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

December 31, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

IN BRIEF:

_ OFFICER CHOKED: Authorities say a North Carolina man choked a female officer responding to a domestic violence call, and scratched another officer.

_ BITTEN-OFF EAR: A North Carolina man whose ear was largely bitten off in an altercation has been arrested.

_ DEPUTY PUNCHED-JAIL: An inmate at a North Carolina jail is accused of punching a deputy sheriff and damaging a correctional officer’s property in separate incidents.

VIRGINIA

REFORM-MINDED PROSECUTORS

RICHMOND, Va. _ At least eight reform-minded prosecutors will take office in cities around the country next month. These prosecutors won elections in Virginia, Massachusetts, Texas and Missouri by promising to eliminate cash bail, stop prosecuting simple marijuana possession cases and to try alternatives to jail for drug abusers. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

MEDICAID EXPASION

RICHMOND, Va. _ A chunky text look at how Virginia’s healthcare landscape will change now that the state has expanded Medicaid, with a closer look at how free clinics, hospitals and rural health centers are bracing for the change. Virginia’s Medicaid expansion starts Jan. 1 after a years-long battle between Democrats and Republicans over the issue. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 680 words.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

DELAWARE-NEW LAWS

DOVER, Del. — Delaware officials are gearing up for a new legislative session that begins Jan. 8, with a host of new lawmakers who were elected in November. Meanwhile, some of the bills passed by their predecessors are about to become law. Here’s a look at some of the new laws that were enacted in 2018 and that take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. By Randall Chase. SENT: 560 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FATAL CRASH-3 CHILDREN KILLED: Authorities say three children have died and two adults have been injured in a multi-car crash in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.

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