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

May 16, 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:

XGR-LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING _ The North Carolina House is starting another round of redistricting demanded by judges who declared Republicans unnecessarily redrew a handful of districts in 2017.

WINNING LOTTERY TICKET-GIFT _ A North Carolina woman was gifted a $1 lottery ticket for Mother’s Day that turned out to be worth $1.3 million.

COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA _ A North Carolina police department has honored a college student who was killed when a gunman opened fire inside a classroom.

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VIRGINIA

GREEN BERET DEATH

NORFOLK, Va. _ A U.S. Navy SEAL is expected to formally accept a plea deal on Thursday for his role in the 2017 strangulation death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Navy SEAL Adam Matthews, one for four U.S. service members charged with murder and related counts in the death of Army Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar, was to appear at a special court martial hearing Thursday. By Ben Finley. UPCOMING.

CHELSEA MANNING

ALEXANDRIA, Va. _ Chelsea Manning holds a press conference outside the courthouse in northern Virginia to talk about the federal court’s continued attempts to compel her to testify in front of a grand jury, which has ordered her to appear at 2 p.m. The former Army intelligence analyst was released from a northern Virginia jail last week after a two-month stay for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Manning served seven years in a military prison for leaking a trove of documents to WikiLeaks before then-President Barack Obama commuted the remainder of her 35-year sentence. By Matthew Barakat. UPCOMING.

IN BRIEF:

CAREGIVER RESPITE-VOUCHERS _ Virginia families who care for a loved one with disabilities or chronic conditions can apply for up to $400 in reimbursement for respite costs under a temporary voucher program.

CHILD PORN-PROFESSOR _ An English instructor at Auburn University in Alabama has been arrested in Virginia on child porn charges.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MARYLAND HOUSE SPEAKER

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones, the first black woman to hold the powerful office in the state, talks about plans for leading the chamber in an interview. By Brian Witte. UPCOMING.

XGR-OPIOID TAX

DOVER, Del. _ The state House votes on a Senate-passed bill requiring drug manufacturers that sell opioid painkillers in Delaware to pay a new tax to help support substance abuse prevention and treatment. By Randall Chase. UPCOMING

IN BRIEF:

POLICE TRANSPARENCY _ The chief executive of Maryland’s largest county is signing a measure to increase the transparency of investigations into deaths involving police.

XGR-LODGING TAX _ Staying at a hotel or motel in Delaware’s most popular beach town could soon be a little more expensive if state lawmakers allow Rehoboth Beach officials to impose a local lodging tax of up to 3%.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN HEADQUARTERS _ Former Vice President Joe Biden is choosing Philadelphia to base his 2020 presidential campaign, opting for his native Pennsylvania over the state of Delaware that sent him to the Senate for 36 years.

SPORTS

HKN-BRUINS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Boston Bruins try to sweep the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final for a berth in the Stanley Cup championship. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING.

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