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

December 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHINA FORCED LABOR-REACTION

BEIJING — The U.S. government said Tuesday that it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese internment camp where ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been shipped to the U.S. market. By Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang. SENT: 510 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ANIMAL ABUSE: A North Carolina animal shelter says a Morganton dog has been found suffering dozens of BB gunshot wounds to its face, head and body.

VIRGINIA

PIPELINE PROTEST-COMPRESSOR STATION

RICHMOND, Va. _ A Virginia air pollution board will vote on a permit for a compressor station needed to pump gas through the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ SPY SERVICE MUSEUM: A planned museum in Virginia dedicated to the exploits of a World War II-era spy and special-operations outfit and similar organizations has received a $10 million donation.

_ STATE FAIR SCHOLARSHIPS: Students who exhibited cattle, sheep, goats or pigs in the 2018 Virginia state fair as part of the 4-H and Future Farmers of America youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 scholarships.

_ SEXUAL ASSAULT: A man convicted of assaulting his ex-wife and sexually abusing a mentally disabled man has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

WILMINGTON TRUST-BANK FRAUD

WILMINGTON, Del. _ Two former executives of the only financial institution criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program face sentencing on bank fraud and conspiracy charges, two days after the former bank president and its chief financial officer were sentenced to six years behind bars.

JOURNALIST DEATHS

NEW YORK — The number of journalists killed worldwide in retaliation for their work nearly doubled this year, according to an annual report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HATE CRIMES-STUDENTS: A judge says he won’t drop hate-crime related charges against teens who argued the racial slurs and swastikas found at a Maryland high school were constitutionally protected free speech.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-PESTICIDES: The first company to be licensed as a medical marijuana grower in Maryland has been fined for using banned crop-protection pesticides.

_ HUMPBACK WHALE-ASHORE: The director of a marine research institute says the juvenile female humpback whale that washed ashore in Delaware was likely killed by a boat strike.

_ DSU PROTEST-LAWSUIT: More than six years after an on-campus protest resulted in his arrest, a professor’s legal fight against Delaware State University continues.

_ FORMER FIRE CHIEF-RACKETEERING: The former fire chief in Delaware’s largest city has pleaded guilty to stealing from an association of minority firefighters he led.

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