BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
UNC SYSTEM PRESIDENT
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ The interim president of North Carolina’s public universities says his priorities include preventing teachers and researchers from being distracted by problems swirling around the system. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.
_ XGR-COMMITTEES FLOATERS: North Carolina House Republicans are reinstituting a tactic giving them extra votes on committees if needed to push through controversial legislation or make up for GOP absences.
_ MISSING BOY FOUND: The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was missing for two days before he was found alive in North Carolina says he’s doing well and “already asked to watch Netflix.”
_ REDISTRICTING CONFERENCE: People unhappy with recent trends in drawing congressional and legislative maps are gathering on a North Carolina campus to talk about ways they say will make redistricting more equitable.
_ FATAL SHOOTING-DOMESTIC: A North Carolina woman has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2015 shooting death of her boyfriend.
WASHINGTON —A federal judge said Friday she will hold a hearing behind closed doors to determine whether former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators, including about sharing polling data with a business associate the U.S. says has ties to Russian intelligence. By Colleen Long and Eric Tucker. SENT: 710 words, photo.
_ With: TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-THE LATEST
MCLEAN, Va. — Potential Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said Friday that Donald Trump’s presidency “cannot be helped” and was “dangerous” for the country. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 370 words, photo.
_ XGR-DOMINION-FACEBOOK: Virginia’s State Corporation Commission has approved the construction of two Dominion Energy solar power facilities that will offset electricity use by Facebook’s new data center, under the condition that customers will be protected from the performance risk.
_ XGR-ONLINE SALES TAX: A plan to begin taxing online sales in Virginia has advanced, but the senate majority leader has given lobbyists for eBay and other electronic marketplaces until early next week to craft a compromise around when they’ll begin collecting taxes from small sellers.
_ EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT-VIRGINIA: A proposal to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia is all but dead.
_ DRIVER’S LICENSE SSPENSIONS-UNPAID FEES: The Virginia Senate has approved legislation to end the suspension of driver’s licenses of people with unpaid court fines and costs.
_ UNIVERSITY-FATAL STABBING: Authorities have released the identity of a southwestern Virginia college student who they say was fatally stabbed by a fellow student.
TEEN’S DEATH-POLICE CUSTODY
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Officials have released body camera video of a deadly encounter between police and a black teenager who died after struggling with officers in a town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 770 words, photos.
_ With: TEEN’S DEATH-POLICE CUSTODY-THE LATEST
DOVER, Del. — Democratic Gov. John Carney has skirted opposition from Republican lawmakers to offer state-guaranteed loans to federal workers in Delaware affected by the government shutdown. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-COLLEGE HELP
A growing number of colleges and universities are postponing tuition payments, waiving late fees and providing emergency grants to students whose finances have been tied up by the longest government shutdown in history. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 860 words, photo.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The space snowman visited by NASA on New Year’s Day is pitted all over and has a bright “collar” between its two fused spheres. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 320 words, photo.
_ NEW ORLEANS POLICE-REFORMS: Nearly seven years after New Orleans agreed to make major changes to its scandal-ridden police force, a new report says the department has made significant progress.
_ XGR-MARYLAND HOUSE GOP: Maryland House Republicans are outlining several priorities for the state’s legislative session, including a tax cut and public safety initiatives.
_ CHILD LEFT ON SCHOOL BUS: A transportation company says it has fired the driver who left a 5-year-old boy on a school bus for hours in freezing weather.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ It should be a busy offseason for Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who’s working with a new contract, adjusting to a first-year general manager and teaming with a different offensive coordinator. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo by 3 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Hornets point guard Kemba Walker can’t imagine what it will be like being introduced as an NBA All-Star game starter next month on his home court. Walker was named to the All-Star team for the third time Thursday, but his first as a starter. He didn’t win the fan vote, finishing third among Eastern Conference guards behind Kyrie Irving and Dwayne Wade. It was the media and his fellow NBA players that got him over the top and earned him the start. By Steve Reed. SENT: 575 words, photos
MILWAUKEE _ The Charlotte Hornets, who have won four of five to take over first place in the Southeast Division, wrap up a three-game road trip against the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8:30 p.m. EST.
DURHAM, N.C. _Point guard Tre Jones has been upgraded to probable for No. 2 Duke’s game against Georgia Tech after missing two games with a right shoulder injury. SENT: 225 words, file photos
BKC--ACC THIS WEEK
Syracuse’s visit to No. 10 Virginia tech headlines the coming weekend in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Orange already have one victory on a top-10 team’s court after upsetting Duke last week while the Hokies can’t afford another loss after they were blown out by North Carolina. Also around the league, John Mooney has emerged as a bright spot during Notre Dame’s rough year and the women’s hoops standings are notable for having so many teams at both extremes. SENT: 500 words, photos
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