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AP-WV--West Virginia News Coverage Advisory 9 am, WV

November 29, 2018

Good morning! 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. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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Top Stories:

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

The long-running federal court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation’s opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born to addicts? Attorneys representing the children and their guardians want their claims separated from the federal case in Cleveland that involves hundreds of local governments and other entities such as hospitals. They will argue that Thursday before a federal judicial panel in New York. By Geoff Mulvihill.

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COAL TAX-BLACK LUNG

Former coal miners suffering from black lung disease are traveling to Washington to urge lawmakers to extend a fee paid by coal companies that contributes to a disability fund for black lung sufferers. The fee is scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Black lung patients and advocates will speak at a teleconference on their progress on Thursday morning.

In Brief:

LGBTQ DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE, from BECKLEY, W.Va. — The West Virginia University-Institute of Technology in Beckley has announced its support for Mayor Rob Rappold’s request to add protections for LGBTQ people to the city’s code.

COMPUTER SCIENCE, from MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Residents of one West Virginia city can participate in a computer coding event this week.

PHYSICIANS-KICKBACK SCHEME, from WHEELING, W.Va. — A federal prosecutor in West Virginia says four physicians have agreed to pay more than $1.5 million to the government for their roles in a kickback scheme.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY-AIDE SENTENCED, from PHILADELPHIA — The former campaign manager for a former Philadelphia district attorney convicted of taking bribes will also be heading to prison.

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