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BC-MD--Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 6 pm, MD

October 11, 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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PANAMA CITY, Fla. —The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and search-and-rescue crews struggled to reach the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who defied evacuation orders. Though reduced to a tropical storm, it brought flash flooding to North Carolina and Virginia, soaking areas still recovering from Hurricane Florence. By Jay Reeves and Brandan Farrington. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video, audio.



MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — The small Gulf Coast community of Mexico Beach was known as a slice of Old Florida. Now it lies in splinters. By Jay Reeves and Tamara Lush. SENT: 730 words, photos.


ATLANTA — A former Atlanta police sergeant faces charges after prosecutors say he shot a North Carolina man while working off duty directing traffic after a motocross event. SENT: 240 words.


— VEHICLES FATALLY STRIKE GIRL: North Carolina’s Highway Patrol says an 11-year-old has been killed by two vehicles that hit her as she was walking to school.

— AIRBNB FINE: A city council in western North Carolina has denied an appeal from a resident who’s accumulated more than $1 million in fines for operating Airbnb homes, which are illegal in the city.

— SPRAYOLOGY-RECALL: Contamination at a North Carolina-based homeopathic manufacturer has led to further recalls.

— BLACK TEEN ARRESTED: A group of black ministers is calling for the firing of a white school resource officer who arrested a black teenage girl at her middle school in North Carolina.




McLEAN, Va. — Suburban women could hold the keys to control of Congress this election year. Once considered reliably Republican, college-educated, affluent women may be turned off by President Donald Trump and some of his party’s policies, recent polling has shown, and Democrats are eager to offer them an alternative. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 630 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The judge in one of Paul Manafort’s criminal cases threw a wrench Thursday into special counsel Robert Mueller’s plans for the former Trump campaign chairman’s cooperation. By Chad Day. SENT: 630 words.



NEW YORK — Amazon’s plans to pay all its U.S. employees at least $15 an hour is putting pressure on small business owners, even those who aren’t retailers directly competing with the huge company. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 850 words, photo.


— OFFICER SHOT-VIRGINIA: — A Richmond man is set to serve 36 years in prison for the capital murder of a Virginia State Police special agent.

— COAL COMMUNITY GRANTS: The Appalachian Regional Commission is spreading $26.5 million in awards to nine states to assist struggling coal communities.

— TRANSGENDER STUDENT-SAFETY DRILL: A Virginia school district superintendent has apologized to a transgender middle schooler who was barred from using the boys’ or girls’ locker rooms during an active shooter drill.

— VIRGINIA TOURISM: Virginia saw a boost in the number of international tourists who visited last year.

— RICHMOND LGBTQ RANKING: The City of Richmond has received the highest score in the state for its initiatives to support LGBTQ communities.




ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Foreign nationals would be prohibited from owning or controlling companies that support U.S. election systems under legislation introduced by two senators from Maryland, where officials learned this summer that a Russian oligarch is heavily invested in a company that maintains key parts of their state’s election infrastructure. By Brian Witte. SENT: 460 words.


DOVER, Del. — A Delaware judge on Thursday struck down certain regulations on carrying guns in state parks and on state forest land, saying they are unconstitutional. By Randall Chase. SENT: 490 words.


ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — In a move to slow down Howard County’s flood mitigation plan, which would demolish 10 buildings in Historic Ellicott City, the advocacy group Preservation Maryland has released a report that questions county officials’ decision-making methodology. By Howard R. Fletcher of Capital News Service. SENT: 650 words.


— POLICE SHOOTING-INSANITY DEFENSE: A judge has ruled that a man charged in a deadly shooting at a Maryland police station is not qualified to pursue an insanity defense.

— INFANT KILLED: A 21-year-old man has been charged in the death of his infant daughter.

— STATE RETIREES-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: A federal judge has ruled the state of Maryland can’t force state retirees onto a federal prescription drug plan until a lawsuit is decided.

— BALTIMORE-OFFICER CLEARED: A Baltimore police officer has been cleared of first-degree assault and misconduct charges.

— BALTIMORE POLICE-INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS: Seven Baltimore police officers are under internal investigation in connection with a corrupt task force whose exposure has roil1ed the troubled department.

— SPOKESWOMAN-FREE SPEECH: A Maryland Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman is suing the agency, saying she was demoted for a profane Facebook comment about gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous.

— FATAL OVERDOSES-STATE REPORT: State officials say Delaware is on pace to surpass 400 drug overdose deaths in 2018, after it had 345 last year.

— CONOWINGO DAM-ENVIRONMENT: A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has dismissed a challenge by Exelon to the water quality certification issued by a Maryland agency in the proposed relicensing of the Conowingo Dam.

— NEW ID CARDS: An identification card designed to help undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable people will soon be issued by Baltimore’s Catholic archdiocese.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is ecstatic to have Greg Olsen back on the football field. And he wants Olsen to remain on the field, so much that Newton said he asked his spiritual grandmother Hattie-Lou Newton to pray for the tight end’s continued health. By Steve Reed. SENT: 620 words, photos.


LANDOVER, Md. — What a week for Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. A benching during a blowout. Criticism from a former teammate. Barbs from an opposing receiver. And what better way to cap it all off than a matchup against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, the club that abruptly parted with Norman two years ago. By Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 740 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dean Pees’ retirement from his old job as defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens sure didn’t last very long. Not with Mike Vrabel pouncing on the chance to lure his former coach to work with him in Tennessee. Now the NFL schedule is giving the defensive coordinator a chance to try and slow down his old team on Sunday. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 820 words, photos.


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