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

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Monday, February 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, N.C. _ The leading vote-getter in the country’s last undecided congressional election discusses allegations of ballot fraud by a subcontractor getting out votes that have kept his apparent victory on hold for three months. By Emery P. Dalesio.

XGR-XGR-LIQUOR SALES

UNDATED _ The North Carolina legislature is again weighing whether altering how liquor sales have been regulated for over 80 years is worth likely increasing the number of retail outlets but also increasing public consumption. The General Assembly’s government watchdog agency released Monday a study advising lawmakers on the implications of privatizing the state’s government-run stores and wholesale operations. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 7 p.m.

FOREVER CHEMICALS-EMERGING THREAT

WASHINGTON— The chemical compounds are all around you. They’re on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. By Ellen Knickmeyer, Michael Casey and John Flesher. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANY-LAYOFFS — A subsidiary of a Texas-based medical device company says it is laying off 65 workers this summer at its North Carolina service center.

_ ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-SHERIFF: The men battling over a North Carolina sheriff’s seat have called a cease-fire, jointly deciding neither will be sheriff until state officials certify the election.

_ MISSING HIKER-RESCUE: A North Carolina man who went missing during a hike has been found after nearly 24 hours.

_ MISBRANDED CHICKEN-RECALL: South Texas company is recalling nearly 50 tons (45.36 metric tons) of chicken products due to misbranding and the labels not indicating the items contain an allergen — eggs.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE

RICHMOND, Va. _ The clamor for the resignation of Virginia’s top two politicians seemed to die down Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Gov. Ralph Northam over the blackface furor and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on the sexual assault allegations against him. Over the past several days, practically the entire Democratic establishment rose up to demand fellow Democrats Northam and Fairfax immediately step down. But the tone changed markedly after the weekend. A Democratic state lawmaker who had threatened to begin impeachment proceedings against Fairfax, Virginia’s highest-ranking black politician, set the idea aside after running into resistance. By Alan Suderman and Ben Finley. SENT: 1,220 words, photos, video.

_ With: VIRGINIA POLITICS-BLACKFACE-THE LATEST

NORTHAM-INDENTURED SERVANT REMARK

NORFOLK, Va. — Historians say they were “shocked” and “mystified” when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wrongly used the term “indentured servants” Sunday in reference to the first Africans to arrive in English North America 400 years ago. By Ben Finley. SENT: 410 words, photo.

IMMIGRATION-TEMPORARY STATUS

UNDATED _ Immigrants from Honduras and Nepal have filed a lawsuit alleging the Trump administration unfairly ended a program that lets them live and work in the United States. The lawsuit filed late Sunday in federal court in San Francisco alleges that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end so-called temporary protected status for the countries was motivated by racism. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 550 words.

CNS-LYNCHING

RICHMOND, Va. _ Outlining a “dark and shameful chapter of American history,” state legislators have unanimously passed resolutions to “acknowledge with profound regret the existence and acceptance of lynching” in Virginia, where more than 80 people — mostly African-American men — were killed by mobs in the decades after the Civil War. HJ 655, approved by the House, and SJ 297, passed by the Senate, “call for reconciliation among all Virginians” regarding the racial terror, segregation and other discrimination faced by African-Americans during the Jim Crow years. By Kaytlin Nickens, Capital News Service. SENT: 810 words.

RICHMOND GENTRIFICATION

RICHMOND, Va. _ Local affordable housing experts and community advocates gathered for a “Richmond VS Everybody” dialogue on race and gentrification -- a process they say displaces lower-income black families. By Maryum Elnasseh of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 650 words by 5:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ DOG BURNED _ Officials at a Virginia animal shelter say a dog was set on fire at a city park and suffered burns to over 40 percent of its body.

_ NORFOLK SOUTHERN-OPERATIONS _ Norfolk Southern railroad expects to become significantly more efficient by 2021, and operate with 3,000 fewer employees and 500 fewer locomotives.

_ HIGHWAY LANDING-VIRGINIA: Authorities in Virginia say no one was injured when a single-engine airplane made an emergency landing on a state highway.

_ DEPUTY-DRUG SMUGGLING: A former sheriff’s deputy in Chesapeake, Virginia, is accused of smuggling heroin and other contraband into the city jail.

_ CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST: A Florida man charged for his role in the beating of a black man during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has entered an Alford plea.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE POLICE COMMISSIONER

BALTIMORE _ The veteran police leader from New Orleans chosen to reform Baltimore’s troubled force while reducing one of the country’s highest violent crime rates was on the job Monday in what could be the toughest job in American policing. Baltimore’s City Council will officially decide on Michael Harrison’s nomination next month. But he took the reins Monday as acting commissioner, saying he’s relocated to Maryland’s biggest city and is eager to help transform a demoralized department distrusted by many of the people it is tasked with protecting. By David McFadden. SENT: 690 words.

SPACE SNOWMAN

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. _ The faraway space snowman visited by NASA last month has a surprisingly flat — not round — behind. New photos from the New Horizons spacecraft offer a new perspective on the small cosmic body 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away. The two-lobed object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, is actually flatter on the backside than originally thought, according to scientists. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 340 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ DNA SAMPLES-INVESTIGATION _ Delaware officials say they’ve completed an investigation into why 1,600 criminal DNA samples were not entered into a national database for years.

_ TEEN’S DEATH-POLICE CUSTODY: Maryland officials in charge of police certification want to know why they weren’t told about disciplinary filings in the record of an officer later involved in the death of a black teenager in an Eastern Shore town.

_ ODD-MOM-DATE-UNIVERSITY: It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and at Towson University in Maryland a mother has been trying so hard to find a date for her son that police are concerned.

_ VIRAL VIDEOS-CHARGES: A Baltimore man who goes by ‘Plaintpotatoess’ on social media is charged with 21 counts of harassment and trespassing in connection with the making of his viral videos.

_ CLYDESDALE-CREEK RESCUE: A 2,000-pound Clydesdale horse that was rescued from a frozen creek and then his own stable in Delaware has been put down.

_ BALTIMORE SCHOOL-SHOOTING: Officials at a Baltimore school where a hall monitor was shot and wounded last week say classes are being canceled to give staff time to organize student counseling.

SPORTS

FBN--PANTHERS-REID

UNDATED _ Eric Reid has signed a three-year contract worth more than $22 million with the Carolina Panthers, a deal the safety believes is additional proof that NFL owners conspired to keep him out of the league last season. Reid said Monday he believes he got “fair market value” after making just $1.69 million last season from the Panthers. By Sports Writer Steve Reid. SENT: 400 words.

BKN--ALL-STAR-SHOE FASHION

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The NBA All-Star game is coming up this weekend which means players will be unveiling some new shoes for the big game. It seems each pair has its own meaning, whether it’s a tribute to cancer survivors, a tip of the hat to Charlotte’s auto racing history or a story of how they got in trouble at a local college. By Steve Reed. SENT: 900 words, photos

_ With BKN--All-Star-Shoe Fashion-List

BKN--ALL-STAR-LGBT RIGHTS

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The NBA All-Star Game is set for North Carolina this weekend after the league delayed Charlotte’s turn for two years because of the state’s “bathroom bill.” It took the partial repeal of the 2016 law also known as House Bill 2 to persuade the league to restore the award for 2019. But the replacement law still leaves questions about who makes rules on bathroom access and whether state legislators or cities like Charlotte can force antidiscrimination regulations upon private businesses. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 700 words, photo

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

Hornets point guard Kemba Walker is preparing for his first All-Start game as a starter this weekend on his home court in Charlotte. The big question upcoming is how many more he’ll play in as a member of the Hornets. The eight-year NBA veteran will be one of several All-Star free agents this summer and he’ll surely be an attractive option for more than a few teams. By Steve Reed. SENT: 900 words, photos

BKN--HORNETS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Hoosiers put a five-game winning streak on the line Monday when they host Charlotte. The Hornets lead the Southeast Division but are only 8-19 on the road this season. The Pacers, meanwhile, are 26-10 against Eastern Conference foes. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-VIRGINIA-NORTH CAROLINA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ Virginia travels to North Carolina on Monday night in a matchup of top-10 teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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