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

February 26, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Top Stories:

ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE

RICHMOND, Va. _ Dominion Energy said Tuesday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court refused to reconsider a ruling tossing out a permit that would have allowed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail.

In Brief:

_DEPUTY SHOOTING-WEST VIRGINIA, from Spencer: A group of people is protesting outside a West Virginia courthouse after a deputy fatally shot a man last week.

_SCHOOL BOARD-CLOSED MEETING, from Wheeling: A West Virginia teacher has filed a lawsuit over a closed meeting held by the Ohio County Board of Education.

_ROAD CONDITIONS, from Kingwood: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has directed a highways agency to assess poor road conditions in a county that declared a state of emergency last year.

_OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS, from Cleveland: The federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits filed against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs is changing the lineup for the first “bellwether” trial in Cleveland.

_FIREFIGHTERS-ARSON, from Huntington: A grand jury will hear the cases of five former West Virginia volunteer firefighters accused of intentionally setting fires.

_ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTS, from Charleston: Organizations in West Virginia American Water’s service areas can apply for the company’s 2019 Environmental Grant Program awards, being offered for community-based environmental projects.

In Sports:

TCU-WEST VIRGINIA

MORGANTOWN, W Va. _ TCU tries to bolster its postseason resume when it takes on struggling West Virginia on Tuesday night.

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