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

December 27, 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

XGR--ELECTIONS LEGISLATION

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers are scheduled to consider overriding the governor’s veto of legislation he says would add secrecy to campaign finance investigations. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.

_ With: XGR--ELECTIONS LEGISLATION-THE LATEST

EXCHANGE-SANTA GOAT

WAKE FOREST, N.C. _ Occasionally nibbling at the itchy tag, a precocious 9-week-old goat named Packer pranced around in a red Santa costume that was probably meant for a dog. The sports fan who chose Packer’s name _ in honor of the Green Bay Packers _ donated him to Winterpast Farm in Wake Forest to join the dozens of rescued animals living there with farm owner Mary Droessler. There are several sheep and goats, emus, pigs, a donkey, peacocks, dogs young and old, a variety of fowl, guinea pigs and rabbits. By Casey Toth of The News & Observer of Raleigh. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ KILLER PAROLED: A North Carolina woman serving a life sentence for shooting and killing her husband’s foe in a fight is being granted release on parole after 30 years.

_ EX-COUNTY MANAGERS-INDICTMENTS: A former North Carolina county official has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud taxpayers by accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.

_ CUSTOMER RUN OVER: North Carolina police are investigating after a man accused of shoplifting ran over another customer.

VIRGINIA

MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION-VIRGINIA

RICHMOND, Va._ Virginia has lagged behind many states when it comes to relaxing laws on marijuana. But during the last legislative session, lawmakers approved an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program. As the General Assembly gears up for the start of a new legislative session on Jan. 9, supporters of decriminalization are hoping that momentum will continue. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 610 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ SHELLFISH HARVESTING-SEWAGE: The Virginia Department of Health has closed shellfish harvesting for a portion of a river where a raw sewage spill has impacted water quality.

_ SHIPWRECK FOUND: Shifting sands in Stone Harbor have uncovered what is believed to a wrecked ship from the late 19th century.

_ DOMINION-CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS: Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney says he will continue to accept campaign contributions from Dominion Energy, a stance that puts him at odds with other prominent Democrats.

_ CHINESE DRYWALL-VIRGINIA: A class-action lawsuit that claims Chinese-manufactured drywall made American homeowners sick is revving up in Virginia.

_ MURDER SUICIDE-DOMESTIC: Police in Virginia say a 75-year-old woman and her husband have died in what’s being classified as a murder-suicide.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

INVESTMENT FRAUD

GREENBELT, Md. — They followed a call script for reassuring investors: A broker boasted of winning up to 95 percent of his trades. Sales representatives promised a client she would be a millionaire within a year if she didn’t withdraw her five-figure investment. “If you win, I win,” the broker told the woman, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit. Those were just some of the lies told to victims of a multimillion-dollar investment fraud scheme that has led to federal charges in Maryland against four women who worked for an Israel-based company, authorities say. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 840 words.

IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland county is ending its contract with federal officials to screen detainees in county jails for immigration status. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL-CITIES LAWSUIT: The Trump administration is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by several cities for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.

_ FAIR HOUSING ADVOCATE: A coalition of nonprofits backed by the state is hoping to revive Maryland’s only federally designated fair housing advocate, which closed suddenly in August.

_ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-SHOOTING: Court records say a woman told Delaware authorities her boyfriend shot her because she was ending their on-again, off-again relationship.

SPORTS:

FBN--BROWNS-RAVENS PREVIEW

BALTIMORE _ All the Baltimore Ravens have to do to win the AFC North is beat Cleveland on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Ravens, these aren’t the same old awful Browns. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use

HKN--HURRICANES-CAPITALS

WASHINGTON _ The Stanley Cup champion Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes in their first game out of the Christmas break. By Ian Quillen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.

FBC--INDEPENDENCE BOWL

HREVEPORT, La. _ Duke meets Temple in the Independence Bowl on Thursday. The Blue Devils are trying to bounce back from two straight lopsided losses while Temple goes into the game with interim coach Ed Foley. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 12:30 p.m. CT kickoff.

FBC--BELK BOWL-VIRGINIA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ Bryce Perkins wasn’t with Virginia when the Cavaliers made their first bowl appearance in six years last season, but he’s heard enough about their 49-7 loss to Navy to be in tune with what to push them to do differently this time around. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 p.m.

BKC--ACC PREVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Duke has earned must-see status with its touted freshmen and No. 1 national ranking. Yet fourth-ranked Virginia is the ACC’s only unbeaten team with league play set to begin next week. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 790 words, photos

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