Here are some of the top headlines from other news outlets around Southwest and Southside:
Politics and government:
Washington Commanders stadium bill passes House Appropriations Committee. Dels. Terry Austin, R-Botetourt County; Will Morefield, R-Tazewell; Matt Farris, R-Campbell County; Will Wampler, R-Washington County, vote in favor; Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke votes against. — Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission issues its first “racial and ethnic impact statement” on proposed criminal justice bill; finding was requested by state Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke. — Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Lynchburg council discusses vision during retreat. — Lynchburg News and Advance.
Senate bill that puts Martinsville reversion to town status to a vote passes out of committee. — Martinsville Bulletin.
Lebanon offers $50,000 to anyone who will bring a restaurant to Russell County town. — WJHL-TV.
Richlands offers $5,000 grants to entrepreneurs. — WVVA-TV.
Carilion’s property insurance policy doesn’t cover covid-related losses, federal judge rules. — The Roanoke Times.
Lynchburg-based Scratch Pasta continues to grow. — Lynchburg News and Advance.
Smoothie and acai bowl shop opens second location in Abingdon. — Bristol Herald Courier.
As hospitalizations drop, Sovah Health-Danville resumes elective surgery. — Danville Register & Bee
Covid dropping in New River Valley. — WDBJ-TV.
Ballad Health reports record number of hospitalizations. – Kingsport Times-News.