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

March 6, 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

COOPER BUDGET

RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is ready to offer his ideas on how to spend state money for the next two years. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRAIN-CHILD KILLED: Police in North Carolina say a middle-school student is dead after he was hit by a train.

_ NATIONAL PARK STANDINGS: The Blue Ridge Parkway has lost its spot atop the rankings of the most visited national parks.

_ DISABLED MAN-CAREGIVERS ASSAULT: Two caregivers are accused of beating a disabled man with a metal broom handle.

_ ASHEVILLE-PRESCRIBED BURNS: Asheville is making plans for prescribed burns around an area reservoir to clear brush in hopes of preventing future wildfires.

_ VOTER ID-COOPER: Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says a trial judge’s ruling striking down North Carolina’s new constitutional amendment mandating photo identification to vote “has a sound basis” in the law but ultimately will be resolved by higher courts.

VIRGINIA

NEW JUDGE-4TH CIRCUIT

RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Senate has confirmed a 37-year-old lawyer as a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals despite opposition from civil rights and LGBTQ groups. SENT: 230 words.

CLIMATE CHANGE-EDUCATION

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative ideas without fear of losing their jobs. By Michael Melia. SENT: 840 words, photos.

DOLLAR TREE-STORE CLOSINGS

NEW YORK — Dollar Tree is closing up to 390 Family Dollar stores this year and rebranding about 200 others under the Dollar Tree name. By Michelle Chapman and Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 380 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ CITY COUNCIL-ABORTION VIDEO: Civic-minded Virginia residents logging on to a city website expected to find video of the most recent Charlottesville City Council meeting, but were instead greeted with an anti-abortion short film.

_ PERJURY CHARGES: A woman has joined her grandmother in jail after pleading guilty to perjury.

_ RAPE COMMENTS-POLICE: A Virginia police chief has apologized for remarks that critics say were tantamount to blaming rape victims for their sexual assaults.

_ STATE REGULATOR: A top Virginia regulator of public utilities, financial service companies and other businesses has been sworn in.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MARYLAND DEATH-POLICE CUSTODY

GREENSBORO, Md. — Inside the home Anton Black shared with his mother, a collage of photographs pays homage to a gifted athlete and aspiring model on the verge of becoming a father. The makeshift shrine is adorned with track-and-field medals Black proudly wore in one photo. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR-JEWELRY PROPOSAL

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The email from Maryland’s university system chancellor promoting a jewelry company’s charm bracelets was so unusual, it prompted a top Virginia university official to write to an aide to Chancellor Robert Caret, questioning its authenticity. By Brian Witte. SENT: 1,110 word, photos.

GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING

LORDSTOWN, Ohio —A sprawling General Motors assembly plant near Youngstown will be idled on Wednesday after more than 50 years producing cars and other vehicles, a move that will eliminate nearly 1,700 hourly positions by month’s end. By Mark Gillispie and Tom Krisher. SENT: 520 words, photos.

IN BRIEF

_ PRINCIPAL-RACIAL SLUR: A white principal at a private school near Washington says she regrets using a racial slur referring to black people during a Black History Month assembly.

_ PSYCHIATRIST LICENSE REVOCATION: A Delaware psychiatrist has lost his medical license after being accused of having sex with his patients, keeping unlicensed guns in his office and repeatedly prescribing drugs in a careless manner in the years since he sexually abused two girls.

SPORTS

BKN--HEAT-HORNETS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Hornets and the Heat, tied for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, face off in Charlotte in a game that could have big playoff implications. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--GEORGIA TECH-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina State wraps up its home schedule with an ACC matchup with Georgia Tech. By Ken Tysiac. UPCOMING: 500 words from 9 p.m. start.

BKW--ACC-BOSTON COLLEGE-VIRGINIA

GREENSBORO, N.C. _ No. 13 seed Boston College faces No. 12 seed Virginia in the opening game of the ACC women’s tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 1 p.m.

BKW--ACC-PITTSBURGH-DUKE

GREENSBORO, N.C. _No. 14 seed Pittsburgh takes on 11th-seeded Duke in the first round of the ACC women’s tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.

BKW--ACC-WAKE FOREST-VIRGINIA TECH

GREENSBORO, N.C. _ No. 15 seed Wake Forest takes on 10th-seeded Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC women’s tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.

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