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Friday, November 8, 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.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TEACHING IMPEACHMENT

BEAR CREEK, N.C. _ The House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine has become a teachable moment in classrooms around the country as educators incorporate the events often hundreds of miles away in Washington into their lesson plans. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

WILMINGTON COUP MARKER

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The state of North Carolina is moving away from using the phrase “race riot” to describe the violent overthrow of the Wilmington government in 1898 and is instead using the word “coup” on the highway historical marker that will commemorate the dark event. The heading on the marker reads “Wilmington Coup,” but the originally approved text used referred to a “race riot,” which eventually was deleted. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 570 words, photo.

GOVERNOR-TEACHER PAY

RALEIGH, N.C. _ North Carolina’s governor has vetoed bills that increase teacher pay, saying the state can do better. By Martha Waggoner. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

FARM RELIEF

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ The federal government is sending $800 million in aid to farmers in four southern states that were most devastated last year by hurricanes Michael and Florence. Nearly half of that money will benefit Florida timber farmers, who suffered catastrophic losses when Hurricane Michael came ashore in October 2018 and destroyed 2.8 million acres of timberland. By Bobby Caina Calvan. SENT: 310 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOWE BERGDAHL _ A military court has agreed to hear an appeal by a U.S. Army soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. With photo.

_ ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE _ Roy Cooper’s top aides are taking questions from investigators the General Assembly hired to scrutinize a 2018 side deal between the Democratic governor’s office and utilities building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

_ PEDESTRIAN STRUCK THREE TIMES _ Police in North Carolina say a man who was hit by three cars while trying to cross the street has serious injuries.

_ TEACHER-STUDENT SEX OFFENSES _ A North Carolina teacher accused of sex offenses against a student has been found dead in her home, along with her husband who had been fatally shot.

_ UNC STADIUM NAME _ A temporary logo has been placed over one of the plaques at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stadium that’s dedicated to a man who was a leader of a violent coup d’etat in 1898.

_ SEXUAL ASSAULT-GRANT _ A $1 million grant has been awarded to a North Carolina police department in a city that has one of the largest backlogs of untested sexual assault kits in the state.

_ INDECENT LIBERTIES-TEACHER _ Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a high school teacher accused of exchanging indecent messages with students.

VIRGINIA

ELECTIONS 2019-VIRGINIA-SHIFTING POWER

RICHMOND, Va. _ Tuesday’s elections will further increase the diversity in Virginia’s legislature, leading to shifts in the power centers. President Donald Trump’s election and Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal are big reasons why. By Alan Suderman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

DEPP-HEARD LAWSUIT

FAIRFAX, Va. _ Free-press advocates in Virginia are concerned that a libel lawsuit between Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Amber Heard could set a bad precedent. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 370 words.

TRANSLATOR-FALSE STATEMENTS

FAIRFAX, Va. _ A former FBI translator charged with altering transcripts after his own voice was caught on intercepts with terrorism suspects is expected to enter a guilty plea. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ NORTHAM JOBS _ A peanut company in southside Virginia is expanding operations.

_ MINE RECLAMATION _ Virginia has received 18 requests for funding under a new pilot program that will dole out millions of dollars to reclaim abandoned coal mines.

_ UNIVERSITY FUNDING-AMAZON _ Several colleges and universities in Virginia will receive millions of dollars from the state to increase computer science graduate numbers as part of a deal with Amazon.

_ GUN-FILLED HOME _ A Virginia man has been sentenced to almost eight years in prison for allowing Longwood University students to regularly smoke marijuana in his weapon-filled home.

_ CYBERSTALKING-VIRGINIA _ A Virginia man has been sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for cyberstalking his ex-girlfriends and sending nude photos of them to their families, friends and even a church.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

_ LAWMAKER RESIGNS _ The treasurer and daughter of a former Maryland lawmaker has pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge.

_ NURSING HOME-SETTLEMENT _ A Delaware nursing home operator has agreed to pay $381,000 to settle allegations of providing substandard and worthless services to residents.

_ CHILD PORN-SENTENCE _ A man who was employed by the U.S. Navy when he coerced children into sending him sexually explicit videos and photos has been sentenced in Maryland to 40 years in federal prison.

_ BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES BUILDING _ The Universities at Shady Grove have opened a new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering building.

_ LANDFILL EMISSIONS _ The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says a county landfill has been exceeding air emissions limits for more than a year.

_ MARYLAND UNIVERSITY SYSTEM CHANCELLOR _ The president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, has been tapped to become the chancellor of the University System of Maryland next summer.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-ELEMENTARY SCHOOL _ A former custodian charged in the fatal shooting of man outside a Delaware elementary school has been acquitted of murder.

SPORTS

BKC--EAST CAROLINA-NAVY

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ East Carolina and Navy meet in the nightcap of the Veterans Classic. The Pirates are looking to go 2-0 after opening with a win over VMI. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Game starts around 8:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-NORTH CAROLINA-UNC WILMINGTON

WILMINGTON, N.C. _ Freshman Cole Anthony looks to build off his stellar college debut when he leads ninth-ranked North Carolina into Friday night’s game at UNC Wilmington. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BCK-T-25-COLORADO STATE-DUKE

DURHAM, N.C. _ No. 4 Duke plays at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time this season when the Blue Devils play host to Colorado State. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

BKC--T25-UNC GREENSBORO-KANSAS

LAWRENCE, Kan. _ Third-ranked Kansas returns home from the Champions Classic against Duke to face UNC Greensboro at Allen Fieldhouse. By Maddy Tannahill. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. CT.

BKC-RADFORD-LIBERTY

Radford plays Liberty at Vines Center.

BKC--T25-NORTH TEXAS-VCU

RICHMOND, Va. _ No. 25 VCU, impressive in its opener against St. Francis, faces North Texas at the Siegel Center. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--COPPIN ST-VIRGINIA TECH

BLACKSBURG, Va. _ Coming off a road win at Clemson in his debut as Virginia Tech’s coach, Mike Young and the Hokies face Coppin State at Cassell Coliseum. By Jimmy Robertson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC-RIDER-DELAWARE STATE

Rider plays Delaware State at Memorial Hall Gym.

BKC-LONGWOOD-GEORGE MASON

Longwood plays George Mason at EagleBank Arena.

BKC-ST FRANCIS-RICMOND

St. Francis (PA) plays Richmond at Robins Center.

BKC-William & MARY-AMERICAN

William & Mary plays American University at Bender Arena.

BKN--WALKER’S CHARLOTTE RETURN

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Kemba Walker says he has no ill feelings toward Michael Jordan, even though the Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion decided not to keep him in Charlotte and pay him a $221 million supermax contract. By Steve Reed. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-DUKE PREVIEW

DURHAM, N.C. _ No. 15 Notre visits Duke in a game neither team can really afford to lose. With two losses, Notre Dame is out of the College Football Playoff discussion but a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl is very much a possibility. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 760 words, photos.

FBC--T25-CLEMSON- NC STATE PREVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Fourth-ranked Clemson continues its push toward another Atlantic Coast Conference championship and College Football Playoff appearance when it visits North Carolina State. The Tigers were ranked fifth in the first playoff rankings for college football’s version of the Final Four. By Aaron Bear. SENT: 790 words, photos.

FBC--T25-APPALACHIAN STATE-SOUTH CAROLINA PREVIEW

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Appalachian State is looking to knock off yet another Power Five opponent when they play at South Carolina. Appalachian State has already defeated North Carolina. The Tar Heels beat the Gamecocks earlier this year so Appalachian State likes its chances on Saturday night. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 730 words, photos.

FBC--T25-WAKE FOREST-VIRGINIA TECH PREVIEW

Emotions will be running high when Virginia Tech plays host to No. 22 Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons will be trying to keep their momentum going before an Atlantic Division showdown with No. 4 Clemson next weekend. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 710 words, photos.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA TECH-VIRGINIA PREVIEW

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ Virginia could hardly be in a better position as it drives for its first ACC Coastal Division football title with three home games left in the regular season. The Cavaliers control their destiny and will continue that title quest against struggling Georgia Tech. By Hank Kurz Jr. SENT: 720 words, photos.

FBC--T25-MARYLAND-OHIO ST PREVIEW

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Maryland, losers of its last four games will try to slow down Ohio State, which is 8-0 and ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.

FBC--OHIO-STATE-YOUNG

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ No. 3 Ohio State will not play star defensive end Chase Young this weekend against Maryland because of a potential issue with the NCAA. Young tweeted that his suspension for Saturday’s game is because he took a loan last year from a family friend. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 550 words, photos. With: FBC--OHIO-STATE-YOUNG-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF

_ FBN--RAVENS-FORT _ The Baltimore Ravens have signed inside linebacker L.J. Fort to a two-year extension through 2021.

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