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

December 26, 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

IN BRIEF:

_ CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-VANDALISM: A Confederate monument in North Carolina has been vandalized again.

_ BAKED GOOD-NOISY NEIGHBOR: A woman from North Carolina was able to solve an issue with a noisy neighbor with three simple ingredients: ingenuity, kindness and pound cake.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA-SPORTS GAMBLING

FALLS CHURCH, Va. _ Three northern Virginia lawmakers will be introducing different bills that would legalize sports gambling in the state. The proposals differ in some details, but all seek to capitalize on a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year that opened the door for states other than Nevada to open sportsbooks. By Matthew Barakat. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ LIQUOR SALES: Virginians bought more alcohol in the state’s beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency saw record sales for the 20th year in a row.

_ ORPHANED BEAR CUBS: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says a man killed a black bear over bird seed this summer, leaving her two cubs to fend for themselves.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

BALTIMORE-FRACTURED FORCE

BALTIMORE _ There is hardly any public confidence in the Baltimore Police Department _ with good reason. In the wake of a major corruption scandal that brought down an entire squad, a fact-finding panel is now exploring the open question on everyone’s mind: How deep does the rot go? Simultaneously, the city is trying to decide on its next top cop _ the fourth leader of the dysfunctional department this year alone. The challenge facing Baltimore’s fractured force cannot be understated: It is under pressure to bring down a violent crime rate that’s among the country’s worst while under court orders to overhaul a department that for years routinely violated residents’ civil rights. The result is a law enforcement agency that can often seem to be running in circles. By David McFadden. UPCOMING: 700 words, photo.

ABANDONED PROPERTY LAWSUIT

DOVER, Del. _ Delaware has been targeted with yet another lawsuit over the state’s abandoned property collections, despite a law enacted last year to ward off such litigation. Delaware is the legal home for more than 1 million business entities, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 500. That means it is able to lay claim to the abandoned property of those businesses, such as uncashed checks and unclaimed stocks and bonds. By Randall Chase. UPCOMING: 700 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEAD DYED CHICKENS-CRASH: A weekend collision brought an unusual group to a Delaware church’s doorstep: dead, blue chickens.

_ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-SHOOTING: Authorities in Delaware say a Lincoln man shot his girlfriend in her torso on Christmas while two children were home.

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