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

January 9, 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

XGR-SESSION OPENS

RALEIGH, N.C. — A less politically imbalanced North Carolina General Assembly begins its two-year session with Democrats holding more seats since Republicans took over the legislature in 2011. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRANSGENDER WOMAN-ASSAULT: Police in North Carolina say two women sexually assaulted a transgender woman at a Raleigh bar.

_ INMATE SUPERVISOR-STROKE: A roadside cleanup crew supervisor who suffered a stroke on the job last week and had inmates come to his aid has died.

_ CHARLOTTE-GREENWAY TRAIL: A major greenway project that’s been in the works for six years in Charlotte, North Carolina, is around $77 million short.

_ EQUESTRIAN CENTER-WATER QUALITY: The North Carolina equestrian center that played host to the FEI World Equestrian Games last year has been fined for water quality violations.

_ BENNETT COLLEGE-ACCREDITATION: Officials at a historically black private women’s college in North Carolina say they have received more than $1 million in donations as they try to stave off closure.

VIRGINIA

XGR-SESSION KICKOFF

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia lawmakers are set to kick off the 2019 legislative session and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam will update lawmakers on the state of the Commonwealth. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

RUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a business associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence, and prosecutors say he lied to them about it, according to a court filing . By Michael Balsamo, Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 930 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ROSE McGOWAN-DRUG CHARGE: A lawyer for Rose McGowan says the actress and activist will plead no contest to a reduced drug charge in Virginia and avoid jail time.

_ INMATE DEATHS REVIEW: A Virginia state report says the Riverside Regional Jail failed to monitor an inmate and wasn’t equipped to handle a suicide.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

XGR-MARYLAND LEGISLATURE-SESSION BEGINS

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s legislative session is beginning with 60 new lawmakers in the 188-member General Assembly. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ EAGLE DEATHS: A Delaware animal rescue official says a bald eagle has died of reported lead poisoning and another eagle is being treated for injuries sustained in a snare trap.

_ MENHADEN HEALTH: One of the most important species of fish in the ocean’s food chain is getting a close look to help determine the health of its population.

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