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

May 8, 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

BROKEN FAITH-UNEMPLOYMENT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. _ A member of a secretive North Carolina church is preparing to enter a plea as part of an investigation into an unemployment fraud scheme. Diane McKinny is scheduled for a plea hearing Friday on a federal charge of making a fraudulent claim for unemployment benefits. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

MISSISSIPPI LOTTERY

JACKSON, Miss. _ The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that it is hiring an experienced executive as its first president. Shaheen was among about 20 applicants for the Mississippi job, and was one of three finalists interviewed. All five board members agreed to hire him, and Gov. Phil Bryant approved the selection, board chairman Mike McGrevey said. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 400 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ TARGETING IMMIGRANTS _ Federal prosecutors in North Carolina say a gang of 11 robbers stormed the homes of Middle Eastern and Asian business owners to rob them of money generated by their tobacco shops, nail salons, restaurants and jewelers.

_ LABOR COMMISSIONER-DOBSON _ A Republican state legislator wants to succeed North Carolina Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry.

_ ELECTION 2019-NORTH CAROLINA-3RD DISTRICT _ New endorsements are accumulating for the two Republican candidates advancing to a runoff for the party’s nomination in the eastern North Carolina special election to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr.

_ PROBATION OFFICER FIRED _ A North Carolina probation officer has been fired over allegations that he had offenders on house arrest pay for additional time outside, saying they had to “pay to play.”

_ XGR--CROSSOVER DEADLINE _ The North Carolina General Assembly has almost completed its biennial process of separating policy legislation between those with a chance of becoming law and those probably going back to the drawing board.

_ OFFSHORE DRILLING _ Mayors from along the North Carolina coast are discussing the costs of offshore oil drilling if something goes wrong.

_ DUKE GARDENS-GRANT _ Duke University has received a $5 million grant to improve the 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens on campus, which attracts about 400,000 visitors each year.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ RAM CLINIC _ A free health clinic in rural Virginia is set to mark its 20th anniversary this year.

_ OFFICER CURSES CHILDREN _ The Virginia police officer who cursed at a group of black middle schoolers and promised to publicly apologize has rescinded the offer.

_ ENERGY COALITION _ Former Virginia Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is headlining a new coalition advocating to “uberize” the state’s electric utilities by promoting competition.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

PRISON DISTURBANCE-DELAWARE

WILMINGTON, Del. _ A convicted murderer who is the prosecution’s star witness testified that a fellow inmate being tried on charges related to a fatal prison riot was the “puppet master” of the 2017 uprising. By Randall Chase. Developing.

JOHNS HOPKINS PROTEST

BALTIMORE - Baltimore police ended a monthlong sit-in at Johns Hopkins University on Wednesday, arresting people who have been protesting the creation of a campus police force. SENT: 430 words.

RUSSIAN RADIO STATION

WASHINGTON _ The owner of a Washington, D.C., area radio station that broadcasts Russia-based Sputnik International 24/7 has been ordered to register his Florida-based broadcasting company as a foreign agent. SENT: 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR-GUN CONTROL _ A package of stricter gun control measures proposed by Democratic lawmakers is getting its first hearing in Delaware’s legislature.

_ TEENS FOOTBALL-HAZING RAPE_ The principal of Maryland high school has resigned months after several junior varsity football players were accused of raping or attempting to rape teammates with a broomstick.

SPORTS

RAC--PIMLICO LAWSUIT

BALTIMORE _ Maryland’s horse racing authority has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the city of Baltimore that seeks to condemn and confiscate the Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Race Course and other elements of the industry. SENT: 230 words.

BBA--RED SOX-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE _ Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox face the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Andrew Cashnew in the deciding matchup of a three-game series. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET

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