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      Desiree Williams, Miss Arlington, wins Miss Virginia pageant

      The Miss Virginia pageant. (Photo: missva.com)

      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.