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

December 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

CHINA FORCED LABOR

BEIJING —The Chinese government lashed out Thursday at recent U.S. media reports about forced labor of mostly ethnic Muslim detainees in China’s far western Xinjiang region. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 350 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ MAN DEAD-TRAIN: Authorities say a skull found along train tracks in North Carolina belonged to a man struck and killed by a train earlier this year.

_ ESCAPED INMATE CAPTURED: Authorities say a minimum custody inmate was captured within hours after escaping in North Carolina.

_ GEORGIA PLANE CRASH: Authorities say three people died and another was wounded when a single-engine plane crashed near a north Georgia airport.

_ POWER OUTAGE-CITY: Power has been restored to a North Carolina city that suffered a widespread outage for about seven hours after a transmission line was cut.

VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING WOMAN-NAVY VETERAN: The death penalty is not off the table for a Navy veteran charged with killing a Virginia woman whose kidnapping inspired the creation of an Amber Alert-like system for missing adults.

_ TEENS KILLED-FATHER ARRESTED: The mother of the 18-year-old woman who was shot and killed in Virginia along with her cousin says the teens had fled the shooting suspect’s Florida home about a week before.

_ VIGILANTE SLAYING: A man has been sentenced to three life terms in prison for killing his friend during what prosecutors have said was a scheme to become a vigilante.

_ RICHMOND-NEW SCHOOLS: Officials have held ground-breaking ceremonies for three new schools in Richmond.

_ NEW WINERY: Virginia’s Middle Peninsula is set to get its second winery.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER MEMORIAL

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ City officials and a group that wants to raise money to build a memorial for the five people killed in the Capital Gazette shooting are scheduled to meet to provide an update. By Brian Witte. UPCOMING: 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ STRIP SEARCH LAWSUIT: A woman is suing the state of Maryland, Baltimore police and others for $5 million, alleging her constitutional rights were violated during an illegal strip search.

_ PROBABLE CAUSE LAWSUIT: The city of Wilmington, Delaware, is set to settle a lawsuit alleging it allowed the arrest of people without probable cause.

_ CLEAN ENERGY BILL-DC: The Washington, D.C., City Council has passed a bill promising the District’s electric grid will run entirely on renewable energy by 2032.

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