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

August 8, 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. Maryland-Delaware News Editor Amanda Kell can be reached at 410-837-8315 or akell@ap.org.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

US-CHINA TARIFFS-STATES

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — A Chinese company’s announcement two years ago that it would spend more than $1 billion and hire hundreds of workers for a paper mill on the outskirts of this rural college town was seen as a much-needed shot in the arm for the region’s economy. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

UNC TEXTBOOK DISPUTE

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has revised a textbook for a required fitness course that called cancer “a disease of choice” and included a theory asserting Holocaust victims failed to tap into their inner strength. SENT: 510 words.

IN BRIEF:

— READING TEACHERS-IPADS: North Carolina public school reading teachers in early grades will benefit from new technology to help them better monitor student literacy strengths and weaknesses.

— RACING-OFFICER-GUN: Authorities in North Carolina say an off-duty police officer pulled a gun on a race car driver who had just hit another stock car.

— MANHUNT-NY: Federal authorities say they’ve charged a North Carolina man believed to be still on the run after pulling a gun on a New York police officer three weeks ago.

— EX-TSA OFFICER-DRUG CHARGES: A former Transportation Security Administration officer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on drug trafficking conspiracy and gun charges.

— FORTNITE-TEEN SUED: Despite a plea from a Delaware teen’s mother, developers of popular third-person shooter game “Fortnite” will be allowed to pursue their lawsuit against him after he boasted online about using cheat software.

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VIRGINIA

CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-CHARLOTTESVILLE-ONE YEAR LATER

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Pressure to take down America’s monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn’t start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses and college campuses fell almost daily for weeks after a speeding car killed a woman and injured dozens Aug. 12, 2017. At least 30 Confederate monuments were uprooted in the past year. Many more Confederate monuments remain standing, in part because seven Southern states have laws protecting them. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —Paul Manafort’s protégé on Wednesday wrapped up his testimony aimed at implicating the former Trump campaign chairman in financial crimes while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility. By Chad Day, Stephen Braun and Eric Tucker. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

— With: TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-THE LATEST

AMAZON-WHOLE FOODS-PICKUP

NEW YORK — Amazon, known for bringing items to shoppers’ homes, is adding a curbside pickup option at Whole Foods for Prime members. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF:

— PIPELINE PROTEST-PHARMACY BOARD: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has ousted a Virginia Board of Pharmacy member and civic activist accused of using her credentials to access a closed site near the Mountain Valley Pipeline route.

— AMBER ALERT-SUSPECT ARRESTED: Police say the man accused of abducting a Virginia woman and a grandchild has been arrested, but the victims remain missing.

— NORTHAM JOBS: A manufacturer of copper fittings plans a $14 million expansion in the Shenandoah Valley that officials say will create 30 new jobs.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SINCLAIR-TRIBUNE

NEW YORK — The Sinclair broadcasting company says it’s in talks with Tribune Media on how to overcome regulatory hurdles to its $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune’s 42 TV stations. SENT: 240 words, photo.

CLOSE TO THE SUN

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 110 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— PRIEST ASSAULTED-DELAWARE: An elderly Catholic priest attacked at his Delaware church last week has been released from the hospital.

— NEW PARTY-MARYLAND: Jerome Segal, who lost his Maryland U.S. Senate primary bid, has filed signatures with the state elections board to form a new political party.

— DRIVING TEST ARREST: A 22-year-old man who went for his driver’s test left in handcuffs after the examiner became suspicious about a certain odor emanating from the car.

— SECURITY GUARD-SHOOTING: Police say a grocery store security guard was grazed by a bullet in Maryland.

— DRIVING TEST ARREST: A Baltimore man who went in for a driving test left under arrest when police say marijuana, cash and a gun were found in his car.

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