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AP-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 6 pm, MD

January 3, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to 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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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia election officials plan to meet Thursday to randomly pick a winner in the race for a House of Delegates seat that could determine whether the chamber has a 50-50 Democrat-Republican tie or a one-seat Republican majority. The state Board of Elections will pick a name from a ceramic bowl, following weeks of drama that included Democrat Shelly Simonds winning by one vote in a recount and then a court declaring a tie with Del. David Yancey after allowing an uncounted ballot. Democrats all but erased a Republican supermajority in the House in the Nov. 7 election, as part of a voter backlash against the Trump administration.




SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumps snow on Tallahassee, Florida, for the first time in nearly three decades before marching up the coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and sleet. Forecasters warn that the same system could soon strengthen into a “bomb cyclone” as it rolls up the East Coast, bringing hurricane-force winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. Developing.


COLUMBIA, S.C. — A proposed deal announced Wednesday involving Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Energy could mean $1.3 billion in refunds for customers of a troubled South Carolina utility who have been funding a failed nuclear reactor project. By Meg Kinnard. MOVED: 745 words.


MONTPELIER-BURIED SLAVES: Experts at former President James Madison’s Virginia estate are searching for the burial grounds of slaves who worked there.

MOUNT VERNON EXHIBIT: Visitors to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate will see a new 4-D film depicting the Founding Father’s role in the American Revolution.

NEW CHARLOTTESVILLE MAYOR: The city of Charlottesville, still coping with the aftermath of white nationalist rallies last year, has a new mayor.

HOUSE SPEAKER-SURGERY: Virginia state House Speaker William Howell is recovering from emergency heart surgery.

FIREFIGHTERS CHARGED: Six volunteer firefighters in Virginia have been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Buoyed by a string of electoral victories during President Donald Trump’s first year in office, Democrats will be waging a renewed battle to wrest control of Congress from Republicans this year. Yet the contests with the greatest long-term consequences for Congress could be elsewhere on the ballot —for governors and state legislators who will shape the boundaries of congressional districts for the decade to come. By David Lieb. MOVED: 1,100 words. AP Photos.


MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION: Uncertainty about the ramifications of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Delaware continues to dog lawmakers as the reporting deadline nears for a panel studying issues surrounding legalization issues.

CONGRESS-TAXES-MARYLAND: Maryland’s tax collector says a report on how the federal tax overhaul will affect the state will be released in a few weeks.

BEAVERS KILLED: Authorities are seeking answers after a father and son on a bird-spotting walk found four beavers shot dead with a bow and arrow.

RIGHT-TO-WORK LAW: A Delaware county has postponed a vote on enacting a right-to-work law after a contentious public hearing.

PARTY SHOOTING-FOOTBALL PLAYER PARALYZED: The mother of a Marshall University football player shot at a New Year’s party in Maryland says he is paralyzed.



BLACKSBURG, Va. — No. 8 Virginia travels to state and ACC rival Virginia Tech for the first of two meetings this season. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.


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