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AP-WV--West Virginia News Digest 2:25 pm, WV

May 17, 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. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. If circumstances change before 6 p.m., a new digest will be sent reflecting those developments.

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Top Stories:

TEACHER PROTESTS-MIDTERMS

PHOENIX — As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections.

In Brief:

—SEXUAL ABUSE, from Rowlesburg: Authorities say a West Virginia man walked into a sheriff’s office and told an officer he sexually assaulted a child for more than a decade.

—OPIOID TREATMENT CENTER, from Wheeling: West Virginia’s two U.S. senators have announced federal approval of nearly $3 million for a new substance abuse treatment center in Ohio County.

—MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE-DOCTOR LAWSUIT, from Charlottesville, Va.: A constitutional rights organization is suing U.S. Forest Service officials on behalf of a doctor who says his religious freedoms were violated when he was prevented from examining a tree-sitting pipeline protester in Virginia.

—ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS-PIPELINE, from Roanoke, Va.: The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has been cited for failing to control erosion at two work sites just two months after construction started on the more than 300-mile (483-kilometer) pipeline through Virginia and West Virginia.

—WVU PARKERSBURG-PRESIDENT, from Parkersburg: West Virginia University at Parkersburg has recommended Christopher Gilmer to become its new president.

—FOOD WORKERS-HEPATITIS, from Ashland, Ky.: Health officials say a sixth food worker in a northern Kentucky county has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

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