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

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Wednesday, August 7, 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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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

CANADA MANHUNT

TORONTO _ Canadian police said Wednesday they believe two fugitives suspected of killing a North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend as well as another man have been found dead in dense brush in northern Manitoba. By Rob Gilles. SENT: 800 words.

STATE HEALTH PLAN

RALEIGH, N.C. _Another deadline has passed and large hospital systems in North Carolina still haven’t agreed to a new payment model to remain in-network providers for the health insurance plan that covers 725,000 state employees, teachers, retirees and their families.

UNC PRESIDENT-BOARD SEATS

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The interim president of North Carolina’s public university system didn’t disclose on required annual public statements that he was also paid by major corporations doing business with the state, but a top university leader said Wednesday he knew about the arrangements. SENT: 540 words.

PEOPLE-RHIANNON GIDDENS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Grammy-winning folk singer and musician Rhiannon Giddens of North Carolina and the late Frank Johnson, the leader of a 19th century black brass band popular in the Tar Heel state, will be the first recipients of the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 315 words. With AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

REDISTRICTING-NORTH CAROLINA _ Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein have formally asked North Carolina judges to quickly strike down dozens of legislative districts drawn by Republicans that are at the center of a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit.

EXPLOSION INJURES AGENTS _ One North Carolina bomb squad agent is home but another remains in critical condition more than a week after bomb-making materials blew up at the home of a man stopped with homemade explosives in his car.

XGR-RURAL BROADBAND _ Lawmakers have taken their first substantive step this year in an effort to expand broadband to small-town and rural North Carolina through partnerships between local governments and internet providers.

INFANT DEATH _ A North Carolina man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend’s 10-month-old baby.

VIRGINIA

USA TODAY EVACUATED

McLEAN, Va. — The northern Virginia office building that houses USA Today was evacuated for several hours Wednesday for what police said was an unsubstantiated report of an armed man. By Matt Barakat. SENT: 540 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

SENATOR HIT-CHARGES DROPPED _ A reckless driving charge against a woman accused of hitting a Virginia state senator has been dismissed after the police officer who took the report failed to show up in court.

CHELSEA MANNING _ A judge has granted a small bit of relief to former Amy intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning as she serves a jail term for refusing to testify to a grand jury.

ROGUE FRAT _ Town officials are cracking down on an unsanctioned Virginia Tech fraternity they say is operating in violation of zoning rules.

HOUSING DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT _ A Virginia apartment complex is revamping its background check requirements of prospective tenants after a lawsuit alleged that it was using racially discriminatory screening methods.

ABINGDON COURTHOUSE _ Voters in a southwest Virginia county are expected to get a choice in November about whether the functions of their overcrowded, historic courthouse should be moved to a strip mall.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

INVESTMENT FRAUD

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — An Israeli woman was convicted Wednesday of orchestrating a scheme to defraud tens of thousands of investors across the globe out of tens of millions of dollars. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 755 words.

TRUMP-CUMMINGS

WASHINGTON — Government officials must stop making “hateful, incendiary comments” that only to serve to divide and distract the nation from its real problems, including mass shootings and white supremacy, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings said Wednesday in comments aimed at President Donald Trump. By Matt Daly. SENT: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

FAMILY RESCUED-BOAT _ The Coast Guard in Maryland says it rescued a family of six as their boat began flooding.

WOMAN-FATALLY OVERRUN _ Delaware State Police say a 77-year-old woman was on her way to drop trash into a bin when her own vehicle rolled over her and killed her.

DOCTOR-OPIOID CHARGES _ A federal judge is meeting with attorneys to discuss the prosecution of a former Delaware doctor charged with illegally distributing thousands of powerful and highly addictive prescription painkillers.

OCEAN CITY DREDGING _ The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be dredging the inlet in Ocean City, Maryland.

SPORTS

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

BBA--YANKEES-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE _ The New York Yankees seek to complete a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, who have lost 14 straight at home to the AL East leaders. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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