Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 6 pm – WITN

14July 2020

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INFECTION OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA RALEIGH, N.C.– Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper revealed standards Tuesday that will permit North Carolina K-12 schools to reopen at lowered in-classroom capability however give parents and school districts the option to have classes completely online. The guidelines from Cooper and the Department of Health and Person Solutions allows in-person direction if trainees, teachers and staff members use face coverings and individuals stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart at school. The strategy also lets households choose whether to opt-in for remote learning. By Bryan Anderson. SENT: 580 words, AP Image.

ELECTION 2020-GOVERNOR RALEIGH– Gov. Roy Cooper promotes his strategy to react to the coronavirus pandemic and criticizes his Republican opposition’s comments about COVID-19 in tv ads broadcast Tuesday, the first of his reelection project. The commercials, unveiled the exact same day the Democratic guv revealed his prepare for public school classes to resume next month, are the first of a $7 million statewide advertisement buy through the end of August, project spokesperson Liz Doherty said. The very first two started running this week in the Charlotte and Greensboro TV markets. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 310 words.

FIRST BLACK COUNCILWOMAN RALEIGH, N.C.– The city board in North Carolina’s capital city on Tuesday picked its very first Black councilwoman to fill an seat abandoned after a council member resigned. Stormie Denise Forte, 49, an attorney and community radio host, was picked from amongst 54 prospects to fill the position that represents Raleigh’s District D, which covers the southwest portion of the city, news outlets reported. She got 6 out of seven votes, and her first conference as a council member is Aug. 18. SENT: 230 words.

PRISON ESCAPEE CAPTURED RALEIGH– A prisoner who left from a North Carolina prison last week put on a janitor’s uniform and followed another employee out the door, according to a report from a state company. Chad Lee Houser, 37, who remained in jail waiting for trial on murder charges, escaped from Central Jail last Friday afternoon and got away Raleigh in a stolen pickup. He was captured later that night in Cumberland County, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of the state capital, The News & & Observer of Raleigh reported. SENT: 250 words.


— BEAGLES SAVED– Two rescue groups interacted to obtain 46 beagles from a home where a man said he had actually become overwhelmed trying to look after the pet dogs.

— SEARCHING CANINES FOUND DEAD– A North Carolina pet dog owner is using a $10,000 reward for info after 19 of his hunting pets were found dead.

— INFECTION OUTBREAK-NORTH CAROLINA-BOWLING ALLEYS– North Carolina’s greatest court has actually briefly obstructed a judge’s judgment that enabled dozens of North Carolina’s bowling alleys to reopen by overturning a portion of Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 executive order keeping them closed.

— RACIAL INJUSTICE-ASHEVILLE STATUES– Workers have eliminated a Confederate monument that stands outside a county courthouse in the western North Carolina city of Asheville.

— VIRUS OUTBREAK-ALCOHOL BAN– The mayor of North Carolina’s biggest city stated she would support banning alcohol sales after 10 p.m. in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.



SWATTING NEO NAZI ALEXANDRIA, Va.– A founder and previous leader of a neo-Nazi group has pleaded guilty to conspiring to put scam telephone call targeting an African American church, a Cabinet authorities, reporters and others. John C. Denton, 26, of Montgomery, Texas, faces up to five years in prison after going into a guilty plea Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria to conspiring to transfer dangers. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 440 words, AP Picture.

INFECTION OUTBREAK-VIRGINIA RICHMOND, Va.– Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he’s ramping up enforcement of a mask required and social distancing procedures at dining establishments and stores since he’s concerned about an increasing number in cases, particularly among youths, in locations near the state’s beaches. Northam said Tuesday the state is doing well overall but he wants to prevent a spike in cases that other southern states, like Texas and Florida, are currently experiencing. By Alan Suderman. SENTL 490 words.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-CONFEDERATE MONOLITHS UNDATED– At least some of the Confederate monoliths that have actually been just recently eliminated from locations of prominence in Richmond, Virginia, are being kept on the grounds of a drainage treatment plant, pictures show. Images taken today by The Associated Press and Richmond Times-Dispatch show a collection of statues and other big items under tarps at the facility simply outside the city’s downtown. SENT: 290 words, AP Photos.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-HISTORICAL SOCIETY DANVILLE, Va.– The president of a historic society in Virginia has actually resigned from his position after racist comments about a statue portraying a Black male posted on his social networks account. Danville Historical Society President Mark Joyner vacated his post Monday, the company stated in a statement to the Danville Register & & Bee. SENT: 340 words.

RAILROAD-PRICE-FIXING-LAWSUIT OMAHA, Neb.– Federal regulators state the nation’s 4 largest railways shouldn’t be able to exclude all the details of their conversations from a suit challenging the method they set rates in the past. Dozens of significant business filed claims last year versus Union Pacific, BNSF, CSX and Norfolk Southern railways. The lawsuits say the railways conspired to boost prices beginning in 2003 by imposing coordinated fuel additional charges and swiping billions of dollars in revenues. By Organisation Compose Josh Funk. SENT: 400 words.

WEAPON BACKGROUND CHECKS-LAWSUIT LYNCHBURG, Va.– A Virginia judge on Tuesday supported much of a new state law that broadens background checks for gun buyers however released an injunction avoiding it from being imposed on buyers in between 18 to 20 years old. Virginia Attorney General Of The United States Mark Herring intends to appeal the injunction, his office said in a statement. SENT: 260 words.


— TEEN-FATAL CRASH– A Virginia teen will serve 6 months in prison for a fatal wreck in 2019 that killed a buddy, court authorities said Tuesday.

— INFECTION OUTBREAK-CONGRESSMAN– U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia states he’s tested favorable for the coronavirus.

— ELECTION 2021-LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR– A state delegate in Virginia revealed Tuesday she will run for lieutenant guv in 2021.



INFECTION OUTBREAK-MARYLAND SCHOOLS ANNAPOLIS, Md.– Maryland’s leading teachers union called on the state Tuesday to begin the approaching academic year with online knowing since of security concerns about the coronavirus. By choosing now, school districts would have six weeks to prepare for a single, known model of learning, stated Cheryl Bost, the president of the Maryland State Education Association. Bost was joined in an online announcement by Diamonte Brown, president of the Baltimore Educators Union, and Tonya Sweat, vice president of advocacy for the Maryland Parent Teachers Association. By Brian Witte. SENT: 450 words.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-CLIMATE WILMINGTON, Del.– Joe Biden launched a $2 trillion plan on Tuesday to increase investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035, arguing that dramatic action is required to deal with environment change and revive the economy. In remarks near his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the presumptive Democratic governmental nominee looked for to reframe the politics of environment modification. He rebuffed arguments from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies that Democratic plans to invest in tidy energy would cost tasks. By Alexandra Jaffe, Ellen Knickmeyer and Will Weissert. SENT: 880 words, AP Photos.


— CHESAPEAKE BAY-UNDERWATER GRASSES– A new report says that underwater turfs in the Chesapeake Bay have actually decreased by nearly 40 percent.

— ODD-PIZZA DEFENSE– Delaware State Authorities state a pizza store owner utilized his available resources to ward off a robbery attempt by a guy with a machete.

— WOMAN-OFFICERS ATTACK– A female who was seen on video getting punched by a Baltimore law enforcement officer after she punched another officer twice on his face has actually pleaded guilty to attack charges

— HEALTH INSURANCE-ENROLLMENT– The deadline for Maryland residents to enlist in a health care plan is near under 2 special registration initiatives.



FBN– WASHINGTON-WHAT’S NEXT UNDATED– When the University of North Dakota moved on from being the Battling Sioux like Washington’s NFL team is doing from Redskins, the brand-new name could’ve been anything. More than 1,600 tips were submitted, ranging from the sensible to the absurd, like the “Abdominal Snowman.” By Sports Author Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, AP Photos.

BBA– ORIOLES-PREVIEW BALTIMORE– The Baltimore Orioles will try to browse a shortened baseball season without their most productive gamer, an extreme lack of outfielders and a precarious beginning rotation. On March 12, the very same day that the coronavirus outbreak brought spring training to an abrupt stop, increasing star Trey Mancini went through colon cancer surgery. After batting.291 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs in 2019 for the last-place Orioles, the 28-year-old outfielder is getting chemotherapy treatments and is out for the season. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 720 words, AP Phots.

SOC-NWSL-COURAGE-SKY BLUE HERRIMAN, Utah– Samantha Mewis and Crystal Dunn each scored and the North Carolina Courage won their 4th straight game, beating Sky Blue 2-0 on Monday night in the National Women’s Soccer League’s Obstacle Cup. The two-time league protecting champions ended up the group stage atop the field heading into the quarterfinals. Mewis scored in the seventh minute for the fastest objective of the Difficulty Cup up until now. Dunn added her first objective of the tournament in the 57th minute. Both players were on the U.S. nationwide group that won the World Cup last summertime in France. SENT: 200 words.


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