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

March 23, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Top Stories:

TEACHER STRIKES-POLITICS

AUSTIN, Texas _ Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren’t why the money is suddenly available. Texas hasn’t even had a teacher strike. But as in other GOP strongholds this spring, lawmakers who have spent years clashing with public schools by slashing budgets, ratcheting up testing and cheerleading private schools are blinking in the face of election pressure as much as picket lines. With AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-FURNITURE TRADITION

Families all across the world pass on traditions and it is no exception in Appalachia. Traditions like making apple butter in the fall, or celebrating Christmas morning at mamaws, or picking ramps at that secret spot in the spring, or even just going to church on Sunday.

EXCHANGE-TAKING A CHANCE

HINTON, W.Va. _ When Amanda Baker saw the antique tin ceiling past a displaced drop ceiling tile, she was surprised. “I said, ‘Look at this,’” Baker said. “We started popping the panels out so that we could see it and shine a light up there. Except for one panel that was a little bent and discolored, it was in perfect condition.” An AP Member Exchange. With AP Photos.

In Brief:

_HIGHER EDUCATION-NEW LEADER, from Charleston: The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is planning to pick a new interim leader by late next month due to the current interim chancellor’s plans to resign. Media outlets report that the commission’s board voted Friday to accept the resignation of interim chancellor Carolyn Long effective May 15. The board met in a closed session before the vote.

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