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

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Friday, March 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION

RALEIGH, N.C. — A conservative soldier in the nation’s culture wars leads the Republican field for a new North Carolina congressional election, needed because of earlier ballot misdeeds. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ PROM PHOTOS-RAILROAD TRACKS: With prom season not too far away, North Carolina transportation officials are asking people to avoid using railroad tracks as a backdrop for their photos.

_ FLU DEATHS: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says that the flu has killed nine more people in the state, bringing this season’s total death count to 135.

VIRGINIA

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Defense lawyers for a one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn want the government to disclose more of what it knows about Flynn’s admissions to special Counsel Robert Mueller. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ MANSLAUGHTER PLEA: A Virginia man who fatally shot a bystander while arguing with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend will serve only 10 years in prison for manslaughter under a plea deal.

_ MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said the state’s 40 mental health centers are now all offering walk-in mental evaluations.

_ MAYORS-RACISM DISCUSSION: Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will discuss racism, the history and symbolism of Confederate monuments and other important issues during a joint appearance at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IMMIGRATION-BLOCKED DEPORTATION

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A Maryland resident whose deportation was blocked by a federal judge while he was on a flight to his native China is now asking the same judge to allow him to stay in the country with his family while he seeks to legalize his immigration status. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 890 words, photo.

FAMILY PLANNING-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Maryland could become the first state to stop participating in the federal Title X program due to a Trump administration rule that would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the program from making abortion referrals, under a measure headed to the state’s House of Delegates. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ INJURED EAGLE-RESCUED: A wildlife rescue group official says a bald eagle that was rescued from railroad tracks near the nation’s capital has since been euthanized.

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