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AP-WV--West Virginia News Digest 2:20 pm, WV

September 13, 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. Beth Campbell is on the desk. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Top Stories:

VATICAN-SEX ABUSE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop Thursday and authorized an investigation into allegations he sexually harassed adults, adding awkward drama to an audience with U.S. church leaders over the abuse and cover-up scandal roiling the Catholic Church.

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic drenching along the Southeast coast.

With:

—HURRICANE WEDDING, from Hurricane: A couple who planned to marry on the Outer Banks in North Carolina has moved their wedding to another state to avoid an uninvited guest: Hurricane Florence.

In Brief:

—DOCTOR-SEX CHARGES, from Charleston: Two charges have been dropped against a West Virginia doctor who faces multiple sexual abuse allegations.

—FAMILY-OWNED NEWSPAPERS SOLD, from Washington, Pa.: A family-owned media company that has operated for 116 years in western Pennsylvania has been sold.

—RATE INCREASES-PUBLIC HEARINGS, from Charleston: Public hearings will be held statewide starting next month on proposed water and electricity rate increases in West Virginia.

—TEACHER OF YEAR, from Charleston: A fifth-grade instructor from Raleigh County has been named West Virginia’s teacher of the year.

In Sports:

BIG 12 THIS WEEK

UNDATED — No. 15 TCU gets another chance for the Big 12 against No. 4 Ohio State. The Horned Frogs and Buckeyes will play Saturday night at the home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. That is where Ohio State won the national championship four seasons ago after jumping over Big 12 co-champs Baylor and TCU for the fourth and final spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Oklahoma beat the Buckeyes last season.

BIG 12-SPOTLIGHT WEEK

LAWRENCE, Kan. — David Beaty has beaten precisely one Power Five opponent in three-plus seasons at Kansas, and that was a nip-and-tuck overtime victory over downtrodden Texas a couple years ago. He’s yet to beat a team from one of college football’s other marquee leagues.

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