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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 1:36 pm, WV

May 1, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

FLOOD RECOVERY-INVESTIGATION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Federal prosecutors are investigating the use of federal disaster relief funds given to West Virginia after a deadly flood in 2016.

In Brief:

_DNR OFFICIAL-ASSAULT, from Charleston: The director of West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resources is no longer charged with assaulting his ex-wife at her Florida home.

_DISASTER DECLARATION-WVa, from Charleston: Farmers in two dozen counties in West Virginia are eligible to apply for emergency loans from flooding caused by hurricanes Florence and Michael last year.

_FEDERAL GRANTS-REPAYMENT, from Charleston: A West Virginia legislative agency has to repay more than $1 million in federal grants after an audit found errors in the applications.

_AUDIT-UNKNOWN GUNS, from Charleston: A legislative audit has found that the government of West Virginia doesn’t know exactly how many guns it has.

_HEMP APPLICATIONS, from Charleston: West Virginia agriculture officials say the number of farmers planning to grow hemp and the amount of land they propose to use continues to climb.

_DOCTOR-DRUG CHARGES, from Wheeling: A West Virginia doctor has been convicted in federal court on drug distribution charges.

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