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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, MD

March 26, 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-DISPUTED ELECTION

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Three of North Carolina’s top elections officials are promising new details about a February investigative hearing into a ballot-collection scheme that ended with Republican Mark Harris dropping his three-month quest to claim the congressional seat he thought he won. By Emery P. Dalesio.

NORTH CAROLINA-HEALTH PLAN

RALEIGH, N.C. _ A North Carolina legislative committee considers a bill that would delay a plan by the state treasurer to rewrite in 2020 the pricing structure for how state employees, teachers and retirees are billed for services. Treasurer Dale Folwell says the State Health Plan needs to locate hundreds of millions of dollars in savings now, but health care providers backing the delay are worried his plan won’t work and will close more cash-strapped rural hospitals. By Gary D. Robertson.

INMATE ESCAPE JAIL

NASHVILLE, N.C. — Four of the five inmates who escaped from the Nash County Detention center in North Carolina were in custody Tuesday morning. SENT: 210 words.

SUPREME COURT-REDISTRICTING

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is returning to arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overly partisan. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 540 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FATAL SHOOTING: Two North Carolina men have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison for fatally shooting a man at an Asheville apartment complex in 2016.

VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ CHARLOTTESVILLE SCHOOL THREAT: Students at a public high school in Charlottesville, Virginia, left classes Monday to demand racial justice days after the district’s schools closed over threats of “ethnic cleansing.”

_ NOTARY PUBLIC VETO: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a bill that would bar convicted felons of being notary publics, even if they’d had their civil rights restored after serving their sentences.

_ VIRGINIA TECH-REMEMBRANCE RUN: An annual run to honor the 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty who were killed in a 2007 school shooting will be held on April 13.

_ HABITAT FOR HUMANITY STABBING: Authorities in Virginia are searching for a man who asked two Habitat for Humanity workers for directions, attempted to rob them and then stabbed them before fleeing.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ DEAD HORSES: The owner of a Maryland farm is going to trial after dozens of horses were found dead and decaying as more than 100 others were neglected and starving on her property.

_ DARKNET-CHILD PORN: An Irish-American man has been extradited from Ireland to the United States on charges that he helped distribute child porn on the darknet.

_ SEXUAL ASSAULT-HOWARD UNIVERSITY: The owner of a Washington, D.C, barbershop is accused of posing as a Howard University student and preying on incapacitated teenagers.

_ COMMUNITY COLLEGE-FUNDING: The state Senate is set to vote on giving Delaware’s community college system authority to issue bonds to finance capital improvements.

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