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AP-WV--West Virginia News Digest, WV

November 24, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — “Karate made her feel strong, powerful and independent. Everyone thought that since she had a visual impairment, she would be unable to defend herself. That she always depended on someone to get her out of a situation. She was going to get her black belt to show everyone that she could do it and that she could do anything like everyone else.” Thus begins Bethany Furrow’s novel, “Beating the Odds.” It is the story of Lucy, a visually impaired 15-year-old girl who aspires to become a black belt in karate and compete in a national martial-arts tournament. Lucy’s experience is based largely in part on that of its author’s. An AP Member Exchange.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Going from the battlefield to the boardroom, many West Virginian veterans have followed their entrepreneurial dreams. The U.S. Small Business Administration classifies two different types of veteran owned businesses; standard veteran owned and service disabled veteran owned. West Virginia Small Business Administration Deputy District Director George Murray said distinctions are important for several reasons. An AP Member Exchange.

In Brief:

—SUPREME COURT-WEST VIRGINIA, from Charleston: A judge is letting a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice visit relatives in North Carolina before his federal sentencing on Jan. 30. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver’s order requires former Justice Menis Ketchum to get his probation officer’s permission before each trip.

—INMATE ESCAPE-GUILTY PLEA, from Charleston: An inmate has pleaded guilty to escaping from a federal prison camp in West Virginia over the summer. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart’s office announced this week that 51-year-old Cheryl McGrath entered the plea in her escape from the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson.

In Sports:

College Basketball:



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia (2-2) plays the first of three straight games at home by hosting Valparaiso (3-2) on Saturday. By John Lowe. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.



UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 4:15 p.m.

College Football:


No. 6 Oklahoma has been scoffed at for handing points and yards to opponents like presents, and it wasn’t any different against No. 12 West Virginia. Yet a couple of defensive gems now have the Sooners playing for their fourth straight Big 12 championship. Oklahoma scored two defensive touchdowns to support another brilliant performance by Kyler Murray and the Sooners beat No. 12 West Virginia 59-56 Friday night to earn a spot in next week’s title game. With AP Photos.


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