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

November 29, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

UNDATED — The expansive court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born addicted to the drugs?

COAL TAX-BLACK LUNG

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Appalachian coal miners and supporters are in Washington this week to urge lawmakers to extend a tax that benefits miners sick with black lung disease.

In Brief:

—TRAFFIC STOP BEATING-WEST VIRGINIA, from Charleston: West Virginia’s governor has ordered an investigation into a traffic stop in which he says a 16-year-old male suspect is seen on a state police dashcam video being beaten by two troopers.

—INMATE DEATH, from Huntington: An official says a West Virginia jail inmate has died after being found unresponsive in his cell.

—ABANDONED MINE-RESCUE SEARCH, from Wharton: Crews are searching an abandoned coal mine in West Virginia for a missing man suspected of stealing copper.

—PHYSICIANS-KICKBACK SCHEME, from Wheeling: A federal prosecutor in West Virginia says four physicians have agreed to pay more than $1.5 million to the government for their roles in a kickback scheme.

—LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE, from Beckley: The West Virginia University-Institute of Technology in Beckley has announced its support for Mayor Rob Rappold’s request to add protections for LGBTQ people to the city’s code.

—COMPUTER SCIENCE, from Morgantown: Residents of one West Virginia city can participate in a computer coding event this week.

—DISTRICT ATTORNEY-AIDE SENTENCED, from Philadelphia: The former campaign manager for a former Philadelphia district attorney convicted of taking bribes will also be heading to prison.

In Sports:

VIRGINIA TECH-NO APOLOGIES

UNDATED — Virginia Tech is making no apologies for wanting to extend the nation’s longest bowl streak. The Hokies (5-6) scheduled a contingency game against Marshall out of Conference-USA before Virginia Tech’s game against rival Virginia last week, saying they would only play the game only if it gave them an opportunity to become bowl eligible.

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