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

April 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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

OFFSHORE DRILLING-GEORGIA

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Republican congressman who for years has touted the potential benefits of expanded oil drilling off the U.S. East Coast is now asking the Trump administration to exclude his home state of Georgia from its offshore energy plans. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 600 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ METEOR SIGHTED: For almost 500 people in the southeastern United States, getting up early Thursday was its own reward.

_ TIGER DIES: A nonprofit zoo in North Carolina says its 10-year-old white tiger choked to death on boneless meat.

_ MISSING HIKER-BODY FOUND: A Great Smoky Mountains National Park official, citing an autopsy report, says hypothermia killed an Ohio woman whose body was found at the park last year.

_ OVERDUE PLANE-SEARCH: A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board says a South Carolina pilot killed in a North Carolina plane crash said he couldn’t monitor the plane’s orientation in regards to the horizon.

_ BLUEFISH HARVEST: Federal fishing regulators say catch quotas and regulations for Atlantic bluefish will be about the same this year as they were in 2018.

VIRGINIA

TERROR WATCHLIST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —A federal judge says he will rule in the near future on the constitutionality of a government watchlist that purportedly includes more than 1 million “known or suspected terrorists.” By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

_ With: TERROR WATCHLIST-THE LATEST

ESPIONAGE-CHINA

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Prosecutors and defense attorneys will be asking for vastly different prison terms as a former CIA officer is formally sentenced for spying for China. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ DISGRACED LAWMAKER-CAMPAIGN: A former Virginia lawmaker who used to spend his days at the General Assembly and his nights in jail after being accused of having sex with his teenage secretary is launching another political campaign.

_ SEWAGE-PLEA: The former owner of a West Virginia water treatment plant has admitted to discharging untreated sewage into the Potomac River.

_ TELEVISION WATCHING: A study by Verizon says that West Virginians watch more television than people in any other state in the country.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

NEWSPAPER SHOOTING

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —A judge has delayed the trial of a man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper office. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ELECTION 2020-STACEY ABRAMS: Democrat Stacey Abrams says she doesn’t expect to decide on a presidential bid until the fall because “the average voter is not paying attention until Labor Day.”

_ WOMAN FOUND DEAD-TRUNK: A federal grand jury has indicted a Rhode Island man charged in the kidnapping of a Boston woman whose body was later found in the trunk of the man’s car.

_ FATAL TOWNHOUSE FIRE: Authorities say three Maryland firefighters injured battling a blaze that killed two people and destroyed several town houses have been released from hospitals.

_ CONTRACTING SCHEME: A former worker with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been sentenced to prison for her role in a scheme that traded nonpublic information for sports tickets and other bribes.

SPORTS

HKN--DEVILS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Carolina Hurricanes look to move closer to clinching their first playoff berth since 2009 when they play New Jersey in their regular-season home finale. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

BBA--YANKEES-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE _ Alex Cobb makes his season debut on the mound for the Baltimore Orioles, who open their home schedule against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3:05 p.m.

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