AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, MD
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES
HAMPSTEAD, N.C. — A county official says reports of an active shooter at a school in North Carolina on Friday turned out to be malfunctioning water heater. SENT: 230 words.
ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-REFERENDUMS
RALEIGH, N.C. — Top campaign organizations successful in defeating some proposed North Carolina constitutional amendments on this week’s ballot received multi-million-dollar contributions from liberal-leaning groups that aren’t required to reveal who funds them. The campaign finance report for what’s called “Stop Deceptive Amendments” — received by the state election regulators on Election Day — revealed most of the $7.8 million they raised came from just two Washington-based groups. Overall, pro- and anti-referendum forces raised over $20 million to attempt to sway public opinion on the six fall ballot questions. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s Supreme Court is re-evaluating whether forcing sex offenders to be perpetually tracked by GPS-linked devices, sometimes for the rest of their lives, is justified or a Constitution-violating unreasonable search. The state’s highest court next month takes up the case of repeat sex offender Torrey Grady three years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his case that mandating GPS ankle monitors for ex-cons is a serious privacy concern. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 620 words, photo.
— ELECTION 2018-APPEALS COURT-LGBT: An appeals court seat winner this week set a milestone as the first openly gay person elected to a statewide office in North Carolina.
— THREAT-PUBLIC DISTURBANCE: A North Carolina man accused of threatening several counties has been arrested.
— FATAL CRASH: A prosecutor in Virginia says a woman charged in a fatal crash may have fled the country.
— NEW STATE PARK: The 38th state park in Virginia has officially opened in Stafford County.
— JUVENILE JUSTICE REPORT: Virginia’s Department of Juvenile Justice says fewer minors are behind bars in the state. Violent incidents are also down at juvenile correction centers.
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BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer has testified that a video appearing to show him planting drugs was actually his attempt to recreate his discovery. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.
— INMATE DEATH: A former Delaware death row inmate who was serving life sentences for a 1996 double murder and was a potential witness in an ongoing trial of three fellow inmates charged in a fatal prison riot has died.
— MOTEL FATAL SHOOTING: A Delaware man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman in a motel room.
— PRISON DISTURBANCE-LAWSUIT: The chief medical examiner of Delaware says quicker medical attention likely would’ve saved a correctional officer slain during last year’s violent riot at the state’s maximum-security prison.
— CIVIL RIGHTS OFFICE: The mayor of Baltimore has appointed a Georgetown University administrator to lead the city’s Office of Civil Rights.
— BALTIMORE-ALIEN CONVENTION: Baltimore is hosting a three-day convention for those seeking a measure of clarity about extraterrestrials or just hoping to rub shoulders with actors from their favorite science fiction TV shows.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ron Rivera has to figure out how to get his team to respond to one of the most embarrassing losses in franchise history — a 52-21 defeat on national television to the Pittsburgh Steelers — on Thursday night. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m. SOU EDITING
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia plays its first game with Tina Thompson as coach as it welcomes No. 6 Mississippi State to John Paul Jones Arena. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ninth-ranked Maryland opens its season with a matchup against in-state foe Coppin State. By Todd Karpovich. UPCOMING: 550 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.
ELON, N.C. — No. 8 North Carolina looks to make it two road wins to open the season when the Tar Heels visit instate mid-major Elon. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.
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CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 22 Clemson, fresh off its highest-scoring game in coach Brad Brownell’s nine seasons, takes on North Carolina Central on Friday night. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from 7 p.m. start.
BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 23 LSU aims to improve to 2-0 when it hosts UNC-Greensboro on Friday night. UNCG was an NCAA tournament team last season and also comes in at 1-0. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Tip-off 8 p.m. ET
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BLACKSBURG, Va. — No. 15 Virginia Tech opens a season of elevated expectations at Cassell Coliseum against Gardner-Webb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Stanford of the Pac-12 visits UNC Wilmington on Friday night. It’s a matchup of programs led by former assistant coaches to North Carolina’s Roy Williams with Jerod Haase with the Cardinal and C.B. McGrath with the Seahawks. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland and Navy meet on the basketball court for the first time since 1985, closing out the Veterans Classic at the Naval Academy. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.
ORLANDO, Fla. — No. 11 UCF, heavily favored to beat Navy to remain unbeaten and extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 22 games, insists it’s not paying attention to chatter about the Knights chances of winding up in the College Football Playoff. Next up in Navy on Saturday. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m. ET.
FBC--NORTH CAROLINA-DUKE PREVIEW
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Duke hosts rival North Carolina as the Blue Devils aim for a strong November finish after securing bowl eligibility. The Blue Devils have won two straight meetings with the Tar Heels to keep possession of the Victory Bell presented to the winner. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 650 words, photos
Virginia is still in the running for the ACC’s Coastal Division title, and the Cavaliers also want to enhance their bowl prospects when they play their final non-conference game against Liberty on Saturday. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 650 words, photos
The numbers put everything in perspective this weekend. Indiana coach Tom Allen and Maryland coach know each of their teams need wins Saturday and the winner will likely keep their bowl hopes intact. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos by 4 a.m. ET.
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh can take a step closer to the ACC Coastal Division title on Saturday when it hosts Virginia Tech on Saturday. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.
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