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

October 9, 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

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — At least 120,000 people along the Florida Panhandle were ordered to clear out on Tuesday as Hurricane Michael rapidly picked up steam in the Gulf of Mexico and closed in with winds of 110 mph and a potential storm surge of 12 feet. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 990 words.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST

TROPICAL WEATHER-WEARY CAROLINAS

RALEIGH, N.C. — In the storm-weary Carolinas, Hurricane Michael’s approach was stoking fresh fears among homeowners with tarps still on their roofs and dehumidifiers on their floors from a powerful storm last month. While North and South Carolina aren’t expected to get the same direct hit they did from Hurricane Florence in September, the current storm is still likely to bring inches of rain and strong winds to areas that have just begun to clean up and rebuild. By Jonathan Drew and Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— NORTH CAROLINA-GOVERNOR: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has decided to revive six government boards and commissions struck down by a state court as unconstitutional without waiting for legislative action because he says their work must continue, particularly in Hurricane Florence’s aftermath.

— KAREN PENCE CAMPAIGNS: Vice President Mike Pence’s wife is stumping for a North Carolina congressional candidate, in an effort to turn out women for a man who came under fire earlier this year for comments about women.

— LAUNDRY BIN DEATH: The body of a woman has been found in a container alongside a road in North Carolina.

— FLORENCE-BREEDING FROGS: In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina coast has been plagued with a tide of frogs and toads, but the storm’s record-setting floods aren’t entirely to blame.

— SCHOOL THREAT-MAN ARRESTED: North Carolina man accused of threatening to shoot students at an elementary school near his home is now accused of possessing child porn.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— JAMES MONROE-STATUE DEFACED: A statue of fifth U.S. President James Monroe has been vandalized at a university in Virginia with the words “slave owner.”

— IMMIGRATION-VIRGINIA SANCTUARY: A church in Virginia has provided sanctuary for a Guatemalan woman who is facing deportation.

— OYSTERS RESTORED: The Lafayette River has become the first of five Virginia rivers to have its oyster population recover, having met state and federal goals.

— CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-RICHMOND: The council governing Virginia’s capital city has once again indicated they don’t want the authority to determine the fate of the city’s Confederate monuments.

—FRENCH COMBAT PAINTINGS: A museum in Virginia is displaying the paintings of an aviation combat artist from World War I.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

— OBIT-JOSEPH TYDINGS: A champion of liberal causes and public service, former U.S. Sen. Joseph D. Tydings has died at 90.

— DUI TRAIN: Authorities say a man has been charged with drunken driving after his vehicle hit a train in southern Delaware.

— BOY-QUESIONABLE DEATH: Police are investigating the death of a 9-year-old boy in Baltimore that they are calling “questionable.”

— FAKE APPLE PRODUCTS: Police think a New York man could have made nearly $73,000 off counterfeit Apple products before he and more than 200 other fakes were stopped in Delaware.

— BLOOM ENERGY TARIFF: Delaware utility regulators are being urged to reject a challenge to a deal under which Delmarva Power customers are forced to pay tens of millions of dollars to a California-based fuel cell manufacturer.

SPORTS

HKN--CANUCKS-HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. — The first-place Carolina Hurricanes look to continue their early-season roll when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

FBC--MARYLAND-QUARTERBACKS

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland quarterbacks Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome can run well enough. It’s the passing game that’s come up short so far, and that’s got to be fixed if the Terrapins are to be successful. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m. ET.

FBC--VIRGINIA TECH-YOUNG DEFENSE

Virginia Tech’s young defense has been equal to the task in many situations this season, but much on-the-job training also has been apparent. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--MARYLAND-QUARTERBACKS

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland quarterbacks Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome can run well enough. It’s the passing game that’s come up short so far, and that’s got to be fixed if the Terrapins are to be successful. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 2 p.m. ET.

BKC--NORTH CAROLINA-JOHNSON

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — It’s been six months since North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson had arthroscopic surgery on his hip. He’s hoping it has him positioned for a strong final season with the Tar Heels. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos by 6 p.m.

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