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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, MD

December 7, 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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HELENA, Mont. — An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. By Matt Volz. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.


_ WINTER WEATHER-NORTH CAROLINA: The National Weather Service is telling parts of North Carolina to expect a major winter storm during the weekend and last into next week.

_ HARASSMENT FROM JAIL: A North Carolina man charged with beating a woman who had a protective order against him and then calling her 223 times from jail has been sentenced to a minimum of 3 ½ years in prison.

_ TROOPER-INSTAGRAM POST: A North Carolina state trooper has been placed on administrative duty over an Instagram post that said police beatings are deserved.



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —A jury is set to begin deliberating in the murder trial of an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring dozens. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.


WEST POINT, Va. _ A Virginia high school teacher who refused to use a transgender student’s new pronouns has been fired. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation on Friday as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with President Donald Trump. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 620 words, photos.



_ ALTRIA-MARIJUANA: One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion investment in Cronos Group, a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company.

_ OPIOID LAWSUIT: Another Virginia county is suing opioid industry giants it says have contributed to the devastating opioid epidemic.

_ NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina regulators will meet next week to set new power rates for customers of a private utility stuck paying for two nuclear reactors that were never finished.

_ MARINE TECH LAB: A Virginia city is set to get a new $12 million lab that will work to develop technology related to marine electric propulsion and advanced energy storage.



NEW YORK — Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year’s end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The first primary debate could happen as early as May, a full three months before the premiere debate of the 2016 cycle. And long-rumored White House hopefuls are already bowing out. By Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow and Will Weissert. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.


_ JOHNS HOPKINS-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Johns Hopkins University says a website error stopped 18 sexual misconduct complaints filed online from reaching its Title IX office since 2016.

_ POLICE CRUISER-PEDESTRIAN: Authorities in Maryland say a police officer has crashed into a pedestrian who was walking in the road.

_ EMPLOYEE-FATAL SHOOTING: Police in Maryland say an unarmed man suspected of shoplifting at a Seat Pleasant discount store repeatedly punched and assaulted a security worker before being fatally shot.


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