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

October 1, 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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NORTH CAROLINA

LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. — A lawsuit challenging the replacement for North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” is moving forward, with a judge finding evidence that transgender plaintiffs are being harmed by a prohibition on new local antidiscrimination laws. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 620 words.

RNC 2020 CHARLOTTE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Republican National Convention will be held in North Carolina’s largest city in August 2020 and party leaders say they’ll gather with an eye on nominating President Donald Trump for a second term. By Tom Foreman Jr. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 3 p.m.

HIGH SPEED WIRELESS AT HOME

NEW YORK — Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 910 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSING BOY-NORTH CAROLINA: Authorities are confirming that the body found last week in a North Carolina creek was a 6-year-old boy who went missing days earlier.

— FATAL FIRE-IRON: Fire officials in North Carolina believe an unattended iron caused the house fire that killed a woman.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— LAVAZZA-MARS: Italian coffee company Lavazza Group has acquired Mars Inc.’s beverage division in an effort to expand its North American presence.

— OPIOID COMMISSION: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has asked a group of experts to advise him on how to fight the state’s opioid epidemic.

— AGING SCHOOLS-CONSTRUCTION COSTS: A Virginia lawmaker heading a subcommittee on the state’s aging schools wants some of the sales tax collected from online purchases to go toward school construction.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

GUN CONTROL-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland authorities and mental health professionals already have been training to implement a new law that enables courts to temporarily restrict firearms access for people found to be a risk to themselves or others. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump said Monday he wants the FBI to do a “comprehensive” investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh. But he also said he stands by his Supreme Court nominee “all the way.” By Darlene Superville and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,280 words, photo.

— With: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

SUPREME COURT KAVANAUGH-ACCUSER

WASHINGTON — Julie Swetnick, one of the women who has publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has an extensive history of involvement in legal disputes, including a lawsuit in which an ex-employer accused her of falsifying her college and work history on her job application. By Michael Kunzelman, Michael Biesecker and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,420 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-NEW TERM

WASHINGTON — It’s the storm before the calm at the Supreme Court. Americans watched Thursday’s high court nomination hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh with rapt attention. The televised spectacle was filled with disturbing allegations of sexual assault and Kavanaugh’s angry, emotional denial. By Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko. SENT: 880 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has named the state’s first anti-human trafficking director.

— APPLE BALLOT-GOVERNOR’S RACE: A judge is set to decide on an injunction request that would prevent Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s campaign from using an apple logo to show his support by teachers.

— GREAT FALLS-SELFIE: An emergency services official says a man taking a selfie along the flooded Potomac River fell into the Great Falls and survived.

— AMTRAK AUDIT-JOBS: Months after a government audit recommended Amtrak reduce its number of train mechanics in Delaware, the passenger rail company has confirmed the state’s workforce was reduced. But, The News Journal reports , it won’t say how many jobs were cut or when.

— NONPROFIT-LABOR VIOLATIONS: A faith-based Delaware nonprofit says it wants to settle a lawsuit over illegal wage deductions, but the state’s Department of Labor says it’s moving forward with litigation after a settlement offer was rejected.

SPORTS:

FBN--PANTHERS-REID

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eric Reid took the practice field with the Panthers for the first time Monday as Carolina begins preparation for Sunday’s home game against the New York Giants. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT

FBN--RAVENS-BIG WIN

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens ended a three-game losing streak against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers with a complete effort from the offense, defense and special teams. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4:30 p.m.

BBA--ORIOLES WRAPUP

BALTIMORE — The most depressing aspect of the Baltimore Orioles dismal 2018 season was that they started it expecting to be contenders. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. ET.

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