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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 6 pm, MD

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Friday, January 11, 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

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH _ Several requests for mail-in ballots were forged in the North Carolina county where fraud allegations have forestalled the declaration of a winner in the nation’s last undecided congressional race, a local elections official said in a sworn affidavit released Friday. Three of 165 absentee ballot request forms dropped off ahead of November’s general election were forged, Bladen County Elections Board Chairman Bobby Ludlum said in the affidavit, which was released by an attorney for Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris’s campaign. The collection of absentee requests was delivered by a woman the Republican election official didn’t name. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 580 words, AP Photos NYCD101, NCCHN201.

EXCHANGE-STAR TREK-BIOLOGY

DURHAM _ Have you wondered how Captain America survived being in a state of suspended animation, if apes could grow as large as King Kong and why so many of the aliens in “Star Trek” look humanoid? It’s those kinds of questions that Mohamed Noor, a biology professor at Duke University, is asking by using science fiction to motivate people to learn more about science. Noor has taken his message wider with his recently published book, “Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Evolution, Genetics And Life On Other Worlds.” By T. Keung Hui, The News & Observer of Raleigh.

IN BRIEF:

_ LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOLS _ North Carolina’s statewide school board is halting plans to strip a second academically low-performing school away from local control.

_ DOG STARVED-OWNER SENTENCED _ A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges that he starved his dog to death.

_ DOMESTIC INCIDENT-TWO DEAD _ Authorities say a woman and a baby have been found dead inside a North Carolina home, and a man was found wounded.

_ CHURCH SEX ABUSE-NORTH CAROLINA _ As dozens of Catholic dioceses across the country have released lists of priests who have been credibly accused of child sex abuse, the Charlotte diocese remains undecided about whether to join what its spokesman calls the “stampede.”

_ ECONOMIC GRANTS ENDED _ A North Carolina committee has ended several grants awarded to three companies for failing to meet hiring goals.

_ WILD HORSES-SWAMP CANCER: After a fungus-like disease known as “swamp cancer” claimed the lives of seven wild ponies on a Virginia island, wild horses in North Carolina’s Outer Banks are being monitored for signs of a similar outbreak.

_ PRAYER LAWSUIT-NORTH CAROLINA: The years-long fight over a North Carolina county commission’s practice of opening meetings with Christian prayers and inviting audience members to join is over, with commissioners agreeing to pay $285,000 in legal fees.

_ YOUTH-SOLITARY CONFINEMENT: A North Carolina county sheriff has ended the jail’s practice of holding 16- and 17-year-olds in solitary confinement.

_ BOJANGLES SALE: A North Carolina-based chicken-and-biscuits chain is one step closer to having new, New-York based owners.

_ POLICE SHOOTING: North Carolina police say a man accused of wounding a Raleigh police officer broke into a home beforehand and stole six guns.

VIRGINIA

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-PAYDAY

UNDATED _ Federal employees received pay stubs with nothing but zeros on them Friday as the effects of the government shutdown hit home, deepening anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills. All told, an estimated 800,000 government workers missed their paychecks for the first time since the shutdown began. By Brady McCombs and Michelle Smith. SENT: 920 words, AP Photos MAMD104, NYR102, MAMD103, MAMD101, RPTP101, RPTP102.

CNS-DELEGATES DATABASE

RICHMOND, Va. _ A singer crooned “La Paloma” as a Norfolk crowd showered two “legislative debutantes” with flowers and sent them off to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1924. Sarah Lee Fain and Helen T. Henderson were the first women elected to the General Assembly. To celebrate, the Democratic Women’s Club organized a bon voyage party at Roane’s Old Colonial Tea Room in Norfolk. Virginians can now explore the history of who has served in the House, which is marking its 400th anniversary as America’s first law-making body. The House Clerk’s Office has launched an online database dubbed DOME (Database of House Members), chronicling the people elected to the House of Delegates or its predecessor, the House of Burgesses, over the past four centuries. By Rosemarie O’Connor, Capital News Service. SENT: 720 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SORORITY-RACISM ALLEGATIONS _ A large university in Virginia is reviewing its entire Greek community after members of a sorority were accused of using racist language online and belittling a black member.

_ HUMAYUN KHAN-BILL _ Lawmakers are working to correct legislation intended to honor a fallen U.S. Army captain whose Muslim father spoke out against candidate Donald Trump.

_ RURAL HOSPITAL STRUGGLES _ Officials in a rural Virginia county are cutting ties with a company they partnered with to reopen a hospital.

_ FLAMETHROWER-SENTENCE-APPEAL: A black counterprotester is no longer appealing his conviction for using an improvised flamethrower during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

_ CONFEDERATE FLAG-PROPOSED EXHIBIT: A Virginia museum has renewed plans to display a battle flag used by a Confederate regiment during the Civil War following a review of its origins.

_ VCU-FRATERNITY SUSPENDED: A fraternity at Virginia Commonwealth University has suspended operations months after a hazing allegation.

_ JAIL-MENTAL ILLNESS: A recently retired Virginia jail superintendent and another official have been convicted of contempt of court for failing to obey a judge’s order to transfer a mentally ill inmate to a hospital.

_ MUSLIM FAMILY-HOSPITAL DISCRIMINATION: A Muslim family says staff at a Virginia hospital told them they looked “scary” and threatened to kick them out when they went to visit a newborn relative in December.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ NAVAL ACADEMY-COMMANDANT _ A new commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy has been selected.

_ MARRIOTT DATA BREACH-LAWSUIT: A group of class-action law firms has filed the largest-to-date lawsuit related to hotel chain Marriott’s data breach.

_ CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS ASSAULTED: Authorities say a prison lockdown that lasted several days was caused by an assault on two correctional officers in Maryland.

_ 90 BIRTHDAY CANDLES-ALARM: A Maryland woman had some unexpected visitors turn up as she celebrated her 90th birthday.

_ NAKED DRIVER-POLICE CHASE: Authorities say a naked man who led law enforcement on a chase through Delaware and Pennsylvania has been charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

_ STUDENT MEALS-FURLOUGHED WORKERS: A Maryland school district is raising money to help provide meals for students affected by the partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.

SPORTS:

FBN--RAVENS-ROMAN

OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ The Baltimore Ravens have replaced offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg with Greg Roman, who will continue to oversee the evolution of Lamar Jackson as the team’s starting quarterback. The 46-year-old Roman spent the past two seasons as Baltimore’s assistant head coach/tight ends coach. In that role, he worked with the team’s quarterbacks and played an integral part in the Ravens’ transition from Joe Flacco to Jackson in late November. SENT: 340 words.

BKN--HORNETS-BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore _ The Charlotte Hornets have lost four of their last six going into Friday night’s game against the Trail Blazers in Portland. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. PT.

HKN--SABRES-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Former Carolina player Jeff Skinner, the NHL’s second-leading goal-scorer, makes his return to Raleigh when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Hurricanes. Carolina traded Skinner in the offseason. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7:30 p.m. start.

BKC--T25-INDIANA-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ No. 22 Indiana faces surging Maryland, which brings a four-game winning streak into this Big Ten matchup. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.

BKC--ACC THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ Top-ranked Duke visits No. 13 Florida State to headline the Atlantic Coast Conference’s weekend schedule. The week ahead includes a top-10 instate matchup between No. 4 Virginia and No. 9 Virginia Tech, while Boston College’s Ky Bowman is putting up big numbers entering a weekend trip to Notre Dame. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 450 words, photos

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