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US: West Virginia (News/Activism)

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  • USPS Mail Carrier Charged with Fraud After Tampering with Vote-by-Mail Requests

    05/27/2020 8:12:14 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/26/20 | Joel P. Pollack
    Federal and state prosecutors in West Virginia announced Tuesday that it they had charged a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier with attempted fraud for allegedly tampering with requests for vote-by-mail absentee ballots. A joint statement by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell, and Secretary of State Mac Warner said: Thomas Cooper, 47, of Dry Fork, stands charged with attempting to defraud the residents of West Virginia of a fair election. An affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint states Cooper fraudulently altered eight absentee ballot requests in Pendleton County, of which the complaint states he fraudulently changed the party affiliation...
  • Louisiana Looks to Reduce “Gun Free Zones”; WV SB96 becomes Effective

    05/27/2020 7:18:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 25 May, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    Preemption law reform is moving in Louisiana and becomes effective in West Virginia at the end of May. As with nearly all states, Louisiana has a statute that preempts local governments from enacting ordinances or regulations which are in conflict with state laws regarding firearms. The idea is that firearms laws should be uniform statewide, so that people exercising their right to keep and bear arms will not be in violation of the law simply by crossing a street from one municipality to another, or one county to another. Some states have rigorous preemption laws, other states have minimal laws.HB...
  • Mail carrier accused of changing five ballot requests from Democrat to Republican [WV]

    05/26/2020 7:52:46 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 26 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | May 26, 2020 | Brad McElhinny
    A postal carrier in Pendleton County is accused of committing attempted election fraud by taking requests for Democratic absentee ballots and re-marking them as requests for Republican ballots. Mail carrier Thomas Cooper, 47, of Dry Fork was charged with “attempt to defraud the residents of West Virginia of a fair election.” The charge was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. The investigator was Bennie Cogar of the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office and on behalf of the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office. Cogar swore an affidavit, which was included with the filing....
  • West Virginia school system offering school choice, but not what you think

    05/12/2020 2:44:17 PM PDT · by Old Man From WV · 11 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | May 12, 2020 | Mike McCullough
    CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Regardless of where the Eastern Panhandle stands with COVID-19 this fall, Jefferson County students will have a choice of how they attend school. During Monday night’s regular meeting, Superintendent Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson said the school system is continuously updating its technological infrastructure. Students will have the option of full virtual learning.
  • Seattle Cop Fired After Bill Of Rights Video Goes Viral

    05/12/2020 12:38:29 PM PDT · by PROCON · 109 replies ^ | May 12, 2020 | Nicholas Elias
    Port of Seattle Police Officer and Special Forces Veteran Greg Anderson was removed from his position after his video about police officers abusing their power went viral. In an update video posted to his Instagram yesterday, Anderson says he has now been terminated from the Port of Seattle Police Department and is on allegedly on administrative leave pending investigation.
  • University Furlough Tracker: Missouri, Georgia, West Virginia, Toledo And Idaho State

    05/09/2020 8:42:28 PM PDT · by fluorescence · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 9, 2020 | Michael T. Nietzel
    The University of Missouri announced the furloughing of 579 employees, one of several measures to reduce a $17 million shortfall in the budget year that ends June 30. The furloughs come in addition to 49 layoffs, 569 salary reductions, and 217 voluntary salary decreases. Administrators also are planning for a 12.5% cut for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on July 1. West Virginia University identified 875 employees who will be placed on temporary furloughs, beginning May 24 and lasting either through June 28 or July 26. The University expects to save $4 million through the furloughs. On Thursday, the...
  • 214-bed Kentucky hospital closes

    05/02/2020 9:15:40 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 8 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | April 30, 2020 | Ayla Ellison
    Cincinnati-based Bon Secours Mercy Health has closed Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, Ky. Bon Secours announced plans in January to close the 214-bed hospital. The hospital was originally scheduled to shut down in September, but the timeline was moved up to April after employees began accepting new jobs or tendering resignations. "Many members of our team have already accepted new positions conditionally, meaning that start dates with their new employers can't begin until their employment at OLBH ends," Jason Asic, interim president of OLBH, said in February. "These employers have hired our staff in good faith, and we...
  • W.Va. Supreme Court upholds long-argued right to work law

    04/21/2020 12:42:12 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 4 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | April 21, 2020 | Brad McElhinny
    A majority of West Virginia’s Supreme Court has upheld the right to work law that has been argued in the court system for years after it first passed the state’s Republican majority Legislature. Justices reversed a Kanawha Circuit Judge’s earlier ruling that overturned key aspects of the law. The case was remanded back to the lower court, but only to enter summary judgment on behalf of the state. “Because we have found the Act does not infringe upon association, property, or liberty rights protected by the West Virginia Constitution, we reverse the February 27, 2019 order of the Circuit Court...
  • Joe Manchin to endorse Joe Biden after saying he could potentially support Trump

    04/17/2020 3:21:51 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 17 2020 | Brie Stimson
    Sen. Joe Manchin, the independent-minded West Virginia Democrat who sometimes irks his party by siding with Republicans, intends to back fellow Democat Joe Biden for president, according to a report. Manchin, 72, who has served in the Senate since 2010 after previously serving as West Virginia’s governor, was unequivocal about his plans Thursday in an interview with Politico. “I will, absolutely,” Manchin said when asked if he will support Biden.
  • West Virginia AG: Coronavirus Does Not Erase 2nd Amendment Rights

    04/16/2020 8:11:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    BREITBART ^ | April 16, 2020 | AWR Hawkins
    West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) is advising sheriffs in his state to stay on task processing concealed carry permit applications and issuing those permits for applicants legally able to carry a gun. Morrisey wants residents of this state to maintain the ability to defend themselves, regardless of coronavirus shutdowns and/or social distancing requirements. The NRA-ILA quoted Morrisey saying, “While we want our residents to be safe and practice good social distancing, we also want to ensure they can still exercise their right to keep and bear arms.” On March 27, 2020, Breitbart News reported Texas Attorney General Ken...
  • Reproductive rights advocates on alert after AG Morrisey comments on abortion facilities amid COVID-19 (West Virginia)

    04/02/2020 8:33:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Chareston Gazette ^ | April 2, 2020 | Caity Coyne Staff writer
    Earlier this week, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice placed a moratorium on all “elective” procedures and surgeries in the state through an executive order, and at a Wednesday news conference, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said the order will apply to “abortion facilities, as well.” Morrisey’s office did not respond to multiple requests to clarify or elaborate on his statement, which — if it does apply to abortions — may contradict language in the governor’s executive order. The executive order mandates all medical procedures that are “not immediately medically necessary to preserve the patient’s life or long-term health” should be rescheduled...
  • West Virginia Gov Bans Killing Babies in Abortions to Save Medical Resources to Fight Coronavirus

    03/31/2020 2:50:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | March 31, 2020 | Steven Ertelt
    Add West Virginia to the list of states where the governor has banned abortions along with, other non-essential medical procedures, to help fight the coronavirus by conserving medical supplies. Governor Jim Justice, with the support of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, has announced that all health care facilities postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary during the current COVID-19 pandemic. In his statement the Governor said he would “suspend all elective medical procedures” effective 11:59 p.m. tonight. The purpose of these directives is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for use...
  • Beds empty, revenues slowed at hospitals in West Virginia; CAMC announces hours reduction measures

    03/30/2020 3:07:00 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 40 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | March 30, 2020 | Jeff Jenkins
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some hospitals in West Virginia are starting to have cash flow problems with the doing away of elective surgeries and other procedures due to the coronavirus. West Virginia Hospital Association President Joe Letnaunchyn said many services normally offered are being put off in the current environment. “The Surgeon General said cancel elective surgeries and you cancel electives, you cancel other related ancillary services and the revenue stream dries up,” Letnaunchyn said during an appearance Monday on MetroNews “Talkline.” “So we’re trying to find alternate ways to provide revenue to the hospitals in the interim until the federal...
  • W.Va. AG warns landlords threatening eviction amid pandemic

    03/26/2020 12:40:15 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 27 replies
    WOAY TV News ^ | March 26, 2020 | Tyler Barker
    CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday his office has sent warning letters to landlords regarding alleged threats to evict tenants during the global coronavirus pandemic. West Virginia law prohibits unfair or deceptive conduct and has strict laws to protect tenants from unjust eviction. The letters were sent Tuesday and Wednesday. Specifics were not provided due to the ongoing investigations. “Many workers understandably have deep concerns about keeping a roof over their families’ heads,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “I get that landlords and property managers have a bottom line, but in this crisis, we must...
  • West Virginia Shut Down Non-Essential Health Care but Allows Abortions to Kill Babies.

    03/24/2020 12:35:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Terrence H. Williams/facebook ^ | March 24, 2020 | Terrence H. Williams
    A representative from the WV Governor Jim Justice's office says that abortion is healthcare and not elective. However, science and statistics show that termination of a living viable human child in the womb is NOT a "medical necessity" nor "essential" to preserve the patient's life, but most often done simply because the mother desires it. Notice also what priority they place on abortion in the image below. It is listed first. So much for the importance of their "other services," which they are largely postponing at this time, but state are such a necessity for the "clinic" to stay open....
  • WV Gov Jim Justice Gives Rambling Speech On Coronavirus (It’s Like a Scary Movie)

    03/22/2020 2:56:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    WFMD ^ | March 22, 2020
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has a message about the coronavirus pandemic: It’s like a scary movie. In an apparent attempt to sooth a nervous public, Justice, in a statewide address Saturday night, offered a rambling response to the virus in which he declined to order a broad lockdown, issued dire warnings about New York state, urged people to follow existing protocols and admitted that perhaps his speech could have waited until Monday. “It’s like we’re all lost in a movie that we can’t relate to in any way,” he said during the roughly 25-minute address that left many on...
  • WV DHHR: Still no confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday evening

    03/15/2020 7:34:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    WOWK TV 13 ^ | March 15, 2020 | Lily Bradley
    CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia as of Sunday evening. That’s according to the daily COVID-19 update from DHHR. According to the release, West Virginia, through its public health lab, has tested 41 residents for COVID-19, with 38 results coming back negative. There are three tests still pending. Now that COVID-19 testing is expanded and available through commercial laboratories and some hospitals, DHHR is only reporting those tests that have been processed through its state public health lab. All positive...
  • WV Governor has announced he is closing all schools due to coronavirus

    03/13/2020 10:58:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    WOAY ^ | March 13, 2020 | Tyler Barker
    (WOAY) – Gov. Jim Justice has announced that he is closing all schools due to the threat of coronavirus. This is in effect until further notice. Gov. Justice says, “We’ve got a monster that is looming, but the monster is not here. Every single one of us believes the monster is coming to some degree.” Justice says he concluded because he has experience in the school system, usually as a coach.
  • Biden and Bernie to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia: Drop Dead

    03/10/2020 7:31:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | March 10, 2020 | Stephen Moore
    The Democratic presidential field is down to two old, white males, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Though they are said to represent two polar-opposite wings of the party, on one issue, they are in complete agreement. They both have solemnly pledged to destroy millions of blue-collar jobs across Middle America's oil patch. Each has pledged to stop oil and gas development dead in its tracks. This anti-shale and gas movement has the zeal of a religious crusade. If that green agenda comes to pass, it will reverse the economic renaissance in states such as New Mexico,...
  • Justice: State preparing for coronavirus (West Virginia)

    03/07/2020 9:05:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    WV news ^ | March 6, 2020 | Charles Young WV NEWS
    CHARLESTON — West Virginia remains “low risk” for COVID-19, the new coronavirus, but state officials are taking precautions and making preparations for a possible outbreak. Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Jim Justice and Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch said they are in contact with federal officials and have assembled a wide-ranging team of state medical experts, educators and others in response to the rapidly spreading virus. The virus is “slightly more severe” than the flu but not as contagious as the measles, Justice said. “We don’t have a case here in West Virginia, but we’ve got to be...