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

November 30, 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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RALEIGH, N.C. — Industrial conglomerate Honeywell International Inc. will move its headquarters from New Jersey and establish 750 jobs in Charlotte, North Carolina, the company said Friday. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 450 words.


RALEIGH, N.C. —A North Carolina congressional race result still hasn’t been finalized as elections officials examine potential absentee ballot irregularities. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.


Ninety days of security video showed a South Carolina church volunteer arrested this week repeatedly abusing young children in a bathroom, according to a lawyer who expressed fear on Friday that there might be more victims. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 450 words, photo.


— CHICKENPOX OUTBREAK: The largest outbreak of chickenpox in North Carolina since the vaccine was introduced in 1995 has spread outside the school where it was first reported.

— PASTOR PRINCIPAL-SEX CHARGES: A Baptist pastor and private school principal has pleaded guilty to performing inappropriate sex acts and sending several nude pictures to an underage girl in North Carolina.

— DNA COLD CASE: Police in North Carolina say rape kit retesting made possible by a federal grant has led to the arrest of a convicted sex offender in a decades-old rape case.



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jurors in the trial of a man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally have been shown chilling evidence of the death and injuries left behind. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


FALLS CHURCH, Va. — A top lieutenant to drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is expected to receive a life sentence in a federal courtroom in Virginia. Damaso Lopez pleaded guilty earlier this year after being extradited from Mexico. By Matthew Barakat. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort may face additional charges after lawyers in the special counsel’s Russia investigation said he lied to them and broke his plea agreement, prosecutors said Friday. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 740 words, photos.



VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — An Indiana Army veteran has testified in court that he was hired by a Florida man to kill the man’s wife and her 7-year-old son in Virginia. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.


— UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN-WAR DEAD: The remains of three service members killed in the deadliest attack against American forces in Afghanistan this year have arrived back in the U.S.

— AMAZON HQ-NASHVILLE: Nashville’s police union is blasting the city’s plans to award up to $15 million in incentives for Amazon’s new facility, calling it “corporate welfare.”

— GAS-WATER SUPPLY: An unknown gas found in a Virginia town’s water supply has prompted the evacuation of parts of the town.

— DULLES-PORTUGAL: A Portuguese airline is launching nonstop service between that nation’s capital and the Washington, D.C., region.



ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman has pleaded guilty to using and distributing illegal drugs to fellow midshipmen at the academy, a school spokesman said Friday. By Brian Witte. SENT: 300 words.


BETHESDA, Md. —A security breach inside Marriott’s worldwide hotel empire has compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests, exposing in some cases credit card numbers, passport numbers and birthdates, the company said Friday. SENT: 760 words.



WASHINGTON — They haven’t spoken in days, not since President Donald Trump called to congratulate Nancy Pelosi on Democrats’ election night win. But they don’t really need to. Trump and Pelosi go way back, from the time she first showed up at Trump Tower fundraising for the Democrats long before he would become president or she the House speaker. Two big-name heirs to big-city honchos — Trump and Pelosi each had fathers who were political power players in their home towns — they’ve rubbed elbows on the Manhattan social scene for years. By Lisa Mascaro, Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.


MIDDLETOWN, Md. — A gaggle of excitable white turkeys gobbled and clucked in their pen at Open Book Farm on a chilly afternoon in late October. Most days, the birds roam free in one of the farm’s pastures scratching and walking around under the care of farm owners Mary Kathryn and Andrew Barnet. In the spring and summer, the turkeys share the 192-acre farm with chickens, hogs and cows. The turkeys would soon join the other animals in Open Book’s freezer after being slaughtered and processed. Open Book is one of many farms in the state that has received funds from government programs helping farmers develop conservation plans and paying for runoff-reducing projects like planting trees along riverbanks, building livestock fences and water lines, and buying seed for pastures. Agriculture is one of the largest land uses in the Chesapeake Bay region and its runoff is the largest contributor of runoff into the watershed. The constellation of programs across the United States supporting farmer conservation are funded by the farm bill. In this year’s five-year update, the House and Senate versions allocate different sums to these programs, including the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. By Chris Cioffi of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 1,400 words by 3:30 p.m.


— BALTIMORE-FORMER COMMISSIONER: A former Baltimore police commissioner is scheduled to plead guilty to federal tax charges that made his time atop the city’s troubled department short-lived.

— SUBSTITUTE TEACHER-CHAIR: A Maryland substitute teacher who a principal says taped a second-grade student to a chair has been suspended.

— PRISON DISTURBANCE-DELAWARE: A lawyer suing Delaware prison officials says ongoing abuse and neglect is to blame for the recent deaths of two inmates who witnessed a fatal prison riot last year.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christian McCaffrey keeps hearing he’s too small to be an NFL running back. He’s proving people wrong. McCaffrey is coming off a franchise-record 237 yards from scrimmage last week against Seattle and is showing he’s durable enough to be an every down back. By Steve Reed. 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Hornets look to continue their strong play during their homestand when Utah’s Grayson Allen comes to town. By stringer Solange Reyner. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT


RALEIGH, N.C. — The Anaheim Ducks look for their third straight win when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos from 7:30 p.m. start.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pitt senior fullback George Aston has felt the slights throughout his career, so it’s no surprise to him that so few people give the Panthers any chance to topple mighty No. 2 Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. — East Carolina visits North Carolina State on Saturday in a game that comes two days after the Pirates fired head coach Scottie Montgomery. Defensive coordinator David Blackwell will serve as the Pirates’ interim coach for the game. The schools added the game to the schedule after both teams had games canceled due to Hurricane Florence in September. N.C. State can reach 10 wins by winning this home finale and a bowl game. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 650 words


Marshall is getting $300,000 for playing a football game at Virginia Tech. Thundering Herd coach Doc Holliday is hoping for a much bigger payday for his squad in what he’s calling “the Blacksburg Bowl.” The Hokies need a victory to extend their nation’s-best 25-year bowl streak. By Hank Kurz. SENT: 775 words, photos


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