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plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Charleston bureau at (304) 346-0897 or A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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WASHINGTON — An independent energy agency on Monday rejected a Trump administration plan to bolster coal-fired and nuclear power plants, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump's efforts to boost the struggling coal industry. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 790 words, photo.


—CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONER: Former federal prosecutor Betsy Jividen has been appointed commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Corrections. SENT: 120 words.

—BODIES AT BUSINESS: West Virginia state police say the bodies of a worker and his girlfriend have been found at a business in an apparent murder-suicide. SENT: 90 words.

—FIRE DEPARTMENT THEFT: A West Virginia woman has admitted stealing more than $75,000 from a volunteer fire department. SENT: 100 words.

—SUPREME COURT AUDIT: Legislative auditors have set their sights on the West Virginia Supreme Court. SENT: 130 words.

—NEW TRAILS: A proposed trial for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders could breathe new life into a nearly forgotten railroad in West Virginia. SENT: 120 words.

—CHESAPEAKE BAY-DEAD ZONES: An international research team including Chesapeake Bay-focused scientists says the "dead zones" that have long plagued the bay have developed and worsened across the globe. SENT: 130 words.

—RECYCLING GRANTS: The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has awarded nearly two dozen recycling grants to groups in 20 counties. SENT: 90 words.

—COLLEGES-JOB CREATION: Ten public higher education institutions are planning to promote job creation and economic opportunities in southern West Virginia. SENT: 110 words.



UNDATED — Villanova needed just a week to reclaim its lost No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25. West Virginia waited a lot longer — nearly six decades, in fact — to get back to its position at No. 2. Villanova returned to the top spot in Monday's new poll after an upset-filled week that included losses by No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Duke. The Wildcats got 52 of 65 first-place votes to move up from third to No. 1, where it spent three weeks in December. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 670 words, photos.


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