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

January 3, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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In Brief:

_GOVERNOR’S DEBTS, from Charleston: A coal company West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owns has been ordered by a federal court to release financial information to prosecutors.

_COUNTY-OVERDOSES, from Huntington: Records show one West Virginia county’s non-fatal drug overdose totals fell by 40 percent in 2018 compared with the year prior.

_CHEMICAL SPILL-SETTLEMENT, from Charleston: A lawyer for West Virginia residents affected by a 2014 chemical spill into a river says another batch of settlement checks from a class-action lawsuit is going in the mail.

_UVA WISE-ENROLLMENT, from Wise, Va.: The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is looking to boost enrollment by offering discounted tuition to out-of-state students from Appalachia.

_UNCOUNTED BALLOTS-CITY COUNCIL, from Fairmont: A circuit judge in West Virginia has called for 57 lost ballots to be counted toward a city council election.

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