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BC-VA---Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 1:30 pm, VA

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

IN BRIEF:

_ WATER UTILITY-WORKER CHARGED _ Police in North Carolina say a woman is facing multiple counts for embezzlement after investigators say she took money from customer payments.

_ PEDESTRIAN SAFETY _ A state agency in North Carolina wants to find ways to improve pedestrian safety across the state, beginning with downtown Raleigh.

_XGR-DRUG CRIMES _ Some drug offenders in North Carolina could get lower prison sentences and fines in narrow circumstances in legislation advancing again at the General Assembly.

_ SMOLDERING CHROMEBOOK-EVACUATION-RECALL _ Officials say an overheated and smoldering Chromebook caused about 600 children to be evacuated from a North Carolina school, whose district is now recalling about $4.2 million dollars’ worth of district-issued laptops.

VIRGINIA

SOUTHERN DROUGHT

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. _ A furnace-like “flash drought” is intensifying as it blasts away the little moisture left across a vast swath of the South, wilting garden plants and raising alarm among farmers, according to a weekly report updated Thursday. Nearly 56 million residents are now living in drought conditions in parts of 16 Southern states, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report. That drought is classified as extreme in areas in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Florida. From the arid plains of Texas to farms in Maryland, concern is spreading that cattle, cotton and corn are suffering after a summer of record highs and very little rain. By Jeff Martin. SENT: 730 words, AP Photos. AP Video.

IN BRIEF:

_ SHOOTING-VIRGINIA MALL _ Police in northern Virginia have concluded that the evacuation of a shopping mall last month happened because a child shouted a misinterpreted video game reference inside a movie theater.

_ RIGHTS RESTORATION _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he has restored voting and other civil rights to more than 22,000 felons who have completed their sentences since taking office last year.

_ RURAL HOSPITAL STRUGGLES _ A health care system official says work is under way to reopen a southwest Virginia county’s only hospital.

_ WOMEN’S ACHIEVE SUMMIT _ Queen Latifah will host the Women’s Achieve Summit next week in Richmond, Virginia.

_ VIRGINIA TECH ENROLLMENT STRAIN _ Virginia Tech has welcomed its largest ever freshman class, which officials have said would strain the surrounding town.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ CAR PLUNGES INTO CANAL _ Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who was one of four family members who died after their car plunged into a canal in northern Delaware. By Randall Chase. AP Photos.

_ BALTIMORE PONZI SCHEME _ A Maryland woman has admitted to trying to hide her fraudster husband’s cash during a federal investigation into his Ponzi scheme that stole hundreds of millions of dollars.

_ CLERK KILLED-INDICTMENTS _ Two men have been indicted in the shooting death of a convenience store clerk in Delaware six years ago.

_ CHILD PORN-SENTENCE _ A Maryland man accused by federal authorities of distributing child pornography has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

_ WASTEWATER TREATMENT-ASSISTANCE _ A wastewater treatment plant on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has received a $5.8 million federal grant for an upgrade.

SPORTS

FBN--BENGALS-RAVENS PREVIEW

BALTIMORE_ Lamar Jackson ran for 126 yards in his first NFL start last year against Cincinnati. What he remembers most is that the Ravens won the game, and he’s looking for a repeat performance against the Bengals on Sunday. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.

FBN--PANTHERS-BUCCANEERS PREVIEW

LONDON _ For most members of the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game in London is an opportunity to see a new country and experience a different vulture. For Panthers defensive end Efe Obada it’s a homecoming. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.

FBC--SYRACUSE-NC STATE

RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina State hopes to get its offense moving behind new starting quarterback Bailey Hockman in Thursday night’s Atlantic Coast Conference game against Syracuse. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, AP photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

FBC--T25-VIRGINIA-MIAMI PREVIEW

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. _ Miami has never been 0-3 in conference play. The Hurricanes will try to avoid that fate when they get a visit from No. 20 Virginia in an Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division game on Friday night. By Sports Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.

FBC--BIG TEN-GETTING DEFENSIVE

UNDATED _ Whether you look at traditional or advanced stats, there are several Big Ten teams near the top of the FBS in defensive performance this season. Does that mean Michigan’s 10-3 victory over Iowa last weekend was a sign of things to come, or will powerful offenses like Ohio State’s and Penn State’s be able to impose their will eventually? By Sports Writer Noah Trister. 750 words, photos by 3 p.m. ET

FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ No. 10 Penn State enters the meat of its schedule against a 17th-ranked Iowa team that has given the Nittany Lions fits the last two years. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 550 words, AP photos.

FBC--ACC THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ Florida State’s visit to No. 2 Clemson headlines the coming week in the Atlantic Coast Conference. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 425 words, AP file photos.

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