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

January 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

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Republican in the nation’s last undecided congressional race asked a North Carolina court Thursday to require that he be declared the winner because the now-defunct state elections board didn’t act. By Emery Dalesio. SENT: 680 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DRUGS IN BIBLE: Authorities say a man posing as a pastor tried to smuggle drugs into a North Carolina jail by hiding them in a Bible.

_ STRIP CLUB SHOOTING DEATH-LAWSUIT: Months after a judge set aside a nearly $5 million judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit, another judge has dismissed it and it can’t be filed again.

_ TEENS-INTERRACIAL COUPLE-HATE CRIME: A North Carolina sheriff says the vandalism of two vehicles is being investigated as a hate crime stemming from an interracial relationship between two teens.

_ SUPREME COURT-NEW JUSTICE: A civil rights attorney elected to North Carolina’s highest court is taking office.

_ TENNESSEE VALLEY-RAIN: A federal utility that serves parts of seven southeastern states says 2018 was the wettest year on record in the Tennessee Valley.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA-GOVERNOR PRIORITIES

RICHMOND, Va. _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam plans to highlight his legislative agenda ahead of the 2019 legislative session. By Alan Suderman. UPCOMING: 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WOMEN’S PRISON-MEDICAL CARE: A federal judge says Virginia officials failed to provide adequate medical care at a women’s prison near Charlottesville.

_ BABY BONGOS: The Virginia Zoo has a new set of bongos. Two baby bongos were born to separate mothers at the zoo on Dec. 26.

_ UVA WISE-ENROLLMENT: The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is looking to boost enrollment by offering discounted tuition to out-of-state students from Appalachia.

_ TOM GARRETT-STAFF MISUSE: The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics says former Republican Virginia Rep. Thomas Garrett misused staffers for tasks such as dog sitting and buying him cigarettes.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MARYLAND LEGISLATURE

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Raising Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and making prescription drugs more affordable will be some of the leading issues in the upcoming legislative session. By Brian Witte. UPCOMING: 650 words, photo.

BEYOND PLUTO

LAUREL, Md. — A NASA spacecraft 4 billion miles from Earth yielded its first close-up pictures Wednesday of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 780 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTION 2020-MARTIN O’MALLEY: Martin O’Malley, the former Democratic governor of Maryland and 2016 presidential candidate, says he will not run for president in 2020 and is backing Beto O’Rourke.

_ COUNTY SPOKESMAN: A familiar face in the Baltimore area is making a return to public duties after leaving the Baltimore police department late last year.

_ GYM-KIDNAPPING: Authorities say a man kidnapped his ex-girlfriend from outside a fitness gym in Maryland.

_ UD-LAB FIRE: Authorities say no one was injured when a fire broke out inside a University of Delaware biomedical engineering building.

_ NETFLIX-FIRE RESCUE: A 13-year-old boy who defied his mom by staying up late to watch Netflix is credited with saving his family from the fire that destroyed their Delaware home.

SPORTS:

FBN--RAVENS-MARTINDALE

OWINGS MILLS, Md. _Defense has long been the calling card of the Baltimore Ravens, who own the NFL’s top-ranked unit under first-year coordinator Don Martindale. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 word by 3 p.m. AP Photo.

BKC--T25-NC STATE-MIAMI

CORAL GABLES, Fla. _ No. 18 North Carolina State, off to its best start in 13 years, tries for its seventh consecutive victory when it opens Atlantic Coast Conference play Thursday at Miami. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words from 7 p.m. start. AP Photos.

HKN--HURRICANES-FLYERS

PHILADELPHIA _ The Carolina Hurricanes play the Philadelphia Flyers. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words from 7 p.m. start. AP Photos.

BKW--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ No. 3 Louisville begins ACC play against North Carolina, looking to remain unbeaten. The visiting Tar Heels aim to end a five-game losing streak against the Cardinals. By freelancer Steve Bittenbender. UPCOMING: 600 words from 7 p.m. start. AP Photos.

BKW--T25-DUKE-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ No. 9 North Carolina State can match the best start in program history if the 13-0 Wolfpack beat Duke in their ACC opener. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words from 7 p.m. start.

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