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

May 17, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 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. Maryland-Delaware News Editor Amanda Kell can be reached at 410-837-8315 or akell@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.




RICHMOND, Va. — For the past six years, Richard Walls has been in jail more often than not. The longest stretch of time he’s spent outside a cell is 30 days. Walls is not a hardened criminal, but he is what Virginia calls a “habitual drunkard,” a designation that allows police to arrest him and jail him for up to a year if he’s caught with alcohol. The law, which dates back to the 1930s, is being challenged by the Legal Aid Justice Center, a nonprofit advocacy group that provides legal services to low-income people. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 780 words, photos.


MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE-DOCTOR LAWSUIT: Doctor barred from seeing protester sues

EAST ASIAN TICK-COW: East Asian tick found on Virginia calf

FERRIS WHEEL-INJURIES: 2 workers injured while installing Ferris wheel

SHELLFISH HARVEST BAN: Sewage spill leads to localized ban on shellfish

DEER DISEASE: Virginia working to prevent deer disease



DOVER, Del. — A judge has refused to grant CBS Corp. a restraining order against its majority shareholder in a power struggle that could decide control of the company. By Randall Chase.


BALTIMORE — The running mate of a candidate who died suddenly has to decide whether she’ll run for governor in his place. By David McFadden and Brian Witte.


ATLANTA — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say the lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check the results for signs of manipulation. Georgia, which holds its primary on Tuesday, and four other states — Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey and South Carolina — exclusively use touchscreen machines that provide no paper records. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 890 words, photos. Will be updated.


FREDERICK, Md. — Western Maryland is preparing for more rain, after already experiencing flooding and damage to roads. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner has declared a state of emergency to get ready for more flooding and any additional damage. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


MAILBOX RULE: Court adopts ‘mailbox rule’ for prison inmates

UBER-CODING PROGRAM: Uber initiative to support coding program

DRUG BUST: Police seize drugs, $16K in suspected drug money

LIQUOR BOARD PROBE: Ex-delegate sentenced to prison

DANCE INSTRUCTOR-SEX CHARGE: Final case review set for dance instructor in child sex case



ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Jimmy Elben is almost 10 times more likely to die at work than most of the commuters who pass his truck every day. Elben doesn’t strap into a jet, or heave nets of fish onto a pitching deck at sea, but his profession is among the top five most dangerous jobs in America. He’s a garbage man. By Aaron Rosa of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 1,030 words by 1 p.m.



BALTIMORE — Several owners and trainers decided to skip the Kentucky Derby in order to bring fresh horses to the Preakness Stakes. If nothing else, that gives them a bit of an advantage over Derby winner Justify, who can expect to be tested by a vastly different field in the middle leg of the Triple Crown. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, graphic by 5 p.m.


Horse racing is looking for stronger footing on the national sports landscape and track owners hope the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to lift the band on sports betting provides a tremendous opportunity. Race tracks in many states will be among the first to allow sports gambling. Track owners believe this is an advantage since many racetracks already offer casino gaming with slot machines and table games — popularly known as racinos. By Gary Graves. SENT: 970 words, photos.


BOSTON — The Baltimore Orioles visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight.


OXON HILL, Md. — Local favorite Gary Russell Jr. makes his third WBC featherweight defense against mandatory challenger Joseph Diaz at MGM National Harbor, 364 days after Russell’s last fight at the same venue. UPCOMING: 350 words by 6 p.m.


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Lexi Thompson opens her title defense in the Kingsmill Championship. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7:30 p.m.


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