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.

Air board denies permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline compressor station in Chatham. — The Danville Register & Bee and Virginia Mercury and Altavista Journal and Chatham Star-Tribune.

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.

Work to eliminate elevated benzene levels begins at Bristol landfill. — Bristol Herald Courier and WCYB-TV.

Study underway for Huckleberry Trail master plan. — The Roanoke Times.