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

September 26, 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

GEORGETOWN, S.C. —The last community in the way of Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters as they slowly flow to the sea got some good news Wednesday — the predictions aren’t as dire as they once were. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES

UNDATED — The shooting that killed 17 people earlier this year at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which followed by just months the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, prompted a wave of student activism that raised the hopes of gun-control advocates across the country. While Florida’s legislature and governor responded with a far-reaching package of gun laws, an Associated Press review shows those actions were an outlier among Republican-leaning states. A handful of GOP governors did sign bills banning bump stocks, like the one used in the Las Vegas attack, or allowing police to temporarily seize guns from individuals showing signs of mental instability or violence. But an AP analysis of all gun legislation passed this year in state legislatures finds the back-to-back shooting tragedies were not the legislative turning point gun-control supporters had hoped they would be. By Ryan J. Foley. 1,930 words. Photos. With AP data distribution. An abridged version also is moving.

With: — GUNS-BUMP STOCKS, GUNS-BUMP STOCKS -GLANCE.

IN BRIEF:

— CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS: Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says a television ad opposing constitutional amendments on November ballots is false because it leaves the impression he’s against all six referendums.

— MISSING BOY-NORTH CAROLINA: The father of a 6-year-old boy who disappeared from a North Carolina park over the weekend says it has been hard to sleep.

— POLICE CHIEF-RENTAL UNITS: An investigation found that a police chief in North Carolina had rental units holding images of nude women, narcotics and firearms.

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VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA SENATE DEBATE

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia faces off against Republican Corey Stewart in the second of three planned debate ahead of Election Day. Kaine has a comfortable lead in most polls against Stewart, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump. By Alan Suderman. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10 p.m.

BLACK LUNG LAWSUIT

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by the families of coal miners who were denied benefits for black lung disease after a doctor at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Health System insisted their x-rays did not show the fatal lung disease. A judge threw out the lawsuit last year, finding that the doctor was immune from litigation related to his testimony as an expert witness for coal companies. By Denise Lavoie. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Virginia regulators have picked five companies to open the state’s first medical cannabis dispensaries.

— VIRGINIA AQUARIUM-SEAL DEATH: A 32-year-old seal named Peter who lived at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has died.

— MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE: Developers of a natural gas pipeline set to run through West Virginia and Virginia say the project’s cost has risen from $3.7 billion to $4.6 billion.

— HENRIETTA LACKS COMMISSION: A Virginia state board tasked with developing plans for a cancer research and treatment center is set to convene for the first time.

— MISSING MOTEL OWNERS-SEARCH: Alabama authorities have found the bodies of two missing motel owners after questioning the man charged in their deaths.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — New gun-control laws are taking effect in Maryland next week, and some state lawmakers already are talking about strengthening them in the next legislative session after high-profile shootings in the state. By Brian Witte. SENT: 600 words, photos.

TARGETING BLACKS-STABBING

NEW YORK — A white supremacist accused of stabbing a black man to death with a sword on a New York City street told police he wanted to purge the Earth of black people. SENT: 360 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON —The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing allegations by a third woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, a panel spokesman said Wednesday, in yet another potential blow to his prospects for Senate confirmation. By Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 460 words, photo, video, audio.

— With: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST, SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE SHOWDOWN, KAVANAUGH-RAMIREZ, SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-RAMIREZ, ELECTION 2018-KAVANAUGH

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-JUDGE

WASHINGTON — Mark Judge spent decades mining his recollections and writing books and articles full of semi-confessional details about the suburban Maryland prep school he attended with future Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Now, though, Judge’s memory has drawn a blank. By Stephen Braun, Jeff Horowitz and Brian Witte. SENT: 1,040 words, photo

IN BRIEF:

— FOOTBALL SEASON CANCELED: A Maryland school has canceled its football season after about 10 players tried out for the team this fall.

— CHARTER SCHOOL CLOSES: A Delaware charter school focused on preparing students for public safety careers has abruptly shut its doors.

— COUNCIL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT: A Delaware county councilman has been cleared of wrongdoing in the investigation of a harassment complaint brought by the council president, who herself has been accused of harassment.

— COMMUTATION REQUEST: A man serving 35 years in prison for a murder committed when he was 17 years old is seeking commutation of his sentence.

SPORTS:

BBA--ORIOLES-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox play a day-night doubleheader. David Price goes in game one for the AL East champion Red So and Chris Sale starts the nightcap. By Jimmy Golen. 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m. games. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

FBN--RAVENS-STOPPING BIG BEN

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — As the Baltimore Ravens approach another prime-time AFC North showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, their No. 1 priority is same as it’s always been: stop Ben Roethlisberger. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BKC--UNC WILMINGTON-FLORENCE

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — UNC Wilmington’s campus remains closed to students in the wake of Hurricane Florence. That has forced the Seahawks’ men’s basketball team to hold its first week of practice at North Carolina — where coach C.B. McGrath worked as an assistant for 14 seasons. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos by 5 p.m.

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