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

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. — Coastal residents fleeing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared the Carolina coast with 140 mph (225 kph) winds and drenching rain that could last for days. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 1,180 words, photos, video, audio.

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

TROPICAL WEATHER-TRUMP

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the government is ready for massive Hurricane Florence and insisted that his administration’s response to the devastation in Puerto Rico last year was an “underappreciated great job.” By Jonathan Lemire and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 690 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-RURAL TOWNS

PRINCEVILLE, N.C. — James Howell Jr. lost big two years 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 to Princeville days later to learn that the two feet of standing water surrounding his home caused the insulation to mold, 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.

IN BRIEF:

— 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

NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy is moving people and ships ahead of Hurricane Florence , and the Air Force and Army are both flying advanced aircraft elsewhere as a safeguard. Some remaining Marines, meanwhile, are digging in their heels. By Sarah Rankin. SENT: 560 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— 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 being asked to overturn a judge’s decision terminating the disability benefits of a woman who is in the country illegally and was injured at work. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

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, while acknowledging that steady price increases in pursuit of prestige had inadvertently driven away many qualified students from families of moderate or modest economic means. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 550 words, photos.

MISSING MOON ROCKS

SALT LAKE CITY — A strange thing happened after Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew returned from the moon with lunar rocks: Many of the mementos given to every U.S. state vanished. Now, after years of sleuthing, a former NASA investigator is closing in on his goal of locating the whereabouts of all 50. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 720 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— JAIL DEATH-BALTIMORE: The state of Maryland is being sued by the family of a man with a mental disability who died while in custody at a Baltimore jail.

— BALTIMORE-TEEN MURDER SUSPECT: A Maryland teenager is accused of raping and killing his 83-year-old neighbor, and charging documents say police found his fingerprints on a condom wrapper at the scene.

— 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.

— SENIOR HOUSING-TRAINING: A new course to train people to work in housing for senior citizens is starting in Montgomery County, Maryland.

— BODY FOUND-RIVER: Police say there doesn’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding a body found in a Maryland river.

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