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

March 22, 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

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN-BUS TOUR

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Poor People’s Campaign is launching a national bus tour of poverty-stricken areas to bring attention to what they call the “real crises” or “interlocking injustices” afflicting the country including systematic racism, poverty, voter suppression and ecological devastation. By Christina L. Myers. SENT: 480 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2018-COLUMBUS SHERIFF: An election protest in a still-unresolved North Carolina sheriff’s race will be heard after all.

_ LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR-BEASLEY: A North Carolina House member is expanding the group of Democrats running for lieutenant governor.

_ NORTH CAROLINA-DIPUTED ELECTION: The North Carolina county at the heart of a ballot-collection scandal that forced a new congressional election is getting a clean slate of elections overseers.

_ AFFORDABLE TRIBAL HOUSING: A $10 million low-income housing project planned for the lands of the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina may break ground this year.

_ SCHOOL SAFETY CAMPAIGN: North Carolina’s second largest school system is launching a social media campaign to bring awareness to the danger of guns and their impact on students.

VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTESVILLE SCHOOL THREAT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, say they’ve charged a 17-year-old who made racist threats that have closed the city’s schools. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ SINKHOLE-ROAD CLOSURE: Authorities say a large sinkhole has closed lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia near the Capital Beltway.

_ COCAINE-COAST GUARD: The U.S. Coast Guard is offloading more than 27,000 pounds (12247kilo grams) of cocaine in Miami Beach that was seized in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

_ SWITCHBLADE VETO: Would-be makers of switchblades in Virginia are out of luck.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN-LIBERALS

WASHINGTON —Joe Biden says he has “the most progressive record” of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. By Elana Schor. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BANK FRAUD-HOTEL OWNER: A hotel management company operator has been charged with submitting fraudulent loan applications to a Maryland bank to buy millions of dollars in commercial and residential properties.

_ PIMLICO-LAWSUIT: The Pimlico Race Course owner says there’s no plan to keep the signature Preakness Stakes race in Baltimore, despite what Mayor Catherine Pugh has said.

SPORTS

BOX-PETERSON BROTHERS

OXON HILL, Md. _ Brothers Lamont and Anthony Peterson are each looking to prove themselves worthy of another title shot as they fight on the same card in front of their hometown fans. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-COLLEGE PARK PREVIEW

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ There’s no such thing as one and done in the NCAA Tournament for Maryland coach Brenda Frese, whose Terrapins are 15-0 in first-round games heading into Saturday’s opener against Radford. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m. ET. SOU EDITING

BKW--NCAA-RALEIGH PREVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The freshmen could take center stage during the women’s NCAA Tournament games at North Carolina State. Elissa Cunane of the Wolfpack and Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard will make their tournament debuts during their first-round games. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-TOWSON-UCONN

STORRS, Conn. _ UConn begins its quest for a 12th national title with a first-round game against Towson. By Pat Eaton-Robb. Upcoming, 600 words, photos. Developing from 7 p.m. start.

BKC--NCAA-TIPPING OFF

The spotlight of the NCAA Tournament shifts to Zion Williamson and No. 1 overall seed Duke. Along with the other 31 teams playing in first-round games Friday. But there won’t be more attention on anybody than the Blue Devils’ star freshman, who gets to open against North Dakota State in his home state of South Carolina. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 900 words, photos

BKC--NCAA-NORTH DAKOTA ST-DUKE

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ The Zion show continues Friday on college basketball’s biggest stage as top-seeded Duke and star Zion Williamson open the NCAA Tournament’s East Region against North Dakota State on Friday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

BKC--NCAA-GARDNER-WEBB-VIRGINIA

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Top-seeded Virginia, already in the history books for its first-ever loss to a No. 16 seed in last year’s tournament, hopes to start the NCAA’s South Region when it faces Gardner-Webb on Friday. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3:10 p.m.

BKC--NCAA-UCF-VCU

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ UCF and 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall start play in the NCAA Tournament’s East Region against eighth-seeded VCU on Friday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 9:40 p.m. start.

BKC--NCAA-IONA-NORTH CAROLINA

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The 16th-seed Gaels of Iona will try to upset Midwest No. 1 seed North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at about 9:45 p.m. EDT.

BKC--NCAA-LIBERTY-MISSISSIPPI

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Mississippi State coach Ben Howland takes his fourth team to the NCAA tournament when the fifth-seeded Bulldogs take on No. 12 seed Liberty in a first-round matchup in the East Region. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 4:27 p.m. PDT

BKC--NCAA-SAINT LOUIS-VIRGINIA

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Point guard Justin Robinson is set to return from injury when fourth-seeded Virginia Tech takes on No. 13 seed Saint Louis in first-round matchup in the East Region. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:57 p.m. PDT

BKC--WAKE FOREST-MANNING

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ Danny Manning will return for a sixth season at Wake Forest despite his third 20-loss season in five years. SENT: 500 words, file photos

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