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

February 8, 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

PRISON WARDEN SUED

RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina taxpayers are paying three former inmates at one of the state’s most dangerous prisons $62,500 to settle lawsuits claiming the former warden and supervisors wouldn’t clamp down on murderous gangs who terrorized them. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 800 words, photo.

GOLD HEIST

MIAMI — Federal prosecutors have formally charged a fugitive in the 2015 highway robbery of 10 gold bars worth almost $5 million. SENT: 510 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIRE DEATH-GRANDSONS CHARGED: A teenager has been charged with murder and arson in the death of his grandmother in North Carolina.

_ ELECTION 2020-O’NEILL: The chief prosecutor in a large North Carolina county is making another run for attorney general.

_ SCHOOL CLOSURE-LESBIAN SPEAKER: A Catholic school in North Carolina invited a black lesbian alumna to speak at a Black History Month event, but canceled the event and classes due to threats of protest.

_ GOLD HEIST: Federal prosecutors have formally charged a fugitive in the 2015 robbery of a tractor-trailer carrying almost $5 million in gold bars.

_ OUTER BANKS BRIDGE: State and local officials are giving people on two legs and two wheels a chance to experience the new bridge on North Carolina’s Outer Banks before the cars take over.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE

RICHMOND, Va. —Confronted with a triple threat to the party’s top ranks, Virginia Democrats are trying to thread the needle, demanding anew that Gov. Ralph Northam resign but giving the benefit of the doubt — for the time being — to the lieutenant governor and attorney general. SENT: 420 words. Will be updated.

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VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE-FALLOUT

The political crisis in Virginia threatens to turn a state that has trended Democratic back into a battleground, a development that could complicate the party’s effort to defeat President Donald Trump next year. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR-STRATEGY

RICHMOND, Va. — He promised to start an honest conversation about race and how to heal the lingering wounds of Virginia’s painful past. Then he disappeared. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 770 words, photos.

RUSSIA PROBE-ERICKSON

PIERRE, S.D. — Paul Erickson, the boyfriend of admitted Russian covert agent Maria Butina accused this week of fraud, has turned up in the unlikeliest of places — from landing a top spot on Pat Buchanan’s 1992 presidential campaign to representing a man involved in one of the most salacious trials of the 1990s. By James Nord and Dave Kolpack. SENT: 1,210 words, photo.

XGR-TAX PLAN

RICHMOND, Va. — Legislative leaders have reached an agreement that would return $976 million to Virginia’s taxpayers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WILLIAM & MARY-PRESIDENT: The College of William & Mary is formally inaugurating its first female president, who has already served more than six months in the role.

_ SHOOTOUT-TROOPER KILLED: The Virginia State Police has announced funeral arrangements for a trooper who was killed in a shootout as police executed a search warrant in a drug investigation.

_ TANKER-CREW ACCIDENT: The U.S. Coast Guard says two crewmen repairing lifeboats on an oil tanker were hurled into the ocean when one of the boats launched itself off the ship.

_ POLICE CHASE-SHOOTING-SIGN: A sign reminding passers-by of the fatal shooting of an unarmed Virginia man by U.S. Park Police after a brief chase has been stolen.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

TECHNOLOGY AGENCY-AUDIT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Maryland auditors say two members of an advisory committee formed to provide investment advice for a state venture fund were associated with firms that received more than $21 million through the fund. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

INCAPACITATED WOMAN-SAFETY TECHNOLOGY

PHOENIX —Arizona is trying to catch up to 10 states with laws allowing electronic monitoring and other technology aimed at deterring abuse of vulnerable people at long-term care facilities, following the rape of an incapacitated Phoenix woman who later gave birth. By Terry Tang. SENT: 940 words.

TRUMP-HEALTH

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is in for some poking and prodding as doctors assess whether his “incredibly good genes” continue to serve him well. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 890 words, photo.

WHITE HOUSE ADVISER-ASSAULT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A Maryland woman faces charges that she assaulted White House counselor Kellyanne Conway in front of her teenage daughter during a confrontation last year at a restaurant in a suburb of Washington, D.C. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 440 words, photos.

CNS-MINIMUM-WAGE

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ A bill that would raise Maryland’s minimum wage would support hardworking people struggling in poverty by closing the wealth inequality gap, said supporters. The “Fight for 15” legislation heard in the House on Friday would increase minimum wage from $10.10 an hour to $15 by 2023. By David Jahng of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ BALTIMORE SCHOOL-SHOOTING: Officials say a staffer has been shot at a Baltimore high school.

_ BALTIMORE POLICE-STAFFING: As Baltimore’s troubled police department awaits a new commissioner, its interim leader says the agency is “understaffed across the board.”

_ HIV INFECTIONS: Delaware’s medical director says the state in 2018 saw its lowest number of new HIV infections since it started keeping records.

_ SCHOOL FIGHT: A fight involving at least 20 students has prompted a Delaware high school to cancel classes.

_ FORMER ATHLETE KILLED: Police in Delaware have identified the jogger who was struck and killed by two cars as a former Wilmington University cross-country runner.

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