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


Thursday, December 6, 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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RALEIGH _ The North Carolina Republican Party would support a new election in the state’s unresolved congressional race if an investigation shows that wrongdoing swayed its outcome, its executive director said Thursday, softening the organization’s stance as allegations of absentee ballot fraud mount. Amid the developments, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the House “retains the right to decide who is seated” and could take the “extraordinary step” of calling for a new election if the winner isn’t clear. By Gary D. Robertson and Jonathan Drew. SENT: 710 words, AP Photos NCDUS201, AX110, AX111, DCSA110.


HELENA, Mont. _ An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. It’s a practice long used by special-interest groups and both major political parties that is viewed either as a voter service that boosts turnout or a nefarious activity that subjects voters to intimidation and makes elections vulnerable to fraud. By Matt Volz. SENT: 1,020 words, AP Photos NY768, NY767.


RALEIGH _ An aspiring chef slain over the summer at a North Carolina mountain inn died during a sexual assault by a co-worker, prosecutors said Thursday, offering new details on the motive for the killing at the height of tourism season along a famed scenic highway. New charges filed this week in federal court could also allow authorities to seek the death penalty in the slaying that took place steps from the Blue Ridge Parkway. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 430 words, AP Photos NY113, NCASH201.


BALDWYN, Miss. _ A home goods retailer is expanding its furniture manufacturing to Mississippi, with plans to hire 350 people. San Francisco-based Williams-Sonoma Inc. announced Thursday that it will open a factory making upholstered furniture in Baldwyn, starting production in January. The company is a new entrant in northeast Mississippi’s upholstered furniture manufacturing industry, which is a major employer in the region. However, the company already has a 900-worker distribution center in Olive Branch, a Mississippi suburb of Memphis, Tennessee. SENT: 200 words.


_ MUSIC TEACHER-SEX CHARGE _ Police in North Carolina have accused a Grammy Award-winning music teacher of using promises of a singing career to force a female student into sexual servitude.

_ LENDINGTREE-CHARLOTTE JOBS _ Online service LendingTree says it plans to double its presence in North Carolina’s largest city.

_ MISSING GIRL-NORTH CAROLINA _ The father of a North Carolina teen who was kidnapped and killed has been denied a visa to attend his daughter’s funeral. AP Photos NY113, NCFAY127, NCFAY129.

_ CHILD ABUSE-WOMAN CHARGED _ Authorities in North Carolina have filed multiple charges against a woman who they said tried to strangle her 6-year-old stepdaughter.

_ PELOSI-NORTH CAROLINA: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the chamber could take the “extraordinary step” of calling for a new election in a North Carolina congressional district if the winner is unclear amid allegations of voter fraud.

_ XGR-VOTER ID: The North Carolina General Assembly has finalized legislation implementing the voter photo identification mandate approved in a statewide referendum last month.

_ PASTOR-SEX CHARGES: Authorities have accused a North Carolina pastor of multiple child sex offenses which investigators say occurred on church grounds and at private residences.

_ GIRL SCOUT-COOKIE EMBEZZLEMENT: A North Carolina woman is accused of stealing more than $7,000 from a Girl Scouts troop’s cookie sales.



CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ A witness told jurors Thursday that James Alex Fields Jr. appeared calm and “maybe a little bit scared” before he plowed his car into a group of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, a crash that killed one woman and injured many other people. Joshua Matthews was with Fields shortly before the deadly encounter, which came after police forced an end to the event following violent clashes between the two sides. Matthews was the final witness called by defense lawyers as they attempted to convince the jury that Fields was afraid for his life when he drove his Dodge Challenger into the counterprotesters on Aug. 12, 2017. SENT: 460 words, AP Photo TKTT103.



_ FINE-SMITHFIELD FOODS _ A South Dakota agency has fined Smithfield Foods more than $53,000 for wastewater violations at the company’s Sioux Falls plant.

_ TEACHER-TRANSGENDER STUDENT _ A Virginia high school teacher is fighting a recommendation to be dismissed in the wake of a controversy involving a transgender student.

_ FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-VIRGINIA _ Police say a man fatally shot by officers stabbed three people, including his ex-girlfriend, during an attack at a Virginia home.

_ FAIRFAX SUPERVISORS CHAIR: The top political figure in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction says she won’t seek another term.

_ GANG SLAYING: A man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in the gang-related slaying of a Virginia man who was mutilated with a machete.



BALTIMORE _ Homicide detectives scoured the grounds of a model home Thursday in Maryland after a building company employee was found slain inside the suburban unit he was trying to sell. Authorities say the battered body of 33-year-old Steven Bernard Wilson, a sales and marketing representative for builder Ryan Homes, was found Wednesday evening in the model home he was working out of in Hanover, Maryland. The Anne Arundel County Police Department said officers were dispatched to the home following a 911 call but could not confirm whether Wilson made the call himself. The married father of two young children was pronounced dead at the scene. By David McFadden. SENT: 570 words.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ A state commission says Maryland should increase K-12 education spending by an estimated $4.4 billion per year about a decade from now, or about 30 percent more than the current level, under preliminary cost estimates released Thursday. The panel known as the Kirwan Commission could still make revisions before it sends a final report to the Maryland General Assembly by the end of the year or before lawmakers gather for their annual 90-day session Jan. 9. By Brian Witte. SENT: 470 words.


ODENTON, Md. _ Gun-rights advocates like to say, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” Some black gun owners, though, are not so sure it’s a wise idea for them to try to be the good guy and pull out a weapon in public. Twice in the span of 11 days last month, a black man who drew a gun in response to a crime in the U.S. was shot to death by a white police officer after apparently being mistaken for the bad guy. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 720 words, AP Photos ALJR101, ILCHS201.


DOVER, Del. _ There’s no guarantee that four former executives of the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program will be sentenced to prison for fraud. But even if a judge orders prison time for the former Wilmington Trust officials later this month, they won’t be led away in handcuffs. By Randall Chase. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Deer are acting up for mating season _ and while that means more collisions with motorists and more roadkill, for the State Highway Administration, it also means more compost. Spokesman Charlie Gischlar said the administration has been turning dead deer into compost since 2004, when the program started in Carroll County, Maryland. Now, there’s a second facility in Frederick County, Maryland, that helps in the effort. By Savannah Williams of Capital News Service. SENT: 620 words.


_ EX-PRINCIPAL ARRESTED _ A former principal at a Maryland private school has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted two students at the school about 50 years ago. AP Photo MDPD101.

_ POLICE CHIEF DEPARTS: A mainstay of Maryland law enforcement is leaving his county police chief post, and a national search is planned to find his replacement.

_ BALTIMORE-MONUMENT LIGHTING: The iconic marble column known by Baltimore residents as the “original Washington Monument” will be lit up for the holidays in a seasonal event expected to draw as many as 10,000 people.

_ DEPORTATION: The Delaware River and Bay Authority says about a dozen people who fled a traffic stop near New Castle are expected to be deported.

_ EMPLOYEE-FATAL SHOOTING: Police in Maryland say an armed store worker has fatally shot a man suspected of shoplifting.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Andy Reid has always been considered an offensive-minded head coach, whether it’s because he played along the offensive line in college or tutored the likes of Brett Favre once he reached the NFL. So his response wasn’t all that surprising this week when the Chiefs coach was asked who generally comes out on top when an potent offense goes up against a shutdown defense. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 940 words, AP Photos NYDD203, NYDD202, NYDD201.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Lamar Jackson knows that he will play a big part in stopping the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs offense when he leads the Baltimore Ravens into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. He won’t make a tackle, though, or cause a fumble or intercept a pass. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 710 words, AP Photo NYDD215.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ Mike Locksley is thrilled to be home. The Washington native who spent two stints as a Maryland football assistant and also served as the Terrapins’ interim leader for six games in 2015 was introduced Thursday as the school’s full-time coach. SENT: 660 words, AP Photos MDPS105, MDPS106, MDPS104, MDPS101, MDPS102, MDPS103.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ After losing two straight on the road, Purdue tries to get its season back on track Thursday when it hosts No. 23 Maryland. The Boilermakers have won four straight in the series, but the Terrapins have won seven of their first eight including their Big Ten opener. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 7 p.m. ET.


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ Wake Forest looks to snap out of its early-season funk when the Demon Deacons play host to Charlotte. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

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