West Virginia State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/AC9VWS0RRV/feeder West Virginia State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 05 Sep 2020 13:21:40 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Marshall University suspends Professor after anti-Trump comments go viral https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/marshall-university-suspends-professor-after-anti-trump-comments-go-viral/ West Virginia Headlines | WTRF urn:uuid:5e00d2bf-2f28-75ec-ff0b-a8f1b3819899 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:48:45 +0000 HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Marshall University has suspended one of its faculty members after a video clip in which she says she wished Trump supporters would catch the COVID-19 virus and die before the election went viral on social media. Professor Jennifer Mosher, of the school’s Biology department, was teaching a virtual class session Wednesday [&#8230;] <p>HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Marshall University has suspended one of its faculty members after a video clip in which she says she wished Trump supporters would catch the COVID-19 virus and die before the election went viral on social media.</p> <p>Professor Jennifer Mosher, of the school’s Biology department, was teaching a virtual class session Wednesday when she commented on supporters of President Donald Trump at an indoor political rally not wearing masks.</p> <p>In the video, posted to Twitter by one of the students attending the session, Mosher stated “I’ve become the type of person where I hope they all get it and die. I’m sorry, but that’s so frustrating – just – I don’t know what else to do. You can’t argue with them, you can’t talk sense with them, uhm, I said to somebody yesterday I hope they all die before the election.</p> <p>Once posted to Twitter, the comments went viral attracting intense criticism of both Mosher and the University with one person commenting “Unacceptable! Marshall must take appropriate action to discourage and extinguish this sort of behavior. She needs our prayers but also needs to be let go. A black eye for Marshall if nothing is done.”</p> <p>Friday Marshall University released the following statement:</p> <p><em>“Marshall University this morning announced it is aware of an overtly political statement made by a faculty member in a recent virtual classroom session and widely circulated on social media. The University does not support or condone the use of any of its educational platforms to elittle people or wish harm on those who hold differeing political views. The professor was removed from the classroom yesterday and is on administrative leave, pending an investigation. there will be no further comment on this personnel matter at this time.”</em></p> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/marshall-university-suspends-professor-after-anti-trump-comments-go-viral/">Marshall University suspends Professor after anti-Trump comments go viral</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/aaa-tells-drivers-not-to-hang-masks-from-rear-view-mirror/">AAA tells drivers not to hang masks from rear-view mirror</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/national-news/woman-told-officer-i-have-to-poop-so-bad-before-high-speed-chase/">Woman told officer &#8216; I have to poop so bad&#8217; before high-speed chase</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-coronavirus-in-west-virginia-gov-justice-holds-a-1230-pm-press-briefing-on-covid-19-coronavirus-update-11/">WATCH LIVE Coronavirus In West Virginia: Gov. Justice holds a 11:00 AM press briefing on COVID-19 coronavirus update</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/ohio-county/wheeling-attorney-small-businesses-file-lawsuit-against-gov-justice/">Wheeling Attorney/Small Businesses file lawsuit against Gov. Justice</a></li> </ul> Map change cancels Friday night football in Fayette County https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/map-change-cancels-friday-night-football-in-fayette-county/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:56e27399-06ae-3cf5-437b-7cfc0b759b1a Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:48:39 +0000 FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WVNS) &#8211; School sporting competitions scheduled for tonight, Sept. 18 in Fayette County have been canceled according to Fayette County Schools Superintendent Gary Hough. Hough said the decision comes after the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reported the county is now red on the County Alert System map. [&#8230;] <p>FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WVNS) &#8211; School sporting competitions scheduled for tonight, Sept. 18 in Fayette County have been canceled according to Fayette County Schools Superintendent Gary Hough.</p> <p>Hough said the decision comes after the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reported the county is now red on the <a href="https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx">County Alert System</a> map.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/three-more-west-virginia-counties-go-red/" class="promo-link__link" > Three more West Virginia counties go red </a> </aside> <p>The action is in compliance with the restrictions set up by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and state health officials, according to Hough.</p> <div class='s2nFriendlyFrame k k-WcvCXDEf' data-type='float'></div><script type='text/javascript' src='https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?fk=WcvCXDEf&#038;cid=9366&#038;offsety=140&#038;floatwidth=400&#038;floatposition=top-right' data-type='s2nScript'></script> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wvnstv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/76/2020/09/WVDE-Color.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-412507"/><figcaption>Guidance for alert system levels (Courtesy: West Virginia Department of Education website.)</figcaption></figure> <p><a href="https://wvde.us/school-reentry-metrics-protocols/">Counties listed as red</a> have &#8220;substantial community transmission&#8221; with 25 or more COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. Schools in red counties must suspend in-person instruction and all school-related activities, including athletics and extracurricular activities, and move to remote learning the next school day. </p> <p>Staff will continue essential student support services including meals, student engagement and special education services, according to the WV DHHR and West Virginia Department of Education. Students in grades 3-12 will be required to wear face coverings when school services are needed or required.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> WV Gov. Justice defends changes to state’s color-coded COVID-19 map https://www.wboy.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-wv-gov-justices-friday-covid-19-briefing-scheduled-for-1100-a-m-friday/ West Virginia | WBOY.com urn:uuid:7527449d-6290-f60d-6460-d81de4a5967c Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:43:04 +0000 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice held his latest virtual COVID-19 briefing Friday morning. Fayette, Mingo and Putnam counties have joined Kanawha county in the &#8220;red&#8221; category on the state&#8217;s color-coded map, Justice announced. If the state&#8217;s cumulative percent positive rate raises above 3%(it&#8217;s currently at 2.72%), Justice will have to look at [&#8230;] <p>CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice held his latest virtual COVID-19 briefing Friday morning.</p> <p>Fayette, Mingo and Putnam counties have joined Kanawha county in the &#8220;red&#8221; category on the state&#8217;s color-coded map, Justice announced.</p> <p>If the state&#8217;s cumulative percent positive rate raises above 3%(it&#8217;s currently at 2.72%), Justice will have to look at putting more aggressive restrictions in place, he said.</p> <p>The keys to improving colors in individual counties are: following COVID-19 guidelines, like wearing masks and social distancing; and doing more testing, the governor said.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/09/9-18-20-color-coded-map.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-466201" srcset="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/09/9-18-20-color-coded-map.jpg?resize=649,480 649w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/09/9-18-20-color-coded-map.jpg?resize=300,222 300w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 649px" /></figure> <p>The CDC is adopting a color-coded system that looks &#8220;tremendously close&#8221; to West Virginia&#8217;s, Justice said. The state&#8217;s version &#8220;is more strenuent(sic) and is much safer, Gov. Justice said.</p> <p>When asked about criticism of the changes Justice and state officials have made to the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/" target="_blank">Harvard Global Health Institute map</a>, West Virginia coronavirus &#8220;czar&#8221; Dr. Clay Marsh said: &#8220;We certainly had no intention of taking their model in a reckless or any other way. We use it as a baseline, because of the respect we have for their knowledge, but we really have now reached the <em>West Virginia Model</em>. We&#8217;ve borrowed pieces now from many different public health models and we&#8217;ve combined those in way that we feel is going to be good for West Virginia.&#8221;</p> <p>During <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wboy.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-gov-justice-hosts-virtual-covid-19-briefing-at-1230-p-m-monday/" target="_blank">Monday&#8217;s briefing, Gov. Justice voiced his displeasure with the Bible Center School, in Charleston, decision to ignore Kanawha County&#8217;s &#8220;red&#8221; status and hold in-person schools</a>. On Friday, Justice said he believes a deal will soon be reached with the school where it will test all staff and students. The deal could be a model for other schools, the governor said.</p> WATCH LIVE: WV Gov. Justice defends changes to state’s color-coded COVID-19 map https://www.wboy.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-wv-gov-justices-friday-covid-19-briefing-scheduled-for-1100-a-m-friday/ West Virginia | WBOY.com urn:uuid:7956709f-1dac-3705-7352-ad8443ab3c66 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:27:32 +0000 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice held his latest virtual COVID-19 briefing Friday morning. Fayette, Mingo and Putnam counties have joined Kanawha county in the &#8220;red&#8221; category on the state&#8217;s color-coded map, Justice announced. The keys to improving colors in individual counties are: following COVID-19 guidelines, like wearing masks and social distancing; and [&#8230;] <p>CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice held his latest virtual COVID-19 briefing Friday morning.</p> <p>Fayette, Mingo and Putnam counties have joined Kanawha county in the &#8220;red&#8221; category on the state&#8217;s color-coded map, Justice announced.</p> <p>The keys to improving colors in individual counties are: following COVID-19 guidelines, like wearing masks and social distancing; and doing more testing, the governor said.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/09/9-18-20-color-coded-map.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-466201" srcset="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/09/9-18-20-color-coded-map.jpg?resize=649,480 649w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/09/9-18-20-color-coded-map.jpg?resize=300,222 300w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 649px" /></figure> <p>The CDC is adopting a color-coded system that looks &#8220;tremendously close&#8221; to West Virginia&#8217;s, Justice said. The state&#8217;s version &#8220;is more strenuent(sic) and is much safer, Gov. Justice said.</p> <p>When asked about criticism of the changes Justice and state officials have made to the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/" target="_blank">Harvard Global Health Institute map</a>, West Virginia coronavirus &#8220;czar&#8221; Dr. Clay Marsh said: &#8220;We certainly had no intention of taking their model in a reckless or any other way. We use it as a baseline, because of the respect we have for their knowledge, but we really have now reached the <em>West Virginia Model</em>. We&#8217;ve borrowed pieces now from many different public health models and we&#8217;ve combined those in way that we feel is going to be good for West Virginia.&#8221;</p> <p>During <a href="https://www.wboy.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-gov-justice-hosts-virtual-covid-19-briefing-at-1230-p-m-monday/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Monday&#8217;s briefing, Gov. Justice voiced his displeasure with the Bible Center School, in Charleston, decision to ignore Kanawha County&#8217;s &#8220;red&#8221; status and hold in-person schools</a>. On Friday, Justice said he believes a deal will soon be reached with the school where it will test all staff and students. The deal could be a model for other schools, the governor said.</p> <p>The briefing will be streamed live of WBOY.com and the&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wboy.com/apps/" target="_blank">12 News App</a>. Video of the full briefing along with a written recap will be added to this story following the briefing’s conclusion.</p> <p><strong><em>Watch the briefing in the live player above or at this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wboy.com/live-streaming-video-wboy/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">link</a>.</em></strong></p> <p>During Gov. Justice’s most recent briefing on&nbsp;Wednesday, the governor announced changes to the way <a href="https://www.wboy.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-gov-justice-schedules-wednesdays-virtual-covid-19-briefing-for-1230-p-m-3/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">West Virginia University students are counted in terms of the state&#8217;s color-coded school alert system</a>.</p> Charleston fire truck involved in crash https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/charleston-fire-truck-involved-in-crash/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:101d332e-d367-9e77-8eba-29d11f1fb3af Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:22:55 +0000 Metro 911 officials say a Charleston city fire truck was involved in a crash this morning near Fire Station Number 2 at 808 Virginia Street West. <p>CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8211; Metro 911 officials say a Charleston city fire truck was involved in a crash this morning near Fire Station Number 2 at 808 Virginia Street West.</p> <p>The fire truck was the only vehicle involved in the crash and one firefighter was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.</p> <p>No other information is available at this time.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> AAA tells drivers not to hang masks from rear-view mirror https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/aaa-tells-drivers-not-to-hang-masks-from-rear-view-mirror/ West Virginia Headlines | WTRF urn:uuid:6ce573e9-50fd-6ac2-679e-eb53c90719ba Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:19:20 +0000 PITTSBURGH – AAA wants to remind drivers that hanging items from a rear-view mirror, including protective masks, is a safety hazard. With varying requirements about masks/facial coverings in place, many drivers are keeping masks in their vehicles, and many are hanging them from their rear-view mirrors as a way to keep them handy. This has [&#8230;] <p>PITTSBURGH – AAA wants to remind drivers that hanging items from a rear-view mirror, including protective masks, is a safety hazard. With varying requirements about masks/facial coverings in place, many drivers are keeping masks in their vehicles, and many are hanging them from their rear-view mirrors as a way to keep them handy. </p> <p>This has the potential to partially block their field of vision, putting them and others in harm’s way, AAA officials said.</p> <p>“It is essential to have a completely clear field of vision while driving,” says Theresa Podguski, Legislative Director,&nbsp;<a href="https://apps.eastcentral.aaa.com/aceapps/authenticate2/login" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">AAA East Central</a>. “Motorists should keep their masks in their glove boxes, middle consoles, or back seats to avoid this preventable hazard.”</p> <p>In a typical city, a driver encounters as many as 200 different situations per mile, according to a news release from AAA. </p> <p>The eyes provide nearly all of the information needed to respond to road conditions, traffic patterns, signals, and signs. </p> <p>Obstructing this field of vision, even partially, can cause you to miss things that should be seen, such as signs, pedestrians, wildlife, motorcycles, bikes, or other vehicles, officials said.</p> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/aaa-tells-drivers-not-to-hang-masks-from-rear-view-mirror/">AAA tells drivers not to hang masks from rear-view mirror</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/national-news/woman-told-officer-i-have-to-poop-so-bad-before-high-speed-chase/">Woman told officer &#8216; I have to poop so bad&#8217; before high-speed chase</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-coronavirus-in-west-virginia-gov-justice-holds-a-1230-pm-press-briefing-on-covid-19-coronavirus-update-11/">WATCH LIVE Coronavirus In West Virginia: Gov. 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With varying requirements about masks/facial coverings in place, many drivers are keeping masks in their vehicles, and many are hanging them from their rear-view mirrors as a way to keep them handy. [&#8230;] <p>PITTSBURGH &#8211; AAA East Central wants to remind drivers that hanging items from a rear-view mirror, including protective masks, is a safety hazard. With varying requirements about masks/facial coverings in place, many drivers are keeping masks in their vehicles, and many are hanging them from their rear-view mirrors as a way to keep them handy. This has the potential to partially block their field of vision, putting them and others in harm’s way, AAA officials said.</p> <p>“It is essential to have a completely clear field of vision while driving,” says Theresa Podguski, Legislative Director, <a href="https://apps.eastcentral.aaa.com/aceapps/authenticate2/login" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">AAA East Central</a>. “Motorists should keep their masks in their glove boxes, middle consoles, or back seats to avoid this preventable hazard.”</p> <p>In a typical city, a driver encounters as many as 200 different situations per mile, according to a news release from AAA. The eyes provide nearly all of the information needed to respond to road conditions, traffic patterns, signals, and signs. Obstructing this field of vision, even partially, can cause you to miss things that should be seen, such as signs, pedestrians, wildlife, motorcycles, bikes, or other vehicles, officials said.</p> Marshall University suspends Professor after anti-Trump comments go viral https://www.wowktv.com/top-stories/marshall-university-suspends-professor-after-anti-trump-comments-go-viral/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:7ae31aa4-e8e9-f016-152b-9a6c9ff8f699 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:53:51 +0000 HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) &#8211; Marshall University has suspended one of its faculty members after a video clip in which she says she wished Trump supporters would catch the COVID-19 virus and die before the election went viral on social media. Professor Jennifer Mosher, of the school&#8217;s Biology department, was teaching a virtual class session Wednesday [&#8230;] <p>HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) &#8211; Marshall University has suspended one of its faculty members after a video clip in which she says she wished Trump supporters would catch the COVID-19 virus and die before the election went viral on social media.</p> <p>Professor Jennifer Mosher, of the school&#8217;s Biology department, was teaching a virtual class session Wednesday when she commented on supporters of President Donald Trump at an indoor political rally not wearing masks.</p> <p>In the video, posted to Twitter by one of the students attending the session, Mosher stated &#8220;I&#8217;ve become the type of person where I hope they all get it and die. I&#8217;m sorry, but that&#8217;s so frustrating &#8211; just &#8211; I don&#8217;t know what else to do. You can&#8217;t argue with them, you can&#8217;t talk sense with them, uhm, I said to somebody yesterday I hope they all die before the election.</p> <p>Once posted to Twitter, the comments went viral attracting intense criticism of both Mosher and the University with one person commenting &#8220;Unacceptable! Marshall must take appropriate action to discourage and extinguish this sort of behavior. She needs our prayers but also needs to be let go. A black eye for Marshall if nothing is done.&#8221;</p> <p>Friday Marshall University released the following statement:</p> <p><em>&#8220;Marshall University this morning announced it is aware of an overtly political statement made by a faculty member in a recent virtual classroom session and widely circulated on social media. The University does not support or condone the use of any of its educational platforms to elittle people or wish harm on those who hold differeing political views. The professor was removed from the classroom yesterday and is on administrative leave, pending an investigation. there will be no further comment on this personnel matter at this time.&#8221;</em></p> <p><em>This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on <a href="https://www.wowktv.com">WOWKTV.com</a>, the <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/about-us/app/">WOWK 13 News App</a>, and on 13 News on air.</em></p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Coronavirus in north central West Virginia: a running total https://www.wboy.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-north-central-west-virginia-a-running-total/ West Virginia | WBOY.com urn:uuid:18440447-03f7-5b8c-991c-a34d60e049bc Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:37:38 +0000 CLARKSBURG, W.Va. &#8211; As the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect West Virginia and the United States, WBOY is working to keep people informed on the latest figures in north central West Virginia. To that end, the following is a running list of counties and their totals, based on information from the West Virginia Department of [&#8230;] <p>CLARKSBURG, W.Va. &#8211; As the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect West Virginia and the United States, WBOY is working to keep people informed on the latest figures in north central West Virginia.</p> <p>To that end, the following is a running list of counties and their totals, based on information from the <a href="https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (opens in a new tab)">West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources</a> and county health departments.</p> <p>North central West Virginia counties include Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties.</p> <p><em>This list will be updated periodically as WBOY receives information from official sources.</em> <em>As case surveillance continues at the local health department level, it may reveal that people tested in a certain county may not be a resident of that county, or even the state, as an individual in question may have crossed the state border to be tested.</em></p> <p><em>The DHHR is now listing confirmed cases and probable cases.</em> <em>The total number of cases in West Virginia includes both of these values.</em></p> <ul><li>Total cases in West Virginia: 13,683 (+253); 297 (+3) deaths </li><li>Barbour County: 42 (+3); 1 death</li><li>Doddridge County: 17</li><li>Gilmer County: 20(+1)</li><li>Harrison County: 332 (+6); 7 deaths</li><li>Lewis County: 38; 2 deaths</li><li>Marion County: 252 (+2); 2 deaths</li><li>Monongalia County: 1,836 (+45); 5 deaths</li><li>Preston County: 147 (+2); 4 deaths </li><li>Randolph County: 233; 1 death</li><li>Ritchie County: 10</li><li>Taylor County: 117 (+2); 4 deaths</li><li>Tucker County: 15</li><li>Upshur County: 60</li><li>Webster County: 7</li></ul> <p><em>Editor&#8217;s note: The numbers received from the West Virginia DHHR may include cases that have already been resolved. Therefore, these counts may need to be viewed as historical cases, rather than active cases.</em></p> 60,000 veterans and health care providers hit in VA data breach https://www.wowktv.com/top-stories/60000-veterans-and-health-care-providers-hit-in-va-data-breach/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:5617b6ad-e8b2-4e46-b883-715aa3a8475c Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:20:04 +0000 WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOWK) &#8211; West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is demanding answers from the Veterans Administration (VA) following word that personal and corporate information may have been stolen. Manchin, in a letter co-signed by nine other U.S. Senators, says the data breach compromised the personal information of 46,000 veterans and some 17,000 VA community care [&#8230;] <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOWK) &#8211; West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is demanding answers from the Veterans Administration (VA) following word that personal and corporate information may have been stolen.</p> <p>Manchin, in a <a href="https://www.manchin.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2020-09-16%20Letter%20to%20Wilkie%20re%20data%20breach.pdf?cb">letter co-signed</a> by nine other U.S. Senators, says the data breach compromised the personal information of 46,000 veterans and some 17,000 VA community care providers.</p> <p>Calling the breach &#8220;unacceptable&#8221;, Manchin said the breach &#8220;&#8230;exposes the fact that VA has not taken the necessary steps to ensure oversight, accountability, and security of the fast financial, health, and other personal data it collects and processes to perform its critical services for America&#8217;s veterans.&#8221;</p> <p>In the letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie the senators say the breach is not unique by rather &#8220;is a long-standing weakness of the department as indentified by independent reviews conducted by the VA OIG (Office of Inspector General) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for more than 10 years.&#8221;</p> <p>The letter also accuses the VA of being &#8220;reactive rather than proactive&#8221; in countering threats to it&#8217;s data bases.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> <p></p> WATCH LIVE Coronavirus In West Virginia: Gov. Justice holds a 11:00 AM press briefing on COVID-19 coronavirus update https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-coronavirus-in-west-virginia-gov-justice-holds-a-1230-pm-press-briefing-on-covid-19-coronavirus-update-11/ West Virginia Headlines | WTRF urn:uuid:257c5c51-e470-16cf-d1f9-1a0741472a54 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:07:11 +0000 Charleston, W.Va. (WTRF)- Gov. Jim Justice will hold a news conference Friday at 11:00 AM to provide the latest updates on the coronavirus in West Virginia. Yesterday, West Virginia capitol police shut down an anti-mask protest inside the state capitol on Thursday. This week has seen two different lawsuits filled against Gov. Justice. One lawsuit was filled by Wheeling Attorney [&#8230;] <p>Charleston, W.Va. (WTRF)- <a href="https://www.wtrf.com/tag/jim-justice/">Gov. Jim Justice </a>will hold a news conference Friday at 11:00 AM to provide the latest updates on the <a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/">coronavirus </a>in <a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/">West Virginia</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/anti-mask-protest-at-west-virginia-capitol-shut-down/">Yesterday, West Virginia capitol police shut down an anti-mask protest inside the state capitol on Thursday.</a></p> <p>This week has seen two different lawsuits filled against Gov. Justice. </p> <p><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/ohio-county/wheeling-attorney-small-businesses-file-lawsuit-against-gov-justice/">One lawsuit was filled by Wheeling Attorney Paul Harris, and a group of small Wheeling businesses claiming Gov. Justice is hindering first amendment rights in WV. </a></p> <p><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/back-to-school/lawsuit-calls-for-gov-justice-and-dhhr-to-end-color-coded-map/">Another lawsuit is calling for Governor Jim Justice and the DHHR to put an end to the color-coded map which helps determine schools reopening status</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/gov-justice-changes-the-wv-color-coded-map/">Earlier this week, WV added a new color, gold, to the county alert color coded system map</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-west-virginia-dhhr-confirms-3-new-covid-19-related-deaths-253-new-cases/">https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-west-virginia-dhhr-confirms-3-new-covid-19-related-deaths-253-new-cases/</a>The WV DHHR confirmed 3 additional COVID-19 related deaths and 253 new positive cases.</p> <p>If you have issues with the stream, you can watch the briefing on the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/wtrf7news/?epa=SEARCH_BOX">7News Facebook page</a>&nbsp;or on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wtrf.com/live-streaming-video/">WTRF.com</a>.</p> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/national-news/woman-told-officer-i-have-to-poop-so-bad-before-high-speed-chase/">Woman told officer &#8216; I have to poop so bad&#8217; before high-speed chase</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-coronavirus-in-west-virginia-gov-justice-holds-a-1230-pm-press-briefing-on-covid-19-coronavirus-update-11/">WATCH LIVE Coronavirus In West Virginia: Gov. 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The report from the DHHR stated that as of 10 a.m. on Friday, September 18, [&#8230;] <p>CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed 253 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths in its report on Thursday.</p> <p>234 new cases, along with 4 additional deaths were announced by the DHHR on <a href="https://www.wboy.com/news/health/coronavirus/wv-dhhr-confirms-234-new-covid-19-cases-4-additional-deaths-on-thursday/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Thursday</a>.</p> <p>The report from the DHHR stated that as of 10 a.m. on Friday, September 18, there have been a total of 502,803(+4,841) laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 13,683 (+253) total cases and 297 (+3) of those cases resulting in deaths.</p> <p>The DHHR has confirmed the deaths of DHHR has confirmed the deaths of an 83-year old man from Mingo County, an 87-year old woman from Mason County, and a 62-year old man from Logan County. </p> <p>“As we extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones, we also encourage all West Virginians to recognize the continued need to take every possible step to slow the spread of this disease,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.</p> <p>According to the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">DHHR’s website</a>, there are currently 3,375 (+43) active cases and 10,011 (+207) recovered cases in the state.</p> <p>Listed below are the total numbers of COVID-19 cases per county, according to the DHHR’s latest report:</p> <p><strong>CASES PER COUNTY:</strong> Barbour (42), Berkeley (929), Boone (191), Braxton (10), Brooke (106), Cabell (707), Calhoun (23), Clay (33), Doddridge (17), Fayette (524), Gilmer (20), Grant (150), Greenbrier (119), Hampshire (100), Hancock (140), Hardy (78), Harrison (332), Jackson (244), Jefferson (413), Kanawha (2,194), Lewis (38), Lincoln (153), Logan (559), Marion (252), Marshall (150), Mason (130), McDowell (86), Mercer (394), Mineral (161), Mingo (346), Monongalia (1,836), Monroe (146), Morgan (49), Nicholas (79), Ohio (349), Pendleton (51), Pleasants (16), Pocahontas (59), Preston (147), Putnam (471), Raleigh (470), Randolph (233), Ritchie (10), Roane (43), Summers (34), Taylor (117), Tucker (15), Tyler (15), Upshur (60), Wayne (336), Webster (7), Wetzel (49), Wirt (10), Wood (346), Wyoming (94).</p> <p>*<strong>Note – As case surveillance continues at the local health department level, it may reveal that those tested in a certain county may not be a resident of that county, or even the state as an individual in question may have crossed the state border to be tested. Such is the case of Monroe and Tucker counties in this report.</strong></p> <p>Please visit the dashboard located at&nbsp;<a href="https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">www.coronavirus.wv.gov</a>&nbsp;for more information.</p> West Virginia governor updates state on COVID-19 https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/west-virginia-governor-updates-state-on-covid-19/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:4084e886-57dc-b3e4-2b04-aab6ef708bde Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:51:07 +0000 West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is scheduled to give an update on COVID-19 in the Mountain State at approximately 11 a.m. <p>CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8211; West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is scheduled to give an update on COVID-19 in the Mountain State at approximately 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18.</p> <p>The governor&#8217;s briefing follows this morning&#8217;s update from the Department of Health and Human Resources, which showed three new counties, <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/three-more-west-virginia-counties-go-red/">Fayette, Putnam and Mingo</a>, in red on the state&#8217;s <a href="https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx">County Alert System</a>. Kanawha County remains red after moving into the level Wednesday. </p> <p>While the rest of the West Virginia Department of Education <a href="https://wvde.us/school-reentry-metrics-protocols/">School Alert System</a> map will be updated Saturday, Sept. 19, Fayette, Putnam and Mingo have already been added as red on that map as of today.</p> <p>The WV DHHR also reported <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/three-more-west-virginia-counties-go-red/">three additional deaths</a> in the Mountian State this morning. State health officials say an 83-year old male from Mingo County, an 87-year old female from Mason County, and a 62-year old male from Logan County have died due to COVID-19.</p> <p>Wednesday, state health officials said they are hoping to <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/wv-aims-to-double-covid-19-testing-unemployment-checks-in-the-mail/">double daily testing in West Virginia</a>. Kanawha County, which has a current seven-day rolling average of 25.66 daily cases per 100,000 people, has already announced <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/free-community-covid-19-testing-at-west-virginia-state-university-sept-18-19/">several testing locations this weekend</a>.</p> <p>State leaders also said Wednesday, around <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/wv-aims-to-double-covid-19-testing-unemployment-checks-in-the-mail/">50,000 checks</a> with supplemental “Lost Wages Assistance” benefits should have gone out Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and claimants should receive those checks by the end of this week or early next week.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Wheeling Attorney/Small Businesses file lawsuit against Gov. Justice https://www.wtrf.com/ohio-county/wheeling-attorney-small-businesses-file-lawsuit-against-gov-justice/ West Virginia Headlines | WTRF urn:uuid:615a5415-aa24-b6b8-468b-e480ae05438e Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:51:06 +0000 Wheeling, W.Va. (WTRF)- Wheeling Attorney Paul Harris, and a group of small Wheeling businesses (plaintiffs) have filed a lawsuit against West Virginia Governor, (defendant)Jim Justice. The lawsuit was filled in federal court yesterday afternoon. The plaintiffs stated that the complaint focuses on first amendment rights and that Gov. Justice has limited large groups outside which [&#8230;] <p>Wheeling, W.Va. (WTRF)- Wheeling Attorney Paul Harris, and a group of small Wheeling businesses (plaintiffs) have filed a lawsuit against West Virginia Governor, (defendant)Jim Justice.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wtrf.com/back-to-school/lawsuit-calls-for-gov-justice-and-dhhr-to-end-color-coded-map/" class="promo-link__link" > Lawsuit calls for Gov. Justice and DHHR to end color-coded map </a> </aside> <p>The lawsuit was filled in federal court yesterday afternoon. </p> <p>The plaintiffs stated that the complaint focuses on first amendment rights and that Gov. Justice has limited large groups outside which is a violation of freedom of assembly. </p> <p> Harris told 7News that he believes Gov. Justice is making his own laws and that state legislature should have been called to make the laws for the Mountain State. </p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/gov-justice-changes-the-wv-color-coded-map/" class="promo-link__link" > Gov. 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Kanawha County remains red at 25.66.</p> <p>Boone County and Monongalia County are listed as orange, and Pocahontas, Ohio, Jackson, Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Logan and Wyoming are gold. 24 counties are yellow, and 17 counties.</p> <p>While the rest of the West Virginia Department of Education&#8217;s <a href="https://wvde.us/school-reentry-metrics-protocols/">School Alert System</a> map will be updated tomorrow, Sept. 19, Fayette, Mingo and Putnam counties have already been added as red on that map today.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/wv-pandemic-cases-continue-to-rise-four-more-deaths/" class="promo-link__link" > See the state&#8217;s Thursday, Sept. 17 COVID-19 update here </a> </aside> <p>The WV DHHR reports three additional deaths in the Mountian State. State health officials say an 83-year old male from Mingo County, an 87-year old female from Mason County, and a 62-year old male from Logan County have died due to COVID-19.</p> <p>As of 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, the WV DHHR confirms 253 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state to a total of 13,683 cases and 297 deaths since the pandemic began. The total includes 3,375 active cases, 175 current hospitalizations and 10,011 recoveries.</p> <p>The state&#8217;s current daily percent positive rate is 4.85%, down from yesterday&#8217;s rate. The cumulative percent positive rate is continuing to rise, listed at 2.72%.</p> <p>Confirmed cases per county include:</p> <p>Barbour (42), Berkeley (929), Boone (191), Braxton (10), Brooke (106), Cabell (707), Calhoun (23), Clay (33), Doddridge (17), Fayette (524), Gilmer (20), Grant (150), Greenbrier (119), Hampshire (100), Hancock (140), Hardy (78), Harrison (332), Jackson (244), Jefferson (413), Kanawha (2,194), Lewis (38), Lincoln (153), Logan (559), Marion (252), Marshall (150), Mason (130), McDowell (86), Mercer (394), Mineral (161), Mingo (346), Monongalia (1,836), Monroe (146), Morgan (49), Nicholas (79), Ohio (349), Pendleton (51), Pleasants (16), Pocahontas (59), Preston (147), Putnam (471), Raleigh (470), Randolph (233), Ritchie (10), Roane (43), Summers (34), Taylor (117), Tucker (15), Tyler (15), Upshur (60), Wayne (336), Webster (7), Wetzel (49), Wirt (10), Wood (346), Wyoming (94).</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> WATCH LIVE: WV Gov. Justice’s Friday COVID-19 briefing scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday https://www.wboy.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-wv-gov-justices-friday-covid-19-briefing-scheduled-for-1100-a-m-friday/ West Virginia | WBOY.com urn:uuid:088a7c46-385f-2aad-eb9a-4471b9d08e55 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:20:00 +0000 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has scheduled Monday’s virtual COVID-19 briefing for 11:00 a.m., according to a release from his office. The briefing will be streamed live of WBOY.com and the&#160;12 News App. Video of the full briefing along with a written recap will be added to this story following the briefing’s [&#8230;] <p>CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has scheduled Monday’s virtual COVID-19 briefing for 11:00 a.m., according to a release from his office.</p> <p>The briefing will be streamed live of WBOY.com and the&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wboy.com/apps/" target="_blank">12 News App</a>. Video of the full briefing along with a written recap will be added to this story following the briefing’s conclusion.</p> <p><strong><em>Watch the briefing in the live player above or at this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wboy.com/live-streaming-video-wboy/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">link</a>.</em></strong></p> <p>During Gov. Justice’s most recent briefing on Wednesday, the governor announced changes to the way <a href="https://www.wboy.com/news/health/coronavirus/watch-live-gov-justice-schedules-wednesdays-virtual-covid-19-briefing-for-1230-p-m-3/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">West Virginia University students are counted in terms of the state&#8217;s color-coded school alert system</a>.</p> Coronavirus In West Virginia: DHHR confirms 3 new COVID-19 related deaths; 253 new cases https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-west-virginia-dhhr-confirms-3-new-covid-19-related-deaths-253-new-cases/ West Virginia Headlines | WTRF urn:uuid:0e06ce66-ce79-a781-effd-9787b0a10e65 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:15:04 +0000 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., September 18, 2020, there have been 502,803 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 13,683 total cases and 297 deaths. DHHR has confirmed the deaths of an 83-year old male from Mingo County, an 87-year old female from Mason County, and a 62-year old [&#8230;] <p><strong>CHARLESTON, W.Va. –</strong> The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., September 18, 2020, there have been 502,803 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 13,683 total cases and 297 deaths.</p> <p>DHHR has confirmed the deaths of an 83-year old male from Mingo County, an 87-year old female from Mason County, and a 62-year old male from Logan County. “As we extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones, we also encourage all West Virginians to recognize the continued need to take every possible step to slow the spread of this disease,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.</p> <p><strong>CASES PER COUNTY:</strong>Barbour (42), Berkeley (929), Boone (191), Braxton (10),<strong> Brooke (106)</strong>, Cabell (707), Calhoun (23), Clay (33), Doddridge (17), Fayette (524), Gilmer (20), Grant (150), Greenbrier (119), Hampshire (100), <strong>Hancock (140)</strong>, Hardy (78), Harrison (332), Jackson (244), Jefferson (413), Kanawha (2,194), Lewis (38), Lincoln (153), Logan (559), Marion (252), <strong>Marshall (150)</strong>, Mason (130), McDowell (86), Mercer (394), Mineral (161), Mingo (346), Monongalia (1,836), Monroe (146), Morgan (49), Nicholas (79), <strong>Ohio (349)</strong>, Pendleton (51), Pleasants (16), Pocahontas (59), Preston (147), Putnam (471), Raleigh (470), Randolph (233), Ritchie (10), Roane (43), Summers (34), Taylor (117), Tucker (15), <strong>Tyler (15)</strong>, Upshur (60), Wayne (336), Webster (7), <strong>Wetzel (49)</strong>, Wirt (10), Wood (346), Wyoming (94).</p> <p>West Virginia Governor, Jim Justice, will hold his coronavirus briefing at 11:00 AM today. </p> <p>You can watch the briefing on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wtrf7news/?epa=SEARCH_BOX">7News Facebook page</a> or on <a href="https://www.wtrf.com/live-streaming-video/">WTRF.com</a>.</p> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-west-virginia-dhhr-confirms-3-new-covid-19-related-deaths-253-new-cases/">Coronavirus In West Virginia: DHHR confirms 3 new COVID-19 related deaths; 253 new cases</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/newsfeed-now/narrow-escape-lifesaving-phone-call-oregon-woman-recalls-fire/">Narrow escape, lifesaving phone call: Oregon woman recalls fire</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/newsfeed-now/at-town-hall-biden-blasts-trumps-criminal-virus-response/">At town hall, Biden blasts Trump’s ‘criminal’ virus response</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/ag-morrisey-city-police-reforms-must-not-run-afoul-of-state-code/">AG Morrisey: City Police Reforms Must Not Run Afoul of State Code</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/newsfeed-now/sports-photographers-big-ten-zoom-spoof-goes-viral/">Sports photographer’s Big Ten Zoom spoof goes viral</a></li> </ul> AG Morrisey: City Police Reforms Must Not Run Afoul of State Code https://www.wtrf.com/news/west-virginia-headlines/ag-morrisey-city-police-reforms-must-not-run-afoul-of-state-code/ West Virginia Headlines | WTRF urn:uuid:01a819b8-45df-381d-4b39-52efb2d48156 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:44:13 +0000 CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged the Morgantown City Council to reconsider moves aimed at reforming local police operations due to concern the efforts may run afoul of state law. “Improving officer training and preventing the unwarranted use of deadly force are worthy goals that I share,” Attorney General Morrisey wrote. “However, the [&#8230;] <p>CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged the Morgantown City Council to reconsider moves aimed at reforming local police operations due to concern the efforts may run afoul of state law.<br> <br>“Improving officer training and preventing the unwarranted use of deadly force are worthy goals that I share,” Attorney General Morrisey wrote. “However, the Office of the Attorney General is of the opinion that the Morgantown City Council does not have the legal authority to enact any municipal ordinance purporting to conduct investigations of complaints relating to members of the Morgantown Police Department, as any such ordinance would conflict with the provisions of W.Va. Code.”<br> <br>The Attorney General cites state precedent in writing the state Supreme Court of Appeals has repeatedly held that a municipality has only the powers granted to it by the Legislature and that state code prevails whenever a city ordinance or resolution is inconsistent or in conflict with state law.<br> <br>Specifically, the Attorney General writes that state law gives exclusive authority to the Policemen’s Civil Service Commission of each city to investigate allegations that could lead to punitive actions against a paid police officer. State law also prohibits cities from appointing, promoting, reinstating, removing, discharging, suspending or reducing in rank any member of their paid police departments through any manner other than their individual Policemen’s Civil Service Commission.<br> <br>The Attorney General cites prior, albeit failed, legislative efforts as demonstrating the Legislature also understood that cities lack the legal authority to create any separate police or law enforcement review boards.<br> <br>Notwithstanding the Morgantown City Council’s goals, the Attorney General also believes potential hiring quotas and several other aspects of its plan would conflict with various provisions of state code, as well as the state and federal constitutions.<br> <br>The letter alludes to other potential problems, but closes with encouragement for Morgantown City Council to engage and communicate closely with law enforcement as it strives to improve outcomes when city police officers encounter members of the public. 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(AP/ WTRF) — West Virginia capitol police shut down an anti-mask protest inside the state capitol on Thursday. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that about a dozen people entered the capitol building without wearing face masks. That goes against an executive order that requires masks inside the building. Capitol police officers confronted the group [&#8230;] <p>Charleston, W.Va. (AP/ WTRF) — West Virginia capitol police shut down an anti-mask protest inside the state capitol on Thursday. </p> <p>The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that about a dozen people entered the capitol building without wearing face masks. </p> <p>That goes against an executive order that requires masks inside the building. </p> <p>Capitol police officers confronted the group in a hallway and blocked the protestors from proceeding, the newspaper reported.</p> <p>A spokesman for the demonstrators, Roy Ramey, told the paper that he believed the mask requirement is unconstitutional. </p> <p>He wanted to speak with Gov. Jim Justice, who has pleaded with residents to wear masks and practice social distancing.</p> <p>Below is Ramey&#8217;s account of what happened that was posted on his Facebook Page.</p> <p>Ramey ran for office this past year for Agriculture Commissioner of West Virginia.</p> <p> </p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-facebook aligncenter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-facebook"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <fb:post href="https://www.facebook.com/roy.ramey.94/posts/10208113930723864" data-width="auto"></fb:post> </div></figure> <h3 class="ns-block-latest-posts__title">MUST READ</h3> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/health/coronavirus/anti-mask-protest-at-west-virginia-capitol-shut-down/">Anti-mask protest at West Virginia capitol shut down</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/weather/weather-news/zachs-friday-morning-update-8/">Zach&#8217;s Friday Morning Update</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/weather/windy-with-fall-like-temperatures-this-friday-and-into-the-weekend/">Windy with Fall-like temperatures this Friday and into the weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/news/washington-dc/native-american-ancestral-remains-artifacts-returned-to-u-s-soil/">Native American ancestral remains, artifacts returned to U.S. soil</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wtrf.com/sports/bilby-wins-third-straight-ovac-title-park-wins-third-team-championship-in-four-years/">Bilby Wins Third Straight OVAC Title, Park Wins Third Team Championship In Four Years</a></li> </ul> Bulletin Board: Sept. 18, 2020 https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/bulletin-board-sept-18-2020/article_033c7a2b-1386-55fc-ac16-b4ad5b0757a4.html www.wvgazettemail.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:d60c4108-5934-db46-e4f4-81b29ebf2826 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 04:00:00 +0000 Free COVID-19 testing at WVSU Feeding program for children continues despite challenges https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/feeding-program-for-children-continues-despite-challenges/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:e17a16bf-2c18-f301-dfcf-ccbe472ef45f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:04:18 +0000 The "Food Shack" is a mobile food truck with a very specific goal of making sure no kids in our area go hungry. But a few weeks ago the truck was involved in an accident and hasn't been able to make it to the usual stops. <p>CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) The &#8220;Food Shack&#8221; is a mobile food truck with a very specific goal of making sure no kids in our area go hungry. But a few weeks ago the truck was involved in an accident and hasn&#8217;t been able to make it to the usual stops.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/FOOD-SHACK-UPDATE.png" alt="" class="wp-image-439119" srcset="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/FOOD-SHACK-UPDATE.png?resize=795,443 795w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/FOOD-SHACK-UPDATE.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/FOOD-SHACK-UPDATE.png?resize=300,167 300w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/FOOD-SHACK-UPDATE.png?resize=768,428 768w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/FOOD-SHACK-UPDATE.png?resize=256,144 256w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 795px" /></figure> <p>Getting visits from the &#8220;Shack&#8221; has been a highlight of the summer for many kids in the Charleston area.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/good-news-with-13/mobile-food-truck-offering-free-meals-to-needy-children-in-the-kanawha-valley/" class="promo-link__link" > Mobile food truck offering free meals to needy children in the Kanawha Valley </a> </aside> <p>The truck that feeds children for free launched June 1st. Since then they&#8217;ve handed out 4,000 meals.</p> <p>But the truck hasn&#8217;t been on the road since the end of August.</p> <p>&#8220;The food shack had a little accident a few weeks back and it has been out of commission,&#8221; said Jim Strawn, board member with the The Underprivileged Children Foundation.</p> <p>Even with this unexpected challenge giving up was never an option.</p> <p>They&#8217;ll be feeding people this weekend just in a different way than they usually do, shifting the focus to non-perishable or meals prepared in advance.</p> <p>&#8220;We are doing &#8216;Food Shack on the Go&#8217; this weekend,&#8221; Strawn said. &#8220;We are going to 12 different spots, a lot of the normal spots that we&#8217;ve been hitting, handing out meals no questions asked to families in need.&#8221;</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/On-the-Go-Sept-18-20.jpg?w=540" alt="" class="wp-image-439120" srcset="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/On-the-Go-Sept-18-20.jpg 960w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/On-the-Go-Sept-18-20.jpg?resize=225,300 225w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/On-the-Go-Sept-18-20.jpg?resize=768,1024 768w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/On-the-Go-Sept-18-20.jpg?resize=540,720 540w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/On-the-Go-Sept-18-20.jpg?resize=100,133 100w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/On-the-Go-Sept-18-20.jpg?resize=200,266 200w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/On-the-Go-Sept-18-20.jpg?resize=520,693 520w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/On-the-Go-Sept-18-20.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure></div> <p>Since the truck has been off the road they&#8217;ve also been visiting communities to distribute school supplies. They&#8217;ll be able to provide an update on the &#8220;Food Shack&#8221; once they get a report from their insurance company. For a complete list of days, times and locations where the team will be this weekend visit them on Facebook.</p> WV labor unions picket plant with out- of-state workers https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/wv-labor-unions-picket-plant-with-out-of-state-workers/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:9514d1bc-5028-c2cc-c764-ed538aaf5598 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:52:39 +0000 CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8212; West Virginia labor union members and supporters were picketing all morning outside the U.S. Methanol plant in Institute. Union members say most of the 300 construction jobs at U.S. Methanol went to out-of-state workers, instead of West Virginians. &#8220;Well if they hire West Virginia people that means they&#8217;re going to stimulate [&#8230;] <p>CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8212; West Virginia labor union members and supporters were picketing all morning outside the U.S. Methanol plant in Institute. Union members say most of the 300 construction jobs at U.S. Methanol went to out-of-state workers, instead of West Virginians.</p> <p>&#8220;Well if they hire West Virginia people that means they&#8217;re going to stimulate the economy here. We&#8217;re going to buy houses here. We&#8217;re going to buy cars here. People that come in from out of state is going to stay in campers. And then they are going to leave and take all the tax money with them. They&#8217;re not going to file any taxes here,&#8221; said Craig Mosteller, Plumber &amp; Pipefitters Union Local 625.</p> <p>U.S. Methanol sent us a statement saying, in part, quote; &#8220;, the company has utilized those in trade organizations and those who are not, and will continue this approach… U.S. Methanol has contractors that are both local and regional.&#8221;</p> <p>And in the midst of a political campaign season, a number of candidates were out supporting West Virginia unions.</p> <p>&#8220;There&#8217;s no reason a project like this can&#8217;t be using West Virginia jobs, West Virginia labor. So, I&#8217;m just here to support their demands,&#8221; said Cathy Kunkel, (D) Nominee for U.S. House WV-District 2.</p> <p>&#8220;Well I&#8217;m just out here to support labor and really just trying to emphasize the need for West Virginia to get folks employed,&#8221; said Kathy Ferguson, (D) Nominee for House of Delegates &#8211; District 35.</p> <p>In its statement, U.S. Methanol promises to communicate more, with the community, about its hiring practices as construction continues.</p> <p>&#8220;Now if this was a public project such as road or bridge construction, it would be subject to the West Virginia Jobs Act. That requires that 75 percent of all workers be from West Virginia and neighboring states. But this is a private project and that law does not apply here,&#8221; said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Political Reporter.</p> Marshall graduate student studies rattlesnakes for thesis project https://www.wboy.com/top-stories/marshall-graduate-student-studies-rattlesnakes-for-thesis-project/ West Virginia | WBOY.com urn:uuid:063d1e23-3090-2492-5bdf-2b8ba6a84cfb Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:43:49 +0000 One Marshall graduate student is studying the movement of timber rattlesnakes in the Mountain State to help conserve the species. <p>KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) &#8211; The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and Marshall University have teamed up for a first-of-its-kind herpetology study that is at the center of one graduate student&#8217;s thesis project.</p> <p>Under Marshall&#8217;s Biological Sciences Department, Elizabeth Johnson is studying the movement of timber rattlesnakes here in the Mountain State to help conserve the species.</p> <p>The project is called &#8220;Translocation of Timber Rattlesnakes at Two State Forests in West Virginia&#8221;, which are Kanawha State Forest and Cooper&#8217;s Rock State Forest.</p> <p>&#8220;We are sort of experts in our field and to me, working with timber rattlesnakes, there&#8217;s not a huge line of people doing that, so it sort of feels cool, it&#8217;s really special to me to be able to work with an animal like this,&#8221; said Johnson.</p> <p>The Lexington native says studying this serpent is a passion she stumbled upon a few years ago.</p> <p>&#8220;I got to see a timber rattlesnake for the first time in Indiana. Something just clicked for me and I knew that I wanted to work with rattlesnakes, so I started looking for rattlesnake positions and ended up here,&#8221; said Johnson.</p> <p>Here in West Virginia, she has relocated six snakes at KSF and monitors their behaviors, helps them thrive and fights the species decline due to habitat loss.</p> <p>Johnson tracks the rattlesnakes using radio transmission. She ID-ed each snake with a transmitter.</p> <p>&#8220;My antennae picks that up and in all the fuzziness I can hear a &#8216;beep&#8230; beep&#8217; and that&#8217;s how I know which direction the snake is in,&#8221; said Johnson.</p> <p>For others, it&#8217;d be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but with the right tools, you can slither right up to the snake.</p> <p>Once Johnson locates the snake, she jots down the GPS coordinates and takes some notes.</p> <p>&#8220;Did the snake move? Is it shedding? Can you tell if it has eaten? But the most important thing out of all those for us is if the snake moved or not,&#8221; said Johnson.</p> <p>The data is used to calculate the snake&#8217;s home range. Johnson tracks the snakes every three days or so.</p> <p>The field season ends in March where the transmitters will be removed and then replaced in the summer for the start of the new season.</p> <p>Johnson is also studying timber rattlesnakes at Cooper&#8217;s Rock State Forest in Monongalia and Preston Counties, with help from WVDNR supervisors Vincent Spade, Kevin Oxenrider and Marshall Advisor, Jayme Waldron.</p> <p>Johnson says if you see a timber rattlesnake at KSF or in your own backyard, it&#8217;s encouraged to report the sighting to a park ranger, call your local DNR office or email kevin.j.oxenrider@wv.gov.</p> Destination West Virginia: Jefferson County https://www.wboy.com/top-stories/destination-west-virginia-jefferson-county/ West Virginia | WBOY.com urn:uuid:9542253d-4028-1fd6-b4b6-7460cd72ce65 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:41:44 +0000 Nestled between the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Jefferson County has a lot to offer. <p>JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM) &#8211; Nestled between the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Jefferson County has a lot to offer.</p> <p>Whether you&#8217;re looking to breathe in some fresh mountain air or looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, there&#8217;s something for everyone in today&#8217;s Destination West Virginia.</p> <p>Overlooking West Virginia&#8217;s Potomac River lies the Bavarian Inn, a cozy getaway with a touch of European elegance.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s a taste of Europe here in West Virginia and in this time of day where it&#8217;s difficult to travel, or expensive to get a plane ticket, or you don&#8217;t want to get on a plane, you can experience Europe right here in your own backyard,&#8221; said Christian Asam, president of the Bavarian Inn.</p> <p>The Shepherdstown vacation spot is a popular location for outdoor activities, with everything from tennis courts, to biking and hiking. Guests are surrounded by West Virginia&#8217;s natural beauty. One of the most well-known features? The inn&#8217;s infinity pool.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s called &#8216;Infinity 101&#8217; because it&#8217;s perched 101 feet above the Potomac River and there&#8217;s a pool bar there as well, so you can get a cocktail refreshments and watch the river roll by,&#8221; Asam said.</p> <p>The inn, a perfect place to stay while exploring some of Jefferson County&#8217;s other natural sites. Taking a ride down to the other side of the tracks is historic Harper&#8217;s Ferry. The scenic national park is filled with plenty of nature trails amongst history hidden in the trees.</p> <p>&#8220;Harper&#8217;s Ferry is an incredibly important site in our national history. There are six major themes that we talk about at Harper&#8217;s Ferry. They are natural heritage, the rocks and rivers that surround us; industry; transportation; John Brown, the Civil War, and African American history,&#8221; Isaac Wickenheiser, a Harper&#8217;s Ferry park ranger.</p> <p>Harper&#8217;s Ferry is perfect for a day trip to learn more about the area or for a casual afternoon walk.</p> <p>&#8220;This is a unique spot in terms of the amount history that happened here, but also in terms of the natural, scenic beauty,&#8221; Wickenheiser said.</p> <p>Both the Bavarian Inn and Harper&#8217;s Ferry have COVID-19 guidelines in place for visitors&#8217; safety.</p> Cabell County Schools has a solution for your technical difficulties https://www.wowktv.com/top-stories/cabell-county-schools-has-a-solution-for-your-technical-difficulties/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:1a655fb7-131c-2842-a042-e2bac93f5505 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:36:54 +0000 The Cabell County School District has nearly 12-thousand students, all of whom need to be doing online school in some capacity. Anticipating glitched and issues, the district created resource to help. <p>HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — With schools going fully or at least partially virtual across the mountain state, it&#8217;s not a huge surprise they are having to deal with some technical issues. </p> <p>The Cabell County School District has nearly 12-thousand students, all of whom need to be doing online school in some capacity. Anticipating glitched and issues, the district created resource to help.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_00_03_21.Still001.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-438941" srcset="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_00_03_21.Still001.jpg 1440w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_00_03_21.Still001.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_00_03_21.Still001.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_00_03_21.Still001.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_00_03_21.Still001.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption>Lenora Richardson at work on the Cabell County Help Desk. </figcaption></figure> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>“Hi, this is Lenora Richardson with Cabell County Help Desk, and I’m returning a call, I believe you called for some assistance?”&nbsp;</p><cite>Lenora Richardson, Cabell County Help Desk worker, and retired former Director of Curriculum and Assessment</cite></blockquote> <p>Lenora Richardson is one of the retirees and service members who answered the call for help when the Cabell County School District reached out as part of it&#8217;s E-learning plan. </p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>“I’ve always felt like the kids come first, and for the kids to have a good education, we have to be there and be supportive.”&nbsp;</p><cite>Lenora Richardson, Cabell County Help Desk worker, and retired former Director of Curriculum and Assessment</cite></blockquote> <p>Supportive of the thousands of students and parents who are learning either partially or fully virtual right now.</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>“As we started the school system up, we realized that, ‘hey some of our parents may need a little bit more assistance with log in information, usernames, where do they access their virtual school information, where do they find their blended school information?’ And the help desk was derived out of that.&#8221;</p><cite>Jason Jackson, Director of Technology and Information Systems, Cabell County Schools</cite></blockquote> <p>So, they started up the Cabell County Schools Help Desk, right in the Board of Education Building. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_13_09.Still003.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-438966" srcset="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_13_09.Still003.jpg 1440w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_13_09.Still003.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_13_09.Still003.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_13_09.Still003.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_13_09.Still003.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption>A help desk worker assists in solving a technical issue.</figcaption></figure> <p>There are about seven retirees manning the help desks around the building—to keep them socially distanced—and they&#8217;re fielding hundreds of calls a day.</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>“They are frustrated, and I can understand that because some of the parents have three and four children and you’ve got elementary and middle and high school, and they’re all on different sites.”&nbsp;</p><cite>Lenora Richardson, Cabell County Help Desk worker, and retired former Director of Curriculum and Assessment</cite></blockquote> <p>The help desk started up last Wednesday, but currently the district plans to shut it down at the end of the week—three weeks into this very different world of schooling. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_08_11.Still002.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-438967" srcset="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_08_11.Still002.jpg 1440w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_08_11.Still002.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_08_11.Still002.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_08_11.Still002.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/CABELL-SCHOOLS-HELP-DESK-PKG.00_01_08_11.Still002.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></figure> <p>Parents say this service needs to be extended. </p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>“I really think that this being the first time they’re doing the virtual schooling I really think the hotline is needed for an extended time.”&nbsp;</p><cite>Kris Bays, mother of a student in Cabell County Schools</cite></blockquote> <p>Lenora and her fellow &#8216;helpers&#8217; aren&#8217;t involved in that decision—they just keep helping—no matter who&#8217;s on the other end of the line.</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>“One of the calls I had, the grandmother was trying to help, and the kindergartener took the iPad away from her and said ‘let me do it, meemaw.’”&nbsp;</p><cite>Lenora Richardson, Cabell County Help Desk worker, and retired former Director of Curriculum and Assessment</cite></blockquote> <p>Cabell County Schools will hold a meeting next week to discuss the possibility of extending this service. </p> <p>For more information on the help desk and the help line, visit the district&#8217;s <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.cabellschools.com/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=5GBGAB&amp;dasi=3G3Y" target="_blank">website</a>. </p> <p><em>Follow Natalie Wadas on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nataliewadastv/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/natalie_wadas" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Twitter</a> for the latest local and breaking news</em></p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> 13 News Now webcast, Thursday September 17: Live at 9 p.m. EST https://www.wowktv.com/news/13-news-now-webcast-thursday-september-17-live-at-9-p-m-est/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:ac598e31-7bca-2229-6484-22fc5ed1449b Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:32:18 +0000 CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — WATCH LIVE: 13 News Now with Rob Macko: Live at 9 p.m. EST. You can stream it live here. 13 News Now brings you the latest headlines and current weather from the tri-state area. <p>CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) <em>—</em> WATCH LIVE: 13 News Now with Rob Macko: Live at 9 p.m. EST. You can stream it live here.</p> <p>13 News Now brings you the latest headlines and current weather from the tri-state area.</p> <p><em>Follow Erin Noon on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ENoonWOWK/">Facebook</a> and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://twitter.com/enoonwowk" target="_blank">Twitter</a> for the latest local and breaking news. </em></p> <p><em>Follow Spencer Adkins on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SpencerWeather">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/SpencerWeather">Twitter</a> for the latest weather developments. </em></p> MU graduate student studies rattlesnakes for thesis project https://www.wowktv.com/news/good-news-with-13/mu-graduate-student-studies-rattlesnakes-for-thesis-project/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:57ff4d53-2cf2-effd-fedf-a4c6bfd9df03 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:46:03 +0000 One Marshall graduate student is studying the movement of timber rattlesnakes in the Mountain State to help conserve the species. <p>KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) &#8211; The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and Marshall University have teamed up for a first-of-its-kind herpetology study that is at the center of one graduate student&#8217;s thesis project.</p> <p>Under Marshall&#8217;s Biological Sciences Department, Elizabeth Johnson is studying the movement of timber rattlesnakes here in the Mountain State to help conserve the species.</p> <p>The project is called &#8220;Translocation of Timber Rattlesnakes at Two State Forests in West Virginia&#8221;, which are Kanawha State Forest and Cooper&#8217;s Rock State Forest.</p> <p>&#8220;We are sort of experts in our field and to me, working with timber rattlesnakes, there&#8217;s not a huge line of people doing that, so it sort of feels cool, it&#8217;s really special to me to be able to work with an animal like this,&#8221; said Johnson.</p> <p>The Lexington native says studying this serpent is a passion she stumbled upon a few years ago.</p> <p>&#8220;I got to see a timber rattlesnake for the first time in Indiana. Something just clicked for me and I knew that I wanted to work with rattlesnakes, so I started looking for rattlesnake positions and ended up here,&#8221; said Johnson.</p> <p>Here in West Virginia, she has relocated six snakes at KSF and monitors their behaviors, helps them thrive and fights the species decline due to habitat loss.</p> <p>Johnson tracks the rattlesnakes using radio transmission. She ID-ed each snake with a transmitter.</p> <p>&#8220;My antennae picks that up and in all the fuzziness I can hear a &#8216;beep&#8230; beep&#8217; and that&#8217;s how I know which direction the snake is in,&#8221; said Johnson.</p> <p>For others, it&#8217;d be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but with the right tools, you can slither right up to the snake.</p> <p>Once Johnson locates the snake, she jots down the GPS coordinates and takes some notes.</p> <p>&#8220;Did the snake move? Is it shedding? Can you tell if it has eaten? But the most important thing out of all those for us is if the snake moved or not,&#8221; said Johnson.</p> <p>The data is used to calculate the snake&#8217;s home range. Johnson tracks the snakes every three days or so.</p> <p>The field season ends in March where the transmitters will be removed and then replaced in the summer for the start of the new season.</p> <p>Johnson is also studying timber rattlesnakes at Cooper&#8217;s Rock State Forest in Monongalia and Preston Counties, with help from WVDNR supervisors Vincent Spade, Kevin Oxenrider and Marshall Advisor, Jayme Waldron.</p> <p>Johnson says if you see a timber rattlesnake at KSF or in your own backyard, it&#8217;s encouraged to report the sighting to a park ranger, call your local DNR office or email kevin.j.oxenrider@wv.gov.</p> <p><em>Follow Haley Kosik on <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/WOWKosik/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://twitter.com/wowkosik" target="_blank">Twitter</a> for the latest local and breaking news.</em></p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> WV National Guard-hosted disaster drill to draw more than 1,000 to state next August https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/wv-national-guard-hosted-disaster-drill-to-draw-more-than-1-000-to-state-next/article_7f66b3b8-dc0b-5d46-ae93-08c75a5016c9.html www.wvgazettemail.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:397f6ee1-9f0f-72a9-d3ba-5eb9b14a93ec Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:15:00 +0000 Military units from multiple eastern states will join state and local emergency services personnel and federal disaster response teams at the 30,000-acre Hobet All Hazards Training Center in Boone and Lincoln counties next August to take part in a nine-day… Kanawha County requests two field hospitals to help fight COVID-19 https://www.wowktv.com/news/kanawha-county-requests-two-field-hospitals-to-help-fight-covid-19/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:15df039b-422d-5c35-3b7a-946641ed72a1 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:54:40 +0000 Kanawha County and the City of Charleston are asking for two military-grade field hospitals to supplement the dwindling number of hospital beds in the county. <p>KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) &#8211; Kanawha County and the City of Charleston are asking for two military-grade field hospitals to supplement the dwindling number of hospital beds in the county.</p> <p>An initial request for the help was turned down in March. Now, the county says it needs the assistance more than ever.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-testing-to-come-to-local-hospitals/" class="promo-link__link" > Coronavirus testing to come to local hospitals </a> </aside> <p>“For the past week, we&#8217;ve had 40, 50, 60 and as high as 70 cases in a day. That total number is what makes a difference in making us turn into the red category,&#8221; Dr. Sherri Young, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said.<br><br>With those numbers climbing, space is limited in hospitals for those who need medical attention from the virus.<br><br>“The hospitals right now are treating people from all over this area. There are about 60 individuals in our four hospitals on COVID. Twenty are from Kanawha County. The rest are from surrounding counties,&#8221; Kent Carper, President of Kanawha County Commission said.<br><br>This spring, Saint Francis Hospital was declared an overflow facility for COVID-19 patients. It&#8217;s initial 36 beds were activated in August, but its status isn&#8217;t clear.<br><br>That&#8217;s where the field hospitals would come into play. But, if the state approves the request, the biggest issue will be on how to staff them.<br><br>“Ambulances don&#8217;t drive themselves; defibrillators don&#8217;t operate themselves; ventilators don&#8217;t operate themselves,” Carper said.<br><br>“We&#8217;ve seen the inpatient census go up for COVID numbers, and we&#8217;ve been watching it go up. The big surge we thought we were going to have the magic date of April 24<sup>th</sup> didn&#8217;t happen,” Dr. Young said.<br><br>The exact location of the field hospitals hasn&#8217;t been determined, if authorized, but most likely would be close to the hospitals in town.<br><br>“We&#8217;re simply being prepared; you can&#8217;t get prepared after a bad incident,” Carper said.</p> <p>The decision on the field hospital request will first be taken up with the state. It will then be taken up with the feds if the national guard or reserve are used.</p> <p>Also, with Kanawha County in the red, the state has called for seven days of mass testing.</p> <p>You can get a free test Friday and Saturday at West Virginia State University in institute.</p> <p>The two days of free testing are offered by the Herbert Henderson office of minority affairs and the West Virginia State University extension service.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#8217;s all free to the public both days from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s located in parking lot C across from Wallace and Ferrell Halls.</p> <p><em>Follow Moriah Davis on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MDavisReports/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/MDavisReports" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Twitter</a> for the latest local and breaking news</em></p> West Virginia DHHR releases polling location guidelines for general election in November https://www.wboy.com/news/health/coronavirus/west-virginia-dhhr-releases-polling-location-guidelines-for-general-election-in-november/ West Virginia | WBOY.com urn:uuid:558f1fda-8ede-74cb-39f4-7bf24a9c06cb Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:34:14 +0000 CHARLESTON, W.Va. &#8211; No cases of coronavirus were attributed to West Virginia&#8217;s June primary election, and Secretary of State Mac Warner said his team and county clerks are again working toward the same goal for the November general election. According to Warner, his office, the HAVA Grant Board, State Election Commission, and the state&#8217;s 55 [&#8230;] <p>CHARLESTON, W.Va. &#8211; No cases of coronavirus were attributed to West Virginia&#8217;s June primary election, and Secretary of State Mac Warner said his team and county clerks are again working toward the same goal for the November general election.</p> <p>According to Warner, his office, the HAVA Grant Board, State Election Commission, and the state&#8217;s 55 county clerks are working closely to administer more than $2 million in federal funds to counties for protecting the health and safety of poll workers, voters and the general public when voting in the general election.</p> <p>Statewide, there are more than 1,700 voting precincts. Warner said personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves and face shields, will be purchased and available for every poll worker. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer were secured for regularly cleaning voting equipment, surfaces, and keeping polling locations safe, according to a press release.</p> <p>&#8220;Our number one priority is to keep every poll worker and every voter safe from COVID-19,&#8221; Warner said. &#8220;A lot of preparation has taken place behind the scenes, and our counties are prepared to hold another safe election in November.&#8221;</p> <p>Warner and his staff have been working with the WV Department of Health &amp; Human Resources to develop public guidelines for election workers and voters, the release explains. Those guidelines were approved and released this week. To view the DHHR document, <a href="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/09/COVID-19-Guidance-for-Polling-Locations-and-Voters.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">click here</a>.</p> <p>Included in the guidelines is the requirement for face coverings imposed by Executive Order 50-20. Specifically, face coverings must be worn by “[a]ll individuals age 9 and over&#8230;when in confined, indoor spaces&#8230;and when not able to adequately social distance from other individuals who do not reside in the same household.” To view the executive order, <a href="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/09/EO-50-20-1.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">click here</a>.</p> <p>People voting in-person must wear a face covering while inside the polling precinct, according to the release. Voters who do not have a face covering will be provided one, and social distancing will be observed to the extent possible. Although no voter may be refused the right to vote under law, wearing a mask is mandatory and will make other people more comfortable while voting in person.</p> <p>The DHHR also issued guidance for county clerks, their staff, and poll workers to follow for safely processing absentee ballots, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State&#8217;s Office. Even though there will be substantial in-person protections in place, Warner encourages all voters to have a plan to vote and be prepared.</p> <p>&#8220;These guidelines are an important part of our public education campaign to ensure that West Virginia is prepared to offer safe polling locations and options for every voter during the pandemic,&#8221; Warner said. &#8220;For in-person voters, please bring your mask. Consider voting during the early voting period or on Election Day at a less-busy time.&#8221;</p> <p>To learn more about polling locations, safety precautions, how to become a poll worker, absentee voting and up-to-date election information, <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fr20.rs6.net%2Ftn.jsp%3Ff%3D001dBUFMFJVGsKW9rHEIS9PJwljP6rVtAHvhDYIEz5RMMJTkjARLLaql8h07LETKGpz20NfpdubhRHRA5ZFSes8TGMKsN4L_7i2m8_Wxvo8YB0eZnFNXQnWXfLK09hw4nWu-8eqhI4-Y35e7_6WYXK7YNfinmLGQaL-9LEaO1VM6BO1VBEamfy2cQ%3D%3D%26c%3DJuAQhXdOGEBuPAeBm-goRXWzJAzDS_u3zi8GhX6uw-IYKA-JDl4h_Q%3D%3D%26ch%3DpYp9GGvL7z3-e92_U6swmMkcaIG02adQfMAVfhWZSY1JMw38_lvtyQ%3D%3D&amp;data=02%7C01%7CRLamp%40wboy.com%7C288a3b7c152c4656dc7e08d85b493335%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637359717284141370&amp;sdata=0vT4bs7T2xWIb1prOF5RQqbZKEQiY5J4AJPTXhUM0I0%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">visit the Secretary of State&#8217;s website</a>.</p> Destination West Virginia: Jefferson County https://www.wowktv.com/community/destinationwv/destination-west-virginia-jefferson-county/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:9e39b91d-8da0-02ff-9a5b-be4eb9f2b4c8 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:22:27 +0000 Nestled between the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Jefferson County has a lot to offer. <p>JEFFERSON COUNTY, WV (WDVM) &#8211; Nestled between the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Jefferson County has a lot to offer.</p> <p>Whether you&#8217;re looking to breathe in some fresh mountain air or looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, there&#8217;s something for everyone in today&#8217;s Destination West Virginia.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="" class="promo-link__link" > See more destinations around the Mountain State here! </a> </aside> <p>Overlooking West Virginia&#8217;s Potomac River lies the Bavarian Inn, a cozy getaway with a touch of European elegance.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s a taste of Europe here in West Virginia and in this time of day where it&#8217;s difficult to travel, or expensive to get a plane ticket, or you don&#8217;t want to get on a plane, you can experience Europe right here in your own backyard,&#8221; said Christian Asam, president of the Bavarian Inn.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/community/destinationwv/destination-west-virginia-grand-vue-park/" class="promo-link__link" > Destination West Virginia: Grand Vue Park </a> </aside> <p>The Shepherdstown vacation spot is a popular location for outdoor activities, with everything from tennis courts, to biking and hiking. Guests are surrounded by West Virginia&#8217;s natural beauty. One of the most well-known features? The inn&#8217;s infinity pool.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s called &#8216;Infinity 101&#8217; because it&#8217;s perched 101 feet above the Potomac River and there&#8217;s a pool bar there as well, so you can get a cocktail refreshments and watch the river roll by,&#8221; Asam said.</p> <p>The inn, a perfect place to stay while exploring some of Jefferson County&#8217;s other natural sites. Taking a ride down to the other side of the tracks is historic Harper&#8217;s Ferry. The scenic national park is filled with plenty of nature trails amongst history hidden in the trees.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/community/destinationwv/destination-west-virginia-wild-blue-adventure-company/" class="promo-link__link" > Destination West Virginia: Wild Blue Adventure Company </a> </aside> <p>&#8220;Harper&#8217;s Ferry is an incredibly important site in our national history. There are six major themes that we talk about at Harper&#8217;s Ferry. They are natural heritage, the rocks and rivers that surround us; industry; transportation; John Brown, the Civil War, and African American history,&#8221; Isaac Wickenheiser, a Harper&#8217;s Ferry park ranger.</p> <p>Harper&#8217;s Ferry is perfect for a day trip to learn more about the area or for a casual afternoon walk.</p> <p>&#8220;This is a unique spot in terms of the amount history that happened here, but also in terms of the natural, scenic beauty,&#8221; Wickenheiser said.</p> <p>Both the Bavarian Inn and Harper&#8217;s Ferry have COVID-19 guidelines in place for visitors&#8217; safety.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Kanawha County reports no COVID-19 deaths in two days https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/kanawha-county-reports-no-covid-19-deaths-in-two-days/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:b390da00-23bd-9a49-9c4c-380f7ee77ba5 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:51:04 +0000 County health officials are reporting no additional COVID-19 deaths in Kanawha County for the second day in a row. <p>KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) &#8211; County health officials are reporting no additional COVID-19 deaths in Kanawha County for the second day in a row.</p> <p>As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, the Thursday the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department has confirmed 30 new cases of the virus, bringing Kanawha County to 2,205 total COVID-19 cases and 60 total deaths since the pandemic began. Of those cases, 2,190 are confirmed and 15 are probable. </p> <p>Kanawha County has 799 active cases of COVID-19 and 1,346 residents have recovered. Active cases are at 799,  up 8 from Wednesday. </p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/state-reports-single-day-record-10-new-covid-19-deaths-kanawha-county-is-now-in-red/" class="promo-link__link" > State ties single-day record, 10 new COVID-19 deaths, Kanawha County is now in red </a> </aside> <p>As of 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Kanawha County remained red on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources County Alert System. The system lists Kanawha County with a seven-day rolling average of 26.15 daily cases per 100,000 people. The county first moved into red Wednesday morning.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/wv-aims-to-double-covid-19-testing-unemployment-checks-in-the-mail/" class="promo-link__link" > WV aims to double COVID-19 testing; unemployment checks in the mail </a> </aside> <p>The KCHD and the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority will have <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/free-community-covid-19-testing-at-west-virginia-state-university-sept-18-19/">drive-up testing </a>events at the following days and times:</p> <ul><li>1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 at Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, 108 Lee Street East, Charleston</li><li>9 a.m. to 3 p.m. &nbsp;Monday, Sept. 21 at Nitro High School,&nbsp;1300 Park Ave, Nitro, WV (free flu vaccines available)</li><li>Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at More Excellent Life Way Church, 504 Virginia Street W (Five Corners) (free flu vaccines available)</li></ul> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Free community COVID-19 testing in Kanawha County Sept. 18-22 https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/free-community-covid-19-testing-at-west-virginia-state-university-sept-18-19/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:acb76858-f29b-40d7-686b-d2ac06d81e2a Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:11:38 +0000 UPDATE: KCHD and the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority will have drive-up testing events at the following days and times: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 at Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, 108 Lee Street East, Charleston 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. &#160;Monday, Sept. 21 at Nitro High School,&#160;1300 Park Ave, Nitro, WV&#160;(free flu vaccines available) [&#8230;] <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: KCHD and the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority will have drive-up testing events at the following days and times:</p> <ul><li>1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 at Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, 108 Lee Street East, Charleston</li><li>9 a.m. to 3 p.m. &nbsp;Monday, Sept. 21 at Nitro High School,&nbsp;1300 Park Ave, Nitro, WV&nbsp;(free flu vaccines available)</li><li>Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at More Excellent Life Way Church, 504 Virginia Street W (Five Corners) (free flu vaccines available)</li></ul> <p>CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8211; &nbsp;The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) and community partner West Virginia State University Extension are offering free COVID-19 testing at West Virginia State University from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19.</p> <p>HHOMA officials say the WVSU testing site will be set up in Parking Lot C, the large parking lot on campus, across from Wallace Hall and Ferrell Hall. A campus map is available <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgovernor.us15.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3Dd525ab9ade4d860d2b5772468%26id%3D65b1189a5d%26e%3Dbb3bab471a&amp;data=02%7C01%7CENoon%40wowktv.com%7C3bea4bdadc1e4971fb4b08d85b237cea%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637359555296596988&amp;sdata=5Iwo3wDTHEbkYKZLQ3yzDIpY1wMsA%2BEXVyUBBMHojy0%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-west-virginia/free-covid-19-testing-scheduled-in-kanawha-county/" class="promo-link__link" > Free COVID-19 testing scheduled in Kanawha County </a> </aside> <p>“COVID-19 has impacted the African American community in West Virginia at a disproportionately high rate,” said West Virginia State University Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Scott Woodard.&nbsp;“As a Historically Black College and an active community partner, West Virginia State University is proud to join with the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, the West Virginia DHHR, the West Virginia National Guard, and the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department in offering this important testing opportunity.”</p> <p>The testing event is available for free to all residents, including asymptomatic individuals. Proof of insurance is not required, the HHOMA says. Attendees should bring identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.</p> <p>The Kroger Store in Dunbar Village will be providing hospitality items to volunteers on site, according to the HHOMA.</p> <p>Since May, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs has offered free testing in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the West Virginia National Guard, and various community partners from across the state.</p> <p>The COVID-19 testing locations are organized through West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s COVID-19 Advisory Commission on African American Disparities to provide testing opportunities to residents in counties with high minority populations and evidence of COVID-19 transmission.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> W.Va. senators announce more than $185,000 in rural housing preservation grants across the state https://www.wboy.com/top-stories/w-va-senators-announce-more-than-185000-in-rural-housing-preservation-grants-across-the-state/ West Virginia | WBOY.com urn:uuid:0eb3f408-a218-2c78-1ade-41c12e501dd1 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:37:29 +0000 WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBOY)– U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $185,185 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Housing Preservation Grant program for three locations in West Virginia. “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. This support from USDA will be used to [&#8230;] <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBOY)– U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $185,185 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Housing Preservation Grant program for three locations in West Virginia. </p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignleft size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2019/12/Shelley_Moore_Capito_official_Senate_photo.jpg?w=568" alt="" class="wp-image-181019" width="234" height="297" srcset="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2019/12/Shelley_Moore_Capito_official_Senate_photo.jpg 3280w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2019/12/Shelley_Moore_Capito_official_Senate_photo.jpg?resize=237,300 237w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2019/12/Shelley_Moore_Capito_official_Senate_photo.jpg?resize=768,973 768w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2019/12/Shelley_Moore_Capito_official_Senate_photo.jpg?resize=568,720 568w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2019/12/Shelley_Moore_Capito_official_Senate_photo.jpg?resize=1213,1536 1213w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2019/12/Shelley_Moore_Capito_official_Senate_photo.jpg?resize=1617,2048 1617w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2019/12/Shelley_Moore_Capito_official_Senate_photo.jpg?resize=234,297 234w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 234px" /></figure></div> <p>“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. This support from USDA will be used to directly help West Virginians make critical repairs to their homes ahead of the fall and winter months. Housing insecurities have been highlighted through the challenges created by COVID-19, making these grants all the more important. West Virginians deserve access to quality, affordable housing, and I will continue to make these resources available for the people of our state who need it most,” Senator Capito explained.</p> <p>These rural development investments will be used for the repair and rehabilitation of single-family homes for individuals in West Virginia. </p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignright size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/07/Joe20Manchin20Portrait_1513784213185-1.jpg_30390531_ver1.0-1.jpg?w=576" alt="" class="wp-image-358400" width="254" height="318" srcset="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/07/Joe20Manchin20Portrait_1513784213185-1.jpg_30390531_ver1.0-1.jpg 1638w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/07/Joe20Manchin20Portrait_1513784213185-1.jpg_30390531_ver1.0-1.jpg?resize=240,300 240w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/07/Joe20Manchin20Portrait_1513784213185-1.jpg_30390531_ver1.0-1.jpg?resize=768,960 768w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/07/Joe20Manchin20Portrait_1513784213185-1.jpg_30390531_ver1.0-1.jpg?resize=576,720 576w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/07/Joe20Manchin20Portrait_1513784213185-1.jpg_30390531_ver1.0-1.jpg?resize=1229,1536 1229w, https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/07/Joe20Manchin20Portrait_1513784213185-1.jpg_30390531_ver1.0-1.jpg?resize=254,318 254w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 254px" /></figure></div> <p>“Everyone deserves to have a safe place to sleep, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put the shelter of many West Virginians at risk. This funding will help nearly thirty West Virginia families repair their homes so they can have a stable, warm, safe place to live during these difficult times and as we head into the winter months. I am pleased by this investment into our communities and will continue to fight in Washington for funding that helps the least fortunate of us have the basic necessities we all deserve,” said Senator Manchin.</p> <p class="has-text-align-center"><strong>Individual awards listed below: </strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Randolph County Housing Authority</strong> – $117,000</li><li><strong>Housing Authority of Mingo County</strong> – $50,000</li><li><strong>Change, Inc. (Weirton)</strong> – $18,185</li></ul> Free community COVID-19 testing at West Virginia State University Sept. 18-19 https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/free-community-covid-19-testing-at-west-virginia-state-university-sept-18-19/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:b477a0f7-f4d4-9de3-6a1f-d6a7d37293a1 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:20:57 +0000 CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8211;  The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) and community partner West Virginia State University Extension are offering free COVID-19 testing at West Virginia State University from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19. HHOMA officials say the WVSU testing site will be set up in [&#8230;] <p>CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8211;  The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) and community partner West Virginia State University Extension are offering free COVID-19 testing at West Virginia State University from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19.</p> <p>HHOMA officials say the WVSU testing site will be set up in Parking Lot C, the large parking lot on campus, across from Wallace Hall and Ferrell Hall. A campus map is available <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgovernor.us15.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3Dd525ab9ade4d860d2b5772468%26id%3D65b1189a5d%26e%3Dbb3bab471a&amp;data=02%7C01%7CENoon%40wowktv.com%7C3bea4bdadc1e4971fb4b08d85b237cea%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637359555296596988&amp;sdata=5Iwo3wDTHEbkYKZLQ3yzDIpY1wMsA%2BEXVyUBBMHojy0%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-west-virginia/free-covid-19-testing-scheduled-in-kanawha-county/" class="promo-link__link" > Free COVID-19 testing scheduled in Kanawha County </a> </aside> <p>“COVID-19 has impacted the African American community in West Virginia at a disproportionately high rate,” said West Virginia State University Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Scott Woodard.&nbsp;“As a Historically Black College and an active community partner, West Virginia State University is proud to join with the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, the West Virginia DHHR, the West Virginia National Guard, and the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department in offering this important testing opportunity.”</p> <p>The testing event is available for free to all residents, including asymptomatic individuals. Proof of insurance is not required, the HHOMA says. Attendees should bring identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.</p> <p>The Kroger Store in Dunbar Village will be providing hospitality items to volunteers on site, according to the HHOMA.</p> <p>Since May, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs has offered free testing in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the West Virginia National Guard, and various community partners from across the state.</p> <p>The COVID-19 testing locations are organized through West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s COVID-19 Advisory Commission on African American Disparities to provide testing opportunities to residents in counties with high minority populations and evidence of COVID-19 transmission.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Testing limits make it hard to tell if coronavirus is spreading silently among children https://www.wvgazettemail.com/coronavirus/testing-limits-make-it-hard-to-tell-if-coronavirus-is-spreading-silently-among-children/article_853937ea-1b30-5b81-a6f4-455c9e384242.html www.wvgazettemail.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:86341051-cd17-a070-f543-d13e1728f11f Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:15:00 +0000 It is a nightmare repeatedly playing in parents' minds: Their child is welcomed back to their classroom, but in the excitement the kids get too close to each other, sharing germs. Capitol Police quickly defuse first anti-mask protest at WV Capitol https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/capitol-police-quickly-defuse-first-anti-mask-protest-at-wv-capitol/article_0745747b-0ad4-5e91-bb79-30a25d71b3e0.html www.wvgazettemail.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:8fe6b09b-1a31-c0ff-0e3b-035bdb4be47d Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:15:00 +0000 Capitol Police quickly defused an anti-face mask protest in the East Wing of the state Capitol Thursday. Former Beckley VA Medical Center doctor pleads guilty to civil rights charges https://www.wowktv.com/news/former-beckley-va-medical-center-doctor-pleads-guilty-to-civil-rights-charges/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:2741efc2-c52e-7553-54cb-aab89972cd7b Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:06:03 +0000 WASHINGTON (WOWK)— A doctor of osteopathic medicine pleaded guilty to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law by sexually abusing them, according to the United States Department of Justice. Jonathan Yates, 51 of Bluefield, Virginia, who formerly worked at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Beckley, West Virginia, [&#8230;] <p>WASHINGTON (WOWK)— A doctor of osteopathic medicine pleaded guilty to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law by sexually abusing them, according to the United States Department of Justice. </p> <p>Jonathan Yates, 51 of Bluefield, Virginia, who formerly worked at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Beckley, West Virginia, was previously indicted on five counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law and two counts of abusive sexual contact, the <a href="https://www.wvsd.uscourts.gov/?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery">U.S. Department of Justice</a> says.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/former-veterans-affairs-doctor-indicted-on-civil-rights-sexual-abuse-charges/" class="promo-link__link" > Former veterans affairs doctor indicted on civil rights, sexual abuse charges </a> </aside> <p>“This doctor abused his position of trust by preying on veterans who came to him for medical treatment,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. &nbsp;“As this prosecution demonstrates, he will now be held accountable for using his position as a VA physician to deceive and molest his patients.”</p> <p>According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Yates admitted at the change of plea hearing today that he rubbed the genitals of two veterans, and digitally penetrated a third veteran’s rectum under the guise of legitimate medicine when he acted without a legitimate medical purpose.  </p> <p>“By virtue of today’s plea agreement, Yates stands convicted of heinous criminal acts committed against military veterans who served our country honorably and with great sacrifice,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart for the <a href="https://ecf.wvsd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/ShowIndex.pl">Southern District of West Virginia</a>. “Throughout this matter, from the commencement of this investigation to today’s plea, our focus has been on seeking justice for these veterans by holding Yates accountable for these terrible acts.”</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/former-beckley-wv-veterans-affairs-doctor-charged-with-civil-rights-offense/" class="promo-link__link" > Former Beckley, WV Veterans Affairs Doctor charged with civil rights offense </a> </aside> <p>The alleged conduct, performed while Yates was acting under color of law in his capacity as a VA physician and a federal employee, deprived the veterans of their constitutional right to bodily integrity and caused them pain, the U.S. Department of Justice says. According to the plea documents, the veterans had sought treatment from Yates to manage chronic pain through osteopathic manipulative therapy.   </p> <p>“What occurred at the Beckley VA Medical Center is particularly despicable because this abuse was at the hands of a doctor who was entrusted with providing compassionate and supportive care to veterans,” said VA Inspector General Michael J. Missal. &nbsp;“The result today was due to the tireless and dedicated efforts of the VA OIG investigators and our law enforcement partners. This doctor will no longer be able to prey on the trust of those who have dedicated their lives in service to our nation.”</p> <p>Yates is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 4, 2021 and faces a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Charleston Police to host community meeting addressing Kanawha City residents’ concerns https://www.wowktv.com/news/charleston-police-to-host-community-meeting-addressing-kanawha-city-residents-concerns/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:7440855d-ce4f-5d01-5744-4c4e7112cc52 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:59:28 +0000 The city of Charleston and Charleston Police Department are holding a community meeting Thursday night to address some concerns from residents in Kanawha City. <p>CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8211; The city of Charleston and Charleston Police Department are holding a community meeting Thursday night to address some concerns from residents in Kanawha City.</p> <p>Speeding and vagrancy are just a couple of topics on the agenda, according to Chief of Police Tyke Hunt. </p> <p>The meeting will be held at the Kanawha City Community Center at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Residents and business owners are encouraged to come out and share their thoughts or concerns with city officials and police. </p> <p>&#8220;This is a great way for police and community members to come together. We get to see faces so we can get on that first-name basis to develop that community relationship so that way you know you can go to your officer, call them by name, and hopefully get a faster more sensitive solution out of it,&#8221; Hunt said. </p> <p>Charleston police plan to hold more community meetings like this one in different areas of the city. </p> <p><em>Follow Mackenzie Koch on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MKochWOWK/">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/MackenzieWOWK13">Twitter</a> for the latest local and breaking news. </em></p> Slipping Under the Radar: A UHC doctor repairs lives with a new surgery https://www.wboy.com/news/health/slipping-under-the-radar-a-uhc-doctor-repairs-lives-with-a-new-surgery/ West Virginia | WBOY.com urn:uuid:232281a3-8a02-5cee-390d-2dba1df95c47 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:50:28 +0000 BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. &#8212; Ten years of debilitating pain transformed Laurie Kimmel from high-performance athlete to bedridden. She was a mother of two, a triathlete, and in the blink of an eye, she could barely lace up her shoes. “I literally could not breath for almost two years. Every time I took a breath, the pain [&#8230;] <p>BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. &#8212; Ten years of debilitating pain transformed Laurie Kimmel from high-performance athlete to bedridden. She was a mother of two, a triathlete, and in the blink of an eye, she could barely lace up her shoes. </p> <p>“I literally could not breath for almost two years. Every time I took a breath, the pain went from bad to intractable, unbearable,” she remembered. &#8220;“I went from being one of the most active people to barely being able to move or breathe.”</p> <p>For Laurie, before the doctors and wrong diagnoses there was competitive stair climbing, soccer games and sparring. </p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>“I was 43 and I had given myself until I was 45 to get my black belt.”&nbsp;</p><cite>Laurie Kimmel</cite></blockquote> <p>All it took was one sparring match, one regrettably and unfortunately placed knee to her back and her life changed forever. </p> <p>“It never occurred to me that there’d be a day that I wasn’t lacing up my shoes in 20 below windchill weather and going through this split second, my life changed.”</p> <p>Laurie had a broken rib and a subdural effusion in her lung, but the pain never went away even after it healed. Perhaps even more unbearable than the ever-constant pain, however &#8212; she had no diagnosis and no answers. Laurie, who lives in Chicago, had access to some of the best medical professionals in the world, but no one seemed to be able to figure it out. Lyme Disease, Lymphoma, Leukemia . . . the tests kept coming, but answers materialized. </p> <p>“No one was listening to me,&#8221; she said. &#8220;I kept pointing to where my pain was and explaining what my pain was and it was like “oh your back, your intestines…”&nbsp;</p> <p>Laurie&#8217;s ribs began to slip out of position and her pain slipped under the radar, until she found her own answers. After years of research, Laurie diagnosed herself . Sifting through what few articles were available online, she found something on Slipping, or Slipped Rib Syndrome (SRS). She called that her &#8220;eureka moment.&#8221; </p> <p><a href="https://www.annalsthoracicsurgery.org/article/S0003-4975(20)30566-X/pdf">Slipping Rib Syndrome is defined as</a> &#8220;a painful disorder caused when one or more of the 8th-10th false ribs become abnormally mobile.&#8221;</p> <figure class="wp-block-video"><video controls src="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/09/SRS-Illustrative-Video.mp4"></video></figure> <p>Within days, Laurie underwent surgery at Northwestern in Chicago. </p> <p>“It saved my life. It probably gave me a 50% pain reduction,”&nbsp;she said. &#8220;“It never took away the pain that went&nbsp;all the way into my back.”&nbsp;</p> <p>So Laurie set out for answers again, this time stumbling upon a podcast which featured United Hospital Center thoracic surgeon Dr. Adam Hansen. He developed a new surgical technique which aims to repair the slipped ribs, instead of remove them. The usual technique is a <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6995823/#:~:text=Costal%20cartilage%20excision%20allows%20short,not%20exclude%20late%20pain%20recurrence.">costal cartilage excision</a>, which removes cartilage and rib portions .</p> <p>&#8220;A lot of the surgery we do these days is really removing something that’s bad. I’d like to get the thought process away from that, because cartilage is not bad. It’s not wrong, it’s not diseased. It just needs to be put back to where it is supposed to be.”&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-video"><video controls src="https://www.wboy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2020/09/WEB.mp4"></video><figcaption>Dr. Hansen explains how his surgery is performed. </figcaption></figure> <p>He says it is not surprising Laurie self-diagnosed. SRS is not often taught in medical school, and because it involves cartilage it goes undetected by tests like MRI&#8217;s and CAT scans. </p> <p>“It’s a hidden diagnosis. You know, we’ve known about it since easily the 1920’s. If you look back at a couple of original papers on it, there was a doctor that was treating it in 1920,&#8221; Hansen explained. &#8220;He’s the one who invented the excision. I don’t know what made it fall off the radar, but now that I know about it … I see this all the time.”</p> <p>Laurie says she never knew the answer she needed all along was hiding in the hills of West Virginia. “Dr. Hansen spoke to my thoracic surgeon here because I felt like … who’s this guy in West Virginia, right? They had a great conversation.”</p> <p>Dr. Hansen performed her surgery in March of 2020. </p> <p>&#8220;She was the very first patient I saw after a costal cartilage excision. [&#8230;] [The ribs] are just clicking and their ribs are jamming up together or feel really far apart.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Dr. Hansen had to customize Laurie&#8217;s surgery, since she was already missing portions of her ribs. He says he&#8217;d just like to share the information he&#8217;s found during his time at WVU Medicine with doctors around the world. </p> <p>“Really, it’s just this Kevlar, it looks like a shoe string, and it’s really strong stuff. You could hang from the ceiling from it,” he laughed. But for patients like Laurie, that shoe string is just enough to help them lace up their own again. </p> <p>“I won’t be able to run another marathon. I know that that is not realistic for me. But I’d like to walk another marathon. I’d like to be able to do that.”&nbsp;</p> “You matter, I matter”: new suicide prevention campaign launching with a powerful message https://www.wtrf.com/news/good-news/you-matter-i-matter-new-suicide-prevention-campaign-launching-with-a-powerful-message/ West Virginia Headlines | WTRF urn:uuid:1460fae5-bfee-72a0-7b81-b98db5f958a3 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:43:21 +0000 (WTRF) &#8211; You matter&#8230;I matter.  Four words that send a powerful message.  Two West Virginia women are using those words to start a new campaign as part of Suicide Prevention Month.  Before you go any further, if you or someone you know is in crisis right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text [&#8230;] <p>(WTRF) &#8211; You matter&#8230;I matter. </p> <p>Four words that send a powerful message. </p> <p>Two West Virginia women are using those words to start a new campaign as part of Suicide Prevention Month. </p> <p><strong>Before you go any further, if you or someone you know is in crisis right now, call the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" target="_blank">National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</a> at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.crisistextline.org/" target="_blank">741741</a>.</strong> <strong>Remember, there is help, there is hope and you matter. </strong></p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>What we do isn&#8217;t doom and gloom. It&#8217;s incredible to be able to prevent loss of life, especially in regards to a death of despair. </p><cite>Michelle Toman, Founder, youMATTERiMATTER</cite></blockquote> <p>It starts with a message of positivity and hope. </p> <p>youMATTERiMATTER is about reminding everyone, even ourselves, that our place in the world is valuable. </p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>We have to be careful how we talk to ourselves, and we need to be able to have good relationship with ourselves as much as we strive to have relationships with other people, and that&#8217;s part of what youMATTERiMATTER campaign is gonna be.</p><cite>Michelle Toman, Founder, youMATTERiMATTER</cite></blockquote> <p>The new campaign launching at the end of the month will promote whole person wellness; including mental, physical and even spiritual health. It&#8217;s also focused on how each person can be a change maker in the world. </p> <div class="wp-block-jetpack-tiled-gallery aligncenter is-style-rectangular"><div class="tiled-gallery__gallery"><div class="tiled-gallery__row"><div class="tiled-gallery__col" style="flex-basis:48.38734276987843%"><figure class="tiled-gallery__item"><img loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-1.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=600&#038;ssl=1 600w,https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-1.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=900&#038;ssl=1 900w,https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-1.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=1200&#038;ssl=1 1200w,https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-1.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=1500&#038;ssl=1 1500w,https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-1.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=1800&#038;ssl=1 1800w,https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-1.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=2000&#038;ssl=1 2000w" alt="" data-height="2135" data-id="333427" data-link="https://www.wtrf.com/?attachment_id=333427" data-url="https://www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-1.jpg" data-width="1501" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-1.jpg?ssl=1" layout="responsive"/></figure></div><div class="tiled-gallery__col" style="flex-basis:51.612657230121584%"><figure class="tiled-gallery__item"><img loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-2.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=600&#038;ssl=1 600w,https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-2.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=900&#038;ssl=1 900w,https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-2.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=1200&#038;ssl=1 1200w,https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-2.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=1500&#038;ssl=1 1500w,https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-2.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=1800&#038;ssl=1 1800w,https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-2.jpg?strip=info&#038;w=2000&#038;ssl=1 2000w" alt="" data-height="3088" data-id="333428" data-link="https://www.wtrf.com/?attachment_id=333428" data-url="https://www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-2.jpg" data-width="2316" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/yMiM-2.jpg?ssl=1" layout="responsive"/></figure></div></div></div></div> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>Just that contagious effect of goodness and kindness and connectedness, that&#8217;s really what this campaign is about. </p><cite>Barri Faucett, Founder, youMATTERiMATTER</cite></blockquote> <p>Michelle and Barri came up with the idea as they were traveling the state doing suicide prevention training. </p> <p>As COVID-19 changed the way we all operate, their desire to create a safety net of support for those who need it grew. </p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>People are looking for something to hold on to. We all need more and COVID just has made it worse. </p><cite>Michelle Toman, Founder, youMATTERiMATTER</cite></blockquote> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>The need hasn&#8217;t gone away, so we can&#8217;t stop and wait while everything&#8217;s on pause to resume what we&#8217;re doing.</p><cite>Barri Faucett, Founder, youMATTERiMATTER</cite></blockquote> <p>They&#8217;ve been handing out tiny cards with a big message. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/YouCanDoHardThings-front.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-333416" srcset="https://www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/YouCanDoHardThings-front.jpg 3600w, https://www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/YouCanDoHardThings-front.jpg?resize=300,200 300w, https://www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/YouCanDoHardThings-front.jpg?resize=768,512 768w, https://www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/YouCanDoHardThings-front.jpg?resize=1080,720 1080w, https://www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/YouCanDoHardThings-front.jpg?resize=1536,1024 1536w, https://www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/YouCanDoHardThings-front.jpg?resize=2048,1365 2048w, https://www.wtrf.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2020/09/YouCanDoHardThings-front.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption>Photo courtesy of youMATTERiMATTER</figcaption></figure> <p>The hope is when someone receives one, they also pass one along, letting one more person know their life is valuable and they can make it through any struggle. </p> <p>While the numbers of suicides across the country are frequently reported, Barri and Michelle say the lives saved aren&#8217;t always counted or celebrated, but they know they&#8217;re out there. </p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>We really can&#8217;t measure the ripple effect of what those are. So, just something as simple as distribution of that card or allowing people to know that you matter, in addition to the trainings and the more intensive things that we do, we have no idea how many individuals that can save, but we know it has a ripple effect to it.</p><cite>Barri Faucett, Founder, youMATTERiMATTER</cite></blockquote> <p>A ripple they want to grow larger, spreading their message of hope. </p> <p>While September marks 30 days of suicide awareness, they hope the message spreads across the Mountain State and the nation all 365 days of the year. </p> <p>The youMATTERiMATTER website officially launches on September 30, so be sure to stay with 7News for updates on the movement&#8217;s progress. </p> <p>If you or someone you know is struggling, there are plenty of people and places willing to help. Visit the following Facebook pages and websites for information. </p> <p><a href="https://www.who.int/health-topics/suicide#tab=tab_1" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">World Health Organization</a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/suicide-prevention" target="_blank">SAMSHA</a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://afsp.org/get-help" target="_blank">The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention</a>&nbsp;and its&nbsp;<a href="https://afsp.org/chapter/west-virginia" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">West Virginia Chapter</a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.nami.org/Home" target="_blank">The National Alliance on Mental Illness</a> or <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://namiwheeling.org/" target="_blank">NAMI Greater Wheeling</a></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://preventsuicidewv.com/" target="_blank">Prevent Suicide WV</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Brother-UP-114479117048423" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Brother UP</a></p> WV high school soccer team quarantines after player tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/wv-high-school-soccer-team-quarantines-after-player-tests-positive-for-covid-19/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:b8241e25-1b04-4050-db79-32e36fb5156e Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:08:57 +0000 BOONE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) &#8211; A high school soccer player has tested positive for COVID-19 in Boone County. Superintendent Jeff Huffman of Boone County Schools confirms the girls&#8217; soccer team at Scott High School has been quarantined after a player tested positive for COVID-19 The team was scheduled to play Poca High School tonight at [&#8230;] <p>BOONE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) &#8211; A high school soccer player has tested positive for COVID-19 in Boone County.</p> <p>Superintendent Jeff Huffman of Boone County Schools confirms the girls&#8217; soccer team at Scott High School has been quarantined after a player tested positive for COVID-19</p> <p>The team was scheduled to play Poca High School tonight at home.  </p> <div class='s2nFriendlyFrame k k-WcvCXDEf' data-type='float'></div><script type='text/javascript' src='https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?fk=WcvCXDEf&#038;cid=9366&#038;offsety=140&#038;floatwidth=400&#038;floatposition=top-right' data-type='s2nScript'></script> <p>Boone County is listed as gold on the West Virginia Department of Education <a href="https://wvde.us/school-reentry-metrics-protocols/">School Alert System </a>map, but will continue remote learning for all students for the remainder of the week. County school officials say they will wait until the updated map is released Saturday, Sept. 19 to determine the school district&#8217;s instructional and athletic schedule for next week.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-west-virginia/mingo-county-schools-to-go-in-person-on-thursday/" class="promo-link__link" > Mingo County Schools to go in person on Thursday </a> </aside> <p>As of 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Boone County is listed as orange on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources <a href="https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx">County Alert System</a> map with a seven-day rolling average of 17.98 daily cases per 100,000 people.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Cabell Midland football player tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/cabell-midland-football-player-tests-positive-for-covid-19/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:55ec601b-7b5e-f64d-dbf3-076022f364f8 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:43:49 +0000 CABELL COUNTY, WV (WOWK) &#8211; A student at Cabell Midland High School has tested positive for COVID-19 and several other students and staff are in quarantine after possible direct contact. Cabell County Schools confirmed the case today, Thursday, Sept. 17. Cabell County Schools and the Cabell Huntington Health Department say the student is a member [&#8230;] <p>CABELL COUNTY, WV (WOWK) &#8211; A student at Cabell Midland High School has tested positive for COVID-19 and several other students and staff are in quarantine after possible direct contact. Cabell County Schools confirmed the case today, Thursday, Sept. 17.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/middle-school-in-lincoln-county-closes-due-to-covid-19-case/" class="promo-link__link" > Middle school in Lincoln County closes due to COVID-19 case </a> </aside> <p>Cabell County Schools and the Cabell Huntington Health Department say the student is a member of the school’s football team and was last in close contact with other team members and coaches Saturday, then attended school Monday morning before leaving for home.</p> <p>Following contact tracing and investigations, school officials say the Cabell Huntington Health Department has determined the other players on the football team, the team’s coaches, and all students and teachers who were in five classes the student attended Monday morning need to quarantine. Those affected are being contacted today.</p> <div class='s2nFriendlyFrame k k-WcvCXDEf' data-type='float'></div><script type='text/javascript' src='https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?fk=WcvCXDEf&#038;cid=9366&#038;offsety=140&#038;floatwidth=400&#038;floatposition=top-right' data-type='s2nScript'></script> <p>School officials say the school has been deep cleaned, and the health department advises other students and staff who were socially distanced from the student should not be affected.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-in-west-virginia/mingo-county-schools-to-go-in-person-on-thursday/" class="promo-link__link" > Mingo County Schools to go in person on Thursday </a> </aside> <p>Due to Cabell Midland High School&#8217;s football game with Huntingtin High School Friday, Sept. 11, school officials say it is possible some Huntington High School players may have had exposure. The district is sending those students home and suspending all Huntington High School football games and practices until contact tracing is completed. The district says it will make a decision regarding Friday&#8217;s varsity game as soon as possible. </p> <p>The Health Department says no other students or staff at Huntington High School, outside of the football team, should be affected.</p> <p>School district officials say the student attendance policy at Cabell Midland High School will be relaxed for the next few days to allow any parent or guardian to keep their student home if they are concerned about safety. Students who stay home should check Schoology for assignments. </p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/kanawha-county-sheriffs-office-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19/" class="promo-link__link" > Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office employee tests positive for COVID-19 </a> </aside> <p>Both Cabell Midland and Huntington High remain open and on the previously-announced blended model schedule.</p> <p>Cabell County Schools says anyone who feels they need to be tested should contact their primary care provider, their local hospital or local healthcare clinic.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Capitol Market’s annual Market Mixer canceled for 2020 https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/capitol-markets-annual-market-mixer-canceled-for-2020/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:c7be81e4-0981-3193-5e03-4ffbacc3502f Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:26:59 +0000 CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8211; This year&#8217;s Market Mixer at the Capitol Market in Charleston has been canceled due to COVID-19. The staff and board of the market say they have determined canceling the event as the &#8220;safest and most responsible action&#8221; due to the rate of spread for COVID-19 in the Mountain State. The decision [&#8230;] <p>CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8211; This year&#8217;s Market Mixer at the Capitol Market in Charleston has been canceled due to COVID-19.</p> <p>The staff and board of the market say they have determined canceling the event as the &#8220;safest and most responsible action&#8221; due to the rate of spread for COVID-19 in the Mountain State. The decision comes after Kanawha County moved to red on the state&#8217;s County Alert System Wednesday.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/state-reports-single-day-record-10-new-covid-19-deaths-kanawha-county-is-now-in-red/" class="promo-link__link" > State ties single-day record, 10 new COVID-19 deaths, Kanawha County is now in red </a> </aside> <p>Officials say Capitol Market is a non-profit organization and covers most of its needs through the annual Market Mixer. The funds raised support small businesses and local farmers and create a community space.</p> <p>Capitol Market organizers say they plan to host a Market Mixer event in 2021, depending on the status of the pandemic in the coming year. They are also planning for alternative fundraising efforts for this year.</p> <p>To see what other events in the tri-state have been canceled or postponed, visit the cancellations page on <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/community/cancellations/">our website</a>.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Capitol Police quickly defuse first anti-mask protest at WV Capitol https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/capitol-police-quickly-defuse-first-anti-mask-protest-at-wv-capitol/article_0745747b-0ad4-5e91-bb79-30a25d71b3e0.html www.wvgazettemail.com - RSS Results in news of type article urn:uuid:c36fff3f-4e94-3a49-f740-aabaaa5c8e27 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Capitol Police quickly defused an anti-face mask protest in the East Wing of the state Capitol Thursday. Protesters want mostly local workers for US Methanol construction project https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/protesters-want-mostly-local-workers-for-us-methanol-construction-project/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:8352946f-faac-c726-e826-f4cd5039b5ba Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:35:46 +0000 A protest is underway at two US Methanol locations. Plumbers &#038; Pipefitters Local 625 says they want to inform the public about "massive job losses" for local construction workers. <p>INSTITUTE, WV (WOWK) &#8211; A protest is underway at two US Methanol locations. Plumbers &amp; Pipefitters Local 625 says they want to inform the public about &#8220;massive job losses&#8221; for local construction workers.</p> <p>The organization says West Virginia jobs are being lost to out-of-state companies who were awarded major contracts to build the US Methanol facility in Institute. Protestors say the companies have, for the most part, used out-of-state workers instead of hiring locally.</p> <div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow aligncenter" data-effect="slide"><div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_container swiper-container"><ul class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_swiper-wrapper swiper-wrapper"><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-438760" data-id="438760" src="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-1-1-1.jpg?w=900" srcset="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-1-1-1.jpg 960w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-1-1-1.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-1-1-1.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-1-1-1.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-1-1-1.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-1-1-1.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-1-1-1.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-1-1-1.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-1-1-1.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">A protest is underway at two US Methanol locations. Plumbers &#038; Pipefitters Local 625 says they want to inform the public about &#8220;massive job losses&#8221; for local construction workers. Sept. 17, 2020 (Photo Credit: WOWK 13 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis)</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-438761" data-id="438761" src="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-2.jpg?w=480" srcset="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-2.jpg?resize=480,360 480w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-2.jpg?resize=300,225 300w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 480px" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">A protest is underway at two US Methanol locations. Plumbers &#038; Pipefitters Local 625 says they want to inform the public about &#8220;massive job losses&#8221; for local construction workers. Sept. 17, 2020 (Photo Credit: WOWK 13 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis)</figcaption></figure></li><li class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_slide swiper-slide"><figure><img loading="lazy" alt="" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_image wp-image-438762" data-id="438762" src="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-3.jpg?w=480" srcset="https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-3.jpg?resize=480,360 480w, https://www.wowktv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/09/US-Methanol-Protest-3.jpg?resize=300,225 300w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 480px" /><figcaption class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_caption gallery-caption">A protest is underway at two US Methanol locations. Plumbers &#038; Pipefitters Local 625 says they want to inform the public about &#8220;massive job losses&#8221; for local construction workers. Sept. 17, 2020 (Photo Credit: WOWK 13 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis)</figcaption></figure></li></ul><a class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-prev swiper-button-prev swiper-button-white" role="button"></a><a class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-next swiper-button-next swiper-button-white" role="button"></a><a aria-label="Pause Slideshow" class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_button-pause" role="button"></a><div class="wp-block-jetpack-slideshow_pagination swiper-pagination swiper-pagination-white"></div></div></div> <p>According to U.S. Methanol, the issue revolves around misinformation relating to contractor hiring practices shared about the US Methanol Liberty 1 project. They say the information was communicated to the public without talking to US Methanol and without &#8220;knowing the facts.&#8221;</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>Since beginning construction, US Methanol has sought the best personnel for the work. As a result, the company has utilized those in trade organizations and those who are not and will continue this approach when the company resumes construction in the near future.</p><cite>Statement from US Methanol </cite></blockquote> <p>Plumbers &amp; Pipefitters Local 625 says local workers have tried to get these jobs, but claims the company insists on using out-of-state companies and workers.</p> <p>&#8220;Well if they hire West Virginia people that means they&#8217;re going to stimulate the economy here. We&#8217;re going to buy houses here. We&#8217;re going to buy cars here. People that come in from out of state is going to stay in campers. And then they are going to leave and take all the tax money with them. They&#8217;re not going to file any taxes here,&#8221; Craig Mosteller with the Plumber and Pipefitter&#8217;s Union said.</p> <p>13 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis will have more on these protests this evening on WOWK 13 News.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Study: More housing needed in downtown Charleston in the next five years https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/study-more-housing-needed-in-downtown-charleston-in-the-next-five-years/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:2d1cb9d7-dcfe-b70d-2aca-2291cc7a53aa Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:20:22 +0000 CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8212; In the five years since the last Charleston Market-Rate Housing Needs report was done, the Charleston Area Alliance says not much has changed, except for a greater increase of higher-income households that are looking for downtown type housing. The organization now has its eye on bringing developers to downtown, which they [&#8230;] <p>CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) &#8212; In the five years since the last Charleston Market-Rate Housing Needs report was done, the Charleston Area Alliance says not much has changed, except for a greater increase of higher-income households that are looking for downtown type housing.</p> <p>The organization now has its eye on bringing developers to downtown, which they say has enough walkability, potential properties, and tax cuts to attract them.</p> <p>Susie Salisbury with the Charleston Area Alliance points to the Park View Lofts, which sold in record time at $200,000 and above per unit, as well as the Atlas Building, currently in development, as examples of the type of housing they want in the downtown area.</p> <p>Their target demographic for these condos aren&#8217;t families.</p> <p>&#8220;Millenials and then the senior housing, the folks who are empty nesters and don&#8217;t want to mow lawns anymore,&#8221; said Salisbury.</p> <p>Residents will tell you housing in the downtown area is desired but tough to come by.</p> <p>&#8220;My wife and I have been looking trying to find some kind of condo downtown that makes sense for us now for a couple of years and we&#8217;ve looked at a couple, put a bid in on one actually, and then it fell through in terms of how much it was going to cost to remodel it and stuff so we&#8217;re still looking,&#8221; said one resident 13 News spoke with.</p> <p>The report says 424 units are needed in downtown in the next five years.</p> <p><a href="https://charlestonwv.civicclerk.com/Web/GenFile.aspx?ad=2678">The study</a>, which was commissioned by the Charleston Area Alliance and done by an Ohio-based consulting group also found that 47,000 people commute into Charleston every day.</p> <p>Salisbury says if they can capture even 1% of that, they&#8217;d help fill the housing gap in Charleston, which stands at just over 96%.</p> <p>&#8220;Like West Virginia, the City of Charleston is going to continue to lose population, however, the downtown itself they&#8217;re estimating is going to grow in population as long as we can provide the housing to keep the residents here,&#8221; she said.</p> <p><em>Follow Larisa Casillas on <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/LarisaCasillasTV/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://twitter.com/Larisa_Casillas" target="_blank">Twitter</a> for the latest local and breaking news</em></p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p> Watch: All 12 Playbook: OSU, Baylor prepare to kick off season openers https://www.wowktv.com/sports/wvu-sports/watch-all-12-playbook-osu-baylor-prepare-to-kick-off-season-openers/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:c5e7b241-d987-8784-ede7-c48bef4bd2a5 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:54:05 +0000 Following a pair of upsets in the Big 12 last week, two other teams are preparing for the start of their 2020 season. <p><strong><em>The All 12 Playbook show will live stream Thursdays at 3:30/2:30c.</em> <em>At times it can take a few moments for the stream to begin. </em></strong></p> <p>OKLAHOMA CITY (<a href="http://KFOR.com/Sports" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">KFOR</a>) &#8211; The 2020 <a href="https://kfor.com/sports/big-12-football/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Big 12 football </a>season continues this weekend with a light schedule of just two games, and All 12 Playbook will preview those games as well as wrap<br />up the season openers from the previous weekend.</p> <p>KFOR&#8217;s Brian Brinkley anchors our weekly live streaming show, and you&#8217;ll get reports on all ten teams each week, wrapping up the previous week&#8217;s games and looking ahead to what&#8217;s next.</p> <div class='s2nFriendlyFrame k k-WcvCXDEf' data-type='float'></div><script type='text/javascript' src='https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?fk=WcvCXDEf&#038;cid=9366&#038;offsety=140&#038;floatwidth=400&#038;floatposition=top-right' data-type='s2nScript'></script> <p>In this week&#8217;s edition, we&#8217;ll preview the season openers for Oklahoma State and Baylor.</p> <p>Dylan Buckingham will be live with a report on the Cowboys, who host Tulsa in a game that was postponed one week.</p> <p>Baylor gets the season started by hosting the Houston Cougars, and we&#8217;ll have a report from Matt Roberts in Waco.</p> <p>We&#8217;ll also wrap up the season openers for the seven teams who got started last week, including big wins by Oklahoma and Texas, and some surprising upset losses for Iowa State and<br />Kansas State.</p> <p>All 12 Playbook will be your weekly source for all the latest on the conference teams as they navigate through the difficulties of the pandemic and strive to keep their championship hopes alive.</p> <p><strong>Watch every Thursday for All 12 Playbook</strong>. </p> All 12 Playbook: OSU, Baylor prepare to kick off season openers https://www.wowktv.com/sports/wvu-sports/watch-all-12-playbook-osu-baylor-prepare-to-kick-off-season-openers/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:ed165392-86f5-0bc7-138a-6421867f3d80 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:54:05 +0000 Following a pair of upsets in the Big 12 last week, two other teams are preparing for the start of their 2020 season. <p><strong><em>The All 12 Playbook show will live stream Thursdays at 3:30/2:30c.</em> <em>At times it can take a few moments for the stream to begin. </em></strong></p> <p>OKLAHOMA CITY (<a href="http://KFOR.com/Sports" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">KFOR</a>) &#8211; The 2020 <a href="https://kfor.com/sports/big-12-football/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Big 12 football </a>season continues this weekend with a light schedule of just two games, and All 12 Playbook will preview those games as well as wrap<br />up the season openers from the previous weekend.</p> <p>KFOR&#8217;s Brian Brinkley anchors our weekly live streaming show, and you&#8217;ll get reports on all ten teams each week, wrapping up the previous week&#8217;s games and looking ahead to what&#8217;s next.</p> <div class='s2nFriendlyFrame k k-WcvCXDEf' data-type='float'></div><script type='text/javascript' src='https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?fk=WcvCXDEf&#038;cid=9366&#038;offsety=140&#038;floatwidth=400&#038;floatposition=top-right' data-type='s2nScript'></script> <p>In this week&#8217;s edition, we&#8217;ll preview the season openers for Oklahoma State and Baylor.</p> <p>Dylan Buckingham will be live with a report on the Cowboys, who host Tulsa in a game that was postponed one week.</p> <p>Baylor gets the season started by hosting the Houston Cougars, and we&#8217;ll have a report from Matt Roberts in Waco.</p> <p>We&#8217;ll also wrap up the season openers for the seven teams who got started last week, including big wins by Oklahoma and Texas, and some surprising upset losses for Iowa State and<br />Kansas State.</p> <p>All 12 Playbook will be your weekly source for all the latest on the conference teams as they navigate through the difficulties of the pandemic and strive to keep their championship hopes alive.</p> <p><strong>Watch every Thursday for All 12 Playbook</strong>. </p> Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office employee tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.wowktv.com/news/local/kanawha-county-sheriffs-office-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19/ West Virginia | WOWK 13 News urn:uuid:14fa7c1c-07b6-18d1-82c7-e01742f04cf5 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:25:55 +0000 KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) &#8211; Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford confirms an employe at the Kanawha County Sheriff&#8217;s Office has tested positive for COVID-19. Rutherford says his office is working with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department for contact tracing to determine if any other employees were in direct contact with the employee who tested positive. “My [&#8230;] <p>KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) &#8211; Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford confirms an employe at the Kanawha County Sheriff&#8217;s Office has tested positive for COVID-19.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wowktv.com/news/west-virginia/wv-pandemic-cases-continue-to-rise-four-more-deaths/" class="promo-link__link" > WV pandemic cases continue to rise, four more deaths </a> </aside> <p>Rutherford says his office is working with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department for contact tracing to determine if any other employees were in direct contact with the employee who tested positive.</p> <p>“My thoughts are with my employee at this time, as well as with his family.  I would like to thank Dr. Sherri Young and her staff for always being willing to work with my office to ensure that we are continuing to follow all guidelines necessary to protect our staff and the public,&#8221; Rutherford said.</p> <p><em>For local and breaking news, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE WOWK 13 News App from the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wowk-tv-13-news/id365754010?mt=8">Apple App Store</a> or the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doapps.android.mln.MLN_ae1eaa32d10b6c886981755d579fb4d8">Google Play Store</a>. </em></p>