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

January 9, 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

XGR-SESSION OPENS

RALEIGH, N.C. —The North Carolina General Assembly has opened its two-year session with Republicans still in charge but Democrats making enough gains in November to give them and Gov. Roy Cooper leverage at the policy negotiating table. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

_ With: XGR-SESSION OPENS-THE LATEST

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-WITNESS

RALEIGH, N.C. — One of more than a dozen witnesses alleging ballot misconduct in the nation’s last undecided congressional election now faces drug and weapons charges. SENT: 165 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OBIT-HOWSE: The first black bishop to lead an American Catholic diocese in the 20th century has died in Mississippi.

_ BIKE BAR KILLER-PAROLE: North Carolina’s parole commission is considering whether to release a murderer who spent a quarter century on death row after the shotgun killings of two teenagers at a Greensboro motorcycle club.

_ TRANSGENDER WOMAN-ASSAULT: Police in North Carolina say two women sexually assaulted a transgender woman at a Raleigh bar.

_ INMATE SUPERVISOR-STROKE: A roadside cleanup crew supervisor who suffered a stroke on the job last week and had inmates come to his aid has died.

_ CHARLOTTE-GREENWAY TRAIL: A major greenway project that’s been in the works for six years in Charlotte, North Carolina, is around $77 million short.

VIRGINIA

XGR-SESSION KICKOFF

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia lawmakers are set to kick off the 2019 legislative session and Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam will update lawmakers on the state of the Commonwealth. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a business associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence, and prosecutors say he lied to them about it, according to a court filing . By Michael Balsamo, Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 930 words, photo.

CNS-IMMIGRANT RIGHTS

RICHMOND, Va. _ The Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights is urging the General Assembly to pass legislation providing in-state tuition, driving privileges and protection against wage theft for undocumented immigrants living in the state. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. By Saffeya Ahmed of Capital News Service.

CNS-BLACK CAUCUS

RICHMOND, Va. _ The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus outlined a progressive legislative agenda on Wednesday that advocates for education, voting rights and criminal justice reforms. UPCOMING: by 4 p.m. By Daniel Berti of Capital News Service.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD PORN: Court documents say a Virginia man faces at least 15 years in prison after talking an 8-year-old girl into sending him sexually explicit photos and videos.

_ ROSE McGOWAN-DRUG CHARGE: A lawyer for Rose McGowan says the actress and activist will plead no contest to a reduced drug charge in Virginia and avoid jail time.

_ INMATE DEATHS REVIEW: A Virginia state report says the Riverside Regional Jail failed to monitor an inmate and wasn’t equipped to handle a suicide.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

XGR-MARYLAND LEGISLATURE-SESSION BEGINS

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s legislative session is beginning with 60 new lawmakers in the 188-member General Assembly. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

_ With: XGR-MARYLAND LEGISLATURE-SESSION BEGINS-THE LATEST

ISRAEL BOYCOTT LAWSUIT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland’s ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel tramples on the First Amendment rights of a software engineer who advocates for Palestinians, a Muslim civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 480 words.

BALTIMORE-POLICE COMMISSIONER

BALTIMORE_ AP Interview with New Orleans police superintendent who has been tapped by Baltimore’s mayor to lead the city’s fractured force. By David McFadden. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.

HUBBLE TROUBLE

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— The Hubble Space Telescope’s premier camera has shut down because of a hardware problem. NASA said the camera stopped working Tuesday. Hubble’s three other science instruments are still working fine, with celestial observations continuing. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 280 words.

ROSENSTEIN

WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s wrath for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller and defending his Russia probe, is expected to leave his position soon after Trump’s nominee for attorney general is confirmed. By Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 610 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ EMPLOYEE DEATH-OSHA FINE: A Maryland-based solar contractor is facing nearly $40,000 in fines after an employee died from electrocution at Fort Riley.

_ POLICE CHASE-CRASH: A city bus full of passengers was hit as a multi-state police chase crossed into Pennsylvania, injuring three officers and a bus passenger.

_ WRONGFUL ARREST LAWSUIT-DEPORTATION: A Salvadoran woman who successfully sued a Maryland county for wrongful profiling and arrest has been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a routine check-in.

_ PRISON-HEPATITIS TREATMENT: A man is suing a Maryland prison for failing to properly treat his hepatitis C while he was incarcerated.

_ TATNALL SCHOOL HEAD: The head of Delaware’s Tatnall School has left abruptly after less than two years in the role.

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