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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, MD

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Monday, April 15, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR -ABORTION _ The abortion debate is intensifying in North Carolina over a Republican measure supporters say will ensure doctors care properly for live babies delivered in unsuccessful abortions.

_ DRUG RING BUSTED _ Federal prosecutors say they’ve taken apart a western North Carolina drug ring, resulting in 35 charges against eight people.

_ BICYCLE HELMETS INITIATIVE _ More than 3,000 children across North Carolina will get bicycle helmets thanks to an initiative aimed at reducing injuries and deaths.

_ ELECTION 2020 - O’ROURKE _ Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke is making a quick run through North Carolina — a presidential battleground and early primary state.

_ AUDITOR-MEDICAID _ North Carolina’s auditor is talking about her efforts to watch the spending of billions of dollars on Medicaid, the combined state and federal program to help the poor.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL BUS AIDE CHARGED _ A former Virginia school bus aide will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to an assault charge for grabbing the back of a 12-year-old boy’s neck.

_ OPIOID PREGNANCY PLAN _ A new campaign has launched in Virginia to help pregnant mothers who abuse opioids or other drugs.

_ NAMED FOR SLAVES _ Virginia Tech has named its second-oldest building for an enslaved family whose history was in danger of being forgotten.

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ARREST DATA

Figures released by the Charlottesville Police Department show African Americans made up over half of arrests over the past years for mostly petty crimes associated with drugs, recidivism and socio-economic status.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

WHITEHOUSE ADVISER ASSAULT

A court hearing is scheduled for a woman charged with assaulting White House counselor Kellyanne Conway during a confrontation last year at a Maryland restaurant last year. Court records say Mary Elizabeth Inabinett’s initial court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in Montgomery County. By Michael Kunzelman. UPCOMING : By 1 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ SEXUAL ASSAULT-HOWARD UNIVERSITY _ New charges have been filed against a Washington, D.C, barbershop owner accused of posing as a Howard University student and sexually assaulting incapacitated teenagers.

_ SUBWAY TRACKS-RESCUE _ Bystanders sprang into action when a blind man fell onto subway tracks in a Washington D.C. suburb.

_ PREAKNESS RESCUE _ An engineering firm has determined the last historic section of Pimlico Race Course isn’t safe, meaning almost 7,000 seats won’t be available for the Preakness Stakes next month.

_EXPORING GUN PARTS _ A 34-year-old man from Thailand has been sentenced to just over two years in federal prison for a scheme to export firearm parts from the U.S. to his native country.

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