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AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, 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.

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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: 1,140 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

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach. By Michael Biesecker and Alan Suderman. SENT: 870 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TIRED WILMINGTON

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The sun rises blazing hot over Wilmington, and the line for ice is shorter than it was the day before. The lines across town for tarps and bottled water have dwindled, as well, and Brian Gray takes that as a hopeful sign that desperation is giving way to something else. By Claire Galofaro. SENT: 1,280 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

MARYLAND SHOOTING

ABDERDEEN, Md. — Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that the number of dead is based on preliminary information. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss details by name and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press. By David McFadden. SENT: 450 words.

— With: MARYLAND SHOOTING-THE LATEST

PRISON DISTURBANCE-TRIAL

WILMINGTON, Del. — A judge holds a hearing regarding legal representation for one of 16 Delaware inmates charged with murder in connection with a deadly prison riot. Jarreau Ayers’ lawyer was forced to abruptly withdraw after prosecutors notified him, just weeks before a scheduled Oct. 8 trial, that he once represented a witness they plan to call. By Randall Chase. UPCOMING: 550 words by 6 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON —Republicans say they’re forging ahead in their drive to push Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination through the Senate, even as the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual attack is threatening to boycott a committee hearing and suggesting she’s not being treated with “fairness and respect.” By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 910 words, photo, video, audio.

— With: SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST

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.

UNDER ARMOUR-JOB CUTS

BALTIMORE — Under Armour will cut about 400 jobs, part of a restructuring that the sports gear maker announced earlier this year. SENT: 180 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING: A man who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking two teen girls has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

— REALITY SHOW-LAWSUIT: A Tennessee man has filed a lawsuit saying producers of a reality television show about drag racing encouraged violence between him and the host.

— 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.

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