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Monday, December 2, 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

CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina judges ordered a new U.S. House district map that Republican state legislators drew last month be used in the 2020 elections, deciding on Monday there wasn’t the time to scrutinize the boundaries for extreme partisan bias. The three-judge panel unanimously decided it was too late in the election cycle to receive evidence and testimony that would be necessary to consider detailed redistricting arguments from the lawmakers and from Democratic and independent voters who challenged the latest congressional maps. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 610 words.

ELECTION 2020-FILING OPENS

RALEIGH, N.C. — Candidate filing has started for what will be crowded ballots for North Carolina’s 2020 elections. The State Board of Elections and all county election boards began taking candidate paperwork and filing fees at midday Monday. Over 120 people filed at the state board office by late afternoon, eclipsing the first day’s total for 2016 elections. The filing period ends at noon Dec. 20. By Gary D. Robertson. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-MONEY

WASHINGTON — Democrats are narrowing President Donald Trump’s early spending advantage, with two billionaire White House hopefuls joining established party groups to target the president in key battleground states that are likely to determine the outcome of next year’s election. Priorities USA and American Bridge, two of the leading Democratic outside groups, are ramping up operations. The organization ACRONYM recently pledged to spend $75 million. And former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged to spend $100 million on ads targeting Trump, while California billionaire Tom Steyer promised $50 million. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,050 words.

ELECTION-2020-BUTTIGIEG

GOLDSBORO, N.C. — As he labors to win over black voters whose support is vital to his Democratic presidential bid, Pete Buttigieg found a receptive host on Sunday in North Carolina in a civil rights activist who has sought to continue the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s push for a racially diverse national campaign against poverty. By Elana Schor. SENT: 700 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS-NORTH CAROLINA — The United Daughters of the Confederacy has lost a bid to put a Confederate monument back on the grounds of a North Carolina courthouse after county officials removed it.

— ODD-TANGLED ELK — An elk is running around western North Carolina with a shredded hammock on its head, and apparently a love of apples is to blame. AP Photo.

— ELECTION 2020-NORTH CAROLINA-SENATE — A former investment firm CEO who announced months ago his Republican primary challenge of North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis now says he won’t officially enter the race after all. AP Photo.

— TRAVEL ADVISORY-SNOW — The National Park Service says parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and U.S. 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been closed because of heavy snow predictions.

— RJ REYNOLDS-ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE — The Food and Drug Administration will review whether R.J. Reynolds can claim that its electronic cigarette poses less risk than tobacco.

VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— SUBMARINE CONSTRUCTION — The U.S. Navy has awarded a $22.2 billion contract for the construction of nine additional Virginia class submarines.

— BALD EAGLE INTO WINDOW — A bald eagle has made an unexpected appearance at a Virginia tax preparation office, slamming into a window and then apparently flying off without serious injuries.

— COAL ASH — A company official says Dominion Energy is on track to meet the mandates Virginia lawmakers set out earlier this year for closing its coal ash ponds.

— HUNTING DEATH-CHILD KILLED — Grieving relatives of a boy accidentally killed by his father while hunting in South Carolina say his organs have saved the lives of three other children.

— FATAL SHOOTING — A 17-year-old charged in a deadly Thanksgiving shooting in Virginia has been caught by authorities in North Carolina.

MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

— COPPIN STATE-PRESIDENT — A new president has been appointed for Coppin State University.

— COLLISION-MOTORIST KILLED — Delaware State Police says a man was killed and a woman was injured when he drove his car into the path of her vehicle.

— FATAL CAR CRASH — Maryland State Police say a woman from New York was killed when her car overturned on a road and ejected her from the vehicle.

— WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE-100th ANNIVERSARY — The state of Delaware will host events throughout 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States.

— NAVAL ACADEMY BOARD-SPICER — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is now a member of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Board of Visitors.

SPORTS

BKN--SUNS-HORNETS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Devonte Graham and the Charlotte Hornets host the Phoenix Suns in the first of four home games in the next six days. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 700 words, AP photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.

FBN--REDSKINS ANALYSIS

UNDATED — Derrius Guice tearing the ACL in his left knee in August 2018 pushed the Washington Redskins to sign Adrian Peterson. A career renaissance followed for Peterson, and Guice injured his right knee in Week 1 this season. Guice had been waiting for a game like the Redskins’ win at Carolina and told Peterson, “They finally got to see the two-headed monster.” By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 610 words, AP Photos.

FBN--PANTHERS-ANALYSIS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have long prided themselves on being a team able to stop the run. Those days are gone. Carolina (5-7) has allowed 137.5 yards rushing per game and a league-worst 22 touchdowns on the ground this season. Those are ugly numbers. And it keeps getting worse. By Sports Writer Steve Reed. SENT: 820 words, AP photos.

FBN--RAVENS ANALYSIS

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens now own the top seed in the AFC, a distinction that provides home-field advantage in all games leading up to the Super Bowl. Well, that’s how it works when the season is done. There are still four weeks to go, as Ravens coach John Harbaugh was quick to point out Monday. By Sports Writer David Ginsburg. SENT: 640 words.

FBC--T25-ACC CHAMPIONSHIP-UNDERDOG VIRGINIA

UNDATED — Virginia just ended one streak and the No. 22 Cavaliers would like nothing more than to end a few more against Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. The Cavaliers earned a spot in the title game by snapping a 15-year losing streak against rival Virginia Tech. Now they are preparing for the challenge of taking on heavily favored Clemson and try to end the third-ranked Tigers’ 27-game winning streak. By Sports Writer Hank Kurz Jr.. SENT: 610 words, AP Photos.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 POLL

UNDATED — Louisville climbed to No. 1 in the latest reshuffling of The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll while Michigan matched a record by going from unranked to No. 4. The Cardinals became the fourth No. 1 in five weeks this season following Duke’s home loss to Stephen F. Austin. Kansas is second, followed by Maryland in a week when every spot in the poll changed. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 800 words, AP photos.

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