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

February 7, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

BB&T-SUN TRUST

ATLANTA — Southern regional banks BB&T and SunTrust are combining in an all-stock deal to create a new bank valued at about $66 billion.

IN BRIEF:

_ DISASTER FRAUD -WOMAN CHARGED: A North Carolina woman is accused by federal prosecutors of making fraudulent claims to secure disaster relief funds.

_ SHOT SPOTTER TEST: A North Carolina city has scheduled a live-fire gunshot event to test a system which detects when a gun has been fired.

_ EX-COUNTY MANAGERS-INDICTMENTS: A contractor accused of bribing several former North Carolina county officials has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE

RICHMOND, Va. — Democratic politicians are now waiting on the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to respond to the latest developments threatening to bring down the state’s top three elected officials. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

VIRGINIA POLITICS-DEMOCRATS

RICHMOND, Va. — Prominent Democrats came down hard on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after he apologized for a racist photo. But they were quieter as two more scandals — one involving race, another a sexual assault allegation — rocked Virginia’s statehouse. By Alan Suderman and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

GOVERNOR-BLACKFACE-TURBULENT HISTORY

RICHMOND, Va. _ The discovery last week of a racist photo on Gov. Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page has served as a glaring reminder that Virginia — a former bastion of slavery and white supremacy— continues to struggle with mindsets shaped by its turbulent racial history. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 910 words, photos.

FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICANS

WASHINGTON _ The first Africans to arrive in North America were so little noted by history that many are known today by only their first names: Antony and Isabella, Angelo, Frances and Peter. Almost 400 years ago, they were kidnapped and forcibly sailed across the ocean aboard three slave ships. Now their descendants, along with historians and genealogists, are seeking recognition for this group of 20-some Africans. By Jesse Holland. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos.

TRUMP-ABORTION-STATES

President Donald Trump’s call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court. By David Crary. SENT: 750 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CAPITOL POLICE-RACISM ALLEGATION: Anti-fascist activists in Virginia have published allegations linking a Virginia Capitol Police sergeant to white nationalists. He’s since been placed on paid leave.

_SUPCO-SENATOR’S SISTER: To fill a soon-to-be vacant seat on the Virginia Supreme Court, a legislative committee has interviewed four candidates — including a committee member’s sister.

_ LOUISIANA SHOOTING: A grand jury in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, is set to consider formal charges against a man accused of killing his girlfriend, her family and his parents before fleeing to Virginia.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

HBCUs-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ A report by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation says a state prison inmate serving six months for a probation violation died after “incompetent” actions by a contracted nurse. By Brian Witte. UPCOMING: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ STATE SENATOR-DEPLOYMENT: The new vice chairman of a Maryland legislative committee will deploy to Afghanistan 10 days before the legislative session closes.

_ INMATE DEATH REPORT: A report by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation says a state prison inmate serving six months for a probation violation died after “incompetent” actions by a contracted nurse.

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