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

September 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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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

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — A week ago, firefighters in Conway went to a neighborhood and told surprised residents their houses would flood from Hurricane Florence even though they had never had water in them before. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 680 words, photos.

GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES

UNDATED — The shooting that killed 17 people earlier this year at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which followed by just months the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, prompted a wave of student activism that raised the hopes of gun-control advocates across the country. While Florida’s legislature and governor responded with a far-reaching package of gun laws, an Associated Press review shows those actions were an outlier among Republican-leaning states. A handful of GOP governors did sign bills banning bump stocks, like the one used in the Las Vegas attack, or allowing police to temporarily seize guns from individuals showing signs of mental instability or violence. But an AP analysis of all gun legislation passed this year in state legislatures finds the back-to-back shooting tragedies were not the legislative turning point gun-control supporters had hoped they would be. By Ryan J. Foley. 1,930 words. Photos. With AP data distribution. An abridged version also is moving.

With: — GUNS-BUMP STOCKS, GUNS-BUMP STOCKS -GLANCE.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE CHIEF-RENTAL UNITS: An investigation found that a police chief in North Carolina had rental units holding images of nude women, narcotics and firearms.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— VIRGINIA AQUARIUM-SEAL DEATH: A 32-year-old seal named Peter who lived at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has died.

— MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE: Developers of a natural gas pipeline set to run through West Virginia and Virginia say the project’s cost has risen from $3.7 billion to $4.6 billion.

— HENRIETTA LACKS COMMISSION: A Virginia state board tasked with developing plans for a cancer research and treatment center is set to convene for the first time.

— MISSING MOTEL OWNERS-SEARCH: Alabama authorities have found the bodies of two missing motel owners after questioning the man charged in their deaths.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES-MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — New gun-control laws are taking effect in Maryland next week, and some state lawmakers already are talking about strengthening them in the next legislative session after high-profile shootings in the state. By Brian Witte. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump denounced Democratic efforts to block Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation as a cynical “con job” on Tuesday and launched a dismissive attack on a second woman accusing the nominee of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, asserting she “has nothing.” By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 980 words, photo, video, audio.

— With: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-JUDGE

WASHINGTON — Mark Judge spent decades mining his recollections and writing books and articles full of semi-confessional details about the suburban Maryland prep school he attended with future Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Now, though, Judge’s memory has drawn a blank.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE SHOWDOWN

WASHINGTON — On Thursday morning, a psychology professor from California will sit before lawmakers to accuse a Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault — while all of Washington, and much of the nation, watches it live. It’s a high-stakes, high-drama moment with the power to sink Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s chances of winning a seat on the high court and to shift the dynamic in the upcoming midterm elections. By Laurie Kellman and David Bauder. SENT: 920 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-RAMIREZ

BOULDER, Colo. — Between shifts ladling hot meals at the dining hall, Deborah Ramirez did her best to fit in with the blue-blooded social set of Yale University in the 1980s. She took a chartered flight to the Bahamas sophomore year with dozens of other spring breakers and attended booze-filled parties on campus with posh private-school grads. By Garance Burke, Alanna Durkin Richer and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON — The first allegation against Brett Kavanaugh left Republicans rattled and nervous. The second left them angry and ready to fight back. By Steve Peoples and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CHARTER SCHOOL CLOSES: A Delaware charter school focused on preparing students for public safety careers has abruptly shut its doors.

— COUNCIL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT: A Delaware county councilman has been cleared of wrongdoing in the investigation of a harassment complaint brought by the council president, who herself has been accused of harassment.

— COMMUTATION REQUEST: A man serving 35 years in prison for a murder committed when he was 17 years old is seeking commutation of his sentence.

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