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

December 20, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:


CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ A congressional report blames U.S. prescription drug distributors as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration for not doing enough to help mitigate the nation’s opioid epidemic.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ A former board member and four states that have had their licenses terminated by the Miss America Organization are suing the group and its top leaders, claiming “an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of the pageant.


BILLINGS, Mont. _ The Trump administration miscalculated potential damages from train derailments when it canceled an Obama-era rule requiring the installation of more advanced brakes by railroads hauling explosive fuels, The Associated Press has found.

In Brief:

_CENSUS-WEST VIRGINIA, from Charleston: The U.S. Census Bureau says West Virginia’s population has dropped for the sixth straight year.

_SLAIN TEEN-WEST VIRGINIA, from Charleston: A white man accused of killing a black teen in West Virginia two years ago has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

_EXPLOSION-PENNSYLVANIA ENERGY FACILITY, from Chartiers Township, Pa.: A man who was injured in an explosion at a MarkWest energy facility in Pennsylvania last week has died.

_DISABLED VETERANS, from Charleston: West Virginia is resuming a partnership with a nonprofit to drive disabled veterans to VA Hospital medical appointments.

_HISTORY APP, from Huntington: The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded over $81,000 to Marshall University Research Corp. to upgrade a website and mobile app that provide information on nearby historical and cultural landmarks.

In Sports:


TAMPA, Fla. _ Marshall tries to remain unbeaten in bowl games under coach Doc Holliday when the Thundering Herd face South Florida in the Gasparilla Bowl. USF opened the season 7-0, but lost five straight down the stretch and is a slight underdog even though the game is being played in their home stadium.


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