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

October 2, 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

XGR-FLORENCE-SPECIAL SESSION

RALEIGH, N.C. — The first of several anticipated attempts by legislators to address the damage and displacement Hurricane Florence caused in North Carolina begins two weeks after the storm’s rains finally left the state. By Gary D. Robertson SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m.

COOPER-CABINET

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s highest court will decide whether legislators can reject a governor’s choices for important jobs like collecting taxes or registering automobiles, or if lawmakers claiming that oversight limit which top aides carry out the governor’s plans. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 400 words, photos. Will be updated.

CONSERVATION FUND

WASHINGTON — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 630 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— FAIRGOER SHOT: Authorities say a North Carolina fairgoer suffered minor injuries in a shooting.

— AIRPORT UPGRADE FUNDING: A new federal program is helping an airport in eastern North Carolina make significant upgrades.

— INTERSTATE 95 WIDENING: State transportation officials would like the residents in two North Carolina counties to review plans to widen Interstate 95.

— LIGHTHOUSE REOPENING: A North Carolina lighthouse is going to reopen to allow a last weekend of climbing for the year after its schedule was interrupted by Hurricane Florence.

— SWIMMER DIES OFF COAST: A national seashore says a New York man has died while swimming of the coast of North Carolina near Rodanthe.

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VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA DEBATE

RICHMOND, Va. — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and GOP challenger Corey Stewart are set for their third and final planned public debate. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— STRIPPERS SUE CLUBS: Strippers in Virginia’s capital have settled a class-action wage dispute against five local adult clubs.

— PROSECUTORS’S HUSBAND-ACTIVIST-SPAT: The husband of a Virginia prosecutor has secured a criminal charge against an activist who wants his wife recalled.

— RICHMOND HISTORY COMMISSION: Richmond’s mayor wants to create a commission to memorialize the city’s history.

— NEW IDS: The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has started offering residents the option to upgrade their driver’s licenses to meet federal requirements that will affect plane travelers.

— FLOATING TRASH BIN: A floating trash bin is now sucking up refuse in a Virginia river.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

— PREVAILING WAGE: State officials are eyeing changes to Delaware’s prevailing wage regulations, which govern what workers are paid on public workers projects.

— SMOKING BAN-OUTSIDE DINING: A Montgomery County official wants to ban smoking in outside dining areas.

— BAD LUCK BANDIT: Maryland police are searching for a man they’ve dubbed the “Bad Luck Bandit” who was hit in the head by a brick he threw at a store window.

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