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

January 4, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

LEGISLATIVE LOOKAHEAD

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ West Virginia legislative leaders gather to discuss important topics in the upcoming session.

In Brief:

_MOTTO REMOVED, from Parkersburg: A sign pledging cooperation has been removed from a West Virginia city council’s chambers because the mayor says officials aren’t cooperating.

_BARN FIRE, from Westover: Authorities say eight horses have died in a barn fire in West Virginia.

_ DRUG OVERDOSES, from Huntington: A West Virginia county saw a more than 40 percent drop in the number of non-fatal drug overdoses last year as compared to 2017.

_SUPREME COURT ADMINISTRATOR, from Charleston: West Virginia’s Supreme Court has a new interim administrative director.

_PATIENT SATISFACTION, from Morgantown: A medical professor at West Virginia University has completed a study that suggests patients may have greater satisfaction with care after surgery through telemedicine.

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