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

December 19, 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

COOPER-INTERVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper hasn’t given up yet on Apple creating more jobs soon in North Carolina. In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, Cooper declined to comment on why the state didn’t land thousands of new jobs that Apple announced last week would go to Austin, Texas. Cooper says he’s staying silent because he called Apple an “open recruiting situation” that could potentially yield more employment. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

CHINA FORCED LABOR

HOTAN, China —Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams. By Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang. SENT: 2,990 words, photos.

_ With: CHINA FORCED LABOR-REACTION

IN BRIEF:

_ AMBULANCE OVERTURNED: An amended autopsy says the toddler whose ambulance overturned after being struck by a drunken driver died from a brain tumor and not injuries suffered in the crash.

_ PANHANDLER SHOT: Police say a man accused of aggressive panhandling was shot in North Carolina.

_ SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGES: A man serving time after his conviction on sex trafficking charges has been ordered to pay nearly a half-million dollars in restitution to his 15-year-old victim.

_ TEACHER LICENSING-MATH EXAM: The math test that nearly 2,400 elementary and special education teachers have failed in their bids to secure their licenses might be phased out in a matter of months.

_ SHERIFF-ICE PROGRAM: Less than two weeks after a North Carolina sheriff announced an end to an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 16 people under ICE detainers have been released.

VIRGINIA

PIPELINE PROTEST-COMPRESSOR STATION

RICHMOND, Va. _ A Virginia air pollution panel is delaying a vote on a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The board voted 3-1 to allow additional public comment on a proposed permit for a compressor station in a historic African-American community west of Richmond. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

_With: PIPELINE PROTEST-COMPRESSOR STATION-THE LATEST

IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS

Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,290 words.

_ With: IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS-ABRIDGED

IN BRIEF:

_ ELECTRICAL COOPERATIVE-SHOOTING: Police say a person opened fire outside an electrical cooperative in western Virginia, then shot himself after a high-speed pursuit in a neighboring county.

_ SPECIAL ELECTION: Republican Ronnie Campbell has defeated Democrat Christian Worth in a special election to fill the seat of former Delegate Ben Cline.

_ HACKING SCHEME-CELEBRITIES: Sentencing has been delayed for a former Virginia teacher who pleaded guilty in the 2014 “celebgate” scandal in which hackers obtained nude photographs and other private information from more than 200 people, including celebrities.

_ DOMINION-CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS: Virginia’s attorney general has announced that he will no longer take campaign contributions from state-regulated monopolies or their key executives and lobbyists ahead of his run for governor.

_ COLONIAL FARM CLOSING: A colonial-style farm in northern Virginia is slated to close amid a years-long dispute with the National Park Service.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

WILMINGTON TRUST-BANK FRAUD

WILMINGTON, Del. _ The former chief credit officer of the only financial institution criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program was sentenced Wednesday to 4½ years in prison for helping mislead investors and federal regulators about the bank’s troubled condition in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. By Randall Chase. SENT: 790 words.

JOURNALIST DEATHS

NEW YORK —The number of journalists killed worldwide in retaliation for their work nearly doubled this year, according to an annual report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ JAIL-ICE PROGRAM: A Maryland county has ended its participation in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program, but the exact circumstances of its termination are muddled.

_ AMAZON WAREHOUSE COLLAPSE: More than a month after a deadly tornado ripped apart some of an Amazon distribution warehouse in Baltimore, the company is restarting limited Prime Now service in the area.

_ WORKER-TRENCH DEATH: The employer of the construction worker killed at a Baltimore wastewater treatment plant this week has been identified as a contractor that’s seen three other worker deaths this year.

_ HUMPBACK WHALE-ASHORE: The director of a marine research institute says the juvenile female humpback whale that washed ashore in Delaware was likely killed by a boat strike.

_ DSU PROTEST-LAWSUIT: More than six years after an on-campus protest resulted in his arrest, a professor’s legal fight against Delaware State University continues.

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