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

September 18, 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

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. —Stranded by Florence’s epic floods days after the hurricane hit North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps, while officials managed to open a second route into the surrounded city. By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 530 words, photos.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING

TROPICAL WEATHER-RATING THE DANGER

TRENTON, N.C. — When meteorologists downgraded Hurricane Florence from a powerful Category 4 storm to a Category 2 and then a Category 1, Wayne Mills figured he could stick it out. By Seth Borenstein and Allen G. Breed. SENT: 790 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-HOMES VERSUS HIGHWAY

CONWAY, S.C. — Two years ago, from Hurricane Matthew and in 1999, from Hurricane Floyd, floodwaters came close to entering Joe Holmes’ house in South Carolina, but he dodged those bullets. Now, with Florence, he doesn’t feel so lucky. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-DEATH TOLLS

More than six months after Hurricane Irma’s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm. By Julie Watson. SENT: 840 words, photo.

TROPICAL WEATHER-RISING RIVERS

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The river seethed a quarter-mile away, bulging from its banks, so the patrol cars circled the neighborhood three times. By Claire Galofaro. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-DAM HAZARDS

Devastating flooding in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has raised concerns about whether dams across the state, some of them already in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the strain. By Sarah Rankin. SENT: 810 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR RESCUE MISSION

CHERAW, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s flight over soggy parts of the state Monday turned from an observation trip to a rescue mission when he spotted two people stranded atop a flooded vehicle, surrounded by water rushing into the area from Florence. By Med Kinnard. SENT: 690 words.

SUNTRUST-ONLINE BANKING

NEW YORK— Customers of the large regional bank SunTrust are experiencing a third day of outages and difficulties from its online banking services, a particular problem for its customers in North and South Carolina who are currently dealing with Hurricane Florence. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 190 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DOLLAR TREE: Dollar Tree says it’s planning to consolidate store support centers in a North Carolina town and a Virginia city as part of its continuing integration of Family Dollar’s organization and support functions.

— DEATH ROW INMATE DIES: North Carolina officials say a death row inmate has died of natural causes.

— PENSION SPIKES: A North Carolina appeals court agrees the state’s pension fund must cover large pension spikes for four retired school superintendents because an agency failed to go through regulatory hoops before local taxpayers could foot the bills.

— BEAR IN MINIVAN: Winnie the Pooh has honey, Goldilocks’ three ursine victims had porridge and a casually destructive North Carolina black bear has muffin mix.

— ARGUMENT-3 SHOT: Police in North Carolina say an argument led to the shooting of three people at a gas station.

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VIRGINIA

TROPICAL WEATHER-VIRGINIA

RICHMOND, Va. — A flash flood caused by the remnants of Hurricane Florence has killed a man in Virginia. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

DEVOS-THEATER

WASHINGTON —Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate to become education secretary — this time on a theater stage. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 660 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-POLITICS

NEW YORK — With the fate of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee suddenly uncertain, emboldened Democrats clashed with cautious Republicans as both parties grappled with an increasingly messy nomination fight weeks before the pivotal midterm elections. By Steve Peoples and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— SAILOR KILLED-AIRCRAFT CARRIER: A U.S. Navy sailor has died in what’s being described as a “mishap” on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.

— POLICE SHOOTING-SUSPECT KILLED: Authorities say a man suspected in a domestic assault has been shot and killed by a police officer in Virginia.

— HURRICANES-SCHOOL CALENDAR: Hurricane Florence could impact the academic calendar for schools in coastal Virginia. Hurricane season is far from over. Then comes winter.

— HISTORICAL MARKER-BAPTIST CHURCH: A state historical marker will be dedicated to a Baptist church established in 1868 by 27 African-Americans who selected a former slave as the church’s first pastor.

— MAN RUBS BEHIND ON PRODUCE: A man is accused of rubbing his bare behind on produce at a grocery store in northern Virginia before putting the items back on display.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

FORENSICS EXPERT ARRESTED

DOVER, Del. — A judge has tossed cellphone evidence that prosecutors were hoping to use against the former chief firearms expert for the Delaware State Police. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON —Wrestling for advantage, Democratic and Republican senators argued Tuesday over who could, should or would testify at next Monday’s hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accuses him of a sexual assault when they were in high school. Doubts were even raised whether she would appear. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video, audio.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-MARYLAND: Authorities in Maryland are identifying a slain man and the officer who shot him during a struggle over a gun.

— TROOPER-WHEELCHAIR PEDESTRIAN: Authorities say a police car driven by a state trooper has struck a man trying to cross a road in southern Delaware in a motorized wheelchair.

— BALTIMORE SYMPHONY-SEXUAL HARASSMENT: A Baltimore Symphony Orchestra oboist has filed a sexual harassment complaint, saying the orchestra failed to protect her from repeated harassment and retaliation.

— BIDEN WELCOME CENTER: Less than 10 miles into Delaware on the interstate that serves most major East Coast cities, a large glass-walled hut offers travelers tax-free shopping, fast food and information on the First State. And as of Monday, it bears the name of one of the state’s most prominent families.

— WIFE ON LEASH: A Maryland man is facing a simple assault charge after using a dog leash to lead his wife around a Pennsylvania fair because she has late-stage dementia.

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