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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

ROAD RAGE-SELF-DEFENSE

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina appeals court has thrown out the conviction of a man who shot another driver's tire in traffic, saying his self-defense rights weren't properly explained to jurors. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

HOG WASTE-SMITHFIELD

RALEIGH, N.C. — A court battle is shaping up in North Carolina to decide whether the world's largest pork producer will keep paying for environmental projects as it promised 18 years ago or if the millions should go to public schools instead. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— NORTH CAROLINA-BALLOT BATTLE: It appears at least four proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution will be on fall ballots now that the state Supreme Court has rejected a civil rights group's request to block questions on voter identification and income taxes.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-FLORENCE: Hurricane Florence has formed far out over the Atlantic, where it doesn't currently pose a threat to any land.

—WILD HORSES-BIRTH: A herd of wild horses in North Carolina that has suffered a stretch of deaths and banishments has welcomed a new foal.

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VIRGINIA

TRAINING CENTER CLOSING

RICHMOND, Va. — Another of Virginia's institutions established decades ago for housing developmentally and intellectually disabled people has closed under a settlement with the federal government. By Sarah Rankin. UPCOMING: 750 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— NASA PARACHUTE TEST: A parachute system that's designed to land spacecraft on Mars will be tested this week off Virginia's coast.

— NEW IDS: The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will soon start offering residents the option to upgrade their driver's licenses or other IDs to meet federal requirements that will affect plane travelers.

— SLAVERY MEMORIAL: The University of Virginia has approved a funding boost to help pay for a new memorial honoring the contributions of slaves who helped build and maintain the school.

— BOY DEAD-MOTHER CHARGED: Police in Virginia say a 13-year-old boy has been found dead and his mother is charged with murder and neglect.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

NAVAL ACADEMY-OFFICER APTITUDE

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Naval Academy's superintendent outlines a new initiative to identify midshipmen who lack the aptitude to become naval officers. By Brian Witte. About 400 words by 4 p.m.

MENNONITES-URBAN HORSEMEN

BALTIMORE — A little-known connection with Mennonite craftsmen sustains a group of black street vendors in Baltimore who still peddle fruit and vegetables from horse-drawn carts. It's an unlikely cross-cultural bond: a tight community of African-American horsemen in disenfranchised West Baltimore and Old Order Mennonites in Pennsylvania Dutch country who make wagon wheels, carriages and harnesses. Their worlds come together via a dependence on horses and a determination to live proudly on the margins of modern society. By David McFadden. SENT: 890 words, photos.

BIDEN 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa — Shortly after Joe Biden boarded a recent flight from Washington to New York, a string of passengers began stopping at his seat in coach to deliver some version of the same message: Run, Joe, run. By Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,170 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL CLOSURES-HOT WEATHER: Baltimore schools began the calendar year with heating outages that left classrooms freezing, and are now starting the school year with classrooms ill-equipped to handle searing heat.

— LIGHTNING-LIFEGUARD STRUCK: Witnesses say lightning struck a lifeguard at a Delaware apartment complex's pool.

— BALTIMORE-FOSTER CHILDREN: Attorneys representing Baltimore's foster children say the city's social services department is illegally keeping children in offices overnight, 30 years after entering into a federal consent decree over treatment of foster children.

— SCHOOL METAL DETECTORS: An official with Maryland's largest public school system says metal detectors may be added to student entrances.

SPORTS

FBC--MARYLAND ENCORE

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — After opening with an uplifting upset of Texas in their first game under interim coach Matt Canada, Maryland seeks to keep the momentum going Saturday at Bowling Green. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m. ET.

FBN--PANTHERS-INTERNATIONAL PLAYER

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Defensive end Efe Obada became the first player from the NFL's International Pathway Program to make a final roster, capping a remarkable journey. The Nigerian born Obada only started playing football four years ago when he turned 22. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos by 6 p.m. EDT

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