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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 6 pm, MD

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Tuesday, April 9, 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

RALEIGH, N.C. _ A Democratic North Carolina congressional candidate says he has raised more than $1.6 million in campaign funds for a special election that was forced after last year’s race was voided by a ballot-collection scandal. Dan McCready’s campaign said Tuesday that the 9th District candidate also ended the year’s first quarter with $1.46 million in cash on hand. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 610 words, AP Photo.

XGR--MEDICAID EXPANSION

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Several North Carolina House Republicans who want to expand Medicaid renewed their pitch on Tuesday, now that the state legislature’s changing political balance gives the proposal more leverage. Their bill seeks to expand Medicaid coverage to more uninsured adults who can’t otherwise qualify because they make too much money. It largely follows a 2017 proposal that petered out due to opposition from GOP colleagues. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 790 words.

NEWTOWN SHOOTING-GUN MAKER

HARTFORD, Conn. _ Facing a newly revived wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut over the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, gun-maker Remington is going to the U.S. Supreme Court to argue it can’t be sued because of a much-debated federal law that shields firearms manufacturers from liability in most cases. By Dave Collins. SENT: 550 words, AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--SPORTS BETTING-CASINOS _ Sports and horse wagering may soon be available for visitors to the two Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian casinos in western North Carolina.

_ XGR--VOTER ID _ Bipartisan legislation would ease some standards for student and employee identification cards from North Carolina colleges and universities that must be met before they could be used as photo voter ID starting with next year’s elections.

_ NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING _ Local and state authorities are investigating a shooting outside a nightclub in a North Carolina city in which seven people were wounded.

_ TODDLER DEATH _ A North Carolina sheriff’s office has charged a man with first-degree murder after his son was found dead inside his home.

_ BIG BANKS-CONGRESS _ The heads of some of the U.S.’ largest banks will appear in front of Congress Wednesday, for a hearing expected to produce political fireworks, but few policy changes. AP Photos.

_ ANIMALS REMOVED _ Authorities in a North Carolina county have rescued approximately 300 animals from a home, the second such rescue within a week.

_ RUSSIA-EX-CONGRESSMAN’S BANK _ A former North Carolina congressman says he had begun selling shares in a Russian bank before it lost its license.

_ XGR--MOTORCYCLE HELMETS _ A biennial effort among some North Carolina House members to make motorcycle helmets optional for people 21 and over has been stopped.

_ BANK OF AMERICA-MINIMUM WAGE _ Bank of America plans to raise its starting pay to $20 an hour over a two-year period, the bank said Tuesday, starting with a hike next month. By Business Writer Ken Sweet. SENT: 120 words, AP Photo.

_ McCABE-DUKE UNIVERSITY: The fired FBI acting director promoting a new book highly critical of President Donald Trump will discuss the threats facing the United States during an appearance in North Carolina.

_ INTERSTATE 40-POTHOLE PATCHES: The North Carolina Department of Transportation is targeting potholes on a stretch of Interstate 40 for repairs.

_ WALTER JONES JR-GOP FORUM: More than a dozen Republicans seeking to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones Jr. are making their case to party activists in northeastern North Carolina at a special meeting.

_ IRISH DANCE COMPETITION: A North Carolina city is finishing preparations to host a worldwide competition for Irish dancing starting this weekend.

_ REPUBLICAN CONVENTION CEO: A recent top Trump administration manager has been named the chief executive of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTESVILLE CELEBRATES

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ A Virginia city once marred by tiki torches, Nazi chants and deadly violence savored a moment of bliss Tuesday as it welcomed home national men’s college basketball champion University of Virginia. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.

BEACH COLD CASE

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. _ Police in Virginia say they’ve arrested an 80-year-old man for the slaying of two young women more than 45 years ago. The Virginia Beach Police Department announced the arrest Tuesday of Ernest Broadnax of St. Albans, New York, on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of rape. He is awaiting extradition to Virginia. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ TODDLER’S BODY FOUND _ A Virginia man whose toddler daughter’s body was found in a suitcase next to New Jersey railroad tracks has been convicted of unlawful concealment of human remains.

_ STATE PARKS-ECONOMIC IMPACT _ A study by Virginia Tech has found that state parks in Virginia contributed about $267 million to the economy in 2018.

_ LYNCHING HISTORICAL MARKER-VIRGINIA: Virginia has installed its first historical marker to commemorate the lynching of a black man.

_ STATE PARKS-ECONOMIC IMPACT: A fraternity at a Virginia university has been suspended for five years after an investigation showed that hazing resulted in a pledge seeking treatment at a hospital.

_ WALKING DEAD SPINOFF: A new spinoff from the hit zombie TV show “The Walking Dead” is set to film in Virginia.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

XGR--GUN CONTROL

DOVER, Del. _ Democratic lawmakers are doubling down on efforts to enact stricter gun control measures in Delaware after similar attempts failed last year. By Randall Chase. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.

MARYLAND LEGISLATURE-FAILED BILLS

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Two gun-control measures are among the bills that received considerable notice but failed to pass the Maryland General Assembly. One measure would have required background checks anytime someone buys a rifle or shotgun. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

XGR--OPIOID TAX

WILMINGTON, Del. _ The state Senate has approved legislation imposing a new tax on drug manufacturers who sell opioid painkillers in Delaware. The bill cleared the Senate on a 17-4 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House. By Randall Chase. SENT: 120 words. Will be updated.

TRUCK ATTACK-PLOT

GREENBELT, Md. _ A Maryland man accused of planning an Islamic State-inspired attack at a shopping and entertainment complex near Washington, D.C., intended to kill as many “disbelievers” as possible, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday before a judge ordered the man detained without bond. But a defense attorney urged the court to be skeptical of authorities’ claims about 28-year-old Rondell Henry, a naturalized U.S. citizen who moved here from Trinadad and Tobago about 11 years ago. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 650 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MARYLAND SPEAKER-FUNERAL _ Funeral services have been scheduled for Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch.

_ WOMAN FOUND DEAD-TRUNK _ A Rhode Island man charged with kidnapping a Boston woman from her birthday celebration whose body was later found in the trunk of his car has pleaded not guilty. AP Photos.

_ OFFICER KILLED-APPEAL _ A Delaware court commissioner is recommending that a judge reject the appeal of a man who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the fatal stabbing of a police officer. By Randall Chase.

_ WILMINGTON SHOOTING: The city of Wilmington, Delaware, has ordered the temporary closure of a corner store near where six people were shot and wounded on Sunday.

_ NAVAL ACADEMY-CHAPEL DOME: The United States Naval Academy’s iconic chapel dome, whose patina has turned green with age, is set to be replaced with a shiny new version.

_ TOBACCO RESTRICTIONS: Lawmakers in Delaware’s have scheduled a vote on a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in Delaware from 18 to 21.

_ HOUSING DECLINE-MARYLAND: Almost a third of public housing inspections in Maryland have resulted in failing health and safety scores. An analysis of federal data by The Associated Press shows that’s the worst performance in the country.

SPORTS

BKC--NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-THE BENNETTS

MINNEAPOLIS _ Dick Bennett has a difficult time watching his son, Tony, coach Virginia. He rarely attends games. By College Sports Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, AP Photo.

BKC-NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP-WAHOO DYNASTY

MINNEAPOLIS _ When the guys from Virginia finally turn their attention toward next season, they could well be doing it as favorites to repeat as national champs. The bulk of their lineup will return intact, hardened by both uplifting victory and soul-crushing defeat. They’ll be joined by a pair of top-100 prospects, and will have the confidence of surviving a series of nail-biters on college basketball’s biggest stage. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKC--VIRGINIA CHAMPS-RETURN

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ A throng of delirious fans is expected to be waiting when Virginia’s first national championship basketball team returns from the Final Four. The Cavaliers won the championship one year after becoming the first top seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in tournament history. By Sports Writer Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Event begins at 4:45 p.m.

BKC--NEXT SEASON’S STORY LINES

MINNEAPOLIS _ The federal investigation into corruption within college basketball continues to churn and joins Virginia’s next act after its title run as the top story lines entering the offseason ahead of the 2019-20 season. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 7 p.m. eastern.

BBA-ATHELETICS ORIOLES

BALTIMORE _ The Baltimore Orioles send John Means to the mound as their opener against the Oakland Athletics and lefty Brett Anderson. By Todd Karpovich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 pm.

HKN--HURRICANES SURGE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ They traded punches with Evander Holyfield. They dunked a basketball on ice. They flopped around like beached whales. The Carolina Hurricanes have done plenty of unusual things this season, and here is one more: They are preparing for their first playoff series in a decade. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 840 words, AP Photos.

BKN-HORNETS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND _ Needing to win their final two games to have any shot at making the NBA playoffs, the Charlotte Hornets visit the Cleveland Cavallers, who conclude a tough season. Game time 7 p.m.

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