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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 1:40 pm, WV

December 18, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Top Stories:

TRANSGENDER STUDENT-HARASSMENT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ A West Virginia high school’s assistant principal should be disciplined after questioning a transgender male student over his choice of bathrooms and saying, “you freak me out,” the American Civil Liberties Union said.

LIFE EXPECTANCY-THE WAY DOWN

MADISON, W.Va. _ If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West Virginia is a good place to start. The state is a bellwether of bad health, portending major problems years before they became severe nationally.

With:

LIFE EXPECTANCY-NEIGHBORHOODS

NEW YORK _ Even your lifespan can be local. Researchers have long said that health disparities are heavily influenced by where you live. New data from the National Center for Health Statistics show just how much your neighborhood can impact the length of your life.

In Brief:

_JAIL ESCAPE ATTEMPT, from Beaver: Authorities say a West Virginia jail escape was thwarted last month and eight inmates were arrested.

_ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE, from Lovingston, Va.: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has sued a Virginia county over a zoning decision, in an attempt to move the project forward.

_BANK ROBBERY SENTENCE, from Huntington: A Kentucky man has been sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison for robbing a West Virginia bank.

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