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BC-VA--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, VA

May 22, 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

EARNS-LOWES

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Shares in Lowe’s fell 8% in premarket trading Wednesday after the home improvement retailer cut its outlook for the year after a weak first quarter. SENT: 322 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEPUTY-MAN KILLED _ The sheriff’s office of Randolph County, North Carolina, says one of its deputies has killed a man who was armed with a knife.

_ SHERIFF TRAFFIC STOPS _ The new sheriff in one of North Carolina’s most populated counties says he won’t quit doing traffic stops even though activists say they could be targeting immigrants for deportation.

_ PENCE-NORTH CAROLINA _ Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to North Carolina to celebrate the approach of next year’s Republican National Convention, to visit a textile plant and to attend a political fundraiser.

_ SWIMMERS RESCUED-DEATH _ Police say a man rescued from the ocean on the North Carolina coast last weekend has died.

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VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA-POLITICS BLACKFACE

NORFOLK, Va. A law firm on Wednesday will release the findings of its investigation into how a racist photo appeared on the medical school yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. Press conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. With photos. UPCOMING:

AMERICAN TALIBAN RELEASE

McCLEAN, Va. The man sometimes referred to as the first prisoner in the War on Terror that followed the Sept. 11 attacks is set to go free Thursday after nearly two decades in prison. But the conditions imposed on the release of “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh make clear that authorities are still concerned about the threat he could pose. By MATTHEW BARAKAT. UPCOMING:

TRUMP-HEALTHCARE-RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

NEW YORK (AP) — Two dozen states and municipalities, including Virginia, sued the federal government Tuesday to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ AIRPORT HEAD --FUND MISUSE _ A Virginia man who founded the defunct airline People Express has been indicted on fraud and tax evasion charges.

_ VIRGINIA-POLITICS-BLACKFACE _ The findings of an investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam are set to be released.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

ELECTION 2020-ABORTION

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden would support Congress enshrining abortion rights into federal law “should it become necessary,” his presidential campaign said Tuesday, following several other Democratic candidates in promising to take that step if elected president. By BILL BARROW AND ELANA SCHOR. SENT: 800 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BALTIMORE POLICE-NEW HIRES _ The police department of Baltimore, Maryland, has hired new leaders for its operations and public integrity bureaus.

_ POLICE OFFICER-SEX TRAFFICKING _ A Maryland man who pleaded guilty to paying two teenage girls for sex while he was employed as a police officer in Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

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