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

January 2, 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

IN BRIEF:

_ TRUMP AIDE-GUN: A North Carolina appeals court says President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign organization isn’t responsible for a state director accused of pointing a loaded pistol against another Trump supporter’s knee.

_ McCRORY-FUTURE: Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he’s not quite ready to declare whether his future includes another bid for office.

_ NORTH CAROLINA HOUSE FIRE: A fire broke out in a North Carolina house, killing a child and sending six other people to the hospital.

_ CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-VANDALISM: A North Carolina city has told the owner of a recently vandalized Confederate monument to remove it by Jan. 31 or face a possible lawsuit.

_ TROOPER SHOOTING: Authorities say a North Carolina trooper shot a driver who fled the scene of a traffic stop.

VIRGINIA

STATE SENATOR RETIRING

RICHMOND, Va. — An outspoken conservative Virginia lawmaker in a competitive district said Wednesday he won’t seek re-election this year, a decision that could make it harder for Republicans to keep their slim majority in the state Senate. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 410 words.

NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA, S.C.— Dominion Energy announced the completion of its merger on Wednesday with a South Carolina utility drowning in debt after the failure of a nuclear construction project. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 520 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ESCAPED MAN: Police in Virginia say they’ve arrested a man who escaped custody while being treated at an area hospital.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

GAS PIPELINE-POTOMAC RIVER

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A board of high-ranking Maryland officials on Wednesday rejected a proposed pipeline across the western part of the state that would carry natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to West Virginia. By Brian Witte. SENT: 410 words, photo.

SPORTS BETTING-STATES

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. By Wayne Parry and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

_ With: SPORTS BETTING FOR DUMMIES

IN BRIEF:

_ BALTIMORE POLICE-WHISTLEBLOWER: A Baltimore officer says the police department retaliated against him when he reported an alleged misuse of resources during a marine unit salvage operation.

_ SEIZED CASH-RULING: A court has ruled that a Delaware man acquitted of drug charges won’t get the thousands of dollars seized in the drug bust back.

_ SHOOTING-CAR CHASE: Police in Delaware say a man and three teenagers were involved in a “gun battle” with a fleeing vehicle in Wilmington.

_ FATAL SHOOTING: Two men have been fatally shot in Baltimore, marking the city’s first homicides of 2019.

SPORTS:

FBN--RAVENS-JACKSON

OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson carried the Baltimore Ravens into the playoffs, and their fate in the postseason will likely depend on his continued success. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BKN--MAVERICKS-HORNETS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Kemba Walker and the Hornets look to move back above .500 for the season when they host the Mavericks. By stringer Richard Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT

BKC--HARVARD-NORTH CAROLINA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ No. 15 North Carolina faces Harvard on Wednesday night in its final game before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-NEBRASKA-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ No. 24 Nebraska seeks its fifth straight victory in a Big Ten matchup against Maryland. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--CORNELL-WAKE FOREST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ Wake Forest looks to bounce back from a surprising loss to Gardner-Webb when the Demon Deacons face Cornell. By Patrick Southern. UPCOMING: 500 words from 7 p.m. start.

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