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

August 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

BALLOT BATTLE

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper is seeking to persuade a judicial panel a second time to keep questions for two proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution off the November ballot. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— TRUMP-RETIREMENT — President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order to make it easier for small businesses to group together to provide their workers with retirement plans.

— PASTOR-PRINCIPAL-SEX CHARGE — A Baptist pastor in North Carolina who also is the principal at a Baptist academy is accused of sex offenses with a minor.

— UNC FIRE SAFETY-DORM — A college in North Carolina says an aggressive timeline was followed to build several new dorms that state and fire officials say have safety concerns.

VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA-RAMADAN KILLING

FAIRFAX, Va. — A judge holds a pretrial hearing in the capital murder prosecution related to the 2017 death of 17-year-old Muslim girl. Developing from 1 p.m. event.

IN BRIEF:

— LABOR DAY WEEKEND-TRAVEL — About one million Virginians are expected to travel over Labor Day weekend, and AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates more than 5,600 of them will have vehicle breakdowns.

— POLICE-DUI LAWSUIT — A Virginia man is suing a police officer he says targeted him with a false charge of driving under the influence.

— TWO RIGHT FEET — Try walking a mile in these shoes. The Roanoke Times reports a Virginia shoe store lost mostly shoes designed for the right foot over the course of two break-ins this summer.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

DELAWARE-SENATE

NEWARK — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York comes to Delaware to campaign for the progressive Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. Ocascio-Cortez defeated 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in a primary in June and seeks to help Kerri Lynn Harris beat Carper in Delaware’s Sept. 6 primary. By Randall Chase. Developing from 1 p.m. rally. AP Photos.

MCCAIN

WASHINGTON — It’s Washington’s turn to say goodbye to the late Sen. John McCain. And McCain is saying farewell — his way. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 700 words. Will be updated. AP Photos.

NEW ZEALAND-CHELSEA MANNING

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities said on Friday that convicted secrets leaker Chelsea Manning can enter the country for a speaking tour, a day after tour organizers said she couldn’t enter Australia. By Nick Perry. SENT: 410 words.

INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES-NETWORKING

HARTFORD, Conn. — Kyle Bailey knows firsthand it can be lonely working on a campaign for an independent political candidate. But these days, Bailey feels a lot less isolated. As the campaign manager for Maine independent gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes, he has joined forces with a loose network of campaign staffers for independent gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates, all considered politically moderate, in about five states this year. Regulars on the calls include staffers Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Neal Simon.

IN BRIEF:

— DRUGS SEIZED-DELAWARE PORT — Authorities at a Delaware port have found a massive cocaine shipment found inside pineapple boxes from Costa Rica — for the second time in seven days.

— SCREAMS-SHOOTING-FAINTING — Police in Delaware say a man investigating a woman’s screams heard a gunshot and returned home, only to realize he had been shot in the foot.

— TRANSIT REVIEW— An independent review of the Maryland Transit Administration says the monthlong closure of Baltimore’s Metro this past winter was unnecessary, and criticizes the agency for lack of expertise and other problems.

— CONDOMS IN SCHOOLS — Leaders of a Maryland county outside Washington are considering providing free condoms to all area public high schools.

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