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

October 2, 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-FLORENCE-SPECIAL SESSION

RALEIGH, N.C. —The North Carolina legislature is back at work barely two weeks after Hurricane Florence left the state to address challenges for public schools and voters and to set aside matching money to tap into federal recovery dollars. By Gary D. Robertson SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m.

COOPER-CABINET

RALEIGH, N.C. —North Carolina legislators can claim for themselves the right to reject a governor’s choices for top jobs like collecting taxes or registering automobiles, lawyers defending a state law told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 400 words, photos. Will be updated.

— With: COOPER-CABINET-THE LATEST

CONSERVATION FUND

WASHINGTON — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 630 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018 STATE SUPREME COURTS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — It’s not just the U.S. Supreme Court. The bitterly partisan fight over President Donald Trump’s nominee for the nation’s highest court, and the questions it has raised about the judiciary’s independence, mirror what voters around the country are seeing in state supreme court races. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 920 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ATTEMPTED ARSON: Authorities in North Carolina have jailed a man who they say tried to set a mobile home on fire with two people inside.

— COLD CASE SLAYING: Kentucky State Police say DNA testing has confirmed the identity of a body found in a refrigerator at a dumpsite 33 years ago.

— AMERICAN AIRLINE-CUBA ROUTE: American Airlines wants to move its flight to Havana from Charlotte, North Carolina, to its main Latin American hub at Miami International Airport.

— FAIRGOER SHOT: Authorities say a North Carolina fairgoer suffered minor injuries in a shooting.

— AIRPORT UPGRADE FUNDING: A new federal program is helping an airport in eastern North Carolina make significant upgrades.

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VIRGINIA

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— Multiple arrests have been made in connection with a white nationalist torch-lit march and rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, federal authorities said Tuesday. SENT: 300 words, photo.

— With: CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST-THE LATEST

VIRGINIA DEBATE

RICHMOND, Va. — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and GOP challenger Corey Stewart are set for their third and final planned public debate. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— PENTAGON-SUSPECTED POISON: Authorities at the Pentagon found at least two packages suspected of containing ricin, a poison made from castor beans, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

— HAMPTON ROADS-ECONOMIC REPORT: A new report suggests that Virginia’s Hampton Roads region has mostly recovered from the Great Recession. The number of jobs has surpassed pre-recession levels. And housing prices are rising.

— STRIPPERS SUE CLUBS: Strippers in Virginia’s capital have settled a class-action wage dispute against five local adult clubs.

— PROSECUTORS’S HUSBAND-ACTIVIST-SPAT: The husband of a Virginia prosecutor has secured a criminal charge against an activist who wants his wife recalled.

— RICHMOND HISTORY COMMISSION: Richmond’s mayor wants to create a commission to memorialize the city’s history.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

CNS-ELLICOTT CITY-FUNDS

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — The Howard County Council in a narrow 3-2 vote approved two bills on Monday night that will allocate nearly $17 million toward a controversial five-year flood mitigation plan for Ellicott City. By Howard R. Fletcher of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3:30 p.m.

CNS-MARYLAND-HEALTH

BALTIMORE - Maryland Democrats in Congress and state government attacked the Trump administration for imposing restrictions on health care coverage for pre-existing conditions. Thousands of Marylanders could be affected, the officials warned. “We’re better than that,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Baltimore. By Jared Goldstein of Capital News Service. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— COUNCIL PRESIDENT-PARKING TICKET: Wilmington’s city council president is denying suggestions that she tried to have a $40 parking ticket fixed.

— CITY HALL-REPAIRS: Over the next decade, Baltimore’s City Hall will be renovated to the tune of $17 million, in a bid to clean and shore up the building’s exterior.

— PREVAILING WAGE: State officials are eyeing changes to prevailing wage regulations for public works projects.

— ORIOLES-ACCESSIBILITY LAWSUIT: Three wheelchair users are suing the Baltimore Orioles over accessibility at Camden Yards.

— BALTIMORE POLICE-HOMICIDE SPIKE: Following Baltimore’s deadliest month in over a year, Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle has cancelled officers’ leave and announced increased patrols across the city.

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SPORTS:

BKW--ACC-MEDIA DAY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Both Notre Dame and Louisville enter the season as defending women’s basketball champions. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

FBC--VIRGINIA TECH-BOUNCING BACK

One week after being inexplicably dominated at Old Dominion, No. 24 Virginia Tech is back in the Top 25, coming off a road win against a ranked opponent and looking ahead to its toughest test to date: a home game against No. 6 Notre Dame in prime time. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--MARYLAND-TRUE TEST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Following a Big Ten victory and a bye, Maryland faces its toughest test yet — a matchup against No. 15 Michigan at the Big House. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 2 p.m. ET.

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