Here are some of the top headlines from other news outlets around Southwest and Southside:
New Year’s Eve shooting gives fresh urgency to quell gun-related violence in Roanoke. — The Roanoke Times.
Democrats in General Assembly want more money for schools and mental health. — Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Franklin County supervisors pick new chairman on 4-3 vote. — The Roanoke Times.
Amanda Pillion elected Abingdon mayor. — WCYB-TV.
Bedford re-elects mayor and vice mayor. — Lynchburg News and Advance.
LaCrosse mayor dies. — Mecklenburg Sun.
City did not defame police officer with ‘end racism now’ mural, judge rules. — Roanoke Rambler.
Roanoke begins plans for Evans Springs area. — WDBJ-TV.
For-profit nursing school to open in Roanoke Valey. — The Roanoke Times and WSLS-TV. (For background story, see ‘National nursing shortage highlights challenges of expanding nursing programs.’)
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