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

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Wednesday, September 12, 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

TROPICAL WEATHER

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast. Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia’s governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and South Carolina in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 890 words, AP Photos NCCB110, SCJC103, NCDG109, NCTC105, NCGB107, NCTC106, NCTC107, NCCB113, NCCB104, NCGB106, NCWSN201, VAAB109, NCWSN202, NY110, NCCB108, NCWSN203, NCCB107, VAAB103, NCDG101, NCDG105, GFX7516, NCROM101, NCDG101, NCROM102.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-BARRIER ISLANDS, TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC WATERS, TROPICAL WEATHER-SIMULATION, TROPICAL WEATHER-WILD HORSES

TROPICAL WEATHER-ECONOMIC DAMAGE

WASHINGTON — Ports are closing. Farmers are moving hogs to high ground. Dealers are moving cars into service bays for refuge. And up to 3 million energy customers in North and South Carolina could lose power for weeks. Across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia, businesses are bracing for the economic damage Hurricane Florence is expected to inflict on the area. Industries like tourism and agriculture will likely suffer, and the losses won’t be easily or quickly overcome. By Business Writers Paul Wiseman, Tom Krisher and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 980words, AP Photos NCWSN201, NCWSN202, NCWSN203.

TROPICAL WEATHER-FORECASTING

WASHINGTON — Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land the murkier its future gets. Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever increasing accuracy where it will hit and who will get walloped. But not Florence. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 730 words, AP Photos NY110, NCGB114, NY107, GFX7516.

TROPICAL WEATHER-TOXIC WATERS

UNDATED — Hurricane Florence’s heavy rains could cause an environmental disaster in North Carolina, where waste from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites could wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies. Computer models predict up to 3 feet of rain in the southeastern corner of the state, a fertile low-lying plain veined by brackish rivers with a propensity for escaping their banks. Longtime locals don’t have to strain their imaginations to foresee what rain like that can do. It’s happened before. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 900 words, AP Photo WX107.

TROPICAL WEATHER-RURAL TOWNS

PRINCEVILLE, N.C. —James Howell Jr. lost big two years ago when Hurricane Matthew swelled the Tar River, less than a half-mile from his home. Finally persuaded it was too dangerous to stay, he returned two days later to discover that 2 feet of standing water had turned his insulation moldy, forcing a rebuild of his living room. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 830 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-HOW

WASHINGTON — To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients — and Florence has them all. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 670 words.

FEMA MONEY-IMMIGRATION

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department is pushing back against a Democratic U.S. senator’s claim that the Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million from the government’s disaster relief agency to immigration enforcement. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

MCDONALD’S SEX HARASSMENT-STRIKE

NEW YORK — Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald’s workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. Organizers say it will be the first multistate strike in the U.S. specifically targeting sexual harassment. By David Crary. SENT: 810 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— HOMICIDE SUSPECT CAPTURED: A suspect in a homicide in North Carolina has been captured in Connecticut.

— TEEN’S BOSS THREATENED: A North Carolina teenager is accused of holding his boss at gunpoint and demanding he be paid in cash.

VIRGINIA

TROPICAL WEATHER-MILITARY BASES

RICHMOND, Va. —The Navy is moving people and ships ahead of Hurricane Florence , and the Air Force and Army are flying advanced aircraft elsewhere as a safeguard. Some remaining Marines, meanwhile, are digging in their heels. By Sarah Rankin and Lolita Baldor. SENT: 660 words, photos.

COAL ASH LAWSUIT-VIRGINIA

RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Energy’s discharge of arsenic from a coal ash storage site through groundwater into surrounding waters does not violate the U.S. Clean Water Act, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 750 words.

COP KILLED-TRIAL

MANASSAS, Va. —Jurors in the death penalty trial of an Army staff sergeant charged with fatally shooting his wife and a police officer are hearing testimony from an officer who survived the shooting. By Matthew Barakat. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 600 words by 7 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— REDISTRICTING LAWSUIT: Virginia’s House speaker has scheduled a meeting later this month to continue work on a court-ordered legislative map.

— TROPICAL WEATHER-MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi is sending National Guard members and search-and-rescue workers to areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

— NORTHAM CAR SHOW: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s planned classic car show is postponed because of Hurricane Florence.

— STOLEN MEDICAID MONEY-DRUG: A Virginia commonwealth’s attorney says a woman took prescribed oxycodone and Medicaid money meant for her aunt’s care.

— OVERDOSE DEATHS: Virginia police are searching for a link between five overdose deaths that happened over three days in Chesterfield County.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

SUPCO-DISPLACED WORKER

DOVER, Del. — Delaware’s Supreme Court is mulling whether to overturn a judge’s decision terminating the disability benefits of a woman who is in the country illegally and was injured at work. The court’s five justices heard arguments Wednesday regarding Magdalena Guardado. Her attorneys say the state Industrial Accident Board erred in terminating her total disability benefits last year, and that a Superior Court judge erred in upholding that decision earlier this year. By Randall Chase. SENT: 630 words.

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY-ST JOHN’S COLLEGE

SANTA FE, N.M. — A private liberal arts college with campuses in New Mexico and Maryland announced Wednesday a $17,000 reduction in its annual tuition, acknowledging that steady price increases in pursuit of prestige drove away many qualified students from families of moderate or modest economic means. Tuition for the coming academic year will drop from more than $52,000 to $35,000 at St. John’s College, which has about 800 students in Santa Fe and Annapolis who study the formative texts of Western civilization — from Euclid to Jane Austen — in small classroom settings with average of seven students per faculty member. The Santa Fe campus also offers graduate studies in the traditions of China, India and Japan. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 680 words, AP Photos RPML301, RPML302.

KENNEDY COUSIN

HARTFORD, Conn. — Eleven states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Connecticut’s appeal in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder case and reinstate his conviction. By Dave Collins. SENT: 580 words.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD-NEW PRESIDENT

NEW YORK — A Chinese immigrant who fled her native country when she was 8 was named Wednesday as Planned Parenthood’s new president, the first doctor to hold the post in five decades. Dr. Leana Wen will assume the role Nov. 12, six days after midterm elections in which Planned Parenthood’s political wing plans to spend $20 million on behalf of candidates who support abortion rights. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 500 words, AP Photo NY828.

IN BRIEF:

— BALTIMORE-BUS LAWSUIT — Baltimore has filed a lawsuit against the operator of the city’s free bus service, asserting the company has been vastly overpaid for the last eight years.

— DAM REMOVAL — Officials have begun demolishing a state-owned dam in Maryland that has straddled a section of the Patapsco River for more than a century.

— BALTIMORE-EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC: Some Baltimore residents will soon get some help from City Hall in expunging their records from public inspection.

— BALTIMORE POLICE-STAFFING REPORT: A new report stemming from Baltimore police’s consent decree with the federal government finds that the department has failed to prioritize patrol positions.

— CONDOMS IN SCHOOLS: Maryland’s largest school system will offer condoms at all its high schools to fight a double-digit surge in chlamydia and gonorrhea in the county.

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