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

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Friday, August 9, 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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All times are Eastern.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICER-PEDESTRIAN BEATEN

RALEIGH, N.C. _ A former North Carolina police officer has been sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty to beating a black pedestrian in a case that sparked outrage after video of the encounter surfaced. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

XGR-DISPUTED ELECTION-BALLOTS _ The North Carolina House has offered another version of legislation designed to prevent mail-in absentee ballot fraud that prosecutors say occurred last fall and caused officials to require a new congressional election.

MISSING STUDENT-RIDE SHARING _ North Carolina has a new law focused on ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft that supporters contend will improve safety for both passengers and drivers.

EXPLOSION-NORTH CAROLINA _ North Carolina fire investigators have determined that a deadly natural gas explosion in a busy shopping district earlier this year was accidental.

ROBBERY SUSPECT KILLED _ Authorities in North Carolina say a customer armed with a concealed gun shot two robbery suspects at a 7-Eleven, killing one and injuring the other.

VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH _ The secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs says the government is making changes to improve mental health services, which he called “the last great medical frontier.”

VIRGINIA

TRANSGENDER BATHROOM LAWSUIT _ A federal judge in Virginia ruled Friday that a school board’s transgender bathroom policy discriminated against a former student who was born female but identified as a boy. By Ben Finley. SENT: 540 words.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-SCHOOLS

ALEXANDRIA, Va. _ A civil jury on Friday acquitted Virginia’s largest school system of wrongdoing in its handling of a sex-assault complaint made by a student on a band trip. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 750 words.

RURAL DOCTOR HUNT

BRISTOL, Va. _ On a field trip to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Ashish Bibireddy put on headphones and scrolled through a jukebox of music from an influential 1927 recording session. Bibireddy and nine other medical students had already been biking and rafting on their visit to rural Appalachia. The Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University is among a small group of medical schools across the U.S. with programs dedicated to bolstering the number of primary care doctors in rural communities. By Sudhin Thanawala. SENT: 950 words, photos and video.

IN BRIEF:

CHARLOTTESVILLE LAWSUIT _ A federal judge has sanctioned white nationalists for their “unacceptable” behavior in a lawsuit against them in connection with a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, nearly two years ago.

STATE DEPARTMENT-BID FRAUD _ Federal prosecutors say a former State Department employee has pleaded guilty to disclosing confidential bid proposals in an effort to help a friend win a lucrative government contract for embassy furniture.

INTERNET TROLLING LAWSUIT _ The first black woman to serve as American University’s student government president has won a lawsuit against a neo-Nazi website operator who orchestrated an online harassment campaign against her.

RESTAURANT SHOOTING _ Authorities have charged a suspect with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men at a Virginia restaurant.

BUS PASSENGER KILLED _ Virginia State Police say a Greyhound Bus passenger got naked, demanded to be let off the moving bus and ran into oncoming highway traffic, where he was hit and killed.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN CHARACTER

BURLINGTON, Iowa _ Joe Biden’s campaign is not anchored in a big policy idea like Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All. He is not proposing transformative change like Elizabeth Warren. Instead, Biden’s call to voters is a more visceral one, casting the 2020 race as a test of the country’s character. By Bill Barrow. Sent: 793 words.

IN BRIEF:

LAKE TAHOE DROWNING _ Authorities say an 80-year-old man who drowned at Lake Tahoe last week was from Delaware.

CARJACKER SENTENCED _ Federal authorities say a Baltimore man with a long criminal history has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for carjacking.

NAVAL ACADEMY-FAMILY VISIT _ Students who are about to start their first year of classes at the U.S. Naval Academy will get a chance to visit with their families for the first time in six weeks.

BALTIMORE POLICE LEADER-HIRED _ Baltimore’s Police Commissioner has named a senior FBI agent as the head of the department’s Public Integrity Bureau, which oversees officer misconduct investigations and has faced criticism in the past.

EYE DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT _ The state of Delaware has reprimanded an eye doctor accused of sexually harassing two employees, including one he previously dated.

SPORTS

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

BBA--ASTROS-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE _ Wade Miley faces his former team when the AL West-leading Houston Astros bring a six-game winning streak into a matchup with the Baltimore Orioles. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET.

BBA-ORIOLES-DAVIS

BALTIMORE _ Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said he reached a “breaking point” when he charged at manager Brandon Hyde in the dugout on Wednesday night, and expressed his regret during a lengthy conversation with Hyde on Friday. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 680 words.

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