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

March 21, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Top Stories:

SPORTS BETTING-NCAA TOURNAMENT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ College basketball fans lined up at casinos and racetracks or furiously tapped smartphone screens Thursday to get down bets on March Madness, many in states where it is legal for the first time.

MOBSTER KILLED

NEW YORK _ A man in jail in New Jersey on murder charges is in a dangerous position, caught between the law and the Mafia.

In Brief:

_BLOOD THINNER-SETTLEMENT, from Charleston: West Virginia has reached a $3.2 million settlement with two drug manufacturers over the marketing of the prescription blood thinner Plavix.

_INFANT DEATH, from Morgantown: A judge has sentenced a West Virginia woman and her former boyfriend to prison in the death of her 7-month-old son.

_FIREARMS THEFT CHARGES, from Martinsburg: A former federal guard accused of stealing firearms from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ disposal facility has prompted a U.S. senator to call for an investigation.

_WOMAN ON FIRE, from Charleston: A homeless California man has been convicted in the death of a homeless West Virginia woman whom he lit on fire.

_BOARD OF EDUCATION-APPOINTMENT, from Charleston: Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a doctor to the state board of education.

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