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

January 8, 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

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST

DURHAM _ A North Carolina county where protesters tore down a Confederate monument proposed Tuesday to return the crumpled statue to public view inside a local government building, the latest effort in the state to deal with monuments that many decry as racist symbols. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

_CUNNINGHAM-LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: A former North Carolina state legislator and U.S. Senate candidate says he’ll focus on helping families and children succeed through improved public education and a “durable” economy if elected lieutenant governor in 2020.

_LGBT RIGHTS-NETFLIX: The lingering fallout from North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” may force a new Netflix series about the state’s Outer Banks to film in South Carolina.

_ TEACHER-NON-VERBAL CHILD-ASSAULT: A North Carolina teacher who works with disabled students is accused of hitting a nonverbal child in her class.

_ SCHOOL BUS STOP SHOOTING: Police in North Carolina say a student has been shot near a school bus stop in Charlotte.

_ BODY FOUND-MAN CHARGED: Police say a woman was found dead in a North Carolina residence after a man turned himself in to law enforcement in the nation’s capital.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA-PIPELINE PROTEST-COMPRESSOR STATION

RICHMOND _ A state board in Virginia approved a controversial plan Tuesday to build a natural gas compressor station in a historic African-American community, prompting shouts of “shame” from more than 200 opponents and the removal of a dozen protesters by police. By Denise Lavoie. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_I-81 Toll Proposals: Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and Republican lawmakers are tentatively backing a plan to add tolls to I-81 in western Virginia that could cost as much as $50 for trucks and $25 for cars to use the entire 325-mile highway.

_VIRGINIA REPUBLICANS-STEWART: The Virginia Republican who lost last year’s U.S. Senate race says he’s leaving politics “until and unless the Commonwealth is ready” for his views.

_SPECIAL ELECTION: A special election is set to decide who replaces new U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton in the Virginia state senate.

_CAR DEALERSHIP DEATH: Police in Virginia say a man has died in a workplace accident at a Richmond car dealership.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE-POLICE COMMISSIONER

BALTIMORE_ A day after her first choice withdrew his candidacy, Baltimore’s mayor on Tuesday picked New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison as her nominee to lead the city’s troubled force and become a key player in making sure reforms finally take root. By David McFadden. SENT: 1,000 words.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-GOVERNORS

Leaders of the nonpartisan National Governors Association are calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to end the partial government shutdown. The letter was signed by the organization’s chairman, Montana Democrat Steve Bullock, and vice-chairman, Maryland Republican Larry Hogan. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 250 words.

XGR-OPENING DAY

DOVER, Del. _ Delaware lawmakers convene a new session of the General Assembly with a host of new faces, and a few old issues likely to be revisited. By Randall Chase. UPCOMING.

IN BRIEF:

_ SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-STATEHOUSE: Top political leaders are supporting a proposal to rename the Maryland State House’s main press room in honor of the five Capital Gazette employees killed in last year’s newsroom shooting.

_PARADE COMPLAINTS-DELAWARE: Following complaints about a parade float portraying children in cages at the U.S. border, a Delaware mayor says the parody parade will not continue without established guidelines.

_ FLU DEATHS: Public health officials say two more people have died from the flu in Delaware, bringing this flu season’s death toll in the state to five.

_ FATAL FIRE LAWSUIT: A lawsuit alleges that the city of Wilmington, former Mayor Dennis Williams and others are to blame for the deaths of three firefighters and the severe injury of another.

_ MARYLAND DEMOCRATS-LUNCH: Rep. Adam Schiff is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Maryland Democratic Party’s annual legislative luncheon in Annapolis.

SPORTS:

BKN--HORNETS-CLIPPERS

LOS ANGELES _ The Clippers host the Charlotte Hornets, who are just 5-12 on the road. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Begins 10:30 p.m. EST.

BKW--T25-MARYLAND-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. _ No. 9 Maryland visits Nebraska in a matchup of teams that are 2-1 in Big Ten play. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. C

BKC--T25-DUKE-WAKE FOREST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ The talented freshmen at No. 1 Duke play the first true road game of their college careers when the Blue Devils visit Wake Forest. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

BKC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ No. 12 North Carolina visits 15th-ranked rival North Carolina State on Tuesday night. It’s the first meeting between the programs when both are ranked in the AP Top 25 since 2006. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.

BKC--MARYLAND-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS _ Fresh off a rare win at rival Wisconsin, energized Minnesota hosts freshman-laden Maryland at Williams Arena. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.

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