BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA
RALEIGH, N.C. _ The leading vote-getter in the country’s last undecided congressional election discusses allegations of ballot fraud by a subcontractor getting out votes that have kept his apparent victory on hold for three months. By Emery P. Dalesio.
RALEIGH, N.C. _ The North Carolina legislature is again weighing whether changing how liquor sales have been regulated in the state for 80 years is worth both potentially higher revenues and increased alcohol access _ meaning likely more consumption. The General Assembly’s government watchdog agency has released its study advising lawmakers on the implications of ending or shifting the state’s current liquor operations away from government-run stores and wholesale operations. An effort by politicians to privatize the ABC system a decade ago fizzled but did lead to improved profitability of local stores. By Gary D. Robertson. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m.
FOREVER CHEMICALS-EMERGING THREAT
WASHINGTON— The chemical compounds are all around you. They’re on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. By Ellen Knickmeyer, Michael Casey and John Flesher. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-SHERIFF: The men battling over a North Carolina sheriff’s seat have called a cease-fire, jointly deciding neither will be sheriff until state officials certify the election.
_ MISSING HIKER-RESCUE: A North Carolina man who went missing during a hike has been found after nearly 24 hours.
_ MISBRANDED CHICKEN-RECALL: South Texas company is recalling nearly 50 tons (45.36 metric tons) of chicken products due to misbranding and the labels not indicating the items contain an allergen — eggs.
RICHMOND, Va. —An effort to launch the impeachment of Virginia’s top black elected official was set aside on Monday and Gov. Ralph Northam declared a new “race and equity” agenda for the rest of his tenure, saying he really believes “that things happen for a reason.” By Alan Suderman and Ben Finley. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, video. Will be updated.
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NORTHAM-INDENTURED SERVANT REMARK
NORFOLK, Va. — Historians say they were “shocked” and “mystified” when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wrongly used the term “indentured servants” Sunday in reference to the first Africans to arrive in English North America 400 years ago. By Ben Finley. SENT: 410 words, photo.
Immigrants from Honduras and Nepal have filed a lawsuit alleging the Trump administration unfairly ended a program that lets them live and work in the United States. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 550 words.
RICHMOND, Va. _ Members of the General Assembly have unanimously passed resolutions “acknowledging with profound regret the existence and acceptance of lynching” in Virginia, where more than 80 people -- mostly black men -- were killed by racist mobs between 1880 and 1930. Legislators have agreed to document the lynchings online and with historic markers in hopes of promoting healing and reconciliation. Some experts say the resolutions do not go far enough. By Kaytlin Nickens of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.
RICHMOND, Va. _ Local affordable housing experts and community advocates gathered for a “Richmond VS Everybody” dialogue on race and gentrification -- a process they say displaces lower-income black families. By Maryum Elnasseh of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5:30 p.m.
_ HIGHWAY LANDING-VIRGINIA: Authorities in Virginia say no one was injured when a single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on a state highway.
_ DEPUTY-DRUG SMUGGLING: A former sheriff’s deputy in Chesapeake, Virginia, is accused of smuggling heroin and other contraband into the city jail.
_ CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST: A Florida man charged for his role in the beating of a black man during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has entered an Alford plea.
BALTIMORE POLICE COMMISSIONER
BALTIMORE _ A veteran police leader from New Orleans has arrived in Baltimore, tasked with reforming a troubled force while reducing one of the country’s highest violent crime rates. By David McFadden. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The faraway space snowman visited by NASA last month has a flat — not round — behind. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
_ TEEN’S DEATH-POLICE CUSTODY: Maryland officials in charge of police certification want to know why they weren’t told about disciplinary filings in the record of an officer later involved in the death of a black teenager in an Eastern Shore town.
_ ODD-MOM-DATE-UNIVERSITY: It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and at Towson University in Maryland a mother has been trying so hard to find a date for her son that police are concerned.
_ VIRAL VIDEOS-CHARGES: A Baltimore man who goes by ‘Plaintpotatoess’ on social media is charged with 21 counts of harassment and trespassing in connection with the making of his viral videos.
_ CLYDESDALE-CREEK RESCUE: A 2,000-pound Clydesdale horse that was rescued from a frozen creek and then his own stable in Delaware has been put down.
_ BALTIMORE SCHOOL-SHOOTING: Officials at a Baltimore school where a hall monitor was shot and wounded last week say classes are being canceled to give staff time to organize student counseling.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The NBA All-Star game is coming up this weekend which means players will be unveiling some new shoes for the big game. It seems each pair has its own meaning, whether it’s a tribute to cancer survivors, a tip of the hat to Charlotte’s auto racing history or a story of how they got in trouble at a local college. By Steve Reed. SENT: 900 words, photos
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RALEIGH, N.C. _ The NBA All-Star Game is set for North Carolina this weekend after the league delayed Charlotte’s turn for two years because of the state’s “bathroom bill.” It took the partial repeal of the 2016 law also known as House Bill 2 to persuade the league to restore the award for 2019. But the replacement law still leaves questions about who makes rules on bathroom access and whether state legislators or cities like Charlotte can force antidiscrimination regulations upon private businesses. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 700 words, photo
BKN--AROUND THE NBA
Hornets point guard Kemba Walker is preparing for his first All-Start game as a starter this weekend on his home court in Charlotte. The big question upcoming is how many more he’ll play in as a member of the Hornets. The eight-year NBA veteran will be one of several All-Star free agents this summer and he’ll surely be an attractive option for more than a few teams. By Steve Reed. SENT: 900 words, photos
INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Hoosiers put a five-game winning streak on the line Monday when they host Charlotte. The Hornets lead the Southeast Division but are only 8-19 on the road this season. The Pacers, meanwhile, are 26-10 against Eastern Conference foes. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 7 p.m. ET.
The Panthers have re-signed safety Eric Reid to a three-year contract that runs through the 2021 season. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. Reid joined the Panthers in Week 4 of last season after spending five seasons with the 49ers. He started all 13 games played and had 73 tackles, five pass breakups, one interception and a sack. By Steve Reed. SENT: 135 words. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 4 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ Virginia travels to North Carolina on Monday night in a matchup of top-10 teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
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