Southwest Virginia

Virginia’s statewide COVID-19 numbers have been trending down over the past few weeks.  That’s encouraged state officials to ease restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

But the numbers in much of the southwest part of the state have been heading in the other direction, which has health professionals worried.


Health experts in the Roanoke region and other parts of southwest Virginia are watching a steady increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Carilion Clinic is now the largest private employer west of Richmond.  And a new study shows the health care provider’s economic impact in the whole state is large.

Marylin Minter

Twice as many women as men choose to study art in college and grad school, but only 15% of museum shows feature art by women. That’s according to the Smithsonian Institution. On this hundredth anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, museums around the country are also giving female artists a say. 

Sarah Sawyers

Elementary school students in Wise County won a space on a rocket ship in a global competition. The students were selected to send a payload into low earth orbit, in honor of its inaugural voyage.