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

March 30, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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:

FLOOD RELIEF

LEWISBURG, W.Va. _ Greenbrier County commissioners are looking at options to help families who were hoping for federal money to rebuild homes lost in the 2016 flood. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-ABANDONED MINE-BATS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ More than a century after the last shift of miners and final load of coal exited a hillside portal overlooking Middlelick Branch in what is now Kanawha State Forest, work has resumed at the entrance to the long-abandoned mine. By Rick Steelhammer, Charleston Gazette-Mail. SENT: 1000 words, photos.

AP Photos WVCHG202-0322190646, WVCHG201-0322190646, WVCHG203-0322190512.

EXCHANGE-SONGWRITER-DEVELOPMENT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. _ Patricia Pagan was present at the opening of the High Level “Million Dollar Bridge” in the year 2000. Not only was she present, she also performed a song to commemorate the occasion of the revitalization of a West Virginia landmark. By Eddie Trizzino, Times West Virginian. SENT: 575 words, photos.

AP Photos WVFAI101-0325191816.

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