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

August 25, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a Republican ex-House speaker and a congressman to fill interim state Supreme Court openings created amid impeachment proceedings. Justice announced Saturday that ex-Speaker Tim Armstead and Rep. Evan Jenkins are replacing Menis Ketchum and Robin Davis. Justice said he wanted appointees who would run for the seats in November. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 420 words.


MADISON, W.Va. — In Madison, West Virginia, All Star Wrestling draws hundreds of people to most matches. The crowd is no different than any West Virginia high school sporting event: Plenty of kids, small children to teenagers — and parents, grandparents, and others who you can tell by the skeptical look on their faces, are not that into it. They brought their kid who loves wrestling and that’s the only reason why they are sitting in an audience surrounded by screaming fans with music blaring. Some of the adults look as though they came straight from work: They’re teachers, mechanics, coal miners, people of all kinds love to come watch two men fight it out in the ring. An AP Member Exchange.


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — While very religious, Tammy Barnett hasn’t walked into a church very often since her sons were imprisoned more than a decade ago after being convicted of murder. When one son was granted bond recently because of new information gathered by the Innocence and Exoneration projects, Barnett raced from Georgia to Parkersburg, West Virginia, to see him walk out of the facility. But she felt called to make a stop along the way when she spotted an active church service. An AP Member Exchange.

In Brief:

—SHERIFF SHOT, from Huntington: Prosecutors say a man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff in 2013 is returning to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation. Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller tells The Herald-Dispatch that a Cabell County circuit judge Thursday returned Tennis Melvin Maynard to William R. Sharpe Hospital, with an update expected in 90 days. The court hearing was closed to the media.


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