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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD

March 18, 2019

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 919-510-8937, 202-641-9660, 410-837-8315, 804-643-6646 or metro@ap.org. AP-Mid-Atlantic News Editor Steve McMillan can be reached at 804-643-6646 or smcmillan@ap.org.

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_ WRITER-WIFE’S DEATH: An autopsy says natural causes claimed the life of a North Carolina prosecutor found dead at home last year amid attention over “The Staircase” documentary series.

_ OVERDUE PLANE-SEARCH: Officials in North Carolina say a pilot has been found dead after a single-engine plane disappeared from radar during a flight from Tennessee to South Carolina.

_ EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY-CHANCELLOR: The chancellor of East Carolina University has announced plans to resign after about three years in the job.

_ PLANE CRASH: A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board says a pilot had no contact with air traffic control before his plane crashed near the Raleigh North Executive Airport, killing three people.



WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider Virginia’s plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who as a teenager participated in sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 640 words, photo.


_ BUDGET TOWN HALLS: Mayor Levar Stoney plans to host a series of town hall meetings to discuss his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020.

_ ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: A Virginia television station is replacing “The Andy Griffith Show” after a successful 35-year syndication run.

_ CHESAPEAKE BAY-FUNDING CONCERNS: Experts warn that President Trump’s proposed budget will reverse years of progress in restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s health.



ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland lawmakers are reaching a milestone in their 90-day legislative session. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


NEW CASTLE, Del. _ A state panel updates Delaware’s official government revenue forecast as lawmakers ponder a proposed $4.4 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. By Randall Chase. UPCOMING: 500 words.


BALTIMORE —Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh stepped down from the University of Maryland Medical System’s board of directors on Monday, days after it came to light that the hospital network had for years purchased her self-published children’s books. SENT: 270 words.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Multiple bills that would provide for protection and treatment victims of sexual assault, as well as assist local law enforcement agencies with the testing and tracking of rape kits, are making their way through the House and Senate. These bills are the byproducts of a January report on sexual assault evidence kits in the state. By Daniel Oyefusi of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 990 words by 3 p.m.


_ POLICE BODY CAMERAS: The police chief of Wilmington, Delaware, says he’s unsure if the department can afford body cameras and related costs such as storage and redaction.

_ ATHLETIC FIELD RENTALS: A man is accused of wrongfully renting out athletic fields belonging to the Washington, D.C., Public School system and pocketing about $120,000 in rental fees.



CHATLOTTE, N.C. _ Kyle Busch has 200 NASCAR national series wins, same number as Richard Petty. The wins, of course, can’t be compared because they were in different eras, using different NASCAR rules and racing against dramatically different levels of competition. Does it matter, though? Busch has won 200 races and no matter how those victories are ranked, he will shake out as one of the greatest in NASCAR history. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words by 5 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ The NCAA Tournament will be all about teams trying to figure out a way to stop No. 1 overall seed Duke and the rest of the headliners. The answers could come in weaknesses that showed in their few losses from the season. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 850 words, photos


The Atlantic Coast Conference comes into the NCAA Tournament with three No. 1 seeds, but no league has put three teams in the Final Four since 1985. That year, Georgetown and St. John’s arrived as Big East behemoths, only to be upstaged when conference rival Villanova took the title. The ACC’s top-seeded trio this year is Duke, North Carolina and Virginia. By Noah Trister. SENT: 850 words, photos


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