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BC-VA--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, VA

May 23, 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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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

IN BRIEF:

_ BATHROOM BREAK-GUN CHARGE _ A convicted felon has been sentenced to four years in prison after being caught with a firearm when he stopped his car for a bathroom break along a road.

_ McDONALDS STRIKE-CASTRO _ Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro plans to join McDonald’s workers who are striking on the same day as the fast food giant’s annual shareholder meeting in Dallas.

_ COOPER-PARENTAL LEAVE _ North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is using the power of his pen again to promote policies his administration considers supportive of women in the workplace and family-friendly.

_ LAND PRESERVED _ The Coastal Land Trust has purchased 182 acres surrounded by the Croatan National Forest, marking the second time it’s used settlement money to save North Carolina land.

_ ELECTIONS BOARD-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR _ North Carolina’s elections board has money on its mind as it plans to hire a new executive to run operations.

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VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA POLITICS BLACKFACE

NORFOLK, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s rocky path to redemption didn’t get much of a boost Wednesday after a months-long investigation failed to determine whether the governor is in a racist yearbook picture that almost destroyed his political career. By BEN FINLEY and ALAN SUDERMAN. SENT: 931 words. With photos.

AMERICAN TALIBAN RELEASE

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s rocky path to redemption didn’t get much of a boost Wednesday after a months-long investigation failed to determine whether the governor is in a racist yearbook picture that almost destroyed his political career. By MATTHEW BARAKAT. UPCOMING:

IN BRIEF:

_ FISHING OPEN HOUSES _ The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is hosting open houses at five of its cold water fish hatcheries.

_ AMERICAN TALIBAN RELEASE _ The California man who became known as the “American Taliban” after his capture on an Afghanistan battlefield in late 2001 is on the cusp of release from prison.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ PROFESSOR ARRESTED-LAWSUIT_ A federal jury has ruled against a former Delaware State University professor who sued officials at the historically black school after he was arrested during a protest.

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