AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD
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ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina voters were deciding Tuesday whether Gov. Roy Cooper and his Democratic colleagues will gain influence in the current Republican-dominated legislature for the next two years, and if GOP policy proposals should be etched in the state constitution. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 530 words, photos. Will be updated.
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— BOJANGLES SOLD: A North Carolina-based chicken-and-biscuit chain has been sold to a pair of New York firms.
— DEATH-HEPATITIS A: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first death related to an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A.
UNC-CLASSES CANCELED: Officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill say classes will resume Wednesday, two days after a water main break forced a cancellation.
— BABY DRUGS: A North Carolina is charged with exposing his baby to illegal drugs, leading to her cardiac arrest.
— GIRL KIDNAPPED: The FBI has joined the search for a 13-year-old girl reportedly kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginians are voting in races that could help determine political control of Congress. Voters will make their picks Tuesday after months of bare-knuckled campaigning as Republicans try and hold onto U.S. House seats in closely watched races. Democrats have focused on flipping four GOP-held seats, but have run aggressive campaigns in all seven districts currently held by Republicans, even in deep-red areas. SENT: 350 words, photos. Will be updated.
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NEW YORK —After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instead of one, a surprise move that could still have a major impact on the communities it ultimately selects. By Joseph Pisani and David Klepper. SENT: 700 words, photo.
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—ACTIVIST-THREATS: A woman who was previously fined $5 for yelling curses at the organizer of last year’s deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia has been barred from threatening a different man arrested the weekend of the rally’s anniversary.
— SCHOOL OFFICER SUSPENDED: A sheriff’s deputy listed as a school resource officer has been placed on leave following an accusation about “his behavior with a juvenile.”
— CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST-LAWYERS: Two attorneys representing two men being sued in connection with the August 2017 deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, are again attempting to leave the case.
— VCU COMMENCEMENT: A Virginia college that canceled its university-wide commencement ceremony last week has announced that it will now be hosting one.
— ELK MANAGEMENT: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wants to know how state residents feel about elk.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland voters will be choosing a governor, a U.S. senator and eight U.S. House seats, as well as 188 state legislators on Tuesday. Larry Hogan is seeking to become the first Republican governor re-elected in Maryland since 1954 in the state’s highest profile contest on Tuesday. He is being challenged by Democrat Ben Jealous, a former NAACP president who would be Maryland’s first black governor. By Brian Witte. SENT: 460 words, photos. Will be updated.
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DOVER, Del. — Tuesday’s election isn’t likely to change the political hue in solidly blue Delaware, although voters do have the chance to make the picture a little rosier for Republicans by ending one-party control of the state legislature. By Randall Chase. SENT: 370 words, photo. Will be updated.
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UTAH MAYOR DEAD AFGHANISTAN
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Delaware —The body of a Utah mayor and Army National Guard member who urged Americans to vote before he was killed in Afghanistan has been returned to U.S. soil. SENT: 530 words.
— CLOSE TO THE SUN: A NASA spacecraft has made its first close approach to the sun, just 2 1/2 months after liftoff.
— MARCHING BAND SUSPENDED: Bowie State University in Maryland says its marching band has been suspended in the wake of hazing allegations against the group.
— ELECTION 2018-ELECTION DAY WEATHER: As polls opened across the country, residents of several states were contending with severe weather conditions that could affect voter turnout.
— OFFICER PUNCHED: Police in Delaware say a woman punched a police officer and fled during an “investigative stop.”
— MYSTERIOUS MUSIC: Police in Delaware and New Jersey say they’ve received multiple complaints about mysterious music from towns located along the Delaware River.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Hornets look to climb above .500 for the season and close out a four-game home stand with a 3-1 record when they host the Hawks. By stringer Richard Walker. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
ST. LOUIS — The Blues continue their five-game homestand with a visit from Carolina. By Warren Mayes. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland interim coach Matt Canada faces an uncertain future, despite doing a credible job of keeping the football team together amid the chaos surrounding the program. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 550 words, photo by 3 p.m. ET. SOU EDITING
ATLANTA — Georgia Tech defensive end Anree Saint-Amour, coming off a big game in a win over North Carolina, is a big reason the Yellow Jackets rank among the nation’s leaders in turnovers forced as the Yellow Jackets prepare to play Miami on Saturday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 550 words, file photos by 5 p.m. SOU EDITING
INDIANAPOLIS — John Calipari’s new recruits will get their first taste of big-time college basketball Tuesday when No. 2 Kentucky faces No. 4 Duke in a match-up of college basketball blue bloods at the Champions Classic. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is approximately 9:30 p.m.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The eighth-ranked Tar Heels will be looking for a little revenge when they visit Wofford College to open the regular season. The Terriers upset Luke Maye and UNC last season. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 5 Virginia finally gets a chance to get back on the court, and begin putting an historic NCAA Tournament lost behind it, as it opens the season against Towson. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 19 Michigan opens its men’s basketball season with a nonconference matchup against Norfolk State. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State opens its second season under Kevin Keatts with an overhauled roster against Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A youthful Maryland squad with one scholarship senior makes its debut in the season opener against Delaware. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.
MILWAUKEE — How about this matchup to open a new arena: Marquette hosts UMBC, the first team to win an NCAA tourney game as a No. 16 seed, in its first game at the Fiserv Forum. By Genaro C. Armas. Upcoming: 600 words. Game starts 8 p.m. CT.
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin opens what it hopes will be a bounce-back season by hosting Coppin State. Upcoming: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.
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