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

January 4, 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:

_ POLICE OFFICER-DWI: Authorities say an off-duty police officer in North Carolina drove while drunk, wrecked his car and then fled the scene.

_ HOMICIDE-DOG CAGE: Authorities say a North Carolina man missing for months was fatally beaten and stuffed into a metal dog cage.

_ UNIVERSITY-MOLD: Johnson C. Smith University students will wait two more weeks to go back to class while mold is removed from the North Carolina school’s residence halls.

_ NORTH CAROLINA HOUSE FIRE: A 2-year-old girl injured when a fire broke out in her North Carolina home has died.

VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ NORTHAM GUN BILLS: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is promoting a series of gun-control measures he says promote public safety while still respecting individual gun rights.

_ UVA-LATINA SORORITY-LAWSUIT: A predominantly Latina sorority says it was wrongly punished for hazing by the University of Virginia after requiring its members to study 25 hours a week.

_ FATAL RESTAURANT SHOOTING: A Virginia woman has been sentenced to nearly five decades in prison for encouraging her half-brother to fatally shoot a man inside a busy Wendy’s restaurant.

_ LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS: More companies and groups in Virginia are getting into the political influence game ahead of a legislative session than they have in past years.

_ UVA-LESLIE ODOM: Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. will visit the University of Virginia as the UVA President’s 2019 Speaker for the Arts.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

PHILADELPHIA — As the government’s partial shutdown pushed toward a third week, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are feeling the financial pinch. They’re calling mortgage companies, hoping for a break, and weighing the risks of letting other bills go unpaid. They’re reheating leftovers and turning down the thermostat to save a few bucks. They’re looking into applying for loans or unemployment insurance. By Claudia Lauer and Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 1,420 words, photos.

SOCIAL MEDIA-POLITICAL ADS

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Parts of a Maryland law aimed at stopping foreign interference in local elections on social media platforms such as Facebook appears to encroach on the First Amendment, a federal judge has ruled. By Brian Witte. SENT: 600 words.

HBCU TRIAL-MARYLAND

RICHMOND, Va. — Maryland’s higher education commission and a coalition of historically black colleges have been ordered by a federal appeals court to begin mediation for a fourth time to try to settle a 12-year-old lawsuit. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 430 words.

MILITARY-TRANSGENDER LAWSUIT

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court sided with the Trump administration Friday in a case about the Pentagon’s effort to restrict military service by transgender people, but the ruling won’t change who can serve or enlist at this point. By Jessica Gresko. SNT: 530 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PACKAGE THEFT: Authorities say a man accused of directing his 5-year-old daughter to steal a package from the porch of a Maryland home has been arrested.

_ INJURED BABY DIES: A Delaware man has been charged in the death of a baby in his care.

_ DELAWARE MEMORIAL BRIDGE-TOLLS: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has vetoed a proposed toll hike at the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

_ ABANDONED DOG-HOMELESS: A Delaware animal shelter has found an underfed dog abandoned outside its facility with a note that says its owner became homeless and could no longer care for it.

_ COLLEGE STABBING: A judge has delayed the trial of a white man charged with a hate crime in the fatal stabbing of a black student at the University of Maryland.

SPORTS:

HKN--BLUE JACKETS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Carolina Hurricanes in a Metropolitan Division matchup. By Kyle Glaser. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from 7;30 p.m. start.

FBC--VIRGINIA-OBIT WELSH

George Welsh, who coached football at Virginia for 19 years and retired as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career victories leader, has died. The school made the announcement in release Friday, saying his family says he died peacefully on Wednesday. He was 85. By Hank Kurz. SENT: 550 words, photo

BKC--T25-DUKE-LONG LAYOFF

DURHAM, N.C. _ Duke hopes it hasn’t lost any of the momentum that carried it back to No. 1. The Blue Devils’ 15-day layoff ends this weekend with a visit from Clemson in the ACC opener. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words, file photos by 5 p.m. SOU EDITING

BKC--SEC THIS WEEK

No. 13 Kentucky looks like it’s recovered from a rocky start after back-to-back wins against North Carolina and Louisville. Now the Wildcats get a true road test against Alabama this weekend. By Steve Megargee and David Brandt. SENT: 475 words, photos

BKC--ACC THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. _ No. 9 Florida State visits No. 4 Virginia in the marquee matchup of the first full weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball play. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 400 words, file photos

FBH--NC AP ALL-STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Associated Press releases its prep football honors for North Carolina for the 2018 season on Friday, including the all-state team, players of the year and coach of the year. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

With:

_ FBH--NC AP PLAYERS-PAST WINNERS

_ FBH--NC AP COACH-PAST WINNERS

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