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

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

POWER GENERATION

BILLINGS, Mont. _ U.S. energy officials say demand for coal to generate electricity will continue to weaken in coming months despite efforts by the Trump administration to prop up the struggling industry. The Energy Information Administration said Thursday renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and hydropower will fill much of the gap left by coal’s decline.

ELECTION 2020-‘COCAINE MITCH’

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is capitalizing on a fellow Republican’s attack by selling “Cocaine Mitch” shirts on his campaign’s website. The Kentucky lawmaker’s 2020 reelection campaign tweeted Wednesday that McConnell was closing in on one of his biggest fund-raising days of the year thanks to sales of the bright red T-shirts, which feature a faceless, dark-haired figure over the name “MITCH” with a sprinkling of cocaine. On the back, they say “TEAM MITCH” and “CARTEL MEMBER.” By Bruce Schreiner.

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In Brief:

DOCTOR ARRESTED, from CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a West Virginia doctor charged with illegally distributing prescription opioid medications.

GOVERNOR’S ADVISER-NATURAL GAS, from CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ A top adviser to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is stepping down from the board of directors of the second-largest natural gas producer in the state.

RAIL TRAIL, from CLAY, W.Va. _ A new rail trail is set to be built in West Virginia. Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that the state has signed a letter of intent to purchase land for the project.

ADDICTION TREATMENT-RATING SYSTEM, from CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ West Virginia will be part of a national pilot project to create a rating system to judge the quality of the state’s addiction treatment programs.

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