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

September 17, 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

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. —Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people mostly cut off from the rest of North Carolina by Florence’s still-rising floodwaters, as helicopters and boat pulled people from homes swamped by swollen rivers. By Chuck Burton. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING, TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM

TROPICAL WEATHER-DEATH TOLLS

More than six months after Hurricane Irma’s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm. By Julie Watson. SENT: 840 words, photo.

TROPICAL STORM-WILMINGTON

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Authorities are looking at going by air and water to get food into a North Carolina city that was cut off from road access by Florence’s floodwaters. By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 550 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES

Flooded rivers from Florence’s driving rains have begun to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 630 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-RISING RIVERS

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The river seethed a quarter-mile away, bulging from its banks, so the patrol cars circled the neighborhood three times. “Get out now,” a voice boomed from a bullhorn. “This is an emergency.” By Claire Galofaro. SENT: 1,090 words, photos, video.

FOSTER KIDS-PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

WASHINGTON — Thousands of children in foster care may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, according to a federal watchdog’s investigation that finds a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 880 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— EX-INMATE-FASHION CRIME: In between New York and London’s fashion weeks, North Carolina made its own ripples in the world of fashion — specifically, jumpsuits.

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VIRGINIA

SLAIN VIRGINIA TEEN

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a former Virginia Tech student charged as an accessory in the 2016 killing of a 13-year-old girl. Natalie Keepers is charged with being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Nicole Lovell, a Blacksburg middle school student who had a relationship with Keepers’ friend, David Eisenhauer. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF:

— WHITEWATER RAFTING STUDY: U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to expand whitewater rafting season at Breaks Interstate Park this year.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — The woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her is willing to tell her story in public to a Senate panel considering his nomination to the Supreme Court, her lawyer said Monday. By Darlene Superville and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

— With: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST, SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THINGS TO KNOW

DOWDUPONT-EXECUTIVES

MIDLAND, Mich. — DowDuPont has named the chief executives who will lead its agriculture and specialty products businesses once they’re split off from the company. SENT: 160 words.

REVENUE FORECAST

NEW CASTLE, Del. — The state panel that sets Delaware’s official government revenue forecast is holding its first meeting since lawmakers approved this year’s $4.3 billion operating budget back in June. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

MED-OPIOID EPIDEMIC-TEST STRIPS

NEW YORK — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,600 words, photos, video

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-MARYLAND: Authorities in Maryland say a police officer fatally shot a man who fired a gun during a struggle with officers.

— MURDER SUICIDE-FIVE SHOT: Two people are dead at a Maryland home and three others, including two children, are critically injured after a shooting that police say they’re investigating as a domestic murder-suicide.

— ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING-SUSPECT DIES: Maryland police say a teen who attempted to kidnap a child has died in police custody.

— NEW VOTING SYSTEM: State lawmakers have signed off on a comprehensive, $13 million upgrade of Delaware’s voting system, including all new machines, an electronic poll book to speed up voter check-in, and a new election management system.

— CLEAN AIR-MARYLAND: Maryland’s attorney general says the state will appeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to deny the state’s efforts to reduce emissions from 36 power plants in five upwind states.

SPORTS:

FBN-RAVENS-BACK TO WORK

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Back from a break after losing to Cincinnati on Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens look ahead toward Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos while coping with the loss of injured linebacker C.J. Mosley. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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