-term tax and spending plan no later than Dec. 13, according to one Senate aide briefed on the plan.”

MEANWHILE: Not so fast, per The Hill, “A lone senator could push the nation past the Oct. 17 debt-limit deadline even if a bipartisan deal is reached. Senate leaders on Monday indicated they are inching towards a compromise deal to fund the government and raise the nation's $16.7 trillion borrowing cap before the nation is at risk of default.

“Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has warned Congress the nation will be left with just $30 billion in cash by Oct. 17, and could be in danger of being unable to pay its bills beyond that point. But if a senator or group of senators wanted to prolong the process as long as possible, experts warn, the Senate could blow right past that deadline even if there are enough votes to overcome a filibuster.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Ted Cruz is waiting to decide whether to hold up a potential deal in the Senate that would reopen the government and avert a breach of the debt ceiling.

“With the debt limit deadline looming Thursday and quick Senate action needed to beat it, Cruz would not divulge whether he’d allow a quick vote on an emerging deal to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling. Bypassing Senate rules that would slow the voting process requires the consent of every member of the chamber, which will be critical this week to avoid a panic in the markets over potentially missing the debt ceiling deadline.”

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CASH DUMP: The details, per City Paper, “The D.C. mayoral candidates weren't the only ones who had to report their campaign finances last week. Read on for the reports, and a not-so-surprising appearance from shadow Senate candidate Pete Ross' bank account.”

SENSELESS: Just the facts, per Gazette.Net, “An evening that began with a birthday party ended in tragedy after Montgomery County police arrested a McLean, Va., man and charged him with killing his longtime friend. Police said Rahul Gupta, 24, killed Mark Edward Waugh, 23, of Great Falls, Va., in Silver Spring early Sunday morning. Gupta has been charged with second-degree murder.

“Gupta and Waugh had known each other since high school. Police said the two were at the apartment of a 23-year-old woman. They did not identify the woman, but Waugh’s family members say she is Gupta’s girlfriend.”

FREE COLLEGE: But there’s a catch, per the Roanoke Times, “Washington and Lee University announced Monday that starting next fall, students will not pay tuition if their family income is less than $75,000 a year. “We just believe there are very, very good students who think, ‘My gosh, I could never afford to go there,’?” President Kenneth Ruscio said. “We want to send the message, ‘Don’t let your financial circumstances get in the way of considering a place like Washington and Lee.’?”

“The new program, W&L Promise, will apply to both incoming freshmen and upperclassmen. Current tuition is $43,570. Students might also qualify for grants and work-study jobs to offset the room, board, books and fees that this year boost the cost to attend Washington and Lee to $59,313.”

OOPS: Um, sorry, per the Frederick News-Post, “City officials are apologizing to a candidate in Frederick's general election for an error that the candidate said puts him at a disadvantage. The city posted the wrong email address for Daniel Cowell, a Republican candidate for alderman, on its website for nearly a month after the primary election.

“Cowell's email address is, but the city listed an incorrect email address when creating its general election candidate listing after the Sept. 10 primary. Phyllis Hane, legislative clerk for the city, responded to an email from Cowell stating that it was a typographical error. She apologized to him.”

VIRGINIA VOTER PURGE: Worth watching, per the Washington Times, “Election officials across Virginia are grappling with how to follow through with a directive from the State Board of Elections to purge up to 57,000 registered voters from the state rolls — a move that has prompted a lawsuit from the Democratic Party of Virginia and outright defiance by at least one registrar.

“The state, working this year for the first time as part of a multistate program intended to validate voters, says it is required by law to conduct maintenance on voter lists and is not canceling voters but directing local registrars to review registrants carefully. The program provides information to election boards about voters who are registered in more than one state.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps beat Edmonton 4-2.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “The shutdown is now affecting blood banks, which are canceling blood drives that were scheduled at federal sites. So health officials at Inova found other ways to make up for the projected loss of recent donations: holding events at three blood donor centers. There will even be a Halloween theme, and donors will receive an exclusive t-shirt.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and his new running mate, Del. Jolen Ivey.

--Skip Wood