BC-VA--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, VA
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Students frantically call for help as a deadly shooting unfolds on a North Carolina campus in 911 recordings released Friday, with one saying the gunman was “still shooting” as she fled the classroom where he opened fire. Charlotte government officials released 48 emergency calls placed by students and faculty members in minutes after the shooting Tuesday that killed two and wounded four at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. By Sarah Blake Morgan. SENT: 460 words, AP Photos.
RALEIGH, N.C. _ A Republican state budget proposal is about to clear the North Carolina House, but Democrats could have much more to say about a final plan before it becomes law. The House scheduled for Friday the second of two votes on a two-year budget bill. The chamber gave it tentative approval Thursday by a vote of 61-54. The measure now will go to the GOP-controlled Senate, which will approve a competing version. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
RALEIGH, N.C. _ Legislation originally designed to prohibit hand-held cellphones while driving in North Carolina nearly sank after a rewrite because lawmakers worried it would punish people who eat or put on makeup behind the wheel. Insurance and automobile safety groups unveiled the “hands free” idea this year with great fanfare, and it cleared a House transportation committee in March. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
APEX, N.C. _ All the counseling, therapy and medication did little to ease 9-year-old Sobie Cummings’ crippling anxiety and feelings of isolation. And so a psychiatrist suggested that a service dog might help the autistic child connect with other kids. To Glenn and Rachel Cummings, Mark Mathis seemed like a dream come true. His kennel, Ry-Con Service Dogs, was just a couple of hours away, and he, too, had a child with autism. But what clinched the decision were Mathis’ credentials. By National Writer Allen G. Breed. SENT: 2,010 words, AP Photos.
RENO, Nev. _ A 27-year-old lawyer from North Carolina who represents prison inmates for free won the Miss USA title Thursday night, describing herself as a “weird kid” with a “unibrow” who’s now part of the first generation of truly empowered women. Asked in the final round to use one word to summarize her generation, Cheslie Kryst of Charlotte said “innovative.” By Scott Sonner. SENT: 690 words, AP Photos.
_ AIR FORCE-CHILD PORN _ A retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for child porn possession.
_ XGR--DUKE ENERGY-GRID COSTS_ A new option for utilities operating in North Carolina to have their electricity rates set for multiple years at once rather than annually has cleared the state Senate.
_ XGR--RENEWABLE ENERGY _ Future big wind-power projects would be blocked permanently across wide swaths of eastern North Carolina in legislation supporters say would protect military flight paths and ultimately the region’s installations.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST RIOT
CHARLOTTESVILLKE, Va. _ Two more members of a white supremacist group have pleaded guilty to federal rioting charges in connection with a white nationalist rally in Virginia and political rallies in California. Benjamin Drake Daley and Michael Paul Miselis each pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of conspiracy to riot. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
SAN FRANCISCO _ After years of pressure to crack down on hate and bigotry, Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban on “dangerous individuals.” The company also removed right-wing personalities Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer, along with Jones’ site, Infowars, which often posts conspiracy theories. The latest bans apply to both Facebook’s main service and to Instagram and extend to fan pages and other related accounts. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 860 words, AP Photo.
_ FBN--REDSKINS PLAYER-DOMESTIC ASSAULT _ Former Washington Redskins defensive back Curtis Jordan has been found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend at her Virginia Beach home.
_ OFFICER CURSES CHILDREN _ The Virginia police officer filmed cursing at a group of black middle schoolers has agreed to publicly apologize.
_ ENERGY EFFICIENCY _ Virginia regulators have approved the first round of what’s set to be about $1 billion in new spending on energy efficiency programs designed to reduce the need to produce and distribute electricity.
BALTIMORE _ In the wake of the humiliating resignation of Baltimore’s elected mayor, a new City Hall administration is gearing up. There’s little expectation that her replacement can overcome Baltimore’chronic problems of poverty, violence and inequity but there is hope that Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young can make some advances as he fills out the resigned leader’s term. By DAVID McFADDEN. UPCOMING:
PREGNANCY SURROGATE SCAM
COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ A Florida man faces charges in Maryland that he defrauded clients of a company that offered to help locate and financially support pregnancy surrogates for people trying to become parents. Gregory Ray Blosser, 37, was arrested Monday in Florida on a wire fraud charge and detained until a Friday hearing in Miami, according to federal prosecutors. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 470 words.
_ OFFICER ASSAULT CHARGES-ACQUITTAL _ A jury has acquitted a Maryland man of trying to assault a police officer with his vehicle.
_ BALTIMORE SHOOTING-FOUR WOUNDED _ Police in Baltimore say four people were injured and three suspects were arrested following a shooting on the city’s east side.
_ MARRIOTT CEO-HEALTH _ The CEO of the Maryland base Mariott hotel chain has been diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer. The 60-year-old Sorenson will continue to lead the company while he undergoes treatment.
_ XGR--SCHOOL TAXES _ Democratic lawmakers have again introduced legislation allowing school districts in Delaware to raise taxes without local voter approval.
_ WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY SHOOTING THREAT _ A West Virginia University student who is from Maryland is accused of threatening to shoot people at the school and then kill himself.
_ POLICE OFFICER SHOT _ Authorities say a Baltimore County police officer has been shot and wounded in an incident at a home that left a man dead.
RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Carolina Hurricanes can finish off the first four-game series sweep in franchise history when they take on the New York Islanders in Game 4 of their second-round series. Islanders coach Barry Trotz hasn’t yet said if Robin Lehner _ winless in his career against Carolina _ will start in goal. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.
DOVER, Del. _ NASCAR is making its first big play in the world of expanded legal sports betting, hoping a sports data partnership will lead to gamblers being able to bet during races on much more than just who gets the checkered flag. Genius Sports has become the exclusive provider of NASCAR data to licensed sportsbooks, officials announced Friday. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. SENT: 780 words, AP Photos.
BALTIMORE _ The Baltimore Orioles, who split a doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox om Wednesday, return to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to face the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. Tyler Glasnow starts for the Rays in search of his sixth victory without a loss. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
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