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

January 7, 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

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-SHERIFF

RALEIGH _ A lawsuit is challenging the acting sheriff of a rural North Carolina county as the narrow winner. The lawsuit by the sheriff for the past four years, Democrat Lewis Hatcher, says Columbus County officials violated a state law by swearing in Republican Jody Greene before election disputes were resolved. Greene declined comment Monday through a spokeswoman. By Emery P. Dalesio. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE FOOT CHASE _ North Carolina police charged a suspect with pointing a gun at officers during an extended foot chase.

_ SUPREME COURT-BICENTENNIAL _ North Carolina’s highest court is holding a “legal party” to observe the anniversary of its first meeting 200 years ago this month.

_ FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER ARRESTED _ A former Carolina Panther football player accused of assaulting a woman has been suspended from his job as a Charlotte Catholic High School assistant football coach.

_ ENDANGERED WHALE STRANDED _ Officials say a whale of an endangered species became stranded on a North Carolina beach and had to be euthanized.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA-SESSION PREVIEW

RICHMOND _ A preview of key issues to be addressed during Virginia’s legislative session. By Alan Suderman. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

SEAPORTS-GIANT CRANES

NORFOLK _ The largest cranes to ever operate at a commercial port on the U.S. East Coast will arrive in Virginia on Monday. The Chinese-made cranes are the latest sign that U.S. ports are adapting to the increasingly massive container ships that help drive international trade. By Ben Finley. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ NORTHAM ELECTION BILLS _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wants to make it easier to vote early and harder for political candidates to bring in big checks.

_ HUMAN RABIES CASE _ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that a Virginia woman who died in 2017 contracted rabies from a dog bite in India.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE-POLICE COMMISSIONER

BALTIMORE _ The Baltimore mayor’s nominee to be the city’s next police commissioner on Monday abruptly withdrew his name from consideration, the latest setback to the beleaguered force where leadership instability has become the norm. By David McFadden. SENT: 700 words.

CHESAPEAKE BAY-HEALTH

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ An annual report on the Chesapeake Bay says pollution from unusually heavy rains last year contributed to the first decline in a decade of the overall health of the nation’s largest estuary. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE-MONITORING TEAM _ Baltimore has a new lead community liaison for the monitoring team overseeing the federal consent decree mandating the reform of the city’s police department.

_ PONZI SCHEME-WIFE CHARGED _ Prosecutors say a Baltimore-area man charged in a $364 million investment scheme planned to tell his wife to drink the “good wine,” stash cash and hide and sell his valuables.

_ PONZI SCHEME PROMOTION _ A Maryland couple have agreed to a consent order to pay a nearly $4 million penalty for promoting a Ponzi-like scheme.

_ FATAL POLICE WRECK _ Baltimore County police say an officer has hit and killed a suspect fleeing a stolen car.

_ DRUNKEN DRIVER-TROOPER CRASH _ Delaware State Police say a drunken driver crashed into a state trooper’s parked cruiser and seriously wounded the trooper’s K-9.

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