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Council discusses branding, position merger

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   At Tuesday night’s Pulaski Town Council meeting, several topics relevant to the push for revitalizing the town were discussed, among them what to include in…

Grede to idle Radford foundry, 250 jobs lost

RADFORD  (AP) — Grede plans to idle its foundry in Radford at the end of the year and lay off 250 workers. Grede spokesman Richard Pacini tells media outlets that…

Va. Tech’s program puts students ahead of the herd

BLACKSBURG  (AP) — The eyes, and then the wide, bony head of the Charolais cow moved to follow five Virginia Tech students as they walked past her stall at the…

Rockefeller hosts black lung forum in Bluefield

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Scientists, doctors and two women who lost their husbands to black lung disease are headed to Bluefield for a roundtable discussion with Sen. Jay Rockefeller. The…

Error reveals Chesterfield students’ personal info

CHESTERFIELD (AP) — A Chesterfield County schools spokesman says officials are working to correct the erroneous disclosure of some students’ personal information. Spokesman Shawn Smith says forms sent home with…

Va. probation officer faces charges in Staunton

STAUNTON (AP) — A Virginia Department of Corrections probation officer faces bribery, drug, gun and sex charges in Staunton. Meaghan Fields is accused of having sex with two probationers, providing…

Panel to release report on Virginia death penalty

RICHMOND (AP) — A panel of legal experts that has been studying Virginia’s death penalty is set to release its report. The Virginia Death Penalty Assessment Team will announce its…

Cuccinelli, McAuliffe pay visit to Wilder’s class

RICHMOND  (AP) — The major party candidates for governor will be paying a visit Thursday to a college government class taught by a former Virginia governor, Doug Wilder. Republican Ken…

Va. utility top bidder for offshore wind leases

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Dominion Power submitted a successful $1.6 million bid Wednesday to lease nearly 113,000 offshore acres for the development of wind turbines that could power 700,000…

Video game boosts mental abilities in older folks

NEW YORK (AP) — It probably won’t become as popular as “Grand Theft Auto,” but a specialized video game may help older people boost mental skills like handling multiple tasks…