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

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Wednesday, August 14, 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

POLICE SHOOT ARMED MAN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ A North Carolina district attorney on Wednesday cleared a white police officer who shot and killed an armed black man at a fast food restaurant in March. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather said in a 162-page report that he couldn’t prove to a jury that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Wende Kerl was unreasonable in her belief that she faced an imminent threat of death. SENT: 380 words.

NICHOLAS SPARKS-LAWSUIT

RALEIGH, N.C. _ A jury is ready to start hearing evidence in a federal lawsuit accusing novelist Nicholas Sparks of defaming the former headmaster of a private Christian school. The author of “Message in a Bottle” and “The Notebook” is expected to be the first witness. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-EXPANSION STRATEGIES

NEW YORK _ Ron Pierce has one eye on expanding his information technology business and the other on something he can’t control: the economy. “I’m not afraid to expand my company, but I realize that a recession may be coming and that any expansion could have me reducing my staff,” says Pierce, owner of Trinity Solutions in Greensboro, North Carolina. But he’s going ahead with his plans. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 990 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MEAL DEBTS PAID _ An anonymous donor has ensured that some students in one North Carolina school system will be able to get a meal.

_ XGR--JUDICIAL ELECTIONS _ A lawsuit challenging the new way of electing District Court judges in North Carolina’s largest county says the law divides the county into two predominant racial groups and sorts the voters into districts by race.

_ DOT LAYOFFS _ North Carolina’s Transportation Department says it’ll lay off hundreds of workers to help cover the ballooning cost of storm damage repairs and legal expenses.

_ OPIOID DOCTOR _ A jury has convicted a North Carolina sports medicine doctor of illegally distributing opioids through a cash-only business.

_ FALSELY LABELED CRABMEAT _ Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to charges that he falsely labeled $4 million worth of foreign crabmeat as produced in the U.S.

VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTESVILLE-HELICOPTER CRASH

RICHMOND, Va. _ The widows of two Virginia state troopers killed in a helicopter crash the day of a violent white nationalist rally have sued the state and others over their husbands’ deaths, alleging the aircraft was not properly maintained or repaired. Amanda Bates and Karen Cullen filed wrongful death lawsuits Monday. Both are seeking around $50 million in damages for the “unrelenting grief” and financial losses their families have sustained since the crash of the helicopter, which their lawsuits describe as a “maintenance nightmare.” By Sarah Rankin. SENT: 480 words, AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ E-CIGARETTE LAWSUIT _ A West Virginia woman has sued the nation’s largest e-cigarette maker, claiming the company uses a deceptive marketing campaign to intentionally target teenagers.

_ REAL ESTATE BROKER-PLEA _ A Virginia real estate broker has pleaded guilty to secretly buying government-owned properties he had been hired to sell.

_ CAPITAL ONE-DATA BREACH _ Federal prosecutors say a woman charged in a massive data breach at Capital One may have hacked more than 30 other organizations. AP Photo.

_ FAKE LICENSES-GUILTY PLEA _ Federal prosecutors say a Virginia man has pleaded guilty to providing and transferring Maryland driver licenses by bribing two workers at the Motor Vehicle Administration.

_ TARGET STORE-ABDUCTION _ A judge in Virginia is ordering a woman accused of attempting to kidnap children at a Target store to undergo mental health evaluations.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

HEAT WAVE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ An oppressive heat wave blamed for a death in Mississippi eased a little across the Southeast on Wednesday after a cold front pushed through the region, bringing damaging storms along with lower temperatures. Stifling heat and humidity that had made it feel like it was 120 degrees (49 Celsius) in places was replaced by slightly cooler weather, forecasters said. Damaging overnight storms ripped up roofs, knocked down power lines and toppled trees in northwest Alabama. No injuries were reported, but the weather service warned of additional severe thunderstorms near the Florida Panhandle as the front moved southward. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 440 words, AP Photos. AP Video.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE OFFICER-CRASH _ Authorities say a Baltimore police officer was hurt when a motorist crashed their car into his parked vehicle.

_ CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILLS _ Delaware’s governor signed a package of bills into law Monday aimed at making it easier for formerly incarcerated people to get professional licenses in some trade fields.

_ BALTIMORE SCHOOLS-HEAT _ Baltimore’s teacher union is calling for fans to be donated to schools as sweltering heat pushes classroom temperatures into the hundreds, but the district says electrical infrastructure may not be equipped to handle it.

_ PRINCIPAL-POLICE-RACE _ An African-American school principal says he was degraded by a white Baltimore County police officer while he and his son watched an arrest.

_ FATAL OVERDOSE _ Federal authorities in Maryland say a drug dealer who provided the narcotics that caused the fatal overdose of a person in October 2017 has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

SPORTS

BBA--ORIOLES-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles for the 16th straight time this season, winning 6-5 Wednesday in their final meeting this year. The Yankees went 17-2 against the O’s, their most wins versus any opponent in a season since going 17-5 over the Kansas City Athletics in 1959. New York’s winning streak is its longest against anyone in a season since a 21-game string over the St. Louis Browns in 1927. By Larry Fleisher. SENT: 610 words, AP Photos.

FBN--BILLS-PANTHERS PRACTICE

SPARTANBURG, S.C. _ Coach Ron Rivera believes joint practices have become an invaluable part of today’s NFL. The Panthers wrapped up two days of practices at Wofford College with the Buffalo Bills that he thinks will go a long way toward helping both teams prepare for the regular season. Unlike preseason games, players weren’t allowed to tackle which Rivera believes can be dually beneficial in getting plays down pat while at the same time not risking major injuries. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 700 words, AP photos.

FBN--NFL PRESEASON RDP

UNDATED - The Baltimore Ravens will see a little bit of Aaron Rodgers on Thursday night in their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. They’ll probably just shrug: The Ravens have won 14 consecutive exhibition matches. Which doesn’t amount to a whole lot, when you think about it. Except to John Harbaugh and his team. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, AP photos, by 4 p.m.

CAR--NASCAR-TRUCK SERIES PLAYOFFS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ This was supposed to be the breakout year for Ross Chastain, whose hard work caught the eye of a sponsor who promised to fund the eighth-generation watermelon farmer in the best ride of his career. Chastain was moving up to a competitive car in the Xfinity Series with a true chance to compete for the championship in NASCAR’s second-tier series. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 660 words, AP Photos.

GLF--US AMATEUR

PINEHURST, N.C. _ The first round of match play begins at the U.S. Amateur after the suspended second round of stroke play wraps up with Stanford’s Brandon Wu holding the clubhouse lead at 3-under. UPCOMING: 300 words by 9 p.m.

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