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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD

January 29, 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

RAPE KITS

RALEIGH, N.C. – Attorney General Josh Stein discusses the state’s strategy for testing long-ignored sexual assault kits on Tuesday, a day after DNA testing of decades-old evidence led to the arrest of a South Carolina man in a 1987 rape. By Emery P. Dalesio. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

SESSION RECOVENES

RALEIGH, N.C. — Following a short break from the pomp of swearings-in, the North Carolina General Assembly returns to work in earnest Wednesday for a budget-writing session that traditionally lasts until early summer. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 570 words.

INNOCENCE CLAIM-APPEALS COURT

WILSON, N.C. — A North Carolina man who’s spent four decades arguing he’s innocent of killing a gas station owner will get a new shot at earning his freedom after a federal appeals court ruled evidence casts doubt on his murder conviction. SENT: 420 words.

CHINA-US MEDICAL SCHOOL COMPLAINT

BEIJING — China on Tuesday questioned the appropriateness of an email sent by a Duke University medical school administrator warning Chinese students to speak in English. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SENATE-PATE’S REPLACEMENT: A retired businessman will join the North Carolina Senate after Republican activists chose him as a successor to a veteran legislator who resigned this month.

_ COLD CASE-RAPE ARREST: A South Carolina man has been charged in connection with a decadesold rape investigation in North Carolina.

_ HEALTH SYSTEM-BREAKAWAY: A North Carolina health care system says the decision of dozens of doctors to leave for an out-of-state medical group was unexpected.

_ DEAD BABY -MOTHER CHARGED: A 20-year-old North Carolina woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 7-month-old daughter.

_ SLASHING ATTACK: A North Carolina man has been indicted in an attack that left a woman with a slashed throat on the side of a highway.

VIRGINIA

LOUISIANA SHOOTING

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana sheriff says the 21-year-old accused of killing five people including his parents over the weekend has confessed. By Melinda Deslatte and Rebecca Santana. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words.

ABDUCTION-STABBING

RICHMOND, Va. — An ex-convict who served a lengthy prison term for stabbing his estranged wife more than 40 times in front of their daughter is now accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint. SENT: 300 words.

CNS-SCHOOL SAFETY

RICHMOND, Va. _ A House subcommittee unanimously approved legislation for additional school safety measures after a 9-year-old boy at an Alexandria school was killed by a motorized room partition. By Saffeya Ahmed of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

CNS-VA RATIFY ERA

RICHMOND, Va. _ Though legislators squashed Virginia’s effort to ratify the ERA, supporters plan to hold daily silent protests inside the Capitol building. By Kaytlin Nickens of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ UVA PROFESSOR-STRANGULATION CHARGE: A University of Virginia professor has been placed on administrative leave nearly three months after he was charged with felony strangulation and misdemeanor simple domestic battery.

_ XGR-LOCKDOWN DRILLS: A bill to require schools across Virginia to notify parents before holding lockdown drills has been voted down.

_ UNIVERSITY-FATAL STABBING: A Virginia college student accused of stabbing her classmate has hired the attorney who defended Lorena Bobbitt at trial after she cut off her husband’s penis.

_ BETLWAY EXPRESS LANES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says the state will extend its variable-toll Express Lanes on the Capital Beltway all the way to the Maryland state line as part of $1 billion in planned road improvements in the region.

_ PHARMACIES-OPIATE RECORDS-SETTLEMENT: A grocery store chain in Virginia has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to the federal government to settle claims that its pharmacies failed to keep adequate records of controlled substances.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE-MARIJUANA PROSECUTIONS

BALTIMORE — The state’s attorney in Baltimore says her office will no longer prosecute any marijuana possession cases, regardless of the quantity of the drug or an individual’s prior criminal record. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

MARYLAND LEGISLATURE-INITIATIVES

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Cutting prescription drug costs and ensuring health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing medical problems are among the top priorities for Maryland Democrats this legislative session, state lawmakers said Tuesday. By Brian Witte. SENT: 490 words.

ASSISTED DEATH-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Supporters of allowing the terminally ill to end their lives with the help of a doctor are hoping they have the votes to pass legislation in Maryland this year. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CYCLIST KILLED-BISHOP: A former Episcopal bishop who was drunk when she fatally struck a bicyclist with her vehicle in Baltimore has again applied for home detention.

_ POULTRY HOUSES-AIR QUALITY: Maryland will sample air on the lower Eastern Shore to examine the potential effects of large poultry houses on air quality.

_ INSURANCE ADMINISTRATION-DISCRIMINATION: The Maryland Insurance Administration has settled a lawsuit over gender-based pay discrimination.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-VIRGINIA-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Third-ranked Virginia visits No. 23 North Carolina State on Tuesday night in a matchup of ranked Atlantic Coast Conference teams. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-NORTHWESTERN-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Mired in its first two-game skid of the season, No. 21 Maryland seeks to get back on track in a Big Ten matchup with Northwestern. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ No. 9 North Carolina will try to extend its mastery of its series with Georgia Tech when the ACC rivals meet on Tuesday night. The Tar Heels have won eight of the last nine in the series. By Matt Winkeljohn. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. _ No. 23 North Carolina State is set to face Atlantic Coast Conference tests against No. 3 Virginia and No. 12 Virginia Tech. The Wolfpack’s tough set of home games headlines the week’s schedule for AP Top 25 teams, including a rematch between No. 9 North Carolina and No. 15 Louisville, as well as a meeting between No. 11 Kansas and No. 16 Texas Tech. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 700 words and photos.

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