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Articles from May 6, 2016

110-Year-Old WWII Veteran from Louisiana Dies
NEW ORLEANS - A 110-year-old Louisiana man who enlisted in the army during World War II to serve his country has died. Local television station KPLC-TV in Lake Charles reported that Frank Levingston died Tuesday.Multiple media outlets described him...
120 Nations Accuse US Top Court of Law Violations over Iran Assets
UNITED NATIONS - The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country....
32 Candidates Yet to File Financial Disclosures
A total of 32 candidates for state and local offices have yet to file required financial disclosure statements with the state Ethics Commission, commission records show. That includes two candidates for state Senate and nine candidates for House of...
4 Survivors Found 6 Days after Collapse of Building in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya - Rescuers found four survivors Thursday in the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed six days ago amid heavy rains in the Kenyan capital, raising hopes that more people might still be alive in a disaster that has left dozens...
AREA ROUNDUP ; Tech Loses in KIAC Baseball Tournament
After an opening-round win on Wednesday, WVU Tech dropped into the losers bracket of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball tournament on Thursday with a 10-1 loss to Rio Grande (Ohio) in Kingsport, Tennessee. Rio scored single runs...
Bacterial Meningitis Case Diagnosed in Kanawha County
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is investigating a case of bacterial meningitis, just two days after a student at Marshall University was diagnosed with the same illness. Health Department officials were notified Thursday morning that a Kanawha...
Black Woman Who Defied Neo-Nazis in Sweden Was Inspired by Mandela
STOCKHOLM - A black woman who stood up to 300 neo-Nazis in Sweden hopes her gesture will draw attention to the fight against racism in the Scandinavian country. Tess Asplund tried to block the path of the Nordic Resistance Movement as the right-wing...
Bulletin Board
Working mom appreciationWV FREE will host a Working Mom Appreciation Day with a Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Sam's Uptown Cafe to support working moms for their dedication to their families and the work they do. Drink specials will be available....
CABIN CREEK DERAILMENT ; Seven Cars Jump Track; Cleanup Expected to Take 2 to 3 Days
A train hauling coal overturned in the eastern part of Kanawha County Thursday evening, blocking the road for about two hours. The derailment happened just after 5 p.m. near the intersection of Cabin Creek Road and Ronda Road. The train, which has 150...
Carper Questions Area Alliance on Community Effort
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper challenged Charleston Area Alliance President and CEO Matt Ballard on why the Charleston Area Alliance doesn't do more community development. Ballard had just finished talking at Thursday's County Commission meeting...
Don't Mainstream Donald Trump
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's Republican primary triumph means that this cannot be a normal election. Americans who see our country as a model of tolerance, inclusion, rationality and liberty must come together across party lines to defeat him decisively....
Dressed to Impress ; More Readers Share Their 2016 Prom Photos
Across the valley, students are donning dresses and tuxes for a night of glamour. If you or your loved ones attended high school prom this year, why not show off your finery a bit? Send your photos to the Gazette-Mail at digital@wvgazettemail.com and...
Ex-Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, Ousted in Tea Party Election Wave, Has Died
SALT LAKE CITY - Former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, who was known during his 18 years representing the conservative state as someone who could work across the aisle, has died at age 82. Bennett assistant Tara Tanner said he died Wednesday at his...
FDA Will Require E-Cigarettes to Be Reviewed
WASHINGTON - The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new rules for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer some protection for consumers and...
Fight Schedule
SaturdayAt Windhoek, Namibia, Paulus Ambunda vs. Moises Flores, 12, for Ambunda's interim WBA World and IBO super bantamweight titles. At Manchester, England, Anthony Crolla vs. Ismael Barroso, 12, for Crolla's WBA World lightweight title; Shayne Singleton...
Gold Nuggets, Clarification from WVU's Huggins
Sometimes getting information from WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins is like pulling teeth. But sometimes - just sometimes - you find gold when you finally do pull those teeth.On Thursday, for instance, Huggins was cornered after returning late Wednesday...
GOP States Benefit from Shift to Wind, Solar
WASHINGTON - If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation's grid in 2015, according to a recent...
Jury: Justice-Owned Companies Didn't Contaminate Wyoming Water
A jury in Pineville on Thursday found that coal operations owned by Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Jim Justice did not contaminate the drinking water wells of more than a dozen Wyoming County families, lawyers in the case said. The three-woman,...
Justice Leads Close Primary, Poll Finds ; All Three Democrats Seen Leading Cole in Hypothetical General Election
Businessman Jim Justice leads the Democratic field in the race for governor, but all three Democratic candidates lead Republican Senate President Bill Cole in general election matchups according to a new poll, released Thursday. The MetroNews West Virginia...
KANAWHA BOARD OF ED RACE ; Cavender Spending, but Not Raising, More Money
New campaign finance reports show the previously largest fundraiser in Kanawha County's school board race hasn't significantly increased his haul since around the end of March, but he has greatly accelerated spending. The reports due last week show Ric...
Kentucky Derby
Field for Saturday's 142nd Kentucky Derby, with post position, horse's name, jockey's name and odds: 1. Trojan Nation Aaron Gryder 50-12. Suddenbreakingnews Luis Quinonez 20-13. Creator Ricardo Santana Jr. 10-14. Mo Tom Corey Lanerie 20-15. Gun Runner...
KENTUCKY DERBY ; Baffert's Back in Derby with Under-the-Radar Horse
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bob Baffert feels under the radar with his latest horse at the Kentucky Derby. All anyone wants to talk about is American Pharoah, last year's winner who went on to become the sport's first Triple Crown champion in 37 years. Outside...
Lobbyist Disclosures Due May 16
In the past 25 years, lobbyists have spent more than $8.6 million on legislators and other public officials, according to data complied by the state Ethics Commission. Spending has jumped from $160,563 in 1991, the first year of data compiled, to more...
London Could Get First Muslim Mayor
LONDON - Londoners cast votes Thursday in an election that could give the city its first Muslim mayor, while voters elsewhere in Britain were expected to punish the main opposition Labour Party in local and regional polls. Sadiq Khan, a 45-year-old...
MAESTRO LIFE ; Tracing the Arc of Grant Cooper's Baton
Grant Cooper hit the big stage for the very first time as a very small guy.The current maestro of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra was then age 4, growing up in Wellington, New Zealand. His mother would end up singing as a soloist with the New Zealand...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TODAY ; Bruce Homers as Reds Down Brewers
CINCINNATI - Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer during his latest big game against Milwaukee, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Brewers 9-5 on Thursday night even though their bullpen extended its historically bad streak of allowing runs. Alfredo Simon...
Major League Boxscores, Etc
Cardinals 4, Phillies 0Philadelphia St. Louisab r h bi ab r h biO.Hrrra cf 4 0 1 0 Crpnter 3b 4 0 2 0Galvis ss 4 0 1 0 Pscotty rf 4 0 1 2A.Blnco 3b 4 0 0 0 Moss lf-1b 4 1 1 1Ruf 1b 4 0 0 0 M.Adms 1b 2 0 1 0Rupp c 4 0 1 0 Grichuk cf 2 0 0 0C.Hrnnd 2b...
Man Rescued after Two Months Lost at Sea
HONOLULU - A Colombian mariner who was lost at sea for more than two months says he's grateful to God for his life and thanks those who rescued him. The unidentified 29-year-old told a U.S. Coast Guard interpreter in Honolulu that it feels good to be...
Markets
All about jobs The Labor Department reports its latest monthly jobs data today. Economists predict that nonfarm employers added 200,000 jobs in April. That would be down from a gain of 215,000 in March. It would also mark the second consecutive monthly...
MARSHALL BASEBALL ; Streaking Herd Hosts UAB at APP
When Conference USA puts out its preseason coaches' poll, you might as well start from the bottom in looking for Marshall. This January, the Herd was picked 12th of 12 teams. In 2015, 10th of 12; in 2014, 12th of 13.And so on. The Herd was also picked...
Marshall to Offer Summer Camps
Marshall University's newly created Center for Continuing Education will offer classes this summer at both its Huntington and South Charleston campuses, as well as culinary classes and camps at Huntington's Kitchen in downtown Huntington. With the theme...
Mlb Standings, Schedule
AMERICAN LEAGUEEast DivisionW L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home AwayBoston 16 11 .593 8-2 W-1 8-7 8-4 Baltimore 15 11 .577 4-6 L- 1 10-4 5-7 Toronto 14 15 .483 3 1 5-5 W-2 7-8 7-7 Tampa Bay 12 14 .462 3 2 5-5 W-1 9-9 3-5 New York 9 16 .360 6 4 3-7 W-1 5-7...
NASCAR
(Subject to change)2017 series schedulesSPRINT CUP SERIESFeb. 18 - Daytona International Speedway (Unlimited)Feb. 19 - Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)Feb. 23 - Daytona International Speedway (Duel)Feb. 26 - Daytona 500March 5...
NBA Playoffs
All times EDTSECOND ROUND(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)Wednesday's resultsCleveland 123, Atlanta 98, Cleveland leads series 2-0Thursday's resultsToronto 96, Miami 92, OT, series tied 1-1Friday's gamesCleveland at Atlanta, 7 p.m.San Antonio at Oklahoma City,...
NBA PLAYOFFS ; Lowry, Raptors Even Series with Heat 1-All
TORONTO - DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 96-92 in overtime on Thursday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece. Valanciunas had...
N. Korea Readies for Biggest Show of Politics in Years
PYONGYANG, North Korea - Its capital has been duly spruced up, the masses prepped for their rallies and leader Kim Jong Un appears to be set to take center stage Friday when North Korea pulls back the curtain on what promises to be the country's biggest...
North Carolina Shows No Sign of Surrender on LGBT Law
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's Republican leaders are showing no signs of backing down from their new bathroom rules despite the U.S. Justice Department's declaration that they violate federal civil rights laws and could cost the state dearly in lost...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayBailey, Curtis O. Jr. Banks, James P. Jr. Bell, Holly D. II Bennett, J. "Dick" Chapman, Eunice Day, Jeffrey G. Estep, Michael R. Gillispie, Dorothy A. Guine, Barbara S. Harris, Raymond C. Hughes, W. Carmel Jr. Kincaid, Dolores Kochenderfer,...
On Trumps Wealth, Other Thoughts ; Being Born Rich and Getting Richer Is
One of the problems with being a pessimist is that you can never celebrate when you are proven right. If what you want from politicians are quick and easy answers, someone is sure to supply them, regardless of which party you follow. History can tell...
Our Views ; Take Note of Who Funds Court Advertisements; Are Ad Buyers Seeking Impartial Justice or Jackpot Verdicts?
Theres an old axiom in politics: Follow the money. Thats good advice for West Virginia voters when deciding whom to vote for in the state Supreme Court election May 10. As the Gazette-Mail reported April 28 in a story by David Gutman, groups independent...
Our Views ; Threat of Zika Doesnt Stop Missionaries; Volunteers Focus on the Positives Rather Than Mosquito-Borne Virus
When missionaries sign up to serve in third-world countries, they know theyll go without the comforts of home. Theyll likely sleep in a tent or a hut. There are no Taco Bells or McDonalds. Rather, theyll eat local cuisine they may not be familiar with....
Peaceful Crowd Includes Miners, Teachers, Jobless
The lines outside the Charleston Civic Center stretched across the street to the Charleston Town Center mall, as people from all over the region waited in a cold rain Thursday afternoon for a chance to see Donald Trump, the all-but-official presidential nominee...
Pentagon Lowers Sex-Assault Career Retaliation Estimate
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is lowering its estimate of the number of people it believes have faced retaliation for making claims of sexual assault, arguing that what might sometimes feel like revenge may actually be an attempt to help. The decision,...
Prep Baseball
MSAC playoffsAt HurricaneTuesday's resultsSemifinalsNitro 3, So. Charleston 2; Hurricane 7, Ripley 6Wednesday's resultsConsolation - Ripley 5, South Charleston 2Championship - Nitro 3, Hurricane 1MSAC baseball champions1994-Ripley (Gold); South Charleston...
PREP BASEBALL ; DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH?; SC's Sampson Does It All, but College Offers Aren't Forthcoming
Just one look at Trevor Sampson's stats tells you he's the real deal.And just one glance at the South Charleston shortstop either working his magic in the field or smartly running the bases gives you all you need to know about his baseball IQ. All of...
PREP ROUNDUP ; Catholic Rallies for Softball Sectional Win over St. Joseph
Lauren Ellis drove in the winning run in the botton of the seventh to lift Charleston Catholic to a 6-5 victory over St. Joseph Thursday in the Class A Region 4 Section 4 softball tournament at Buffalo. Trailing 5-2 in the top of the seventh, Catholic's...
Prep Softball
Sectional tournamentsClass AAARegion 3 Section 3Wednesday -South Charleston 3, George Washington 2Thursday - George Washington at South Charleston, ppd.Saturday - George Washington at South Charleston, 11 a.m.; if necessary, 1 p.m. Region 3 Section...
PREP SOFTBALL SECTIONALS - BUFFALO 12, CHARLESTON CATHOLIC 1 ; Buffalo Cruises Past Irish
BUFFALO - It's not too common for the Buffalo softball team to trail a game in sectional tournament play. The five-time defending state champions gave up a first-inning run to Charleston Catholic on Thursday in the opening game of the teams' three-game...
PREP SOFTBALL ; Sectional Schedules Juggled as Rain Persists
A few area softball teams staring down elimination have had a little longer to sit and think thanks to Mother Nature this week. Rain forced several more postponements on Thursday in sectional play across the Kanawha Valley, leaving squads on opposite...
PREP SOFTBALL SECTIONALS - POINT PLEASANT 3, WINFIELD 2 ; Point Rallies in Final Inning to Stay Alive vs. Winfield
WINFIELD - Point Pleasant conjured some late lightning on Thursday in about the only place in the Kanawha Valley that wasn't pelted with rain, and it saved the Big Blacks' season. Trailing 2- 1 entering the bottom of the seventh, Point's No. 8 and No....
Pro Golf
PGA Tour-Wells Fargo ChampionshipThursday's resultsAt Quail Hollow Club CourseCharlotte, N.C.First roundSteve Wheatcroft 32-3365 -7Andrew Loupe 31-3465 -7Anirban Lahiri 33-3366 -6Kevin Chappell 34-3367 -5Dawie van der Walt 35-3267 -5John Senden 34-3468...
READERS' Voice
I'd like to know why people think they can park anywhere on Capitol Street including crosswalks and intersections. I thought the Charleston Police Department was supposed to crack down on this. Why is Kroger not honoring Visa bank cards with the option...
'Save Your Vote' for Fall, Trump Says ; Trump Praises Miners, Hits All Campaign Themes for Civic Center Crowd
INSIDE TRUMP FACT CHECK: Bringing coal jobs back to Appalachia, Page 10A Republican states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy, Page 10A ONLINE Video: Watch events at the Trump and Sanders rallies, wvgazettemail.comDonald Trump loves coal...
School Food ; Congress Battle
Heres another skirmish in the never-ending struggle between liberals and conservatives: Many states have made great improvements in the number of children eating breakfast and lunch at school. Now some in the House of Representatives want to undo that...
South Charleston Makes Way for Fiber-Optic Network in City
South Charleston has approved a resolution giving Alpha Technologies Inc. the non-exclusive right to install fiber-optic cable and related facilities in rights-of-way within the city. The resolution was approved at Thursday evening's council meeting...
SPORTS Briefs
PGA Tour: Wheatcroft, Loupe share Wells Fargo leadCHARLOTTE, N.C. - Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe each shot 7- under 65 on Thursday in rain and steady wind to share the first- round lead in the Wells Fargo Championship, while Rory McIlroy and Rickie...
State, Local Candidates Affect Working People
In these final days leading up to the primary election, it's been gratifying to see that, despite the small role our state plays in the selection of president, that presidential candidates realize the importance of wooing West Virginia voters, and are...
State's Attorney Asks to Step Aside from Chicago Police Shooting Case
CHICAGO - Cook County's embattled state's attorney asked a judge Thursday to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case against a white Chicago police officer she didn't charge until more than a year after he shot a black teenager 16 times. ...
'...THE BEST OF TWO HEATHENS' ; Evangelist Tells Crowd God, Not Politics, Will Fix US; Franklin Graham, Son of Famed Billy Graham, Stresses Need for Godly Office- Holders, Has No Hope for Either Political Party
Evangelist Franklin Graham preached from the steps outside the West Virginia Capitol building Thursday, urging a crowd of thousands to put God back in government. Franklin, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, encouraged the faithful to vote for Christians...
'Together, We Can Move Forward' ; Sanders Returns to Mountain State to Discuss Poverty and Economics
KIMBALL - Erica Lucas broke into tears as she told Sen. Bernie Sanders about the stress that comes with being poor. The Southern West Virginia resident met with the presidential candidate during his community discussion at the Five Loaves & Two Fishes...
Tourists Use Alaska Homeless Shelter to Grab Coffee, Snack
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit's board members. Tourists in Ketchikan often stop...
TRUMP FACT CHECK ; Bringing Back Coal Is No Simple Matter
DALLAS - Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer. Trump, however, has yet to explain exactly how he will revitalize Appalachia's...
Veterans Drug Court Opens in Kanawha ; Special Program for Non-Violent
Hershel "Woody" Williams said he first heard of a drug treatment court designed specifically for veterans about five years ago while he was in New York City. "It was a separate section all together from the rest of the court and ... rather than finding...
Video Games Inducted in Hall of Fame
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A video game that allowed players to zap marching aliens with dot lasers and another that gave them flamethrowers and put them in the driver's seat in a violent 3-D world are among six games inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame....
WVU BASEBALL ; Mountaineers Host Key Big 12 Series vs. Texas
MORGANTOWN - The West Virginia baseball team's final Big 12 home series of the season begins Friday night with the first of three games that aim to influence the top of the conference standings. Manager Randy Mazey wants and needs as many friendly voices...
Your Views
Mooney better choice for US CongressI thought it was April Fools Day when I read that the Daily Mail Opinion page had endorsed Republican Marc Savitt for Congress, but actually, the joke is on readers. In the Gazette-Mail article about the 2nd District...
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