Here are some of the top headlines from other news outlets around Southwest and Southside:
Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin pledges emphasis on cutting taxes, improving workforce in speech to Virginia Chamber of Commerce. — Virginia Business.
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech-Carilion is using genome sequencing to search for omicron variant. — The Roanoke Times.
Localities in the Roanoke and New River valley prepare their legislative wish lists. — The Roanoke Times.
Virginia Republicans gather at The Homestead to celebrate and plan next steps. — Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Rockbridge County school officials explain why they didn’t institute lockdown after student found with gun. — WSLS-TV.
Study underway for Huckleberry Trail master plan. — The Roanoke Times.