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

February 1, 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

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NATIONAL PARKS

SALT LAKE CITY —National parks across the United States are scrambling to clean up and repair damage that visitors and storms caused during the recent government shutdown while bracing for the possibility of another closure ahead of the busy Presidents Day weekend later this month. By Brady McCombs and Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 910 words.

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IN BRIEF:

_ HOG WASTE-SMITHFIELD: North Carolina’s highest court will weigh in on whether money paid by the world’s largest pork producer for environmental restoration projects should go to public schools instead.

_ SEX OFFENDER TRACKING: The North Carolina Supreme Court is brushing aside a rapist’s appeal that he shouldn’t be forced into a lifetime of electronic monitoring after serving his 41-year prison sentence.

_ MISSING INFANT: Authorities in North Carolina are searching for a missing newborn who is not believed to be in the care of her mother.

VIRGINIA

LOUISIANA SHOOTING

WARSAW, Va. _ A man charged with killing his parents and three others in Louisiana drove to Virginia to try to hug and kiss two aunts and a grandmother goodbye, his court-appointed attorney in Virginia said Friday. By Ben Finley. SENT: 540 words, photos.

I-81 TOLL PROPOSAL

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia lawmakers have rejected a plan to add tolls to Interstate 81 to pay for $2 billion in upgrades that would improve safety and traffic flow. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMIING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

VIRGINIA TAX PLAN

RICHMOND, Va. _ Virginians could see their state tax refunds delayed or have to do a lot more work to file their tax returns correctly as state lawmakers remain far apart on tax policy. By Alan Suderman. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

CNS-PARENTAL REVIEW

RICHMOND, Va. _ Parents would have the right to review “audio-visual materials that contain graphic sexual or violent content” used in anti-bullying or suicide prevention program at their children’s schools under a bill approved 86-13 by the House of Delegates this week. The measure, which now goes to the Senate, says parents could excuse their children from viewing those materials. By Rodney Robinson of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 450 words.

CNS-DAYCARE GUNS

RICHMOND, Va. _ A bill requiring family day care homes to lock away any firearms during hours of operation has died after attempts at a bipartisanship agreement failed. By Emily Holter of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 450 words.

CNS-POPULATION CHANGES

RICHMOND, Va. _ While Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and the Richmond area are growing, rural parts of the state are losing population, according to data released this week by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. By Andrew Gionfriddo of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ PROSECUTOR’S HUSBAND-ACTIVIST SPAT: Harassment charges against an activist who wanted a Virginia prosecutor recalled have been dropped.

_ PIPELINE BILL: Legislation that could pose a serious threat to the bottom line of Dominion Energy’s planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline continues to advance in the Virginia General Assembly.

_ FARMERS-DISASTER ASSISTANCE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued disaster designations for seven Virginia counties affected by extensive flooding and winds caused by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MARYLAND-ACA LAWSUIT

BALTIMORE — Maryland’s attorney general’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration for recurring efforts he says are intended to dismantle the national health care law has been dismissed by a judge. UPCOMING: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ GEORGETOWN-SOLAR FARM: A plan to clear 240 acres of forest for a Georgetown University solar farm has drawn complaints from environmentalists and Maryland residents.

_ TRANSGENDER TEACHER-LAWSUIT: A transgender English teacher says she was repeatedly harassed by students, parents and colleagues at three different schools in a Maryland district. When she complained, she says Prince George’s County school officials retaliated.

_ TEEN’S DEATH-POLICE DEPARTURE: The police chief of a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where a black teenager died in custody is stepping down, but he says his departure isn’t connected to the case that fueled an outcry.

_ FBI SEARCH-POLICE DEPARTMENT: A Maryland police chief has resigned weeks after federal agents executed a search warrant at the department in an investigation with still unclear origins.

_ SNAP BENEFIT GAP: A report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C., says most Delawareans who receive food stamps may see a gap in benefits due to the government shutdown.

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