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

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Wednesday, 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, N.C. _ The candidates running for a North Carolina congressional seat left empty after allegations of ballot fraud launched their campaigns on Wednesday deflecting questions about controversial policies and refusing to rule out a bid for higher office in the near future. By Tom Foreman Jr. and Emery P. Dalesio. The 9th Congressional District race pits state Sen. Dan Bishop, the Republican architect of the state’s “bathroom bill,” against a Dan McCready, the Democrat who was granted an electoral do-over after evidence of ballot fraud tainted his prior opponent’s campaign. With Bishop’s resounding primary election Tuesday, he and McCready face off Sept. 10. SENT: 690 words, AP Photos.

E-CIGARETTE LAWSUIT-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina’s attorney general is suing a popular e-cigarette maker, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can’t buy its vaping products. Josh Stein, the top law enforcement official in the traditionally tobacco-friendly state, said Wednesday he’s the first state attorney general to take the maker of Juul to court. The Massachusetts attorney general last year announced an investigation into Juul’s sales and marketing. By Amanda Morris. SENT: 810 words, AP Photos.

TOWN SPENDING AUDIT

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The western North Carolina town of Robbinsville spent over $64,000 of taxpayer money on gas, restaurant meals and other expenses without adequate documentation, a state auditor’s investigation revealed. The agency’s report, released this week, also found that town officials and employees received over $15,900 in fringe benefits that were not reported as taxable income. By Amanda Morris. SENT: 730 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WOMAN DEAD-TWO CHARGED _ Police in North Carolina say two people are charged in the death of a woman whose body was found inside a vehicle submerged in a river.

_ TWO DROWNED _ Authorities on the North Carolina coast say a man and a boy have died after they were pulled from the Atlantic Ocean.

_ BRUINS FANS-ASSAULT _ 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.

_ XGR--TRANSPORTATION-DISASTER REPAIRS _ A bill heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk locates money for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to counter dwindling cash balances largely caused by repairs following recent hurricanes.

_ BAPTIST LEADER REMOVED-WINDOWS _ Stained-glass windows honoring some religious leaders who helped shift the Southern Baptist Convention to a more conservative stance have been removed from a Texas chapel. AP Photo.

_ PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR-SELF-DEFENSE SHOOTING _ A Missouri private investigator who told authorities that he fatally a shot a man two years ago in self-defense has been sentenced to two years in federal prison on a firearms charge but won’t be charged with murder.

_ 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 _ Agreed-to legislation from North Carolina alcohol wholesalers and small breweries over who distributes their product as the beer-makers grow is finding little resistance within the General Assembly.

_ 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

VIRGINIA

GREEN BERET DEATH

NORFOLK, Va. _ A U.S. Navy SEAL is expected to formally accept a plea deal on Thursday for his role in the 2017 strangulation death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Navy SEAL Adam Matthews is one for four U.S. service members charged with murder and related counts in the death of Army Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar, a Texas native. By Ben Finley. SENT: 340 words.

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:

_ BAY POLICIES-ANNE ARUNDEL _ The chief executive of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, has announced two new policies aimed at protecting the county’s sensitive environmental areas and the Chesapeake Bay.

_ JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY _ A state panel has unanimously approved a request from a northern Virginia county to rename a highway that currently honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

_ 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

EDUCATION FUNDING-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday he will release $255 million in extra education funding in the next fiscal year to begin implementing a long-term plan to improve Maryland schools, but he expressed concerns about the blueprint approved by lawmakers this year by deciding to let the measure go into law without his signature. By Brian Witte. SENT: 630 words.

BALTIMORE-VIRUS ATTACK

BALTIMORE _ More than a week after a cyberattack hobbled Baltimore’s computer network, city officials said Wednesday they can’t predict when its overall system will be up and running and continued to give only the broadest outlines of the problem. By David McFadden. SENT: 720 words, AP Photo.

ELECTION 2020-HARRIS-BIDEN

NASHUA, N.H. _ Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she disagrees with rival Joe Biden’s argument that the 1994 crime bill didn’t lead to mass incarcerations of black people. By Hunter Woodall. SENT: 420 words, AP Photos.

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: 860 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BAY POLICIES-ANNE ARUNDEL _ The chief executive of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, has announced two new policies aimed at protecting the county’s sensitive environmental areas and the Chesapeake Bay.

_ BETHANY BEACH FIREFLY _ Environmental groups are asking federal officials to take emergency action to protect a species of firefly unique to southern Delaware. By Randall Chase.

_ 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.

SPORTS

HKN--BRUINS-HURRICANES PREVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Tuukka Rask is stopping just about any puck playoff opponents can shoot his way _ even the ones he doesn’t see. The goaltender has been dominant in the Boston Bruins’ six-game postseason winning streak that has them on the doorstep of the Stanley Cup Final. Just don’t expect him to make any grand declaration of being “in the zone” as he makes stop after stop in these playoffs. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 840 words, AP Photos.

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 _ Improbable is the early favorite to win the Preakness two weeks after he was favored to win the Kentucky Derby. Most race fans know how that turned out. But Maximum Security, who crossed the finish line first at the Kentucky Derby, isn’t at the Preakness. Neither is Country House, who was declared the Derby winner when Maximum Security was disqualified by stewards for interference.By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 900 words, AP Photos.

CAR--NASCAR-CHARLOTTE-JOHNSON’S IMPATIENCE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Jimmie Johnson views himself as a patient person. But mired in a brutal winless streak, the seven-time NASCAR champion is putting all options on the table when his contract is up next year. “I’ll have to evaluate what I’ll want to do after that,” he said. Johnson is growing more and more impatient with each passing week as his Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 race team keeps struggling on the track. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 610 words, AP Photos.

BBA-ORIOLES-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Gleyber Torres hit two of the Yankees’ four home runs, and New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader. Gary Sánchez and Cameron Maybin also homered for the Yankees, who rank near the middle of the pack power-wise this season after slugging a record 266 homers last year. New York has won 19 of 26 games to move a season-high nine games over .500 at 25-16 despite currently having 13 players on the injured list. By Sports Writer Jake Seiner. SENT: 620 words.

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