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

March 11, 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

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina is being sued again over its treatment of transgender people, as state employees argue their health plan violated federal law by dropping coverage of medically necessary procedures. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 710 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION-CANDIDATES: Candidates are signing up to run for a North Carolina congressional seat after November’s election was deemed tainted and needed a do-over.

_ CAR STOLEN-CHILDREN INSIDE: Police say a man who stole a car with two children inside at a gas station in North Carolina hadn’t realized they were in the back seat and helped return them to their parents unharmed.

_ WALTER JONES JR-PRIMARIES: Voters can soon begin to pick from among over two dozen candidates who have filed to run for an eastern North Carolina congressional seat empty since last month’s death of GOP Rep. Walter Jones Jr.

_ LAW ENFORCEMENT-FATAL SHOOTING: A North Carolina sheriff says his chief deputy has shot and killed a man after he and other law enforcement officers responded to a report of a person with a handgun.

_ EDUCATION-STUDENTS WITH ISSUES: North Carolina’s largest school system says it will improve education for students with mental health or behavioral issues after a complaint was filed with state education officials.

VIRGINIA

TERROR WATCHLIST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Muslim civil-rights group says the FBI is letting animal shelters, private investigators and even a Midwestern megachurch have access to its watchlist of suspected terrorists. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FLOOD AWARENESS: Gov. Ralph Northam had issued a proclamation designating this week as the first Virginia Flood Awareness Week to encourage residents to take precautions to protect their families and their property.

_ ELECTRIC RATE DECREASES: Most Virginians will get a credit on their electric bills because of a federal tax overhaul.

_ UNIVERSITY SATELLITES: Three small satellites that were developed at public universities in Virginia will be lifting off into space next month.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

US COAST GUARD LIEUTENANT-HIT LIST

GREENBELT, Md. _ A judge in the case of a man accused of killing five people in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom is scheduled to make a decision on a request by man’s lawyers to require prosecutors to provide more factual details about the charges, as they weigh a plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity. By Michael Kunzelman. UPCOMING: 400 words.

NEWSPAPER SHOOTING

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ A Coast Guard officer accused of being a white supremacist who compiled a hit list of prominent Democrats is scheduled to be arraigned on drug and firearms charges. By Brian Witte. UPCOMING: 400 words.

EDUCATION FUNDING-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Maryland’s largest union says it is expecting thousands of teachers to march on the state capital in a call for increased school funding. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.

TROOPER STABBED-FATAL SHOOTING

WESTMINSTER, Md. — Maryland State Police say a trooper shot and killed a man who stabbed the trooper during a struggle. SENT: 210 words.

BISHOPS ACCUSED-SEXUAL HARASSMENT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Catholic church officials say they are imposing ministerial restrictions on two former bishops accused of sexual harassment. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PRISON BEHAVIORAL THERAPY: The Delaware Department of Correction says it is working to provide inmates with cognitive behavioral therapy.

_ FLORIDA PELICAN TACKLED: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working to determine what charges might be appropriate to bring against a Maryland man who was videotaped tackling a federally protected pelican.

SPORTS

HKN--HURRICANES-AVALANCHE

DENVER _ Fresh off a win at Nashville, the Carolina Hurricanes face the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. Both teams are scrambling for playoff position. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 9 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-SOCON-UNC GREENSBORO-WOFFORD

ASHEVILLE, N.C. _ No. 22-ranked Wofford looks for its fifth Southern Conference championship of the decade when they face UNC Greensboro in the championship game with an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament on the line. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT

BKC--ACC TOURNAMENT-PREVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. _ This week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament is all about the league’s heavyweights. Virginia and North Carolina arrive after sharing the regular-season championship, while Duke is hoping to get freshman star Zion Williamson back from a knee injury and prove the Blue Devils are again the team that spent time at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 this season. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos by 4 p.m.

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