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

December 31, 2018

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

LION ATTACK

BURLINGTON, N.C. — An intern was helping do some routine cleaning at a North Carolina wildlife center when a lion attacked and swiftly killed her, authorities said. Visitors were rushed out while the staff and authorities tried vainly to tranquilize the animal and reach the young woman’s body. SENT: 550 words, photo, video.

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. — A lawyer for the Republican in the country’s last undecided congressional race said Monday the campaign doesn’t think a planned hearing aiming to root out evidence of alleged ballot fraud can happen. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 630 words.

STATE LEGISLATURES-2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,540 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD SHOT-DRIVE-THRU: Authorities say a 5-year-old is in critical condition after being shot in the face in a car outside a North Carolina fast-food restaurant.

_ INCOME TAX CUT: North Carolina is again cutting personal and corporate income tax rates.

_ OFFICER CHOKED: Authorities say a North Carolina man choked a female officer responding to a domestic violence call, and scratched another officer.

_ BITTEN-OFF EAR: A North Carolina man whose ear was largely bitten off in an altercation has been arrested.

_ DEPUTY PUNCHED-JAIL: An inmate at a North Carolina jail is accused of punching a deputy sheriff and damaging a correctional officer’s property in separate incidents.

VIRGINIA

REFORM-MINDED PROSECUTORS

RICHMOND, Va. _ At least eight reform-minded prosecutors will take office in cities around the country next month. These prosecutors won elections in Virginia, Massachusetts, Texas and Missouri by promising to eliminate cash bail, stop prosecuting simple marijuana possession cases and to try alternatives to jail for drug abusers. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 970 words, photos.

MEDICAID EXPASION

RICHMOND, Va. _ A chunky text look at how Virginia’s healthcare landscape will change now that the state has expanded Medicaid, with a closer look at how free clinics, hospitals and rural health centers are bracing for the change. Virginia’s Medicaid expansion starts Jan. 1 after a years-long battle between Democrats and Republicans over the issue. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 680 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST-POLICE TREATMENT: Officials in the Virginia city that endured a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017 say people are cursing police officers and it’s thinning the department’s ranks.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-VIRGINIA: Police in Virginia say an officer fired his gun at one of two suspected armed burglars who raised his gun at the officer.

_ CHESAPEAKE FIRE-LAWSUIT: An apartment complex for seniors has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit following the deaths of three people in a fire last year.

_ COUNCILMAN RESIGNS: A Virginia city councilman has announced he intends to resign in response to a conflict of interest related to his job as a real estate developer.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

DELAWARE-NEW LAWS

DOVER, Del. — Delaware officials are gearing up for a new legislative session that begins Jan. 8, with a host of new lawmakers who were elected in November. Meanwhile, some of the bills passed by their predecessors are about to become law. Here’s a look at some of the new laws that were enacted in 2018 and that take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. By Randall Chase. SENT: 560 words.

NEW LAWS-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — New laws in Maryland will require insurers to provide benefits for patients with certain health conditions, including high blood sugar levels that pose a risk for diabetes as well as a particular kind of chronic swelling. By Brian Witte. SENT: 460 words.

SCI-BEYOND PLUTO

LAUREL, Md. _ A tiny, icy world a billion miles beyond Pluto is getting a New Year’s Day visitor. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ BALTIMORE RATS: In the year following the launch of a program to eliminate rats from public housing complexes, Baltimore’s housing authority says the rat population is down 82 percent.

_ FORMER CANDIDATE ASSAULT: A former mayoral candidate is accused of punching a woman repeatedly in the face on Christmas Eve, after a night of drinking.

_ CRAB FISHING: Federal fishing managers are holding the line on the quota for a commercial important species of crab that is fished off of the East Coast.

_ CHOKING-BLEACH ASSAULT: A Delaware man who pleaded guilty to choking his girlfriend and pouring bleach on her has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

_ FATAL CRASH-3 CHILDREN KILLED: Authorities say three children have died and two adults have been injured in a multi-car crash in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.

SPORTS:

FBN--RAVENS-PLAYOFFS

OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ Back in the playoffs after a three-year hiatus, the Baltimore Ravens look ahead to the next chapter of their whirlwind season, a home matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. By Todd Karpovich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

FBN--PANTHERS WRAPUP

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Ron Rivera says he expects to be back coaching the Panthers next season following a conversation with owner David Tepper. Rivera said Monday “that’s my assumption because of our conversations talking about going forward. We will continue doing that.” The Panthers started the season 6-2, but the two-time NFL coach of the year’s future appeared uncertain after Carolina lost seven straight games and fell out of playoff contention. SENT: 800 words, photos

BKN--MAGIC-HORNETS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Kemba Walker, who is heating up in recent weeks, and the Hornets face former coach Steve Clifford and the Magic on New Year’s eve. By stringer Justin Parker. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. EDT

HKN--FLYERS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Philadelphia Flyers visit the Carolina Hurricanes in a matchup of Metropolitan Division teams. By Joe Giglio. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from 6 p.m. start.

FBC--GATOR BOWL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. _ No. 21 Texas A&M and North Carolina State meet for the first time, in the Gator Bowl, with the winner taking a four-game winning streak into 2019. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Begins at 7:30 p.m.

FBC--MILITARY BOWL

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Virginia Tech vies for its 26th consecutive winning season, and Cincinnati seeks its 11th victory in an intriguing Military Bowl matchup at the Naval Academy. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game started at 12 noon ET.

BKW--T25-RUTGERS-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Fourth-ranked Maryland strives to stay unbeaten in a Big Ten game against Rutgers. By Ian Quillen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon ET.

BKC--T25-MARSHALL-VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ Fourth-ranked Virginia looks to remain unbeaten as its wraps up its nonconference schedule against Marshall (7-5). By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m.

BKC--UNC ASHEVILLE-VANDERBILT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Vanderbilt wraps up its nonconference slate Monday afternoon against UNC Asheville at Memorial Gym. By Chip Cirillo. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 2 p.m. ET.

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