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

December 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHINA FORCED LABOR

HOTAN, China — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. By Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang. SENT: 2,980 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHARLOTTE MARKETING-HB2: More than 1 ½ years since North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” was repealed, Charlotte is spending millions to try to attract the visitors turned off by the measure seen as allowing discrimination against LGBTQ residents.

_ TODDLERS SMOKING-NORTH CAROLINA: Two women seen on social media video helping three children smoke marijuana in North Carolina have now been sentenced to jail time.

_ SOLDIER-RAPE CHARGE: A U.S. Army sergeant stationed at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg has been charged with child sex counts involving a girl under 15.

_ KIDNAPPING-RAPE: Authorities in Maryland and Washington, D.C., say a second man accused in the kidnapping and rape of a Maryland woman has been arrested in North Carolina.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA-GOVERNOR’S BUDGET

RICHMOND, Va. _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is set to present his full budget plan for lawmakers to consider during next year’s legislative session. The governor’s budget includes significant new spending to raise teacher pay. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

HOSPITAL SHIP

NORFOLK, Va. _ The USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, returns to its port in Norfolk, Virginia, after an 11-week tour to several Latin American countries heavily impacted by the exodus of Venezuelans. Many of them were driven to flee by lack of access to medicine and treatment in their home country. UPCOMING: 200 words to accompany photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has sued a Virginia county over a zoning decision, in an attempt to move the project forward.

_ SHIPYARD-BUYOUTS: The Virginia shipyard that’s the sole builder of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers is offering buyouts to a little more than 10 percent of its workforce.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ PRISON DISTURBANCE-DEFENSE COSTS: Delaware taxpayers have shelled out more than $680,000 in legal defense costs for 18 prisoners charged in a deadly prison riot last year, with most defendants still waiting to be tried.

_ EDUCATION FUNDNG-MARYLAND: A Maryland panel that is considering recommendations to increase state funding for schools is meeting.

_ MURDER SUSPECT-APPEAL: The Delaware Supreme Court is set to decide if murder charges should once again be brought against a man whose constitutional rights were determined to have been violated.

_ BALTIMORE POLICE-ATF: The Baltimore Police Department has reduced the number of officers assigned to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives task force.

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