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

January 4, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

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TOP STORIES

VIRGINIA:

VIRGINIA ELECTION-RECOUNT

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia election officials plan to meet Thursday to randomly pick a winner in the race for a House of Delegates seat that could determine whether the chamber has a 50-50 Democrat-Republican tie or a one-seat Republican majority. The state Board of Elections will pick a name from a ceramic bowl, following weeks of drama that included Democrat Shelly Simonds winning by one vote in a recount and then a court declaring a tie with Del. David Yancey after allowing an uncounted ballot. Democrats all but erased a Republican supermajority in the House in the Nov. 7 election, as part of a voter backlash against the Trump administration. By Alan Suderman. AP Photos. MOVED: 550 words. Will be updated after 11 a.m. drawing.

WINTER WEATHER

HARTFORD, Conn. — Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. awakened Thursday to the beginnings of a massive winter storm expected to deliver snow, ice and high winds followed by possible record-breaking cold as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from the Carolinas to Maine. By Susan Haigh. AP Photos. MOVED: 850 words.

IN BRIEF:

WINTER WEATHER-VIRGINIA: The Hampton Roads region was bearing the worst of a winter storm that prompted Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.

CABINET APPOINTMENT: Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has appointed an administrator from the state’s community college system to serve as his chief workforce adviser.

BASS FISHING: Interstate fishing managers are holding hearings in East Coast states about a plan to change the rules about one of the Atlantic Ocean’s most popular recreational fisheries.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE:

IN BRIEF:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-MARYLAND: Enrollment for private health insurance through Maryland’s health exchange dropped slightly for 2018.

WINTER WEATHER-MARYLAND: A state of emergency was in effect on parts of Maryland’s Eastern Shore in response to a coastal winter storm.

BALTIMORE POLICE-OFFICERS ARRESTED: The former leader of a specialized unit of Baltimore’s police force will plead guilty in a corruption case.

WINTER WEATHER-DELAWARE: State offices were closed throughout Delaware as snowfall accumulated quickly from a coastal winter storm.

DEPUTY RECRUIT-SEX OFFENSES: A Maryland sheriff’s office recruit accused of sex offenses involving a minor has been fired.

CONVICTED KILLER-APPEAL: Delaware’s Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence of a former death row inmate.

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