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

December 21, 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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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s top elections official issued an urgent plea nearly two years ago for the Trump administration to file criminal charges against the man now at the center of ballot fraud allegations that have thrown a 2018 congressional race into turmoil. By Michael Biesecker and Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 740 words, photo.


RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s highest court has upheld a law subjecting the governor’s choices to run his top agencies to confirmation votes by the state Senate. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 by 3 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. —North Carolina’s governor has followed through on his plans to veto elections legislation that would require a complete election redo in a disputed U.S. House race if new balloting is determined necessary due to fraud. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


RALEIGH, N.C. — An impressive marble sculpture of the first king of Israel, which disappeared from public view for 150 years, has been acquired by a North Carolina art museum from a boarding school in England. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 550 words, photo.


RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court has refused to grant a new trial to a former Army surgeon convicted of slaughtering his pregnant wife and two young daughters at Fort Bragg nearly half a century ago. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.


_FLORENCE-POST OFFICE CLOSED: A small North Carolina town is losing its post office after it was damaged by Hurricane Florence, meaning residents with post office boxes will have to drive seven miles (11 km) to get their mail.

_SHERIFF PAY-NORTH CAROLINA: The sheriff of North Carolina’s largest county says he was paid just $1 before taxes for his first few weeks in office.

_ NORTH CAROLINA UNEMPLOYMENT: North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained unchanged at 3.6 in November, after falling over the previous seven months.

_ CARIBOU COFFEE HACKED: The parent company of Caribou Coffee and Bruegger’s Bagels says hackers gained access to customer information at 265 of its stores, mostly in Minnesota.



FARGO, N.D. — A bill meant to help authorities solve cases in which Native American women go missing or are killed on tribal land looks like it will expire before getting a vote in the U.S. House. SENT: 370 words.


LONDON — The tragedy of Lockerbie will never be forgotten, a Church of Scotland minister vowed Friday as memorial services were held in Scotland and the United States to honor the 270 people killed when a bomb brought a Pan Am plane down over the Scottish town 30 years ago. By Nishat Ahmed. SENT: 420 words, photos.


_ STUDENT-ALCOHOL DEATH: The parents of a Virginia college student who died from alcohol intoxication after a fraternity hazing have reached a $2.35 million settlement in his 2017 death.

_ DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS-UNPAID FEES: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has called on state lawmakers to end the suspension of driver’s licenses of people with unpaid criminal or traffic court debt.

_ BOY IN SEPTIC TANK: The Virginia woman whose felony child abuse conviction in her 5-year-old son’s septic tank drowning death was reversed has had five years of probation trimmed from her sentence.

_ DATA CENTER TAX BREAKS: Virginia’s tax breaks for data centers saw a huge yearly jump in 2018.

_ FARMERS-FINANCIAL SURVEY: A survey to measure the financial well-being of Virginia farmers and ranchers will begin next month.



_ CHABAD-LAWSUIT: The operators of a Jewish outreach program are suing a Maryland county for discrimination over an expansion for their Chabad house.

_COACH-GUN: The correctional officer and middle school wrestling coach accused of pulling a gun on a student has been charged.

_ CASINO OPEN-CHRISTMAS: Gambling during Christmas is legal in Delaware for the first time since the state approved slot machines in 1994.

_ TOP CHEF-LAWSUIT: Baltimore judges have ruled that a chef who appeared on TV’s “Top Chef” owes more than $3 million in rent on his now-shuttered restaurants.

_ WOMAN SET ON FIRE: A former Washington, D.C., firefighter has been found not guilty of trying to kill his girlfriend by dousing her in gasoline and setting her on fire.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Hornets host the Pistons 10 days after beating them on a last second jumper by Jeremy Lamb. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Memphis takes on Wake Forest in the Birmingham Bowl, but the prolific running game took a big hit with All-American Darrell Henderson opting to skip the game. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words. Developing from 3 p.m. CT news conference.



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. _ No. 10 North Carolina State puts its unbeaten record at stake when it visits Chattanooga in a homecoming for Wolfpack coach Wes Moore, who coached the Mocs from 1998-2013. By Jim Tanner. UPCOMING: 600 words. The game starts at 7 p.m.


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