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

May 15, 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-DISPUTED ELECTION

CHARLOTTE _ The candidates for an election that merges North Carolina’s most infamous political story lines of recent years were expected on Wednesday to start framing themselves and their opponent for the four-month race to come. The 9th Congressional District race pits the Republican architect of the state’s “bathroom bill” against a Democrat who was granted an electoral do-over after evidence of ballot fraud tainted his prior opponent’s campaign. By Emery P. Dalesio and Tom Foreman Jr. AP Photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

BRUINS FANS-ASSAULT

QUINCY, MASS. -- Transit police in Massachusetts say four people have been arrested in connection with an assault just hours after the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes in a playoff game. SENT: 233 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ EX-COUNTY MANAGERS-INDICTMENTS _ The audit of a North Carolina county dealing with a public corruption scandal will cost $351,000, nearly three times more than originally quoted.

_ CRAFT BEER LIMITS _ A proposed agreement reached between North Carolina alcohol wholesalers and small breweries over who distributes their beer as they grow is on tap in a state Senate committee.

_ MOVE OVER LAW _ North Carolina law officers are trying to spread the word that motorists are required to change lanes or slow down when they near stopped patrol cars flashing emergency lights.

_ DOGFISH HARVEST _ Federal regulators say there will be a reduction this year in the harvest of a species of shark that is subject to commercial fishing. Fishermen catch spiny dogfish from Maine to North Carolina on the East Coast for use as food, though there is a limited market for the shark in the United States

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VIRGINIA

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-TARIFFS

NEW YORK _ Faced with the Trump administration’s 25% tariff on imports from China, Ruth Rau is looking to other countries to manufacture baby and toddler toys. “No one domestically can produce the quality we want, and with the cost of shipping and the proposed new regulations, it’s not going to be cost-effective to produce them in China either,” says Rau, owner of Mouse Loves Pig, who lives in Winchester, Virginia. The 25% tariffs President Donald Trump has imposed on thousands of Chinese-made products have small business owners trying to determine how or whether they can limit the damage to profits from import duties. Many owners will see if they can pass on the added expense to customers. Some, like Rau, are considering getting products manufactured in countries where the U.S. isn’t waging a trade war, but that’s an expensive alternative that takes time to work out. Others want to find U.S. suppliers, but depending on the product it may be impossible or not much of a money-saver. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 900 words.

CONGRESS-FEMALE VETERANS

WASHINGTON _ Congresswomen who have served in the military are setting up a new caucus to support the nation’s growing ranks of female service members, and they’re looking for clout, too, in American politics. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ RACIST GRAFITTI-HIGH SCHOOL _ Police in Virginia say three teens accused of defacing a Richmond high school and private property with racist and threatening graffiti in separate incidents are charged with felony vandalism.

_ MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE-VIOLATAIONS _ The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Mountain Valley Pipeline have agreed the latter will pay $266,000 for environmental violations dating back to April 2018.

_ CONCEALED CARRY FEES _ A county in Virginia is moving to lower the fees on concealed handgun permits.

_ TODDLER ASSAULT DEATH _ Police in Virginia say a 17-month-old girl has died after being assaulted at a Richmond hotel.

_ APPALACHIAN TRAIL ATTACKS _ An Oklahoma man was stabbed to death in an attack on the Appalachian Trail in southwestern Virginia, federal authorities said Tuesday.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE-VIRUS ATTACK

The computer network of Baltimore’s city government remains hobbled by a ransomware attack eight days after it was first reported. By DAVID McFADDEN. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-SANDERS-BIDEN

Bernie Sanders is quick to slam Joe Biden’s past support of free trade deals and the Iraq War. He is warning him against a “middle ground” approach to addressing climate change. His campaign sends fundraising appeals with a simple, foreboding subject line: “Joe Biden.” By JUANA SUMMERS. SENT: 862 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEENS FOOTBALL-HAZING RAPE _ A Maryland school district says no adults were watching when several junior varsity football players at a Maryland high school allegedly raped or attempted to rape four teammates with a broomstick.

_ HORSESHOE CRAB FENCE _ A fence has been reinstalled along a Delaware beach to keep horseshoe crabs out of a deadly marsh.

_ BALTIMORE ZOO-NEW CHIMP _ A chimpanzee named Alex is the latest new attraction at Baltimore’s zoo.

_ BAY POLICIES -ANNE ARUNDEL _ The chief executive of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, is set to announce two new policies aimed at protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

_ XGR-DEATH PENALTY _ State lawmakers are circulating bipartisan legislation to restore capital punishment in Delaware.

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SPORTS

HKN-HURRICANES-BRUINS-PREVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been dominant in net in guiding his team to within a win of the Stanley Cup finals. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos by 3 p.m.

RAC-PREAKNESS-DRAW

BALTIMORE _ The odds and post positions of the Preakness are determined for a race that is without the top four finishers in the Kentucky Derby, which means the focus turns to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and the likely favorite, Improbable. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Draw starts at 5 p.m. ET.

RAC-PREAKNESS-HORSES TO WATCH

BALTIMORE _ Disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security isn’t running in the Preakness and neither is Country House, the horse who was elevated to first. There’s no shot at a Triple Crown, but Bob Baffert-trained Derby favorite Improbable and War of Will _ who looked prime to run to the front down the stretch at Churchill Downs _ are among the horses to watch in the big race at Pimlico. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT. With: AP Graphic

BBA-ORIOLES-YANKEES

Following rainouts on Monday and Tuesday, the Yankees and Orioles are set to play a single-admission doubleheader. David Hess (1-4) and Andrew Cashner (4-1) are scheduled to start for Baltimore against J.A. Happ (2-3) and Domingo Germán (7-1). By Jake Seiner. First game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET

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