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

December 27, 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

XGR--ELECTIONS LEGISLATION

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers are scheduled to consider overriding the governor’s veto of legislation he says would add secrecy to campaign finance investigations. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ EX-COUNTY MANAGERS-INDICTMENTS: A former North Carolina county official has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud taxpayers by accepting bribes in exchange for government contracts.

_ CUSTOMER RUN OVER: North Carolina police are investigating after a man accused of shoplifting ran over another customer.

VIRGINIA

MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION-VIRGINIA

RICHMOND, Va._ Virginia has lagged behind many states when it comes to relaxing laws on marijuana. But during the last legislative session, lawmakers approved an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program. As the General Assembly gears up for the start of a new legislative session on Jan. 9, supporters of decriminalization are hoping that momentum will continue. By Denise Lavoie. UPCOMING: 600 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ DOMINION-CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS: Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney says he will continue to accept campaign contributions from Dominion Energy, a stance that puts him at odds with other prominent Democrats.

_ CHINESE DRYWALL-VIRGINIA: A class-action lawsuit that claims Chinese-manufactured drywall made American homeowners sick is revving up in Virginia.

_ MURDER SUICIDE-DOMESTIC: Police in Virginia say a 75-year-old woman and her husband have died in what’s being classified as a murder-suicide.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ FAIR HOUSING ADVOCATE: A coalition of nonprofits backed by the state is hoping to revive Maryland’s only federally designated fair housing advocate, which closed suddenly in August.

_ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-SHOOTING: Court records say a woman told Delaware authorities her boyfriend shot her because she was ending their on-again, off-again relationship.

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