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

February 22, 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

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-WHAT’S NEXT

RALEIGH, N.C.—The country’s last vacant congressional seat will stay that way for months after North Carolina’s election board, hearing evidence of ballot fraud and testimony that the Republican ignored warning signs, ordered a new election. By Emery P. Dalesio and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 660 words, photos.

ATLANTA CYCLORAMA

ATLANTA — At a time when counties, cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, one of the world’s largest paintings of the American Civil War will reopen to the public Friday. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ SMOKIES-VISITATION: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw a record number of visitors in 2018.

_ DOCTOR-PILL SEX SCHEME: A North Carolina doctor has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for giving female patients drugs such as Percocet and Clonazepam in exchange for sex.

VIRGINIA

TERROR WATCHLIST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. _ A Muslim civil-rights group is asking a federal magistrate to order the federal government to disclose details about more than 1,400 private entities that have been given access to parts of the government’s terrorist watchlist. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ HACKING SCHEME-CELEBGATE: Federal prosecutors have recommended a sentence of nearly three years in prison for a former Virginia high school teacher convicted of hacking into private digital accounts of celebrities and others.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ AMAZON THEFT: Police in Delaware say an Amazon employee stole more than $100,000 from the company.

_ RACIST ADMISSION-APOLOGY: The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore has apologized for a past admission policy that barred black students.

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