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

July 30, 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

FAYETTEVILLE ARSENAL

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A team of archaeologists is finding shards, nails and other items during a dig at the site of the 19th-century Fayetteville Arsenal. SENT: 300 words.

BEAR TEARS CAR-ALASKA

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A North Carolina man driving a classic convertible on road trip through Alaska has learned his car is not impenetrable to bears. SENT: 250 words.

WRITER-WIFE’S DEATH

DURHAM, N.C. — One of the prosecutors who tried the infamous 2001 North Carolina killing featured in “The Staircase” documentary series has died. SENT: 130 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— WRAL ANCHOR-ACCIDENT: A North Carolina morning news anchor is off the air following a bodysurfing accident.

— BERGER-CHIEF OF STAFF: The legislative staff attorney for North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger is becoming the top administrator for Berger’s office.

— DUKE-RATE INCREASE: Power bills are going up slightly for Duke Energy households in central and western North Carolina this week.

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VIRGINIA

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

WASHINGTON — The trial of President Donald Trump’s onetime campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into the political consultant’s pocket. By Eric Tucker and Chad Day. SENT: 1,020 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-UVA PRESIDENT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Teresa A. Sullivan’s books are still on their shelves at her Madison Hall office at the University of Virginia. She hasn’t yet taken down teaching awards or decided which papers will stay in Charlottesville and which will go with her on a yearlong sabbatical to the University of Texas. By Ruth Serven Smith of The Daily Progress. SENT: 1,400 words.

RAPE PLEA-GOVERNOR’S GRANDSON

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A former Virginia governor’s grandson accused of raping a fellow University of Virginia student has avoided prison time. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CONGRESS-BIGFOOT EROTICA: Here’s a political attack you don’t hear every day — or ever: A Virginia congressional candidate says her opponent is unfit for office because he is a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica.”

— SHIPPING CONTAINERS OVERBOARD: The U.S. Coast Guard says three shipping containers have sunk near a Virginia port.

— TRUCK OFF BRIDGE: Two Delaware men have been identified as the occupants of a tractor-trailer that went off the side of a bridge in Virginia.

— PILL MILL FILLER: A Kentucky pharmacist is accused of making custom pills to supply to two pill mills in West Virginia and one in Virginia.

— POLICE OFFICER-ATTACK: A police officer who fired his weapon after being stabbed by a man with a box cutter has been cleared by Virginia state police and prosecutors.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-HEARING

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —A court appearance for a man charged with killing five people in The Capital newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, was called off on Monday after his attorney filed court papers that waived his client’s initial appearance. By Brian Witte. SENT: 280 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— AIR FORCE RESERVIST-CHILD RAPE: A former Dover Air Force Base reservist has pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree rape after impregnating a 14-year-old girl.

— OCTAGENARIANS KIDNAPPED: Police in Delaware say an 82-year-old man obliged a stranger’s request for a glass of water, only to end up bundled in a trunk.

— BRONYCON ENDING: The organizers of a convention dedicated to “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” say next year will be their last, citing declining fandom activity among “bronies.”

— BODY AT SCHOOL: Police in Maryland say the body of a 17-year-old boy was found at an elementary school.

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