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AP-WV--West Virginia News Digest 1:40 pm, WV

June 14, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. If circumstances change before 6 p.m., a new digest will be sent reflecting those developments.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The head of the West Virginia Department of Commerce has been forced out after a rash of complaints about poor management and residents receiving no help from a housing assistance program for 2016 flood victims.

In Brief:

—HEPATITIS OUTBREAK, from Charleston: Health officials in West Virginia say two more food service workers have been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

—CLEAN AIR-MARYLAND LAWSUIT, from Baltimore: A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to Maryland’s request for a declaration that power plants in five upwind states are contributing to Maryland’s air quality problems.

—PARKWAYS EMBEZZLEMENT, from Charleston: A former messenger for the West Virginia Parkways Authority has pleaded guilty to stealing $41,000 in cash.

—MISTAKEN INMATE RELEASE, from Barboursville: A jail in West Virginia wrongly released an inmate serving time for sex abuse charges due to lost paperwork.

—DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT, from Huntington: CSX Transportation in West Virginia and the federal government have settled a lawsuit that accused CSX of discriminatory hiring practices for $3.2 million.

—UNIVERSITY LOGO, from Fairmont: A West Virginia university has released a new logo and says it will eventually replace dozens of different logos used across its campus.


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