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

July 31, 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. Maryland-Delaware News Editor Amanda Kell can be reached at 410-837-8315 or akell@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

MILITARY IMPERSONATOR HELICOPTER

RALEIGH, N.C. — A man who impersonated a three-star Army general and landed a helicopter at a technology company to impress a woman is sentenced in federal court. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photo.

TERRORISM SUPPORT

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge wants an update on how soon a jury should hear about a mentally ill North Carolina man who was forcibly medicated so that he could be prosecuted. A hearing could set a trial for Basit Sheikh, one of the first people arrested as part of the FBI’s effort to find U.S. residents before they could join terrorist groups fighting in Syria. By Emery P. Dalesio. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m., photo.

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VIRGINIA

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

WASHINGTON — Two questions loom large as Paul Manafort prepares to walk into a federal courtroom Tuesday: Will Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman spend what effectively could be the rest of his life in prison? Or will special counsel Robert Mueller be handed a defeat in his team’s first trial since his appointment more than a year ago? By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 570 words, photo.

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding answers from federal immigration officials about the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their families and its struggle to reunite them, a fraught effort that’s drawn election-year criticism from both parties. By Alan Fram. SENT: 800 words, photo.

SCANA-DOMINION MERGER

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Shareholders of South Carolina utility SCANA are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to merge with Virginia-based Dominion Energy. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— TEEN SHOT-TALL TALE: Police say a 15-year-old boy who said he was shot during an attempted robbery actually shot himself in the foot.

— NORTHAM-JOBS: A European glass processing company is planning to spend more than $43 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Virginia’s Henry County.

— SOLAR PROJECT: The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has approved a permit for a new solar farm in central Virginia.

— CONTAINER SHIP CARGO SPILL: The Port of Virginia says containers that recently fell off a cargo ship were not carrying any hazardous materials.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

— PRIEST ASSAULTED: Police say an elderly Catholic priest was assaulted, doused in wine and then hit on the head with the wine bottle inside a Delaware church.

— INTERSTATE SHOOTING: Authorities say a hospital shuttle driver shot a man after a roadside altercation on a Delaware interstate.

— BOATING ACCIDENT: Officials say a Maryland man has died after his boat flipped over during a race just off Chesapeake Bay.

— NATIVE SPECIES PANEL: A panel focused on protecting Delaware’s native plant and animal species from extinction is holding its first meeting.

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