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

December 24, 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, N.C. _ North Carolina taxpayers may never learn how much in tax breaks, free land and other giveaways business recruiters were willing to throw at tech giants Apple and Amazon to attract thousands of jobs to the Raleigh area. Public records tracking the Amazon project and released by the state’s two corporate recruiting agencies exclude information on what was possibly the largest basket of corporate sweeteners in North Carolina history. By Emery Dalesio. SENT: 850 words, photo.


_ UNTREATED WASTE SPILL: Authorities in North Carolina say approximately 12,000 gallons of untreated wastewater have spilled into a creek.

_ FATAL COLLISION-DWI CHARGE: The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a motorist is charged with driving while impaired and other offenses after a head-on collision in which a 70-year-old man was killed.

_ FLOUNDER SHUTDOWN: If a day without flounder is like a day without sunshine, Rhode Island is looking at a dark end to the year.

_ CHILD ABUSE-COUPLE CHARGED: A North Carolina woman already charged with child abuse is accused of trying to convince someone to abduct her daughter from her foster home and hide her in Florida until she turns 18.

_ SANTA INDUCTEE: He may be newly inducted into a hall of fame, but this Santa Claus is staying in town.



NEWPORT NEWS, Va. _ A little more than two miles from where workers at Newport News Shipbuilding are assembling the future aircraft carriers John F. Kennedy and Enterprise along the James River, a new tangent in the future of shipbuilding has been slowly taking shape in a nondescript office in an industrial park. The shapes on this day were a collection of small cubes and rectangles designed by Kyle Wade via 3D modeling software and uploaded to the printer rather than being cast in a foundry. By Courtney Mabeus of The Virginia-Pilot. SENT: 760 words.


_ HUMAYUN KHAN-BILL: President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill naming a Virginia post office for fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, whose father criticized the then-candidate in a 2016 Democratic National Convention speech.

_ NORTHAM JOBS: Virginia is giving more than $3 million in grants to a help a debt-collection company open up a new call center.

_ DOGS SEIZED: A Lynchburg, Virginia, woman has been charged with animal cruelty after police seized 26 dogs from a cramped home.

_ FLORIDA-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Virginia man arrested in a decades-old sexual assault has been released from jail after posting a $1 million bail.



ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ For the first time, private donations that fund inaugural parties for the Maryland governor will have to be made public. The measure was passed in 2015 and signed into law by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Hogan’s inauguration in January will be the first since the law was made. Critics in Maryland and other states have noted a lack of transparency in how governors pay for their inaugural festivities can be another way for corporations and wealthy people to curry favor. By Brian Witte. SENT: 670 words, photo.


_ STRAY BULLET-CHILD STRUCK: Police say a 4-year-old child was struck by a stray bullet inside a home in Delaware after a shot was fired during an altercation outside.

_ PRISON FIRE: Authorities say one person was hospitalized after a fire broke at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women.

_ OFFICERS SUSPENDED-PARTY SHOOTING: The police chief of a Maryland department where 11 officers were suspended after an accidental shooting at a holiday party says he’s disappointed in their behavior.

_ COUNTY EXEC-EMAIL-PHISHING: A Maryland county is warning residents that its executive’s distribution list was used in a phishing scam that sends emails that appear to be from Netflix.

_ CHURCH STEEPLE: Fierce winds have destroyed the steeple of a Catholic church in Delaware.



OWINGS MILLS, Md. _ The surging Baltimore Ravens are on the brink of ending a three-year playoff drought. All they have to do is win their finale against the visiting Cleveland Browns, and they’ll open the postseason at home as AFC North champs. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2 p.m. ET.


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