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

April 5, 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

BIG DONOR-NORTH CAROLINA-INDICTMENTS

RALEIGH, N.C. — Three North Carolina congressmen say they’re giving up political contributions they received from a big donor charged in federal indictments with trying to bribe the state’s insurance commissioner. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2018-COLUMBUS SHERIFF

WHITEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina county election board says the Republican candidate in the still-unresolved November race for sheriff was ineligible because he didn’t live in the county according to state requirements. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 370 words.

RUSSIA-EX-CONGRESSMAN’S BANK

MOSCOW — A small Russian bank owned by former U.S. congressman Charles Taylor was stripped of its license Friday after allegedly breaking anti-money laundering rules. SENT: 290 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ STATE TROOPER-SHOOTING: The North Carolina Highway Patrol is identifying a driver shot during a traffic stop altercation and the trooper who shot him.

_ DOGS SEIZED: A North Carolina sheriff says deputies helped seize around 70 dogs from a home in an animal neglect investigation.

VIRGINIA

SAUDI-ARRESTS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia detained eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests in the kingdom targeting individuals supportive of women’s rights and those with ties to jailed activists, a person with knowledge of the apprehensions said Friday. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 690 words, photos.

CNS-CONVERSION THERAPY

RICHMOND, Va. _ Public opinion is running overwhelmingly in favor of a proposal by the Virginia Board of Counseling to ban “conversion therapy” with minors -- efforts to change the sexual orientation of young people who identify as gay or lesbian. In an online forum that will be open until April 17, Equality Virginia, other LGBT advocates and mental health professionals said such therapy inflicts psychological harm on minors and can lead to suicide. The Virginia Catholic Conference argued against the ban. Another state agency, the Board of Psychology, will prohibit licensed psychologists from providing conversion therapy to minors beginning May 1. By Jayla Marie McNeill of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIERY CRASH: Police say a fiery 12-car chain-reaction crash backed up traffic on a major Virginia highway in the Washington region, but only one driver was hurt.

_ NAVAL STATION SHOOTING: Navy officials say a male sailor shot and wounded a female sailor assigned to the same squadron before security personnel at a Virginia base fatally shot him.

_ EX-GIRLFRIEND STRANGLED: A Virginia man told officers he felt relief when he strangled his ex-girlfriend and threw her body in a trash bin in Chesapeake.

_ NORTHAM JOBS: An Italian-owned company that makes high-tech machinery for producing and packaging tobacco products is expanding its operations in Virginia with the state’s help.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ A third federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. By Michael Kunzelman. UPCOMING: 500 words.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-HARVARD

BOSTON— Harvard University says it is reviewing a real estate transaction involving its longtime fencing coach and a man whose son was later admitted to the school and joined the team. SENT: 730 words, photos.

TRUMP

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump headed to California on Friday in a renewed push to make border security a central campaign issue for his 2020 re-election. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 620 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OYSTER RESTORATION: The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would establish five permanent oyster sanctuaries under state law.

_ HATE CRIMES-STUDENTS: Two Maryland teens have been sentenced to jail for racist and anti-Semitic graffiti that was found at their former high school in Glenelg.

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