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

September 25, 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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GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Eleven days ago, Lee Gantt was at a Hurricane Florence party in her neighborhood in Georgetown, where the story goes that some houses haven’t flooded from the Sampit River since they were built before the American Revolution. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.


WASHINGTON — Hurricane Florence was the nation’s second rainiest storm in 70 years, a top rainfall meteorologist calculated. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 400 words, photo.


The shooting that killed 17 people earlier this year at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which followed by just months the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, prompted a wave of student activism that raised the hopes of gun-control advocates across the country. While Florida’s legislature and governor responded with a far-reaching package of gun laws, an Associated Press review shows those actions were an outlier among Republican-leaning states. A handful of GOP governors did sign bills banning bump stocks, like the one used in the Las Vegas attack, or allowing police to temporarily seize guns from individuals showing signs of mental instability or violence. But an AP analysis of all gun legislation passed this year in state legislatures finds the back-to-back shooting tragedies were not the legislative turning point gun-control supporters had hoped they would be. By Ryan J. Foley. 1,800 words. Photos. With AP data distribution. An abridged version also is moving. With: — GUNS-BUMP STOCKS, GUNS-BUMP STOCKS -GLANCE. HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL 3:01 A.M. EDT WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26. THIS STORY MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST OR POSTED ONLINE BEFORE 3:01 A.M. EDT WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26.


The little herring is one of the most important fish on the East Coast, and federal fishing managers on Tuesday will consider a host of potentially major changes to the industry that harvests the species. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 400 words.


— WITNESS-KIDNAPPING CHARGE: A North Carolina sheriff’s department is looking for a man who they say chained a woman to a bed for days to keep her from testifying against him in a domestic violence case.

— AMBULANCE OVERTURNED: An autopsy concludes that the toddler whose ambulance overturned after being struck by a drunken driver died from complications of a brain tumor.

— FRAT SUSPENDED-WAKE FOREST: Two reports of a sexual assault have been filed in connection with a fraternity under interim suspension at Wake Forest University.

— BEAR KILLED-WOMAN ATTACKED: The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says a mother black bear that attacked a woman has been killed and its three cubs have been moved to a remote area.




RICHMOND, Va. — A coalition formed to reduce high eviction rates in Virginia is expected to release its recommendations soon. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.


MANASSAS, Va. — A jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments in the capital murder trial of an Army staff sergeant accused of killing his wife and a police officer on her first shift who responded to the 911 call. If convicted, prosecutors present evidence seeking a death sentence against Ronald Hamilton of Woodbridge. By Matthew Barakat. Upcoming: 500 words by 5:30 pm.


NANTUCKET, Mass. —A member of a fishing boat crew attacked his fellow crew members at sea with a knife and a hammer, killing one of them, federal prosecutors said. SENT: 240 words, photo.


— BUILDINGS-STORM: Officials say more than 70 buildings have been damaged or destroyed during a storm that spawned at least 10 tornadoes in Virginia from the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

— TROOPERS’S KILLING-REWARD: The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information that helps solve the 1984 killing of a Virginia state trooper.

— WINERY-GRAPE THEFT: Despite the theft of nearly its entire crop of grapes, a Virginia winery will be able to raise a glass of its 2018 vintage to a new friendship.

— RESCUED DOG-POLICE K9: A 3-year-old pit bull named Dallas who was rescued from a fighting ring in Canada is set to become a drug-sniffing police dog in Virginia.

— WIFE SET ON FIRE: A judge wants a grand jury to consider the case of a man who told police he poured gasoline on his disabled wife and set her on fire.




BALTIMORE — New crime statistics released by the FBI place Baltimore’s homicide rate last year well above that of any other large U.S. metropolis, making it an anomaly in the national crime landscape when looking at American cities with populations over 500,000 people. By David McFadden. SENT: 760 words.


BALTIMORE — Police are identifying a man killed in a shootout with officers in a Baltimore alleyway and the officers who fired their weapons. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


BALTIMORE — A former National Security Agency employee who has pleaded guilty to keeping a cache of top secret U.S. defense material at his Maryland home will be sentenced in federal court. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. UPCOMING: 450 words by 5:30 p.m.


WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump accused Democrats on Tuesday of using a “con game” to try scuttling Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and disparaged the account of the second woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, saying she herself conceded she was “totally inebriated and all messed up.” By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,040 words, photo, video, audio.



WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared in a televised interview that he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life and didn’t even attend a party where one accuser said he assaulted her. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 650 words, photo.


WASHINGTON — The first allegation against Brett Kavanaugh left Republicans rattled and nervous. The second left them angry and ready to fight back. By Steve Peoples and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.


— ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-TUBERCULOSIS: Public health officials say dozens of people have been have been exposed to active tuberculosis at an elementary school in southern Delaware.

— ROBBERY-CHASE-REARREST: The Delaware man who was released in Maryland courtesy a “miscommunication” has been found back in his home state.

— TRAFFIC STOP-ASSAULT: A Baltimore police officer convicted of hitting a man in the face during a 2016 traffic stop has avoided prison time.

— TRAFFIC SIGN MISHAPS: A Delaware town says the state department of transportation didn’t properly communicate before installing more than 20 signs.


BBA--ORIOLES-RED SOX. Upcoming: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina will be nearly at full strength for Thursday’s game at No. 16 Miami. That’s because it will have back nearly all the players suspended for NCAA secondary violations for selling team-issued shoes. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 450 words and photos by 3 p.m.


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