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

September 5, 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

VOTING RECORDS-SUBPOENAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal prosecutors in North Carolina have issued several dozen subpoenas on behalf of immigration investigators asking election officials to provide a massive number of voting records, including ballots, registration forms and poll books going back at least five years. The demands come less than two weeks after the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced 19 foreign nationals were being charged with registering to vote or casting ballots illegally because they weren’t U.S. citizens. State and local election boards are likely to ask for delays to fulfill the subpoenas given they are racing to prepare for the November elections. By Gary Robertson. UPCOMING: 500 words.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-AFTER THE ACQUISITION

NEW YORK — Offers of training and stock in their new employer weren’t enough to keep four out of his five staffers when Dennis Chow sold his information technology firm in 2016. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 960 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BEZOS-POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos have made their largest political donation to date, giving $10 million to a nonpartisan political-action committee devoted to helping military veterans running for Congress.

— SOLDIER-ANIMAL-CHILD ABUSE: A Fort Bragg soldier is accused of starving dogs and allowing a child to live in “extremely unsanitary conditions.”

— BLOODS LEADER-SENTENCING: A man who prosecutors describe as a Bloods gang leader has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for racketeering conspiracy.

— EX-COUNCILMAN-SEX CRIME CHARGE: A former North Carolina city councilman who resigned under pressure has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a 10-year-old boy.

— APRIL THE GIRAFFE-OFFSPRING: Like a lot of parents, April the Giraffe will be seeing her fast-growing offspring off to a new chapter in the fall.

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VIRGINIA

HOUSE RACE-SIGNATURES

RICHMOND, Va. —A judge has ruled that Virginia Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor does not have to testify during a hearing on a lawsuit that accuses his campaign staff of forging signatures to help an independent candidate get on the ballot. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

— With: HOUSE RACE-SIGNATURES-THE LATEST

CHARLOTTESVILLE-ASSAULT-KESSLER

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A Virginia man convicted of an assault against the organizer of last summer’s violent white nationalist rally during a news conference has been handed a $1 fine. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort’s second trial will remain in the District of Columbia, a judge ruled Wednesday. By Chad Day. SENT: 790 words.

SCANA-DOMINION MERGER

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A deal to merge troubled South Carolina utility SCANA with Dominion Energy cleared another hurdle this week, moving a step closer to an agreement that could mean more than a billion dollars in rebates for utility customers. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 380 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BUS STOP-ELECTRIC FENCE: A Virginia man says he erected an electrified fence to keep kids waiting for the school bus off his property.

— CIVIL UNION-CHILD CUSTODY: The private Christian university founded by Jerry Falwell has been dismissed from a long-running lawsuit over an international kidnapping that followed the dissolution of a same-sex civil union.

— VCU-EMERGENCY TESTING: Residents and visitors in Richmond should expect to hear emergency sirens as Virginia Commonwealth University conducts a full test of its emergency communications and alerting systems.

— CHILD ACCOMPLICE-BREAK-IN: A Virginia woman has received jail time for using her 5-year-old child as an accomplice in a break-in.

— FATAL SHOOTING: A teenager in Virginia has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

DELAWARE PRIMARY

DOVER, Del. —As outbreaks of antiestablishment activism roil the Democratic Party nationwide, a veteran Delaware political leader who’s never been beaten faces a primary election challenge from an insurgent who’s never run for office. By Randall Chase. SENT: 890 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ABDUCTED WOMAN-ARREST: Authorities say a Baltimore man has been arrested in Philadelphia in the death of a mother of two who was abducted and found dead in a burning, vacant home.

— UNDERWEAR DRUG BALLOON: Last year, prison guards found thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs in a balloon hidden in the waistband of a woman’s underwear. Now, four people have pleaded guilty in the drug-smuggling scheme.

— ORIOLES-BLIND NIGHT: The Baltimore Orioles will wear first-of-their kind big league jerseys with their names spelled in Braille, for its National Federation of the Blind Night.

— ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY-FATAL FIGHT: Police in Baltimore say a man is dead after a fight at an assisted living facility.

— CANDIDATE-TRESSPASSING CHARGE: A candidate for Delaware state representative is accused of breaking into the home of his child’s mother.

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