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

December 28, 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

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina board investigating allegations of ballot fraud in a still-unresolved congressional race could be disbanded Friday under a state court ruling in a protracted legal battle about how the panel operates. SENT: 340 words.

OUTER BANKS BRIDGE

RALEIGH, N.C. — A bridge that North Carolina first put on its transportation wish list almost 30 years ago is scheduled to open in 2019, giving tourists to Hatteras Island and its residents a more certain connection to the mainland. By Martha Waggoner. UPCOMING: 650 words.

POLICE OFFICERS-DEATHS

WASHINGTON — More police officers have died in the line of duty this year in the United States than in 2017, according to data released Thursday. The most common cause of death was gunfire, and vehicular accidents claimed nearly as many officers’ lives.

IN BRIEF:

_ SEVERE WEATHER-SOUTH: A storm that dumped up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain in Louisiana and Mississippi moved into Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and western North Carolina on Friday.

_ HUMANITARIAN AID OR DRUG TRAFFICKING: A Michigan man who had about $252,000 seized from his carry-on bag at a Charlotte, North Carolina, airport says the money was for humanitarian purposes.

VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ STOLEN DOG RETURNED: A New Jersey man has been reunited with his dog, more than a year after the pooch was stolen from his car.

_ VIRGINIA JAIL-GUARD INCIDENT: Prosecutors in Virginia say they’ll seek an indictment against a former jail guard over an incident involving an inmate who says he was choked.

_ ECONOMIC INDICATORS: A new state report says Virginia’s economy continued to grow at a slower rate than the rest of the country in fiscal year 2018.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ PARTY FIGHT-DEATH: Authorities say two Maryland men got into an altercation at a party, resulting in the death of one and a manslaughter charge for the other.

_ POLICE-SEWAGE PIPE: A crack in a sewage vent pipe has temporarily closed a Baltimore police station.

_ HATE CRIMES-STUDENTS: Two Maryland teenagers have pleaded guilty to writing racist and Nazi graffiti on their Glenelg high school over the summer.

_ STRAY BULLET-CHILD STRUCK: Police in Delaware have arrested a man they say shot and wounded a 4-year-old girl during a fight at a Milford apartment complex.

_ ALASKA MAYOR-FATAL CRASH: Police in Washington, D.C. have arrested the driver of a tour bus that fatally struck an Alaska mayor and her mother.

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