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Articles from February 12, 2016

$52.5M in Food Stamps Spent out of State Last Year, Report Says ; Jefferson Lawmaker Says W.Va. Food Stamps Used in Far-Off Vacation Destinations'
West Virginians who receive food stamp benefits spent $52.5 million last year at stores outside the state, according to a report requested by Delegate Jill Upson, R-Jefferson. West Virginia residents used their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)...
82ND W.VA. LEGUSLATURE, SESSION 2 ; Lack of Work on Budget Irks Tomblin
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Thursday he's frustrated that, with the legislative session half over, West Virginia lawmakers have made no move to address major budget deficits totaling $820 million or to come up with a balanced budget bill for 2016-17....
Addressing West Virginias Drug Overdose Problem ; How Could Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Help Combat Growing Epidemic?
Death caused from drug overdose is reaching epidemic levels in communities across the country, with West Virginia ranking as one of the highest in the nation. According to a 2015 study by Trust for Americas Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,...
As 'Force Awakens' Winds Down, 'Avatar' Reins Supreme in Box Office
NEW YORK - Two months after opening to unprecedented fanfare, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is finally winding down in theaters, leaving behind arsenals of plastic lightsabers and a trail of box- office records. "The Force Awakens is still playing...
Auto Racing Glance
All times ESTNASCAR SPRINT CUPSprint UnlimitedSite: Daytona Beach, Florida.Schedule: Today, practice (Fox Sports 1, 5-7:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 8 p.m. (Fox, 8-10 p.m.). Track: Daytona International Speedway (tri-oval, 2.5 miles).Race distance: 187.5...
Beer Enthusiasts: Bar Crawl, Craft Beer Fest on Tap for Spring
Beer enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to this spring.On Saturday, tickets will go on sale for the fifth annual St. Patrick's East End Pub Crawl on March 19. Selected by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the top 20 events for the month of...
BOYS BASKETBALL - LINCOLN COUNTY 58, BUFFALO 52 ; Panthers Notch 13th Victory in OT
BUFFALO - In what's shaping up as its swan song in Class AAA, Lincoln County may be putting together a greatest hits compilation. Jake Ashley sank two baskets in overtime Thursday night - including a 3-pointer - as the Panthers came away with a 58-52...
Boys Basketball Standings, Stats
Mountain State Athletic Pos. School Conf All 1. Huntington 10-0 15-0 2. Capital 9-1 14-3 3. Woodrow Wilson 7-1 13-1 4. South Charleston 7-3 12-4 5. George Washington 7-4 9-7 5. Parkersburg 7-4 10-6 5. Ripley 7-4 13-5 5. Riverside 7-4 12-4 9. Winfield...
Bulletin Board
MU lecture seriesThe Marshall University School of Music and Theatre's lecture series, MUsic Mondays, resumes at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Cellar Door, 905 Third Ave., Huntington. The lecture, "Schubert and The Wanderer: A Winter's Journey, focuses on...
Change Will Benefit States Economy ; Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Attract Business to W.Va
Change is never easy, but sometimes its necessary. Thats why I want to thank the state Legislature for passing right-to-work legislation and repealing our outdated prevailing wage law. I know a lot of people disagree I dont think I can remember a more emotional...
Civic Center, Huggins and Hoops Notes
The views from here:When I made my way to the Charleston Civic Center for the Little General Shootout in the Big House, I pulled into the back parking lot on Lee Street. There, one word came to mind.Uh-oh.There were "no parking signs scattered about....
Cleveland Mayor Apologizes for Billing Family of Dead Boy
CLEVELAND - The mayor of Cleveland apologized Thursday to the family of Tamir Rice, a black 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer, for the city having sent the administrator of the boy's estate a "decedent's last dying expense claim...
Clinton, Sanders Face off in Polite, Pointed Debate
MILWAUKEE - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial support of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night's Democratic debate, a contest that marked a shift in the primary toward states with more minority voters. After splitting...
Closed Minds ; Not Open for Business
On Thursday, the House of Delegates voted 72-26 to give fundamentalists religious freedom to display cruelty to gays and possibly others. If right-wing legislators of any party override a veto and put this odious measure into law, the Mountain State...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ; 7-Foot Tonye Jekiri a Big Reason for Miami's Success
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - In his most recent game, Miami Hurricanes senior Tonye Jekiri twice saved balls from going out of bounds under his basket, forced a turnover at midcourt and was the first player down the floor on a fast break. For a 7-footer, Jekiri...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ; K-State's Weber Still a Work in Progress
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Even in the relatively immediate aftermath of Kansas State toppling then-No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday, coach Bruce Weber apparently simply couldn't please, or even appease, some people. That's why if you tried to get on the Internet...
CONFERENCE USA NOTEBOOK ; Down Year for League Could Cost UAB on Selection Sunday
With Conference USA play hitting the two-thirds mark this weekend, a few trends have emerged, including: * The league is top- heavy;* From a Rating Percentage Index standpoint, the league is down;* Even league leader Alabama-Birmingham may not have...
Delegates Quiet on Science Standards Repeal
Despite hours of talk about a Common Core repeal bill in the West Virginia House Education Committee, committee members still haven't discussed at length why the currently considered version would also block the new non-Common Core science standards....
Einstein's Gravity Waves Confirmed ; WVU Professor a Member of Space-Research Team
A West Virginia University researcher and professor is part of the team that has detected gravitational waves in the universe, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of relativity. Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of...
Fantasy Sports Companies Defend Industry
BOSTON - Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016. The industry's top companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are on the defensive after taking hits to their businesses in recent weeks as scrutiny by...
Farrell Gets 30 Days ; Ex-Owner First Freedom Exec Going to Jail over Chemical Spill
Dennis Farrell, the longtime president and owner of Freedom Industries, was sentenced Thursday to serve 30 days in jail for his role in water pollution crimes that led to the January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking-water supplies for hundreds...
Fed Chief Says It's Too Early to Know If Global Events Could Alter Policies
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Thursday that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy but said it's too soon to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the Fed's interest-rate policies. Yellen said...
GIRLS BASKETBALL - SISSONVILLE 57, WAYNE 51 ; Sissonville Goes Deep to Win Cardinal Showdown vs. Wayne
On one hand, Sissonville's 57-51 home win over eighth-ranked Wayne on Thursday gave the defending Class AA state champions some opportunity to show they weren't a two-woman show. On the other hand, the way in which the Indians (16-2) put a two-game...
GIRLS BASKETBALL - ST. ALBANS 61, CABELL MIDLAND 43 ; Big Second Half Propels St. Albans
ONA - St. Albans' season has had plenty of twists and turns, but on Thursday, facing some serious adversity on the road, the Red Dragons may have come up with their signature half of the season and accomplished one of their main goals in the process....
House Passes Religious Freedom Bill ; Legislation Now Goes to Senate
After about two hours of impassioned debate Thursday, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted, 72-26, to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that civil rights advocates fear will be used to discriminate against LGBT individuals and...
If Ferguson Dissolves Police Department, Who Would Step In?
FERGUSON, Mo. - As Ferguson prepares to do legal battle with the Justice Department, the town's leaders have acknowledged the possibility that it might someday disband its police department and cede law enforcement to another agency. The question is:...
Ireland Newspaper Slams Threats in Coverage of Dublin Gang War
DUBLIN - Two reporters covering the Dublin gang war have received death threats from criminals because of their work, but they won't be deterred from exposing Ireland's underworld, the country's largest newspaper group said Thursday. "This is an outrageous threat...
Kan. High Court Scratches School Funding Law
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Supreme Court threatened Thursday to shut down schools if lawmakers don't revamp the way the state funds public schools by July, ruling that a law enacted last year as a temporary fix underfunded poor school districts by at...
Last Hours of Armed Standoff Play out Online for Listeners
The end of a nearly six-week-long standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge played out live on the Internet, with tens of thousands of people listening as supporters encouraged the last armed occupiers to surrender. An open phone line broadcast on YouTube...
Markets
Sizing up retail sales The pace of U.S. retail sales growth has been mostly flat or down in recent months. Retail sales slipped 0.1 percent in December as consumer shopping tapered off toward the end of the holiday season and lower gasoline prices continued...
MCHM CHEMICAL SPILL ; Feds Seek Jail Time for Freedom's Gary Southern
Saying the negligence of Freedom Industries caused a "catastrophic chemical spill," federal prosecutors are seeking a roughly two-year prison sentence for former company president Gary Southern in the final of seven criminal cases brought over the January...
MEC MEN'S BASKETBALL - CHARLESTON 50, WELEYAN 34 ; Defense Rules in UC's Victory
In a battle of the top two men's basketball defenses in the Mountain East Conference, the University of Charleston's came out the stingiest. The Golden Eagles held West Virginia Wesleyan to just 12 second-half points, besting the Bobcats 50-34 Thursday...
Men's Basketball
Conference standingsBig 12 ConferenceW L Pct. W L Pct.Oklahoma 8 3 .727 20 3 .870Kansas 8 3 .727 20 4 .833West Virginia 8 3 .727 19 5 .792Texas 7 4 .636 16 8 .667Baylor 7 4 .636 18 6 .750Iowa State 6 5 .545 17 8 .680Texas Tech 4 7 .364 14 9 .609Kansas...
Morris Scores 38 as Glenville Downs Jackets ; AREA ROUNDUP
Brett Morris knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to a game- high 38 points as Glenville State handed the West Virginia State men's basketball team an 83-70 loss Thursday evening at the Waco Center in Glenville. Morris converted 13 of 28 shots from...
NASCAR SEASON PREVIEW ; DIFFERENT LOOK FOR NASCAR Season Open without 2 of Circuit's Biggest Stars
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeff Gordon will be in the booth and Tony Stewart in a bed when the NASCAR season begins. Neither NASCAR star will be in a car when Daytona International Speedway opens today for preparations for the Feb. 21 season-opening Daytona...
NBA ; Health Scare over, Heat's Bosh Ready to Enjoy Another All-Star Trip
TORONTO - Chris Bosh sees no need to reflect on where he was at this time last year. Physically, mentally and emotionally, he moved past it all long ago. The tubes stuck into the side of his chest, the fear of his life being in danger by the blood clot...
NBA ; Shaq, Yao, Iverson Look to Take Next Step toward Hall
TORONTO - Shaquille O'Neal should be a lock. Yao Ming and Allen Iverson could join him. Two larger-than-life big men and one of basketball's most exciting little guys highlight the list of players, coaches and contributors who are eligible for induction this...
NBA ; Whiteside Suspended One Game for Elbow vs. Spurs
Hassan Whiteside's All-Star break will last one day longer than the rest of his Miami Heat teammates. The NBA announced Thursday that Whiteside has been suspended one game without pay "for throwing an elbow and making contact with the head of San Antonio...
New Hampshire Spanks the Elites
WASHINGTON - The conservatism that has dominated the Republican Party for decades is in crisis. Capitalism has lost its allure among a large swath of young Americans. And the Clinton and Bush brands are yesterday's products in desperate need of renovation....
Nhl
EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic DivisionGP W L OT Pts GF GAFlorida 54 32 16 6 70 155 123Detroit 54 28 18 8 64 137 135Tampa Bay 53 29 20 4 62 142 130Boston 53 28 19 6 62 157 147Montreal 55 27 24 4 58 151 146Ottawa 56 25 25 6 56 161 177Buffalo 55 21 28 6 48...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayBradley, Evelyn C. Bragg, Virginia Brewer, George D. Sr. Chambers, Mary J. Clark, Charles L. Cochran, Audrey G. Cunningham, David Dye, Rita F. Foster, Robert L. Gandee, Mary Hartnet, Joel S. James, Helen Keenan, Eddie E. Kittle, Lucille...
Our Views ; Tracking Food Stamp Dollars across the US; Delegate Right to Try to Reduce Fraud and Waste in SNAP Program
There are two ways to view the news reported by the Gazette- Mails Eric Eyre that West Virginia food stamp recipients spent more than $50 million in benefits outside the state. From one perspective: considering the $457 million in benefits spent by...
Our Views ; Voting Important Enough to Require Identification; Bill Wouldn't End Voter Fraud, nor Would It Disenfranchise Voters
Should eligible voters be required to show a government-issued photo identification before casting their ballots? Thats a question legislators across the country have attempted to tackle for years, citing voter fraud as the primary reason for concern.In...
PREPARING FOR A THREE-DOG NIGHT ; Officials Offer Tips to Protect Pets from Cold
With Iditarod-like temperatures predicted for this weekend, humane officials are cautioning pet owners to keep their animals safe. John Davis, chief humane officer of Putnam County Animal Shelter, said the best way to protect animals from the cold is...
Prep Basketball
HIGH SCHOOLBoysHometown Invitational TournamentFinal roundat Robert C. ByrdDivision 2Today's game3rd place, Union vs. Paw Paw, 6 p.m.Saturday's gameChampionship, Paden City vs. Meadow Bridge, 7:30 p.m.Division 1Today's gameChampionship, Van vs. Valley...
PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP ; SC Girls Notch 67-34 Win over Winfield
South Charleston outscored Winfield by 15 points in the second quarter and pulled away for a 67-34 girls basketball win over the visiting Generals Thursday. SC (15-2) had balanced scoring, with Aaliyah Dunham and Haley Baker each scoring 14 points and...
Prep Schedule
Boys basketball(All games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)Today - Van at Montcalm, 6:30 p.m.; George Washington at Capital; South Charleston at Winfield; Spring Valley at Nitro; Cabell Midland at St. Albans; Riverside at Woodrow Wilson; Sissonville at Poca; Wayne...
READERS' Vent
Trump's money certainly hasn't bought him much class. He doesn't even know common courtesy. Drug testing poor people - excellent idea. I also think we should drug test all teachers and state employees.So abortion supporters are offended that the Doritos...
Scott Depot Family Mourns Child after Sudden Death
SCOTT DEPOT - Smart. Happy. Hilarious. Perfect.These are the words that come to Ashley Hazlett's mind when she remembers her 6-year-old daughter, Addison. Addison Hazlett, a kindergartener at Eastbrook Elementary School in Winfield, died unexpectedly...
Second-Trimester Abortion Ban Bill Advances
West Virginia lawmakers advanced legislation Thursday that would ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure spotlighted in a series of videos that targeted Planned Parenthood last year. The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee passed the...
SPORTS Briefs
Cal hires Spavital as offensive coordinatorBERKELEY, Calif. - Jake Spavital has been hired by California as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach a month after he left Texas A&M by mutual agreement. The announcement was made by Bears coach Sonny...
Sports History
Feb. 121937 - Cleveland is granted an NFL franchise. The Rams play in Cleveland for nine years before moving to Los Angeles. After the 1994 season, the Rams move to St. Louis. 1958 - Boston's Bill Russell scores 18 points and grabs 41 rebounds to lead...
STATE Briefs
Kanawha announces spring clean-up datesThe Kanawha County Commission announced dates for its three Spring Clean-Up events at a special commission meeting Thursday. Items will be accepted at three locations across the county in March and April.The first...
Syria Talks May See Temporary 'Cessation of Hostilities' in a Week
MUNICH - Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short early today in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities in a week's time. The deal appeared to be...
THINGS TO DO Today
MusicCOUNTRY FRIED with STEPHANIE SPINKS: 7 to 10 p.m. Cover $5. Elk River Community Center, 1047 Main St., Elkview. Call 304-965-3722. STAN MCDANIEL BAND: 6:30 p.m. Cover $5. West Side Jamboree, corner of Tennessee Ave. and Randolph St. Call 304-419-1902.Stage/Theater"MERCY:...
TINDER LOVING CARE? ; Super Successes and Phenomenal Failures; the Malt Shop Days Are over, Online Dating Is Here to Stay
If you read the first installment of our Tinder series last week, you know why the two of us decided to try the online dating app. But this week, we're going to fill you in on how it's been working out.That's right, we're gonna dish.But don't worry,...
Tomblin Vetoes Prevailing Wage Bill ; Right-to-Work Also Nixed, but Overrides Expected
As expected, Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday vetoed bills that would make West Virginia a right-to-work state (SB 1), and repeal the state's Prevailing Wage Act (HB 4005), saying neither bill will create jobs or grow the state economy. ...
Tough Work Rules for Benefits May Cost Us
There's concern across the political spectrum about how to get more people into the workforce. For good reason. Our participation rate of around 53 percent is lowest in the country and below the U.S. average of around 63 percent. That brings our numbers...
Transactions
BASEBALLAmerican LeagueNEW YORK YANKEES - Sent OF Lane Adams outright to Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre (IL).National LeagueATLANTA BRAVES - Signed RHP Carlos Torres to a minor league contract.PITTSBURGH PIRATES - Agreed to terms with LHP Cory Luebke on a minor...
Women's Basketball
Thursday's area boxscoresGlenville State 108, W.Va. State 80West Virginia State (11-12, 8-10)Styles 3-6 1-5 8; Szorenyi 4-12 0-0 10; Hobbs 5-10 0-2 12; Shafer 5-13 0-0 10; Hines 1-9 2-2 4; Ward 6-13 4-5 22; Summers 0-1 0-0 0; Ringen 0-0 2-2 2; Hawkins...
W.Va. Road Damage Claims Spike ; State Expected to Pay $983K to 1,250 Claimants
Used to be, the state Court of Claims paid out an average of 700 to 800 claims a year for vehicles damaged because of poor road conditions, Clerk of the Court Cheryle Hall said Thursday. Last year, those claims jumped to 1,018, and this year, hit 1,250...
W.VA. SUPREME COURT ; Court Rules Putnam Judge Wrong in Dismissing Charges
The state Supreme Court reinstated two misdemeanor charges against a man in Putnam County on Thursday, overruling a judge who said the man hadn't been tried on the charges soon enough. Putnam Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers had dismissed domestic battery...
WVU BASKETBALL ; Backcourt Shuffle; Huggins Mixes, Matches No. 10 WVU's Lineups
MORGANTOWN - West Virginia has used four different starting lineups this season, and each change has come in the last 10 games. Every alteration was a matter of necessity and not ingenuity as each was prompted by injury or suspension and never by performance....
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