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

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Friday, August 10, 2018

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. Maryland-Delaware News Editor Amanda Kell can be reached at 410-837-8315 or akell@ap.org.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

BASKETBALL COACH-FATAL PUNCH

NEW YORK — Wake Forest University has placed an assistant basketball coach on leave after police said he punched a New York City tourist who later died. Athletic director Ron Wellman said in a statement Friday that he spoke with assistant Jamill Jones and the coach agreed that the decision was appropriate under the circumstances. SENT: 380 words, AP Photos NYR201, NYR301.

MONUMENTS’ MOTHERS

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. —Their numbers may be dwindling, but the United Daughters of the Confederacy still have some fight in them. The 124-year-old group that helped erect Confederate monuments across the country is now going to court to keep them from being pulled down. In cases against local governments in Louisiana and Texas, UDC chapters claim to even own the public lands beneath their memorials. By Allen G. Breed. SENT: 1,920 words, photos, video.

NORTH CAROLINA-GOVERNOR

RALEIGH — State commissions that regulate child care, hand out clean-water grants and license private investigators are the latest flashpoint in a power struggle between North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-dominated legislature. A panel of three Superior Court judges heard arguments Friday about whether the composition of six boards and commissions violates the state constitution because Cooper lacks sufficient control over them, and whether they should be essentially shut down until the legislature retools them. The judges didn’t immediately rule but asked for proposed orders from the sides by early next week. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 520 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DISTRICT ATTORNEY-INVESTIGATION — A former North Carolina district attorney has effectively been sentenced to self-imposed penalties in a scheme where he and another prosecutor hired each other’s wives to skirt ethics rules.

— MARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS: The Marine Corps is changing commanders in charge of preparing its special operations units for action.

— ECU-GREEK LIFE: A sorority at a North Carolina college has been suspended for three years for hazing.

— AMAZON-NORTH CAROLINA: A North Carolina town will be the site of a new Amazon distribution center that officials say will lead to hundreds of millions in investment and the creation of more than a thousand jobs.

— MAIL THEFT: A North Carolina mail carrier has acknowledged stealing mailed gifts.

VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTESVILLE WHITE HOUSE RALLY

WASHINGTON — Government and police officials in the nation’s capital say they are confident the city can manage this weekend’s planned white nationalist rally without violence. Meanwhile Washington’s robust local activist community is also gearing up for counter-protests. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 280 words, AP Photo WX101.

GOVERNOR-TAX REFUND

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday outlined a proposal to use extra state revenue from federal tax cuts to give a tax break to low- and moderate-income families. Northam said he wants to make the earned-income tax credit fully refundable, which he said could mean a windfall of “several hundred dollars” for up to 400,000 families in Virginia. SENT: 210 words.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A bank executive testified that he was pressured for political reasons to give more than $16 million in loans to Paul Manafort, as the financial fraud trial of the former Trump campaign chairman resumed Friday afternoon after unexpected delays. The delays left uncertain whether prosecutors could wrap up their case against Manafort before the weekend, as had been expected. By Stephen Braun, Chad Day and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 730 words, AP Photos VAJM209, VAJM105, VAJM107, VAJM105, VAJM110, VAJM111, VAJM106, VAJM108.

— With: TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

— DRUGGED GIRLS-PORNOGRAPHY: A 30-year-old South Texas man must serve life in federal prison for a child pornography case involving girls who said they were drugged and sexually assaulted.

— CIVIL WAR WEEKEND: The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is offering two free history programs for children during Civil War Weekend.

— HIDDEN FIGURES-CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL: The U.S. Senate may award a Congressional Gold Medal to the women portrayed in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures.”

— REDISTRICTING FEES: Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is disputing a $4 million request for legal fees from a private law firm that recently won a redistricting case.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

POLICE SHOOTING-MARYLAND

LANDOVER, Md. — A police officer in a Maryland suburb of Washington fatally shot a man when he reached for a gun in his waistband during a struggle, Prince George’s County police Chief Hank Stawinski said. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BAR STABBING — Authorities in Maryland say a bar owner was stabbed by a man acting inappropriately with the restaurant’s wait staff.

— HELICOPTER-HARD LANDING: A helicopter with a student pilot and an instructor aboard made a hard landing at a small airport in southern New Jersey, leaving both injured and the aircraft on its side.

— BITCOIN SHAKEDOWN: Men in a wealthy Washington suburb have been receiving letters threatening to expose their dark secrets to their wives.

— RIVER DEBRIS-KAYAKER DEAD: Officials say a kayaker died after hitting debris in a Maryland river and overturning.

— BASKETBALL PLAYER-RAPE CHARGE: A former University of Maryland basketball player charged with rape will be allowed to leave the country to play professionally in Poland.

— POLICE IMPERSONATION: Police in Delaware say a man impersonating a law enforcement officer pulled over a woman and frisked her.

SPORTS:

BBA--RED SOX-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE — Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and the first-place Boston Red Sox face the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a four-game series between teams on the opposite end of the standings in the AL East. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

FBC--VIRGINIA-ALL-IN

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Bronco Mendenhall know there’s a risk when going all in on the performance of a few players to determine his team’s success. The third-year Virginia coach is doing it anyway when it comes to quarterback Bryce Perkins, receiver Olamide Zaccheaus and running back Jordan Ellis. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

BKC--DUKE-BARRETT’S HOMECOMING

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke freshman R.J. Barrett gets a homecoming game before his college career formally begins. The native of Canada will be the center of attention when the Blue Devils play three exhibition games next week in Toronto and Montreal. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

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