An Amtrak train in Roanoke. Courtesy of Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

Here are some of the top headlines from other news outlets around Southwest and Southside:

Politics:

Convicted former Roanoke councilman Robert Jeffrey sues to get his council seat back. — Roanoke Rambler.

This Roanoke neighborhood has one of state’s highest rates of incarerated residents. — Roanoke Rambler.

Tazewell County sheriff stands by religous posts. — Bluefield Daily Telegraph and WVVA-TV.

Economy:

Ridership on Virginia’s Amtrak routes up 28.9%, all-time high. — WSET-TV.

Staunton River Plastics in Hurt to add 200 jobs. — WDBJ-TV.

Official expect tourism to bounce back in Patrick County. — Martinsville Bulletin.

Projects aim to promote growth in South Hill. — South Boston News & Record.

Health care:

Lynchburg-area specialists, survivors speak out about fentanyl — Lynchburg News and Advance.

Halifax locked in high level for virus. — Halifax Gazette-Virginian.

Pandemic shuts down South Hill town hall. — South Boston News & Record.

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Culture:

Pride festival brings 13,000 to Bristol. — Bristol Herald Courier.

Downtown athletic club opens in Halifax — Halifax Gazette-Virginian.