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

July 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. Maryland-Delaware News Editor Amanda Kell can be reached at 410-837-8315 or akell@ap.org.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

MILITARY IMPERSONATOR HELICOPTER

RALEIGH, N.C. — A judge demanded to know Tuesday why a North Carolina man repeatedly used an Army general’s uniform to fool others, asking if “it was like Halloween every day,” as he sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment for an impersonation that ended with an alarming helicopter ride. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 640 words, photo.

— With MILITARY IMPERSONATOR HELICOPTER-THE LATEST

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The meeting of a rarely-convened state panel tasked with providing summaries to the public of six proposed constitutional amendments on November ballots devolved Tuesday into a blistering critique by the panel’s Democratic members when the Republican failed to attend. Attorney General Josh Stein and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall called the questions that Republicans created for voters misleading and inaccurate and vowed to address those shortcomings in upcoming summaries. By Gary Robertson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s largest health insurer said Tuesday it’s cutting some individual premiums for the first time in over a quarter century, but next year’s savings on subsidized “Obamacare” coverage would have been much larger if Washington had left the law alone. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 570 words.

TERRORISM SUPPORT

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge wants an update on how soon a jury should hear about a mentally ill North Carolina man who was forcibly medicated so that he could be prosecuted. A hearing could set a trial for Basit Sheikh, one of the first people arrested as part of the FBI’s effort to find U.S. residents before they could join terrorist groups fighting in Syria. By Emery P. Dalesio. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m., photo.

RED WOLVES-NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s governor is urging federal authorities not to reduce protections for endangered red wolves that can only be found in the state. By Alex Derosier. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

TURKEY-US PASTOR

ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish court rejected an appeal Tuesday to end the house arrest of an American pastor who is at the center of an escalating diplomatic row between NATO allies Turkey and the United States, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. SENT: 340 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— FLIGHT CABIN PRESSURE LOSS: An official says an American Eagle flight from Peoria, Illinois, bound for North Carolina landed safely after a sudden loss of cabin pressure.

— CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-UNC: The University of North Carolina Board of Governors will do nothing, for now, about an embattled Confederate monument on the public university system’s flagship campus.

— SPECIAL FORCES EXERCISE: The sounds of war are about to fan over 19 counties, but the U.S. Army says residents should be unconcerned.

— ROADEO COMPETITION: Employees of North Carolina’s Transportation Department who operate heavy equipment will test their safety awareness and skill level in the department’s annual “Roadeo.”

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VIRGINIA

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT

WASHINGTON —Jury selection got underway Tuesday in the trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on tax evasion and bank fraud charges. By Chad Day and Eric Tucker. SENT: 570 words, photos.

— With: TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MANAFORT-THE LATEST

CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON —A top Democrat called Tuesday for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that saw lawmakers of both parties criticize the Trump administration policy of separating migrant children from their detained parents and its botched efforts to reunite many of them. By Alan Fram. SENT: 750 words, photo.

— With: CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION-THE LATEST

SCANA-DOMINION MERGER

COLUMBIA, S.C. —Shareholders of SCANA agreed Tuesday to sell the South Carolina utility to Virginia-based Dominion Energy, which has agreed to swallow billions of dollars in debt from the company’s failed nuclear construction project and other operations. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— LUMBER LIQUIDATORS-HEADQUARTERS: Lumber Liquidators will move its corporate headquarters from Toano to Richmond next year.

— STANDARDIZED TESTS-INAPPROPRIATE HELP: Education officials in Virginia say teachers at a Richmond elementary school gave students “inappropriate assistance” to help students pass standardized tests.

— SENATE RACE-AIDE: A campaign consultant helping a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia has attacked the NAACP and cities with large African-American populations.

— CHILD PORN-TEACHER: A Virginia teacher who pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography charge had more than 100 “up-skirt” images of his students.

— TEEN SHOT-TALL TALE: Police say a 15-year-old boy who said he was shot during an attempted robbery actually shot himself in the foot.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

TRUMP-3D GUNS

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has spoken with the National Rifle Association about downloadable directions others want to provide for people to make 3D-printed guns, adding that the idea “doesn’t seem to make much sense!” SENT: 480 words, photos.

— With: TRUMP-3D GUNS-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

— PRIEST ASSAULTED: Police in Delaware have charged a 25-year-old man they say assaulted an elderly Catholic priest, dousing him in wine and hitting him on the head with the wine bottle.

— INTERSTATE SHOOTING: Authorities say a hospital shuttle driver shot a man in an SUV who threatened him with pepper spray during a dispute on Interstate 95.

— BOATING ACCIDENT: Officials say a Maryland man has died after his boat flipped over during a race just off Chesapeake Bay.

— NATIVE SPECIES PANEL: A panel focused on protecting Delaware’s native plant and animal species from extinction is holding its first meeting.

SPORTS:

BBA--ORIOLES-YANKEES

NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka (8-2, is 6-0 in 12 starts since mid-April going into Tuesday’s series opener against the Orioles and Yefry Ramirez (1-3). By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

FBN--RAVENS-RG3

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Robert Griffin III is quietly making a comeback as a backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. Though starter Joe Flacco and rookie Lamar Jackson have garnered much of the attention at training camp, Griffin hopes to make some noise in a preseason game Thursday night, his first taste of NFL action since 2016. By Todd Karpovich. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo by 2 p.m.

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