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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -

West Virginia lawmakers have approved a bill to provide college scholarships for the children of all West Virginia law enforcement killed in the line of duty.

A measure passed April 13 expands a program that provides such aid to the children of slain state troopers.

In addition to other benefits, such children are currently entitled to $7,500 to go toward tuition at state colleges or vocational schools. The legislation would also increase scholarships to $7,500 for every year of college.

The bill would apply to the families of State Police Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey and Trooper Eric Michael Workman. They were murdered in August following a traffic stop in the Clay County area.

The House expanded the measure's scope. The Senate approved that change before the legislative session ended April 13.

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