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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, 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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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina city removed a Confederate statue Tuesday from the grounds of an old courthouse, drawing applause from a small group of onlookers for the rare move in a state where such monuments are largely protected by law. By Tom Foreman Jr. and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 800 words.



BOSTON — Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged along with nearly 50 other people Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centers to get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country, federal prosecutors said. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Collin Binkley. SENT: 700 words.



RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal prosecutors investigating potential election crimes have demanded documents for a grand jury reviewing a North Carolina congressional race that’s still undecided and being rerun after last year’s contest was deemed tainted. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 610 words, photos.


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. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


_ SLAVERY GAME: A slavery-themed game played at a North Carolina elementary school during Black History Month has prompted an investigation.

_ TURTLE SMUGGLING: Prosecutors say a man who was a kingpin in an international scheme to traffic in rare turtles will become the first person to serve prison time in South Carolina for illegal wildlife smuggling.

_ 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.



FALLS CHURCH, Va. _ Virginia’s largest school district is defending itself against three separate federal lawsuits filed by students who say the school system botched sexual misconduct investigations. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 850 words, photos.


RICHMOND, Va. _ Student athletes have more protections under a bill that requires the Board of Education to biennially update its guidelines on concussions. House Bill 1930 passed the General Assembly with unanimous support and was signed by the governor. By Andrew Gionfriddo of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.


_ OBSCENE PICTURES-SENATE STAFF: Virginia Capitol Police say they are searching for a man who sent photographs of male genitalia to several state Senate staffers.

_ LOTTERY WINNER-LUCKY NUMBERS: A Virginia woman parlayed a feeling to purchase 30 lottery tickets with the same numbers to win $150,000.

_ 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.



BALTIMORE — Michael Harrison was sworn in Tuesday as Baltimore’s new police commissioner, inheriting a dysfunctional force that’s long been distrusted by many citizens in this starkly divided city where misconduct by officers and chronically high rates of violent crime are just a couple of many systemic failures. SENT: 690 words.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — State legislation could add material on organ and tissue donation to public high school curriculum. Other Maryland legislation would ensure unpaid leave for those recovering from living organ donation as well as prohibit insurance companies from not allowing a client to make an organ or tissue donation. By Charlie Youngmann of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3:30 p.m.


Students in Maryland public schools who fail required vision screenings would be provided eye examinations and eyeglasses under legislation expected to be heard by a House committee on Wednesday. By David Jahng of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3:30 p.m.


_ ELECTION 2020-LARRY HOGAN-NEW HAMPSHIRE: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will speak in New Hampshire next month as he weighs a primary challenge to President Donald Trump.

_ NEWARK-UNRULY PARTIES: The city that’s home to the University of Delaware is targeting unruly parties.

_ SIGNUM UNIVERSITY-DEGREES: A nonprofit online university that focuses on fantasy and science fiction literature is seeking approval from the New Hampshire Legislature to grant masters degrees.

_ 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.



OWINGS MILLS, Md. _The Baltimore Ravens couldn’t come up with enough money to keep four-time Pro Bowl linebacker C. J. Mosley, who appears headed to the New York Jets. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Associated Press announces its all-Atlantic Coast Conference team and individual award winners. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words, file photos at 11 a.m.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Notre Dame, which won just three games this season in the ACC and is the 15th seed, takes on Georgia Tech in the second game of the ACC Tournament. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at approximately 2:20 p.m. EDT


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ No. 13 seed Wake Forest takes on No. 12 Miami in the first game of the ACC Tournament in Charlotte. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon EDT


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Pittsburgh, the No. 14 seed, looks to make the most of a difficult season when it takes on 11th-seeded Boston College, in the first round of the ACC Tournament. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT


RALEIGH, N.C. _ Teams in the AP Top 25 are down to their final chances to make their case for high seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Conference tournaments could set up marquee matchups this week to boost the best postseason resumes with Selection Sunday looming at the end of the week. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 750 words and photos.


OWINGS MILLS, Md. _The Baltimore Ravens couldn’t come up with enough money to keep four-time Pro Bowl linebacker C. J. Mosley, who appears headed to the New York Jets. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo.


No. 20 Wofford’s come-from-behind victory over UNC Greensboro was good news for NCAA Tournament at-large candidates because it reduced the likelihood that the Southern Conference would receive multiple bids. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos, expected by 10 a.m.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Maryland’s success in the postseason could depend heavily on the performance of Jalen Smith, a lanky freshman who has both shined and struggled for the No. 21 Terrapins. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo by 3 p.m. ET.


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