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


Wednesday, March 13, 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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RALEIGH, N.C. _ Search warrants unsealed Wednesday show that a North Carolina political operative suspected of illegally handling election ballots in 2016 was under surveillance by FBI and state investigative agents days before last year’s primary. The three search warrants issued in December and January were part of a state investigation that’s yielded felony election-law charges against Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., 63. The warrants were unsealed at the request of a media coalition including The Associated Press. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 670 words, AP Photos.


RALEIGH _ North Carolina’s elections chief wants lawmakers to put additional restrictions on handling absentee ballot forms after her agency’s investigation into actual absentee ballots that affected a congressional district race last year. State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Strach made several legislative recommendations to a House committee on Wednesday. Strach led the board’s probe into absentee ballot irregularities that led last month to the board calling a new election in the 9th District. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.


WASHINGTON _ An 11th-hour rescue mission by Republican senators to stave off an awkward defeat for President Donald Trump on his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, and to protect themselves from a politically dicey vote opposing him, seemed to collapse Wednesday. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 870 words, photos.



_ FBH--FOOTBALL PLAYER-FATAL SHOOTING _ A North Carolina high school football player has died after he was shot.

_ XGR--VOTER ID _ North Carolina lawmakers have quickly sent to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk legislation that delays a photo voter identification requirement until 2020.

_ TRIPLE SLAYING-ARRESTS _ Authorities have arrested two more suspects in a North Carolina triple slaying.

_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-WAKE FOREST _ The president of Wake Forest University says the school was itself a victim of an admissions scheme involving a volleyball coach.

_ FERRY-CONSTRUCTION DELAY _ A new passenger ferry set to serve the Ocracoke-to-Hatteras route has been delayed once again.

_ INMATE DIES _ State officials say an inmate has died after a fight at a North Carolina prison.

_ BKH--PLAYER INJURED _ A North Carolina high school basketball player is hospitalized after a fall in a state playoff game.

_ RALEIGH MAYOR: The mayor of North Carolina’s capital city won’t seek a fifth term.

_ ADJUNCT PROFESSORS-UNION: Adjunct professors at Elon University have voted to form a union, becoming the second group of adjunct faculty members in North Carolina to do so.

_ VOTER ID-STAFF: Elections officials in at least one North Carolina county say they need more staff to handle a constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote.

_ MASSIVE HOUSE: The New England woman who owns a 24-bedroom house along North Carolina’s Outer Banks has dismissed her lawsuit after years of litigation over the $4.6 million home.

_ COLD CASE-DEAD WOMAN: Police in North Carolina have revived an investigation into the death of a woman whose body was found in a ditch nearly a decade ago.



WASHINGTON _ Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison Wednesday after a federal judge rejected his appeal for no additional time and rebuked him for his crimes and years of lies. Within minutes of the sentencing, prosecutors in New York brought state charges against Manafort — a move that appeared at least partly designed to guard against the possibility that President Donald Trump could pardon him. The president can pardon federal crimes, but not state offenses. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 860 words, AP Photos. AP Video. AP Audios.



NORTH PRINCE GEORGE, Va. _ A judge has sharply criticized administrators at a regional jail in Virginia for their treatment of an inmate who needed psychiatric care. SENT: 360 words.


_ STUDENT DEATH-VIRGINIA: A high school student in Virginia has died after collapsing during gym class.

_ DRESS CODE-HATE SYMBOLS: A Virginia high school student has been sent home for wearing a hat bearing a Confederate insignia.

_ SENATE RACE: A Democratic state delegate has announced her bid to run for state Senate in a closely watched race that could determine partisan control of the upper chamber.

_ TORNADO DRILL: State emergency management officials will conduct Virginia’s annual statewide tornado drill next week.



ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Former Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes, who prided himself on restoring public faith in the political process, died Wednesday. His daughter, Elizabeth Hughes, said Hughes’ had been in hospice. He was 92. By Brian Witte. SENT: 690 words, AP Photos.


BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins University, a thriving private research institution with one of the world’s foremost medical schools, wants to create an armed police force similar to those patrolling numerous other U.S. colleges and universities. But in its home city of Baltimore, split by deep divisions and seared by years of discriminatory policing, it’s not going to happen easily. By David McFadden. SENT: 930 words, photos.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Maryland would begin investing in a 10-year blueprint to improve public schools, using an education spending bump endorsed Wednesday by the House of Delegates for the coming fiscal year. The House gave preliminary approval to a $46.7 billion budget, along legislation in tandem with the budget bill to balance the state’s books. By Brian Witte. SENT: 510 words.


DOVER, Del. _ Proposals to allow early voting and same-day registration have passed their first hurdles in Delaware’s legislature. One of the bills released after a House committee hearing Wednesday establishes in-person early voting, starting on Jan. 1, 2022. The bill would allow registered voters to cast ballots at least 10 days before an election in one or more locations in each county and the city of Wilmington. By Randall Chase. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.


BALTIMORE _ Crews in Baltimore started demolishing a blighted block of vacant homes Wednesday as the city works to reduce its thousands of boarded-up eyesores. Mayor Catherine Pugh says her administration is committed to eliminating abandoned houses to “pave the way for new investment and long-awaited revitalization.” She got in an excavator Wednesday to start the demolition in a blighted swath of West Baltimore. By David McFadden. SENT: 130 words, AP Photos. Will be updated.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A process would be set up at Maryland high schools to allow voter registration for eligible students under bills making their way through the state House and Senate. By Daniel Oyefusi of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 200 words by 3:30 p.m.


_ MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER-RANSOMWARE ATTACK _ A mental health provider in Delaware says a ransomware attack locked the organization out of records for tens of thousands of patients.

_ BANK FRAUD: A Maryland man has been convicted of using stolen identities to defraud people and banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

_ DRUGS FOR SEXUAL FAVORS: A Delaware doctor is accused of prescribing opioids in exchange for sexual favors to a female patient who was undergoing treatment for long-term drug addiction.



BALTIMORE _ The Baltimore Ravens finally made their move during the NFL’s free agent frenzy, securing running back Mark Ingram and six-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas on Wednesday. After losing receiver John Brown and linebackers C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za’darius Smith earlier in the week, Ravens first-year general manager Eric DeCosta bounced back to address two glaring needs. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 570 words, AP Photos.


COLUMBIA, S.C. _ South Carolina wants the Carolina Panthers to move their practice facility into their state’s suburbs. But there is at least one big hurdle _ football players don’t practice enough hours to be considered full-time employees in the state, so South Carolina can’t offer the Panthers tax credits and other incentives. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 360 words, AP Photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Kerry Blackshear had 19 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 16 Virginia Tech beat Miami 71-56 in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Wednesday. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 380 words, AP Photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ For the second time, North Carolina State waited until the last possible moment to beat Clemson. Markell Johnson hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left and the Wolfpack came from 18 down in the first half to beat the Tigers 59-58 in Wednesday’s second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 710 words, AP Photos.

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