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

November 20, 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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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

NICHOLAS SPARKS-LAWSUIT

RALEIGH, N.C. — The former headmaster of a private Christian school founded by novelist Nicholas Sparks can continue to sue the school, the author and the foundation Sparks created to support the school, a federal judge said. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 530 words, photo.

COLORADO FAMILY KILLED

GREELEY, Colo.— Christopher Watts cried, shook and stared into his lap as a judge told him he would spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL LOCKDOWN: Officials in North Carolina say a 911 call reporting an active shooter near an elementary school and daycare turned out to be false.

— FLEEING FELON: A fleeing felon who plowed his speeding SUV straight through a sleeping woman’s bedroom while trying to escape North Carolina law officers can’t claim he was wrongly convicted of a felony because evidence was lacking he caused more than $1,000 in damage.

— FISH BOOST: Federal fishing regulators are going to allow fishermen to catch more of an economically important species of fish on the East Coast.

— EARNS-LOWE’S: Lowe’s Cos. (LOW) on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $629 million.

— LAWSUIT-ATRIUM HEALTH: A federal class action lawsuit alleges Atrium Health falsely claimed to be a government entity and cheated employees out of retirement benefits.

VIRGINIA

CANDY DARTER

NORFOLK, Va. — A rainbow-colored fish that can only be found in a handful of Appalachian streams has been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The candy darter can only be found in a swath of Virginia and West Virginia. By Ben Finley. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo by 5 p.m.

AMAZON BRAIN DRAIN

NEW YORK — When tech giants like Amazon expand, other companies don’t just worry about losing business. They also fret about hanging on to their employees. By Alexandria Olson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSING STUDENT: Nearly four years after a college student disappeared while home in Virginia, her adoptive father has been charged with murder in her death.

— NORFOLK AIRPORT-NEW FLIGHTS: The largest airport for Virginia’s Hampton Roads region says it will offer its first-ever direct commercial flight to the West Coast.

— ONLINE SALES TAX: Virginia tax officials have lowered the amount of new revenue the state could bring from expanding sales taxes on items sold online.

— NATIVE AMERICAN SOLDIERS: The Virginia War Memorial will present a special program highlighting the contributions of Native American soldiers who fought in World War I.

— ATTACK-PROBATION VIOLATIONS: Authorities say a Virginia man’s prison sentence has been extended because he violated his probation when he shot and wounded his neighbor last year.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE-POLICE COMMISSIONER

BALTIMORE — The challenges facing Baltimore’s next police leader couldn’t be more daunting. A Texas police chief named as Mayor Catherine Pugh’s pick to lead the force is expected to reduce the highest homicide rate of any large U.S. city, rebuild a measure of trust between law enforcers and deeply skeptical residents, and win the confidence of a demoralized and often dysfunctional department. All this while being a major player in making sure sweeping reforms encompassing some of the most fundamental aspects of police work finally take root. Law enforcement experts say turning Baltimore around is one of the most challenging police leadership jobs anywhere. By David McFadden. SENT: 810 words, photo.

ELECTION 2020-IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa —Andrew Turner was driving Iowa’s Democratic candidate for state auditor back to Des Moines last month when a potential presidential contender called to make an introduction. It was one of many such overtures the 23-year-old has fielded. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 710 words.

CNS-HEALTHCARE-DOWNPAYMENT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland state Sen. Brian Feldman and Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk are taking the lead sponsoring a health insurance down payment bill that would require Marylanders without health insurance to pay a state penalty that goes toward purchasing coverage. By: Harrison Cann of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 770 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— HOCKEY COACH-SEX ASSAULTS: A youth hockey coach from Pennsylvania has been sentenced to one year in jail in Delaware for unlawful sexual contact with boys nearly three decades ago.

— FORMER ATHLETE-RAPE CHARGES: A University of Maine coach says he knew of no reports of misconduct against a former university baseball player who is facing charges of raping six women in Delaware.

— FORMER ATHLETE-RAPE CHARGES: A man who pleaded guilty to raping a former University of Delaware student has been sentenced to two years in prison.

— BOAT WRECK-COUPLE KILLED: Officials say a Maryland couple was killed when their boat went over a dam on the Potomac River.

— CHILD SHOT: Authorities say a 5-year-old girl has been shot and wounded in Baltimore.

SPORTS:

FBC--MARYLAND-LAST CHANCE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland’s last shot at becoming bowl eligible — and perhaps Matt Canada’s final game as interim head coach — comes Saturday at No. 15 Penn State. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 2 p.m.

BKC--MAUI INVITATIONAL

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Top-ranked Duke gets what could be its biggest test of the season, facing No. 8 Auburn in the Maui Invitational semifinals. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. First game starts at 2 p.m.

— With: BKC--Maui Invitational-The Latest

BKC--ST PETER’S-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State puts its 4-0 start on the line when Saint Peters visits. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

BKC--LEGENDS CLASSIC-THE LATEST

The Latest on each game as four teams meet in the Legends Classic. Teams: California Golden Bears (Pac-12), St. John’s Red Storm (Big East), Temple Owls (American), VCU Rams (A 10). UPCOMING: 150-word updates on each of two games.

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