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

December 4, 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

JORDAN’S FATHER

LUMBERTON, N.C. — For more than 25 years, the man identified as the triggerman in the death of Michael Jordan’s father has repeatedly declared his innocence in the murder. Now he’s going before a judge to lay out the evidence he says proves that while he helped dispose of the body, he didn’t kill James Jordan in the early-morning darkness one July day in 1993. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 900 word, photos.

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS

RALEIGH, N.C. —One of the nation’s last unresolved fall congressional races is awash in doubt as North Carolina election investigators concentrate on a rural county where absentee-ballot fraud allegations are so flagrant they’ve put the Election Day result into question. By Gary D. Robertson and Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— RESCUED ANIMALS-JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN: A North Carolina animal rescue group says that thanks to “The Walking Dead” actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a donkey and an emu who’ve bonded with each other can stay together.

— CURSING IN COURT: A courtroom curse has landed a woman in jail for 10 days in North Carolina.

— I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN: A Pittsburgh librarian who advocates for immigrants and refugees and a librarian from rural North Carolina who helps patrons navigate the internet are among 10 winners of the I Love My Librarian Award.

VIRGINIA

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Lawyers for an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally are expected to begin presenting their case to a jury. Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr. plan to call witnesses to support his claim that he was acting in self-defense when he drove into the crowd, killing one counterprotester and injuring dozens of others. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

ALTRIA-MARIJUANA

TORONTO — Curiosity from one the world’s largest tobacco companies about the marijuana business sent shares of a Canadian cannabis company higher at the opening bell Tuesday. SENT: 280 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— ISLAND PONIES: The fire company that maintains the wild Chincoteague ponies on the island of the same name says a second pony has died of a disease named “swamp cancer.”

— CITY COUNCIL_THREAT: A former Virginia city employee who lost his job after threatening to have the city council shot more than a decade ago has reiterated his threat.

— CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST-RIOT CASE: Federal judges have refused to set bond for two California men charged with inciting a riot and attacking counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Virginia.

— CHESAPEAKE BAY-GRANT FUNDING: Efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay will soon get a boost in funding.

— LEE TO LOVING: A northern Virginia high school that is removing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name could be renamed for an interracial couple.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

TRUMP HOTEL LAWSUIT

WASHINGTON — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland said they are moving forward with subpoenas for records in their case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. By Tami Abdollah. SENT: 520 words, photo.

SCI-ASTEROID CHASE

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 620 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— RAVENS-SCHOOL DONATION: The Baltimore Ravens have donated nearly $200,000 to a Baltimore school that’s had to close in extreme temperatures.

— HOUSING VOUCHERS-BILL: The Baltimore City Council is eyeing legislation that would prevent landlords from rejecting tenants who use housing subsidy vouchers, and is putting pressure on the state to do the same.

— RESCUE WORKER-ASSAULT: A Maryland emergency services worker is accused of inappropriately touching a woman while treating her in an ambulance.

— POLICE SHOOTING-DELAWARE: The 83-year-old father of a paraplegic man who was shot and killed by police during a drug raid has received probation for a related weapons charge.

— PRISONER RE-ENTRY: State officials are continuing to work on helping criminals released from prison re-enter society and become productive citizens.

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