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

April 3, 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. —The investor who suddenly became North Carolina’s biggest political donor wanted something in return for splashing out a promised $2 million to help the state’s top insurance regulator _ go easy on his insurance companies, federal prosecutors said. Now Greg Lindberg is facing bribery and conspiracy charges, and there’s a new focus other politicians he supported. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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IN BRIEF:

_ SHOOTING OUTSIDE COURTHOUSE: Authorities say a man has been shot outside a North Carolina courthouse.

_ RACIST GRAFFITTI: Two North Carolina students face charges connected with racist graffiti found on lockers at a high school.

_ APPALACHIAN INVESTMENTS: The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced grants aimed at supporting local responses to the substance abuse epidemic in Kentucky and Ohio.

_ DOGFISH HARVEST: Federal fishing regulators say they’re reducing the quota for a small species of shark that is fished commercially off the East Coast.

VIRGINIA

LT GOVERNOR-ACCUSER

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said Wednesday he’s asked prosecutors in Boston and North Carolina to investigate sexual assault allegations two women have made against him. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 650 words, photos.

VIRGINIA-VETO SESSION

RICHMOND, Va. _ Virginia lawmakers will take up Gov. Ralph Northam’s vetoes and suggested amendments Wednesday during a one-day session. They include a tax hike on gas to pay for improvements to Interstate-81 and banning the use of hand-held cellphones on state roads. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ MARCH FOR LIFE-VIRGINIA: Anti-abortion advocates have held a large rally at the Virginia state Capitol to oppose looser late-term abortions laws.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

FAMILY PLANNING-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland would become the first state to stop participating in a federal family planning program known as Title X due to a proposed Trump administration rule, under a bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

BALTIMORE-EMBATTLED MAYOR

BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s acting mayor has ordered a review of the most recent city contracts after the elected mayor stepped aside amid a scandal involving the sale of her self-published children’s books. By David McFadden. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

BALTIMORE UPHEAVAL

BALTIMORE — Baltimore already faced daunting challenges: soaring violent crime, a thriving drug economy and poverty so intense that some derelict neighborhoods look like they were hit by a plague. Now, Mayor Catherine Pugh is embroiled in a strange scandal, sucking attention away from those core issues while embarrassing Maryland’s biggest city on a national scale. By David McFadden. SENT: 920 words.

POLICE SHOOTING-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A Maryland police department has concluded that its officer was justified in fatally shooting a man during a confrontation captured on body camera video, a police chief said in a memo released Wednesday. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 370 words.

POLICE SHOOTING-ST LOUIS

ST. LOUIS — A federal judge should end restrictions on when St. Louis police use chemical agents such as pepper spray and tear gas to break up protests, according to a court filing on behalf of the police department. By Jim Salter. SENT: 610 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MOTEL STABBING: Court documents state that a woman charged in a stabbing at a Delaware motel told police that she stabbed her boyfriend’s brother after he called her an offensive name.

SPORTS

BBA--ORIOLES-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO _ The Baltimore Orioles look for a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays and a 5-1 start before heading home to face the Yankees. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1:07 p.m.

BKN--HORNETS-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS _ The Charlotte Hornets try to end a three-game slide and keep alive faint playoff hopes when they visit the Pelicans on Wednesday night. New Orleans has lost four of five. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 8 p.m. ET

BKC--TEXAS A&M-WILLIAMS

Texas A&M has lured Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams back to his home state to try to turn the Aggies into a basketball power. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 500 words, photos

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