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

February 27, 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

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. —The North Carolina political operative at the center of a ballot fraud scandal was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges over his collection of absentee ballots in the 2016 elections and the Republican primary in 2018, a state prosecutor said. By Emery P. Dalesio and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 620 words, photos.

_ With: ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST

EARNS-LOWE’S

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s swung to a loss in its fourth quarter, weighed down by sizeable one-time charges and a lethargic housing market. SENT: 300 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ GERBER SPOKESBABY: Gerber says its newest spokesbaby is a spunky 1-year-old with “the look of wonder in her eyes,” born to a Hmong immigrant family in North Carolina.

_ WALTER JONES JR-SPECIAL ELECTION: Gov. Roy Cooper has set election dates to fill an eastern North Carolina congressional seat that was left empty after this month’s death of U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr.

_ PASTOR SCAM: Police in North Carolina are investigating an alleged scam that used email to impersonate pastors.

_ SCHOOL CAMPUS-ARMED MAN: A Virginia man found armed at a North Carolina school has been indicted on federal charges including crossing state lines with the intent to kill, injure, harass and intimidate former domestic partners.

_ BROADBAND MAPPING: Tennessee will be among eight states in a new project to expand and update a national broadband map.

VIRGINIA

ABU GHRAIB-LAWSUIT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —After 10 years of delay, a federal judge has ruled that three former inmates who say they were tortured at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison can go forward with their lawsuit against a military contractor. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 390 words.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-TAX CRISES

NEW YORK — Amy Baxter’s business took off after she appeared on “Shark Tank” with her device that blocks pain from injections — orders flowed in and she bulked up her inventory. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 960 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ SENATOR-THREATS: A Virginia man is accused of repeatedly threatening to punch and shoot U.S. Sen. Mark Warner over his views on abortion and the proposed border wall.

_ BANK EXECUTIVE SLAIN: A judge has declined to release a man who was found not guilty of first-degree murder by reason of insanity in the death of a Virginia bank executive.

_ HISTORY COMMISSION-RICHMOND: Mayor Levar Stoney has announced appointments to a new commission that will advise him on issues of historical and cultural significance in Richmond.

_ NORTHAM JOBS: paper and packaging company plans to spend $20 million on a new manufacturing operation near Roanoke.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SUPREME COURT-CROSS CASE

WASHINGTON —The Supreme Court seemed inclined Wednesday to rule that a 40-foot-tall cross that stands on public land in Maryland is constitutional, but shy away from a sweeping ruling. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 700 words, photos.

_ With: SUPREME COURT-CROSS CASE, THE LATEST, SUPREME COURT-CROSS CASE-GLANCE

CNS-KIRWAN-EDUCATION

WASHINGTON - Maryland’s congressional delegation is supporting a sweeping education overhaul plan for the state. By Carolina Velloso of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ UNITED STATES-SYRIA-CRYPTOLOGIST: The first female Navy service member killed in the battle against the Islamic State will become the third woman to have her name added to the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic Memorial.

_ XGR-TOBACCO RESTRICTIONS: Delaware lawmakers are proposing to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

_ WRONGFUL ARREST-LAWSUIT-DEPORTATION: A Salvadoran woman who successfully sued a Maryland county over wrongful profiling and was later unexpectedly detained during a routine immigration check-in will be allowed to remain in the United States for now.

_ MINIMUM WAGE-MARYLAND: A measure to raise Maryland’s minimum wage has advanced in the House of Delegates.

_ BALTIMORE POLICE: A police advocacy group has asked the Trump administration to modify the Baltimore police consent decree, saying it “does a tremendous amount of harm.”

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