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AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, MD

November 20, 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

NICHOLAS SPARKS-LAWSUIT

RALEIGH, N.C. — The former headmaster of a private Christian school founded by novelist Nicholas Sparks can continue to sue the school, the author and the foundation Sparks created to support the school, a federal judge said. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 530 words, photo.

COLORADO FAMILY KILLED

GREELEY, Colo.— Christopher Watts cried, shook and stared into his lap as a judge told him he would spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— FISH BOOST: Federal fishing regulators are going to allow fishermen to catch more of an economically important species of fish on the East Coast.

— EARNS-LOWE’S: Lowe’s Cos. (LOW) on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $629 million.

— LAWSUIT-ATRIUM HEALTH: A federal class action lawsuit alleges Atrium Health falsely claimed to be a government entity and cheated employees out of retirement benefits.

VIRGINIA

AMAZON BRAIN DRAIN

NEW YORK — When tech giants like Amazon expand, other companies don’t just worry about losing business. They also fret about hanging on to their employees. By Alexandria Olson. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— NORFOLK AIRPORT-NEW FLIGHTS: The largest airport for Virginia’s Hampton Roads region says it will offer its first-ever direct commercial flight to the West Coast.

— ONLINE SALES TAX: Virginia tax officials have lowered the amount of new revenue the state could bring from expanding sales taxes on items sold online.

— NATIVE AMERICAN SOLDIERS: The Virginia War Memorial will present a special program highlighting the contributions of Native American soldiers who fought in World War I.

— ATTACK-PROBATION VIOLATIONS: Authorities say a Virginia man’s prison sentence has been extended because he violated his probation when he shot and wounded his neighbor last year.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE-POLICE COMMISSIONER

BALTIMORE — The challenges facing Baltimore’s next police leader couldn’t be more daunting. A Texas police chief named as Mayor Catherine Pugh’s pick to lead the force is expected to reduce the highest homicide rate of any large U.S. city, rebuild a measure of trust between law enforcers and deeply skeptical residents, and win the confidence of a demoralized and often dysfunctional department. All this while being a major player in making sure sweeping reforms encompassing some of the most fundamental aspects of police work finally take root. Law enforcement experts say turning Baltimore around is one of the most challenging police leadership jobs anywhere. By David McFadden. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa — Andrew Turner was driving Iowa’s Democratic candidate for state auditor back to Des Moines last month when a potential presidential contender called to make an introduction. It was one of many such overtures the 23-year-old has fielded. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 710 words.

IN BRIEF:

— RESTAURANT HOMICIDE: A bartender who pleaded guilty to killing three co-workers at a Maryland restaurant has been sentenced to life in prison.

—PAIR DEAD IN CAR: Two more men have been found guilty in the killings of two Maryland high school students on the eve of their graduation, bringing the number of convictions in the case to three.

— ELECTRICAL SHOCK-RESORT: The family of a then-6-year-old girl shocked at the MGM National Harbor outside Washington has officially sued the resort and contractors.

— CHILD SHOT: Authorities say a 5-year-old girl has been shot and wounded in Baltimore.

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