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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 1:45 pm, WV

September 19, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet.

KAVANAUGH-GENDER WARS

WASHINGTON — Nowhere is gender politics thicker in the election season air than in the mannerly U.S. Senate as it considers what President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, did or didn’t do in high school.

In Brief:

—MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE, from Hinton: Work being done on the Mountain Valley Pipeline in a West Virginia county will be halted as a judge has ordered a temporary stay.

—GOVERNOR’S HOME-LAWSUIT, from Charleston: A Democratic West Virginia lawmaker has refiled a legal challenge of Republican Gov. Jim Justice’s residency.

—INMATE KILLED, from Bruceton Mills: Authorities say an inmate at a federal prison in West Virginia has been killed in a fight with another prisoner.

—PARKS GRANT, from Charleston: West Virginia is receiving $1 million from the federal government for state parks and outdoor recreation projects.

—AIRPORT GRANT, from Charleston: An airport in West Virginia is set to get a $3.7 million Federal Aviation Administration grant for projects including an aviation school and air freight facility.

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