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

February 9, 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. Travis Loller 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Top Stories:

DELEGATE CONTROVERSY

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ A West Virginia delegate has told a reporter he thinks “the LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.” The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Del. Eric Porterfield made the comments after calling to discuss a story on controversial earlier comments. The Mercer Republican also told the reporter the gay community is a “terrorist group.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-CARE RECIPIENT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Lewis Bailey, known to most of his friends as J.R., had made his way downstairs and turned the lights on for visitors. He’d even managed to get a warm fire going, using the wood he chopped himself a few days ago. Which is nothing short of amazing, considering he lost his vision about 17 years ago. By Maria Young.

AP Photos WVCHG401-0201191104, WVCHG404-0201191114, WVCHG403-0201191105, WVCHG402-0201191137.

EXCHANGE-RESEARCHER REINVENTS

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. _ In his time as director of the Basic Science Division of the Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems at Marshall University, Kevin Rice researched exciting, yet complicated, ideas about obesity, diabetes, aging and how our genes work, down to the nanoparticle. “When you know of how the physiological cell should work, you think this is the process — A, B, C, D, E — but when you see something that goes from A to B to F then to H, you think, ‘How did it get here to here to here without hitting these other points?’” Rice said. “Life finds a way. Even when there is dysfunction, things find a way of working themselves out.” By Taylor Stuck.

In Sports:

College Basketball

Men’s:

TEXAS-WEST VIRGINIA

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. _ Texas tries to break a five-game road losing streak when the Longhorns play at West Virginia on Saturday night. The Mountaineers have lost five of six. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

Women’s:

T25-IOWA ST-WEST VIRGINIA. Upcoming: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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