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    Nick Saban, football coach for the University of Alabama, has joined a group of sports figures from West Virginia who are urging Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to support the Freedom to Vote Act.Freedom to Vote Act. The proposed act aims to expand voter registration and access to voting locations while prohibiting the removal of citizens from voter rolls. The act also proposes that Election Day be deemed a federal holiday. Saban, a Fairmont, West Virginia native and longtime friend of the centrist lawmaker, signed the letter along wit former West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, former NFL All-Pro star Darryl Talley and former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. According to the group, lawmakers must "guarantee that all Americans have an equal voice in our democracy and that Federal elections are conducted with integrity so that the votes of all eligible voters determine the election outcomes." "We strongly support urgently needed legislation that will protect both the rights of voters and the integrity of outcomes in all Federal elections," the letter said, per...
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — LJ Cryer scored a career-high 25 points in his second start of the season, and No. 5 Baylor snapped a two-game losing streak with a 77-68 victory over West Virginia on Tuesday night. Baylor (16-2, 4-2 Big 12) bounced back after losing twice at home and relinquishing the No. 1 ranking. The defending national champion has won 13 straight away from home, including four consecutive true road games. Cryer started in place of Bears leading scorer James Akinjo, who sat out with a bruised tailbone sustained in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State. Matthew Mayer added 20 points for Baylor, Adam Flagler scored 14 and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua scored 10. Malik Curry scored 19 points for West Virginia (13-4, 2-3), which has lost two straight and saw its streak of 10 straight wins at home to start the season snapped. Taz Sherman added 18 points and Sean McNeil scored 17. NO. 7 KANSAS 67, OKLAHOMA 64 NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jalen Wilson scored 16 points, Christian Braun hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 10.9 seconds left, and Kansas...
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — LJ Cryer scored a career-high 25 points in his second start of the season, and No. 5 Baylor snapped a two-game losing streak with a 77-68 victory over West Virginia on Tuesday night. Baylor (16-2, 4-2 Big 12) bounced back after losing twice at home and relinquishing the No. 1 ranking. The defending national champion has won 13 straight away from home, including four consecutive true road games. Cryer, a sophomore, started in place of Bears leading scorer James Akinjo, who sat out with a bruised tailbone sustained in Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State. Freshman forward Jeremy Sochan missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle. Matthew Mayer added 20 points for Baylor, Adam Flagler scored 14 and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua scored 10. Malik Curry scored 19 points for West Virginia (13-4, 2-3), which has lost two straight and saw its streak of 10 straight wins at home to start the season snapped. Taz Sherman added 18 points and Sean McNeil scored 17. Mayer made three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt...
    By Shawna Mizelle | CNN University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and other prominent sports figures with ties to West Virginia have penned a letter to Sen. Joe Manchin, urging the West Virginia Democrat to help his party pass voting rights legislation. NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, ex-NFL player and former West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck and ex-NFL and former West Virginia football player Darryl Talley joined Saban, a West Virginia native, in voicing their support for what they called “urgently needed legislation that will protect both the rights of voters and the integrity of outcomes in all Federal elections.” The letter was also singed by former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who has no known ties to West Virginia. Democracy, they wrote, “is best when voting is open to everyone on a level playing field; the referees are neutral; and at the end of the game the final score is respected and accepted.” The letter, which was dated January 13 and released on Tuesday, comes as the Senate began debate on the House-backed voting legislation that couples...
    (CNN)University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and other prominent sports figures with ties to West Virginia have penned a letter to Sen. Joe Manchin, urging the West Virginia Democrat to help his party pass voting rights legislation.NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, ex-NFL player and former West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck and ex-NFL and former West Virginia football player Darryl Talley joined Saban, a West Virginia native, in voicing their support for what they called "urgently needed legislation that will protect both the rights of voters and the integrity of outcomes in all Federal elections." The letter was also singed by former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who has no known ties to West Virginia.Democracy, they wrote, "is best when voting is open to everyone on a level playing field; the referees are neutral; and at the end of the game the final score is respected and accepted."The letter, which was dated January 13 and released on Tuesday, comes as the Senate began debate on the House-backed voting legislation that couples key elements of the Freedom to Vote Act...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have introduced a bill to ban abortion after 15 weeks — a proposal nearly identical to the Mississippi law currently under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. As the nation waits for the court to make a decision later this year in the abortion case that could overturn its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, at least two states — West Virginia and Florida — have introduced bills mirroring Mississippi’s. Both the Florida and West Virginia bills would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks except in a medical emergency or in the case of a severe fetal abnormality. Neither would provide exceptions for victims of rape or incest. Republican Del. Ruth Rowan, lead sponsor of the West Virginia bill, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that West Virginia has an obligation to protect the unborn as “a Christian state where people care about their families and their children.” Rowan carries two wallet-sized photos around with her in the Capitol: One is of her 17-year-old grandson, a junior at the West Virginia Schools for the...
    University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and other prominent sports figures with ties to West Virginia have urged U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to support sweeping legislation to protect the right to vote. Saban was joined by NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, a fellow West Virginia native, in a Jan. 13 letter penned to the Democratic senator ahead of the Senate’s debate of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. The Senate took up the bill Tuesday. The package before the Senate would make Election Day a national holiday and require access to early voting and mail-in ballots that became overwhelmingly popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. Voting advocates nationwide have warned that Republican-led states have passed laws making it more difficult for Black Americans and others to vote by consolidating polling locations, requiring certain types of identification and ordering other changes. In the letter, the group said the principles that help ensure fair and free elections are “now under intentional and unprecedented challenge.” “We are all certain that democracy is best when voting is open to...
    A group of West Virginia sports icons have addressed a letter to Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Martin Luther King III: Biden, senators need to use same energy to pass voting rights as they did for infrastructure MORE (D-W.Va.) urging him to back voting rights legislation. The sports stars, led by NBA Hall-of-Famer Jerry West, a college star at West Virginia, said they strongly supported legislation to protect voting rights and election integrity. " “We come from some of our Nation’s most popular sports leagues, conferences and teams. Some of us have roots and shaped our lives in West Virginia, others followed very different paths and some of us have been rivals in sports or business. But we are all certain that democracy is best when voting is open to everyone on a level playing field; the referees are neutral; and at the end of the game the final score is respected and accepted,” they wrote in their letter, which was sent on...
    Some of the biggest sports stars to emerge from West Virginia are urging the state's Democratic senator, Joe Manchin, to back his party's voting rights legislation. "We strongly support urgently needed legislation that will protect both the rights of voters and the integrity of outcomes in all federal elections," read a Thursday letter signed by Jerry West (a former point guard, coach, and general manager who was later inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame and the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame), Nick Saban (a Fairmont, West Virginia, native who is now the head football coach at the University of Alabama), and football players Darryl Talley and Oliver Luck, among others. "The Freedom to Vote Act, which you sponsored with [Senate Rules and Administration] Committee Chair Senator [Amy] Klobuchar and other colleagues, effectively addressed these goals," the group added in the letter to Manchin. "Now we also support your leadership in shaping legislation to secure our democracy by protecting election integrity, principled Presidential transitions and our national security during transitions." A YEAR LATER, WHERE 10 HOUSE...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday resumed his weekly briefings on the coronavirus, six days after he tested positive for COVID-19. Justice’s return coincided with the state surpassing 20,000 confirmed cases of the virus over a one-week period for the first time. The Republican governor, 70, developed a headache and high fever and was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 11, forcing him to call off his State of the State speech to the Legislature the next day. Justice, who is fully vaccinated, received a monoclonal antibody treatment as recommended by his physician. “At my age and weight and whatever it may be, you know, I’ve always been healthy as a horse but, you know, to be perfectly honest, this could have been really, really bad,” Justice said at the briefing. People who were in close contact with Justice were notified. His wife, first lady Cathy Justice, and the governor’s office staff tested negative. “Through those first couple of days, it was really nasty stuff,” Justice said. “There’s no point in acting macho about it, …...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday resumed his weekly briefings on the coronavirus, six days after he tested positive for COVID-19. Justice’s return coincided with the state surpassing 20,000 confirmed cases of the virus over a one-week period for the first time. The Republican governor, 70, developed a headache and high fever and was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 11, forcing him to call off his State of the State speech to the Legislature the next day. Justice, who is fully vaccinated, received a monoclonal antibody treatment as recommended by his physician. “At my age and weight and whatever it may be, you know, I’ve always been healthy as a horse but, you know, to be perfectly honest, this could have been really, really bad,” Justice said at the briefing. People who were in close contact with Justice were notified. His wife, first lady Cathy Justice, and the governor’s office staff tested negative. “Through those first couple of days, it was really nasty stuff,” Justice said. “There’s no point in acting macho about it, …...
    Baylor Bears (15-2, 3-2 Big 12) at West Virginia Mountaineers (13-3, 2-2 Big 12) Morgantown, Indiana; Tuesday, 5 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: West Virginia plays the No. 1 Baylor Bears after Malik Curry scored 23 points in West Virginia’s 85-59 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks. The Mountaineers are 10-0 in home games. West Virginia is ninth in the Big 12 scoring 69.0 points while shooting 42.9% from the field. The Bears are 3-2 in conference matchups. Baylor has a 0-1 record in games decided by less than 4 points. The matchup Tuesday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams in conference play. TOP PERFORMERS: Taz Sherman averages 1.9 made 3-pointers per game for the Mountaineers, scoring 18.9 points while shooting 34.1% from beyond the arc. Sean McNeil is shooting 49.1% and averaging 10.7 points over the last 10 games for West Virginia. James Akinjo is scoring 13.9 points per game and averaging 2.6 rebounds for the Bears. Adam Flagler is averaging 1.7 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Baylor. LAST 10 GAMES: Mountaineers: 8-2,...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Aliyah Matharu scored 26 points to lead four in double figures and No. 13 Texas cruised to a 73-57 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night. Matharu was 8 of 16 from the floor and was a point shy of matching a career best. Audrey Warren added a season-high 17 points for Texas (12-3, 2-2 Big 12), which rebounded from a four-point overtime loss at home to Kansas. Rori Harmon scored 11 points, Lauren Ebo added 10 and each grabbed nine rebounds for Texas, which shot 39% (13 of 33) from the floor in the first half but 53% (9 of 17) in the second. Ja’Naiya Quinerly and Kirsten Deans scored 19 points each for West Virginia (8-6, 1-3). The Mountaineers jumped out to a 10-2 advantage, but Texas closed the first quarter on a 17-5 run and then led 39-25 at halftime. Matharu scored six points during a 10-0 surge that stretched the lead to 52-29 lead early in the third. West Virginia pulled to 64-51 with 4:24 remaining but didn’t get...
    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — David McCormack had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Jalen Wilson added 23 points and eight boards, and ninth-ranked Kansas overcame a sluggish first half to rout defensive-minded West Virginia 85-59 on Saturday. Ochai Agbaji also had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Jayhawks (14-2, 3-1), who led just 33-31 at halftime but blitzed through the second half to remain perfect against the Mountaineers (13-3, 2-2) in 10 meetings at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks piled up 23 assists, including at least a half-dozen on alley-oop dunks. They also had a big advantage on the boards, outscored the Mountaineers 54-20 in the paint and won despite shooting just nine free throws and making only five. Kansas also shut down Taz Sherman, the Big 12’s second-leading scorer at nearly 20 points a game. Sherman was 1 of 9 from the field, 0 for 5 from beyond the arc and finished with five points and two rebounds in 30 minutes. Malik Curry led West Virginia with 23 points, going 11 of 11 from the foul line. Jalen Bridges finished...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia coal miner died Friday in a fall in the state’s Northern Panhandle, Gov. Jim Justice said. The death of 44-year-old Jeffrey A. Phillips is at least the third in the U.S. coal mining industry already this year. Other deaths have occurred this month in Indiana and Kentucky, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. READ MORE: Winter Storm Warning Issued For Pittsburgh Area Tomorrow Afternoon Through MondayPhillips worked for contractor NextGen Industrial Services. The governor’s office said in a statement that Phillips fell while working above a beltline in the prep plant of an Ohio County Coal Co. mine in the Marshall County community of Benwood. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Single-Digit Wind Chills Come Ahead Of Massive Snow Storm Projected For SundayBenwood Police Chief Frank Longwell said the worker was not wearing a body harness and fell about 30 feet, The Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register reported. The mine was down for maintenance and was not operating at the time. The mine is operated by American Consolidated Natural Resources Holdings Inc. of...
    Getty Dajuan Harris looks to help Kansas win another key home game. West Virginia (13-2) seeks its first-ever win at No. 9 Kansas (13-2) on Saturday. The game (2 p.m. ET start time) will be televised on CBS. But if you don’t have cable, here are some different ways you can watch a live stream of West Virginia vs Kansas online:Note: Heavy may earn an affiliate commission if you sign up via a link on this pageAmazon PrimeAmazon Prime subscribers (Prime comes with a 30-day free trial) can watch a live stream of their local CBS station via the Prime Paramount+ channel (“Premium” plan). You can try both Amazon Prime and the Paramount+ Channel at no cost with a free trial right here: Prime Paramount+ Free Trial Once you’re signed up for the Prime Paramount+ Channel, you can watch West Virginia vs Kansas live on the Amazon Video app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two dozen members of the West Virginia National Guard are being sent to support hospital staffing efforts as COVID-19 continues to ravage the state. The National Guard said Thursday on Twitter that 25 members will assist operations at Charleston Area Medical Center next week. READ MORE: AHN Requiring Patients And Visitors To Wear N95, KN95 Or A Surgical MaskAdditional National Guard members will be trained next Tuesday. READ MORE: Woman Expected To Recover After Being Shot Early This Morning In ClairtonGov. Jim Justice on Wednesday directed leaders of his pandemic team to review and approve requests from hospitals for additional staffing support from the National Guard. Grafton City Hospital is among other facilities besides CAMC to make such a request. There were at least 861 COVID-19 patients in West Virginia hospitals on Thursday, the highest figure since early October. MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Weather: Single-Digit Wind Chills Come Ahead Of Massive Snow Storm Projected For Sunday(Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    Ed Barnette long ago realized that affordable child care and paid sick leave, among other resources, would be essential to helping West Virginians build better lives and save what’s left of the middle class. He just never expected that when America was finally on the cusp of providing these essentials, West Virginia’s Democratic senator would join pro-corporate Republicans in blocking the way. But that’s exactly what happened. In thwarting the Build Back Better legislation, Senator Joe Manchin turned his back on the working families whose support catapulted him to power in the first place. “It’s almost like he forgot where his roots are,” fumed Barnette, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5668, which represents hundreds of workers at the Constellium plant in Ravenswood, West Virginia. “He comes from a blue-collar state. When you say ‘West Virginia,’ the first thing you picture is a worker with a hard hat.” “Surely, he won’t do it,” Barnette recalled saying to himself in the days before Manchin decided to withhold his vote and block the bill. “He did, and I just thought, ‘Damn it!...
    Instead, Justice’s chief of staff, Brian Abraham, had the following message for the public: “The thing that he really wants to stress is that if he hadn’t had the vaccinations he thinks this would have been a far different outcome.” The vaccine can never lose! If someone gets the virus mildly, it’s automatically because of the vaccine, but if they get it worse, well … it still would have been worse without it, never mind the monoclonal antibodies. This is similar to what happened with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan next door. He got COVID after having received three vaccines, then relied on the monoclonal antibodies for personal treatment. Two days later, the Maryland Department of Health suspended the monoclonals, claiming they don’t work, and proceeded to shame people into getting more boosters. But if the monoclonals don’t work with real live antibodies, then most certainly the shots no longer work! Yet the vaccines are so effective that they work even when they don’t work. This is becoming like a full-fledged idolatry, or perhaps a two-tiered health system...
    (CNN)West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he was feeling better on Thursday, two days after a Covid-19 diagnosis, according to a statement from the governor's office. "Thankfully, I am feeling much better today," Justice said. "I desperately want to get out of this house and back to serving our state. I am not one to lay around."The governor continues to experience mild symptoms and his monoclonal antibody treatment was received well, the statement said."Without question, the fact that I chose to get vaccinated and boosted saved my life, that's all there is to it. So, now more than ever, I strongly encourage all West Virginians to protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated," Justice added. West Virginia governor is not doing well after testing positive for Covid-19, chief of staff saysThe 70-year-old woke Tuesday morning with congestion and a cough, eventually developing a headache and fever, according to a statement Tuesday. By late afternoon, his blood pressure and heart rate were elevated and he had a high fever.Read MoreResults from a rapid test in the morning came back negative...
    West Virginia Mountaineers (13-2, 2-1 Big 12) at Kansas Jayhawks (13-2, 2-1 Big 12) Lawrence, Kansas; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 9 Kansas hosts the West Virginia Mountaineers after Ochai Agbaji scored 22 points in Kansas’ 62-61 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones. The Jayhawks have gone 7-0 at home. Kansas leads the Big 12 with 38.3 points in the paint led by Christian Braun averaging 9.7. The Mountaineers are 2-1 in conference play. West Virginia is 11-2 against opponents over .500. The matchup Saturday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams in conference play. TOP PERFORMERS: Agbaji is shooting 53.3% and averaging 20.6 points for the Jayhawks. Braun is averaging 11.8 points over the last 10 games for Kansas. Taz Sherman is shooting 43.9% and averaging 19.9 points for the Mountaineers. Sean McNeil is averaging 1.4 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for West Virginia. LAST 10 GAMES: Jayhawks: 9-1, averaging 81.8 points, 34.3 rebounds, 16.4 assists, 7.5 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 49.3% from the field. Their opponents...
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) said he "feels much better" on Thursday after announcing two days earlier that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was feeling "extremely unwell." "Thankfully, I am feeling much better today," Justice said. "I desperately want to get out of this house and back to serving our state. I am not one to lay around. According to a press release, he said he was now experiencing mild symptoms and added that his choice to get vaccinated and boosted "saved my life." "Without question, the fact that I chose to get vaccinated and boosted saved my life, that’s all there is to it," he said. Justice also urged West Virginians to protect their families and themselves by getting vaccinated. "So, now more than ever, I strongly encourage all West Virginians to protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated," he added. It was previously reported that West Virginia first lady Cathy Justice tested negative on Tuesday evening.  "I deeply appreciate everyone’s prayers and well-wishes for my family and I this week. They mean more to Cathy and I than words...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WAYNESBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – A man is facing charges in the disappearance of a 14-year-old Greene County girl who was reported as a runaway. READ MORE: Sex Assault Charges Dropped Against Former Pittsburgh Restaurant OwnerOfficials asked for help finding Zaria Britton, who reportedly ran away from home earlier this week, Waynesburg police said. She was found Tuesday night in Lewisburg, West Virginia, about 200 miles south of Waynesburg. (Photo provided by Waynesburg police) READ MORE: Freeport Area High School Goes Remote With Half Of Student Population In QuarantineJames Jordon, the man she was with, was arrested. He’s facing multiple charges, including felony kidnapping, corruption of minors and theft, Greene County District Attorney David Russo announced Wednesday. Jordon is in custody in West Virginia, awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania. He’s also facing possible charges in West Virginia, the Greene County district attorney said. (Photo: Southern Regional Jail) MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Hospitals Nearing Capacity As COVID-19 Continues To Surge“The quick resolution of this abduction and reunification of the family is due to the diligent...
    West Virginia's governor said he feels 'extremely unwell' after testing positive for COVID-19, forcing the Republican to cancel his State of the State address scheduled for Wednesday.  Jim Justice, 70, who is vaccinated and had a booster shot, tested positive for the virus Tuesday after developing a cough and congestion. He took a rapid antigen test that came back negative, but the more thorough PCR test came back positive.  'While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I'm thankful to the Lord above that I've been vaccinated, I've been boosted, and that I have an incredible support system, especially my loving family,' the governor said in a statement on Tuesday.  'That being said, I feel extremely unwell at this point, and I have no choice but to postpone my State of the State address to the Legislature.'   The state has seen cases spike as the more mild Omicron variant spreads through the country. On January 3, West Virginia recorded almost 10,000 new cases but the number of those infected dropped to around 2,500 on January 11. The seven-day...
    When Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and his allies defend his opposition to parts of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda — including his opposition to the Build Back Better Act in its current form — they often stress that his priority is West Virginia voters, not progressives in Brooklyn or San Francisco. And to be sure, West Virginia is a deep red state that former President Donald Trump won by 39%. But some of the criticism of Manchin is coming from within his state, including coal miners who are members of the United Mine Workers of America. In the socialist People’s World, reporters Mark Gruenberg and John Wojcik explain, “Those miners in his home state are parting ways with the senator over his stubborn opposition to and sabotaging of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. It’s a significant development considering how Manchin has bent himself over backward to do everything he could do, in recent years, to boost miner pensions, health care and black lung disease mitigation programs. It is significant then that the UMWA, the very day...
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced on Tuesday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was feeling "extremely unwell." According to press release, Justice, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, got tested after experiencing a "sudden onset of symptoms." West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice tested negative on Tuesday evening. “While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I’m thankful to the Lord above that I’ve been vaccinated, I’ve been boosted, and that I have an incredible support system, especially my loving family,” Justice said in a statement. “That being said, I feel extremely unwell at this point, and I have no choice but to postpone my State of the State address to the Legislature." Justice reported waking up with a cough and congestion and later developing a headache and fever. An initial rapid test came back negative but after continuing to experience symptoms, Justice received a PCR test that confirmed he had contracted the coronavirus. Justice, 70, received a course of monoclonal antibody treatment on Tuesday evening on the recommendation of his physicians, with his age placing him...
    West Virginia's governor will not provide a "State of the State" address on Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19 and feeling "extremely unwell" the day before. Gov. Jim Justice announced the cancellation Tuesday, noting the sudden growth in symptoms and the positive tests. While Justice will not provide his address in person, he will deliver the address through a written message to the West Virginia Legislature to "satisfy constitutional requirements." "While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I'm thankful to the Lord above that I've been vaccinated, I've been boosted, and that I have an incredible support system, especially my loving family," Justice said in a press statement. OMICRON WAVE CRASHING ON CAPITOL COMPLEX Justice, 70, woke up Tuesday morning with congestion and a cough, the governor said. The symptoms later escalated, adding a headache, a fever, and elevated blood pressure to the equation. Results from a rapid test came back negative, but a PCR test came back positive, he said. The governor received a treatment of monoclonal antibodies Tuesday...
    A Republican governor is facing an uphill health battle after testing positive for COVID-19. On Tuesday, January 11, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) released a statement canceling the state's legislative address after receiving test results that confirm he'd contracted the virus. The governor awoke on Tuesday morning with multiple symptoms of illness including fever, headache cough, and congestion, according to the statement. Although the rapid test delivered negative results, the PCR test returned positive. In a matter of hours, he also began suffering from an elevated heart rate and heightened blood pressure in addition to a higher fever, per CNN. "While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I'm thankful to the Lord above that I've been vaccinated, I've been boosted, and that I have an incredible support system, especially my loving family," Justice said. Justice confirmed in the statement that he has received a dose of monoclonal antibody treatment. "I feel extremely unwell at this point, and I have no choice but to postpone my State of the State address to the Legislature," Justice...
    (CNN)West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tested positive Tuesday for Covid-19 and described feeling "extremely unwell" as he isolates at home, according to a statement. Justice, 70, awoke Tuesday morning with congestion and a cough, eventually developing a headache and fever, he said in the statement. By late afternoon, his blood pressure and heart rate were elevated and he had a high fever. Results from a rapid test in the morning came back negative but a PCR test came back positive, he said.Read More "While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I'm thankful to the Lord above that I've been vaccinated, I've been boosted, and that I have an incredible support system, especially my loving family," Justice said. The governor will be receiving a course of monoclonal antibody treatment, the statement said.West Virginia GOP governor: If youre not vaccinated, youre part of the problem "I feel extremely unwell at this point, and I have no choice but to postpone my State of the State address to the Legislature," Justice said. The speech was slated for Wednesday. A...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, his office announced. Justice said in a statement he woke up with a cough and congestion, then developed a headache and high fever. The 70-year-old governor said he initially took a rapid test for the coronavirus, which came back negative. The governor then was administered a PCR test that was positive. A test by a state laboratory confirmed the initial result and an additional test was being administered Tuesday night. Justice was experiencing moderate symptoms and was isolating at home, the Republican governor’s office said in a news release. Justice, who is fully vaccinated and received a booster shot, was scheduled to give his sixth State of the State address to the Legislature on Wednesday night. The address will now be delivered by written message to lawmakers to fulfill constitutional requirements and Justice will address them at a later date, the statement said. “For this to happen just one night before the State of the State — knowing I won’t be able to be there...
    MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — Jalen Bridges tied a career-high 22 points making all 10 of his foul shots and Gabe Osabuohien had a season-high 12 points and West Virginia pulled away from Oklahoma State for a 70-60 win on Tuesday night. Kedrian Johnson made two foul shot to give the Mountaineers a 53-37 lead with 11:32 left before Oklahoma State scored nine straight to get within seven points as Isaac Likekele scored six during the run. West Virginia responded with a 15-4 run to seal it. Taz Sherman scored 13 and Sean McNeil 12 for the Mountaineers. Buoyed by Osabuohien’s nine points off the bench in the first half, the Mountaineers (13-2, 2-1 Big 12 Conference) went on a 13-2 run and led 24-13 with 7:40 before halftime. Osabuohien threw down a dunk and muscled in a layup through multiple defenders for the and-1 for the nine-point lead. He followed that with a layup and two foul shots to cap his 9-0 outburst. In 125-career games it was only the sixth time Osabuohien reached double figures scoring. West Virginia...
    Manchin with the mineworkers in 2017, when he pretended to care about their futures. If Joe Manchin’s colleagues are losing patience with him, imagine what it’s like to be a citizen of West Virginia, counting on him to represent you. As far as Manchin is concerned, though, not all constituents were created equal. That’s become increasingly clear to the state’s mineworkers, who are finding they have much less sway with the Democratic senator than the mine owners when it comes to the Build Back Better legislation to secure their futures. The United Mine Workers issued a surprise statement last month, breaking with mine owners for the first time, well, ever on coal. The union urged Manchin “to revisit his opposition to this legislation and work with his colleagues to pass something that will help keep coal miners working, and have a meaningful impact on our members, their families, and their communities.” Here’s Manchin in Oct. 2019, when he was grandstanding in support of the mineworkers, and protecting their pensions. Note that his Democratic colleagues were there to help him.  x x YouTube Video ...
    Oklahoma State (8-5, 1-1) vs. West Virginia (12-2, 1-1) WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Big 12 foes meet as Oklahoma State faces West Virginia. Each program won at home on Saturday. West Virginia earned a 71-68 win over Kansas State, while Oklahoma State won 64-51 over Texas. BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Taz Sherman has averaged 18.9 points to lead the charge for the Mountaineers. Complementing Sherman is Sean McNeil, who is maintaining an average of 13.7 points per game. The Cowboys are led by Avery Anderson III, who is averaging 11.6 points and 2.2 steals.ACCURATE AVERY: Anderson has connected on 35 percent of the 40 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 19 over his last five games. He’s also made 70.7 percent of his free throws this season. STREAK SCORING: West Virginia has won its last nine home games, scoring an average of 69.7 points while giving up 57.6. ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Cowboys have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Mountaineers. West Virginia has 32 assists on...
    (AP) — West Virginia has hired Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to try to bolster a unit that ranked near the bottom of the Big 12 in 2021. The Mountaineers are hoping the addition of Harrell can give them a spark after going 17-18 in coach Neal Brown’s first three seasons. “Since the end of the season, I have spent time reflecting on the program, and take responsibility, knowing we have to be better offensively,” Brown said in a statement. Harrell, 36, spent the past three seasons in the same role at Southern Cal, which hired Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma as its head coach in late November. The Trojans led the Pac-12 in passing this season at 298 yards per game and were 24th nationally in total offense at 444 yards per game. Harrell also spent three seasons as offensive coordinator at North Texas. Before that he spent two seasons as a Washington State assistant under Mike Leach, his coach while he played at Texas Tech. Harrell runs a version of Leach’s Air Raid...
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Sean McNeil scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half and West Virginia rallied to defeat Kansas State 71-68 in Big 12 Conference play on Saturday. The Mountaineers, who were playing their second game since Dec. 22 because of a pause for COVID-19 health and safety protocols, trailed 18-4 early and 40-27 at halftime. West Virginia pulled even at 50 on a McNeil layup with 9:09 remaining and took it first lead on McNeil’s 3-pointer 34 seconds later. Nijel Pack answered with a 3 for the Wildcats, but Taz Sherman hit back-to-back 3-pointers and McNeil added a bucket in an 8-0 run to put the Mountaineers up 61-53 with 5:49 left. Pack hit two 3s and a basket in a 10-4 spurt to get the Wildcats within 65-63 with 2:20 remaining. Ismael Massoud’s 3-pointer with 5 seconds to go pulled the Wildcats within 69-68, but Jalen Bridges hit two free throws and Markquis Nowell missed a game-tying 3 at the buzzer. McNeil, who matched his career high, made 9 of 15 shots from...
    A member-versus-member Republican primary in West Virginia is heating up just four months ahead of the contest. West Virginia Reps. David McKinley and Alex Mooney are both competing in the 2nd Congressional District after the Mountain State lost one of its three House seats due to heavy population loss over the past decade. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Mooney, but the consolidated district, effectively covering the upper half of West Virginia, includes more areas represented by McKinley. As the May 10 Republican primary draws closer, both campaigns are getting more aggressive in their messaging. McKinley has a new ad out blasting Mooney as “lacking integrity.” CONGRESS CLOSES DAY OF EVENTS MARKING ANNIVERSARY OF JAN. 6 RIOT WITH CANDLELIGHT VIGIL The ad said Mooney was “caught concealing almost $50,000 for personal use now under federal investigation,” including “$1,900 at Chick-fil-A" and "$6,100 on luxury travel to a theme park in California,” which McKinley's campaign said violates federal law. “Forbes called Mooney the ‘portrait of a political prostitute,’” the ad continued, noting that...
    After the January 6, 2021 insurrection, some pundits were predicting the death of the MAGA movement. But that didn’t happen; the GOP has only grown more extreme, more Trumpified and more authoritarian, declaring that even arch-conservative Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming isn’t right-wing enough. President Joe Biden, meanwhile, continues to suffer from weak approval ratings, and Republicans have a very good chance of recapturing both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in the 2022 midterms. Liam Kerr, in an article published by the conservative website The Bulwark on January 7, argues that after the Capitol insurrection, Democrats had a golden opportunity to seriously crush the MAGA movement — and they blew it. Kerr is a co-founder of The Welcome Party, an organization that believes an alliance of independents, centrist Democrats, swing voters and Never Trump conservatives is the key to defeating Trumpist extremism. “It’s hard to overstate just how significant an opportunity January 6 initially represented for Democrats,” Kerr writes. “Donald Trump’s anti-democratic movement had, in violent and grotesque fashion, paraded its true colors in front of...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday he will ask the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for permission to offer a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccines to residents 50 and older as well as to essential workers. At a news conference, Justice pointed to Israel, which last month became one of the first countries to approve a fourth vaccine dose for people most vulnerable to COVID-19 as it braced for a wave of infections fueled by the omicron variant. READ MORE: Anne Arundel County Braces For Round Two Of Winter Weather After A Hard Hit Monday“We’ve got to do something,” Justice said. “Either we sit back and just let our people die and we sit back and let our hospitals be overrun, or we try. If the CDC comes back and says no we can’t do this now, and then there’s enough governors that go together, we’ll sure go with them. And then we may get across the finish line that way.” Justice, a Republican, would be among the first state leaders to ask the CDC for...
    West Virginia has become the first state in the nation to request federal permission to administer a fourth vaccine dose, or second booster shot, of the COVID-19 vaccine.  West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) in a Thursday letter to President BidenJoe BidenBiden hopes for big jobs number on Friday Jan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent Equilibrium/Sustainability — Climate, democracy emergencies indivisible  MORE requested that the president direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to authorize a second booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine for West Virginians over the age of 50 and essential workers who are three months or more out from their third shot. The request was based on recommendations by West Virginia’s COVID-19 response team, according to a press release from Justice’s office.  “Just like West Virginia has led the nation time and again throughout this pandemic, Israel has led the world. And, right now, Israel is offering a fourth dose to an even bigger population — people who are four months out from their Pfizer or Moderna booster shots. What we want...
    West Virginia broke its record for highest daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday as omicron continues to hit states around the country. The state’s Department of Health reported 3,345 cases, almost a week after breaking the record last Friday at 2,585 cases.  The positivity rate from states stands at 17.36 percent, and 758 people who tested positive are in the hospital.  Hospitalizations are overwhelmingly from those who are unvaccinated, at 78.1 percent.  The omicron variant has caused a record number of cases in the U.S. and around the world.  Other states such as New York and Florida have broken daily COVID-19 case records multiple times recently.  The World Health Organization reported there was a weekly record jump in COVID-19 cases this past week.  The uptick is caused by the omicron variant which is far more contagious than previous strains but less deadly.  Throughout the pandemic, West Virginia has recorded more than 347,000 cases and more than 5,300 deaths. Tags West Virginia SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant
              by Andrew Trunsky   As millions of families across the country grapple with the fact that the expanded child tax credit could lapse for months, if not permanently, those in few states stand to hurt more than those in West Virginia. The monthly credit, amounting to as much as $300 per child, has been a lifeline to many across the state, which ranks 49th out of 50 in average income. The expansion, adopted in March as part of the coronavirus relief package, has especially helped those earning the lowest, many of whom were once partially or completely excluded from receiving it because their incomes were too low to qualify. West Virginia had already struggled as coal mining declined and drug overdose deaths rose, but after being decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, economic recession that resulted and subsequent inflation as the state recovered, residents said that the expanded payments provided a sense of financial security when so much seemed uncertain. “The child tax credit enabled me to pay my rent,” said Johnny Walls, an on-site technician in West Virginia who was forced to quit his job...
    The political nonprofit organization aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is spending $1 million in West Virginia to encourage Sen. Joe Manchin to resist pressure from Democratic leaders to dismantle the filibuster. The advertisements from One Nation are running statewide on television, radio, and digital platforms as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats squeeze Manchin to walk back his commitment to preserve the 60-vote threshold for clearing legislation through the Senate. The Democrats are leaning on Manchin in a bid to pass a major overhaul of federal election law, with the bill having zero chance under current Senate rules because Republicans are unanimously opposed. “West Virginians know Senator Manchin as a man of his word who will stand up to Chuck Schumer and the D.C. liberals who want to dictate West Virginia’s election laws and take away our freedom,” said One Nation President Steven Law in a statement on Wednesday. One Nation is affiliated with Senate Leadership Fund, the McConnell-aligned super PAC. BYRON YORK'S DAILY MEMO: HOUSE DEMOCRATS HEAD FOR THE EXITS In the new ad from One Nation,...
    As millions of families across the country grapple with the fact that the expanded child tax credit could lapse for months, if not permanently, those in few states stand to hurt more than those in West Virginia. The monthly credit, as much as $300 per child, has been a lifeline to many across the state. It has especially helped those earning the lowest, many of whom were once partially or completely excluded from receiving it because their incomes were too low to qualify. “The child tax credit enabled me to pay my rent,” said Johnny Walls, a technician in West Virginia who was forced to quit his job when his partner was no longer able to care for his son. “I knew that no matter what, my son and I had a roof over our heads.” Now, any chance at the expanded credit’s return could be tied to a stricter work requirement, which experts say could place additional burdens on West Virginians. “It would have a really negative effect,” said Jim McKay, a West Virginian who helps lead the...
    A West Virginia educator and onetime Elementary School Counselor of the Year who was indicted on child pornography charges in December had been communicating with several young children who attended the school where he worked, a federal search warrant obtained by The Daily Beast reveals. Todd Roatsey, 42, chatted with the kids while posing as a fictitious teenage boy named “CDaily,” according to the warrant. The disturbing new window into Roatsey’s alleged activities answers one of the biggest questions surrounding the charges when they emerged this fall. “A review of [Roatsey’s] phone…revealed multiple screen recordings of Snapchat conversations with minors, some of whom have been identified by law enforcement as students who attended or were attending Pinch Elementary School, where Roatsey was employed as the school counselor,” the filing states. “These recordings were made starting in January 2020 and proceeding through late summer/early fall of 2020.” At least two of the kids, neither of whom has yet been identified by authorities, “sent videos of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct at Roatsey’s direction,” the warrant continues. Others—some as young...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials are warning residents to ignore spam text messages concerning their COVID-19 vaccine status. The Department of Health and Human Resources said it has received reports of people receiving messages asking them to validate their driver’s license through the Division of Motor Vehicles in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. READ MORE: 15% Of Flights Canceled At Pittsburgh International Airport, Stranding Holiday TravelersThe DHHR said in a statement that it has generated no such message, which should be immediately deleted. The statement said residents shouldn’t click on the link provided in the text message. READ MORE: Coronavirus-Related Staffing Shortages Lead To 17 Pittsburgh Public Schools Moving To Online LearningThe health agency said it never asks for personal information by way of a text message. MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania's Elections In 2022 Most Significant In 3 Generations(Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    The daughter of 7th Baron Sackville has shown a rare glimpse inside the living quarters of Knole house - the 567-year-old Archbishop's palace in Kent that Henry VIII once owned and used as a hunting ground. Edie Sackville West, 18, shared a video of her family to TikTok, showing them eating at an extended dining table covered in portraits. The student, who studies at Vanderbilt University in the US,  is the daughter Robert Sackville-West, 7th Baron Sackville, the guardian of Knole house and his wife Margot MacAndrew. In a clip that's been viewed more than two million times, Edie films herself at the end of a grand dining table before panning on all her family. @ediesackvillewest high tensions rn ???????? #fyp #succession #foryou ♬ Succession Main Theme (From " Succession") - Geek Music All dressed casually in jeans and jumpers, in a scene parodying hit TV show Succession, she jokes: 'pretending the whole family is gathered to discuss whose portrait will be added next'. Around the table is dozens of oil portraits of former occupants of the house -...
    Election returns from 2020 show waves of deep red in Oklahoma and West Virginia — both states in which President Donald Trump won every county. But look a bit deeper, and several purple shoots emerge in places where growing Democratic strength could make the states more competitive for the party down the line. It's an inverse picture in a long-Democratic county in blue California that backed the September 2021 effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. As well as across the country, in a coastal New Jersey county that traditionally voted for Democrats but in 2021 backed the Republican gubernatorial candidate. The move toward Republicans in those places signals growing GOP strength in states Democrats have long taken for granted. Combined, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma and Monongalia County, West Virginia on one hand, and Lake County, California and Atlantic County, New Jersey, offer a glimpse into the changing nature of American politics. Shifting demographics, with residents moving in and out due to job opportunities, costs of living, and a variety of other factors, reinforce the maxim that American politics is never...
    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Ashley Joens poured in 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 14 Iowa State rolled to an 88-72 victory over West Virginia on Sunday in a Big 12 Conference opener. Joens buried 9 of 16 shots from the floor and 9 of 9 at the free-throw line for the Cyclones (12-1), who have won five straight games. It was Joens seventh double-double of the season and the 38th of her career. Emily Ryan finished with 10 points and a personal best 16 assists for her second straight double-double for Iowa State. Ryan’s assist total matched the school record set by Lyndsey Medders in 2005 against IPFW. Beatriz Jordão and Lexi Donarski scored 14 apiece. Morgan Kane added 10 points off the bench. The Cyclones hit four 3-pointers and led 22-10 after one quarter. Kane scored six in the second quarter as Iowa State took a 48-30 lead into intermission and never looked back. Kirsten Deans scored 17 points to top the Mountaineers (7-4), but she made just 4 of 16 shots including 1 of...