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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest, WV

December 30, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 Story:

NEW LAWS-MINIMUM WAGE

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ The minimum wage will rise in at least 19 states in the new year, and some states also will be enforcing new laws targeting sexual harassment, restricting gun sales and revamping criminal penalties. By David Lieb. AP Photos. Moving on national lines.

With: NEW LAWS-MINIMUM WAGE-GLANCE _ A look at states exceeding the federal minimum wage.

From our members:

WV-EXCHANGE-SONGWRITING

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. _ Texas is not the center of great American songwriting, Travis Stimeling said, despite what the Lone Star State might like the rest of the country to believe. The WVU musicology professor, musician and author of “Songwriting in Contemporary West Virginia: Profiles and Reflections,” said Texas does have a lot of famous songwriters. Then he rattled a couple off the top of his head, including Jerry Jeff Walker and Billy Joe Shaver. An AP Member Exchange.

WV-EXCHANGE-SENIOR-NEW-PILOT

ELKINS, W.Va. _ The sky’s the limit for an area woman who recently earned her private pilot license. Jeanne Castellini, 70, of Green Bank, explained she began the process of obtaining her license early this year in Florida. An AP Member Exchange.

In Brief:

NURSING HOME EMPLOYEE ARRESTED, from WELCH, W.Va. _ A West Virginia nursing home employee has been arrested on abuse and neglect charges.

In Sports:

BKC--LEHIGH-WEST VIRGINIA

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. _ West Virginia (7-4) plays its final tuneup before the start of the Big 12 schedule when the Mountaineers host Lehigh (7-3) on Sunday. By John Lowe. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m. EST

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