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AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD

October 3, 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.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

DISASTER AID-FAA

WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed legislation that would provide $1.7 billion to help residents of the Carolinas and elsewhere recover from recent natural disasters. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

DISASTERS-FIGHTING FEMA

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As the floodwaters recede and the recovery begins, communities swamped by Hurricane Florence soon will be facing deadlines to document the billions of dollars in damage it caused if they want to be reimbursed by the federal government. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 950 words, photos.

STOLEN GUNS-TENNESSEE

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Most of the roughly 400 guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee have been recovered in the Chicago area, federal authorities say. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FLORENCE-SCHOOLS: North Carolina’s public school officials expect damage from Hurricane Florence to well exceed school losses after Hurricane Matthew two years ago.

— FLORENCE-RAPE CHARGE: Police say a North Carolina man displaced from his home by Hurricane Florence is accused of raping a woman who let him stay in her home.

— EDUCATION BOARD: North Carolina’s Democratic governor is getting one of his top choices for the statewide school board, sidestepping Republican legislators who blocked the effort.

— MISSING HIKER-BODY FOUND: The body of an Ohio woman has been found a week after she went missing while hiking with her daughter in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

— BUSINESS I-40 CLOSURE: The N.C. Department of Transportation is holding open houses in the next two weeks to alert motorists to the planned closure of Business Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem.

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VIRGINIA

SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER

ISTANBUL — A Saudi journalist who has written Washington Post columns critical of the kingdom’s assertive crown prince has gone missing while on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the newspaper and his supporters said Wednesday, raising concerns over his safety. By Jon Gambrell and Ayse Wieting. SENT: 770 words, photos.

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Four California men described as “serial rioters” are facing federal charges after prosecutors say they flew across the country for a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year and violently attacked counterprotesters. By Denise Lavoie and Sarah Rankin. SENT: 840 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-GHOSTING

NEW YORK — All seemed to be going well with Randolph Rice’s new receptionist. She asked for more responsibilities and got them, and said she was happy. Then, two months into the job at Rice’s law office, she didn’t show up for work or call in sick. Rice tried to reach her, but got no response. He’d been ghosted: The receptionist ended the work relationship in much the same way many people end romantic associations, without a text, email, or call. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— WIND TURBINES-LAKE ONTARIO: A Virginia-based energy company has announced plans to build more than 40 wind turbines along Lake Ontario in upstate New York.

— DULLES-IMPOSTERS: New facial recognition technology has identified three impostors at Washington Dulles International Airport.

— BOTANICAL GARDEN-WPA WORKERS: A botanical garden in Virginia is trying to identify the black women and men who worked to create the site during the Great Depression.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MARYLAND GOVERNOR -SCHOOL SAFETY

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —Maryland has a new tip line and mobile app to make it easier to report potential threats at schools. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3:30 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON —Three wavering Republican senators lambasted President Donald Trump on Wednesday for mocking a woman who has claimed Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, underscoring the risks of assailing Kavanaugh’s accusers as Senate support teeters for the Supreme Court nominee. By Alan Fram, Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker. SENT: 1,190 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST, KAVANAUGH-CLINTON REVENGE, TRUMP-KAVANAUGH-MEN

TRUMP

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — President Donald Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— HOTEL WORKERS STRIKE: Hotel workers are walking out at seven Marriott hotels in Boston.

— STALLION KILLED: The National Park Service says a car struck and killed a stallion in Maryland.

— STUDENT STUNNED: A Delaware high school student who police say fought with two staff member was shot with a stun gun.

— FORMER ATHLETE-RAPE CHARGES: A former University of Delaware baseball player charged with raping six women is free on bail as he awaits trial.

— TEEN RUN OVER: Police in Maryland say a woman ran over a teen convenience store employee following an argument.

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SPORTS:

FBN--RAVENS-DEFENSE

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens haven’t allowed a touchdown after halftime, and the return of suspended cornerback Jimmy Smith should make the defense even better. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 3 p.m. ET.

FBN--PANTHERS-CHANGING TIMES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The times are changing in Carolina. New owner David Tepper capped a big couple of weeks by signing Eric Reid — a move one former player says never would have happened under previous ownership — and then attending a meeting on bail reform with wide receiver Torrey Smith and the Players Coalition. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, file photos by 6 p.m.

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