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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 1:55 pm, WV

February 12, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

BOOK REVIEW-APPALACHIA NORTH

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. _ Since the 2016 election of President Donald Trump and the publication of J. D. Vance’s memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” that same year, Appalachia has returned to the national spotlight as media and academia struggle to make sense of the region and its people.

In Brief:

_DRUG FELONS-FOOD STAMPS, from Charleston: A bill to allow drug felons to receive food stamps has passed the West Virginia Senate.

_FORMER MAGISTRATE-EMBEZZLEMENT, from Charleston: A former magistrate accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a West Virginia group is set to appear in court.

_FATAL SHOOTING, from Beckley: Authorities are investigating an altercation that ended in gunfire leaving left one person dead and two others wounded.

_FIRE DEPARTMENT PROBE, from Huntington: The mayor of Huntington, West Virginia, has ordered an investigation into the equipment protocols of the city’s fire department after its ladder trucks and rescue boats broke down.

In Sports:

NASCAR-SPORTS BETTING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Brendan Gaughan is the son of a casino magnate and has long grasped the allure of throwing down a few bucks to wager on a sporting event.

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