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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.

Bob McDonnell receives 2-year prison term for corruption

Richmond - Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to serve two years in prison today, after being found guilty on 11 charges of corruption in September 2014. He must surrender before 2 p.m. on February 9 to start serving his sentence.

Investigation opens into U.S. spaceship mishap

Wallops Island - NASA is warning coastal Virginia residents not to touch any debris they find from Tuesday night's explosion and crash of a rocket and supply capsule headed for the International Space Station.

Fall is the time for foliage tours and raptor counts in Virginia

When autumn comes to Virginia, the mountains and valleys don their coat of many colors, giving the countryside a patchwork quilt appearance. This is also the time of year for the annual raptor watch when birds-of-prey are counted as they migrate south .

Virginia patient does not have Ebola

Richmond - A woman being evaluated at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center in Richmond, Va. has tested negative for the disease say state health officials on Tuesday.

Virginia governor and wife 'Guilty' on multiple charges

Richmond - Virginia's 71st governor, Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen were convicted today by a federal jury on multiple public corruption charges in U.S. District Court in Richmond. The verdict was reached after three days of deliberations.

Supreme Court puts hold on Virginia same-sex marriages

Without an explanation or a release of the vote totals, the U.S. Supreme Court today has stayed a ruling that would have allowed same-sex couples in Virginia to marry beginning on Thursday morning.

Court flips U.S. state's ban on same-sex marriage

Washington - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, in a landmark victory for the gay rights movement in the United States.

Commercial rocket launches space station supply capsule

Accomac - Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket took off Sunday from a NASA facility on the Virginia coast, carrying more than 3,500 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.

A Gwar-themed restaurant may be coming to Richmond, VA

The legendary metal band, Gwar, is in the process of raising money because they aim to open a Gwar-themed restaurant in Virginia.

VMI cadets retrace steps of those killed at Battle of New Market

One hundred and fifty years ago today, on May 11, 1864, a contingent of cadets from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, left their barracks and started walking north. It rained all the five days it took them to reach New Market, 80 miles away.

Two die and one missing in hot air balloon accident in Virginia

At least two people are dead after a hot-air balloon hit a power line and burst into flames at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival Friday evening in Doswell, Virginia. Horrified onlookers stood watching helplessly as the balloon came down in flames.

Op-Ed: Congressman has the gall to request a pay increase

Washington - In one of the most laughably sad statements made by a politician so far this year, Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) said that he and his cohorts on Capitol Hill deserve a pay increase.

Couple in Virginia wins the lottery 3 times in 1 month

Calvin and Zatera Spencer of Virginia are now millionaires after they played, and won, the lottery three times in just one month.

Plan for ballpark near historic Virginia slave market site advances

A controversial plan to build a minor league baseball stadium near the historic site of a slave marketplace and burial ground in Virginia's capital cleared another hurdle on Monday night as ...

Virginia bill to force use of electrocution returned to committee

In the U.S., lethal injection is the primary method of execution, although some states give the condemned a choice of a firing squad, hanging, the gas chamber or electrocution. But the drugs used in lethal injections have become difficult to obtain.

Libertarian Xavian Draper challenges Republican Rep. Wittman (VA)

Following Sarvis's record breaking number of votes for a third party gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, fellow Libertarian Xavian Draper hopes for an even better result as he challenges Republican Wittman for the 1st congressional district of Virginia.

Op-Ed: Is the call for an Article V Convention wise?

For over two hundred years, the American people have relied on a document written by our founding fathers that established a strong, but limited government, specifically designed to protect an individual's rights and freedoms.

Virginia Beach hotels add to amenities of top tourist destination

Virginia Beach - To millions of families in America and around the world, a trip to Virginia Beach is the next best thing to being in paradise.

Virginia aims to cull wild pigs

Richmond - The state of Virginia has assembled a task force to slow the growth of wild pig populations. The state regards the pigs as an "ecologically destructive and invasive species."

Ron Paul stumps for Cuccinelli, draws on Libertarian themes

Richmond - Headlining at the closing rally of Ken Cuccinelli's gubernatorial bid in Virginia on Monday night, former long-term congressman and presidential contender Ron Paul (R-TX) talked up nullification and Libertarian themes.

Op-Ed: Why Virginia libertarians should abstain in this year's election

Richmond - Next week, Virginia voters will head to the ballot box to vote in this year’s gubernatorial election. It features Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. However, libertarians should just abstain Nov. 5.

All-beef burgers taken off Fairfax County schools' menus

Fairfax - All-beef burgers are now off the menu for school cafeterias in Fairfax County, VA, following student complaints they were pink in the middle. The patties have been replaced by hamburgers with additives, containing up to 26 ingredients.

Photo Essay: Summer excavations of Mount Vernon's kitchen ongoing Special

Mount Vernon - An archaeology dig at Mount Vernon has been taking place throughout the summer outside the property's kitchen. The team's objective is to try to learn more about the earlier layout of the property and also see what other artifacts can be found.

15-million-year-old whale excavated on Virginia river shoreline

Stratford - A prehistoric whale skull was found in June along the Potomac River shoreline. As excavators worked to recover the remains throughout the summer, the rest of the skeleton was also found.

'Frankenfish' caught in Virginia confirmed as new world record

A Virginia man has broken the world's record for catching the largest snakehead fish ever. His whopper of a catch weighed in at 17 pounds, six ounces. The Spotsylvania County resident caught the giant fish on June 1.
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Images taken at special event at Sully Historic Site
Toys for the children in 1885
Toys for the children in 1885
A foggy Christmas morning for Fairfax County  Virginia  west of Washington DC
A foggy Christmas morning for Fairfax County, Virginia, west of Washington DC
Bryce Williams  aka Vester Lee Flanagan  is the suspected shooter in the deaths of two Virginia TV r...
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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Marco Rubio's tour bus
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A hardy band of Englishmen landed at Berkeley Hundred on the James River and held the real first Thanksgiving. Captain John Woodlief and thirty-seven men sailed from Bristol, England, on the ship Margaret and reached Berkeley Hundred nearly three months later in December 1619. The first thing they did on landing ashore was give thanks to God.
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Mabry s Mill was a working grist mill for years along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Mabry's Mill was a working grist mill for years along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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The Edelweiss Band
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Strasburg has a rich history in the pottery industry. If memory serves, this book is a ledger from one of the potters that operated in town.
Marco Rubio s tour bus
Marco Rubio's tour bus
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Flooding on the streets of Norfolk, VA as a result of Hurricane Sandy
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WWII U.S. Army field kitchen in use
WWII U.S. Army field kitchen in use
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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Reenactors portraying U.S. soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division.
Reenactors portraying U.S. soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division.
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Traffic on I-66 West about 4 p.m. This is located in the stretch about 20 miles outside of Washington
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The P-51D "Mustang" gets ready to take off. This was one of the anticipated segments of this year's show, but would also be one of the last due to inclement weather, the show ended shortly after this performance.
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Common Folk Farm was one of the many vendors present for the weekend event. Here one could buy a variety of herb mixtures, soup mix, jellies, teas and more.
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Thick fog covers the area on Christmas morning 2012 in Fairfax County, Va. If memory serves, Route 28 is beyond the guardrail in this image.
A World War II Valentine was on display in one of the tents
A World War II Valentine was on display in one of the tents