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

September 20, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. —Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death. By Claire Galofaro and Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

TROPICAL WEATHER-A DEATH

KINSTON, N.C. — Hurricane Florence was blowing across eastern North Carolina hours before making landfall, and Bennie Lee Sutton’s hunting beagles were howling in their backyard kennel. So he was up in the middle of the night doing what he knew would quiet the pack of more than a dozen hounds: parking his pickup nearby and shining the headlights into their pen. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 790 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 940 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-DETAINEES DROWN

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As South Carolina rivers overflowed from Florence’s torrential rain, deputies taking two women to a mental health facility drove into floodwaters that engulfed their van and trapped the women inside, officials said Wednesday. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 720 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MURDER TRIAL-RELATIVE FRACAS: A victim’s relative is accused of punching the sister of a defense witness during a murder trial in North Carolina.

— UNSECURED GUN-CHILD SHOT: Authorities say a North Carolina man wanted for armed robbery was arrested when a 5-year-old child shot herself in the hand with his gun.

— CREEK WASTEWATER: An official at a water utility company in North Carolina says Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters caused 3.2 million gallons of partially-treated wastewater to mix with a creek.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— ROBERT GATES-CHANCELLOR: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates will stay on as the chancellor at William & Mary.

— VIRGINIA PORTS-TARIFFS: The Trump Administration is no longer threatening to slap tariffs on Chinese-made gantry cranes. That’s good news for the Port of Virginia.

— MUSEUM PASSPORTS: Twenty of the Richmond region’s historic sites are offering visitors free admission this weekend.

— FATAL SHOOTING: Virginia police say they’ve arrested two men and a 16-year-old girl involved in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Richmond man.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON —Republicans are warning that time is running out for Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser to tell Congress about her claim he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, even as President Donald Trump called the woman’s allegation hard to believe in one of the GOP’s sharpest attacks on her credibility. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 930 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-65 WOMEN

NEW YORK — It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. By Jennifer Peltz and Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.

SCI-BYE BYE BUGS

OXFORD, Pa. — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that’s got scientists worried. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— UNDER ARMOUR-JOB CUTS: Under Armour will cut its global workforce by 3 percent by the end of March.

— MARYLAND GOVERNOR-LABOR ENDORSEMENTS: Gov. Larry Hogan is showcasing a pair of endorsements from two local labor unions.

— FLU CASES: Delaware health officials say flu cases have been confirmed in the state’s three counties and one person has been hospitalized.

— POLICE SHOOTING: Authorities say two Maryland police officers have been shot while serving a drug-related search warrant.

— ZOO-POLAR BEAR RETURNS: A female polar bear born at an upstate New York zoo more than 20 years ago is returning to her birthplace after nearly a decade at a Maryland zoo.

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