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

April 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

BIG DONOR-NORTH CAROLINA-INDICTMENTS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The chairman of North Carolina’s Republican Party and a secretive big-money donor are facing federal bribery and wire fraud charges accusing them of trying to sway regulatory decisions in favor of the donor’s insurance companies, according to indictments unsealed Tuesday. By Emery P. Dalesio and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 360 words, photos.

LABOR COMMISSIONER-NOT RUNNING

RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina’s “elevator lady” is punching the last buttons on her career as state labor commissioner next year. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

CONGRESS-DISASTER AID

WASHINGTON —Senate Democrats blocked a Republican disaster aid bill, saying more money is needed to help hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. But President Donald Trump opposes additional funding and says the U.S. territory is getting more disaster money than some states. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 940 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ UNC VANDALISM: Police have obtained arrest warrants for two people accused of vandalizing a monument to people of color at the flagship campus of the University of North Carolina.

_ CANCER PATIENT WINS LOTTERY: State officials say a man recently diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer has won $250,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery.

_ BROWN WATER: Some residents of Asheville, North Carolina, are struggling with brown, sediment-filled water that the city has said is only an “an aesthetic issue,” but area breweries say is now hurting production.

_ WINTRY WEATHER-DEEP SOUTH: Instead of just April flowers, forecasters say some people in the South could wake up to April snow showers.

VIRGINIA

LT GOVERNOR-ACCUSER

RICHMOND, Va. — The second of two women to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault said she had been friends with him for more than a year before he locked her in a room and raped her. SENT: 510 words.

VIRGINIA-VETO

RICHMOND, Va. _ Virginia lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol this week to take up Gov. Ralph Northam’s vetoes and suggested amendments. They include a tax hike on gas to pay for improvements to I-81 and banning the use of hand-held cellphones on state roads.

ACLU LAWSUIT

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging a pre-publication review required for people who have had access to government secrets. SENT: 240 words.

MED-PARALYZING ILLNESS

NEW YORK _ A recent wave of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness among children has waned. But U.S. health officials are accelerating their efforts to find a cause and a treatment. In a medical journal article published Tuesday, some of the federal government’s top infectious disease scientists say the problem seems to be getting worse. They say additional, larger waves are likely. At least 228 Americans last year were confirmed to have the illness, called acute flaccid myelitis. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING BOATER-DEAD: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the body of a missing boater has been found in Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg County.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE UPHEAVAL

BALTIMORE _ It’s tough enough to lead Baltimore, a struggling city plagued by violent crime, thriving drug gangs, and intense poverty. But Mayor Catherine Pugh has found a new way to make it harder with a bizarre scandal that’s dragged her City Hall into a world where no-bid deals intersect with children’s picture books. Calls for her resignation are growing as she departs on an indefinite leave. Some wonder if she’s coming back as a criminal investigation is sought. By David McFadden.

BALTIMORE-EMBATTLED MAYOR

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —Baltimore’s acting mayor told legislators Tuesday that the city “is in good hands” until the mayor decides whether to return after abruptly announcing a leave of absence to “focus on her health” amid a political scandal about “self-dealing” book sales. By Brian Witte. SENT: 720 words.

SPORTS BETTING-FALLING SHORT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When the Patriots won the Super Bowl again — and covered the spread, too — all of New England was delirious, with the possible exception of Rhode Island’s tax collectors. By Jennifer McDermott and Geogg Mulvihill SENT: 840 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN

WASHINGTON —As former Vice President Joe Biden’s camp scrambles to contain any political damage over his past behavior with women, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some words of advice: Keep your distance. By Thomas Beaumont and Stephen Braun. SENT: 750 words, photos.

_ With: ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

_ SUPCO-POLICE SHOOTING: Delaware’s Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man who sued state police after being shot inside his home by a trooper investigating a hit-and-run incident involving a parked car.

_ PELICAN TACKLED-FLORIDA: A Maryland man accused of abusing a pelican has returned to the Florida Keys to face charges.

_ HOUSE FIRE-MAN INJURED: Firefighters in Delaware say a man whose home was ablaze had refused to let anyone inside before he climbed out through a basement window.

SPORTS

BBA--ORIOLES-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO _ The surprising Baltimore Orioles seek their fourth straight victory in an AL East matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:07 p.m.

Also:

_ HKN--HURRICANES-MAPLE LEAFS. Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET

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