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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 2:15 pm, WV

May 26, 2019

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROSECUTIONS

BOSTON _ Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven’t come close to matching the success their federal counterparts have had in winning cases. States need to add resources into support trafficking victims, educate the public and train law enforcement if the numbers of prosecutions and convictions are to improve, officials and experts say. In at least a dozen states, attorneys general are not even authorized to pursue human trafficking charges. By Philip Marcelo.

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EXCHANGE-FARMERS MARKET DIRECTOR

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ It’s hard to imagine someone’s life coming full circle by the time they reach 28 years of age — but it’s fair to say, that’s exactly what’s happened for Nichole Greene, 2016′s Miss West Virginia USA and now the executive director for Charleston’s Capitol Market. “I am born and raised in West Virginia. My family had a small business here for over 86 years, Save Supply Kitchen and Bath Company on the West Side,” which closed in 2012 after 83 years in operation, she said. By Maria Young, Charleston Gazette-Mail.

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EXCHANGE-INMATES-FLAG BOXES

WHEELING, W.Va. _ The box containing a deceased veteran’s flag means a lot to surviving family members, and perhaps just as much to the jail inmate who crafted it. By Joselyn King, The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register.

In Brief:

STORAGE TANK FIRE, from FRIENDLY, W.Va. _ A massive natural gas storage tank fire in West Virginia is out.

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