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BC-VA--Greater Mid-Atlantic New Advisory 8:30 am, VA

May 8, 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:

_ PROBATION OFFICER FIRED _ A North Carolina probation officer has been fired over allegations that he had offenders on house arrest pay for additional time outside, saying they had to “pay to play.”

_ XGR-CROSSOVER DEADLINE _ The North Carolina General Assembly has almost completed its biennial process of separating policy legislation between those with a chance of becoming law and those probably going back to the drawing board.

_ NC-OFFSHORE DRILLING _ Mayors from along the North Carolina coast are discussing the costs of offshore oil drilling if something goes wrong.

_ DUKE GARDENS-GRANT _ Duke University has received a $5 million grant to improve the 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens on campus, which attracts about 400,000 visitors each year.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ RAM CLINIC _ A free health clinic in rural Virginia is set to mark its 20th anniversary this year.

_ OFFICER CRUSES CHILDREN _ The Virginia police officer who cursed at a group of black middle schoolers and promised to publicly apologize has rescinded the offer.

_ ENERGY COALITION _ Former Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is headlining a new coalition advocating to “uberize” the state’s electric utilities by promoting competition.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

JOHNS HOPKINS PROTEST

Baltimore police ended a monthlong sit-in at Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday, arresting people who have been protesting the creation of a campus police force. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR-GUN CONTROL _ A package of stricter gun control measures proposed by Democratic lawmakers is getting its first hearing in Delaware’s legislature.

_ RUSSIAN RADIO STATION _ The owner of a Washington, D.C., area radio station that broadcasts Sputnik International 24/7 has been ordered to register his Florida-based broadcasting company as a Russian foreign agent.

_ TEENS FOOTBALL-HAZING RAPE_ The principal of Maryland high school has resigned months after several junior varsity football players were accused of raping or attempting to rape teammates with a broomstick.

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