Here are some of the top stories around Southwest and Southside:

More than quarter of state’s economic development incentive funding has gone toward data centers, primarily in Northern Virginia. — The Virginia Mercury.

Southwest Virginia covid case rate “stuck in neutral,” 2.4 times state average. — WJHL-TV.

Montgomery County and Blacksburg adding more electric car charging stations. — The Roanoke Times.

Lynchburg apartments sold for $4.1 million. — Virginia Business.

Liberty University seeks return of “trade secrets” in counterclaim against former vice president. — WSET-TV.

Starbucks opens in Bluefield, Virginia. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Wise County/Norton Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp to serve on transition team for Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares. — WCYB-TV.

Democrats ask Virginia Supreme Court to reject Republican nominees for redistricting ‘special masters.’ — Richmond Times-Dispatch.