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AP-WV--West Virginia News Digest 1:30 pm, WV

August 9, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in West Virginia. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Charleston bureau at (304) 346-0897 or chwpr@ap.org. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. All times are Eastern. If circumstances change before 6 p.m., a new digest will be sent reflecting those developments.

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Top Stories:

OPIOID CRISIS-PREGNANT WOMEN

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials say they found a dramatic rise in the number of women who are hooked on opioids and delivering babies in hospitals. Rates were highest in Vermont and West Virginia. By Mike Stobbe.

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HOG SMELLS-LAWSUITS

RALEIGH, N.C. — The federal judge managing a series of North Carolina lawsuits accusing the world’s largest pork company of creating nuisances for rural neighbors is being temporarily replaced. The order replacing U.S. District Judge Earl Britt for a trial starting next month was finalized Monday. Court records don’t indicate why Britt was replaced. By Emery P. Dalesio.

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CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-TUSKEGEE

TUSKEGEE, Ala. — In 1906, when aging, white Confederate veterans of the Civil War and black ex-slaves still lived on the old plantations of the Deep South, two very different celebrations were afoot in this city known even then as a beacon of black empowerment. Tuskegee Institute, founded to educate Southern blacks whose families had lived in bondage for generations, was saluting its 25th anniversary. By Jay Reeves.

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In Brief:

SUPREME COURT-WEST VIRGINIA, from CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A plea hearing has been scheduled for a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice facing a federal felony charge related to the personal use of state-owned vehicles and fuel cards.

FAKE CHECK SCAM, from CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning residents about a fake check scam.

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