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

October 10, 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

FLORENCE RECOVERY AID

RALEIGH, N.C. —North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants state lawmakers to provide $750 million next week as part of a long-term $1.5 billion Hurricane Florence recovery package. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Michael tore away tree limbs and sent pieces of buildings flying Wednesday as it closed in on the Florida Panhandle with potentially catastrophic winds of 150 mph and towering storm surge. By Jay Reeves and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 920 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

— PREGNANT WOMAN SHOT-BABY KILLED: Police in North Carolina say two teenage girls have been charged in the shooting of a pregnant woman that was fatal for her baby.

— STATE VEHICLES VANDALIZED: Police in North Carolina are trying to find whoever spray-painted racially charged and anti-law-enforcement sentiments on an office and several state vehicles.

— UNC-CHANCELLOR SEARCHES: The University of North Carolina system is changing the way it hires chancellors to require confidentiality and no public disclosure of candidates.

— ADVANCED CLASSES: North Carolina’s largest school system says a new state law is falling short of its goal of making sure bright, low-income students aren’t skipped over for advanced classes.

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VIRGINIA

LUXURY RESORT-LAWSUIT

RICHMOND, Va. — State officials in Virginia have filed a lawsuit against the developer of a luxury golf resort over what they call “significant and repeated environmental violations” on a site known as a major gathering place for bald eagles from up and down the East Coast. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo.

OFFICE PARKS-SCHOOLS

FAIRFIELD, Conn. —On the new satellite campus of Sacred Heart University, the helicopter landing pad remains as one of the few reminders that the wooded, 69-acre property served until recently as the global headquarters for General Electric. By Michael Melia. SENT: 840 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— COAL ASH LAWSUIT-VIRGINIA: A federal appeals court has rejected a request from the Sierra Club to hold a new hearing to reconsider a ruling that Dominion Energy’s discharge of arsenic from a coal ash storage site does not violate the U.S. Clean Water Act.

— WASHINGTON AND LEE-CHANGES: A board has endorsed the replacement of some portraits of George Washington and Robert E. Lee in military uniforms at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.

— CHARLOTTESVILLE RALLY-LAWSUIT: The attorney who says his signature was placed on court documents without his knowledge has been removed from a lawsuit related to the 2017 deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

— GIRL ABDUCTED-ARREST: A man who police say has no fixed address has been charged in the abduction and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl who was walking to school.

— BABY’S BODY FOUND: A Virginia man whose toddler daughter’s body was found in a suitcase next to train tracks in New Jersey earlier this year has been arraigned on a count of disturbing or concealing human remains.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

UNKNOWN SOLDIER-REMAINS

WASHINGTON —Gerard Murphy never met his uncle Richard. But the Potomac, Maryland, native grew up hearing stories of the former journalist who enlisted in the Marines during World War II and disappeared during the June 15, 1944, amphibious assault on the Pacific island of Saipan. By Ashraf Khalil. SENT: 660 words, photos.

AP POLL-ELECTION SECURITY

ATLANTA — With the midterm elections less than a month away, a strong majority of Americans are concerned the nation’s voting systems might be vulnerable to hackers, according to a poll released Wednesday. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 930 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— EXPLODING CELLPHONE-BUS: An exploding cellphone has injured a high school student on the bus ride home from school in Maryland.

— POKER PRO-MARIJUANA: A professional poker player who was charged in a New York marijuana bust earlier this year is now charged with funneling marijuana and hash oils into the Baltimore area.

— SCHOOL WORKER-SEX ABUSE: A behavioral assistant at Maryland school is accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old student who had been living with him.

— JUVENILE KILLER-COMMUTATION REQUEST: Delaware’s Board of Pardons will hear a commutation request from a man serving 35 years in prison for a murder committed when he was 17 years old.

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