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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 2 pm, WV

January 8, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Top Stories:

LEGISLATURE-PRIORITIES

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Leaders of the West Virginia Legislature outline their priorities for the upcoming session.

TEACHERS-POLITICS

PHOENIX _ After a campaign buoyed by a surge in teacher activism, Arizona’s new schools chief took office with a pledge to address the kind of grievances that led to school-shuttering walkouts in several states last spring.

In Brief:

_TEACHER-DRUG CHARGE, from White Sulphur Spring: A West Virginia high school teacher accused of arranging drug transactions with a student has been arrested.

_TEACHER WAGES, from Charleston: West Virginia Schools Superintendent Steve Paine says he supports a possible one-time pay incentive for teachers to improve their math education and teaching skills.

_JUDICIAL VACANCIES, from Charleston: The West Virginia Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission is taking applications for vacancies in three judicial circuits.

In Sports:

WEST VIRGINIA-HUGGINS

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. _ West Virginia coach Bob Huggins grew tired of a lack of commitment from his players during what’s gone from a promising to a lackluster season, so he sent them a message, starting a freshman walk-on in a Big 12 road game.

AP TOP 25 HEAT CHECK

UNDATED _ Clemson beat Alabama for the national championship, but can the Tigers keep the Crimson Tide from reaching another less significant milestone? Looking at the final AP Top 25 of 2018 with an eye toward 2019.

WHO’S NO 1

NEW YORK _ For the first time in a long time, a handful of teams could make an argument to be No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll.

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