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Articles from January 8, 2016

$353M BUDGET DEFICIT ; Manchin Unsure If Tax Cuts Were Right Move for W.Va
With West Virginia facing a $353 million budget shortfall, and with the benefit of hindsight, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he's not sure if the business tax cuts he pushed through as governor were a good idea or not. "I don't know if you say they're...
'A Beautiful Start' ; Newest West Virginians Welcome New Beginning
As more and more Americans were publicly turning against her religion in recent months, Noura Akkad was turning to it. Akkad and her husband, Dr. Alaa Mousattat, had worked toward American citizenship for years. They were supposed to become citizens together.On...
Affordable Care Act Is Helping West Virginians ; Column about the Future of Health Care Missed Some Points
Dr. Stephen Parente makes some good points in his Dec. 31, 2015 commentary on West Virginias Affordable Care Act future published in the Daily Mail Opinion page. But he misstates or he misses many other points. Dr. Parente and I agree that health care...
Alleged Get-Away Driver Charged in New Year's Slaying
The man who allegedly drove the get-away vehicle was charged with murder for his role in the New Year's Day shooting in Charleston. Sean Paul Burdette, 23, of Charleston, was charged with first degree murder and being an accessory before and after the...
A White Man Can't Catch a Break
He brought his rifle up at the sound of footsteps crunching the Oregon snow. "Who goes there? Stop and be recognized." A weary voice answered out of the darkness. "It's me, Sam. It's Bud.""Give me the password.""Come on, Sam. Stop foolin' around.""The...
Baby Boomers Concerned about Self-Driving Cars
Nancy Buchanan has no intention of ever buying another car. At age 69, she plans to switch to public transit or a ride-hailing service once her 2010 Honda Fit wears out or she becomes too frail to drive - whichever comes first. One thing she isn't likely...
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME ; Griffey's Hometown Holds Impressive Baseball Legacy
It's a most unlikely story, that two Baseball Hall of Famers should be born exactly 49 years apart in the same tiny mill town on the Monongahela River, but the story of Donora, Pa., the self- proclaimed "home of champions," always was hard to fathom....
BECKLEY ; Doctor Admits to Fraud, Illegal Prescription Charges
A Beckley-based nephrologist admitted in federal court on Thursday that he would still prescribe hydrocodone to his patients after they had tested positive for illegal drugs and medications they were not prescribed. Dr. Jose Jorge Abbud Gordinho, 67, pleaded...
Blaze Destroys S.C. Pub ; Mojo's Sports Bar Torn Down to Save Adjacent Buildings
On Thursday morning, when Randy Atkins left Mojo's, the downtown South Charleston sports bar he has owned and managed for the past five years, everything seemed normal. By the time he drove to his Nitro home, he'd learned that his world had turned upside...
BOYS BASKETBALL - CAPITAL ; 76, SOUTH CHARLESTON; 52; Rogers, Cougars Rout No. 2 SC
If there was any doubt Capital could again be a major player in Class AAA this season, it lasted all of about one quarter Thursday evening. Leondre Rogers poured in 26 points with four assists and the Cougars nearly got double-doubles from all three...
Citizens Must Participate to Protect Water
Two years ago, in the aftermath of the Freedom Industries chemical leak, people rose up. In huge numbers, they crowded meetings and hearings, wrote letters, and raised their voices for reforms. They demanded change. And they got it. Above-ground storage...
Clear for Take-Off ; Clay Center Season Features Alt-Rock, Country, Comedy; Opens Dance Floor for Hip-Hop Soul
Wilco fans who failed to get tickets for the band's upcoming sold- out Mountain Stage appearance have a second chance to see the alt- rock band. The Illinois-based group, which helped the Feb. 14 radio show sell out in less than a day, is one of the...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ; Boeheim Suspension Wasn't Easy at Home, Wife Says
Jim Boeheim's nine-game suspension is officially over, but the consequences linger for the longtime Syracuse coach and his family. Like clockwork, the 71-year-old Boeheim met with his team at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center just after the stroke...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ; Calipari Must Be Mr. Fix-It with This UK Team COMMENTARY
LEXINGTON, Ky. - After 14 games, a decent sample size, it's obvious this 2015-16 Kentucky basketball team is thus far defined by its shortcomings. The flaws were exposed Tuesday night in Baton Rouge as the Cats were hammered 85-67 by an LSU team that...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL - MARSHALL ; 90, FLORIDA ATLANTIC; 67; Taylor Leads Herd Romp; Finishes with 21 Points, 11 Rebounds vs. Owls
HUNTINGTON - Marshall enjoyed an expected easy time Thursday night in its 90-67 win over Florida Atlantic, but there were some bumpy spots. More often than not, Ryan Taylor tamped down those bumps with authority.Take the time when the Owls, perhaps...
ELK RIVER CHEMICAL LEAK ; Report Promotes Public Takeover of Water System
INSIDE: Commentary 4AAs Saturday's second anniversary of the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill approaches, citizen groups are releasing a report to promote their proposal for a public takeover of the West Virginia American Water Co. regional drinking...
Ethics Deal OK'd for Ex-Boone Ambulance Authority Director
Ethics Commission members have approved two conciliation agreements for violations of the state Ethics Act, including a $5,000 fine and public reprimand for the former executive director of the Boone County Ambulance Authority, who illegally obtained...
Fight Schedule
SaturdayAt Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, Vincent Feigenbutz vs. Giovanni De Carolis, 12, for the interim WBA World super middleweight title. Jan. 12At Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio (FS1), Miguel Flores vs. Mario Briones, 10, featherweights.Jan. 16At...
Freezing Rain Advisory through 11 A.M
Rain is falling as freezing rain this morning across most of the Viewing Area, resulting in extremely icy driving conditions. Drivers are urged to stay off roads if possible until road temperatures rise above freezing, which should occur by 11 AM. The...
Hidden State Gem Coming to Valley
If you need a reason to get out of the house, I have one for you.His name is Matt.Matt Bingaya, to be specific.You probably haven't heard of him. But on Wednesday night I asked West Liberty basketball coach Jim Crutchfield about this Matt, a Fairmont...
Justice Leaves Concord for FAU Position ; AREA ROUNDUP
Concord University head football coach Garin Justice has accepted the offensive line coaching position at Florida Atlantic University on Charlie Partridge's staff. Justice departs Concord after posting a record of 40-17 in five seasons with the Mountain...
KANAWHA COUNTY COMMISSION ; No Legal Fight over WVU Tech Relocation
Agreeing to a number of trade-offs with West Virginia University, Kanawha County commissioners on Thursday voted not to file or support lawsuits that would block the relocation of the school's Institute of Technology to Beckley. During their monthly...
Men's Basketball
Big 12 ConferenceW L Pct. W L Pct.West Virginia 2 0 1.00 13 1 .929Kansas 2 0 1.00 13 1 .929Oklahoma 1 1 .500 12 1 .923Texas Tech 1 1 .500 11 2 .846Baylor 1 1 .500 11 3 .786Texas 1 1 .500 9 5 .643Okla. State 1 1 .500 9 5 .643Iowa State 1 1 500 12 2 .857Kansas...
Mild Flu Season May Help Health Insurers
A warm winter is helping create the slowest start to the U.S. flu season in five years, during what is typically a dangerous time of year for the elderly and costly for health insurers. The flu virus thrives in a dry, cold environment. It badly hurt...
Miners Trapped in New York Salt Mine Are Rescued after 10 Hours
LANSING, N.Y. - Seventeen miners trapped in one of the world's deepest salt mines were rescued Thursday morning, ending a 10-hour ordeal that began when their elevator broke down 900 feet underground. The workers were descending to the floor of the...
Nate Burton Excited for Opportunity as West Virginia State's Interim AD
Nate Burton remembers walking into the Civic Center to watch the West Virginia Conference basketball tournament as a child. He remembers playing baseball as a youth in front of longtime West Virginia State baseball coach Cal Bailey. Now Burton sits...
National Hockey League
EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic DivisionGP W L OT Pts GF GAFlorida 41 25 12 4 54 114 88Montreal 42 23 16 3 49 121 104Detroit 40 20 13 7 47 101 106Boston 38 20 14 4 44 118 105Ottawa 41 19 16 6 44 116 123Tampa Bay 40 19 17 4 42 101 98Toronto 38 16 15 7 39 103...
NATURAL GAS DRILLING ; EPA Science Panel Faults Agency Study
A panel of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency science advisers is strongly criticizing last year's much-cited EPA report that agency officials had tried to tout as finding that the nation's natural gas drilling and production boom had not led to "widespread, systematic...
Netflix Expands into Countries Worldwide in Surprise Move
SAN FRANCISCO - Netflix has already crossed off the biggest item on its New Year's list of resolutions. The Internet video service debuted in 130 countries Wednesday in a surprise move likely to reel in millions of new subscribers. CEO Reed Hastings...
New Diet Guidelines: Lean Meat OK, but Watch Added Sugars
WASHINGTON - Some Americans may not have to cut back on eggs and salt as much as they once thought. And eating lean meat is still OK. But watch the added sugars - especially the sugary drinks. The Obama administration's new dietary guidelines, released...
New Jobs to Be Created in Gun-Control Plan
President Barack Obama's executive actions to combat gun violence call for an expanded role for the federal government, with hundreds of new federal law enforcement staff members and oversight by several agencies. The FBI is expected to hire more than...
NFL PLAYOFFS ; Breaking Down the Contenders; Every Team Has Flaws, Reason for Hope
Each of the NFL teams still standing has reason to believe confetti, a nice parade and some really big rings are headed their way. Each also knows the locker room clean-out could come this month. Carolina didn't make it to the playoffs perfect, and...
NFL PLAYOFFS ; Broncos Not First Team to Face QB Quandary in Postseason
DENVER - Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler?Well, the Broncos settled on Manning.Certainly, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak could've justified placing either quarterback in the starting lineup. And if Denver loses next Sunday, then certainly, Kubiak's choice...
NFL PLAYOFFS ; Steelers Prepping to Roll with Backup RBs
PITTSBURGH - Fitzgerald Toussaint stood at his locker on Thursday afternoon, a black hoodie pulled tight over his head. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin saw the young running back basking in the glow of the TV lights and jokingly wondered aloud...
Obama's Gun Proposals May Fall Short
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's proposals to tighten gun control rules may not accomplish his goal of keeping guns out of the hands of would-be criminals and those who aren't legally allowed to buy a weapon. In short, that's because the conditions...
Obama Stars as the Showman-in-Chief ; President's Pitch for Gun Control Ignores Reality
Those who have been marveling at Donald Trumps political showmanship were given a reminder of who is the top showman of them all, when President Barack Obama went on television to make a pitch for his unilateral actions to restrict gun sales and make...
Obama Tears into NRA at Town Hall Event
FAIRFAX, Va. - President Barack Obama tore into the National Rifle Association on Thursday as he sought support for his actions on gun control, accusing the powerful lobby group of peddling an "imaginary fiction" that he said has distorted the national...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayAdkins, Ann M. Beard, W. Sherman Browning, Joe M. Burdette, G.W. Cottrill, Raymond L. Dennis, Helen V. Dillon, John Fraley, Paul R. Grossmann, Jason C. Haynes, Edward A. Highlander, Earnie R. Jaynes, Sandra A. Lipps, Peggy S. Lovely,...
Our Views ; Cautious and Thoughtful Budget Decisions Needed; Declining State Tax Revenues Call for Long-Term Strategies
Everyone knew the states revenue situation was already tight, but the announcement by Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss Wednesday was even worse than expected: The Department of Revenue is now projecting the Mountain State will finish the 2015-2016 budget...
Our Views ; with Tech Gone, Montgomery Can Chart a New Course; Montgomery Is at a Crossroads, but Now Can Define Its Own Destiny
The Upper Kanawha Valley town of Montgomery will surely undergo a change next year when West Virginia University Institute of Technology relocates to Beckley. WVU president E. Gordon Gee and Carolyn Long, who heads WVU-Tech, announced last year the...
Pat Harrington, Jr., a Hit Sitcom's Cocky Handyman, Dies
NEW YORK - Pat Harrington, Jr., an actor and comedian who in the 1950s got attention as a member of Steve Allen's fabled TV comic troupe but secured lasting fame decades later as Dwayne Schneider, the cocky handyman on the long-running sitcom "One Day...
Prep Basketball
HIGH SCHOOLBoysThursday's state scoresCapital 76, South Charleston 52Fayetteville 54, Nicholas County 51Frankfort 62, Berkeley Springs 45George Washington 68, Nitro 61Huntington 79, Ripley 59Mountain State Christian 101, Darrin Christian Academy 55Parkersburg...
PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP ; GW Boys Sink 17 3s, Down Nitro
George Washington hit 17 field goals from 3-point range Thursday night in picking up an 88-61 victory over visiting Nitro in boys basketball. Ben Arthur hit seven 3-pointers on his way to a game- high 23 points and Bunky Brown hit five treys and scored...
Prep Schedule
Boys basketball(All games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)Today - Charleston Catholic at Buffalo; Hannan at Herbert Hoover; Poca at Chapmanville; Scott at Sherman; Valley at Greenbrier West; Princeton at Logan; Roane County at South Harrison; Braxton County at...
PREP WRESTLING ; St. Albans Wrestlers Making Presence Felt throughout State
St. Albans has been a wrestling program on the rise over the past couple of seasons, and on Thursday it continued its rapid rise up the wvmat.com Class AAA team rankings. The Red Dragons were No. 7 in the first poll released on Dec. 2, moved up to No....
READERS' Vent
Charleston already has the most restrictive gun laws in West Virginia. Do you think the out-of-state drug dealing gangs care about not violating yet another law? Stop vilifying illegal gun owners and blame those doing illegal acts for their criminal behavior....
SMU Rallies to Defeat Cincinnati 59-57 ; TOP 25 CAPSULES
DALLAS - No. 15 SMU is short-handed and still undefeated after a gutsy comeback. "After that game, I just couldn't believe what I just witnessed, Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown said. "Still don't know what I just saw.Jordan Tolbert tipped in Nic Moore's...
South Charleston Fire Dept. Praised for Its Handling of Fire
South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens, City Manager Rick Atkinson and police Chief Brad Rinehart praised the city's fire department for its work on the fire that destroyed Mojo's sports bar Thursday morning. "I want to tell you how proud I am of the...
SPORTS Briefs
Griffey goes to Hall with Mariners cap; Piazza a MetNEW YORK - Ken Griffey Jr. will go into the Hall of Fame with a Seattle Mariners' cap and Mike Piazza will have a New York Mets' hat. The pair made their announcements at a news conference Thursday,...
'Star Wars' Monopoly to Include Rey after Girl Complains
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The "Star Wars" version of Monopoly will add a game piece based on the female character Rey after an 8-year-old girl wrote to game maker Hasbro complaining about the omission and telling them: "Girls matter. Carrie Goldman, of Evanston,...
STATE Briefs
Cross Lanes I-64E exits to close SundayInterstate 64 exits 47A and 47B eastbound will be closed beginning 8 a.m. Sunday to allow Appalachian Power crews to perform maintenance work at the intersection of Lakeview and Jain drives in Cross Lanes. Traffic...
Success ; Affordable Care Act
The national health insurance reform spearheaded by President Obama is a success. Around 16 million Americans have gained medical coverage. Spiraling costs, once out of control, are being curbed. The ratio of uninsured families is falling dramatically....
Survey: US Progress on Health Insurance Stalled in 2015
WASHINGTON - Going into President Barack Obama's last year in office, progress has stalled on reducing the number of uninsured Americans under his signature health care law, according to a major survey out Thursday. The share of U.S. adults without...
Trooper Case 'Not Justice,' Bland's Mother Says
CHICAGO - A video showing a white Texas state trooper shouting "I will light you up" while pulling a black woman from her car brought national outrage, troubling the woman's family, the trooper's boss and, perhaps, even a grand jury. But as Sandra Bland's...
Women's Basketball
Thursday's national scoresEASTBowie St. 66, St. Augustine's 49Iona 69, Marist 49Michigan St. 71, Penn St. 55Navy 67, Boston U. 56Rutgers 61, Wisconsin 41St. Bonaventure 55, Fordham 41Susquehanna 65, Scranton 51SOUTHAustin Peay 61, Jacksonville St. 59Campbellsville...
WVU BASKETBALL ; FILLING IN THE BLANKS; Kansas Coach Self Credits Huggins for Making Most of Mountaineer Depth
MORGANTOWN - West Virginia closed the regular season last year with back-to-back games against Oklahoma State and Kansas and did so without perhaps their two most valuable players. Point guard Juwan Staten was injured against Texas and missed the last...
WVU Police Now Primary Law Enforcement for Greek Houses
As part of a new agreement with the city of Morgantown, West Virginia University police will now be first responders in an area with many of the school's fraternity and sorority houses. The agreement, announced Tuesday during a Morgantown City Council meeting,...
Young West Virginia Artists 'Emerge' ; Work of Students, Recent Grads Go on Display
For Niesha Shafer and Hannah Watters, having their artwork included in the Tamarack Artisan Foundation's "Emerge" exhibit is an exciting accomplishment. "This is one of the only exhibitions I've done that wasn't school-related, Watters said."I was really...
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