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Coastal Oaxaca beach towns draw an entirely different crowd than you’ll find in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. Puerto Escondido anchors this region, and you’ll pay far less here than in the more popular Mexico beach destinations.

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Mexico’s Baja region feels a world away from the rest of Mexico, and that couldn’t be truer than in La Paz, the capital and largest city in Baja California Sur.

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Just a couple of hours due east of Mexico City — past the country’s most famous volcanoes and some beautiful mountainous terrain — is Puebla. Visit, if for no other reason than to sample its amazing local cuisine. The region is famous for its eye-catching sweets — there’s even a street — Calle de los Dulces — famous for its abundance of sweet shops.

The governor of Tennessee has signed a bill — named after 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell of Blountville — that will require parents to report a missing child to law enforcement within 24 hours after learning the child is missing.

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Gas, electric and other utility providers often have assistance programs for customers who cannot pay in full. There are also government and charitable programs to help low-income or struggling households. Ask the utility provider for referrals or call 2-1-1 for help finding local social service programs or charities. Several cities and regions have opted to halt utility shutoffs.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Virginia Cooperative Extension have announced that two Virginia regions were selected for the 2015-16 Stronger Economies Together (SET) initiative.

The Eastern Shore, consisting of Accomack and Northampton counties and Tangier Island, and the Mount Rogers Planning District, made up of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington and Wythe counties and the cities of Bristol and Galax, will benefit from a focused initiative to explore regional economic advantages and to formulate economic blueprints for the regions.

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The Region 1A West wrestling tournament, a two-day event, will begin this afternoon at the Prior Convocation Center on the campus of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

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