BC-VA--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, VA
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
COLLEGE CAMPUS SHOOTING-NORTH CAROLINA
CHARLOTTE, N.C. A North Carolina college student slain while confronting a gunman in his classroom was being given a hero’s send-off Thursday as his body is taken back to his hometown with a police escort. Police motorcycles and other vehicles with blue lights flashing quickly left a funeral home and started their 150-mile (240-kilometer) journey west Thursday morning from Riley Howell’s college home in Charlotte to his mountain hometown of Waynesville. By Tom Foreman Jr. and Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 853 words
RALEIGH, N.C., Fashioning a North Carolina state government budget for the next two years takes a big step forward with the full House ready to consider a proposal. The House scheduled floor debate on Thursday to consider amendments and hold the first of two required votes on the spending plan. By GARY ROBERTSON. UPCOMING:
_ WHOOPING COUGH _ A North Carolina elementary school has sent six students and one staffer home with whooping cough.
_ RED WOLVES-LINCOLN PARK ZOO _ Four pups of a critically endangered species in North Carolina of wolf have been born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.
_ HOUSE BUDGET _ Fashioning a North Carolina government budget for the next two years takes a big step forward with the full House ready to consider a proposal.
A Virginia-based legal group is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to end what it says has become an abuse of eminent domain by companies that build natural-gas pipelines. Robert McNamara is a lawyer for The Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm in Arlington. He says courts are increasingly allowing pipeline companies to defer payments to landowners whose property is condemned. The institute argues that the process deprives landowners of the leverage to negotiate their property’s value. By MATTHEW BARAKAT. SENT: 850 words.
_ ROAD RAGE-CROSSBOW _ A Virginia man has been found guilty of shooting a crossbow at another vehicle during a road rage incident, but was acquitted of trying to murder the other driver.
_ RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ALLEGATION _ A Virginia Commonwealth University professor is suing the school over his suspension regarding allegations that he racially profiled a visiting black professor; meanwhile some students are calling for his termination.
_ OLIVER HILL COURTHOUSE _ Roanoke has officially renamed the city’s courthouse after civil rights leader Oliver Hill.
_ MAN KILLED-GLASS_ A Virginia man was crushed to death when plate glass he was loading onto a truck fell on top of him.
_ BASS OVERFISHED _ Interstate fishing managers say a popular species of bass is overfished, and the harvest needs to be cut back.
A lawyer for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is widely expected to announce her resignation at an afternoon press conference held a week after FBI and IRS agents raided her homes and City Hall offices. By DAVID McFADDEN. SENT: 361 words.
A Muslim-American radio host can recover monetary damages against a neo-Nazi website operator who falsely accused him of terrorism, a federal judge has ruled. By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN. UPCOMING:
_ XGR-Assisted Suicide_ Democratic lawmakers are again trying to pass legislation allowing doctor-assisted suicide in Delaware.
_ Inmate Death _ Authorities say a man has hung himself at a Maryland jail.
_ EAGLES FOUND DEAD _ A great horned owl and at least seven bald eagles have been found dead along Maryland’s Eastern Shore this year, reminding officials of the eagles found fatally poisoned in the area in 2016.
_ CONSTRUCTION WORKER SLAYING _ The attorney for a Washington, D.C., man charged in the fatal shooting of a construction worker from Maryland says his client acted in self-defense.
RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Carolina Hurricanes may not make the playoffs often, but when they do, they usually stick around for a while. They’ve reached at least the Eastern Conference final in each of their last three appearances and are one victory against the New York Islanders from making it four. The common denominator _ Rod Brind’Amour, who came to Raleigh in 2000 and never left. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose headline the field at Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT.
_ With: Sidebars on merit
RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-FAVORITE SCRATCHED
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The surprising scratch of Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach leaves trainer Bob Baffert with the top three betting choices in pursuit of a record-tying sixth victory. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 650 words, photos
RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-HORSES TO WATCH
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ A look at some of the Kentucky Derby contenders, where Game Winner is now the favorite following the scratch of Omaha Beach. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 650 words, photos
_ Also: RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-PREPARTION. Upcoming: 300 words, photos
RAC--KENTUCKY DERBY-JAPANESE HORSE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Master Fencer is the first Japan-bred horse to run in the Kentucky Derby. The 50-1 shot has had an arduous journey to the starting gate at Churchill Downs. By Mike Farrell. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.
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