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Charleston man charged in Meigs County, Ohio murder to be extradited

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston man facing charges in connection with an Ohio murder of a former West Virginia football standout appeared in court Thursday.

Keontae Nelson, 20, appeared in front of Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Maryclaire Akers for a Fugitive From Justice hearing. Nelson waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and will remain at the South Central Regional Jail. Nelson will then be picked up by Meigs County, Ohio authorities and extradited.

Keontae Nelson
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Nelson was charged last week with conspiracy to commit murder and complicity to murder, in the death of former University of Charleston and Wahama High School football player Kane Roush.

Allegedly, Nelson was with Jaquan Hall, 22, also of Charleston, when Roush was killed on April 4, 2021.

Roush, 25, was shot multiple times in the early morning hours. According to investigators, he managed to crawl to another nearby apartment building from his home to get somebody to call for help. Deputies arrived to find him on the ground and still alive. He was able to communicate with Meigs County deputies when they arrived.

“We weren’t just standing over top of him, I don’t want people to think we were doing that, but there were opportunities to talk to him and he spoke to us and that’s kind of crucial to what we’re working on,” Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood previously told MetroNews.

Roush died a short time later after being transported to a nearby hospital.

Hall, who waived extradition back to Ohio last July, was scheduled to go on trial Monday in Meigs County but the trial was continued in a Friday afternoon hearing following Nelson’s arrest earlier Friday in Charleston.

Hall’s trial has been reset for September.

Roush was first team all-state when he played football at Wahama. He led the White Falcons to the 2012 Class A championship. He then played for the University of Charleston.

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Winfield boys hold off Point Pleasant to win the Class AA track title

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a competition that wasn’t decided until the final lap of the final race, Winfield [117 points] edged Point Pleasant [111 points] to win the WVSSAC Class AA State Track and Field Championship at University of Charleston Stadium.

The Generals earned three victories on the second and final day of competition. Matthew Sheneberg claimed wins in the 1,600 meter and the 800 meter runs. He would collect individual high points honors in the meet. Winfield also won the 4×800 meter relay by six seconds.

Winfield led Point by four points heading into the final event, the 4×400 meter. The Generals finished second while Point finished third, giving Winfield a six-point victory.

“We stepped up today,” said Winfield head coach Shawn Anderson. “We had people score in places that we weren’t supposed to score in. They gritted and clawed and scrapped their way and found a way to come out on top. I can’t say enough about them.”

Point Pleasant narrowly missed out on defending their team title. However, they did collect four event victories on Thursday. Ian Wood won the 300 meter hurdles and the 110 meter hurdles. Preston Taylor crossed first in the 100 meters and their shuttle hurdle relay also claimed victory.

The Bluefield Beavers swept the sprint relays by winning the 4×100 and 4×200 meter runs. And senior Jacorian Green capped a stellar high school career by winning the 200 meters.

Other event winners on the final day of Class AA competition included Keyser’s Gabriel Ryan, who had the best throw in a competitive shot put event. North Marion’s Tristin Glasscock took first in the high jump with a leap of 6-foot-2. And the Berkeley Springs Indians won the final event, taking first in the 4×400 meter relay.

Full Class AA results

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Brownfields grants awarded, coronavirus scuttles EPA Morgantown presentation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The planned Brownfields Grant award ceremony with the Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday hit a snag when EPA Mid-Atlantic Region administrator Adam Ortiz tested positive for the coronavirus just before the event and was unable to attend.

Mike McNulty

MUB General Manager Mike McNulty said MUB was awarded the $500,000 grant after its third attempt. Although disappointed the EPA contingent could not attend, McNulty thanked them and the team that was able to secure the grant.

“It’s a partnership with the city, MUB, the county commissioners and we brought in our own consultants,” McNulty said.

Ortiz and EPA officials have been in West Virginia several days this week doing site visits where Brownfields grants have been awarded. He tested positive in Morgantown Thursday.

The property, which is located on Don Knotts Blvd., the former Dinsmore Tire location, was purchased by MUB with the idea of future expansion and according to MUB Chairman J.T. Straface, cleaning up the site has been a priority. Officials believe in the future the site could be home to a new high-service pump house.

“It has been on our minds since we purchased the property, because it is an eyesore and obviously an environmental issue that needed to be taken care of,” Straface said. “It’s big day for us to able to clean it up.”

J. T. Straface

As part of the partnership, once the site is clear an agreement was made to convert the one acre site to an asset to the Mon-River Rail Trail and The Monongahela River.

“For kayaks. It would be an opportunity to put in a small launch where people could come and park, get into Cobun Creek and then make their way into the Mon River,” McNulty said.

Morgantown Mayor Jenny Selin, and BOPARC member, has long championed additions and upgrades to city parks. She is very excited to have another area that could draw people to the waterfront as well as eliminating a clear environmental danger to the public.

“When it’s time to turn it over back to MUB we need to be good sports about it,” Selin said. “I really appreciate cleaning up something that is an eyesore and something that the land would not be able to be reused without it being reclaimed.”

Morgantown Mayor Jenny Selin

McNulty said they are working through the compliance portion with the EPA to get access to the money and looking at the contractor market. Since the market is flush with federal dollars keeping most busy, but McNulty believes once compliance is complete the timing could be about right.

“I would think by 2023 we’re going to be in the process of actual demolition, bring this facility down and getting the remediation,” McNulty said.

The EPA also awarded Brownfields Grants to the Fayette County Commission for $378,917, the Lewis County Commission for $500,000, the Paden City Development Authority for $500,000, and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for $2,000,000.

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New trooper pay raises in play as recruitment continues for new cadet class

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Police will hold its final testing opportunity for the upcoming cadet class Friday at the State Police Academy in Institute.

Col. Jan Cahill

State Police Superintendent Col. Jan Cahill said applicants need to show up at 8 a.m. to take part in the testing.

The agency hopes to begin a cadet class at the academy on Aug. 29.

State lawmakers approved a $10,000 pay raise for troopers earlier this year. Cahill said the raise, which begins July 1, has helped some in recruitment but more in retention.

“We’ve maybe seen a slight uptick in recruiting, maybe a little better type of applicant, but we’ve immediately seen where it’s helped us in retention,” Cahill said.

The state police went into the legislative session hoping for locality pay in hopes in keep troopers in places like the Eastern Panhandle from skipping to other states instead Cahill and others were surprised that the final legislation included a $10,000 raise for all troopers.

The additional money has changed some minds, Cahill said.

“We’ve had some folks who perhaps were looking elsewhere or thinking about retiring have decided to stay on with us—so that’s really helped with retention. We think it’s absolutely going to help,” Cahill said.

After graduation from the academy, new troopers will start out at about $55,000 a year.

Cahill said troopers come from all walks of life and the agency sees it during its recruitment efforts.

“We encourage everyone but it’s really nice to have people that have had a lot of lifetime experiences, you really build upon that,” Cahill said.

Application for Friday’s testing can be found at here. 

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Justice announces extra raises for social services workers, dashboard for child welfare

Gov. Jim Justice announced today that his administration has identified funding for 15 percent raises for social services workers.

The Department of Health and Human Resources said 970 workers will be eligible for the raises.

“That is done now. These people really, really, really work hard,” Justice said.

Legislators had considered a bill including those raises as an incentive to retain child protective services and adult protective services. Justice’s administration countered that the raises could be provided without legislation by using money from hundreds of unfilled positions to pay for the raises.

“And how we’ve done it is just minding the store. How have you done this? How have you done this Justice? Did you have to go into this coffer and this coffer and pull a whole bunch of money out? No. We didn’t have to pull a dime out. Not one dime out,” Justice said during a briefing today.

“And what we did is, we had vacancies. And as those vacancies were never filled and they’d been there vacant — and if we ever get people applying and all that, we’ll revisit — but right now all we had to do was mind the store the right way and be able to compensate these people more that are doing unbelievable work.”

Bill Crouch, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources, said the governor continued pushing for the pay raises for social services workers.

“He was adamant that this get done,” Crouch said. “He was the one who made sure this happened and stayed on me to make this happen.”

He acknowledged that the money came from positions that had been vacant.

“We did take existing positions in DHHR. We swept those. We will removed those,” he said. “We’ve had to do some juggling to get this done, but the governor was adamant that we do it.”

That same bill, which didn’t wind up passing, had also included a dashboard intended to provide helpful information about West Virginia’s foster care system. Today, the Justice administration said a version of that dashboard is moving forward and should be in place by June 1.

Justice said the dashboard will display child protective services placements, referrals and staffing information.

Bill Crouch

“This will be a living dashboard, much like the dashboard for covid. When we see the need to make changes, we’ll make changes. When we see the need to make changes we’ll make changes. We’ll keep that information updated on a monthly basis, and we’ll try to make it better as we go along,” Crouch said.

“But it’s a way for folks to see what’s going on in the state with regard to our CPS program and making sure we keep children safe.”

Crouch elaborated that the agency does not want the dashboard to violate confidentiality in cases that can often be very sensitive. “We have to be very careful in terms of making sure all of our children are protected from the standpoint of confidentiality,” he said.

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Food pantries prepare to help WV families as House advances 2 bills related to baby formula

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Food pantries in West Virginia say they’re prepared to help supply families with baby formula if they had the products in stock.

Cyndi Kirkhart

Cyndi Kirkhart, CEO of Facing Hunger Foodbank in Huntington, told MetroNews Thursday they haven’t received any type of outreach on that front.

“We really have not been identified as a resource for baby formula and baby items because we typically don’t get those products donated very often,” Kirkhart said.

Kirkhart predicts families will need their help if the shortage worsens.

“I do expect in the next couple of weeks when all resources have been exhausted that we’ll start to get that outreach,” she said.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved two pieces of legislation aimed at addressing the formula shortage. One bill would allow more formula to be purchased with money from the federal WIC (Women, Children and Infants) program for low-income families. The House also approved a measure to spend $28 million dollars to help the FDA increase formula supply.

Carol Miller

Third District Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-W.Va.) voted against the FDA related bill.

“Why would you want to throw $28 million at a problem when they already have millions of dollars to work on it? It’s another ‘here’s some more money, let me take it out of your pocket.’ It wasn’t necessary,” Miller said on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

Both bills now head to the Senate.

Miller said she sent a letter with several members of Congress to the Biden administration to push for more relief.

“When you cannot feed your child, that is the most basic problem you could possibly have and the government just did not step up to do what they should’ve done,” she said.

Meanwhile, West Virginia parents have been driving many miles, spending money on high gas prices, crossing state lines or visiting dozens of stores in search of formula for their infants. Others are turning to the Internet for help.

The Better Business Bureau is now warning parents of online scammers.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act to order manufacturers that make some of the key ingredients in baby formulas to prioritize orders from formula companies.

The President is also using military assets to help by ordering the use of Defense Department aircraft to import formula from overseas, dubbing the move “Operation Fly Formula.”

Formula manufacturer Abbott has already started importing from Ireland after the FDA relaxed import rules on Monday. The FDA reached a deal with Abbott to re-open their Michigan facility that was closed because dangerous bacteria was found on-site.

Still, formula won’t arrive on shelves in bulk until next month. Kirkhart said her food pantry will be ready to help if the crisis worsens.

“Certainly we’re keeping our eye on if we do have any available resources or if there is any access we can gain to help our folks in need, we’ll do that,” she said.

Earlier this week, House Majority Leader Amy Summers (R-Taylor) told MetroNews state leaders can’t do much to address the problem and that it’s up to the federal government to act.

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Capito introducing measure focused on palliative, hospice care improvements

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is introducing a bill directed at improving palliative and hospice care by emphasizing related research, workforce training, and educating patients and others about these options.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. (File)

Capito and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., announced Thursday plans to reintroduce the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, which the senators contend will help health care professionals better address the needs of Americans with life-threatening illnesses.

The senators introduced identical legislation in July 2019. The House of Representatives passed a related measure in October 2019.

The measure would direct the National Institutes of Health to use existing avenues and funding for palliative care research and improving options for patients with serious diseases and end-of-life illnesses. The legislation also calls for studying education centers and related curricula, as well as expanding interdisciplinary training and establishing programs for attracting and retaining health care providers.

The proposal additionally emphasizes an improved sharing of resources to inform patients and health care professionals about these options.

“Access to high quality palliative and hospice care services is vital for patients and their families,” Capito said in a joint press release with Baldwin.

“As a caregiver for parents living with Alzheimer’s disease, I saw firsthand just how valuable these services are. In order to preserve access to this care, our bill would strengthen training and education opportunities for individuals working in these fields. I look forward to working with Senator Baldwin and my colleagues in the Senate to pass this legislation.”

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. (Office of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin)

Baldwin also has experience with caring for an older family member; Baldwin served as the primary caregiver for her grandmother. She said the purpose of the legislation is to “make a difference for families like mine experiencing serious health concerns.”

“I’m proud to work on this bipartisan bill that will grow and sustain our palliative and hospice care workforce and in turn, improve the quality of life for the growing number of patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses,” the Wisconsin Democrat added.

More than 50 health care organizations signed a letter to Capito and Baldwin supporting the proposal. The groups say the legislation will improve clinical practices and health care administration.

“With PCHETA’s focus on expanding the interdisciplinary palliative care workforce, promoting awareness of the benefits of palliative care among patients and providers, and improving the evidence base for this care, you have demonstrated a strong commitment to addressing key barriers to palliative care access for the growing number of Americans with serious or life-threatening illness,” the organizations state in a letter dated Thursday.

The measure has attracted bipartisan support in the Senate. Independent Angus King of Maine; Republicans Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Roger Marshall of Kansas, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; and Democrats Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Jeff Merkley of Oregon are cosponsors of the proposal.

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Video, updates: Governor to provide pandemic update at 11 a.m.

We’ll provide updates here about how West Virginia is dealing with the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

State officials have directed members of the public to a landing page dedicated to information about coronavirus in West Virginia.

Additional information can be found at CDC’s Situation Summary or at DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline, 1-800-887-4304.

9:53 a.m. Justice plans briefing at 11 a.m. 

9 a.m. Justice plans briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:55 a.m. Justice plans briefing at 10 a.m. 

12:55 p.m.  06/09/2022   Justice plans briefing at 1 p.m.

11:55 a.m.  05/06/2022   Justice plans briefing at noon

11:30 a.m.  05/03/2022   Justice plans briefing at noon

10:40 a.m.  04/28/2022  Justice plans briefing at 11 a.m.

01:50 p.m.  04/25/2022  Justice plans briefing at 2 p.m.

03:59 p.m.  04/22/2022  Justice plans briefing at 4 p.m. 

10:30 a.m.  04/19/2022  Justice plans briefing at 11 a.m. 

10:45 a.m.  4/13/2022  Justice plans briefing at 11 a.m.


11:45 a.m.  4/11/2022  Justice plans briefing at noon

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11:45 a.m.  4/05/2022  Justice plans briefing at noon

10:45 a.m.  4/01/2022  Justice plans briefing at 11:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.  3/29/2022   Justice plans briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.  3/25/2022   Justice plans briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:45 a.m.  3/21/2022  Justice plans briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:45 a.m.  3/17/2022  Justice plans briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:45 a.m.  3/14/2022  Justice plans briefing at 11:30 a.m. 

10:15 a.m.  3/11/2022  Justice plans briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

10:15  a.m. 3/07/2022  Justice plans briefing for 10:30 a.m. 

10:30 a.m. 3/04/2022  Justice plans briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  3/01/2022  Justice plans briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.  2/25/2022  Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.  2/23/2022  Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:25 a.m.  2/21/2022   Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.  2/17/2022   Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.  2/14/2022  Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:50 a.m.  2/11/2022    Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:09 a.m.  2/9/2022   Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:09 a.m. 2/7/2022  Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:09 a.m. 2/4/2022 Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

10:09 a.m. 2/2/2022 Justice plans pandemic briefing at 1 p.m. 

8:46 a.m. 1/31/2022 Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:07 a.m. 1/28/2022 Justice plans pandemic briefing at 1 p.m. 

9:13 a.m. 1/26/2022 Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

8:45 a.m. 1/24/2022 Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:42 a.m. 1/21/2022 Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  01/19/2022   Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m. 

10:45 a.m.  12/30/2021   Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m. 

11:00 a.m.  Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m.

9:37 a.m. Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

10:04 a.m. 12/21/2021 Justice to announce final CARES Act priorities at 1 p.m.

Gov. Jim Justice says he will make a major announcement at 1 p.m. regarding a new initiative to combat staffing shortages in the healthcare industry, which will be funded through a portion of West Virginia’s remaining Cares Act dollars and other funding sources.

West Virginia still has $125.6 million remaining of its original CARES allocation, according to the state Auditor’s transparency site.

The U.S. Treasury issued updated guidance last week, adjusting the requirements of a fast-approaching Dec. 31 deadline. That now means the spending must be obligated, not necessarily immediately spent. The new deadline to actually spend that money is Sept. 30, 2022.

The governor’s priority seems to be investment that could alleviate pressure on hospitals, which have expressed uncertainty about whether staffing is adequate to handle an expected winter surge of covid-19.

9:25 a.m. 12/16/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

9 a.m. 12/14/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:03 a.m. 12/9/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:01 a.m. 12/7/2021 Governor Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

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8:42 a.m. 12/2/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

8:47 a.m. 11/30/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 1 p.m. 

9:38 a.m. 11/24/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

3 p.m. 11/19/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 4:00 p.m. 

10 a.m. 11/17/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 2 p.m. 

11 a.m. 11/15/2021 Justice to lead briefing on covid-19 response

10:30 a.m. 11/12/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.  11/10/2021  Justice leads pandemic briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.  11/08/2021  Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 11/05/2021  Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.


11:15 a.m. 11/03/2021   Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. 11/01/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:40 a.m.

9:18 a.m. 10/29/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

9:54 a.m. 10/26/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

9:42 a.m. 10/22/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

11:33 a.m. 10/20/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at noon

10:40 a.m.  10/18/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:30 a.m.  10/15/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 10/13/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

7:26 a.m. 10/11/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

8:19 a.m. 10/7/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:55 a.m. 10/4/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

8:36 a.m. 10/1/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m.

9:02 a.m. 9/29/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

9:41 a.m. 9/27/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:53 a.m. 9/24/2021 Justice plans pandemic briefing for noon

9:44 a.m. 9/22/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:10 a.m. 9/20/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at noon, following summit with health advisers

Gov. Jim Justice is hosting a “breakfast roundtable summit” with his pandemic leadership team this morning at the Governor’s Mansion. The team will discuss and decide ways to keep West Virginians safe and protect hospital system stability as the state nears or crosses the peak of the surge from the COVID-19 delta variant.

This meeting is closed to the public and the media. However, all West Virginians are encouraged to watch the governor’s covid-19 media briefing immediately following the meeting.

7:39 a.m. 9/17/2021 Justice to lead 3 p.m. briefing about pandemic response

10:23 a.m. 9/15/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing about pandemic response 

7:41 a.m. 9/13/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

8:24 a.m. 9/10/2021 Justice to lead 10:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

9:52 a.m. 9/8/2021 Justice to lead 10:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

6:25 a.m. 9/6/2021 Justice to lead 10:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

9:14 a.m. 9/3/2021 Briefing at noon over West Virginia pandemic response 

9:08 a.m. 9/1/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing

9:51 a.m. 8/30/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing

7:52 a.m. 8/27/21 U.S. Education Secretary joins Justice at briefing 

WHO: Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team.

United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch will also join the briefing.

WHAT: Governor Justice will provide an update on West Virginia’s COVID-19 response efforts, and make a back-to-school vaccination initiative announcement.

10:14 a.m. 8/25/21 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

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10:10 a.m. Governor leads coronavirus media briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. Governor leads coronavirus media briefing at 11:00 a.m.

8:17 a.m. Governor leads briefing about pandemic response at 11:30 a.m. 

7:36 a.m. Governor leads pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m. 

8:56 a.m. Governor Justice to lead 11:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic 

9:44 a.m. Governor Justice to lead noon briefing about pandemic

10:54 a.m. Governor Justice to lead 11 a.m. pandemic briefing

8:12 a.m. Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. Superintendent Burch and SSAC chief Dolan join Justice for 11 a.m. briefing

WHO: Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch, WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan, West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team.

WHAT: Gov. Justice will provide an update on West Virginia’s COVID-19 response efforts and provide an update on back-to-school plans for West Virginia.

LATER: At 2 p.m. the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will host a press conference to provide details on back-to-school guidance for the 2021-22 school year.

Burch, WVBE Vice President Tom Campbell and Dolan will address the media following Governor Jim Justice’s briefing earlier in the day.

10:15 a.m. 8/02/2021  Governor provides update about covid response at 10:30 a.m. 

8:35 a.m. 7/29/2021 Governor provides update about covid response at 11 a.m.

8:29 a.m. 07/27/2021 Justice provides update about pandemic response at 11 a.m.

11:03 a.m. 07/22/2021 Governor Justice scheduled for 11 a.m. pandemic briefing

12:38 p.m. 07/20/2021 Governor Justice to lead pandemic update at 1 p.m. 

10:06 a.m. 7/16/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 1 p.m.

11 a.m. 7/13/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:35 a.m. 7/8/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30

11:25 a.m. 7/6/2021  Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11:30

9:24 a.m. 7/1/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

8:53 a.m. 6/29/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30

12:20 p.m.  06/24/2021   Justice pandemic briefing set for 12:30 p.m. 

10:55 a.m.  06/22/2021   Justice pandemic briefing set for 11:30 a.m.

10:50 a.m. 6/17/2021  Justice pandemic briefing set for 11 a.m.

11:05 a.m. 6/15/2021 Justice pandemic briefing scheduled for 11 a.m. 

7:40 a.m. 6/10/2021 Justice waits outside development announcement because of covid exposure

Gov. Jim Justice offered video greetings from his vehicle at an economic development announcement in Morgantown on Wednesday with the governor saying he’d had an unanticipated covid-19 exposure.

Justice has been very public about his full vaccination but said he wanted to set a good example by remaining in the vehicle. Otherwise, he said, he would have needed a rapid test and a mask.

He appeared via streaming video and offered remarks at an announcement for an artificial intelligence company getting established in Morgantown. Clay Marsh, West Virginia University’s executive dean for health sciences, made the opening remarks as a substitute for Justice.

Dr. Clay Marsh

“He would be here standing in my place had it not been for a very unexpected exposure that he had recently to somebody who tested positive for covid-19,” said Marsh, who is also the state’s coronavirus response coordinator.

“And even though the governor is aware that he is fully vaccinated, he is really 100 percent protected against having any kind of problem with this — even with that understanding, and he does understand that well, given his experience we’ve all had with covid-19, he wanted to make sure he was working with an abundance of concern.”

Justice then appeared on a screen for everyone to see, wearing a checked shirt and leaning over to talk into a camera, with the interior roof of the vehicle as his backdrop.

“I landed here about an hour ago. I’m sitting out in the parking lot in front of you right now. I mean, I could throw a rock and hit all of you,” Justice said. “I hate like crazy that I’m out here in the parking lot. Believe me be.”

Offering some background, Justice said he had experienced a covid exposure on Friday and was informed about it on Wednesday.

“When I landed they told me I was exposed on Friday evening to someone. They told me they felt like I needed to be tested. And if that be the case, I don’t think I need to be in there until we know the results of the test. But I’m sure it’s fine. I feel fine, and I hate like crazy I’m not with you.”

7:37 a.m. 6/10/2021 Justice leads briefing about pandemic response at 2 p.m. 

10:20 a.m. 6/8/2021  Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:23 a.m. 6/3/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:22 a.m. 6/1/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

1:59 p.m. 5/27/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 4:30 p.m.

10:20 a.m. 5/25/2021  Justice leads briefing about pandemic response at 10:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m. 5/20/2021 Justice leads briefing about pandemic response at 1:20 p.m. 

12:19 p.m. 5/17/2021 Justice leads pandemic update at 1 p.m.

10:32 a.m. 5/14/2021 Justice leads pandemic update at noon

11:45 a.m.  5/12/2021  Justice leads pandemic update

10:25 a.m. 5/10/2021  Justice leads pandemic update 

9:29 a.m. 5/7/2021 Justice leads pandemic update at 11:30 a.m.

9:16 a.m. 5/5/2020 Justice leads noon briefing about covid response

8:04 a.m. 5/3/2020 Justice provides latest on pandemic response at 11 a.m.

8:04 a.m. 4/30/2020 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

11:05 a.m. 4/28/2021 Pandemic briefing by Justice at 2:45 p.m. 

12:45 p.m. 4/26/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 1 p.m.

7:59 a.m. 4/23/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

11:55 a.m. 4/21/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at noon

11:55 a.m. 4/19/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at noon.

10:25 a.m. 4/16/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at 10:30 a.m.

10:25 a.m.  4/14/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at 10:30 a.m.

11:54 a.m. 4/12/2021 Justice to address pandemic response at noon 


11:35 a.m.  4/09/2021  Justice to have back to back briefings beginning at noon (income tax/COVID)

10:15 a.m.  4/07/2021  Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  4/05/2021  Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  4/02/2021   Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  3/29/2021  Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.  3/26/2021  Justice briefing at 9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.  3/24/2021  Justice briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  3/22/2021  Justice briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:20 a.m. 3/19/2021  Justice briefing 10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. 3/17/2021  Justice briefing 10:45 a.m.

11:15 a.m.  3/15/2021  Justice briefing at 11:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. 3/12/2021 Justice briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 3/10/2021  Justice briefing set for 11:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m. 3/8/2021  Justice briefing set for 10:30 a.m.

10:55 a.m. 3/5/2021  Justice briefing set for 11:00 a.m.

This briefing was originally scheduled for 10:30 a.m. but now has been shifted to 11

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10:32 a.m. 2/19/2021 Justice leads briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

6:52 a.m. 2/17/2021 Justice leads briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:30 a.m. 2/15/2021 Justice leads briefing at 10:30 

9:03 a.m. 2/12/2021 Justice to lead briefing at noon

9:30 a.m. 2/10/21 Justice to lead briefing at 11 a.m.

11:58 a.m. 2/8/21 Justice to lead briefing at noon 

9:48 a.m.  2/5/21 Justice to lead briefing at 11:30 

11:05 a.m.  2/3/21 Justice to lead briefing at noon 

9:34 a.m. Justice to lead briefing at noon 

10:34 a.m. 1/29/21 Justice to lead briefing at noon

9:39 a.m. 1/27/21 Manchin applauds federal effort to increases vaccine supply

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a statement about the announcement from the Biden Administration about increasing the weekly supply of COVID-19 vaccinations to states and territories next week. The administration will also increase transparency by giving states a three week forecast of vaccine supplies.

“Today’s announcement by the Biden Administration shows that help is on the way. I thank President Biden for staying true to his word and delivering more vaccine so quickly and will continue to work closely with him to further increase our allocation. West Virginia is leading the country in efficiently and safely distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Clinics across our state have been operating below capacity because of the vaccine shortage. Now President Biden will ship out at least 10 million doses each week to get more shots in arms as soon as possible. Today’s announcement from the Biden Administration is another step closer to ensuring every West Virginian who wants a vaccine can get one, restoring our economy, and getting back to life as usual. In the last week, I have spoken with President Biden and multiple White House officials who have assured me the number one priority for the Administration is quickly producing and efficiently distributing the vaccine. I’m glad to see them put their money where their mouth is and ramp up vaccine distribution.”

9 a.m. 1/25/21 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing 

12:07 p.m. 1/21/21 Justice plans noon briefing 

9:56 a.m. 1/19/2021 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing 

8:51 a.m. 1/13/2021 Justice plans 10 a.m. briefing

8:49 a.m. 1/11/2021 Justice plans noon briefing

11:31 a.m. 1/8/2021 Justice plans noon briefing 

7:54 a.m. 1/6/2021 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing 

6:59 a.m. 1/4/2021 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing

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MetroNews This Morning 5-19-22

A fatal shooting is under investigation in Parkersburg. Also in Parkersburg, the Mayor reacts to a court ruling which ends a more than 40 year tradition of a prayer before each city council meeting. Fairmont State’s Board of Governor’s prepares to search for the school’s next President. Marshall University has created a thrift store to help victims of recent flooding in Huntington, plus Marshall’s med school gets a federal grant to study a potential link between Obesity and Alzheimer s. U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito blasts the White House over gasoline prices now topping $4 a gallon in every state. In sports, the brackets for the state softball tournament are filled and for the boys high school baseball regionals. Those stories and more in today’s MetroNews This Morning Podcast.
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Marshall’s School of Medicine receives DOD grant for Alzheimer’s research

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study the role of obesity and oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s disease.

Drs. Thomas Nelson, Komal Sodhi and Joseph Shapira are conducting the study, which is rooted in Nelson’s previous work regarding inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease and Sodhi and Shapiro’s research regarding oxidative stress in obesity.

According to researchers, obesity is one of the four most important predictive factors for Alzheimer’s disease.

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command awarded the three-year grant. It is the only Research Partnership Award in the department’s Peer-Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program for the current fiscal year and the first agency grant given to the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine since 2010.

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