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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 1:30 pm, WV

April 15, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

RURAL BROADBAND-MAPS

UNDATED _ A $4.5 billion federal grant program to improve broadband internet access in rural America has been stymied by flawed maps, and a group of U.S. senators is pushing to make sure the government knows where help is needed the most. The Federal Communications Commission has put the program on hold as it investigates the service data submitted by carriers.

In Brief:

_MINE FIRE, from Newburg: West Virginia officials say they are trying a new method to contain an underground mine fire that’s been burning for at least three years.

_OHIO RIVER BODY, from Wheeling: Police in West Virginia say the body of a man has been found in the Ohio River.

_NEW RIVER GORGE-ROAD CONSTRUCTION, from Lansing: A road construction project will cause delays for some visitors to the New River Gorge National River in southern West Virginia.

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