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

January 24, 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

ALCOA-NORTH CAROLINA DAMS

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s decade-long battle to control one of the state’s largest rivers and the electricity that once fueled a factory employing 1,000 is drying up. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 570 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ROBBERY-FAKE OFFICER: Authorities say they’re looking for a man who was dressed as a police officer when he shot the owner of a pawn shop.

_ MISSING BOY: Officials say challenging weather isn’t stopping the search for a 3-year-old boy last seen playing near his grandmother’s North Carolina home.

_ LOTTERY WINNER-FEEDING HUNGRY: A chef who cooked for President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama says he will use his winnings in a North Carolina lottery game to feed the hungry in the Dominican Republic.

_ DEAD HORSES: A woman has been arrested in connection with the more than 20 horses found dead in North Carolina.

_ FROZEN ALLIGATORS: Alligators in one North Carolina swamp have once again allowed themselves to freeze in place with their noses above the ice.

VIRGINIA

COAL ASH COMPROMISE

RICHMOND, Va. _ Virginia’s governor and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are announcing plans to require the state’s largest electric utility to excavate and clean up unlined coal ash pits. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-HOUSE DEMOCRATS

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He’s unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FEDERAL COURTS: The monthlong government shutdown is expected to hit federal courts on Feb. 1.

_ HOME INVASION-BOY KILLED: A Virginia family and State Police say an 8-year-old boy has been shot and killed by an intruder at his home.

_ COLD WEATHER DEATHS: Police in northern Virginia are asking residents to check on family and neighbors periodically after three separate cold-weather deaths this week.

_ SHIPBUILDER DEATH: A master shipbuilder has died from injuries sustained in a fall at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia.

_ XGR-FORENSIC SCIENCE: A bill to help people wrongfully convicted by flawed forensic science is under consideration in Virginia, helped by a man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

TEEN’S DEATH-POLICE CUSTODY

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A black teenager’s heart condition and mental illness were significant factors in his “sudden cardiac death” during a struggle with law enforcement officers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, according to an autopsy report. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 620 words.

EDUCATION FUNDING-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ The chairman of a Maryland commission on education briefs lawmakers on the panel’s recommendations. By Brian Witte.

BALTIMORE-CONSENT DECREE

BALTIMORE _ The federal judge overseeing a police reform process in Baltimore holds a court hearing into the city’s scant progress implementing mandated changes. By David McFadden.

CARNEY-BUDGET PROPOSAL

DOVER, Del. — Democratic Gov. John Carney is proposing an increase in Delaware’s operating budget of almost 4 percent next fiscal year, boosting spending to more than $4.4 billion dollars. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN

WASHINGTON — America’s political leaders need to work together and help unite the nation, Vice President said Thursday as the impasse between the White House and Congress stretched the partial government shutdown into a record 34th day. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 300 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS

WASHINGTON —The early days of the Democratic primary campaign are highlighting the party’s diversity as it seeks a nominee who can build a coalition to take on President Donald Trump. By Juana Summers and Elana Schor. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOMICIDE-TEENS CHARGED: Two teens whose first murder trial in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Delaware woman ended in mistrial have pleaded guilty to related charges.

_ POLICE-RANSOMWARE ATTACK: A Maryland police department says it experienced its “worst computer network attack” in its history, after the attacker accessed its network through a longtime software vendor.

_ BALTIMORE POLICE-MISSED SHOOTING: Baltimore police are reviewing the response to a shooting where the victim died after an officer responding to gunfire reports went to the wrong location.

_ BENEFITMALL-DATABREACH: Officials in Delaware say a data breach at a third-party administrator for health insurance companies has affected five companies and 650 consumers.

_ CHILD LEFT ON SCHOOL BUS: A 5-year-old Delaware boy was left on a school bus for hours in freezing weather despite multiple safeguards.

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