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

September 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina’s governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet. By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 1,030 words, photos, video, audio.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHERE’S HOME?

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — As the pounding rains from Hurricane Florence finally ended, Lutrice Garcia left the shelter where she had spent several nights on a cot and tried to head home. But floodwaters from overflowing Crooked Creek covered the road and an emergency responder told her water was seeping into the houses. By Russ Bynum and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 880 words, photo.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC SITES

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 900 words, photos.

PRESIDENTS-POLITICS OF DISASTER

WASHINGTON — The politics of natural disasters can be tricky for a president. Long before President Donald Trump tossed paper towels to storm-stricken Puerto Ricans and denied Hurricane Maria’s official death toll, his predecessors struggled to steer the nation through life-and-death emergencies. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

FEMA-THE STORMS

WASHINGTON — While Hurricane Florence barreled through the Carolinas, a different type of storm was brewing within the federal disaster relief agency tasked with responding to the fallout. By Colleen Long. SENT: 770 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— SHARK SHIPWRECK: A video captured by a Virginia woman filming a North Carolina shipwreck shows a sand tiger shark creeping up behind her, only to turn tail when spotted.

— FLORENCE-LOUISIANA DONATIONS: Students at a university in Louisiana are helping residents of the Carolinas as they begin cleanup after Hurricane Florence.

— BOOKSTORE-NEEDLE EXCHANGE: Two organizations are appealing a North Carolina city’s crackdown on a needle exchange program run out of a bookstore.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— FAMILY FATAL SHOOTING: Virginia police say a man has been charged with first-degree murder and malicious wounding for fatally shooting his father and wounding his brother.

— VIRGINIA BEACH SHOOTINGS: A Virginia teen has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for his role in a series of random shootings that killed two people and left three others wounded.

— CHILD PORN IN PRISON: A federal prison inmate already serving time for trafficking in child pornography has been sentenced to another lengthy term for possessing child sex abuse videos inside the prison.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH INVESTIGATION

WASHINGTON — Democrats have been calling on the FBI to investigate a woman’s claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. What they’re asking for, though, isn’t a criminal investigation that could lead to charges. By Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker. SENT: 800 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ACCUSER’S STORY

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Her studies first brought her West, but for Christine Margaret Blasey Ford, the move to California proved a way to leave behind what had gone wrong in her teenage years in the patrician suburbs of Washington, D.C. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,010 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— WILMINGTON PORT: Delaware has signed a final agreement with a private Emirati port operator to privatize the Port of Wilmington.

— DMV SELFIE ZONES: Delaware’s Division of Motor Vehicles has installed “Safe Selfie Zones” at its four locations, to allow newly licensed drivers to share the news — and not their personal details.

— CAMPAIGN DONATIONS QUESTIONED: An independent candidate for county executive in Maryland is accused of violating campaign finance laws by accepting multiple corporate donations from entities sharing the same addresses.

— FORMER CANDIDATE HIRED: A woman who briefly ran for governor in Maryland has been hired to a six-figure school post.

— JEALOUS-DEBATE BAN: A gubernatorial candidate in Maryland who vetoed a reporter from being a panelist at his sole debate with Gov. Larry Hogan has reversed his stance, blaming Hogan’s campaign.

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