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

February 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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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina colleges won’t guarantee that student identifications meet the state’s new legal requirements for voting, raising doubts about whether thousands of young adults could be blocked from the ballot box. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 420 words.


_ XGR-ELECRIC SCOOTERS: North Carolina legislators have taken a small first step toward regulating electric scooters as big cities wrestle with managing scooters and the companies that offer them to the public.

_ VIDEOTAPED BEATING: A North Carolina sheriff’s office says a man who sued after being beaten by officers last year received an $83,000 settlement just one day before he was found dead of a suspected drug overdose.

_ MUSLIM STUDENTS EVENT-THREAT: An online threat prompted heightened security after a North Carolina university’s Muslim Students Association invited a journalist to campus.

_ CIAA TOURNAMENT: Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, want to lure the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference tournament back after it moves to Baltimore for three years, starting in 2021.

_ BRASS BANDIT: Police in North Carolina have arrested a man they say stole several brass instruments from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club more than 1 ½ years ago, essentially placing the music program on hiatus.



RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Energy said Tuesday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court refused to reconsider a ruling tossing out a permit that would have allowed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 320 words.


RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia regulators are denying Walmart’s request to buy electricity generated by someone other than the state’s two largest electric monopolies. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. —Bacteria lodged deep in Ella Balasa’s lungs were impervious to most antibiotics. At 26, gasping for breath, she sought out a dramatic experiment — deliberately inhaling a virus culled from sewage to attack her superbug. By Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 1,420 words, photos, video.


RICHMOND, Va. _ The General Assembly’s 2019 session was a disappointment for LGBTQ advocates as most legislation on health care, marriage and legal protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity failed. By Jayla Marie McNeill of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.


RICHMOND, Va. _ The Transparency Caucus, a bipartisan group of state legislators, has asked that the General Assembly live-stream and keep a video archive of its subcommittee meetings. The proposal is contained in a letter signed by two-thirds of state lawmakers and submitted by the caucus’ founders, Democratic Del. Mark Levine of Fairfax and Republican Sen. Amanda Chase of Chesterfield County. Currently, the General Assembly provides video of all committee meetings and House and Senate floor sessions. An advocacy group, Progress Virginia, provides online video of subcommittee meetings _ where bills often are killed; however, the group relies on volunteers, and the video quality is often lacking. By Owen FitzGerald of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.


_ VIRGINIA TECH-BANNED PROFESSOR: A Virginia Tech engineering professor who was banned from campus can now return, but the reason for his ban is still publicly unknown.

_ CFA EXAM GRADERS: A nonprofit that administers exams for the chartered financial analyst certification will stop paying exam graders after a federal investigation into its hiring practices.

_ PROFESSOR-FRAUD CHARGE: A former Virginia Tech professor has been found guilty of conspiring to commit federal grant fraud, making false statements and obstruction.

_ AIRCRAFT CARRIER UPGRADE: One of the nation’s aircraft carriers will spend the next two years in dry dock for some maintenance and state-of-the-art upgrades.

_ XGR-DRIVING WITH PHONES: A bid to tighten Virginia laws around using cellphones while driving will have to wait another year.



ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland measure named for a black teenager who died after a struggle with police is getting a hearing. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo by 3 p.m.


DOVER, Del. — Officials at Delaware State University are investigating alleged hazing after a crash that seriously injured four students. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Two former University of Maryland men’s basketball players are suing the makers of “Fortnite,” claiming the video game’s creators misappropriated a dance they popularized online. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 440 words, photos.


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to reduce traffic on I-270, the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway by adding private lanes could be further delayed. All state agencies, including Maryland Transportation Authority, would need approval from county governments before building toll roads if state legislation is passed. By David Jahng of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3: 30 p.m.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Anne Arundel county is taking steps to fight back against substance use disorders and the opioid epidemic in Maryland with their new mobile wellness vehicle, unveiled Tuesday morning in Crownsville. By Natalie Jones of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3:30 p.m.


_ MARYLAND DELEGATE SLUR: A white Maryland lawmaker accused of using a racial slur for black people to refer to a legislative district has apologized to leaders of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus.

_ BALTIMORE POLICE- TRAINING: The independent team monitoring Baltimore’s police department under its consent decree with the federal government has requested a three-week extension to double the department’s training academy staff.

_ LEAD PAINT LAWSUIT: A Baltimore jury has awarded around $2 million to a man who has permanent brain damage from being exposed to lead paint as a child.

_ MARC TRAIN-TEEN STRUCK: A teenager has been struck and injured by a MARC commuter train in Maryland, one day after another person was killed in the same county by another MARC train on a different route.

_ CONOWINGO DAM: Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration says it expects a pilot program to test removing dredge materials from the Conowingo Dam to be “substantially complete” this year.



BLACKSBURG, Va. _No. 3 Duke will be without sensational freshman Zion Williamson for a second straight game when the Blue Devils visit No. 20 Virginia Tech on Tuesday night. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ Fifth-ranked North Carolina looks to keep momentum when it hosts Syracuse on Tuesday night. The Tar Heels have won 10 of 11 overall. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ Two of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s worst teams meet when Miami visits Wake Forest. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words from 7 p.m. start.


RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Carolina Hurricanes, who have won 18 of 25 to move into playoff position, play host to the Los Angeles Kings. By Joe Giglio. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.


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