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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, MD

January 23, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING BOY: A 3-year-old North Carolina boy last seen playing at his grandmother’s home has been missing for around 18 hours.

VIRGINIA

OBIT-RUSSELL BAKER

LEESBURG, Va. — Russell Baker, the genial, but sharp-witted writer who won Pulitzer Prizes for his humorous columns in The New York Times and a moving autobiography of his impoverished Baltimore childhood and later hosted television’s “Masterpiece Theatre,” has died. He was 93. SENT: 870 words.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-WHALES

PORTLAND, Maine — Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 620 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ROBOTS-COLLEGE DELIVERY: A fleet of high-tech robots is now deployed at a northern Virginia university to serve the noble purpose of delivering pizza, doughnuts and coffee on demand to students who summon them.

_ ELECTION DAY-SCHOOL HOLIDAY: The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill requiring state public schools treat Election Day as a school holiday.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

FEDERAL SHUTDOWN FOOD PANTRY

BALTIMORE _ Officials open the doors of a Baltimore food pantry to aid federal workers whose bills have piled up and who have had little money to buy food. By David McFadden.

CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION-TRIAL

GREENBELT, Md.— A federal trial began Tuesday for lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a plan that a different court blocked last week. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 590 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR-UPDATING 911: Maryland supporters of updating 911 emergency call technology are outlining some proposals.

_ IGNITION INTERLOCK LOOPHOLE: A measure in Maryland aims close a loophole in a law requiring drunk drivers to put ignition interlocks in their vehicles after a first offense of driving under the influence.

_ NEWSPAPER SHOOTING: A man suspected of killing five people in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper has been given extra time to consider an insanity plea.

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