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

March 15, 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

NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION

RALEIGH, N.C. —A conservative soldier in the nation’s culture wars leads the Republican field for a new North Carolina congressional election, needed because of earlier ballot misdeeds. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ FATAL ACCIDENT-WEST VIRGINIA: An Illinois truck driver has been sentenced to more than four years in jail in an interstate crash that killed a family of four from North Carolina in southern West Virginia.

_ MILTARY PLANE-LASER: Authorities in North Carolina say someone pointed a laser at a military cargo plane as it approached an airport.

_ PROM PHOTOS-RAILROAD TRACKS: With prom season not too far away, North Carolina transportation officials are asking people to avoid using railroad tracks as a backdrop for their photos.

_ FLU DEATHS: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says that the flu has killed nine more people in the state, bringing this season’s total death count to 135.

VIRGINIA

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —Defense lawyers for a one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn say Flynn has lied so often that the government can’t possibly have fulfilled its legal obligation to disclose all of his misstatements. By Matthew Barakat SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ VIRGINIA REPUBLICANS-STEWART: The Virginia Republican who embraced Confederate monuments and associated with white supremacists during failed statewide office bids will head a conservative super PAC.

_ MANSLAUGHTER PLEA: A Virginia man who fatally shot a bystander while arguing with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend will serve only 10 years in prison for manslaughter under a plea deal.

_ MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the state’s 40 mental health centers are now all offering walk-in mental evaluations.

_ MAYORS-RACISM DISCUSSION: Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will discuss racism, the history and symbolism of Confederate monuments and other important issues during a joint appearance at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IMMIGRATION-BLOCKED DEPORTATION

GREENBELT, Md. — A federal judge who blocked a Maryland resident’s deportation while he was on a flight to his native China is weighing whether to allow the man to stay in the U.S. with his family while he seeks to legalize his immigration status. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 890 words, photo.

With: IMMIGRATION-BLOCKED DEPORTATION-THE LATEST

UNIVERSITY SYSTEM-BUDGET PUNISHMENT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ A Maryland state senator says a budget panel has approved cutting $1 million from the state’s university system office due to “a general sense of a lack of transparency and accountability.” By Brian Witte. UPCOMING: 700 words.

FAMILY PLANNING-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Maryland could become the first state to stop participating in the federal Title X program due to a Trump administration rule that would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the program from making abortion referrals, under a measure headed to the state’s House of Delegates. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4:30 p.m.

CNS-SMOKING-AGE

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — State legislation could raise the age to purchase tobacco and vapor products in Maryland from 18 to 21. Another bill would prohibit vapes from being sold in packaging that appeals to minors. By Charlie Youngmann of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ PIPE BOMB-DELAWARE: A Delaware man who police say set off a pipe bomb outside the home of his estranged wife’s family has pleaded guilty to weapons charges.

_ CHILD SHOT-PLAYGROUND: A Baltimore woman has been arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder after shooting an 11-year-old boy and his mother at a playground.

_ PELICAN TACKLED-FLORIDA: A Maryland man seen tackling a federally protected pelican on video has been arrested on animal cruelty charges out of Florida.

_ INJURED EAGLE-RESCUED: A wildlife rescue group official says a bald eagle that was rescued from railroad tracks near the nation’s capital has since been euthanized.

_ MANUFACTUER-EVACUATION: A “bad smell” prompted the evacuation of an electronics manufacturer specializing in defense in Delaware, sending three people to the hospital.

SPORTS

BKC--COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-SPORTS

Not always, but most of the time they compete in nearly empty venues where only friends and family show up to support them. A lot of times no ticket is required and parking is a breeze. The experiences of these tennis players, soccer players, rowers and other athletes in the so-called non-revenue sports are vastly different from those we typically envision when we think of big-time sports. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos

FBN--FREE AGENCY-RAVENS

OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ The Baltimore Ravens hope veteran free agents Mark Ingram and Earl Thomas will add talent to the roster and provide leadership in place of departed stars Terrell Suggs, Eric Weddle and Joe Flacco. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m. ET.

HKN--HURRICANES-BLUE JACKETS

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Columbus Blue Jackets with both teams scrapping to stay above the Eastern Division wild-card line. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-ACC-DUKE-WILLIAMSON-SHOES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson’s nearly flawless performance _ in remodeled Nikes, no less _ in the ACC Tournament had the college basketball world buzzing. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 800 words, photos

BKC--T25-ACC-FLORIDA ST-VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ No. 2 Virginia faces No. 12 Florida State in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament with the winner moving on to the championship game. Virginia is looking to defend last year’s title. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT

BKC--T25-ACC-DUKE-NORTH CAROLINA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Third-ranked North Carolina meets fifth-ranked Duke for the second time in a week, this time in Friday’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals -- and with a healthy Zion Williamson back for the Blue Devils from a knee injury. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts approximately 9:30 p.m.

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