AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
HOSPITAL CHAIN SETTLEMENT
A dominant North Carolina hospital system has agreed to halt insurance practices that hindered patients from finding better health care deals, prosecutors said Thursday. By JONATHAN DREW. SENT: 300 words.
Sometimes losing is winning. Or at least that’s what some of the 18 North American cities passed up by Amazon for its new headquarters are telling themselves. By MIKE CATALINI. SENT: 600 words.
ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE
RALEIGH -- North Carolina Republican legislators intensifying their review of a $58 million side agreement between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and utilities building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline agreed Wednesday to hire an outside investigator and demand government records. By GARY D. ROBERTSON. SENT: 600 words.
—FATAL TRAIN CRASH: Police in North Carolina say a pedestrian was killed in a crash involving a train.
—PEANUT DONATION-BEARS: A North Carolina brewery knew it had a real bear of a problem when it realized it had hundreds of pounds of old, unused peanuts with a new shipment on the way.
—COASTAL TOWNS GRANT: Two North Carolina coastal communities have received $1.1 million to control shoreline erosion.
—NC ZOO-POLAR BEAR: The North Carolina Zoo has adopted a wild polar bear and is asking the public to pick a name for it.
HATE CRIMES LEGISLATION
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Thursday unveiled legislation aimed at preventing hate crimes and white-supremacist violence as reports of such incidents increase around the country. SENT: 300 words.
NEW YORK— Commuters beware: New York and Washington’s clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas where Amazon will open new headquarters. By CATHY BUSSEWITZ. SENT: 1,000 words.
RICHMOND, Va. - Dominion Energy said in a long-awaited report on Wednesday that it would cost billions of dollars to recycle Virginia’s toxic coal ash or move it to lined landfills, an endeavor that customers would pay for over several years. Environmental groups and some lawmakers said the cost would be well worth the effort as some aging storage facilities leak chemicals or potentially lay vulnerable to hurricanes. SENT: 500 words.
— BABY’s DEATH-DAYCARE: A Virginia judge has denied a sentence reduction request by a day care worker convicted in the death of a child.
— DULLES TOLL ROAD: Drivers on the Dulles Toll Road will be paying higher rates in 2019.
— NUCLEAR EMERGNECY TEST: Safety officials are planning a test of the early warning siren system for a nuclear power station in central Virginia.
SILVER SPRING, Md. - Maryland’s attorney general on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an order for state officials to draw up a new congressional redistricting plan that isn’t tainted by partisan gerrymandering. By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN. SENT: 400 words.
BALTIMORE - A man laced the atmosphere of a Baltimore theater with menace when he began shouting “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” during intermission of a classic play set in a Jewish village in czarist Russia. By DAVID MCFADDEN. SENT: 550 words.
Jurors hear closing arguments and begin deliberations regarding the first three of 16 Delaware inmates to be tried on murder and other charges following a riot in which a guard was killed and three other staffers taken hostage. By RANDALL CHASE. Developing from a 9:30 a.m. start time. UPCOMING.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A self-described white nationalist with a social media connection to the suspect in last month’s Pittsburgh synagogue massacre faces gun-related charges after his relatives reported concerns about his behavior and violent rhetoric to the FBI, according to court records. By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN. SENT: 600 words.
—COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER-GUILD: Journalists at Baltimore Sun Media Group community newspapers are asking parent company Tribune Publishing to voluntarily recognize a union.
— JOHNS HOPKINS NURSES: The National Labor Relations Board has found more evidence that Johns Hopkins Hospital officials have restricted the rights of nurses trying to unionize.
— 2017 TOURISM: Maryland officials say tourism spending increased in 2017, despite a drop in overall visitors.
— BIDEN MOTORCADECRASH: Government lawyers say a Secret Service agent is not to blame for a car accident in Delaware involving Vice President Joe Biden’s motorcade.
—AIRFORCE-JET CRASH: One pilot is dead and another was injured after a training jet crashed at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. The dead pilot was identified as 28-year-old Capt. John F. Graziano of Elkridge, Maryland.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons star Julio Jones doesn’t like to talk publicly about his stats, but even he acknowledges that it’s pretty impressive to reach 10,000 career yards receiving quicker than anyone in NFL history. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 6 p.m. SOU EDITING
LANDOVER, Md. — Two surprising division leaders, the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins, meet after very different paths got each team to 6-3. The Texans are rolling as winners of six in a row and need to keep it up, while the Redskins have yet to find consistency. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 800 words, file photos by 6 p.m. EST for weekend use.
BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens face an uncertain quarterback situation heading into Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, who have plenty of issues of their own. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. For weekend use.
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons were gouged badly last week in the run game and face their toughest challenge yet, trying to stop Ezekiel Elliott and Dallas’ ground attack. Both teams are 4-5 and trying to stay relevant in the playoff race. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use
ATLANTA — Wrapping up two days of meetings, baseball owners are expected to approve a contract extension for Commissioner Rob Manfred, sign off on a new television deal with Fox and perhaps address ways to speed up the game after a significant drop in attendance this season. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST. NY EDITING
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia’s last exposure to a running attack like the one Georgia Tech employs could hardly have gone worse. After taking an early 7-0 lead against Navy in last year’s Military Bowl, the Cavaliers gave up 49 unanswered points in a 49-7 defeat. They will try again to shut down the triple option when they play the Yellow Jackets on Saturday. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m. SOU EDITING
ALEIGH, N.C. — No. 17 North Carolina State plays host to Vanderbilt. UPCOMING: 150-word newsnow from 7 p.m. start.
DURHAM, N.C. — The youngest players at top-ranked Duke might be college basketball’s biggest rock stars — but they still view themselves as just freshmen. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 625 words, photos
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