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

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Tuesday, September 10, 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

SPECIAL ELECTION-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The two candidates vying for an open House seat from North Carolina stumped for support Tuesday in Charlotte’s vote-rich suburbs on an Election Day that could illuminate whether President Donald Trump has blunted the momentum that fueled Democrats’ House takeover last November. By Alan Fram. SENT: 900 words, AP Photos. AP Video. Will be updated after polls close at 7:30 p.m.

ATTORNEYS-PARENTAL LEAVE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ When attorney Lauren Newton of Charlotte was one week out from a Cesarean section, she was told she had a court brief due in 30 days. While the judge was sympathetic, the opposing counsel was not. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 440 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING _ A court-ordered directive for more openness in the North Carolina redistricting process is leading to actions directed at improving public access and transparency.

_ HOUSE FIRE-SISTERS KILLED _ Investigators in North Carolina say a kitchen stove is to blame for a weekend house fire that killed two sisters.

_ WIFE-HUSBAND CASTRATED _ Authorities in North Carolina have locked up a woman accused of cutting off her husband’s penis.

_ STORM COSTS-FEDERAL AID _ North Carolina will get some much-needed money to help with mounting repair costs the state has incurred in response to devastating hurricanes and other storms.

_ TRIPLE SLAYING _ Authorities say suspects in the targeted killing of a North Carolina family have dumped a stolen getaway car and are now believed to be traveling in another stolen vehicle.

VIRGINIA

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY-FALWELL

RICHMOND, Va. _ Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said Tuesday that he is asking the FBI to investigate what he called a “criminal” smear campaign orchestrated against him by several disgruntled former board members and employees. By Sarah Rankin and Alan Suderman. SENT: 530 words, AP Photo.

JOHN HINCKLEY

WASHINGTON _ The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is interested in getting a job in the music industry, possibly in California, his lawyer said at a court hearing in Washington on Tuesday. By Jessica Gresko. John Hinckley Jr., 64, lives in Virginia and was not present at the hearing. A prosecutor said allowing Hinckley to relocate to California for a music industry job would give the government “great pause.” SENT: 640 words, AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ UVA HOSPITAL _ The CEO of the University of Virginia Health System plans to step down for another job later this year.

_ STUDENT-HIT LIST _ Authorities say a Virginia high school student compiled an extensive hit list of peers, school employees and family members.

_ NASA ROCKET LAUNCH_ NASA has announced plans to launch a rocket from Virginia to the International Space Station next month.

_ I-95 WORK _ The Virginia Department of Transportation says motorists should expect daytime and overnight road work this week on Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg area.

_ SCHOOL GRANTS _ More than $7.7 million in state grants has been awarded to support the development of year-round and extended-year instructional programs in 57 schools around Virginia.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

HBCUs-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ An attorney representing Maryland’s four historically black colleges is urging the state to settle a long-running lawsuit over disparities in programs for $577 million “over a reasonable period of time.” Michael Jones wrote Tuesday to lawmakers, after mediation failed in July. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

SEC-INVESTMENT ADVICE-LAWSUIT

NEW YORK _ Seven states and the District of Columbia have sued the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying the regulatory agency is putting investors in jeopardy by relaxing rules designed to ensure that securities brokers keep the interests of their customers ahead of their own. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BALTIMORE CRIME-MARYLAND GOVERNOR _ Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says the state is prepared to provide $21 million to fight crime in Baltimore, if the city provides quarterly performance measures.

_ LOCKHEED MARTIN-ARKANSAS _ Lockheed Martin has broken ground on the first part of a $142 million expansion at its southern Arkansas facility that is expected to create more than 300 new jobs.

_ BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA _ Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians have filed a complaint with a federal agency accusing orchestra management of unfair labor practices.

_ FATAL RAKE BEATING _ Authorities in Delaware say that a man who’s facing a manslaughter charge fatally struck a family member in the head with a rake during an argument.

_ CHILD FALLS 11 STORIES _ Authorities in Maryland say a 2-year-old boy has been severely injured after falling from a window on the 11th floor of an apartment building.

SPORTS

BBO--DODGERS-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE _ The Los Angeles Dodgers can clinch their seventh straight NL West title with a victory over the Baltimore Orioles, or if Arizona loses to the New York Mets. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET.

BBA--ORIOLES-FIRINGS

BALTIMORE _ Orioles general manager Mike Elias has fired 14 members of the organization, most from the player development department and international operations. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 370 words.

FBC--T25-SOARING MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Ranked for the first time since 2013 and averaging 71 points per game, No. 21 Maryland is enjoying a surprisingly smooth ride in its first season under first-year coach Michael Locksley. Though delighted with the Terrapins’ performance in a 79-0 win over Howard and a 63-20 rout of a then-ranked Syracuse squad, Locksley insisted Tuesday that Maryland has a long way to go. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 610 words, AP Photos.

FBC--T25-VIRGINIA-PERKINS

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins knows he has to avoid “stupid plays” and stay within himself when the No. 25 Cavaliers take on Florida State this week. He had thrown 145 passes in a row without being intercepted until throwing two against William & Mary last week. By Sports Writer Hank Kurz Jr.. SENT: 670 words, AP Photos.

FBC--SURRATT VS SURRATT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ The North Carolina-Wake Forest game will put brothers Sage and Chazz Surratt on opposite sides for the first time. Sage is a top receiver for the Demon Deacons, while Chazz has moved from quarterback to linebacker for the Tar Heels -- raising the odds that the two meet in a collision at some point Friday night. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos by 6:30 p.m. NY EDITING

CAR--NASCAR-MENARD RETIRES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Paul Menard has decided to walk away from NASCAR’s top level after more than 460 races and Wood Brothers Racing is replacing him with Matt DiBenedetto in the iconic No. 21 Ford next season. SENT: 540 words, AP Photos.

BBM--MINOR LEAGUE ATTENDANCE

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ The Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators have displaced the Charlotte Knights as the minor leagues’ attendance leader. In its first season at Las Vegas ballpark, the Oakland farm team drew 650,934 for an average of 9,299 and became the first minor league team to top 650,000 since the Knights in 2015. Las Vegas had 43 sellouts. SENT: 210 words.

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