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

March 29, 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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NORTH CAROLINA

SKIRTS ONLY-LAWSUIT

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina charter school promoting traditional values engaged in unconstitutional sex discrimination by requiring girls to wear skirts, a federal judge has ruled. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 570 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PUP-POSSUM-PIPE: A pit bull intent on chasing down an opossum was foiled when he ended up wedged around 100 feet (30 meters) into a pipe in North Carolina.

_ RUN OVER DEPUTY: A North Carolina sheriff says one of his detectives was directing traffic on Interstate 95 near St. Pauls when he was run over by a car and severely injured.

_ BILLY GRAHAM-RECORDS TRANSFER: Papers of the late Rev. Billy Graham and historic records of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are being transferred to the library bearing his name.

_ XGR-TAX EXEMPTIONS-PANTHERS: A bill offering the Carolina Panthers about $120 million in tax breaks to move its team headquarters and practice facility to South Carolina has slowed down.

VIRGINIA

GOVERNOR-KLAN-BLACKFACE VIRGINIA

RICHMOND, Va. _ Two months after a blackface photo in an old yearbook nearly ended the political career of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, his life seems mostly back to normal. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CNS-INTERSTATE 81

RICHMOND, Va. _ Gov. Ralph Northam has recommended increasing motor fuels taxes and tractor-trailer registration fees to generate at least $150 million for improving crash-plagued Interstate 81 and millions more for other highways in the state. The proposals are contained in amendments Northam made to the state budget and other legislation approved last month by the General Assembly. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Wednesday to consider the governor’s recommendations. By Kathleen Shaw of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ EMBEZZLEMENT-WEDDING: A Virginia woman is accused of embezzling more than $93,000, which she allegedly funneled toward her wedding and buttocks lift, among other expenses.

_ PLANE DIVERTED-ODOR: Authorities say a reported odor in the cabin caused a flight from the Washington region to be diverted after takeoff and seven passengers were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

_ SCHOOL CALENDAR MISTAKE: Hundreds of employees in Richmond Public Schools will get an extra week of vacation, thanks to an administrative error.

_ HANDHELD CELLPHONE BAN: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s effort to ban motorists from holding cellphones while driving appears doomed.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

LABOR DAY-SCHOOLS DEBATE

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ The Maryland General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that lets local school boards decide whether school begins before or after Labor Day. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

BALTIMORE-FORMER COMMISSIONER SENTENCED

BALTIMORE _ A Baltimore police commissioner who resigned last year after less than four months on the job was sentenced Friday to 10 months in prison for failing to file federal tax returns. By David McFadden. SENT: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BRIDGE-GAS LEAK: A chemical plant owner is facing nearly $250,000 in penalties after a toxic gas leak that closed the Delaware Memorial Bridge for hours in November.

_ DEAD HORSES-MARYLAND: A Maryland farm owner says winter weather was to blame for the dozens of dead and starving horses found on her property last year.

_ MARYLAND-SERIAL PODCAST: Prosecutors in the murder case chronicled on the podcast “Serial” tested evidence from the 1999 crime last summer and found that none matched DNA from the convicted killer.

SPORTS

BKN--HORNETS-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES _ LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers host Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets, who have won four straight in their desperate attempt to claw back into the playoff picture. UPCOMING 700 words, photos. Starts 7:30 p.m. PDT

BKC--NCAA-PURDUE-VIRGINIA PREVIEW

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The South Regional will match Purdue and Carsen Edward’s high-shooting ways against top-seeded Virginia and the Cavaliers’ very stingy defense with a first trip ever to the Final Four for the winning coach. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET.

BKC--NCAA-VIRGINIA TECH-DUKE

WASHINGTON _ Freshman sensation Zion Williamson and No. 1 seed Duke face No. 4 Virginia Tech _ one of four teams to beat the Blue Devils this season _ in the East Region semifinals Friday night for a spot in the Elite Eight. By Howard Fendrich. Starts after LSU-Michigan State ends. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos

BKC--NCAA-AUBURN-N CAROLINA

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Top-seeded North Carolina has cruised through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Now, the Tar Heels must get past red-hot Auburn _ fresh off its upset of Kansas _ to reach the Midwest Region finale. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 6:29 p.m. CT.

BKW--NCAA-GREENSBORO PREVIEW

GREENSBORO, N.C. _ Everybody’s trying to beat Baylor. The Bears, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, enter the Greensboro Regional semifinals as the favorites to reach their first Final Four since 2012 _ though Iowa, North Carolina State and South Carolina will try to prevent that. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words, file photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--NORTH CAROLINA-SPRING

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ New North Carolina coach Mack Brown is pushing the Tar Heels for more focus, execution and urgency through spring drills. Brown says there hasn’t been a honeymoon period as he returned to coaching after working in broadcasting for several years. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 500 words and photos by 3 p.m.

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