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

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Thursday, May 16, 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

XGR--TAX PACKAGE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ This year’s favored tax package for Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly has received preliminary Senate approval. The proposal, which advanced in a near party-line 26-19 vote on Thursday, is almost identical to tax provisions contained in the House’s state budget proposal approved two weeks ago. It contains more tax breaks for corporations and individuals, but would also likely collect more sales taxes from North Carolina residents shopping at online shopping sites based out of state. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 560 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--LOCAL SALES TAXES _ All of North Carolina’s counties would have more choices on how to spend additional sales tax revenues that local voters approve in legislation advancing at the General Assembly.

_ TWO DROWNED _ Authorities have identified a man who along with a boy drowned on the North Carolina coast.

_ CHURCH-FORECLOSURE _ A North Carolina church founded in 1893 is facing a foreclosure sale of its sanctuary and its 15-acre property next week unless a bankruptcy judge intervenes.

_ FLU DEATHS-NORTH CAROLINA _ North Carolina health officials say two more people have died from the flu as the 2018-19 season nears the end.

_ CHARITY EVENT-ILLNESS _ Health officials on the North Carolina coast say norovirus may be what caused nearly 60 people to get sick at a recent charity event.

_ XGR--LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING _ A North Carolina legislative panel has a narrow task _ redraw lines for seven House districts in and around the state capital.

_ BABY KIDNAPPED-NORTH CAROLINA _ A North Carolina woman accused of faking her infant daughter’s kidnapping and trying to kill her is scheduled to undergo a mental health evaluation.

_ FATAL ACCIDENT-WEST VIRGINIA _ A judge has overturned the conviction of an Illinois truck driver in a crash that killed a North Carolina family in southern West Virginia.

_ BLACKBEARD’S SHIP-LAWSUIT _ A lawsuit over the rights to photos and video from the wreckage of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship is still winding its way through North Carolina courts, four years after the legal conflict began.

_ XGR--LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING _ The North Carolina House is starting another round of redistricting demanded by judges who declared Republicans unnecessarily redrew a handful of districts in 2017.

_ WINNING LOTTERY TICKET-GIFT _ A North Carolina woman was gifted a $1 lottery ticket for Mother’s Day that turned out to be worth $1.3 million.

VIRGINIA

ABORTION REGULATIONS-LAWSUITS

RICHMOND, Va. _ As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other bans on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country to overturn less direct restrictions passed in recent years. At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed over the last two years challenging what abortion-rights groups call TRAP laws, Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers. By Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie. SENT: 920 words, AP Photos.

GREEN BERET DEATH

NORFOLK, Va. _ A U.S. Navy SEAL has pleaded guilty to hazing and assault charges for his role in the 2017 strangulation death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Adam Matthews, one for four U.S. service members charged with murder and related counts in the death of Army Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar, entered the plea Thursday at a special court martial hearing. By Ben Finley. SENT: 130 words, AP Photos. Will be updated.

CHELSEA MANNING

ALEXANDRIA, Va. _ Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was ordered back to jail Thursday for refusing to testify to a grand jury, even after telling a judge she’d rather “starve to death” than cooperate with prosecutors. U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ordered her to remain incarcerated at the Alexandria jail either until she agrees to testify or until the grand jury’s term expires in 18 months. He also imposed fines that will kick in at $500 a day after 30 days and $1,000 a day after 60 days. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA-GANNETT _ Shareholders of USA Today owner Gannett have rebuffed an attempt to overthrow its board. AP Photo.

_ PRISONER RELEASED-ROBBERY _ A Virginia man who was lauded for turning his life around after getting out of prison now faces nearly 16 years imprisonment for robbery.

_ KIDNAPPING TALE _ A Wyoming company has been cleared to sell a nearly $11 million Montana mansion.

_ KILLING-MISDIRECTION _ Police in Virginia say a note left on the body of a slain man was an attempt to misdirect investigators.

_ CAREGIVER RESPITE-VOUCHERS _ Virginia families who care for a loved one with disabilities or chronic conditions can apply for up to $400 in reimbursement for respite costs under a temporary voucher program.

_ HOSPITAL EXPANSION _ A Virginia health care organization has announced a $300 million hospital expansion in Roanoke.

_ CHILD PORN-PROFESSOR _ An English instructor at Auburn University in Alabama has been arrested in Virginia on child porn charges.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MARYLAND HOUSE SPEAKER

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Maryland’s new House speaker said Thursday she will “most likely” push to protect abortion rights in the state’s constitution next year, as her predecessor sought to do this year. House Speaker Adrienne Jones, in an interview 15 days after she won the speakership, said she expects the issue to come back before Maryland lawmakers, especially after Alabama’s governor signed the strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban Wednesday. By Brian Witte. SENT: 500 words, AP Photo.

MARYLAND CHANCELLOR-STEPPING DOWN

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ The chancellor of Maryland’s university system said Thursday he will step down next year, after state lawmakers cut funding from the system’s budget by an amount equal to his annual salary to express displeasure in the system’s handling of a University of Maryland football player’s death and how the chancellor dealt with a separate ethics query. By Brian Witte. SENT: 700 words, AP Photo.

BALTIMORE-PONZI SCHEME

BALTIMORE_ A Maryland man accused in a bogus investment scheme that entrapped hundreds of individuals and corporate investors and might ultimately involve as much as a half-billion dollars has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy. In a federal courthouse in Baltimore, Kevin Merrill pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony counts. Thirteen other counts he faced are expected to be dismissed at sentencing in September. By David McFadden. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

XGR--MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

DOVER, Del. _ Democratic lawmakers are again proposing to legalize marijuana in Delaware after a failed effort last year. Sponsors of a bill unveiled Thursday say it is aimed at eliminating the black market for pot by establishing a state-licensed industry that would create jobs while padding state coffers with licensing fees and taxes. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

XGR-OPIOID TAX

DOVER, Del. _ The state House votes on a Senate-passed bill requiring drug manufacturers that sell opioid painkillers in Delaware to pay a new tax to help support substance abuse prevention and treatment. By Randall Chase. UPCOMING

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that’s now the leading cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, blasted the claims, saying they’re based on “stunningly overbroad legal theories, which if adopted by courts, will undermine the bedrock legal principle of causation.” By Anthony Izaguirre and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 950 words, AP Photo.

With: OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS-MARYLAND

IN BRIEF:

_ MUSEUM STATUE-STOLEN THUMB _ Federal prosecutors plan to retry a Delaware man who admitted he broke a thumb off a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum. AP Photo.

_ XGR--LODGING TAX _ Staying at a hotel or motel in Delaware’s most popular beach town could soon be a little more expensive. By Randall Chase.

_ POCOMOKE POLICE CHIEF-MISCONDUCT _ A former police chief on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has been convicted of misconduct in office.

_ POLICE TRANSPARENCY _ The chief executive of Maryland’s largest county is signing a measure to increase the transparency of investigations into deaths involving police.

_ XGR-LODGING TAX _ Staying at a hotel or motel in Delaware’s most popular beach town could soon be a little more expensive if state lawmakers allow Rehoboth Beach officials to impose a local lodging tax of up to 3%.

_ ELECTION 2020-BIDEN HEADQUARTERS _ Former Vice President Joe Biden is choosing Philadelphia to base his 2020 presidential campaign, opting for his native Pennsylvania over the state of Delaware that sent him to the Senate for 36 years.

SPORTS

HKN--BRUINS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Boston Bruins look to sweep the Carolina Hurricanes when they meet in Game 4 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final. Goalie Tuukka Rask has stopped 85 of the 90 shots he’s faced in the series. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 8 p.m. start.

BBA--ORIOLES-INDIANS

CLEVELAND _ Trevor Bauer, who threw a season-high 122 pitches in his last starts, takes the mound as the Indians open a four-game series _ and 11-game homestand _ against Dan Straily and the Baltimore Orioles. UPCOMING: 700 words, Game time 6:10 p.m.

RAC--PREAKNESS-WAR OF WILL

BALTIMORE _ War of Will grinded out the Kentucky Derby in the slop, avoided clipping heels with Maximum Security and came out of the race looking as if he won. The morning after a frustrating race in the mud that left him eighth at the finish line, the charismatic bay colt was unscathed, healthy and surprisingly frisky. By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 770 words, AP Photos.

CAR--NASCAR-CHARLOTTE-HERMRIC

CONCORD, N.C. _ Daniel Hemric grew up just up the road from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Now the Cup Series rookie is looking to race his way into the All-Star race and have a solid showing next week at the Coca-Cola 600 at his home track. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7:30 p.m.

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