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AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Advisory 8:30 am, MD

September 17, 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

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. —With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to the city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers. By Chuck Burton. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING,

TROPICAL WEATHER-DEATH TOLLS

More than six months after Hurricane Irma’s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm. By Julie Watson. SENT: 840 words, photo.

TROPICAL STORM-WILMINGTON

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Authorities are looking at going by air and water to get food into a North Carolina city that was cut off from road access by Florence’s floodwaters. By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 550 words.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES

Flooded rivers from Florence’s driving rains have begun to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 630 words, photos.

FOSTER KIDS-PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

WASHINGTON — Thousands of children in foster care may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, according to a federal watchdog’s investigation that finds a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 880 words, photo.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— WHITEWATER RAFTING STUDY: U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to expand whitewater rafting season at Breaks Interstate Park this year.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — The woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her is willing to tell her story in public to a Senate panel considering his nomination to the Supreme Court, her lawyer said Monday. By Darlene Superville and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

— With: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

MED-OPIOID EPIDEMIC-TEST STRIPS

NEW YORK — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,600 words, photos, video

IN BRIEF:

— ROBBERY CHASE: Authorities say the robbery of a 7-Eleven in Delaware triggered a chase that ended in Maryland.

— CONVICTED STATE EMPLOYEE: Records show a state employee fired while serving prison time for a fatal drunken-driving crash was rehired a few years later.

— REVENUE FORECAST: The state panel that sets Delaware’s official government revenue forecast is holding its first meeting since lawmakers approved this year’s $4.3 billion operating budget back in June.

— ACA RATES-MARYLAND: Maryland officials are holding a hearing on proposed premium rates for next year’s health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act that are sold directly to individuals.

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