Here are some of the top headlines from other news outlets around Southwest and Southside:
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, pulls provision that would have mandated Mountain Valley Pipeline. — Virginia Mercury and WBOY-TV and Seeking Alpha and WSLS-TV. (For background, see “Can Manchin get his MVP deal through?”)
Gov. Glenn Youngkin is “hugging everyone” as he seeks to be Republican unifier. — CNN
Affordable housing, homelessness emerge as issues in Franklin County candidate forum. — The Roanoke Times.
Lynchburg school transportation employees protest for collective bargaining. — Lynchburg News and Advance.
Bedford supervisors OK grant for 14 resource officers. — Lynchburg News and Advance.
Lynchburg to break ground on new police department. — Lynchburg News and Advance.
Solar farm ordinance approved in Patrick County. — Martinsville Bulletin.
Bristol approves tax cut. — Bristol Herald Courier.
Appalachian Power to raise rates. — The Roanoke Times.
Pittsylvania County younger farmer recognized for winter wheat disease research. — Danville Register and Bee.
Carilion Clinic to start program for youths who struggle with managing emotions, behavior. — WSLS-TV. (Disclosure: Carilion is one of our donors but donors have no say in news decisions; see our policy).
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Traditional Santa train route through Southwest Virginia to return this year. — WCYB-TV.