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

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Wednesday, December 5, 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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All times are Eastern.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

XGR--VOTER ID

RALEIGH _ A key North Carolina legislator says a voter identification bill given House approval also would take a step toward improving mail-in absentee ballot security in light of fraud allegations in a congressional district. The House voted Wednesday for legislation detailing how a new constitutional amendment mandating photo ID to vote in person is carried out. The measure now returns to the Senate, which approved an earlier version last week. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS-NEWS GUIDE

RALEIGH _ A very close North Carolina congressional race still hasn’t been settled almost a month after Election Day, amid an investigation into alleged absentee ballot fraud that has raised questions about the credibility of the tallied outcome. The state elections board and prosecutors are focusing on a rural county in the 9th Congressional District, where unofficial results show the Republican with a narrow lead over the Democrat. But the board hasn’t finalized the results, citing the potential mail-in ballot irregularities. By Gary D. Robertson and Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 810 words, AP Photos AX110, AX111.

JORDAN’S FATHER

SANFORD _ One of the men convicted of murdering Michael Jordan’s father in 1993 argued Wednesday that alibi witnesses and evidence of his innocence weren’t given a close enough look during his trial, violating his constitutional rights. A defense attorney for Daniel Green urged a North Carolina judge during oral arguments to allow a wider-ranging evidentiary hearing that could lead to a new trial. Green admits that he helped dump James Jordan’s body but maintains he wasn’t present when Jordan was fatally shot in the chest. Green’s conviction for first-degree murder has previously been upheld by two state courts. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 740 words, AP Photos AX103, AX101, AX102.

_ With: JORDAN’S FATHER-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

_ PASTOR-HOUSE FIRE _ A North Carolina pastor hospitalized after a fire at his home on the grounds of his church has died.

_ DAY CARE-ESCAPED TODDLERS _ Police are investigating how six toddlers wandered off from a North Carolina day care _ five of them toward a major road.

_ MASS TRANSIT-CEO-NORTH CAROLINA _ Officials of a North Carolina light-rail transit project have dropped a consultant who pleaded guilty in September to a fraud charge linked to his work as chief executive of an Arizona mass transit system.

_ SCHOOL CAMPUS-ARMED MAN: Authorities say a Virginia man found with two guns in a North Carolina high school had a handwritten note that appears to be a hit list.

_ KIDNEY DONATION-STRANGER: A Florida firefighter has donated a kidney to help a stranger.

_ NORTH CAROLINA-GOVERNOR: A North Carolina court has struck down more legislation Republicans approved for their lame-duck governor’s signature to erode the powers of an incoming Democrat.

_ MOONPIE DEAD PONY: The makers of Moonpie have sent condolences to a North Carolina man who lost his horse of the same name in a shooting.

— XGR-VOTER ID: Legislation designed to carry out a new constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote in person in North Carolina is closing in on another key General Assembly vote.

VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

_ CHEESECAKE GIVEAWAY FRENZY _ A large-scale cheesecake giveaway clogged not only arteries but also the roads surrounding a Virginia restaurant where one person was taken to a hospital and faces a disorderly conduct charge.

_ CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST _ Two people who were with James Alex Fields Jr. during a white nationalist rally have testified that he appeared calm less than 30 minutes before he drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one.

_ INJECTED WITH CYANIDE _ The sentencing hearing for a Virginia man who poisoned his former girlfriend with a cyanide injection has been postponed because he was unresponsive and foaming at the mouth when he was wheeled into a Virginia Beach court.

_ MAN POSES AS DOCTOR _ A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to posing as a doctor and treating patients.

_ FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-VIRGINIA _ Police say a man attacking two people at a Virginia home was fatally shot after ignoring officers’ orders to stop.

_ BABY BORN-GAS STATION: A baby was born at a Shell near Washington after a NASCAR-worthy maneuver into the gas station and spontaneous help from two Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees.

_ WINTRY WEATHER-APPALACHIA: Residents in portions of Appalachia could be digging out from a midweek snowstorm.

_ LOTTERY SALES: Virginia’s state-run lottery recently had its best month ever in its 30-year history.

_ SEISMIC TESTING CONCERNS-VIRGINIA: Environmental groups in Virginia are criticizing the Trump Administration’s decision to allow the use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas deposits under the Atlantic Ocean.

_ DRUG RING: Authorities in Virginia say a woman convicted of dogfighting has pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs from her beachfront home.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ BUS CRASH: Police in Delaware say seven people were taken to a hospital after a crash involving a bus.

_ BLOOM ENERGY: Delaware regulators have postponed a hearing to discuss a California-based fuel cell manufacturer’s request for an air quality permit.

_ 1980 CONVICTION-MAN FREED: Nearly forty years after a teen girl was raped in Delaware, the man convicted will be released after the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice determined testimony was “invalid.”

_ RESTAURANT DEPOT SHOOTING: Baltimore police are looking for two suspects in an early morning warehouse shooting stemming from an attempted robbery.

_ OFFICER RIDES FLEEING CAR: Maryland State Police say a woman fleeing a crash tried to hit an off-duty police officer, who then clung onto the car while talking to authorities.

SPORTS:

FBN--RAVENS-JACKSON

OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ Since taking over as the starting quarterback, rookie Lamar Jackson has revitalized the Baltimore Ravens running attack and kept opposing offenses off the field by dominating time of possession. He will need do that again this week to help slow down the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs, who lead the NFL with 37 points per game. By Todd Karpovich. SENT: 620 words, AP Photos NY159, NY160.

FBN--PANTHERS-NEWTON’S SHOULDER

CHARLOTTE _ Cam Newton insists he isn’t missing a game. The Panthers quarterback said he’ll be ready to play against the Browns on Sunday despite lingering pain in his throwing shoulder. But coach Ron Rivera wasn’t quite as certain Wednesday, leaving the door open by saying, “We’ll see. We’re not even to Friday.” By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 570 words, AP Photos TPS127, TPS125.

FBC--HEISMAN-HASKINS

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ It was subtle, but that definitely was the Heisman Trophy pose that Dwayne Haskins Jr. struck in the end zone after throwing his fifth touchdown pass of the Big Ten championship game last weekend. It wasn’t quite the hey-look-at-me, Desmond Howard version, but it was an unmistakable Heisman stiff-arm, high-leg stance, even if just for a second. By Sports Writer Mitch Stacy. SENT: 720 words, AP Photos INDC161, NY156.

BKW--T25-HAMPTON-NC STATE

RALEIGH _ North Carolina State made its season debut in the top 10, and the Wolfpack certainly looked the part _ even if their coach says they’re not yet a finished product. Kiara Leslie scored a season-high 24 points and 10th-ranked N.C. State beat Hampton 83-51 on Wednesday. SENT: 620 words,

Also:

_ BKW--T25-MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE-SYRACUSE. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-HARTFORD-DUKE

DURHAM, N.C. _ No. 3 Duke continues its five-game home stand with a visit from Hartford. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

BKC--T25-UNC WILMINGTON-NORTH CAROLINA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ No. 14 North Carolina plays its first game in a week when it hosts UNC Wilmington on Wednesday night. The Tar Heels are coming off a loss at Michigan. By Basketball Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.

BKC--T25-VMI-VIRGINIA TECH

BLACKSBURG, Va. _ The No. 15 Virginia Tech Hokies host VMI in a nonconference matchup. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--WESTERN CAROLINA-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina State plays host to Western Carolina in its annual game at Reynolds Coliseum. By Nolan Hayes. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

BKC--VCU-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ After a shocking loss to Radford, Texas (5-2) hosts coach Shake Smart’s old school Virginia Commonwealth (6-2). UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.

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