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

September 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

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. —The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet. By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 750 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING, TROPICAL WEATHER-RESCUE

TROPICAL WEATHER-TRUMP

NEW BERN, N.C. — Handing out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words, President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to soothe those who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring that “America grieves for you” as he surveyed damage the powerful storm left behind in parts of North Carolina. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 950 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-FIRE DEATHS

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — When Florence knocked the power out Friday evening in a leafy, Fayetteville, North Carolina, subdivision, Mary Kennedy checked in with her elderly neighbors by phone to make sure they were OK. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 470 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-DETAINEES DROWN

COLUMBIA, S.C. AP — Two women who were being transported to a mental health facility drowned when a sheriff’s department van was swept away in rising South Carolina floodwaters, according to authorities. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 480 words, photo.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-5THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DISASTER RECOVERY

NEW YORK — Many small business owners whose companies were hit by Hurricane Florence are embarking on an uncertain path to recovery. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 970 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHERE’S HOME?

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — As the pounding rains from Hurricane Florence finally ended, Lutrice Garcia left the shelter where she had spent several nights on a cot and tried to head home. But floodwaters from overflowing Crooked Creek covered the road and an emergency responder told her water was seeping into the houses. By Russ Bynum and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 880 words, photo.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 900 words, photos.

PRESIDENTS-POLITICS OF DISASTER

WASHINGTON — The politics of natural disasters can be tricky for a president. Long before President Donald Trump tossed paper towels to storm-stricken Puerto Ricans and denied Hurricane Maria’s official death toll, his predecessors struggled to steer the nation through life-and-death emergencies. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

FEMA-THE STORMS

WASHINGTON — While Hurricane Florence barreled through the Carolinas, a different type of storm was brewing within the federal disaster relief agency tasked with responding to the fallout. By Colleen Long. SENT: 770 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MANHUNT-NY: Law enforcement agencies are searching for the body of a North Carolina fugitive who hasn’t been seen since he fled a traffic stop in western New York earlier this summer.

— SHARK SHIPWRECK: A video captured by a Virginia woman filming a North Carolina shipwreck shows a sand tiger shark creeping up behind her, only to turn tail when spotted.

— FLORENCE-LOUISIANA DONATIONS: Students at a university in Louisiana are helping residents of the Carolinas as they begin cleanup after Hurricane Florence.

— BOOKSTORE-NEEDLE EXCHANGE: Two organizations are appealing a North Carolina city’s crackdown on a needle exchange program run out of a bookstore.

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VIRGINIA

EXCHANGE-BLUE BELL-EXPANSION

AUSTIN, Texas — Three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for a beloved Texas brand, Blue Bell has rebounded — and is, in fact, growing and expanding. By Gary Dinges and Sebastian Herrera. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING- SUSPECT KILLED: Authorities in Virginia have identified an assault suspect who was shot and killed by police.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-VIRGINIA TORNADOES: The National Weather Service has confirmed that the remnants of Hurricane Florence spawned a total of six tornadoes in Virginia earlier this week.

— MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE: Work being done on the Mountain Valley Pipeline in a West Virginia county will be halted as a judge has ordered a temporary stay.

— FAKE WILL: A Virginia woman who pleaded guilty to faking a will to keep a drug dealer’s home from being seized has received a year of home detention.

— FAMILY FATAL SHOOTING: Virginia police say a man has been charged with first-degree murder and malicious wounding for fatally shooting his father and wounding his brother.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MARYLAND GOVERNOR-STRUGGLING JEALOUS

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — First-time candidate Ben Jealous compared his decisive Maryland Democratic primary victory in June to climbing the world’s second-highest mountain — a prelude, he hoped, to ascending the state’s political Mount Everest to knock off popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Instead, Jealous has had to reverse course in some highly publicized missteps, after falling down crevices of his own making.  By Brian Witte. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3:30 p.m.

PONZI SCHEME-3 CHARGED

BALTIMORE — Federal prosecutors in Maryland say three men are facing charges in a $364 million investment scheme that entrapped more than 400 victims nationwide. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

UMBC-SEXUAL ASSAULT

CATONSVILLE, Md. — A class-action lawsuit says prosecutors and detectives worked to cover up sexual assault complaints at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. SENT: 430 words.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH INVESTIGATION

WASHINGTON — Democrats have been calling on the FBI to investigate a woman’s claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. What they’re asking for, though, isn’t a criminal investigation that could lead to charges. By Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker. SENT: 800 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ACCUSER’S STORY

PALO ALTO, Calif. —Her studies first brought her West, but for Christine Margaret Blasey Ford, the move to California proved a way to leave behind what had gone wrong in her teenage years in the patrician suburbs of Washington, D.C. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,010 words, photo.

KAVANAUGH-GENDER WARS

WASHINGTON — Nowhere is gender politics thicker in the election season air than in the mannerly U.S. Senate as it considers what President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, did or didn’t do in high school. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— PRISON GUARD-SMUGGLING: A former Delaware prison guard has been acquitted on federal charges of accepting bribes to smuggle contraband to inmates.

— DOUBLE HOMICIDE-LOUISIANA ARREST: A man suspected in a Maryland homicide has been arrested in Louisiana, around three weeks after the bodies were found.

— DEADLY HOUSE FIRE: Authorities say a woman’s body was found outside a burned rowhome in Baltimore, while the bodies of two dogs were found inside.

— WILMINGTON PORT: Delaware has signed a final agreement with a private Emirati port operator to privatize the Port of Wilmington.

— DMV SELFIE ZONES: Delaware’s Division of Motor Vehicles has installed “Safe Selfie Zones” at its four locations, to allow newly licensed drivers to share the news — and not their personal details.

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