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

August 1, 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. Maryland-Delaware News Editor Amanda Kell can be reached at 410-837-8315 or akell@ap.org.

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DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina school districts are suing state officials to collect hundreds of millions of dollars owed to schools across the state. By Alex DeRosier. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Researchers in North Carolina have found more than 200 unmarked graves near a cemetery, and it’s believed they belong to slaves. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


— SUNDAY COMICS DROPPED-TARIFFS: Residents in a North Carolina town hoping to read “Rex Morgan M.D.” with Sunday coffee are in for a rude awakening. And a newspaper says it’s President Donald Trump’s fault.

— CRYPTOCURRENCIES-CAMPAIGNS: Candidates for political office in North Carolina will not be allowed to accept campaign donation in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.

— AIRPORT-POLICE SHOOTING: A police officer fired shots at a man who he says was trying to run him over in a parking deck at a North Carolina airport.

— DUKE-SOCCER PLAYER-MISCONDUCT: A breach-of-contract lawsuit brought against Duke University by a soccer player accused of sexual misconduct has been resolved, but neither party will reveal the terms.




ALEXANDRIA, Va. —The judge in Paul Manafort’s trial told prosecutors Wednesday not to use the word “oligarch” to describe wealthy Ukrainians who paid millions to the former Trump campaign chairman. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 970 words, photo, video, audio.



— TERROR CONVICTIONS-APPEAL: A federal judge has vacated the convictions of a Virginia man serving life in prison on terrorism-related charges and ordered him released from custody.

— HOUSE-SPECIAL ELECTION: House Speaker Kirk Cox has set a November date for a special election for a vacant state House seat.

— CHINCOTEAGUE PONY DIES: The animal rights group PETA wants the annual Chincoteague Pony Swim to end after one of the ponies died at the Virginia carnival grounds.

— POLICE CHIEF INVESTIGATION: A Virginia police chief will be reinstated following the conclusion of a yearlong investigation into allegations of misconduct.

— MINE SAFETY-MEETINGS: The federal agency that oversees mining safety is holding public stakeholder meetings in six states, including West Virginia.




ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and other state officials have accused upstream states of failing to take responsibility for pollution that is pouring into the Chesapeake Bay, after last week’s record rainfall. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


PHILADELPHIA —Prosecutors amended the charges against a bicycle deliveryman accused of fatally stabbing a real estate developer on a Philadelphia street last month, but it was still unclear after a court hearing Wednesday exactly how an argument over traffic turned fatal. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 520 words, photos.


HONOLULU — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is flying to Hawaii on Wednesday to receive 55 boxes of bones recently handed over by North Korea. The remains are believed to belong to servicemen from the U.S. and other United Nations member countries who fought alongside the U.S. during the Korean War. By Audrey McAvoy. SENT: 560 words, photos.


COLUMBIA, S.C. — A longtime fixture in South Carolina’s Democratic political circles announced Wednesday that he’s getting a campaign boost from one of the party’s top dogs. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 400 words.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Annapolis Yacht Club Commodore James Ellis gets the question every day, usually more than once: When exactly will the overhaul of the yacht club be complete? “Soon,” he says cheerfully, showing off the club’s new exterior last week. “We’ve been under construction forever.” He’s aiming for a commissioning ceremony in mid-August for what will be a $20 million clubhouse and said the yacht club is on track to open a new sailing center across Spa Creek in early September. By Annie Linskey of The Capital. SENT: 800 words.


— SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-SCARAMUCCI: Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has donated to a fundraiser for Capital Gazette shooting victims.

— BIDEN-SC SENATE RACE: A longtime fixture in South Carolina’s Democratic political circles is getting a campaign boost from one of the party’s top dogs.

— DNA KITS-RAPE CHARGES: A Delaware man arrested in June on multiple charges related to sexual assault has been charged in two more rapes because of DNA testing.

— SCHOOL TEST SCORES: Delaware public school students made little to no overall progress on state assessments this year.

— CYCLING ABUSE: A Colorado cycling group says it won’t return to a Maryland town after encountering abuse and white supremacist literature.




NEW YORK — Sonny Gray (8-7) has won three straight starts for the first time in a year-going into the New York Yankees’ series finale against Baltimore. The Orioles are a big league-worst 32-75 and start Alex Cobb (2-14), who leads the major leagues in losses. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 1:05 p.m.


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