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AP-WV--West Virginia News Digest 2:15 pm, WV

September 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Top Stories:

TROPICAL WEATHER-WEST VIRGINIA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Forecasts of devastating rains and floods from the remnants of Hurricane Florence didn’t come to fruition in West Virginia, where residents are still trying to recover from 2016 floods that killed 23 people statewide and destroyed thousands of homes, businesses and infrastructure.

With:

—WEST VIRGINIA FLOODS-DEMOLITION, from Falling Rock: A West Virginia high school destroyed by floods two years ago is being demolished.

TROPICAL WEATHER

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Stranded by Florence’s epic floods days after the hurricane hit North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps, while officials managed to open a second route into the surrounded city.

TROPICAL WEATHER-RISING RIVERS

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The river seethed a quarter-mile away, bulging from its banks, so the patrol cars circled the neighborhood three times. “Get out now,” a voice boomed from a bullhorn. “This is an emergency.”

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-POLITICS

NEW YORK — With the fate of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee suddenly uncertain, emboldened Democrats clashed with cautious Republicans as both parties grappled with an increasingly messy nomination fight weeks before the pivotal midterm elections.

In Brief:

—HEALTH OFFICER-WEST VIRGINIA, from Charleston: West Virginia’s state health officer is leaving to take a job with the March of Dimes.

—DOCTOR SENTENCED, from Wheeling: An Ohio doctor has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for writing fraudulent prescriptions at his West Virginia practice.

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