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

May 17, 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

MONTFORD POINT

GREENSBORO, N.C. — It took an executive order to break down barriers for black men to join the U.S. Marine Corps, and even then they still faced obstacles. But the pioneering men who broke the Marines’ color barrier in the 1940s now recall how they persevered and prevailed. By TOM FOREMAN JR. W/ Photos. SENT: 1,000 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HATTERAS BEACH ACCESS _ A new beach access and parking area is opening along Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

_ ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-NORTH CAROLINA _ Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is making his first public appearances in North Carolina for his 2020 presidential bid as part of a long weekend traveling through the South.

_ PARENT TEACHER CONVENTION _ North Carolina’s PTA is holding its annual convention and the group’s welcome for the state’s schools superintendent is getting some opposition from some members.

_ ROAD CONSTRUCTION CLOSURE _ State transportation officials say a construction project will close an interchange in eastern North Carolina for a month.

_ METH-DOG FOOD _ A North Carolina man was convicted of drug charges after authorities say he was caught trying to make a transaction with methamphetamine hidden in dog food bags.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ MINE RECLAMATION FUNDING _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced a new round of grant money available to help reclaim abandoned coal mines in southwest Virginia.

_ PRISONER RELEASED-ROBBERY _ Virginia man who was lauded for turning his life around after getting out of prison now faces nearly 16 years imprisonment for robbery.

_ KILLING MISDIRECTION _ Police in Virginia say a note left on the body of a slain man was an attempt to misdirect investigators.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ MS 13-GANG-MARYLAND _ A missing Maryland teen has been found dead in a Riverdale creek, where authorities say she beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed with a machete by teens involved with MS-13.

_ ABORTION-MARYLAND COMPTROLLER _ Maryland’s comptroller says he’s urging the state’s pension system to divest itself from Alabama-based companies due to the state’s strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban.

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