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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 2:10 pm, WV

December 21, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TOP 10 STORIES-WEST VIRGINIA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Questions involving lavish office renovations and other alleged misdeeds at the West Virginia Supreme Court led to separate impeachment and criminal investigations and, ultimately, a reshuffling of the court. The extraordinary yearlong saga was voted West Virginia’s No. 1 news story in 2018 by Associated Press member newspapers and broadcasters.

Also:

MINE SEARCH-WEST VIRGINIA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ A sheriff’s office in West Virginia has issued an arrest warrant for a man who escaped a coal mine where three other people were trapped.

In Brief:

_BENEFITS PLAN, from Charleston: Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board members have approved a benefits plan with no premium increases or cuts in benefits.

_ABANDONED BABY, from Bend, Ore.: Prosecutors say the 13-month-old boy who was abandoned in the woods of central Oregon had a broken leg, a skull fracture and methamphetamine in his system.

_LAND ACQUISITION, from Charleston: A nonprofit has bought nearly 19,000 acres of forest land in seven West Virginia counties aimed at increasing public access for hunting and wildlife-associated recreation.

_NEW JUDGE, from Wheeling: A new circuit judge has been sworn in during a private ceremony in West Virginia.

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