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Mercer County’s health board approves indoor mask mandate

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Mercer County now has an indoor mask mandate for public buildings.

The Mercer County Board of Health approved the mandate at a Wednesday meeting. It takes effect immediately.

Mercer County Commissioner Greg Puckett

Mercer County Commissioner Greg Puckett said the board made the right move given the spread of the Delta variant in Mercer County.

“Our school system did shut down last week. We’ve seen 17 deaths in the last 20 some days. It doesn’t become a rights issue when it’s impacting everybody else,” Puckett told MetroNews after the board’s vote.

Puckett said the mandate will be in effect until at least Oct. 27. The board is also expected to have a public hearing at some point.

Gov. Jim Justice said again Wednesday that he’s not in favor of a statewide mask mandate. Justice has repeatedly said it’s a local decision.

Mercer County joins Greenbrier County as the only county health boards that have taken the step. Greenbrier County approved a mandate last Friday.

Puckett said he’s heard the arguments by those who have said mandates violate rights. He said that really doesn’t apply in this situation.

“This is a public health crisis and unfortunately one person’s rights stop when they infringe on others,” Puckett said. “If we can use a mask to slow that down and we get back to some semblance of normal then I think it was the right decision to make.”

A new state law gives county commissions veto power over health board decisions. Puckett predicted the Mercer County Commission would agree with the board of health’s vote.

Mercer County was ‘red’ on Wednesday’s daily alert COVID-19 map. The county’s infection rate is at more than 116%.

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Man accused in Charleston police officer death gets new trial date

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The man charged in last December’s death of Charleston police officer Cassie Johnson won’t go on trial until next year.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey has moved Joshua Phillips’ trial from Nov. 15 to Jan. 10.

During a Wednesday status hearing, Bailey told prosecutors and defense attorneys she recently learned for a spacing issue at the Kanawha County Courthouse during mid-November.

“I’ve been advised that’s the same week that the grand jury is scheduled to meet,” Bailey said.

COVID-19 protocals have forced large court hearings into the larger ceremonial courtroom. Bailey said it would be difficult to have a murder trial and grand jury the same week.

Both defense attorney John Sullivan and Kanawha County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Don Morris agreed to the move. Morris did tell Bailey he wants to check on the availability of prosecution witnesses for the week of Jan. 10.

Joshua Phillips

Phillips, 38, is charged with murder in connection with Johnson’s death last December. He allegedly attacked her and shot her during her investigation a traffic complaint on Garrison Avenue. She died a few days after being shot.

Phillips remains in the South Central Regional Jail. Sullivan told Bailey Wednesday he plans to file another motion soon in hopes of convincing the judge to set bond in the case. She has previously denied bond.

Bailey has scheduled a Dec. 1 pretrial hearing for the January trial.

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West Virginia officials acknowledge vaccination numbers were overcounted

West Virginia is having to adjust its vaccination numbers because of a reporting error from a contractor with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, state officials said today.

State leaders described double counting of a particular group of vaccination numbers — people who had received vaccines through the federal retail pharmacy program — that were not adequately reviewed to remove duplications or those who should not have been counted in West Virginia figures, such as people who crossed the state border. For months, that pushed the state’s publicly reported numbers higher than they should have been.

“I don’t believe anyone did anything nefarious,” said Jim Hoyer, leader of the state’s interagency task force, while speaking on the telephone this afternoon. “I have absolutely nothing that says anything other than somebody made a mistake.”

The upshot is, West Virginia has farther to go to protect its citizens from covid-19 than it had earlier seemed.

State leaders have been describing a goal of an overall vaccination rate of 80 percent to try to protect the population from additional surges of covid-19.

Through yesterday, it looked like the rate of vaccine-eligible state residents with at least one shot was 74 percent. Hoyer had focused on residents with at least one dose because that represents people who are open to vaccination and, thus, fairly likely to proceed to a second dose.

But with adjusted figures the number of vaccine-eligible residents with at least one shot is now 63.7 percent.

“So now from a strategy standpoint, instead of thinking we were only going to have about 6 percent to go to get to 80 percent, we’ve got 16 percent,” Hoyer said in the telephone interview.

State leaders including Gov. Jim Justice first alluded to the counting problem on Monday and then provided more explanation today. Numbers on the state’s covid-19 dashboard were being adjusted.

Justice expressed frustration but tried to look on the bright side.

“In some ways by having this information it makes it better,” he said. “Because now I know we’ve got to double down even more.”

Not all numbers were completely out of whack.

The percentage of vaccine-eligible residents considered fully vaccinated was listed today as 60 percent. Yesterday it was also 60 percent.

Hoyer said the goal remains to get as many West Virginians vaccinated as possible.

He noted that of the 2,909 West Virginians who have died since the vaccine became available, only a very small percentage were fully vaccinated.

“If 98 percent of the people we care about in West Virginia that have died from this are unvaccinated — then the story is there was a mistake and we now know we’ve got a higher bogey to get to, but dammit that means we’ve got to double down and work even harder,” Hoyer said on the telephone.

“I’ve got to go figure out with the governor how to get more people vaccinated because ow I’ve got to vaccinate more people.”

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Accusations of corruption come to light in Westover

WESTOVER – Allegations of corruption, a police department divided, and hidden agendas have come to light after an audio recording of a meeting involving several Westover officials was recently posted online.

The over 90-minute meeting that involved former Westover Police Chief Rick Panico, Lt. John Morgan, Westover city attorney Tim Stranko and Westover City Councilman Steve Andryzcik took place in September 2020. The meeting came on the heels of Panico’s resignation and the release of a letter signed by 11 Westover Police officers calling for the removal of Officer Aaron Dalton for a number of abuses of power.

“This needs to be investigated and we need to find the truth and let the chips fall where they may,” said Westover City Councilman Ralph Mullins said on WAJR’s Talk of the Town.

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“What is to me as every bit as disturbing as the accusations against our mayor, is the fact that a city attorney and city councilman purposely decided not to inform council of these accusations against the mayor. How can we do our job if this type of information is being hidden from us?”

While Mullins was aware of the meeting, he contends the accusations against Mayor Dave Johnson that were made during the meeting were never communicated to city council.

The conversation during the meeting was mostly focused on the conduct of Mayor Johnson and his relationship with Officer Aaron Dalton. Pancio and Morgan described concerns that Mayor Johnson subverted the chain of command within the police department and created an environment that made it impossible to hold Dalton accountable for his actions.

Dalton is facing multiple lawsuits over civil rights violations and more accusations came to light in the meeting, including claims that Dalton had sexual intercourse with a woman while on duty and later was harassing her. Pancio claimed in the meeting that Mayor Johnson told him to “make it go away.”

Pancio also shared concerns he had when the mayor requested Dalton directly under him on parking enforcement. Panico was worried there would be no oversight in such a situation, to which he said Johnson replied “let me worry about that.”

A picture was painted of a department in disarray with officers who refused to work with Dalton because of his conduct while Dalton seemed to operate with a sense of immunity because of his relationship with Mayor Johnson.

“Dalton was actually giving commands to the officers. Officers were going through their chain of command ‘why is Dalton coming around telling me to go home, stand down, don’t be here?'” said Panico.

Other incidents included Dalton making racists remarks to coworkers in an attempt to provoke a response out of them, according to Pancio, as well as threatening to sexually assault other officers just to demonstrate his power over them.

However, Councilman Andryzcik, who was part of the Sept. 2020 meeting, asserts there are hidden agendas that have played a role in the allegations toward the mayor.

“I do know this, all three of those people have agendas,” claimed Andryzcik on WAJR, referring to Panico, Morgan and Mullins.

“Rick and Dave did not get along. They locked horns about a lot things. Rick resented all those things. Morgan was our interim chief, he’s upset because he didn’t get the full-time chief job. Mullins has expressed to me and others he’s considering running for mayor.”

While everyone involved in the meeting appeared to disapprove of Dalton’s actions, there was less agreement on how to proceed forward. City Attorney Tim Stranko raised concerns over the city’s imagine a losing the public’s trust seeming to take issue with the letter signed by 11 officers in the department and Panico’s resignation letter.

“This memo and your resignation letter are seriously detrimental to that,” Stanko said. “The route I hope we take in the future is less formal, less writing.”

Since that meeting, Panico officially resigned. A year later, Dalton remains on paid administrative leave and has filed an injunction against the city of Westover, claiming his employment rights are being violated.

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WV American Water to hold virtual Q&A to discuss customer payment plans

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia American Water Company will hold a virtual information session Thursday morning to explain payment options for customers facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The session starts at 8 a.m. Thursday and will focus on the company’s customer assistance programs.

For example, WVAWC’s H2O Help to Others program offers financial assistance for income-eligible customers and discounts on monthly water and wastewater charges.

Megan Hannah, the company’s external affairs manager, said they can also arrange payment plans and get customers signed up for budget billing, regardless of income.

“We want our customers to know that, regardless of their financial status or issues they may be facing in their personal lives, we do have an option to assist them in taking care of their monthly bill,” she said.

Hannah said the virtual event is about creating transparency and access so customers can get their questions answered.

“It’s live with representatives with West Virginia American Water, the DHHR and Dollar Energy Fund to talk more those types of programs. Customers can ask questions specific to their circumstance,” she explained.

WVAWC is the largest water utility in West Virginia. More than 545,000 people rely on their water service. Hannah said several customers are still unemployed and are trying to make ends meet.

“We do have some customers that are still facing hardships due to the pandemic. As a result of that, we still have very generous payment plan options available to our customers, so that will be one of the options we’ll be discussing,” Hannah said.

To access the live session, CLICK HERE a few minutes prior to the event. Pre-registration is not required and there is no password to join.

A final information session is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

The sessions are always recorded and posted to the company’s YouTube channel for customers who were been unable to participate during the live events.

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HELP304 crisis help line sees increase in pandemic-related calls

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There’s been a dramatic spike in calls made to a statewide hotline for crisis counseling and much of that has to do with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Sheila Moran

First Choice Services in Charleston, which runs the HELP304 emotional support line, has seen a 66 percent increase in calls since June.

“Things are back open, but people are uncertain about what they should be doing and how they should be behaving,” said Sheila Moran, director of marketing and communication. “They’re very anxious and concerned if they or their loved ones could get COVID.”

Much of the stress and anxiety last year centered around quarantine, which lead to isolation and feelings of loneliness. In the last few months, Moran said they’ve noticed the distress is coming from arguments with personal relationships.

“Spouses, in laws, parents, children — I think we’re seeing a big strain in those relationship right now somewhat related to the pandemic. Some within families are vaccinated, some are not. Some are wearing masks, others are not,” she said.

Anyone who is anxious, depressed or just needs to talk to someone can call any time of day. Moran said it does not have to be about the pandemic. The hotline is about giving people an outlet and creating access to mental health services.

“This line knocks down some of those barriers to mental health services so that people can at least have a crisis counselor there to listen to them,” Moran said.

Moran said stress has gone up even prior to the pandemic.

“West Virginia has consistently been ranked as one of the least mentally healthy states, meaning people tend to be unhappier,” she said.

To reach a counselor, call 1-877-HELP304, text 877-435-7304 or chat at www.help304.com.

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Active cases drop, hospitalizations rise in Wednesday COVID report from DHHR

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Active coronavirus cases in West Virginia dropped significantly for another day on Wednesday, more than 2,000 from Tuesday’s report from the state Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).

The DHHR confirmed 15,280 active COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, down from 17,435 on Tuesday. This total is down more than 14,000 from Friday as the state set a new peak for active cases at 29,744. The peak lasted for one day. More than 18,000 cases have been classified as recovered since last Friday.

The state added 1,734 new cases of the virus on Wednesday and 26 new deaths.

DHHR confirmed the deaths of a 73-year old male from Wood County, an 87-year old male from Cabell County, a 93-year old female from Jefferson County, a 43-year old male from Roane County, a 64-year old male from McDowell County, a 76-year old male from Wyoming County, a 61-year old male from Nicholas County, an 83-year old male from Monongalia County, a 58-year old male from Mingo County, a 66-year old male from Wirt County, a 78-year old female from Cabell County, an 82-year old male from Pleasants County, a 59-year old male from Wood County, a 75-year old female from Mingo County, and a 74-year old male from Monongalia County.

Other deaths confirmed include a 98-year old female from Morgan County, a 75-year old female from Cabell County, a 78-year old female from McDowell County, an 84-year old male from Raleigh County, a 74-year old male from McDowell County, a 57-year old female from Wirt County, a 47-year old male from Greenbrier County, a 58-year old female from Hardy County, a 74-year old male from Greenbrier County, a 69-year old female from Berkeley County, and an 81-year old female from Pocahontas County.

“Each life lost to this disease is a tragedy, and we send our thoughts and sympathies to the families,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “All West Virginians are encouraged to utilize the free testing and schedule a free COVID-19 vaccine.”

Hospitalizations rose by 46 from Tuesday to Wednesday with 1,000 patients in care, according to State InterAgency Task Force Director Jim Hoyer. Those in intensive care rose by two patients to 280 and those on ventilators rose to 168 from 160.

More than 290 people were vaccinated Tuesday, according to the DHHR, dropping the seven day rolling average of vaccinations to 1,125.

Current active cases per county: Barbour (105), Berkeley (638), Boone (199), Braxton (194), Brooke (135), Cabell (987), Calhoun (70), Clay (70), Doddridge (55), Fayette (338), Gilmer (40), Grant (179), Greenbrier (268), Hampshire (203), Hancock (225), Hardy (160), Harrison (798), Jackson (229), Jefferson (354), Kanawha (1,095), Lewis (173), Lincoln (152), Logan (375), Marion (519), Marshall (303), Mason (189), McDowell (226), Mercer (617), Mineral (334), Mingo (326), Monongalia (399), Monroe (124), Morgan (116), Nicholas (241), Ohio (292), Pendleton (56), Pleasants (78), Pocahontas (41), Preston (347), Putnam (569), Raleigh (616), Randolph (219), Ritchie (132), Roane (101), Summers (107), Taylor (148), Tucker (58), Tyler (105), Upshur (268), Wayne (413), Webster (79), Wetzel (161), Wirt (50), Wood (734), Wyoming (270). To find the cumulative cases per county, please visit www.coronavirus.wv.gov and look on the Cumulative Summary tab which is sortable by county.

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Video, updates: Governor to lead pandemic briefing 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.

9:44 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. 

https://youtu.be/72OqtOj3cIIhttps://youtu.be/72OqtOj3cII

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

here is the livestream https://t.co/i4kQb1qU8N

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 13, 2021

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

here is the livestream https://t.co/Dw7fbZbuev

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 11, 2021

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

livestream here https://t.co/jN45H6LHG6

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 8, 2021

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

here is the livestream https://t.co/Khcw32yYBv

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 6, 2021

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

here is the livestream https://t.co/6YB4IooQpY

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 4, 2021

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Setting the scene in Class AA football for Week 5

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Greg Carey and Joe Brocato take a look back at Week 4 and take a look ahead at Week 5 in Class AA football.

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Monongalia County, Morgantown officials to continue meetings that started during pandemic

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Monongalia County commissioners and Morgantown leaders will hold the first of what officials hope will be many more collaboration meetings Wednesday.

Commissioner Tom Bloom said this meeting is an extension of coordination meetings that began during the pandemic.

Tom Bloom

The agenda for the meeting will include roads, social services, the sober center, recreational facilities, tourism and spending federal coronavirus relief money.

“We have actually nine topics, the first ones are broadband and airport commerce just to explain what’s going on,” Bloom said.

Summer flooding in the Suncrest area will also be up for discussion, according to Bloom.

“We have a proposal in front of us about Pompano Run which could help solve some of the problems there and I think everyone should hear it,” Bloom said.

In addition to Morgantown and county officials, meeting invites have also been extended to surround municipalities.

“Star City, Westover and Granville- each one has their own interests, but we need to start pulling together,” Bloom said. “I think it’s very apparent that if all five cities don’t com together we’re not going to be able to compete nationally.”

The meeting will be available to the public, but the meeting will not be open to public comment.

“We will all be sitting down discussing issues. It will be streamed live, so anyone in the public doesn’t have to come here to see it. But, it isn’t for public input, it’s for the city and county to discuss issues,” Bloom said.

The meeting will be streamed beginning at 6:30 p.m. from the Monongalia County Courthouse.

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