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


Wednesday, June 12, 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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DURHAM _ Moments after a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to gunning down three Muslim university students, a prosecutor played a cellphone video of the slayings in the courtroom Wednesday as victims’ relatives wept openly and a man hurled an expletive at the confessed killer. By EMERY DALESIO. SENT: 770 words. AP Photos.


UNDATED _ A cadet will be removed from the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps for posting racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and “pro-Nazism” messages on social media, an Army official said Wednesday. Martha Gerdes is on a “leave of absence” from the program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte pending her disenrollment from the ROTC, according to U.S. Army Cadet Command spokesman Maj. Robert Carter. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 340 words.


RALEIGH _ North Carolina legislators respond to recent decisions by local sheriffs not to comply with the federal immigration agent requests to hold a suspect by considering legislation to carry out such detainers. By Gary D. Robertson. UPCOMING: 600 words.


RALEIGH _ Child sexual abuse victims would have until they are nearly 40 years old to sue for civil damages in North Carolina in legislation advancing in the state House. SENT: 350 words.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Confronting an unprecedented sex-abuse crisis, delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s national meeting voted Tuesday to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle abuse cases. The Rev. J.D. Greear, president of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, said the SBC faced a “defining moment” that would shape the church for generations to come. By Jay Reeves and David Crary. SENT: 850 words. AP Photos. AP Video. Moved on national lines.


COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France _ Wherever he goes, Ray Lambert wears his purple cap with the words “D-Day Survivor” embroidered in gold. And wherever he goes, he is celebrated. The handshakes and selfie requests begin the moment he arrives at the gate at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He is on his way to Normandy to mark the moment 75 years ago when he earned the right to wear that cap, to join what will likely be the last great reunion of heroes of the liberation of Europe. He is, at 98, a celebrity traveler. By Allen G. Breed. SENT: 2300 words. AP Photos. AP Video.


_ XGR--HOUSE REDISTRICTING _ Several North Carolina House districts in and around Raleigh will have new boundaries soon after rare bipartisan votes to support a redistricting plan.

_ XGR--ALCOHOL SALES _ North Carolina’s public universities are another step closer to having the option to sell beer and wine during campus athletic events with a bill that’s cleared another General Assembly committee.

_ SEISMIC TESTING _ North Carolina’s coastal management leaders have objected to a proposed seismic survey related to oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean, saying the plans to fire air gun arrays every 10 seconds are inconsistent with state policies.

_ BB&T-SUNTRUST MERGER _ The name of the nation’s newest mega bank is Truist Bank. Southern regional banking giants BB&T and SunTrust said Wednesday that the two would adopt the name for their merged institution.

_ INMATE-BREAST CANCER _ A judge has ordered the federal prison system to make sure a North Carolina woman gets timely treatment for breast cancer while she is incarcerated in Alabama.

_ ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING _ North Carolina police have identified an elementary school teacher as the woman they say accidentally fatally shot herself in the stomach inside a Ruby Tuesday restaurant.



RICHMOND, Va. _ Virginia Republicans keep getting help from an unexpected source as they try to win back suburban voters who have fled the party in the Trump era: Democrats. The latest instance was Tuesday’s primary election victory by a former lawmaker who once spent his nights in jail and his days at the legislature because of a sex scandal involving a teenager. Democrats are hopeful that Trump’s own scandals outweigh their own and the anti-Trump wave that has powered the last two election cycles powers this year’s. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 800 words.


WASHINGTON _ With three weeks to go, exactly what’s going to happen in Washington on the Fourth of July remains a subject of intense confusion because of President Donald Trump plans to reshape the nation’s premier celebration. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 750 words.


_ MAIL-THEFT _ A Virginia judge sentenced a former letter carrier to five hours in jail after she hid more than 5,000 pieces of mail in her house.

_ MAN KILLS RELATIVE _ A Virginia man will serve almost 20 years in prison for shooting his brother-in-law while they were working at a construction site together.



BALTIMORE _ U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church’s most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis By Regina Garcia Cano and David Crary. SENT: 780 words.


DOVER, Del. _ After a series of trial losses against inmates accused in deadly rioting at Delaware’s maximum-security prison in 2017, authorities said Wednesday that they will not pursue any more prosecutions. By Randall Chase. SENT: 770 words.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Self-dealing contracts awarded to board members of a Maryland medical system reflected a “pattern by management” of making financial arrangements without full board approval, an independent review released Wednesday said. By Brian Witte. SENT: 590 words.


BALTIMORE _ Baltimore has withdrawn a lawsuit against the owners of the historic city racetrack that hosts the Preakness Stakes, the Triple Crown series’ middle jewel. By David McFadden. SENT: 510 words.


DOVER, Del. _ A proposal to increase Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has cleared its first legislative hurdle despite vocal opposition from the business and agriculture communities. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING


DAVENPORT, Iowa _ President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly laid into each other while traveling in the battleground state of Iowa, unleashing verbal attacks that at times felt more appropriate for the final weeks before Election Day than a lazy summer about 17 months before voters go to the polls. By Thomas Beaumont, Darlene Superville and Will Weissert. SENT: 800 words.


WASHINGTON _ With three weeks to go, exactly what’s going to happen in Washington on the Fourth of July remains a subject of intense confusion because of President Donald Trump plans to reshape the nation’s premier celebration. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 750 words.


_ MARYLAND MEDICAL BOARD-CHAIR _ The University of Maryland Medical System has elected a former chief of staff to a governor as chairman of its board of directors and a retired federal judge as vice chair.

_ GUN DISTRIBUTOR TO CLOSE _ A bankrupt firearms distributor in South Carolina says it will lay off more than 170 workers and close its plant in Chapin by August. The State reports Ellett Brothers made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware, where its parent company, United Sporting, is based.

_ BALTIMORE POLICE-RAPE _ Baltimore police believe they’ve solved a rape case that had investigators pull more than 100 police cars off the streets to search for evidence.

_ TECHNOLOGY AGENCY-CEO LEAVING _ The CEO of Maryland’s technology development arm is stepping down.

_ MARYLAND-CHILD PORN PLEA _ 35-year-old Maryland man who is a former employee of the U.S. Navy has pleaded guilty to child pornography offenses.

_ PLANNED PARENTHOOD-POLITICAL GROUP_ Planned Parenthood says it is launching a regional political advocacy group to help protect abortion rights in Maryland, the District of Columbia and northern Virginia.



BALTIMORE _ The Baltimore Orioles face the Toronto Blue Jays and 35-year-old starter Edwin Jackson, who’s looking for his first win of the season in his sixth start. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING from 7:05 p.m. start.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey had a breakout season in 2018 and flirted with becoming only the third player in NFL history to record 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. He’d like to reach that goal this year. But with the Panthers looking to spread the ball around more this season that won’t be easy to achieve. By Steve Reed. SENT: 700 words. AP Photos.


OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ The Baltimore Ravens are getting a crash course this week from first-year offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who’s revamped the playbook to accommodate the unique talent of quarterback Lamar Jackson. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m. AP Photos.


UNDATED _ Tony Bennett’s first offseason as a national champion coach has come with benefits on the recruiting trail. His first season at Virginia after winning the title, however, will bring challenges. By Hank Kurz. SENT: 700 words. AP Photos.

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