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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, MD

January 3, 2019

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

IN BRIEF:

_ SUPREME COURT-NEW JUSTICE: A civil rights attorney elected to North Carolina’s highest court is taking office.

_ TENNESSEE VALLEY-RAIN: A federal utility that serves parts of seven southeastern states says 2018 was the wettest year on record in the Tennessee Valley.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA-GOVERNOR PRIORITIES

RICHMOND, Va. _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam plans to highlight his legislative agenda ahead of the 2019 legislative session. By Alan Suderman. UPCOMING: 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BABY BONGOS: The Virginia Zoo has a new set of bongos. Two baby bongos were born to separate mothers at the zoo on Dec. 26.

_ UVA WISE-ENROLLMENT: The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is looking to boost enrollment by offering discounted tuition to out-of-state students from Appalachia.

_ TOM GARRETT-STAFF MISUSE: The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics says former Republican Virginia Rep. Thomas Garrett misused staffers for tasks such as dog sitting and buying him cigarettes.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MARYLAND LEGISLATURE

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Raising Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and making prescription drugs more affordable will be some of the leading issues in the upcoming legislative session. By Brian Witte. UPCOMING: 650 words, photo.

BEYOND PLUTO

LAUREL, Md. — A NASA spacecraft 4 billion miles from Earth yielded its first close-up pictures Wednesday of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 780 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ UD-LAB FIRE: Authorities say no one was injured when a fire broke out inside a University of Delaware biomedical engineering building.

_ NETFLIX-FIRE RESCUE: A 13-year-old boy who defied his mom by staying up late to watch Netflix is credited with saving his family from the fire that destroyed their Delaware home.

_ OBIT-JIM MARGRAFF-JOHNS HOPKINS: Jim Margraff, the winningest football coach in Johns Hopkins University’s history, has died at 58.

_ FOOD STAMP FRAUD-SENTENCE: A former convenience store operator in Delaware is scheduled to surrender to federal authorities next week to begin a 14-month sentence for food stamp fraud.

_ SCHOOL THREATS: Police in Maryland say a 14-year-old girl threatened mass violence against three area schools.

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