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

January 31, 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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RALEIGH, N.C. — A new North Carolina elections board expected to attempt to resolve the nation’s last unsettled congressional race is now in place. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


_ SUBMERGED CAR-BODIES FOUND: The North Carolina Highway Patrol says troopers have recovered the bodies of two teenagers from a car found submerged in a lake.

_ PESTICIDE PERMIT-WITHDRAWAL: An Australian-owned forestry company will no longer seek to use a highly toxic, heavily restricted pesticide at a North Carolina fumigation site.

_ BOJANGLES SALE-LEADERSHIP: A North Carolina-based chicken-and-biscuits chain’s new, New York-based owners have appointed two former McDonald’s executives to lead the company.

_ COMEDIAN-EMERGENCY LANDING: A private jet carrying a comedian who had just performed in North Carolina had to make an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.



RICHMOND, Va. _ Missteps by Democrats in Virginia advocating for looser regulations on late-term abortions have provided political ammo to President Donald Trump and Virginia Republicans, who have been looking for a way to stem electoral losses powered by an anti-Trump wave. By Alan Suderman. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.


RICHMOND, Va. _ Victims injured because of distracted driving are speaking out today at the Capitol. Del. Chris Collins, R-Frederick, wants the General Assembly to pass HB 1811, which would prohibit the use of hand-held personal communications devices while driving. By Katja Tim of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.


RICHMOND, Va. _ A bill currently in committee would establish legal guidelines for a terminally ill adult wishing to end their life. By Rodney Robinson of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.


_ CONGRESSMAN THREATENED-VIRGINIA: A California man has been sentenced to six months in prison for lying to federal agents about making threats against a Virginia congressman.

_ MLK EXPERIMENT: A Virginia teacher is on paid leave after her Martin Luther King Jr. Day exercise sent a 6-year-old black boy home in tears.

_ KENNEL-BESTIALITY: An ex-convict and kennel owner in Virginia has joined his wife in being indicted on charges of bestiality and animal cruelty.

_ GERMAN DIPLOMAT’S SON: For the 14th time, Virginia officials have rejected a parole bid from a German diplomat’s son serving life in prison for the 1985 killings of his ex-girlfriend’s parents.

_ GENDER DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT: The University of Richmond, Virginia, is being sued by a former associate dean who says she was discriminated against because of her gender.



ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Andrea Chamblee, the widow of a one of five victims in last year’s Capital-Gazette shooting, joins lawmakers and advocates hoping to close a loophole on requiring background checks for rifles and shotguns. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Legislation that would allow prizes and prevent gambling for eSports in Maryland is expected to be heard by the House Ways and Means committee on Thursday. By David Jahng of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3:30 p.m.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Legislation that would require 150 minutes of physical activity, including 90 minutes of physical education, a week for elementary school students in Maryland is expected to be heard by the House Ways and Means committee Thursday. By David Jahng of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3:30 p.m.


_ BOMB THREATS-MAN SENTENCED: A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to making a series of bomb threats to a CNN news affiliate and a Pentagon tour office.

_ FATAL FIRE: Fire officials in Maryland say a man is dead and six others, including two children, are injured after a house fire.

_ SCOOTER PROGRAM RESIGNATION: The transportation department official overseeing Baltimore’s dockless electric scooter pilot program has resigned, citing a toxic work environment.

_ POLICE CHIEF RETIRES: A Maryland suburb of Washington’s longtime police chief is leaving his post to lead legislative efforts by a group of police chiefs and sheriffs.

_ AIR POLLUTION: The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says a manufacturing plant near Newport is being fined $80,000 for dumping nearly 2 tons of excess pollution into the air.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Jeff Gordon was an outsider when he arrived in NASCAR but became one of the most important drivers in sport history. He headlines Friday night’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ No. 7 North Carolina State puts its perfect start on the line when the Wolfpack travels across the state to face Wake Forest. By John Brasier. UPCOMING: 500 words from 7 p.m. start.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ No. 11 Maryland seeks its fourth straight victory in a Big Ten matchup with Wisconsin, which has never defeated the Terrapins. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

_ BKW--T25-VIRGINIA-SYRACUSE. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina State has the top-25 national status among overall college sports programs that it has pursued for the better part of a decade. New athletic director Boo Corrigan will have the challenge of keeping the Wolfpack there when he takes over this spring. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m.


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