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

March 12, 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

NORTH CAROLINA-CELLPHONES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Responding to a society that increasingly won’t put down their cellphones, North Carolina lawmakers from both parties are pressing ahead with legislation that would bar motorists from holding them while driving. Violators would face fines of at least $100, and receive insurance points for repeat offenses in a bill heard by a House transportation committee Tuesday. By Gary D. Robertson.

IN BRIEF:

_ INMATE DEATH: State prison officials say a 72-year-old North Carolina inmate died during an altercation with another inmate.

_ XGR-VOTER ID: Surfacing legislation would essentially delay requiring photo identification to vote in North Carolina until the 2020 elections, because of concerns about the deadlines to finalize ID rules and as previously unscheduled congressional elections approach.

VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: Virginia’s unemployment rate has held steady at 2.8 percent for six months.

_ WOMEN VETERANS: A panel of female military veterans will discuss their experiences on the battlefield to mark Virginia Women Veterans Week.

_ MACKEREL HARVEST: The East Coast harvest of an economically important species of small fish will be scaled back for the rest of the year.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

XGR-TOBACCO RESTRICTIONS

DOVER, Del. _ The state Senate votes on a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products and tobacco substitutes, such as e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. By Randall Chase. UPCOMING: 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CORPORATE CLIMATE CHANGE PLANS: The office of New York state Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli says it has reached agreements with Dollar General and Under Armour under which the companies will release plans for what they’re doing to address climate change.

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