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BC-WV--West Virginia News Digest 2:15 pm, WV

February 7, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TRUMP-ABORTION-STATES

UNDATED _ President Donald Trump’s call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court.

In Brief:

_EDUCATION BILL-WEST VIRGINIA, from Charleston: A public hearing is set for next week on a complex education bill in West Virginia.

_CLERGY ABUSE-WEST VIRGINIA, from Wheeling: The name of a former West Virginia Roman Catholic bishop at the center of a sexual assault investigation has been removed from a high school gymnasium.

_PRISON WARDEN RETIRING, from Bruceton Mills: The warden at a federal prison in West Virginia where Boston gangster Whitey Bulger was killed says he’s retiring at the end of next month.

_ALABAMA MAN-ABDUCTION CHARGE, from Parkersburg: Authorities say an Alabama teenager has been accused of abducting another teenager from West Virginia and driving her to South Carolina.

_SUSPICIOUS FIRES, from Huntington: Firefighters in West Virginia are investigating two more suspicious blazes in Huntington, for a total of 13 since the beginning of the year.

_ROAD REPAIRS, from Charleston: Federal funding will help repair flood-damaged roads in two West Virginia counties.

_HUNTING RESULTS, from Charleston: State wildlife officials say the number of white-tailed deer killed in West Virginia during the recently completed hunting seasons rose slightly compared to a year ago.

_TECH JOBS, from Charleston: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says a technology company plans to open an office in Charleston creating 100 jobs.

_SENSORY-FRIENDLY MOVIES, from Huntington: A movie theater in Huntington, West Virginia, is set to start hosting monthly movie screenings to accommodate those with sensory needs.

_BATTLEFIELD PRESERVATION, from Charleston: The National Park Service has awarded a $614,000 grant toward preservation of 280 acres of West Virginia farmland that was the site of a Civil War battle.

_UNIVERSITY GIFT, from Morgantown: A West Virginia University alumnus who died last year has left $2.3 million to the school.

In Sports:

BIG 12 THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ League-leading Kansas State travels to Baylor to highlight this weekend’s Big 12 action. The Wildcats vaulted into first place in the league with a 74-67 win over Kansas in Manhattan.

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