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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…

Mayor invites Illinois gay couples to wed in Minn.

CHICAGO (AP) — With all of Illinois’ financial woes, residents have grown accustomed to politicians from other states trying to raid its companies, jobs and best workers. Now one of…

Stocks end higher, led by strong US auto sales

NEW YORK (AP) — A jump in U.S. auto sales and other good news on the economy helped drive the stock market higher Wednesday. General Motors and other carmakers surged…

Teen dead, more hurt in Texas high school stabbing

SPRING, Texas (AP) — A fight inside a Houston-area high school escalated into a series of stabbings Wednesday that left a 17-year-old student dead and three others wounded, sheriff’s officials…

National Zoo: 2-week-old panda cub is female

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a girl! The Smithsonian’s National Zoo announced Thursday that its 2-week-old giant panda cub is female and her father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN…

State gets more legal bills for guv’s defense

RICHMOND (AP) — Virginia taxpayers’ share of legal bills for Gov. Bob McDonnell’s representation in a case involving theft charges against the former chef at Virginia’s Executive Mansion and other…

‘VT Spirit’ daylily in ‘fairly high demand’

‘VT Spirit’ daylily in ‘fairly high demand’

BLACKSBURG – The maroon and orange Virginia Tech Spirit Daylily is now available at garden centers across Virginia. The specialty daylily is the first new plant introduced by Virginia’s Beautiful…

Hop a train to see the fall colors

Hop a train to see the fall colors

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   If you’d like to see fall colors from a unique perspective, hop aboard the “Virginia Autumn Special” or “Blue Ridge Special” in October and take…

Hanks named new PCHS assistant principal pending board approval

Hanks named new PCHS assistant principal pending board approval

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com   Mark Hanks, Pulaski County High School athletic director and basketball coach, will be PCHS’s new assistant principal, pending the school board’s final approval at the…