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

July 7, 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. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. If circumstances change before 6 p.m., a new digest will be sent reflecting those developments.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Top Stories:

EXCHANGE-HUNTING EDUCATION PROGRAM

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — With six national parks, dozens of state parks and a national forest that spans nearly a million acres, West Virginia has plenty of woods. In fact, ranked by percentage by the U.S. Forest Service, the Mountain State is third in the nation in total forest cover with over 75 percent of the state in the woods. An AP Member Exchange.

EXCHANGE-MISS WV RETURNS-HOMETOWN

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Madeline Collins of Princeton had never entered a beauty pageant before winning the title of Miss Tri-State when she was a student at West Virginia University last year. That win, followed by a 2nd runner-up finish in the Miss West Virginia competition, prompted her to run for Miss Elkins Area for this year, and she won, returning to the state pageant once again. An AP Member Exchange.

In Brief:

—CHURCH THREAT-ARREST, from Cool Ridge: West Virginia police have arrested a Georgia man they say pulled a knife on a missionary group in church after he was asked to silence his cellphone. According to The Register-Herald in Beckley, a criminal complaint shows 26-year-old Bernard B. Edmond of Decatur, Georgia, is charged in Wednesday’s incident at Nehemiah Baptist Church in Cool Ridge, in unincorporated Raleigh County.

—TEEN DROWNING, from Clendenin: Deputies say a 17-year-old has drowned while trying to swim across a river in West Virginia. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office identified the boy who drowned Thursday in the Elk River in Clendenin as Cody A. McCallister of Elkview.

In Sports:

GREENBRIER

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Kelly Kraft takes a one-stroke lead into Saturday’s third round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m. ET.

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