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

December 3, 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

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-NORTH CAROLINA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. —North Carolina’s flagship university proposed Monday to move a toppled Confederate statue into a new $5 million building on the outskirts of campus, seeking to balance security with strict state historical laws at a site a mile south of where the monument previously stood. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 640 words.

— With: CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-NORTH CAROLINA-THE LATEST

BEST TOYS FOR TOTS

Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles — even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 510 words, photo, video.

IN BRIEF:

— MUSIC-QUEEN TOUR: Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

VIRGINIA

MUSIC Q&A-HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Twenty-five years after “Cracked Rear View” launched their careers, Grammy-winning rock band Hootie & the Blowfish will release a new album and launch an official tour next year after a decade-long break. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— NEW COURT COMPLEX: Officials will announce an agreement related to the construction of a new court complex and parking structure that will serve a Virginia city and a county.

— HUMAYUN KHAN-BILL: A bill that would see a Virginia post office named in honor of a University of Virginia alum killed in action in Iraq has advanced to the U.S. Senate.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

NAVAL ACADEMY-SEA LEVEL RISE

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An oceanography professor at the U.S. Naval Academy gives an overview of research on how sea-level rise is affecting the academy located on the Severn River, as sea level is projected to rise by as much as 3.6 feet in Annapolis by 2050. By Brian Witte. About 400 words by 5 p.m.  

ASTEROID CHASE

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 510 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— UNTESTED RAPE KITS: Earlier this year, 10 of Maryland’s largest police departments reported having nearly twice the number of untested rape kits reported in a 2016 audit.

— BALTIMORE SINK HOLES: Sinkholes have indefinitely shut down parts of two downtown Baltimore streets and interrupted light rail service.

— CATHOLIC SCHOOL COACH-ABUSE: A part-time coach at an all-girls Catholic school in Baltimore is accused of sexually abusing a student.

— COLD CASE-PLAYING CARDS: The panel advising Delaware’s corrections department has raised concerns about playing cards featuring cold cases that have been distributed at state prisons.

— FAKE COCAINE: A New York man has been sentenced to prison for trying to sell seven kilograms of fake cocaine to an undercover agent in Delaware.

SPORTS:

FBN--PANTHERS-RIVERA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera will take over defensive play calls from coordinator Eric Washington amid the team’s four-game losing streak. The Panthers have also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. The moves were announced after Rivera met with owner David Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney on Monday morning. Washington will now oversee the defensive front seven. By Steve Reed. SENT: 675 words, photos

FBN--SURGING RAVENS

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Riding their longest winning streak of the season, the Baltimore Ravens enter the final four weeks of the season with a legitimate chance to end their three-year playoff drought. By Todd Karpovich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. SOU EDITING

FBC--EAST CAROLINA-COACH-AD

GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina has hired Mike Houston as its next football coach and Jon Gilbert as its athletic director. Gilbert announced Houston’s hiring moments after Chancellor Cecil Staton said the school’s board of trustees approved the hiring of the new AD. Houston led James Madison to a 37-6 record, the 2016 national title in the Championship Subdivision and an appearance in the championship game in 2017. Gilbert comes to ECU from Southern Mississippi. SENT: 600 words

BKC--T25-MORGAN ST-VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 4 Virginia returns home to play Morgan State (2-4) at John Paul Jones Arena. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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