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

October 8, 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

XGR--FLORENCE-AGRICULTURE

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s agriculture agency is asking for more than $300 million from the state for the cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Florence, most of which would go as direct payments to farmers who lost crops and livestock. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— SIGNS STOLEN-PROFESSOR ACCUSED: A University of North Carolina Asheville professor has been accused of stealing political signs.

— MISSING BOY-NORTH CAROLINA: A funeral has been held in North Carolina for a missing 6-year-old boy who was found dead late last month.

— HOLDER-NORTH CAROLINA: Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has gotten involved in North Carolina politics as head of a Democratic group, so he’ll visit the state this week to support a Supreme Court candidate and legislative hopefuls.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— CONFEDERATE STATUES: Richmond’s City Council is being asked to vote on a request that state lawmakers let the city decide whether to take down statues of Confederate leaders.

— WORKPLACE-GUN-LAWSUIT: A Virginia man claims his former employer violated his Second Amendment rights by forcing him to resign over an unloaded handgun in his personal vehicle.

— BODY FOUND-MARINA: Police say a body has been found in the water near a marina in Virginia.

— JAIL DEATH: A 32-year-old woman who was being held at a jail in Virginia has died.

— BODILESS MURDER CASE: Prosecutors in Virginia are expected to bring a man to trial on murder charges, even though his former girlfriend’s body was never found.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

DEEPWATER WIND ACQUIRED

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An offshore wind developer based in Rhode Island is being acquired by the Danish offshore wind company, Orsted. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 380 words.

IN BRIEF:

— HENRIETTA LACKS-BUILDING: Johns Hopkins University and the family of Henrietta Lacks say a new building on the school’s campus in East Baltimore will be named after the woman whose cells were taken without her consent and widely used in revolutionary research.

— IDAHO COUNTY-MISSING PEOPLE: Two people are missing and a third is considered overdue in separate incidents in Idaho’s largest county.

— HATE CRIMES REPORT: Maryland State Police say reports of hate crimes had increased by more than 100 from 2016 to 2017.

— BALTIMORE POLICE-DEATH-LAWSUIT: Five of the police officers charged in the death of a black man who suffered a fatal spine injury while in custody are appealing a lawsuit against Baltimore’s top prosecutor.

— TRANSIT AGENCY-DISCRIMINATION: A Delaware Transit Corporation report on workplace culture says the agency has compensation issues and unclear diversity priorities.

SPORTS

FBN--PANTHERS-DAVIS’ RETURN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers, coming off a dramatic 33-31 win over the New York Giants, get a big boost on defense today as former All-Pro outside linebacker Thomas Davis will return from a four-game suspension for PEDs. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT

FBN--RAVENS-RELAPSE

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens dropped out of first place in the AFC North with a horrid performance against the lowly Browns that was reminiscent of 2017. By Todd Karpovich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4:30 p.m. ET.

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The hard part should have been getting Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney to victory lane in back-to-back races. The task for NASCAR, though, is getting fans to embrace the young drivers now representing the sport. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--NORTH CAROLINA-BACK TO WORK

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina is coming out of an open date to face Virginia Tech this weekend. How well the Tar Heels used that time to regroup could determine how things go for the rest of the season. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 450 words and photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--VIRGINIA-BALANCE

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The excitement still exists that Virginia has the players to be very dynamic on offense. All the Cavaliers (3-2) need to find now is a better balance. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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