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Winter weather putting chill on blood donations

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   When the mercury drops and flakes start to fly, venturing outdoors becomes more difficult. However, the need for blood doesn’t change with the weather. Virginia…

Analysis: Obama’s agenda more bite-sized than bold

WASHINGTON (AP) — Count 2014 as the year President Barack Obama’s agenda went from bold to bite-sized. The president’s State of the Union address Tuesday was an amalgam of modest…

Kidnapping suspect nabbed in Pulaski County

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   A reported child kidnapping that started in Christiansburg Tuesday evening ended in Pulaski County when the suspect was apprehended at a store off Interstate 81.…

Good in the neighborhood: CommUnity Table

Good in the neighborhood: CommUnity Table

By ANGIE M. AUSTIN Special to The SWT   RADFORD –  On a corner of Tyler Ave., surrounded by RU campus, sits an unsuspecting surprise. In a great dining hall,…

Privacy concerns table search, seizure bill

By JAMES GALLOWAY Capital News Service RICHMOND — A bill that would give Virginia police power to search private computers without a secondary search warrant was tabled after a committee…

Bills seek e-cigarette ban for minors

By DANA CARLSON Capital News Service   RICHMOND — Electronic cigarettes could be banned from the hands of minors as Virginia legislators in the House and Senate push for regulation.…

Virginia to drop investigation of McDonnell

RICHMOND  (AP) — A state investigation into former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s financial disclosures is being closed to allow federal corruption charges to move forward without complications. Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney…

Puckett joining opposition to proposed coal regulations

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-38th District, is joining other state legislators and business leaders in opposing proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations on new coal plants. The…

‘Leading Lights’ appeals for Pulaski nominations

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   If you know a Pulaski County volunteer whose service impacts the community and who serves as a model to inspire others, New River Valley Leading…

Hash to speak at Black History program

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   Fairlawn pastor Gary Hash will be the keynote speaker for a free Black History Month program to be held at New River Community College, Sunday,…