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

December 18, 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

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s governor said Tuesday he’s vetoing legislation that directs fully rerun elections if fraud is found in a disputed U.S. House race, saying the hastily approved bill also adds new cover for lobbyists and people who violate campaign finance laws. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 550 words.

CHINA FORCED LABOR

HOTAN, China —Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. By Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang. SENT: 2,980 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ NEWSPAPER LIBEL LAWSUIT: An appeals court has upheld a libel ruling against a North Carolina newspaper that resulted in a $6 million award for a firearms expert whose work was questioned in articles.

_ NAMING CRIME VICTIMS: A North Carolina appeals court has thrown out a man’s sex crime conviction against a young teenager because prosecutors didn’t identify the girl when bringing charges.

_ YOUNG CONVICT: A North Carolina appeals court says a life prison sentence for a man who was a teenager when he participated in a murderous stickup is constitutional because he now has a chance to earn parole.

_ CHARLOTTE MARKETING-HB2: More than 1 ½ years since North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” was repealed, Charlotte is spending millions to try to attract the visitors turned off by the measure seen as allowing discrimination against LGBTQ residents.

_ TODDLERS SMOKING-NORTH CAROLINA: Two women seen on social media video helping three children smoke marijuana in North Carolina have now been sentenced to jail time.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA-GOVERNOR’S BUDGET

RICHMOND, Va. _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is asking state lawmakers to approve a budget plan to gives raises to teachers, tax breaks for families making up to about $50,000, and socks away hundreds of millions of dollars into savings accounts. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

HOSPITAL SHIP

NORFOLK, Va. _ The USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, returns to its port in Norfolk, Virginia, after an 11-week tour to several Latin American countries heavily impacted by the exodus of Venezuelans. Many of them were driven to flee by lack of access to medicine and treatment in their home country. UPCOMING: 200 words to accompany photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONFEDERATE FLAG-PROPOSED EXHIBIT: A Virginia museum has halted plans to display a battle flag used by a Confederate regiment during the Civil War.

_ TEENS KILLED-FATHER ARRESTED: The Florida man accused of shooting and killing his teen daughter and teen niece in Virginia has been arrested in New York City.

_ BODY IN BAG: Police say a body found in a duffel bag in a New York City suburb has been identified as a Virginia man.

_ COLD CASE-SEX ASSAULT: A man has been convicted of sexually assaulting four women in a northern Virginia apartment more than 20 years ago.

_ ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has sued a Virginia county over a zoning decision, in an attempt to move the project forward.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

INTERNET TROLLING LAWSUIT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has agreed to a court settlement requiring him to get “anti-hate training,” apologize in writing and on video and publicly renounce white supremacy. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 800 words.

CNS-SAFESCHOOL-TIPS

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — As Maryland’s newest strategy to avert school violence _ an anonymous tip system _ gets off the ground, other states have seen a surge in reports after school shootings and other incidents of mass violence. By Chris Tulp. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ BALTIMORE POLICE COMMISSIONER CHARGED: Baltimore’s former police commissioner has pleaded guilty to federal tax charges.

_ DOG ADOPTIONS-PARVO: At least six dogs adopted during a “Mega Adoption Event” in Delaware have been diagnosed with the highly contagious canine parvovirus.

_ TRAIN STATION DEATH: Authorities say a man who was found dead at a Maryland train station walked the wrong way on an escalator.

_ OFF-DUTY-DEPUTY STABBED: Authorities say a Virginia man stabbed an off-duty sheriff’s deputy at a Maryland tavern.

_ FORMER ATHLETE-RAPE CHARGES: A former University of Delaware baseball player previously charged with raping six women will not have to post additional bail after being indicted on charges of raping a seventh woman.

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SPORTS

FBN--SAINTS-GRINDING IT OUT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ On a night when the offense was stuck in neutral, the Saints still found a way to grind out a win against Carolina behind their ever-improving defense. That could bode well as the Saints prepare to make a run at the Super Bowl. By Steve Reed. SENT: 500 words, photos

FBN--PANTHERS-NEWTON’S SHOULDER

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ It’s come to the point in the season where the Panthers must make the difficult decision of whether or not to sit Cam Newton. With the postseason a longshot at best following a six-game losing streak and the former league MVP seemingly unable to throw the ball more than 20 yards down the field due to a lingering shoulder injury, coach Ron Rivera may weigh the benefits of shutting down Newton for the rest of the season. That’s a conversation Newton says he’s not looking forward to. By Steve Reed. SENT: 725 words, photos

BKC--T25-PRINCETON-DUKE

DURHAM, N.C. _ Second-ranked Duke returns from an exam break to face Princeton on Tuesday night. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos. Game starts on Tuesday night. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-WESTERN CAROLINA-IOWA

Western Carolina plays No. 23 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in search of its ninth straight non-conference win. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The days leading up to Christmas are full of tests for some of the nation’s top teams. That includes road tests for No. 1 Kansas and No. 14 Buffalo, as well as neutral-court games for No. 2 Duke, No. 9 North Carolina, No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 19 Kentucky. By Aaron Beard. SENT. 675 words and photos.

BKC--LIBERTY-ALABAMA

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. _ Alabama faces Liberty in the third annual Rocket City Classic at Von Braun Center. By Mark McCarter. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts 7 p.m. CT.

Also:

_ BKW--T25-WESTERN CAROLINA-KENTUCKY. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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