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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 1:50 pm, WV

January 2, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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-STATES

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it.

SPORTS BETTING FOR DUMMIES

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ Wanna bet on sports? First, make sure you know what you’re doing — and the odds against you.

GAS PIPELINE-POTOMAC RIVER

ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ A board of high-ranking Maryland officials on Wednesday rejected a proposed pipeline across the western part of the state that would carry natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

In Brief:

_APPALACHIA-ALUMINUM MILL, from Frankfort, Ky.: The company trying to build a $1.68 billion aluminum mill in eastern Kentucky backed in part by state taxpayers says it has spent $15.7 million on construction so far.

_CIRCUIT JUDGE APPOINTED, from Charleston: A senior judge has been named to temporarily serve in place of a circuit judge who was appointed to the West Virginia Supreme Court.

_DISASTER LOANS, from Charleston: The deadline is approaching for private, nonprofit groups in 21 West Virginia counties to apply for disaster loans related to severe storms last February.

_LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE, from Beckley: Another West Virginia city is set to vote on adding protections for LGBTQ people.

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