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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 1:45 pm, WV

March 7, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TEACHER RAISES-WEST VIRGINIA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ West Virginia is poised to return to center stage of a national wave of teacher unrest as lawmakers debate pay raises and other measures that spurred two strikes in the last two years.

With:

_SOCIAL SECURITY TAX, from Charleston: A bill to eliminate West Virginia personal income taxes on Social Security retirement benefits has been passed by the state Senate.

_FREE COLLEGE-WEST VIRGINIA, from Charleston: A bill that would allow West Virginia residents to attend community and technical colleges for free has been sent to the governor.

_MEDICAID FRAUD UNIT, from Charleston: A bill that would transfer control of a unit that fights Medicaid fraud to the West Virginia attorney general’s office has been sent to the governor.

_STOPPED SCHOOL BUSES, from Charleston: The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that would increase fines for passing a stopped school bus whose warning lights are flashing.

In Brief:

_HEMP LAWSUIT, from Charleston: A judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit against a West Virginia hemp farm.

_HUSBAND SHOT, from Huntington: A West Virginia sheriff says a woman has reported mistaking her husband for an intruder and fatally shooting him.

_PRISON ASSAULT-CHARGE, from Clarksburg: A federal inmate in West Virginia has been accused of assaulting a prison guard.

_PUBLIC DISTURBANCE-WEST VIRGINIA, from Morgantown: Authorities say 11 people have been charged in connection with a raucous public disturbance during a snow day near West Virginia University last month.

In Sports:

BIG 12 THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ With Kansas out of the picture for the first time in 15 years, the Big 12 title race will come down to K-State and Texas Tech.

_WEST VIRGINIA-BOLDEN, from Morgantown: West Virginia’s already thin roster has shrunk even further with the departure of guard James “Beetle” Bolden.

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