ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Desiree Williams of Newport News is the new Miss Virginia.
The Hampton University graduate was crowned Saturday night at the pageant in Roanoke. She competed as Miss Arlington.
Williams earns a $17,500 scholarship and will compete in the 2014 Miss America pageant in September.
Miss Hampton-Newport News Lauren Kiedinger was named first runner-up. She was followed by Miss Lynchburg Courtney Grant, Miss Apple Blossom Festival Victoria Maiden and Miss Northern Virginia Savannah Lane.
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A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.