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BC-VA--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, VA

May 21, 2019 GMT

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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APEX, N.C. -- Jim Burch was the first black man to officiate a basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He not only called college games but taught others how to officiate in a career spanning 60 years. He died at his home in Apex, outside of Raleigh, on Sunday. He was 91. SENT: 445 words.


_ MILITARY JET CRASH-NORTH CAROLINA _ Officials say a Marine jet has crashed in a wooded area in North Carolina, but the pilot ejected from the aircraft and was taken to a hospital.

_ XGR-VOTER ID-NORTH CAROLINA _ Voter ID legislation now goes before North Carolina’s Senate after the House eased rules around authenticating student and employee identification cards for use in next year’s elections.

_ XGR-DUKE ENERGY-GRID COSTS _ Opponents want North Carolina lawmakers to reject Duke Energy Corp.’s push to line up profitable infrastructure projects years into the future and bypass lengthy regulatory battles.

_ RDU-AIRPORT GATES_ Raleigh-Durham International Airport is expanding both gates and security lanes as the airport copes with a record-breaking number of passengers.

_ XGR-CRAFT BEER LIMITS _ Small breweries in North Carolina could soon be toasting a new law that would give growing beer-makers in the state more time to sell their products on their own without third-party distributors.



DEFENDANT-900 Pounds

RICHMOND, Va. A Virginia man who weighs approximately 900 pounds is expected to plead guilty to cocaine conspiracy charges, but he won’t do it inside a courtroom. A judge has ordered that Kenneth Hicks’s hearing be held on a loading dock outside U.S. District Court in Richmond to protect his safety and dignity. By DENISE LAVOIE. UPCOMING:



_ POLICE SHOOTING-VIRGINIA _ Relatives of a Virginia man killed by police in 2017 are now suing the officers who shot him, saying they acted without regard for human life.

_ AIRPORT HEAD-FUND MISUSE _ A Virginia man who previously headed the Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport has been indicted on charges related to the airport’s loan to a defunct airline.

_ SOFTWARE COMPANY EXPANSION _ A Virginia software startup is expanding its operations and adding 40 new jobs.

_ GOOD SUMARITAN FRAUD _ A Virginia man who defrauded Medicare in a scheme using bogus DNA tests has been sentenced to prison.




Attorneys give closing arguments and jurors begin deliberations in the trial of an inmate accused of being the mastermind of a fatal prison riot in Delaware. By RANDALL CHASE. UPCOMING:


Hit by extreme rainfall, the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay declined a bit last year, but a newly released annual report card for the nation’s largest estuary says the overall trend shows the bay improving significantly over years. By DAVID MCFADDEN. UPCOMING:


_ BAR FIGHT ASSAULT _ A Delaware woman is accused of assaulting three people outside a Rehoboth Beach bar and then fighting a police officer who tried to stop her.

_ BALTIMORE BIOTECH LAWSUIT _ Maryland’s biggest city has filed an antitrust lawsuit against a biotechnology company it accuses of inflating costs for its prostate cancer drug.

_ TEEN RAPE SLAYING _ A trial set to start this week for a Maryland teenager accused of raping and killing his 83-year-old neighbor has been postponed.

_ NAVAL ACADEMY-MONUMENT CLIMB _ U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen have finished a traditional monument climb in a little over an hour.

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