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

October 12, 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

TURKEY-AMERICAN PASTOR

ALIAGA, Turkey — A Turkish court on Friday convicted an American pastor on terror charges but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave the country, a move that’s likely to ease tensions between Turkey and the United States. By Zeynep Bilginsoy. SENT: 730 words, photos.

—With TURKEY-AMERICAN PASTOR-THE LATEST, TURKEY-AMERICAN PASTOR-CHURCH

IN BRIEF:

— UNC-SLAVERY APOLOGY: The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has apologized for the school’s history of slavery, adding that her words “must lead to purposeful action.”

— CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina’s attorney general is opposing a request from the woman who threw blood and ink on a Confederate statue on a university campus that the chancellor and police chief testify at her trial.

— FIREFIGHTER IMPERSONATION-FINE: A North Carolina man accused of impersonating firefighters on an emergency radio channel last year now faces a fine of nearly $40,000.

— CITY EMPLOYEE-MOLESTATION: A city employee in North Carolina is accused of molesting a child and withholding her passport.

— SCHOLARSHIPS-MIDDLE CLASS: A college in North Carolina is set to launch a new scholarship program to help cover costs for undergraduates from middle class families.

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VIRGINIA

TROPICAL WEATHER

PANAMA CITY, Fla. —Florida authorities fielded a barrage of calls about people missing in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath as search-and-rescue teams Friday made their way through ravaged neighborhoods, looking for victims dead or alive. The death toll stood at 11 across the South. By Jay Reeves and Brandan Farrington. SENT: 1,130 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING, TROPICAL WEATHER-DAMAGE VS DISTANCE, TROPICAL WEATHER-DEVASTATED TOWN

TROPICAL WEATHER-VIRGINIA

RICHMOND, Va. — Far north of where Michael made landfall, flash flooding and treacherous roads in Virginia have claimed at least five lives, including a firefighter responding to a crash and a man swept away after his vehicle was swamped. By Denise Lavoie and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 720 words, photos.

DANIELLE SPENCER

NEW YORK — Danielle Spencer, who played the tattletale little sister Dee Thomas on the 1970s TV series “What’s Happening!!,” is home in Virginia recuperating from emergency brain surgery after a series of health setbacks. SENT: 200 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— 2004 DISAPPEARANCE-ARRESTS: A father and son have been arrested in the death of a man who disappeared 14 years ago and whose body was found four years ago.

— USS COLE REMEMBRANCE: The U.S. Navy in Virginia is holding a remembrance of the deadly attack on the USS Cole guided-missile destroyer.

— BLOCK PARTY ARREST: The abduction and assault charges against a now former University of Virginia student arrested during a notorious neighborhood block party will move forward.

— CAPITOL SQUARE: Top lawmakers are pushing for more public parking as part of a $300 million makeover of Capitol Square.

— APPALACHIAN GRANTS: Virginia has received two grants totaling $3.4 million to expand and diversify the economy in the state’s coal-impacted communities.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MARYLAND GOVERNOR’S RACE

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Democrat Ben Jealous criticized Gov. Larry Hogan for lacking vision to improve education, health care and the economy in a speech to local leaders at a candidate forum, while Hogan highlighted his efforts to restore money for roads and bipartisan cooperation in Annapolis. By Brian Witte. AP Photos. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

PONZI SCHEME-HOODOO SPELLS

GREENBELT, Md. — An investment adviser charged with orchestrating a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme spent nearly three-quarters of a million dollars on prayers by Hindu priests in India to ward off a federal investigation and save her failing business, according to testimony at her trial this week. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 930 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— HABITUAL CRIMINAL-APPEAL: Delaware’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a habitual criminal convicted on gun crimes following an unrelated incident in which he received a $300,000 settlement after being kicked in the face by a police officer.

— RUNNING OVER-REVENGE: A firefighter has been convicted of running over and killing a man with his SUV, in what he says was an act of self-defense but prosecutors say was an act of revenge.

— SHERIFF’S PATROL: Amid high levels of crime in Baltimore, the city’s sheriff’s office is beginning a new Friday foot patrol in select districts.

— ANTI-BLIGHT PROPOSAL: A Delaware mayor’s proposal targeting vacant and blighted properties has again been stalled, by a city council committee.

— PRISON DISTURBANCE-DELAWARE: Jury selection is complete in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a fatal prison riot.

SPORTS

FBC--MIAMI-VIRGINIA PREVIEW

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia’s players look at their last game against No. 16 Miami as a solid performance they didn’t finish. They hope to get the whole job done when the Hurricanes visit Saturday night. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.

FBC--VIRGINIA TECH-NORTH CAROLINA PREVIEW

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Virginia Tech is playing on the road in the ACC and coming off a loss when it visits North Carolina on Saturday. The Hokies have typically fared well in both situations. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 675 words, photos

FBC--DUKE-GEORGIA TECH PREVIEW

ATLANTA — An offensive breakout has helped jumpstart Georgia Tech’s season. Duke coach David Cutcliffe would like to see his offense enjoy a similar resurgence when his team visits Georgia Tech on Saturday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos

FBC--TEMPLE-NAVY PREVIEW

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Temple is unbeaten in the American Athletic Conference, and intends to stay that way after facing skidding Navy on Saturday. UPCOMING: 650 words, photo by 3 p.m. ET.

FBC--RUTGERS-MARYLAND PREVIEW

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland interim coach Matt Canada hopes the students and alumni among the homecoming crowd for Saturday’s game against Rutgers will show its appreciation for the job the players have done during a season dedicated to fallen teammate Jordan McNair. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2 p.m. ET.

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