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News Minute: Here is the latest West Virginia news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Candidates in West Virginia's May 8th primary are hoping for the chance to earn their party's nominations for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House or the Legislature. Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin faces a primary challenge from Paula Jean Swearengin. The Republican Senate primary has six candidates, including 3rd District Congressman Evan Jenkins, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and convicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

IVYDALE, W.Va. (AP) - A disaster response group says it has completed its 50th private bridge in West Virginia as part of a rebuilding project after severe flooding in recent years. The West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, and its partners celebrated the milestone Thursday in the Clay County community of Ivydale. The organization says the dedication was for a family whose access bridge was destroyed in June 2016. The wooden bridges are for families who can't replace them on their own.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A task force subcommittee has chosen 22 locations across West Virginia to hold public hearings on an insurance program for West Virginia teachers and other public employees. A public outreach subcommittee of the Public Employees Insurance Agency task force met Thursday in Charleston. It chose the communities for the meetings later this spring, and the staff of the governor's office would schedule dates and meeting places.

FORT POLK, La. (AP) - The U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the killing of an 18-year-old soldier at Fort Polk in Louisiana. News outlets report Private Jacob S. Malcolm of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was fatally shot on April 12 in a residence at the base. Spokeswoman Kim Reischling says the gunshot wound was not self-inflicted. The American Free Press reports that Malcolm was pronounced dead last Thursday by the Vernon Parish deputy coroner.

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