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Earthquake drill in October stirs Va. interest

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians are signing up in big numbers to participate in a multi-state earthquake drill next month. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says 694,281 residents have…

Federal rule changes to help black lung victims

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Changes to federal black lung rules are expected to make it easier for coal miners and their families to obtain benefits. A final rule announced Wednesday…

Smithfield shareholders approve Shuanghui deal

RICHMOND (AP) — Shareholders of Smithfield Foods Inc. on Tuesday approved a plan to sell the world’s largest pork producer and processor to a Chinese company. The Smithfield, Va.-based company said more than…

Virginia Tech says human resources server hacked

BLACKSBURG (AP) — Virginia Tech says the driver’s license numbers of more than 16,000 job applicants may have been accessed when a computer server was hacked. Virginia Tech said Tuesday…

Wythe County prepares site for future industry

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Served by a Class I rail line, with a 16 inch water line with service from two directions, three 138kV electric transmission lines and three…

Blue Ridge Parkway gears up for fall travel season

Blue Ridge Parkway gears up for fall travel season NC/VA – The Blue Ridge Parkway is anticipating another strong fall visitor season with the 469-mile motor route currently open from…

Forestry needs help collecting acorns and seeds

Virginia Department of Forestry is seeking the public’s assistance in its efforts to preserve the state’s native tree species. Virginians are asked to help collect acorns and seeds from 13…

Challenging SOLs affect 2013-2014 school accreditation ratings

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) announced yesterday the percentage of Virginia schools that meet state accreditation standards dropped with the introduction of new reading,…

Absentee voting underway in Virginia

Those intending to vote by absentee ballot in the Nov. 5 general election can now do so. Friday marked the beginning of absentee voting in Virginia. To cast an absentee…

Smith named PCUW campaign chairman

The Pulaski County United Way has chosen this year’s campaign chairman in the person of Lee Smith, a Pulaski County native. Working with Lee will be community members who will…