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

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Thursday, November 8, 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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UPCOMING FRIDAY:

SEX OFFENDER-TRAFFICKING:

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s Supreme Court is re-evaluating whether forcing sex offenders to be perpetually tracked by GPS-linked devices, sometimes for the rest of their lives, is justified or a Constitution-violating unreasonable search. The state’s highest court next month takes up the case of repeat sex offender Torrey Grady three years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his case that mandating GPS ankle monitors for ex-cons is a serious privacy concern.

IMMIGRATION-ICE DIRECTOR

RICHMOND, Va. — Acting ICE Director Ron Vitiello sits down with The Associated Press for an interview as President Donald Trump is expected to issue a new order denying the ability of migrants to seek asylum in the U.S. if they enter the country illegally.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

IN BRIEF:

— BEACH-NO RESTROOMS — The National Park Service says visitors to an uninhabited barrier islands in North Carolina’s should plan on a trip without toilets after recent storms damaged the restrooms there.

— SCOOTER BAN — Officials in North Carolina city have ordered a fleet of scooters off of its streets for now so they can revise ordinances to accommodate them.

— GIRL KIDNAPPED — Authorities say they have found the SUV stolen during the kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl at a North Carolina mobile home park, and now hope to identify a person seen in a surveillance video. AP Photos NYJK402, NYHK102.

— DMV OVERLOAD — North Carolina’s DMV chief attributes recent extremely long lines at driver’s license offices to staffing and technical issues on top of high customer demand, especially for upcoming “Real ID” requirements.

— REALITY STAR ARRESTED — A woman who appeared on the reality show “Big Brother” is accused of ramming the car of another woman who was in a relationship with her ex-boyfriend. AP Photo NYET420.

— PROFESSOR KILLED — A second man has been sentenced to prison in the 2014 beating death of a University of North Carolina professor.

— HURRICANE RELIEF-AMERICAN AIRLINES — American Airlines volunteers are gathering to pack 5,000 boxes of food for Florida communities affected by recent hurricanes.

— MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE — Mountain Valley Pipeline developers have submitted a request to extend the natural gas pipeline project into North Carolina.

— DONKEY-EMU LOVE — A North Carolina animal shelter says the close bond between a donkey and an emu that can barely stand to be separated may complicate an adoption.

VIRGINIA

HABITUAL DRUNKARDS

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court will take another look at a Virginia law that lets police arrest people designated as “habitual drunkards” if they are caught with alcohol. In August, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit challenging the law. SENT: 220 words.

MAD STONE BLOODS GANG

NEW YORK — A Brooklyn man accused of overseeing the Mad Stone Bloods, a violent street and prison gang, was arrested last week on charges of racketeering and interstate drug trafficking, according to newly unsealed court records. FBI agents arrested William Seeley, also known as “Papa Don,” on Nov. 1, about a week after a grand jury in Norfolk, Virginia, indicted Seeley and seven other Mad Stone Bloods members in a sprawling drug conspiracy. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FBC--FOOTBALL PLAYER DIES — A former Marshall University standout running back who led the team to a conference championship has died.

— JAMESTOWN-YORKTOWN FOUNDATION-LAWSUIT — A black woman’s lawsuit in Virginia claims racial discrimination of employees “permeates” the historical sites of the Yorktown Revolutionary War battlefield and the Jamestown Settlement.

— CONGRESSMAN THREATENED — A California man has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about making threats against a Virginia congressman.

— INTERPRETER RECRUITER-INDICTMENT — A former recruiter of U.S. military language interpreters is accused of recruiting unqualified language interpreters for deployment alongside U.S. combat forces in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012.

— CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST — Organizers of last year’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, are suing the city and police officials over what they say were violations of their constitutional rights.

— EARNS-GANNETT CO: Gannett Co. (GCI) on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $13.4 million.

— FARMERS CONVENTION: Farmers from across Virginia are planning to gather for educational workshops and updates on federal farm policy during an annual convention.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

RETURN DAY

GEORGETOWN, Del. — Following the nation’s rancorous midterm elections, Delaware politicians are gathering for a time-honored, post-campaign ritual to settle their partisan differences, if only for the moment. Politicians of all stripes gathered in the southern Delaware hamlet of Georgetown on Thursday for Return Day, where winners and losers ride together in horse-drawn carriages in a show of goodwill before a tuxedoed town crier announces the local election results from a courthouse balcony. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 p.m.

MUMMY FACIAL RECONSTRUCTION

BALTIMORE — A team of researchers is giving the world a chance to see the faces of two Egyptian women who walked the earth about 2,300 years ago. The Baltimore Sun reports that detailed portraits based on mummified remains form the core of “Who Am I? Remembering the Dead Through Facial Reconstruction,” the newest exhibition on display at the Johns Hopkins University Museum of Archaeology at least until the end of next year. SENT: 520 words, AP Photos MDBAE3O1, MDBAE302, MDBAE303, MDBAE304, MDBAE305, MDBAE306, MDBAE307.

HOUSE LEADERSHIP FIGHT

WASHINGTON — Vilified by Republicans on the campaign trail, Nancy Pelosi emerged as President Donald Trump’s preferred choice to become speaker of the House, arriving on Capitol Hill with an air of inevitability after leading her party back to the majority. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BALTIMORE-FENTANYL TRAFFICKING — Three Maryland men have been indicted in federal court on charges they were involved in a conspiracy to distribute a haul of synthetic opioids trafficked by a group with ties to Mexican drug cartels.

— DRUGMAKER LAWSUIT — A Delaware pharmaceutical company has won a lawsuit alleging a high-ranking scientist stole company secrets and shared them with a Silicon Valley startup, but will not receive any damages.

— TEACHER PUNCHED — A video showing a Baltimore high school student punching a teacher in the face has been viewed more than 60,000 times on Instagram.

—MARYLAND-PLAYER DEATH: The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has a new chair, and her first public act was to apologize for how university officials responded to a player’s death.

— BALTIMORE POLICE-COMMISSIONER SEARCH: Baltimore’s mayor says the search for the next commissioner of the city’s troubled police department is down to one candidate.

— BUS FIRE: A bus parked at a Delaware travel plaza caught fire late at night.

—INTERSTATE SHOOTING: The hospital shuttle driver who shot a man who threatened him with pepper spray during a dispute on a Delaware interstate won’t be charged.

— MISSING GIRL-CUSTODY: Authorities looking for a 4-year-old Delaware girl have issued an arrest warrant for her mother.

SPORTS:

FBN--PANTHERS-STEELERS

PITTSBURGH — The AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) welcome surging Cam Newton and Carolina (6-2) on Thursday night. The Steelers have won four straight. The Panthers have never won in Pittsburgh. By Sports Writer Will Graves. Game begins at 8:20 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBN--RAVENS-BYE

BALTIMORE — Having worked in unison for 11 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco are under pressure to extend their extraordinary bond to an even dozen years. The emergence of first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson and a three-game losing streak have raised questions about the future of a coach and quarterback who reached the postseason in each of their first five seasons together and capped the run with a Super Bowl victory. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 770 words, AP Photos NYDD212, NYDD213.

HKN--HURRICANES-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks play their first game since Jeremy Colliton replaced the fired Joel Quenneville when they meet the Carolina Hurricanes. Quenneville, who coached Chicago to three Stanley Cups and nine playoff appearances, was fired on Tuesday. UPCOMING; 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.

BKW--VIRGINIA-THOMPSON ERA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tina Thompson has moved the blue sticky notes that used to cover the left side of her desk into a notebook to cut down on the clutter. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer is focused on the one thing she knows well: Winning. By Sports Writer Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 950 words, photos

FBC--T25-WAKE FOREST-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. — No. 22 North Carolina State looks for its second straight win when the Wolfpack play host to Wake Forest, which has lost 15 of 16 road games in the series. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 7:30 p.m. start.

FBC--NORTH CAROLINA’S SLIDE

CHAPEL HILL — This wasn’t what North Carolina coach Larry Fedora had envisioned for his seventh season. Things started badly with 13 players facing suspensions for selling team-issued shoes , which followed Fedora’s much-criticized comments on football’s ties to the degenerative brain disease CTE. Now the one-win Tar Heels are hurtling toward a second straight bowl-less finish and finding ways to lose close games, a stark turn in the program’s direction since winning an Atlantic Coast Conference division championship in 2015. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 770 words, AP Photo NYDD226.

FBC--ACC THIS WEEK

UNDATED — No. 2 Clemson visits 17th-ranked Boston College in the marquee game in the Atlantic Coast Conference this weekend. SENT: 410 words, file photos

FBC--BIG TEN-SURPRISES

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern came into the season with its star quarterback limited, lost its top running back early on, dropped three straight games and went winless in nonconference play. Sounds like a recipe for one long season, except take a look at the Big Ten West standings. That’s right, the Wildcats lead the lead the division. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman. SENT: 790 words, AP Photos NYDD250, NYDD251.

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