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

February 13, 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

NORTH CAROLINA-REDISTRICTING

RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina has had more than its share of redistricting litigation, including some that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next month. The uncertainty in the courts and close partisan division in the legislative districts have supporters of redistricting reform more optimistic than in previous years that legislation shifting map drawing to an outside group will be heard during this General Assembly session. By Gary D. Robertson.

MISSING GIRL-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. — A kidnapped 13-year-old North Carolina likely died of suffocation or strangulation, but her cause of death couldn’t be determined conclusively. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ ATM-ROBBERIES-RING: Federal prosecutors say 27 Houston residents have been indicted in the investigation of nearly $2.8 million stolen from ATMs in robberies targeting technicians servicing cash machines.

_ COUNCILWOMAN-COMMISSION: A North Carolina councilwoman has resigned from a state commission just after her appointment to another commission was rescinded and she was criticized for comparing police officers to terrorists.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE-GOP LEADER

RICHMOND, Va. _ With Virginia’s three top Democrats weakened by scandal, GOP Speaker of the House Kirk Cox will play a key role in how demands for racial reconciliation move forward in the aftermath of revelations of the governor and attorney general wearing blackface in the 1980s. By Alan Suderman.

VIRGINIA POLITICS-ACCUSER

STANFORD, Calif. —A college professor avoided talking directly about her accusation that Virginia’s lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she was not shy about publicly discussing her research and thoughts on the growing number of women reporting abuse. By Paul Elias. SENT: 730 words, photo, video.

CLERGY ABUSE-INVESTIGATION

RICHMOND, Va. __ The Diocese of Richmond has published a list of 42 priests with a “credible and substantiated” allegation of sexual abuse against a minor. The list published on the diocese’s website comes five months after Bishop Barry Knestout pledged to conduct an independent investigation to review church personnel files and then publish a list of all priests and deacons accused of sexually abusing minors. In a letter published with the clergy list, Knestout apologized to victims and their families. He said he hopes publishing the list of accused priests “can help bring about healing.” By Denise Lavoie. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ VIRGINIA POLITICS: Boston’s top prosecutor has offered to investigate allegations that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted a woman in 2004, if the woman files a criminal complaint.

_ POLICE SHOOTING: Authorities say a Virginia police officer was justified in shooting a man after police responded to a call of shots fired last December.

_ AMERICAN IDOL-FENTANYL: A recently unsealed court document says a former contestant on both “American Idol” and “Fear Factor” worked as a courier for a drug ring and was trying to deliver nearly 2 pounds (830 grams) of fentanyl when she was arrested last year.

_ RICHMOND MAYOR-COMMITTEE: Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has been appointed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to develop a strategic agenda as the new chairman of the group’s Children, Health and Human Services Standing Committee.

_ SCALLOP HEARINGS: Federal fishing managers are holding a series of hearings along the East Coast to gather feedback about potential changes to the rules governing the U.S.’s lucrative Atlantic ocean scallop fishery.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

XGR--HEALTH INSURANCE-DOWN PAYMENT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Health organizations in Maryland are backing a proposal to create an individual health care mandate at the state level. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

TARGETING BLACKS-STABBING

NEW YORK — A white supremacist who killed a black man with a sword as part of an attack that authorities said was intended to incite a race war has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

CNS-RANSOMWARE

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Ransomware attacks are a growing problem within cybercrime and continue to create issues for industries all over the country, especially hospitals and health care centers. Under current Maryland law, ransomware attacks were covered under the state’s extortion statutes and now the Senate wants to redefine certain offences from misdemeanors to felonies. By Jared Beinart of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ PRISON DISTURBANCE-DELAWARE: A jury has begun deliberations in the second in a series of trials for inmates charged in a deadly Delaware prison riot.

_ ISLAM LESSON-CHRISTIAN STUDENT: A federal appeals court has ruled that a Maryland high school’s lesson on Islam during world history class didn’t violate a Christian student’s Constitutional rights.

_ TALL SHIP-TRADITION ENDS: After nearly two decades, Delaware’s official tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel, can no longer visit one of its regular ports.

_ OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOK: A library book more than 70 years overdue has finally found its way home to a library in Silver Spring, Maryland.

SPORTS

BBA--ORIOLES-HYDE

SARASOTA. Fla. _ Brandon Hyde takes the field for the first time as a big league manager, getting an up-close look at the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles as he begins the process of familiarizing himself with pitchers and catchers in the initial step toward building a 25-man roster for opening day. By Rich Dubroff. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

BKC--T25-GEORGIA TECH-VIRGINIA TECH

BLACKSBURG, Va. _ No. 22 Virginia Tech looks to get back on a winning track as its hosts Georgia Tech at Cassell Coliseum. By Jimmy Robertson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-WAKE FOREST-FLORIDA ST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ No. 17 Florida State looks to win its sixth straight game when the Seminoles face Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are struggling, off to a 2-8 start in ACC play. 7 p.m. tip. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos

BKC--SYRACUSE-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina State looks for its second straight victory when the Wolfpack play host to a Syracuse team that has won three of four. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.

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