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Articles from February 10, 2017

3 Cabinet Members Still Haven't Filed Financial Disclosure Reports
Several members of Gov. Jim Justice's cabinet have still not filed their required financial disclosure reports with the West Virginia Ethics Commission, even after being reminded of the Feb. 1 deadline for those filings. Department of Health and Human Resources...
9th US Circuit Rejects Trump Travel Ban
A federal appeals court panel has maintained the freeze on President Trump's controversial immigration order, meaning previously barred refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries can continue entering the United States. In a unanimous, 29-page...
Adele Dunlap, America's Oldest, Dies at Age 114
FLEMINGTON, N.J. - A New Jersey woman who was the oldest American has died at age 114. Adele Dunlap died Sunday at a hospital near Flemington, according to the Martin Funeral Home.She became the country's oldest person in July 2016 following the death...
Board May Run Ads to Fill Top State Post
The West Virginia Board of Education approved Thursday a motion to move toward advertising the position of state schools superintendent, though a new board member said details of exactly how, how long and where the position will be advertised have yet...
Boy Scouts Face Renewed Push to Admit Girls
NEW YORK - After many years of divisiveness, the Boy Scouts of America have opened their ranks to gay and transgender boys. Yet a different membership dispute persists: a long-shot campaign to let girls join the BSA so they have a chance to earn the...
Bulletin Board
Bulletin BoardStupid Cupid partyKanawha County Public Library will have a Stupid Cupid Party at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the main library, 123 Capitol St. Refreshments provided by The Friends of The Library Foundation. This event is for teens only. Trail club...
Citizen Groups Gear Up for Water-Protection Fight
After Gov. Jim Justice's promise Wednesday night to rein in what he depicted as out-of-control state regulators, and following a meeting with Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton, environmental groups are gearing up for potential...
Clay County Commission Approves Queen Shoals Public Service District Sale
The Queen Shoals Public Service District is one step closer to being acquired by West Virginia American Water, after the Clay County Commission approved the takeover of the small water utility. The acquisition still has to be approved by the state Public...
COLLEGE Basketball
MenBig 12 ConferenceConf. OverallW L Pct. W L Pct.Kansas 9 2 .818 21 3 .875Baylor 8 3 .727 21 3 .875West Virginia 7 4 .636 19 5 .792TCU 6 5 .545 17 7 .708Iowa St. 6 5 .545 14 9 .609Kansas State 5 6 .455 16 8 .667Oklahoma State 4 6 .400 15 8 .652Texas...
Congressmen to Seek Ethics Review after Conway Remarks on Ivanka
NEW YORK - The White House has "counseled a top aide to President Donald Trump after she promoted Ivanka Trump's fashion line during a national cable television appearance from the White House. But House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz says...
Dominican Deal Tests Trump Pledge of No New Foreign Projects
WASHINGTON - The Trump Organization is returning to a long- dormant licensing deal involving a beachfront luxury resort in the Dominican Republic, testing the limits of Donald Trump's pledge to halt new international Trump-branded projects during his...
Environment and Economy Both Benefit
Regional Tech Park working to retrieve rare earth elements from coal ashIt is a common misperception that economic profitability comes at the expense of environmental stewardship. But at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston,...
Falcons' New Offensive Coordinator Says Alcoholism a Daily Battle
ATLANTA - Since an embarrassing downfall at Southern Cal, Steve Sarkisian has certainly caught plenty of breaks in his professional life. He called plays for Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national championship game.Now, he's got an...
Fight Schedule
Feb. 10At Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Okla. (SHO), Ivan Baranchyk vs. Abel Ramos, 10, super lightweights. At Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio, Robert Easter Jr. vs. Luis Cruz, 12, for Easter's IBF lightweight title; Rau'Shee Warren vs. Zhanat Zhakiyanov,...
For Some, Chickens Are Beloved Pets Just like Dogs or Cats
The five chickens that live behind Mark Verschell's stately Takoma Park, Maryland, Victorian have an enviable existence, for birds. Their accommodations are a heated, trailer-style coop. Their enclosure protects them from predators and is adorned with...
Giving, Not Receiving, Makes Valentine's Day Special
Dear Abby: I have never received a romantic Valentine, and that's OK with me. With all the sappy movies on TV and the stores blooming in pink and red, we often forget that St. Valentine wasn't the one in love. (He was a Roman priest who married Christian...
Governor's 'Fix' Appears to Be Broken on Arrival
Justice asked voters to trust him, but failed to show true leadershipThroughout his campaign to be governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice asked voters to trust him. With his business experience and his many high-level contacts, Jim Justice could turn...
House Revives, Expands Rule
With the voice-vote adoption of a House Resolution this week, the House of Delegates revived and expanded a rarely used 41-year-old rule allowing House committees to require persons appearing before them to be sworn in and testify under oath. Unlike...
How to Keep Your Smart TV from Collecting Data about You
Smart televisions can collect more information about you than you think. That's a lesson that resurfaced this week when TV-maker Vizio agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle government charges that its TVs collected their owners' information without their...
Hurricane's Smith on USA Roster for Baseball Classic
Alex Wilson, a former standout at Hurricane High School and current relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, was named to the United States roster for the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday. Wilson, the first-team captain of the Class AAA all-state team...
Irreverence, Affection Click Nicely in 'Lego Batman'
Turns out, Batman can take a joke. Hundreds, actually.It's not the simplest thing to take a character as embedded in our culture as Batman and make wickedly irreverent fun of him while simultaneously paying tribute to his storied past and keeping him likable...
Justice Proposal Calls for $4.3 Million in Cuts
West Virginia's fairs and festivals and other arts programs would have their state funding stripped away in a budget proposed by Gov. Jim Justice. Justice's proposed budget calls for a $4.3 million cut to the state Division of Culture and History, which...
Justices Blast Kanawha Judge
A Kanawha County Circuit judge "committed clear legal error by authorizing a mother to have unsupervised visitation with her infant child despite her 20-year history of abuse and neglect case proceedings, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week....
Latest Line
Bob Costas being replaced by Mike Tirico at OlympicsNEW YORK - Bob Costas is stepping down from his role as prime- time host of NBC's Olympics coverage, where he will be replaced next winter in South Korea by Mike Tirico. Costas has been the on-air concierge...
Legislators Must Protect Seniors
As the new Congress and West Virginia Legislature begin their work, the battle cry has been to reduce regulation and reduce governmental control. The academic argument is that regulation stifles economic development and job creation. Given a chance,...
Logan Girls Hand No. 2 Winfield 2nd Straight Loss
Logan overcame a 17-2 first-quarter deficit and rallied for a stunning 33-30 girls basketball win at Class AA No. 2 Winfield on Thursday. It marked the second straight loss for the Generals (17- 3), who fell 54-49 to Class AAA No. 5 Parkersburg South...
McCutchen's Change of Position, Rotation Provide Intrigue for Bucs
PITTSBURGH - Andrew McCutchen's spot in center field was the fulcrum around which the Pittsburgh Pirates swung from laughingstock to contenders. Now it belongs to Starling Marte after McCutchen gracefully opted to pass the torch at his favorite position...
Monarch Butterfly Migration Numbers Down by 27% in Mexico, Study Finds
MEXICO CITY - The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year's recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released Thursday. The experts say...
Morrisey Named Chairman of GOP Attorneys General Group
After receiving $6.8 million in campaign assistance from the Republican Attorneys General Association, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has been appointed as the national political group's chairman. Morrisey's ascension to the chairmanship...
Nhl
EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic DivisionGP W L OT Pts GF GAMontreal 55 30 17 8 68 158 138Ottawa 52 28 18 6 62 140 143Toronto 53 25 17 11 61 164 158Boston 56 27 23 6 60 149 152Florida 53 23 20 10 56 127 149Tampa Bay 54 24 24 6 54 149 157Buffalo 54 22 22 10...
Nicholas Judge Barred 2 Years
Egregious behavior' during 2016 election cited for suspensionA Nicholas County circuit judge who was elected last year was suspended without pay for two years Thursday by the West Virginia Supreme Court, which cited his "egregious behavior in running...
No. 1 Cougars Roll Past Highlanders
HUNTINGTON - Stocked with a deep and talented roster, Capital coach Matt Greene is fond of saying that on any given night, any of his players can have a big game. Thursday night was Anthony Dean's night.The 6-foot-4 senior forward came off the bench...
Oakley's Falling out with Knicks Hits New Low
NEW YORK - Charles Oakley maintains he did nothing wrong before he was surrounded by Madison Square Garden security officials. Something has happened, though, to turn him from popular player to persona non grata within his former franchise.Oakley Thursday...
Oil Wasn't the Problem in Venezuela
Chavez's socialist economy called a model by some, was anything butVenezuela's economy has collapsed.Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe Venezuela's policies created a successful economy prior to the collapse in oil prices. The truth is that...
Outdoorsmen's Videos to Focus on Appalachian Adventures
If they have their way, a motivated group of West Virginians will give the rest of the country a good long look at outdoor recreation in the Appalachian Mountains. They call their endeavor "Appalachian Range. Through video, still photography and the...
Pioneers Hand Yellow Jackets Fifth Consecutive Setback
The West Virginia State men's basketball team dropped its fifth game in a row on Thursday, falling 84-78 to Glenville State at the Walker Convocation Center. The loss dropped the Yellow Jackets (6- 17 overall) to 3-14 in Mountain East Conference play...
Prep Basketball
BOYSHometown Invitational TournamentDivision 1 finalsSaturday at Robert C. ByrdNoon - Calhoun County vs. Ritchie County, 11th place1:30 p.m. - Greenbrier West vs. Meadow Bridge, ninth place3 - East Hardy vs. Tygarts Valley, seventh place4:30 - Clay-Battelle...
Prep Schedule
Boys basketballFriday - George Washington at St. Albans, 7:30 p.m.; Poca at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.; Parkersburg at South Charleston, 7:30 p.m.; Summers County at Charleston Catholic, 5:45 p.m.; Ripley at Hurricane, 7 p.m.; Riverside at Cabell Midland,...
Pro Golf
Pebble Beach Pro-Am(PGA Tour)Thursdayp-Pebble Beach Golf Links: 6,816 yards, par 72 (36-36)m-Monterey Peninsula Country Club: 6,958 yards, par 71 (34-37)s-Spyglass Hill Golf Course: 6,953 yards, par 72 (36-36)Pebble Beach, Calif.Purse: $7.2 millionPartial...
Readers' Vent
Two new mines have opened in Mingo County since the first of the year. A new tipple is halfway up. Don't tell me coal is not coming back. I think Jim Justice did a terrible job in releasing Bob Fala from the DNR. He was a great leader and had the respect...
Reds Hope They've Stabilized with Better Rotation, Bullpen
CINCINNATI - When the Reds appeared to be finally finished trading away top players, they made one more deal that reminded everyone they're not quite there yet. By sending Dan Straily - their top starter from 2016 to the Marlins for three prospects...
Reeling Razorbacks Quickly Falling out of NCAA Contention
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Dusty Hannahs has struggled at times over the last two seasons with putting his frustration into words following difficult Arkansas losses. Yet, it was Hannahs who was the only player to meet with the media following the Razorbacks' most...
Rittinger Overcomes Injury to Succeed at Region 4 Meet
Winfield's Alyssa Rittinger entered Saturday's Region 4 swim meet at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington as the Kanawha Valley's top-ranked girls swimmer according to rankings on swimwv.com, where she sits sixth overall in the state. Rittinger lived...
Sports on Tv/radio
TELEVISIONNBCSN 6:30 a.m. - skiing, FIS Alpine World Championships, Ladies Super Combined, at St. Moritz, Switzerland NBCSN noon - winter sports, Speed Skating, ISU World Single Distances Championships, at Gangneung, South Korea (same-day tape)GOLF...
Stark Choices: Taxes or Cuts
Officials with Gov. Jim Justice's administration on Thursday offered West Virginia legislators little hope of a middle road between the governor's two budget proposals - one that would raise taxes and fees to bring in nearly $400 million a year, and...
Texans Make Greenbrier Stay Official
The Houston Texans made official Thursday that they will call The Greenbrier resort their home for NFL training camp this summer. It will be the first time the Texans have held an off-site training camp, spending the last 15 seasons at the Houston Methodist...
The Economics of a blizzardFor New York City, Snow Removal Costs an Average of $1.8 Million per Inch
Scraping against the asphalt, one plow after another made its way down New York's busiest intersections overnight, noisily pushing around the snow that coated the city. In anticipation of the storm, which the National Weather Service had forecast could...
Things to Do Today
MusicFREDA PAYNE: 7:30 p.m. Tickets $43.59 to $73.55. "Band of Gold singer pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Marshall Artist Series. Keith Albee Theater, 925 Fourth Ave., Huntington. Call 304-696- 6656. COUNTRY FRIED with STEPHANIE SPINKS: 7 to 10 p.m....
Tips Poured in after Offer of Reward by Kanawha Commission, Police Say
Information about the whereabouts of an Elkview man who police say shot two people flooded the Charleston Police Department on Wednesday after it announced a $10,000 reward offered by the Kanawha County Commission for information leading to his arrest,...
Transactions
BASEBALLAmerican LeagueTORONTO BLUE JAYS - Agreed to terms with LHP J.P. Howell on a one- year contract. National LeagueNEW YORK METS - Agreed to terms with LHP Jerry Blevins on a one- year contract. Designated INF-OF Ty Kelly for assignment.PITTSBURGH...
Tribe Files Legal Challenge to Stall Work
CANNON BALL, N.D. - Construction crews have resumed work on the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, and the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday that the full system could be operational within three months. Meanwhile, an American...
Trump Administration Delays Listing Bumblebee as Endangered
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The Trump administration on Thursday delayed what would be the first endangered designation for a bee species in the continental U.S., one day before it was to take effect. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adopted a rule Jan....
Twitter Struggling to Lure New Users, Revenue
NEW YORK - Many people have heard of Twitter. Not enough of them are signing up to use it. Twitter's role as a megaphone for the U.S. president, countless celebrities and businesses hasn't attracted regular people to the service, not in the way Facebook has,...
Undocumented Immigrants Live, Work near White House
WASHINGTON - Claudette Monroy slipped into a window seat on a crowded bus.Her long curls fell forward as she looked down at her lap, checking her homework before she arrived at George Washington University, where she is a graduate student. When she...
VW's Comeback Faces Roadblock from Proposed Border Tax
Volkswagen is bracing for another blow from the U.S. government.After agreeing to spend more than $23 billion to clean up its diesel-cheating scandal, the German auto giant risks staying in Washington's crosshairs as it tries to start fresh with American consumers....
Westbrook Records 26th Triple-Double in Win over Cavs
OKLAHOMA CITY - Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and had his 26th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-109 on Thursday night. Westbrook added 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the 63rd triple-double...
When Biology Meets Bricks, the Science Behind the Agony of Stepping Barefoot on a Lego Block
Tuesday night, in an act of movie promotion-slash-celebrity torture, comedian and actor Will Arnett walked barefoot across a pile of Lego bricks. The pit was styled in the fashion of firewalkers' embers, to highlight these toys' sole purpose: pain. Arnett,...
With Affordable Care Act Now in Jeopardy, More Than 12M People Still Sign Up
WASHINGTON - More than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under the Obama-era health care law even with the uncertainty created by President Donald Trump's vow to repeal and replace it. A count by The Associated Press...
WKU's Johnson a Formidable Opponent for Thundering Herd
HUNTINGTON - If Western Kentucky's Justin Johnson looks like one of those average-looking basketball players from the southern coalfields, that's because he is. But he has long captured the attention of Conference USA opponents, Marshall perhaps more...
W.Va. Budget, Responsibility Time
Responsibility timeThe governor says West Virginia can't pay its way with cuts alone, and he proposed increasing the consumer sales tax to 6.5 percent (for about $93 million) and a gross receipts tax on businesses of 0.2 percent (for $214 million). He...
W.Va. Prospers When Rights of All Are Valued
Our economic future is tied to the preservation and expansion of laws that make it possible for all West Virginians to enjoy the same rights and opportunities. Across our state and across the nation, people who are able to make economic choices of where...
WVU Finds Right Path
Mountaineers' effort made up for sloppy play vs. SoonersMORGANTOWN - There were no crossroads outside the Lloyd Noble Center Wednesday night, and West Virginia was not met with a dark intersection devoid of directions to leave the team guessing between routes...
WVU's Gee Satisfied with Big 12 Action on Baylor
When West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee reads the reports of what's happening at Baylor, he has to feel as repulsed as most. A sexual assault scandal has rocked the campus in Waco, Texas, and, specifically, the Bears' football program....
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