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BC-VA--Greater Mid-Atlantic New Advisory 8:30 am, VA

May 9, 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

SPECIAL SESSION LAWSUIT

A North Carolina appeals court will decide if state legislators were just sneaky when they took surprise action to cut incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s powers, or if they violated the state constitution. The state Court of Appeals hears oral arguments Thursday. On different sides are attorneys defending top Republican lawmakers and voters who claim that giving just two hours’ notice before taking dramatic action violates the state constitution’s right “to instruct” representatives. By EMERY DALESIO. UPCOMING:

IN BRIEF:

_ TEACHER PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE _ Authorities say a North Carolina fifth-grade teacher has been arrested on child pornography charges.

_ SPECIAL SESSION LAWSUIT _ A North Carolina appeals court will decide if state legislators were just sneaky when they took surprise action to cut incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s powers, or if they violated the state constitution.

_ BROADBAND GRANTS _ About 10,000 North Carolina households and several hundred businesses and government buildings are expected to gain high-speed internet access through the first grants issued by a new state broadband initiative.

_ NEW LIFEGUARD STAND _ After a number of swimming deaths in recent years, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will add another lifeguard stand.

_ ELECTION 2020-US SENATE _ A retired North Carolina financier challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in next year’s GOP primary says he’d stand with President Donald Trump on issues like cutting foreign aid and immigration.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ BLACK FEMALE BISHOP _ A former New Orleans attorney has become the fourth black female bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church and the first in the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee.

_ SECOND CHANCE MONTH _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has proclaimed May “Second Chance Month” in a bid to focus attention on criminal justice reform and inmate reentry programs.

_ MENTAL HEALTH TRANSPORTATION _ Thousands of mental health patients in Virginia will no longer be taken to the hospital in the back of police cars.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE MAYOR

BALTIMORE - Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young is set to be sworn into office Thursday, a week after his predecessor resigned amid corruption investigations. Young began leading the city on an interim basis in early April, when Catherine Pugh took a leave from her role as mayor due to what her lawyer described as poor health following a bout of pneumonia. REGINA GARCIA CANO. UPCOMING:

TESLA CEO-COMPENSATION LAWSUIT

A judge hears arguments on a motion by attorneys for Tesla Inc. board members and CEO Elon Musk to dismiss a shareholder lawsuit challenging a board decision to extend Musk a massive compensation package that could net him more than $50 billion if the electric car and solar panel company meets certain market capitalization and operational milestones over the next decade. BY RANDALL CHASE. UPCOMING:

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE CHIEF-ANNE ARUNDEL _ Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman is keeping Police Chief Timothy Altomare.

_ BATLIMORE VIRUS ATTACK _ Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young says a ransomware virus that hit the city’s computer systems has forced operations to “revert back to manual.”

_ FORMER MAYOR-SEIZED ITEMS _ Officials in Baltimore’s City Hall have released a list of items seized by federal agents when they raided former Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office.

_ BALTIMORE MAYOR _ Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young is set to be sworn into office.

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