Good afternoon! The interim Carolinas News Editor is Jeffrey Collins. The supervisor is Skip Foreman.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with updates.

TOP STORIES:

COASTAL SNOW

COLUMBIA — The sun came back out Thursday in South Carolina and temperatures rose above freezing, but many major highways in the eastern part of the state remained an icy mess. The winter storm in South Carolina did cause at least one death. A man driving home from work Wednesday afternoon slid off icy Interstate 20 in Kershaw County and hit a tree, authorities said. SENT: 420 words.

— With:

— COASTAL SNOW-THE LATEST.

WINTER WEATHER

HARTFORD, Conn. — A massive winter storm roared into the East Coast on Thursday, threatening to dump as much as 18 inches of snow from the Carolinas to Maine and unleashing hurricane-force winds and flooding that closed schools and offices and halted transportation systems. Forecasters expected the storm to be followed immediately by a blast of face-stinging cold air that could break records in more than two dozen cities and bring wind chills as low as minus 40 degrees this weekend. By Susan Haigh and Dave Collins. SENT: 990 words, AP Photos NJMR102, NYMA104, NJJC110, MAMD102, SCMS102, VARIT105, VANOV107, VANOV107, MABED503, VANOV104, MABED501, NJJC124.

— With:

— WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST.

— WINTER WEATHER-STATE BY STATE.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans with a plan that would open up federal waters off California for the first time in more than three decades. The new five-year drilling plan also could open new areas of oil and gas exploration in areas off the East Coast from Georgia to Maine, where drilling has been blocked for decades. Many lawmakers in those states support offshore drilling, though the Democratic governors of North Carolina and Virginia oppose drilling off their coasts. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 850 words, AP Photos DCAH114, NYCD304, PDX508.

OFFSHORE DRILLING-SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA — The Trump administration's proposal to expand offshore drilling is "horrible public policy," a Republican lawmaker from coastal South Carolina said Thursday. State Sen. Tom Davis told The Associated Press that he worries exploratory efforts including seismic testing could harm marine life, as well as the state's $20 billion tourism industry, much of which is based in and around the lush coastline. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 620 words.

BROOKFIELD-WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Westinghouse Electric, the U.S. nuclear unit of embattled Japanese electronics giant Toshiba, has been acquired in a deal valued at about out $4.6 billion. Westinghouse Electric Co. declared bankruptcy protection early last year, leaving a number of nuclear projects in limbo. SENT: 270 words. AP Photo NYBZ413. Note South Carolina angle.

IN BRIEF:

— OPIOID LEGISLATION, from COLUMBIA — South Carolina lawmakers have come up with proposals to combat the opioid epidemic in the state. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that a House committee on Wednesday completed a report with a long list of recommendations on how to deal with the health problem. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD DEATH-GIRLFRIEND CHARGED, from LANCASTER — Authorities say the girlfriend of the father of a child who died after a fatal beating has been charged in the death. SENT: 130 words.

— BMW TRAINING CENTER, from GREER — BMW of North America plans to open its second training center in the South by the end of this year. SENT: 130 words.

___

If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to apcolumbia@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, (statephotos@ap.org) or call 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

___

The AP, Columbia