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

March 5, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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In Brief:

_MEDICAL MARIJUANA, from Charleston: The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill addressing banking services for the state’s medical marijuana program.

_WALMART LAWSUIT, from Parkersburg: A jury in West Virginia has returned a nearly $17 million verdict against Walmart after a woman was injured when staffers tried to detain a shoplifter.

_HIV CLUSTER, from Huntington: West Virginia heath officials say an active HIV cluster has been confirmed in Cabell County.

_BLACK WATER, from Helen: The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says coal dust from an abandoned mine might be what’s blackening a stream that runs through Helen.

_COPPER THEFT, from Spencer: Authorities in West Virginia are trying to find out who took thousands of dollars’ worth of copper from an American Electric Power facility.

_STATE REVENUES, from Charleston: Gov. Jim Justice says West Virginia has added $12.2 million in revenue to the state coffers last month.

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