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

September 21, 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. —A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction. By Alan Suderman and Alex Derosier. SENT: 900 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES

Duke Energy said Friday that a dam containing a large lake at a Wilmington power plant has been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it’s possible coal ash from an adjacent dump is flowing into the Cape Fear River. By Michael Biesecker and Alan Suderman. SENT: 720 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SURVEYING THE DAMAGE

SPRING LAKE, N.C. — With Florence’s floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are finally getting a chance to take stock of the destruction from the wind and floodwaters. By Alex Derosier and Alan Suderman. SENT: 740 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-AGRICULTURE

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hurricane Florence is testing the resolve of farmers in the Carolinas, who could face billions of dollars in agricultural damage while still feeling the sting from Hurricane Matthew almost two years ago. By Gary D. Robertson and Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— DRUNK DRIVING DEATH-SENTENCE: A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in a wreck that killed a Georgia man more than three years ago.

— ROBBERIES-TEEN ARRESTED: Police in North Carolina have arrested a 13-year-old in connection with a series of armed robberies in which two people were shot.

— SCUP FISHING: Federal fishing managers are letting fishermen catch more of a small, commercially valuable species of East Coast fish this winter.

— FAMILY-FATAL CRASH: Authorities say four members of a North Carolina family, including two children, have died in a multi-vehicle crash near Virginia.

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VIRGINIA

VA 10 DEBATE

LEESBURG, Va. —Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock defended her ability to get results working with the Trump administration in the first and perhaps only debate that will be held in a key congressional race in Virginia. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 520 words.

DISCLOSING CHILDREN’S DEATHS

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The police chief in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction says a state law is hampering his department’s efforts at transparency. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 570 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

TRUMP CLUB PADDLERS: Paddlers are suing the U.S. Coast Guard in an attempt to reverse a policy that closes a stretch of the Potomac River when President Donald Trump is playing golf at his course outside Washington.

— FANNY PACK PIGEON ASSAULT: Police say a woman at a Social Security Administration office outside Washington smacked a security guard in the head with a fanny pack and then pulled a knife on him. Inside the fanny pack, a pigeon was found.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-VIRGINIA COSTS: Virginia officials committed to spending up to $60 million to set up state shelters and secure response teams ahead of Hurricane Florence.

— CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER-COST: The Virginia State Police says it spent more than $3 million to provide security for the one-year anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MARYLAND SHOOTING

ABERDEEN, Md. — The woman who killed three people and wounded others before shooting herself to death at a Maryland drugstore warehouse had been diagnosed with a mental illness and used a legally purchased gun in the rampage, a law enforcement official said Friday. By David McFadden and Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 620 words, photos, video.

— With MARYLAND SHOOTING-THE LATEST

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON —Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford’s accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,210 words, photo, video.

KAVANAUGH VS FORD OPTICS

WASHINGTON — The congressional showdown taking shape between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault is a battle of optics as much as truth, and it comes at the height of campaign season. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-HIRONO

WASHINGTON— Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, one of only four women on the 21-member Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh the same questions on sexual harassment she has asked dozens of other nominees. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 810 words.

HEALTH INSURANCE-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan has announced lower health insurance premiums for individual plans on Maryland’s health care exchange. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo by 3 p.m.

CNS-GOV-SPENDING

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Hundreds of donors that contributed to Democrat Martin O’Malley between 2007 and 2011 are financially backing Republican Larry Hogan as he seeks a second term as Maryland’s governor, according to a Capital News Service analysis of campaign finance records. Donors now favoring Hogan after backing a Democratic governor may be one of several signs that not only Republicans, but also some Democrats, could cast ballots for Hogan in November. Hogan has held a double-digit lead in several polls, including Wednesday’s Goucher Poll that put him ahead of Democratic opponent Ben Jealous by 22 points. By Chris Cioffi of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 1:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— FINANCES CLOSE CHARITY: An official with a 91-year-old Episcopal nonprofit says financial challenges have forced the charity to shutter and transfer its child care services to other organizations.

— SHIPWRECK ARTIFACTS: Delaware is moving more than 80,000 artifacts retrieved from a shipwreck to a facility in its capital.

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