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

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. has pledged $12.5 million toward research and teaching in quantum information science and engineering at Virginia Tech’s “innovation campus” in Alexandria. — Virginia Business.

Single-day covid rate in Southwest Virginia doubles; public health officials concerned. — WJHL-TV.

Carilion Clinic names first vice president for philanthropy. — Virginia Business.

McClellan to announce bid for Democratic nomination for 5th District seat. — South Boston News and Record.

Lynchburg-area legislators talk upcoming General Assembly session. — The Lynchburg News & Advance.

Danville City Council takes another step toward construction of shell building. — Danville Register & Bee.

Pulaski joins rail station authority. — The Southwest Times.

Mecklenburg schools impose zero-tolerance policy after series of disruptions. — Mecklenburg Sun.

Lee County school employees to get $1,200 pandemic-related bonus. — Powell Valley News.

Ora McCoy of Appomattox County named Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Farmer of the Year. — Times-Virginian.

Groundbreaking held at future state park in Henry County. — Henry County Enterprise.

Amherst Mountain Bike Club plans more trails. — Amherst New Era-Progress

The Roanoke Times to relocate within downtown Roanoke. — The Roanoke Times.

Olde Dominion Bluegrass Festival coming to Chatham on Saturday. — Chatham Star-Tribune.