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Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up for select Mid-Atlantic stories. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s complete coverage of the Mid-Atlantic region, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and the rest of the world, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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 Acting News Editor Jonathan Drew can be reached at 919-510-8937 or...

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Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up for select Mid-Atlantic stories. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s complete coverage of the Mid-Atlantic region, covering North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and the rest of the world, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

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 Acting News Editor Jonathan Drew can be reached at 919-510-8937 or jdrew@ap.org.

For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Coverage Plan will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern unless specified otherwise.

NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH CAROLINA-HIGHER EDUCATION

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Tuesday a study commission to examine the leadership structure of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The public university system, repeatedly considered one of the nation’s strongest, serves nearly 250,000 students, with UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University its two flagship campuses.

ELECTION 2022-HOUSE REPUBLICANS

WASHINGTON — The House GOP’s Class of 2022 midterm candidates includes a distinct group — a new generation of political outsiders, populists and some extremists. They would bring an untested and potentially unruly majority if Republicans win the House in the Nov. 8 election. Republican strategist John Feehery says former President Donald Trump “inspires all of this.” Republicans are working to win over voters with Trump-styled media stars, “America First” military veterans, women, minorities and what’s left of the GOP’s traditional conservatives. They are confident they will win control as Democrats struggle against high inflation and Joe Biden’s lagging approval ratings. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— SHOOTING-JUVENILES INJURED— Raleigh police say three young people were injured in a shooting on Halloween night.

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VIRGINIA

ISLAMIC STATE-FEMALE BATTALION

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Prosecutors are seeking a maximum 20-year sentence for Kansas native Allison Fluke-Ekren, who pleaded guilty to leading an all-female battalion of the Islamic State when she lived in Syria. By Matthew Barakat. UPCOMING : 650 words by 4 p.m., photo.

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SPORTS

FBN–BEHIND THE CALL

DENVER — Those who watch football for a living or for fun have been quick to rip Russell Wilson over his many cringe-worthy games, commercials, catch phrase deliveries and podium performances this season. Now, even his opponents are clowning the quarterback. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. 800 words, photos.

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LOCALIZATION:

STUDENT TEST SCORES — Results of a test known as “the nation’s report card” released earlier this week showed historic declines in U.S. student performance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But what does this look like at the level of individual school systems? The AP has received exclusive data from researchers at Harvard and Stanford that shows the extent of learning loss across the country. This is the largest and most detailed dataset yet available on what student achievement looks like on the other side of the pandemic. The data allows for exploration of performance in thousands of school districts and apples-to-apples comparisons across school systems within states and across state borders. We offer guidance on how to make use of it. Find the latest Localize It guides here.

OPIOID CRISIS-LOCALIZE IT — Fentanyl and other powerful synthetic opioids have become entrenched in the U.S. supply of illicit drugs, pushing the national accidental overdose death rate to record levels. As this deadliest latest wave of a decades-old national opioid crisis gains attention, misconceptions persist about fentanyl, how it is trafficked and why so many people are dying. We offer resources and suggestions for localizing the story. Find the latest Localize It guides here.

BIDEN-INFRASTRUCTURE-BROADBAND-LOCALIZE IT — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing $759 million in grants and loans to enable rural communities to access high-speed internet. It’s part of the broader $65 billion push for high-speed connectivity from last year’s infrastructure law. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and White House senior adviser Mitch Landrieu traveled to North Carolina to unveil the grants. Under the initiative announced Thursday, there are 49 recipients in 24 states. Find the latest Localize It guides here.

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VIDEO:

Strong RSV vaccine data released

Dixon push helps tighten Michigan gov race

Migos rapper Takeoff dead after shooting

Rare copy of U.S. Constitution goes up for auction

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AUDIO:

Migos rapper Takeoff dead after Houston shooting, rep says

CDC director tests positive for COVID again

Powerball prize soars to $1.2B after no winners found Monday

Tunes with teeth: Edison might have left his mark on piano

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U.S. STORIES

ELECTION 2022-HOUSE REPUBLICANS — The House GOP’s Class of 2022 midterm candidates includes a distinct group — a new generation of political outsiders, populists and some extremists. They would bring an untested and potentially unruly majority if Republicans win the House in the Nov. 8 election. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,220 words, photos.

ELECTION 2022-BIDEN — With a week to go before midterm elections, President Joe Biden heads to Florida to talk about protecting Social Security and Medicare and lowering prescription drug costs. By White House Correspondent Zeke Miller. SENT: 320 words, photos. Developing.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s two-day sentencing hearing began Tuesday, with the families of the 17 people he murdered addressing him in emotional and often angry terms about the devastation he brought to their lives. Developing.

HOUSTON SHOOTING-MIGOS — The rapper Takeoff dies after a shooting at a Houston bowling alley. Developing.

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STORYSHARE:

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: AP StoryShare allows news organizations to access content from other outlets while also sharing their own content and giving it expanded reach. With active networks covering 18 states as well as topic-based networks already up and running, we’ve just launched our newest network, Education. It’s free of charge – if you’ve got an interest, please reach out to your AP representative or email us at storyshare@ap.org … and find more information on StoryShare at https://www.ap.org/storyshare.

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