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

March 20, 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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RUTLAND, Vt. _ A North Carolina man is due to be sentenced in federal court for plotting to steal a shipment of counterfeit Xanax pills valued at $1.6 million that were smuggled into the United States from Canada. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


_ COUNTY COMPUTERS-VIRUS: Authorities in a North Carolina county say some, but not all, services have been restored after a ransomware virus led to a shutdown of its entire computer network.

_ CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-VANDALISM: A Confederate monument in a North Carolina city has been splashed with paint for the second time in seven months.

_ PRESCRIBED BURN: The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled a 197-acre prescribed burn in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.

_ SWAT TRAINING: The FBI is joining with emergency personnel in a North Carolina county in a special training session for federal, state and local SWAT and EMS professionals.

_ PAIN CLINIC-OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS: A pain management clinic with facilities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina is accused of “liberally” prescribing unnecessary opioid painkillers.



RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s largest electric utility is defending its plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars less on energy efficiency than what top officials say they agreed to last year in a sweeping overhaul of electric regulation. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


COEBURN, Va. — Former coal miner John Robinson’s bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. By Dylan Lovan. SENT: 1,110 words, photos, video.


_ DEAD ANIMALS-VIRGINIA: Authorities in Virginia say a Virginia Beach woman has once again been found to be in possession of dozens of dead animals.

_ GLENN CLOSE-COMMENCEMENT: Glenn Close will speak at William & Mary’s commencement ceremony in May.

_ NEXSTAR-TV STATIONS: Nexstar is selling 19 television stations for $1.32 billion as part of its buyout deal with Tribune Media.

_ MARINE CORP MARATHON: The Marine Corps Marathon lottery is set to open to runners who want to participate in the 44th annual race.

_ STATE PARK-STAR GAZING: A Virginia state park is set to be recognized for its efforts to make star gazing easier.



ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a meeting to discuss how to address revelations that about a third of the University of Maryland Medical System’s board of directors has received compensation through the network’s contracts with their businesses. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 6:30 p.m.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to raising the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 by 2025. By Brian Witte. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.


BALTIMORE — Baltimore has ratcheted up a bitter dispute with the owners of a historic racetrack in an effort to seize a nearly 150-year-old course and block the move of one of America’s premier horse races out of the city where it was first run in 1873. By David McFadden. SENT: 720 words.


BALTIMORE _ It’s been one of the more bizarre real-life crime sagas in a city full of them: A truck driver accused of killing his wife and blaming her death on a panhandler was arrested with his daughter during what police call a dash for the Mexico border. The father and daughter are expected to be extradited from Texas on Wednesday to stand trial for murder in Baltimore. By David McFadden.


_ SIDELINED FOR BIG HEAD: A high school lacrosse player in Delaware can’t play in games because his head is too big.

_ TEACHER-STUDENT SEVERED HAND: A Maryland middle school teacher is accused of slamming a door on a student’s hand so hard that three of her fingers were severed.



BALTIMORE _ In the first year of a massive rebuilding project, the best the Baltimore Orioles can expect is to be competitive and give their fans hope that the team is moving in the right direction. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 680 words, photos


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Danica Patrick choked back tears after crashing out of her final Indianapolis 500, that one last trip around the historic speedway that launched her career had come to such a disappointing close. She’s not been back to a race track in the 10 months since and hasn’t looked back even once. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Danica Patrick will join NBC Sports’ inaugural coverage of the Indianapolis 500 as an analyst alongside host Mike Tirico. Patrick retired from racing after last year’s Indianapolis 500. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer.


DAYTON, Ohio _ North Carolina Central plays North Dakota State in a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio. The winner will advance to play No. 1 seed Duke in the round of 64.


DURHAM, N.C. _ Tyus Jones led a top-seeded Duke team to a national title four years ago. Now, younger brother Tre wants to do the same thing. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 700 words, file photos


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