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

December 7, 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. — The Republican candidate in North Carolina’s unresolved congressional race has acknowledged owing $34,310 to a political consultant subpoenaed in a ballot fraud probe, according to a federal campaign filing that refers to work at the heart of the investigation. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 570

BALLOT HARVESTING

HELENA, Mont. — An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. By Matt Volz. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ WINTER WEATHER-NORTH CAROLINA: As North Carolina prepares for a winter storm the governor calls “the real thing,” he has activated the National Guard plans to declare a state of emergency.

_ HARASSMENT FROM JAIL: A North Carolina man charged with beating a woman who had a protective order against him and then calling her 223 times from jail has been sentenced to a minimum of 3 ½ years in prison.

_ TROOPER-INSTAGRAM POST: A North Carolina state trooper has been placed on administrative duty over an Instagram post that said police beatings are deserved.

VIRGINIA

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —Jurors have begun deliberating in the murder trial of an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring dozens. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.

TEACHER-TRANSGENDER STUDENT

WEST POINT, Va. _ A Virginia high school teacher who refused to use a transgender student’s new pronouns has been fired. SENT: 500 words.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

WASHINGTON —Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation on Friday as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with President Donald Trump. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 670 words, photos.

_With: TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-THE LATEST

ALTRIA-MARIJUANA

NEW YORK — One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion buy-in. SENT: 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ASIAN LONGHORNED TICK: In the year since the Asian longhorned tick was officially spotted in New Jersey, it’s expanded to eight more states, including Virginia.

_ DEAD AND MUTE DEFENDANT-APPEAL: Virginia’s top court says it doesn’t have jurisdiction in the appeal of a deaf and mute man who has been confined for 13 years despite never having stood trial for the 2005 slaying he is charged with.

_ OPIOID LAWSUIT: Another Virginia county is suing opioid industry giants it says have contributed to the devastating opioid epidemic.

_ NUCLEAR REACTORS-SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina regulators will meet next week to set new power rates for customers of a private utility stuck paying for two nuclear reactors that were never finished.

_ MARINE TECH LAB: A Virginia city is set to get a new $12 million lab that will work to develop technology related to marine electric propulsion and advanced energy storage.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

MODEL HOME KILLING-MARYLAND

BALTIMORE _ Authorities on Friday arrested a Maryland teenager in the fatal shooting of a builder’s representative inside a suburban model home, a killing that’s rattled real estate agents and others who sell the kind of properties where the victim was attacked. By David McFadden. SENT: 550 words.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS

NEW YORK — Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year’s end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The first primary debate could happen as early as May, a full three months before the premiere debate of the 2016 cycle. And long-rumored White House hopefuls are already bowing out. By Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow and Will Weissert. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-PET FACIAL RECOGNITION

BALTIMORE — There’s a potentially powerful new tool to help reunite pet owners with their lost cats and dogs — facial recognition technology. By Mary Carole McCauley. SENT: 1,000 words.

CNS-HOMELESS-YOUTH

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — State agencies and community partnerships are adjusting to surges in homelessness while housing and nutritional food accessibility resources are lacking across the state, particularly for homeless youth. By Harrison Cann of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 830 words by 2 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ CANNIBIS-ADVERTISING BAN: The panel governing medical cannabis in Maryland has imposed strict regulations that effectively ban advertising by marijuana companies.

_ CHILD ABDUCTION-SENTENCE: A Delaware man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl before throwing her into a pond has been sentenced to life in prison.

_ BALTIMORE-JAIL DEATH: A detainee at Baltimore’s Central Booking and Intake Center has become the third person to die at the facility this year.

_ HALLOWEEN LOOP-CHRISTMAS: Weeks after gunfire erupted during a Halloween pub crawl in Delaware’s largest city, its organizers are proceeding with a Christmas-themed bar crawl.

_ EMPLOYEE-FATAL SHOOTING: Police in Maryland say an unarmed man suspected of shoplifting at a Seat Pleasant discount store repeatedly punched and assaulted a security worker before being fatally shot.

SPORTS:

BKN--NUGGETS-HORNETS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Denver Nuggets come in riding a seven-game win streak, including three in a row on the road. The Hornets are looking for their first win against a Western Conference team. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

HKN--HURRICANES-DUCKS

ANAHEIM, Calif. _ Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks go for their sixth straight win when they host the Carolina Hurricanes, who have lost three straight. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m. PST.

FBC--LIBERTY-FREEZE

Liberty has hired former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze to lead its football program, a person familiar told The Associated Press Friday on the condition of anonymity because neither the school nor Freeze has publicly announced the decision. Freeze, 49, spent five years at Mississippi and led the Rebels to four bowl games. He resigned in 2017 amid a scandal in which school officials discovered he used a university-issued cellphone to call escort services. SENT: 375 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos developing from 2 p.m. news conference

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