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

May 3, 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

MISS USA

RENO, Nev. — A 27-year-old lawyer from North Carolina who represents prison inmates for free won the Miss USA title Thursday night, describing herself as a “weird kid” with a “unibrow” who’s now part of the first generation of truly empowered women. By SCOTT SONNER. SENT: 700 words.

SERVICE DOGS

APEX, N.C. -- The service dog industry — particularly in the field of “psychiatric” service dogs for people with autism and post-traumatic stress disorder — has exploded in recent years. But a near complete absence of regulation and oversight has left needy, desperate families vulnerable to incompetence and fraud. By ALLEN BREED. SENT: 2000 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--HOUSE BUDGET _ A Republican state budget proposal is about to clear the North Carolina House, but Democrats could have much more to say about a final plan before it becomes law.

_ XGR-DUKE ENERGY-GRID COSTS_ A new option for utilities operating in North Carolina to have their electricity rates set for multiple years at once rather than annually has cleared the state Senate.

_ XGR-RENEWABLE ENERGY _ Future big wind-power projects would be blocked permanently across wide swaths of eastern North Carolina in legislation supporters say would protect military flight paths and ultimately the region’s installations.

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VIRGINIA

FACEBOOK ACCOUNT BANS

SAN FRANCISCO — After years of pressure to crack down on hate and bigotry, Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban on “dangerous individuals.” By BARBARA ORTUTAY. SENT: 866 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OFFICER CRUSES CHILDREN _ The Virginia police officer filmed cursing at a group of black middle schoolers has agreed to publicly apologize.

_ ENERGY EFFICIENCY _ Virginia regulators have approved the first round of what’s set to be about $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs designed to reduce the need to produce and distribute electricity.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE-EMBATTLED MAYOR

BALTIMORE _ In the wake of the humiliating resignation of Baltimore’s elected mayor, a new City Hall administration is gearing up. There’s little expectation that her replacement can overcome Baltimore’chronic problems of poverty, violence and inequity but there is hope that Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young can make some advances as he fills out the resigned leader’s term. By DAVID McFADDEN. UPCOMING:

IN BRIEF:

_ MARIOTT CEO-HEALTH _ The CEO of the Maryland base Mariott hotel chain has been diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer. The 60-year-old Sorenson will continue to lead the company while he undergoes treatment.

_ SCHOOL TAXES _ — Democratic lawmakers have again introduced legislation allowing school districts in Delaware to raise taxes without local voter approval.

_ WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY SHOOTING THREAT _ A West Virginia University student who is from Maryland is accused of threatening to shoot people at the school and then kill himself.

_ POLICE OFFICER SHOT _ Authorities say a Baltimore County police officer has been shot and wounded in an incident at a home that left a man dead.

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