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

September 18, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. —With one of North Carolina’s largest cities still mostly cut off by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence, officials prepared to begin distributing food, water and tarps to Wilmington residents as yet more people were rescued from submerged inland neighborhoods. By Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING

TROPICAL WEATHER-HOMES VERSUS HIGHWAY

CONWAY, S.C. — Two years ago, from Hurricane Matthew and in 1999, from Hurricane Floyd, floodwaters came close to entering Joe Holmes’ house in South Carolina, but he dodged those bullets. Now, with Florence, he doesn’t feel so lucky. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-DEATH TOLLS

More than six months after Hurricane Irma’s catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm. By Julie Watson. SENT: 840 words, photo.

TROPICAL WEATHER-RISING RIVERS

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The river seethed a quarter-mile away, bulging from its banks, so the patrol cars circled the neighborhood three times. By Claire Galofaro. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-DAM HAZARDS

Devastating flooding in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has raised concerns about whether dams across the state, some of them already in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the strain. By Sarah Rankin. SENT: 810 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ARGUMENT-3 SHOT: Police in North Carolina say an argument led to the shooting of three people at a gas station.

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VIRGINIA

DEVOS-THEATER

WASHINGTON — Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate to become education secretary — this time on a theater stage. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 660 words, photos.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-POLITICS

NEW YORK — With the fate of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee suddenly uncertain, emboldened Democrats clashed with cautious Republicans as both parties grappled with an increasingly messy nomination fight weeks before the pivotal midterm elections. By Steve Peoples and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1,060 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-SUSPECT KILLED: Authorities say a man suspected in a domestic assault has been shot and killed by a police officer in Virginia.

— HURRICANES-SCHOOL CALENDAR: Hurricane Florence could impact the academic calendar for schools in coastal Virginia. Hurricane season is far from over. Then comes winter.

— HISTORICAL MARKER-BAPTIST CHURCH: A state historical marker will be dedicated to a Baptist church established in 1868 by 27 African-Americans who selected a former slave as the church’s first pastor.

— MAN RUBS BEHIND ON PRODUCE: A man is accused of rubbing his bare behind on produce at a grocery store in northern Virginia before putting the items back on display.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON —Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a Senate hearing they had hoped to avoid on a woman’s claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers, hoping to salvage the judge’s endangered Supreme Court nomination with a risky, nationally televised showdown between him and his accuser. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 990 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BALTIMORE SYMPHONY-SEXUAL HARASSMENT: A Baltimore Symphony Orchestra oboist has filed a sexual harassment complaint, saying the orchestra failed to protect her from repeated harassment and retaliation.

— BIDEN WELCOME CENTER: Less than 10 miles into Delaware on the interstate that serves most major East Coast cities, a large glass-walled hut offers travelers tax-free shopping, fast food and information on the First State. And as of Monday, it bears the name of one of the state’s most prominent families.

— WIFE ON LEASH: A Maryland man is facing a simple assault charge after using a dog leash to lead his wife around a Pennsylvania fair because she has late-stage dementia.

— DELAWARE-CLEAN AIR: Delaware officials are reviewing their options after the Environmental Protection Agency said it won’t act to force power plants in other states to reduce emissions blamed for Delaware air pollution.

— OFFICER STOPS RAPE: Delaware police say an off-duty officer rushed to assist a woman screaming in a nearby park and helped to stop a rape.

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