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BC-VA--Greater Mid-Atlantic News DIGEST 1:30 pm, VA

May 1, 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

NORTH CAROLINA-BUDGET

The budget-writing committee of the North Carolina House debates a two-year state government spending plan. By GARY ROBERTSON. UPCOMING:

TEACHER PROTESTS-NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina teachers took to the streets Wednesday for the second year in a row with hopes that a more politically balanced legislature will be more willing to meet their demands. By MARTHA WAGGONER. SENT: 824 words.

COLLEGEN CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA

Students at a North Carolina university were gathered for end-of-year presentations in an anthropology class when a gunman burst in and opened fire with a pistol, killing two and wounding four, a professor said. By TOM FOREMAN JR and SARAH BLAKE MORGAN. SENT: 745 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION _ A North Carolina judge says there’s little likelihood that a candidate for the Republican nomination in a still-vacant North Carolina congressional seat will succeed in suing the GOP for access to internal party data and debate stages.

_ 1972 SLAYING _ A Florida man has been arrested in one of North Carolina’s coldest cases -- the 1972 slaying of a woman found bound and shot beside her 4-month-old baby.

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VIRGINIA

MANDATORY MINIMUMS

Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday he will no longer sign any legislation that imposes new mandatory minimum sentence requirements, a pledge he said was part of his efforts to make Virginia more equitable for communities of color. By ALAN SUDERMAN. SENT: 420 words.

SPELLING BEE

WASHINGTON - Ties are back at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. To the relief of many participants, bee organizers have gotten rid of the written test spellers took just in case a single champion couldn’t be identified during the ESPN-televised finals. By BEN NUCKOLS. SENT: 771 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHEVY FORD SHOOTING _ Prosecutors say a Chevy-versus-Ford argument escalated and ended with a man shooting his girlfriend and her son.

_ FORMER GOVERNOR LAWSUIT _ A legal fight between former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder and a former dean at Virginia Commonwealth University is over.

_ CIA OFFICER PLEA _ An ex-CIA officer charged with conspiring to deliver secrets to China is scheduled to enter a plea.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE-EMBATTLED MAYOR

After a month on paid leave from her $185,000 job as the city’s No. 1 official, Pugh’s open-ended retreat at her house and her lawyer’s cryptic comments are straining the credulity of a number of Baltimoreans amid an accelerating scandal that has left her isolated and politically vulnerable. By DAVID MCFADDEN. SENT: 1,000 words.

MURDER TRIAL-OFFICER KILLED

A Baltimore teenager has been convicted of felony murder after fatally striking a Maryland police officer with a stolen Jeep. Jurors in suburban Baltimore County handed down the verdict Wednesday. Dawnta Harris, who’s 17 but was tried as an adult, faces life in prison. By DAVID MCFADDEN. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING:

HOUSE SPEAKER-MARYLAND

The Maryland General Assembly holds a short special session to chose a new House speaker, weeks after the death of the longest-serving speaker in the history of the state. By BRIAN WITTE. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING:

IN BRIEF:

_ BALTIMORE-OFFICER ASSAULT _

A Baltimore police officer has been convicted of assault and misconduct in office for tackling a compliant teenager and beating him with a stun gun.

_ CONSTRUCTION WORKER-SLAYING _ Police in the nation’s capital have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting a construction worker from Maryland who was directing traffic.

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SPORTS

BBA-ORIOLES-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO _ The Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles are scheduled to play a doubleheader after Tuesday’s game was postponed due to rain. Chicago’s Carlos Rodón and Baltimore’s David Hess are scheduled to start Game 1, with Ivan Nova and Andrew Cashner going Game 2 after having their turns pushed back a day. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game 1 starts at 4:10 p.m. ET.

GLF-WELLS FARGO

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Rory McIlroy starts his last tournament in his 20s at Quail Hollow, where he has won twice, with as much enthusiasm about his next decade in golf as the first 10 years. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. EDT.

HKN-ISLANDERS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The short-handed but surging Carolina Hurricanes look to take a 3-0 series lead on the New York Islanders when the division rivals meet in Game 3 of their second-round series. With starter Petr Mrazek injured, the Hurricanes are likely to give 35-year-old journeyman goalie Curtis McElhinney his first career playoff start. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

GLF-WELLS FARGO-GRIER

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Will Grier is kicking off his NFL career with the swagger of a starting NFL quarterback. The adulation surrounding the third-pick pick has created a buzz about the Panthers’ QB situation with Cam Newton coming off shoulder surgery. The Panthers have made it clear that Newton is their quarterback though it has been a whirlwind week for Grier, who grew up in the Charlotte area and will play in the Pro Am at the Wells Fargo Championship on Wednesday. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 8 p.m. (Tees off at 2 p.m.)

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