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Meet the Zoom Poets: How lockdown has connected artists globally Special

Before the COVID-19 lockdown, Cathy Carson had just a small local audience in Northern Ireland. The poet and monologist had performed at open mics and charity events for less than two years and had a few pieces published in anthologies.

Virginia Governor and First Lady test positive for coronavirus

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Governor's Office. The governor, according to his office, is not experiencing symptoms. Pam Northam has mild symptoms.

World-class swimmers to host swim clinics in Manassas, Virginia

Manassas - World-class swimmers to host a "Fitter and Faster" swim clinic at Manassas, Virginia, that runs from June 22 until August 21, 2020.

Virginia governor pushes to make Juneteenth a paid state holiday

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) will make Juneteenth, the June 19 commemoration of the end of American slavery, a paid holiday for all executive branch employees - and propose a bill making it a statewide paid holiday, he announced Tuesday.

Op-Ed: VEXIT? — If counties don't like Virginia politics, secede to WV

Great shades of BREXIT! At a news conference in Martinsburg, West Virginia Tuesday afternoon, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. and WV Governor Jim Justice, urged unhappy Virginia counties to secede.

Virginia's tax tribute with Indigenous tribes dates back to 1677

On Wednesday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam hosted leaders of some of the commonwealth’s Native American tribes at the executive mansion for the 342nd annual tax tribute. The tradition dates back to 1677 and the Treaty of Middle Plantation.

Hurricane Dorian strengthens as it closes in on South Carolina

Dorian's outer rainbands are already lashing coastal parts of the Southeast, and Hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect along the North and South Carolina coasts. Dorian's winds have also strengthened just a bit.

Cuccinelli tapped to lead Citizenship and Immigration Services

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) on Monday began his new job as acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It is a controversial appointment that may lead to a showdown between Trump and Senate Republicans.

Police search for motive in US shooting that killed 12

Virginia Beach - Police in Virginia searched Saturday for the reason why a city engineer fired indiscriminately on his workplace colleagues, turning a municipal building into a war zone as he killed at least 12 people and wounded four before being fatally shot himself....

Virginia lieutenant governor faces second sexual misconduct charge

Washington - A second woman has accused Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual misconduct, US media reported Friday, further adding to the political turmoil in the eastern US state.

Virginia Democrats in crisis over new blackface scandal

Washington - A political crisis deepened in Virginia on Wednesday after the attorney general of the eastern US state admitted he wore blackface to a 1980 college party to impersonate a rapper.

Virginia lawmakers introduce bills to legalize cannabis use

Richmond - Marijuana would be legalized in Virginia under legislation that was introduced on January 8. The two new bills are among more than 10 cannabis-related proposals that lawmakers in the Commonwealth will be considering this year.

Amazon unveiled its HQ2 selections, and some locals are furious

The company will build offices in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York, and the newly formed National Landing area of Arlington, Virginia.

Limair Sanitarium — The result of an obsession with lime air

Luray - Luray Caverns, in Virginia's Page County, has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world since its discovery in 1878. But few people know about the first air-conditioned building in the U.S. built in 1901 at Luray.

Virginia elects Democrat governor, in rejection of Trumpism

Washington - US Democrats claimed a resounding win Tuesday in a crucial governor's race in Virginia, dealing a blow to Donald Trump's politics of division and testing the president's influence ahead of larger battles in 2018 and 2020.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe had already declared a state of emergency

Charlottesville - A white nationalists' rally erupted into deadly violence Saturday as a car plowed into a crowd while demonstrators and counter-protesters clashed, spurring President Donald Trump to condemn "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides."

Virginia's Dominion teams up with DONG for offshore wind project

Richmond - Dominion Energy Virginia has partnered with Denmark's DONG Energy to develop a 12 MW wind farm 27 miles offshore of Virginia Beach, known as Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind.

Jesse Rice to headline Waiting to Hear's Loud Shirt GALA

Acclaimed country singer and songwriter Jesse Rice is headlining the Waiting to Hear's Loud Shirt GALA fundraiser in Virginia on June 17.

Op-Ed: The book that told the story of those HeLa cells Special

When we think of genetic engineering, biotech industry, it is easy to assume it is something relatively recent as within the last 20 to 30 years. But in a 2010 best-seller, author Rebecca Skloot revealed that such engineering had been done earlier.

Op-Ed: Trump thinks we will allow drilling along the Atlantic Coast

Washington - On Wednesday, the Trump administration took its first step on opening the Atlantic Coast to oil and gas drilling. The Interior Department is now reviewing six applications submitted by energy companies previously rejected by the Obama administration.

Virginia passes historic law to allow robots to make deliveries

The Commonwealth of Virginia is the first US state to pass a law that allows delivery robots to operate on sidewalks and crosswalks throughout the state.

Country duo Wilson Fairchild pay tribute to The Statler Brothers Special

Langdon Reid tells Digital Journal how he and his singing partner, Will Reid, came to honour their fathers, Harold and Don Reid, founding members of legendary country quartet The Statler Brothers.

Virginia Hepatitis A cases growing and so are the lawsuits

Richmond - The Hepatitis A outbreak in Virginia linked to frozen strawberry smoothies served at Tropical Smoothie Cafes is growing daily, with 28 people now confirmed to be sick as of Thursday evening.

Hepatitis A: Scallops in Hawaii and strawberries in Virginia

With the Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii being solved, another outbreak of the virus in Virginia is making the news, but this time, it's strawberries used to create strawberry smoothies at Tropical Smoothie Cafes.

N.J. gas station keeps $3.98 gas price despite cheaper gas nearby

Voorhees - Residents of this New Jersey town are asking why one local gas station is charging $3.98 per gallon when other nearby stations, including one across the street, are charging $1.79. The $3.98 price at the Lukoil station has stayed the same since August.

TV gunman plotted to 'hurt a lot more': State governor

Roanoke - The embittered gunman who shot dead two young American journalists on live TV was seemingly hell-bent on committing more violence before he took his own life, Virginia's governor said Friday.

California neighbors wonder what could have happened to suspect

San Francisco - A Virginia man believed to have shot and killed two local journalists on live television before shooting himself grew up and went to college in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Vester Lee Flanigan, suspect in Virginia shooting, dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound

According to reports, the alleged shooter in the killing of two Virginia TV reporters has shot himself and is now dead from the gunshot wound.

Drug suspect puts GPS bracelet on cat, fools officials and flees

Highland Springs - A Virginia man who was being held on a drug charge and wearing a GPS tracking device may have fled the state, and possibly the country because he may have found a novel way to confound authorities.

Crack a cold one — Beer cans are 80 years old this week

For many beer lovers, nothing is more enjoyable on a hot summer's day than reaching into an ice-filled cooler and pulling out a cold one. The "crack" as the can is opened, along with the first icy sip of beer is most satisfying.
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Marco Rubio on his East Coast book tour
The Pamunkey tribe is the first Virginia tribe to receive federal recognition.
The Pamunkey tribe is the first Virginia tribe to receive federal recognition.
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Myself getting a book signed by Rubio
This year marks the 400th anniversary of of four pivotal happenings in English North America’s Vir...
This year marks the 400th anniversary of of four pivotal happenings in English North America’s Virginia colony: the arrival of the first Africans, the arrival of women, convening of the first General Assembly, and celebration of the first Thanksgiving.
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Governor Northam accepting the tribute  November 27  2019.
Governor Northam accepting the tribute, November 27, 2019.
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Marco Rubio's tour bus
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The Luray Valley in Page County, Virginia.
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Bryce Williams, aka Vester Lee Flanagan, is the suspected shooter in the deaths of two Virginia TV reporters. He committed suicide on August 26.
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Scene of balloon fire on Friday night.
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A deer grazing in winter 2013 at Northern Virginia Community College, located in Manassas, Va.
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Madi Wolf: "Hollywood Boulevard"
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Flooding on the streets of Norfolk, VA as a result of Hurricane Sandy
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Pamunkey presentation of annual tribute to the Governor of Virginia, circa 1928. Pictured from left to right are Walter Bradby, Theodora Dennis Cook, Chief George Major Cook, Governor Harry Byrd, Pocahontas Cook, Willy Bradby, James Bradby, and Duckie Page.
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Former Governor Bob McDonnell at press conference outside federal courtroom in Richmond, Virginia Jan. 6, 2015.
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African American History Memorial, Austin, Texas. (March 17, 2017).
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Autumn in Virginia. A visit to one of Virginia's many wineries in the Shenandoah Valley.
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Myself getting a book signed by Rubio
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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.
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Myself getting a book signed by Rubio
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