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BC-VA---Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 6:15 pm, VA

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Monday, June 10, 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

XGR--HURRICANE MATTHEW RECOVERY REPORT

RALEIGH _ The General Assembly’s government watchdog agency says North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety broke the law and didn’t follow legislative directives when distributing $9 million after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. By Amanda Morris. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

MUSLIM STUDENTS SLAIN

DURHAM _ A psychologist suggested in a court filing by North Carolina prosecutors that the deaths of three Muslim university students in 2015 were captured on cellphone video, WRAL-TV reported Monday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 480 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--STATE BUDGET-TEACHERS _ Leaders of North Carolina’s largest teacher lobbying group will keep pressing for more public education funding because they say their pleas during a Legislative Building rally last month were ignored.

_ HEROIN OVERDOSE DEATHS _ Authorities in eastern North Carolina have issued an alert after five people overdosed on heroin in the span of 36 hours. Two of those people died.

_ DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS _ Lack of rainfall in southeastern North Carolina is prompting the utility providing drinking water to about 200,000 customers around Wilmington to impose restrictions on the use of water.

_ ZIP LINE LAW _ The North Carolina legislature is looking to impose stricter guidelines on zip lines and high ropes courses after some deaths in the state.

_ MOTORCYCLIST-LIGHTNING STRIKE_ Authorities in Florida say lightning struck a motorcyclist on a Florida interstate, causing a crash and his death.

VIRGINIA

SUPREME COURT-SILENCERS

WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. SENT: 300 words.

CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES

WASHINGTON _ An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies has been named acting director of the agency that manages legal immigration, despite deep opposition from key Senate Republicans. Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general, will oversee U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services starting Monday. By Colleen Long and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 600 words.

WORKING LONGER-COUNTIES

CHICAGO _ Seniors in major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast and around Washington, D.C., are more likely to continue working past age 65 than those in other areas around the country, according to an analysis of Census data by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. By Andrew Soergel for The Associated Press. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos. AP Graphic.

IN BRIEF:

_ OCEAN DEATH-NORTH CAROLINA _ A man from Ohio has died in the waters off Cape Hatteras National Seashore at a time when a high risk of rip currents was forecast.

_ BOSTON AIRPORT-GUN _ The Transportation Security Administration says its officers found a loaded handgun in a North Carolina man’s luggage at Boston’s Logan International Airport over the weekend.

_ CERVICAL CANCER GRANT _ The National Cancer Institute has gifted 10 Appalachian health systems a total of $11 million for cervical cancer prevention programs

_ CHURCH-VAN CRASH _ A Virginia man has been charged with reckless driving after his pickup truck rear-ended a church van, killing four of its passengers.

_ GRANDFATHER’S FINGERTIP _ A Virginia man has been tried by a judge after biting off his grandfather’s fingertip and swallowing it during an argument. The digit was never recovered.

_ CHARLOTTESVILLE DIVESTMENT _ Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, have voted to divest the city’s operating budget investments from any entity involved in the production of fossil fuels or weapons.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

WORKING LONGER-COUNTIES

CHICAGO _ Seniors in major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast and around Washington, D.C., are more likely to continue working past age 65 than those in other areas around the country, according to an analysis of Census data by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. By Andrew Soergel for The Associated Press. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos. AP Graphic.

IN BRIEF:

_ NEWSPAPER SHOOTING _ Lawyers for a man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper are asking for his trial to be held in two parts, to determine guilt or innocence separately from whether his mental state made him not criminally responsible.

_ MARYLAND SENATE PRESIDENT-HEALTH _ Maryland’s longtime Senate president has told lawmakers his health is “largely good today” as he updated them on his battle with Stage 4 prostate cancer.

_ FERRY SERVICE DISRUPTED _ Delaware residents unhappy with the lack of progress in returning a ferry to service now have the support of two legislators.

_ BLAIRE WITCH VIDEO GAME _ A video game inspired by the Maryland-based horror film “The Blair Witch Project” is expected to come to PCs and Xboxes in August.

_ DERELICT NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT _ Parts of a Wilmington, Delaware, neighborhood damaged in the 1968 riots ignited by Martin Luther King Jr.‘s assassination are set to be redeveloped after many years of empty restoration promises.

_ MS-13 GANG-MARYLAND _ Authorities in Maryland say another teenager has been charged in the death of a Maryland girl who authorities say was beaten and stabbed by teens involved with MS-13.

SPORTS

BKN--HORNETS-PARKER RETIRING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker has announced he’s retiring from the NBA after 18 seasons. The 37-year-old guard said on Twitter that it was emotional decision and that it has been an “incredible journey.” Parker played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Hornets and missing out last season. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times. By Steve Reed. SENT: 460 words. AP Photo.

BCC-NCAA-AUBURN-NORTH CAROLINA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ Auburn scored 13 runs in the first inning to stun host North Carolina en route to a 14-7 victory Monday that sent the Tigers to the College World Series for the first time since 1997. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 560 words. AP Photos.

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