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Virginia: U.S. state in the United States
Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2018 is over 8.5 million.


The founding family you’ve never heard of: The black Tuckers of Hampton, Virginia

An ancient cemetery. A glimpse of black history, hidden for centuries. Why a baby named William and the year 1619 mean it all to the Tucker family.
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Enslaved Africans landed in Virginia in 1619. USA TODAY is committed to telling the story, past and present

The goal of this project is to commemorate the landing of the enslaved Africans 400 years ago. We also want to hear your family stories.
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Videos for Virginia

Self-described white nationalist Ohio man pleads not guilty [Video]Self-described white nationalist Ohio man pleads not guilty

Attorneys for James Reardon entered not guilty pleas in an Ohio court on Monday. Twenty-year-old Reardon was arrested Saturday in New Middletown, Ohio on charges that he threatened to attack a local..

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Twitter Under Fire: Fails To Ban White Supremacists [Video]Twitter Under Fire: Fails To Ban White Supremacists

With the anniversary of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, approaching, Twitter is facing increased pressure from a nationwide coalition of civil rights organizations..

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Retracing an African slave route 400 years later [Video]Retracing an African slave route 400 years later

August 2019 marks 400 years since an English settler in the colony of Virginia recorded the arrival of African slaves, and Reuters photographers retraced the trail millions were forced to travel in..

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Trump claims black support; polls show otherwise [Video]Trump claims black support; polls show otherwise

A black protester interrupted Donald Trump in Virginia, after the president claimed he was hearing praise from African-Americans over his racially-charged comments about the city of Baltimore. Zachary..

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A bug interrupts Trump's speech, again [Video]A bug interrupts Trump's speech, again

A tiny bug, possibly a fly, had the best seat in the house at an event at Jamestown, Virginia, where U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a speech to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first..

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Protestor demands Trump Protestor demands Trump "deport hate" during speech

A protestor shouted "Virginia is our home" demonstrating against President Donald Trump's immigration policies during his speech in Jamestown, Virginia on Tuesday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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White House Leaks After DC Gets Hit With Record-Breaking Rain [Video]White House Leaks After DC Gets Hit With Record-Breaking Rain

Rain came storming down on parts of Washington, D.C., breaking a daily record in just an hour. It fell 3.3. Inches at Reagan National Airport, breaking the previous record of 2.2. Inches in 1958...

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Flash flooding hits D.C. area [Video]Flash flooding hits D.C. area

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency in the D.C. metropolitan area on Monday as roads and backyards flooded and a rush of water poured through the ceiling of the Virginia Square..

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White Nationalist Sentence To Life For Killing Heather Heyer [Video]White Nationalist Sentence To Life For Killing Heather Heyer

According to Reuters, James Fields was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge for killing a resident of Charlottesville during a white nationalist rally in 2017. The 22-year-old drove his car..

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Heather Heyer's Killer Receives Sentence, Remains Unrepentant [Video]Heather Heyer's Killer Receives Sentence, Remains Unrepentant

A federal judge imposed a life sentence on the self-described neo-Nazi who killed Heather Heyer. James Fields crashed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Weeks..

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'Overwhelming evidence' led to Fields' life sentencing [Video]'Overwhelming evidence' led to Fields' life sentencing

United States Attorney Thomas Cullen on Friday said an "overwhelming" amount of evidence led to a life sentence for 22-year-old neo-Nazi James Fields, who killed Heather Heyer by crashing his car into..

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Prosecutors Seek Life In Prison For James Fields [Video]Prosecutors Seek Life In Prison For James Fields

The self-described neo-Nazi who has been convicted of killing Heather Heyer at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 will learn his fate on Friday. Prosecutors have urged a..

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Jimmy Carter Said Trump Is An Illegitimate President Due To Russian Interference [Video]Jimmy Carter Said Trump Is An Illegitimate President Due To Russian Interference

Business Insider reports former President Jimmy Carter called President Donald Trump an illegitimate president and said he only won the election because of Russian interference. The currently..

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Slavery's explosive growth, in charts: How '20 and odd' became millions

A twist of fate brought the first recorded enslaved Africans to Virginia in 1619. We trace the origins of this shameful era of American history.
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Searching for Hints About 2020, All Eyes Turn to a Reshaped Virginia

Demographics and redistricting are transforming Virginia, where November legislative elections are being closely watched for signs of where the nation is headed politically.
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4-year-old in wheelchair in awe of Ulta model who is also in a wheelchair

A Virginia girl with a genetic disorder is inspiring others with her reaction to a beauty ad. Four-year-old Maren Anderson stopped to admire an Ulta beauty model who uses a wheelchair, just like she..
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Mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer speaks out two years later

It's been two years since the violence at a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia ignited a national discussion of racism and hate in America. Counter-protester Heather Heyer was..
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Charlottesville residents talk candidly about racism 2 years after deadly riots

We’re getting new insight about racial tension in America from Charlottesville, Virginia, exactly two years after violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters left one person..
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El Paso massacre upends white nationalists' normalization strategy

Two years ago, America’s white nationalist movement stunned the country. Neo-Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, had turned deadly when a far-right protester drove a car through a..
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USA Today building in Virginia declared safe after report of armed man

The suburban Washington office complex housing the headquarters of USA Today newspaper was evacuated on Wednesday because of reports of a man with a weapon inside, but a search of the property found no..
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Virginia police search for armed man at USA Today headquarters

The headquarters of USA Today in suburban Washington was evacuated on Wednesday following reports of a man with a weapon, the national newspaper said, but there were no indications of any violence or..
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'No evidence of any acts of violence.' USA TODAY headquarters evacuated after report of armed person

The newspaper's headquarters in suburban Virginia was evacuated; police said they were responding to reports of a man with a gun.
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USA TODAY headquarters evacuated after reports of man with weapon

The Gannett building in Virginia was evacuated after reports of a man with a weapon.  
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Trump denounces white supremacy after weekend of violence

President Trump made his strongest denunciation yet of white supremacy after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. As Weijia Jiang reports, it's a departure from his response two years ago when a..
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'We have a long way to go:' Descendants of first black Americans on race relations

Four hundred years after the first ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived on the coast of Virginia, the descendants of one of the first black American families say race relations in the United States..
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Amazon is launching renewable energy projects in Virginia and Ireland

Amazon has announced two new renewable energy projects, including a solar farm in a Virginia county and a new wind farm planned in Cork, Ireland
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Back-to-school sales tax holidays: Florida, Virginia among states giving families a break

Nine states have tax holidays the first weekend in August: Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia.
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Lawmaker interrupts Trump during Jamestown speech

During a ceremony in Jamestown, marking 400 years since the first legislative assembly, a Democratic Virginia state lawmaker interrupted President Trump, declaring "you can't send us back." It comes..
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500,000 Children Could Lose Free School Meals Under Trump Administration Proposal

A rule to tighten access to food stamps would also cut more than a half-million children from automatic eligibility for free school meals, a Virginia representative said.
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Democratic Virginia state delegate interrupts Trump's speech

State delegate Ibraheem Samirah called President Trump the "racist-in-chief" in a statement
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Protester interrupts Trump's speech at Jamestown anniversary event

A protester carrying signs reading "Deport Hate" and "Reunite My Family" interrupted President Trump's speech commemorating the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia. Some in the crowd responded..
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Trump condemns slavery in Jamestown speech amid controversy over prior incendiary remarks

U.S. President Donald Trump, under fire in Washington for verbal attacks on racial minority lawmakers, condemned American slavery on Tuesday at the 400th anniversary of the first legislative assembly..
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Virginia’s Black Lawmakers to Boycott Trump at Jamestown Ceremony

African-American legislators said they will not attend his speech commemorating the 400th anniversary of representative democracy in America.
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Virginia Black Caucus boycotts Trump event over Elijah Cummings attacks

President Trump heads to Virginia Tuesday to celebrate an important moment for the state's first colonial settlers. The trip is being overshadowed by his ongoing racial criticism of Democratic..
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Eye Opener: A community in mourning searches for answers

Police study a message from the gunman who killed three people in the mass shooting in Gilroy, California, while the city grieves for its victims. Also, President Trump’s visit to Virginia is..
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Virginia Democrats say they'll boycott Donald Trump’s appearance at today's Jamestown ceremony

Trump's appearance at a celebration of early American democracy leads Virginia Democrats to boycott ceremony.
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Warner warns of "chaos" from foreign meddling in 2020 election

The Virginia Democrat said the Russians didn't fully take advantage of vulnerabilities in U.S. election infrastructure in 2016. "I don't think we can count on ourselves being lucky again in 2020"
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Transcript: Sen. Mark Warner on "Face the Nation"

The following is a transcript of the interview with Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia that aired Sunday, July 28, 2019, on "Face the Nation"
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Warner urges Congress to bolster election security before 2020

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, joins Margaret Brennan to discuss election security, Robert Mueller's testimony and more.
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He Made a Fake Presidential Seal. Then Came the Media Storm.

A Virginia man woke up to learn his creation had ended up onstage next to President Trump. After a whirlwind 24 hours in the spotlight, he needs to set a couple of things straight.
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Hampton University Fires Nine Police Officers Over ‘Misogynistic, Racist’ Posts

The private university on the coast of Virginia said it fired the officers after an investigation uncovered offensive remarks they shared on social media.
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Warner: Trump dismissing Russian threat because he's "obsessed" with his own well-being

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee -- the committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. In his first interview since..
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Chains, shackles and auction documents: remnants of the Africa to North America slave trade

In late August 1619, a ship carrying "20 and odd" African men and women docked at Point Comfort, today's Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia.
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Teen impersonates officer, tries to stop real cop

"Police impersonator" didn't convince Virginia cop, who turned the tables on him
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Charlottesville statue of Robert E. Lee vandalized with anti-Trump graffiti

A statue of Robert E. Lee that was at the center of violent protests in 2017 at a Charlottesville, Virginia, park, was vandalized early Wednesday.
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'Send Him Back': Virginia Democrats vow to boycott Jamestown celebration if Trump attends

Virginia state Democrats say they'll boycott an event commemorating representative democracy in America if President Donald Trump comes.
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Trump’s Art of Disavowing a Disavowal

After saying he was “not happy” with the “send her back” chant at his rally in North Carolina, President Trump reversed himself, just as he did in 2017 after the violence in Charlottesville,..
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Virginia road explosion looks like a scene from an action movie

The Virginia Department of Transportation blasted along Route 29 in Fauquier County, showing the moment the road exploded out of the ground.
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Ikea to close its only factory in the U.S.

Swedish furniture giant blames higher costs at the Virginia plant in move to shift manufacturing to Europe
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Man once in foster care becomes foster parent at 20 and adopts three sons

This man from Richmond, Virginia, grew up in foster care, which inspired him to become a foster parent at just 20 years old. Now, more than a decade later, he is a father to three sons he fostered and..
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Man gets life plus 419 years in Charlottesville attack

The man who deliberately drove through a crowd of people in Charlottesville, Virginia, has received another life sentence. Dozens were wounded and one person was killed.
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Man sentenced to 2nd life term in VA car attack

An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life plus 419 years on state charges for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia. (July..
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Virginia school district adopts dress code that isn't sexist! Students helped draft rules

Students helped school district administrators, teachers and parents write a new dress code that doesn't shame females.
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Neo-Nazi gets second life sentence in murder of protester in Virginia

A Virginia state judge on Monday sentenced a self-professed neo-Nazi to a second life prison term for killing a demonstrator when he drove his car into a crowd protesting against white supremacists in..
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Former boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies after being hit by car

Former boxing champion Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has died after he was hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. Police in Virginia Beach on Monday say Whitaker was a pedestrian when struck by the car..
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Former boxing champ "Sweet Pea" Whitaker killed in Virginia

Former world champion and Olympic gold medalist Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker has died after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, Virginia, police said
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This sculpture has stumped CIA for 30 years

A sculpture and tricky cipher on the grounds of the CIA headquarters in Va. remains unsolved after 30 years, but the artist to give hints this year.
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A blooming business

Art Chadwick, who owns Chadwick & Son Orchids, near Richmond, Virginia, will happily sell you an orchid. But he's also willing to board your plant while you're on vacation. And yes, there are people..
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Rescue dogs flown out of Louisiana ahead of Barry to avoid euthanasia. Will be adoptable

The animals escaping Barry's path were placed on a plane and were heading to rescue shelters in northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey.
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