West Virginia legislature inches closer to near-total abortion ban with narrow exceptions
Jim Justice (R) issued a proclamation asking legislators to “clarify and modernize” the state’s abortion laws at their session. The state House will need to approve the Senate’s version of the bill before it officially heads to the governor’s desk. “We believe [it] to be a radical and unreasonable bill for the state of West Virginia that is out of alignment with West Virginia values,” Baldwin said. A few religious leaders said they did not believe that faith should be the foundation of a state law and said they opposed the bill. AdvertisementUltimately, the delegates narrowly voted to add an exception in instances of rape or incest to the abortion ban.washingtonpost.com
Gov tells Bette Midler to kiss dog's 'heinie' - and shows it
Gov. Jim Justice has a message for singer and actress Bette Midler, who called West Virginians “poor, illiterate and strung out” in a tweet after Sen. Joe Manchin refused to support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act. The 70-year-old Republican governor ended his televised State of the State address Thursday night by lifting up his English bulldog and flashing its rear end to the cameras and crowd. “Babydog tells Bette Midler and all those out there: Kiss her heinie," Justice said, grinning as people applauded and some gave him a standing ovation.news.yahoo.com
Peru health system strains under new COVID surge
Peru's hospitals are near collapse as the South American nation is experiencing a third wave of infections. The new COVID-19 omicron variant and the predominant delta infections are filling hospital beds and Intensive Care Units to capacity.news.yahoo.com
W.Va. governor 'extremely unwell' after positive COVID-19 test
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced on Tuesday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was feeling "extremely unwell."According to press release, Justice, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, got tested after experiencing a "sudden onset of symptoms." West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice tested negative on Tuesday evening."While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I'm thankful to the Lord above that I've been...news.yahoo.com
Lawyer files intent to sue again over governor's residency
A lawyer and former lawmaker in West Virginia has filed notice that he again intends to sue Gov. Jim Justice over his residency. Isaac Sponaugle sent Justice a 30-day intent to sue notice Thursday for the governor's alleged failure to comply with a March 1 settlement agreement to reside at the seat of government in Charleston, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. “Jim Justice needs to decide what he wants to do with his time,” Sponaugle said.news.yahoo.com
Biden picks ex-West Virginia health official as drug czar
President Joe Biden is nominating West Virginia's former health commissioner as the nation's top anti-drug official, tapping a doctor who served on the front lines of the nation's opioid epidemic. The White House said Tuesday that Dr. Rahul Gupta will be the first physician to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also known as the “drug czar." The nomination drew bipartisan praise from West Virginia officials.news.yahoo.com
West Virginia gov: Bank deceived family for loan guarantee
In a new court filing, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice blamed a bankrupt U.K. bank for fraudulently inducing him into personally guaranteeing $700 million in loans that were taken out by his companies. In the amended complaint filed Friday, Justice's family and coal companies claim that Greensill Capital U.K. “perpetrated a continuous and highly profitable fraud." Justice told reporters Tuesday that the loans are "a burden on our family beyond belief.”news.yahoo.com
West Virginia governor sues bank in latest twist for his biz
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his companies are suing another bank lender, the latest trouble for his business empire after he revealed he is personally liable for $700 million in loans to a separate lender. The Republican governor’s coal and hospitality businesses filed a lawsuit on Monday against Virginia-based Carter Bank & Trust over claims of deception. News of the lawsuit comes after Justice confirmed on Tuesday that he personally guaranteed $700 million in loans taken by his coal companies from a lender in the United Kingdom that went bankrupt.news.yahoo.com
The Latest: Sinovac: CoronaVac vaccine effective in children
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING — Sinovac said on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac is safe and effective in children ages 3-17. State-owned Sinopharm, who has two COVID-19 vaccines, is also investigating the effectiveness of its vaccines in children. The House vote came just before the state health department reported that more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered within the state. State officials say about 2.9 million vaccine doses have been given to about 1.1 million people so far in Arizona. ___LISBON, Portugal — Portugal resumed administering AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, a week after temporarily halting its use.
DOJ seeks $3.2M from West Virginia governor's coal companies
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice speaks during the State of the State Address in the House Chambers of the West Virginia State Capitol Building in Charleston, W.Va., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking $3.2 million in penalties from Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia Gov. The U.S. and several states settled and signed a consent decree with the companies in late 2016 to resolve allegations of Clean Water Act violations from Justice-owned mines in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The defendants named in the new filing are Southern Coal Corporation, Premium Coal Company Inc., and Justice Coal of Alabama. A lead attorney for the companies and the governor's office did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice defends mask mandate as some states pull back
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice defends mask mandate as some states pull back Republican Governor Jim Justice joins CBS News' "Face the Nation" to say mask mandates are needed "for us to get on rock-solid ground."cbsnews.com
This week on "Face the Nation," March 7, 2021: Fauci, Justice, Murphy, Crump, Gottlieb
"Face the Nation" Guest Lineup:Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to President BidenDirector, Director, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesChief Medical Adviser to President Biden Director, Director, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Gov. How to watch "Face the Nation"Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021TV: "Face the Nation" airs Sunday mornings on CBS. Click here for your local listingsRadio: Subscribe to "Face the Nation" from CBS Radio News to listen on-the-goFree online stream: Watch the show on CBS' streaming network CBSN at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. With the latest news and analysis from Washington, don't miss Margaret Brennan (@margbrennan) this Sunday on "Face the Nation" (@FaceTheNation). And for the latest from America's premier public affairs program, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.cbsnews.com
Read full transcripts of "Face the Nation" from 2021
Over a decade of "Face the Nation" transcripts are available online:2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020Looking for extended transcripts of our 2020 campaign interviews? And for the latest from "Face the Nation," bookmark our homepage and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. February 28, 2021Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesDirector, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee ChairwomanRepublican National Committee Chairwoman Gov. Deborah Birx, M.D., Former White House Coronavirus Response CoordinatorJanuary 17, 2021Rep. Adam Schiff, D- California, Intelligence Committee ChairmanD- California, Intelligence Committee Chairman Gov. Jim Justice, R-West VirginiaR-West Virginia Mayor Melvin Carter, D-Saint Paul, MND-Saint Paul, MN Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., Incoming CDC DirectorIncoming CDC Director Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA CommissionerJanuary 10, 2021Chris Krebs, former CISA Directorformer CISA Director Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MOR-MO Sen. Chris Coons, D-DED-DE Mayor Muriel Bowser, D-Washington, D.C.D-Washington, D.C. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA CommissionerJanuary 3, 2021cbsnews.com
West Virginia GOP fractured by political appointment feud
A member of the audience holds a "Justice for All" sign during West Virginia Gov. Instead, state Republican leaders ordered a redo on candidate applications and insisted Marcum return home for an in-person interview. County Republicans claim the West Virginia GOP — which created its own shortlist for the seat — intervened to anoint a political favorite, a charge the governor denies. Booth's name appeared in place of Marcum's on the list that state GOP officials submitted to Justice. “I guess the swamp has made its way down to West Virginia.”
West Virginia governor claims if his state had enough doses by Valentine’s Day, 'every person over 65 would be vaccinated’
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice lauded his state's coronavirus vaccine distribution success, and claimed that if the Mountain State had the "doses by Valentine's Day, every person in this state, 65 years of age and older, would be vaccinated." Justice added that the West Virginia model "isn't rocket science, this is just about moving and not sitting back and planning a strategy." Wisconsin, for example, has been lagging behind and has only distributed 42.5% of its Covid vaccine doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. West Virginia has administered nearly 12,000 doses, 77% of their dose supply.cnbc.com
US boosting vaccine deliveries amid complaints of shortages
He acknowledged that states in recent weeks have been left guessing how much vaccine they will have from one week to the next. "Lives are at stake.”He promised a roughly 16% boost in deliveries to states over the next three weeks. The administration said it plans to buy another 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna to ensure it has enough vaccine for the long term. The setup inherited from the Trump administration has been marked by miscommunication and unexplained bottlenecks, with shortages reported in some places even as vaccine doses remain on the shelf. As of Tuesday afternoon, the CDC reported that just over half of the 44 million doses distributed to states have been put in people’s arms.
The Latest: Hawaii says scarcity hinders vaccination efforts
(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)HONOLULU — Hawaii’s leaders say limited supply is the main thing constraining distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in the state. He said the sites have set the vaccine doses aside and will receive replacement doses on Tuesday and Wednesday. ___TORONTO — Canadian officials say the country won’t be getting any Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine next week and 50% less than expected over the next month. U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed last week it would temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe and Canada of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity. ___JERUSALEM — Israel’s Cabinet on Tuesday extended an existing nationwide lockdown through the end of January as the country contends with a runaway surge in coronavirus cases.
West Virginia governor says state is "diamond in the rough" for successful vaccine distribution
Washington — As states work to accelerate the pace of administering COVID-19 vaccines and improve the rocky rollout of the shots, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice praised his state for its successful vaccine distribution, calling it the "diamond in the rough." West Virginia has been the diamond in the rough that a lot of people have missed." Since coronavirus vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna were first shipped out to states in December, West Virginia has emerged as a leader in vaccine distribution. We brought our National Guard in, and we started putting shots in people's arms, because this thing is all about age, age, age." Nationwide, 31.1 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been distributed and 12.2 million doses administered.cbsnews.com
West Virginia governor says state is "diamond in the rough" for successful vaccine distribution
Washington — As states work to accelerate the pace of administering coronavirus vaccines and improve the rocky rollout of the shots, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice praised his state for its successful vaccine distribution, calling it the "diamond in the rough." West Virginia has been the diamond in the rough that a lot of people have missed." Since coronavirus vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna were first shipped out to states in December, West Virginia has emerged as a leader in vaccine distribution. We brought our National Guard in, and we started putting shots in people's arms, because this thing is all about age, age, age." Nationwide, 31.1 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been distributed and 12.2 million doses administered.cbsnews.com
West Virginia governor says state is "diamond in the rough" for successful vaccine distribution
West Virginia governor says state is "diamond in the rough" for successful vaccine distribution Governor Jim Justice says West Virginia's success at administering vaccines can serve as an example for other states.cbsnews.com
This week on "Face the Nation," January 17, 2021: Schiff, Justice, Walesnky, Carter, Gottlieb
"Face the Nation" Guest Lineup:Gov. Jim Justice, R-West VirginiaR-West Virginia Mayor Melvin Carter, D-Saint Paul, MND-Saint Paul, MN Rep. Adam Schiff, D- California, Intelligence Committee ChairmanD- California, Intelligence Committee Chairman Rochelle Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., Incoming CDC DirectorIncoming CDC Director Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA CommissionerHow to watch "Face the Nation"Date: Sunday, January 17, 2020TV: "Face the Nation" airs Sunday mornings on CBS. Click here for your local listingsRadio: Subscribe to "Face the Nation" from CBS Radio News to listen on-the-goFree online stream: Watch the show on CBS' streaming network CBSN at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. With the latest news and analysis from Washington, don't miss Margaret Brennan (@margbrennan) this Sunday on "Face the Nation" (@FaceTheNation). And for the latest from America's premier public affairs program, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.cbsnews.com
Governor explains how West Virginia became a top state for Covid vaccine administration
West Virginia Gov. According to the Bloomberg Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker, West Virginia has administered 71.8% of the vaccine doses it's received. West Virginia leaned heavily on its National Guard and a network of local pharmacies to administer the shots, Justice explained. "This is all about age and age and age," Justice said, alluding to the disproportionate impact the coronavirus has had on older Americans. "And we reacted to the fact that age, age, age was driving this and these were the people that are dying, and we really aggressively got after it."cnbc.com
GOP West Virginia governor calls pro-Trump Capitol riot 'despicable,' urges country over party
Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice told CNBC on Monday the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol last week made the country "look terrible" and he urged Americans to put aside their political affiliations. "What happened with the attack on our Capitol, with people who were just out of control, is despicable," Justice said on "Squawk on the Street." First elected as a Democrat, Justice switched to the GOP in 2017 at a rally alongside President Donald Trump. Justice sharply criticized Evans, who was charged with a two misdemeanors for disorderly conduct and entering a restricted area.cnbc.com
West Virginia on track to deliver Covid vaccines to all its nursing homes by year-end, governor says
West Virginia is on track to administer Covid-19 vaccines at all of its long-term care facilities by the end of this year, Republican Gov. It would mark a significant milestone in West Virginia's efforts to dampen the impact of the coronavirus. Last week, West Virginia administered about 8,100 Pfizer-BioNTech doses in 71 of its 214 long-term care facilities, according to Maj. Holli Nelson, a spokesperson for the West Virginia National Guard. Vaccinations for staff and residents at the remaining long-term care facilities are underway this week, Nelson said. He added that West Virginia may have administered its first vaccine dose at its long-term care facilities "before a lot of states get started."cnbc.com
WV Gov. Jim Justice acknowledges Biden presidency, but says U.S. is not ready to move away from coal and gas
West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday he does not believe the U.S. is ready to move away from coal and gas even though President-elect Joe Biden has made tackling climate change a core part of his agenda. His administration rolled back many regulatory rules impacting oil, coal and gas companies throughout his presidency. The billionaire governor is the wealthiest person in West Virginia, according to Forbes. A coal company owned by the governor, Bluestone Coal, pledged to stop violating water pollution rules in West Virginia in a settlement filed Dec. 3 in federal court, ProPublica reported.cnbc.com
The Latest: Connecticut governor is self-quarantining
Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19, his administration announced late Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19. Another governor, Democrat Steve Sisolak of Nevada, announced Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19. DeWine tested positive using a rapid test before testing negative later that day after using a more sensitive laboratory-developed test. The latest state health department figures also show hospitalizations have edged back up statewide — hitting 684 after dipping to 676 a day earlier.
The Latest: Alaska hits daily new coronavirus case record
(AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska on Saturday reported hitting a daily record in new coronavirus cases. ———MILAN – Italy registered a record 39,811 daily confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday. — Nebraska reported a record 2,681 coronavirus cases and a record 748 people in the hospital. The world reached 400,000 daily confirmed cases on Oct. 15; 500,000 on Oct. 26, and 600,000 on Friday. The global death toll hit a daily record of 11,024 confirmed deaths on Wednesday.
The Latest: Texas judge upholds El Paso business shut down
(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas district judge on Friday upheld an order from El Paso County’s top elected official shutting down businesses while the region fights an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. The state reported 540 confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours. ___TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas added a record-setting 5,418 new coronavirus cases over two days as hospitals warned that staffing was being seriously strained. ___PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo authorities ordered a weekend lockdown following a spike in daily coronavirus cases. Russia’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases — currently the fourth largest in the world —has exceeded 1.7 million following a quick spread of contagion since September.
Montana goes red; it's status quo in other governor races
Mike Parson, and State Auditor Nicole Galloway are seen onstage before the Missouri gubernatorial debate at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia, Missouri. Democrats are hoping to gain control of more state legislative chambers after Republicans scored huge wins in 2010. The only governor's job to change parties is in Montana, where Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. The national Democratic and Republican governors associations and the campaigns themselves have contributed more than $24 million to the race. In Missouri, incumbent Mike Parson, a Republican, defeated Nicole Galloway, the state auditor who was the Democrats' best chance to pick up a seat.
The Latest: New Mexico loses ground in COVID-19 spread fight
Three additional deaths from the pandemic also were disclosed Friday by state health officials as fatalities from the pandemic surpassed 900. ___RENO, Nev. -- A recent spike in COVID-19 cases at the University of Nevada, Reno is prompting the school to suspend all in-class instruction effective Nov. 30. County officials previously required bars to cut indoor seating occupancy by half, close dance floors and discontinue live performances and entertainment. On Monday, Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton announced case benchmarks that would lead to county health officials to limit the allowed capacity of bars, restaurants and churches to 25%. The measures include closing gyms and theaters after Ontario registered a record 939 coronavirus cases on Friday.
New Yorkers irked to feel unwelcome in states fearing coronavirus spread
(Reuters) - Many New Yorkers say they are miffed at being treated as the poster children of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, unwelcome in some states even if they are symptom-free. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File PhotoThis week, Rhode Island, Florida and West Virginia appeared to roll up the welcome mats to residents of the Empire State. Chu said she does not feel her zip code should make her feel like a pariah. Rhode Island state police and the National Guard were also screening people who arrive at the T.F. Larry Sullivan, a resident of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, said the crackdown did not make him feel any safer.feeds.reuters.com
One in four Americans told to stay home as Congress nears $1 trillion stimulus
I think were clearly going to get there, said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who scheduled a vote for Monday. A view of Aegis Living at Marymoor, an assisted living facility linked to several cases of coronavirus, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Redmond, Washington, U.S. March 21, 2020. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state had identified 6,000 ventilators to help sick patients keep breathing, but needed 30,000 more. He said the state is sending 1 million N95 respirator masks to New York City - short of the 3 million city officials are seeking. In New York City, where more than 6,000 cases have been diagnosed, about a dozen people waited for a test in the parking lot of the Brooklyn Hospital Center.feeds.reuters.com
West Virginia governor fires all cadets shown giving apparent Nazi salute in photo
West Virginia's governor fired a class of recently graduated corrections officers Monday, after they made a gesture resembling a Nazi salute in their class photo. Some cadets started using the gesture as a "sign of respect" for an instructor at the academy with the last name Byrd, according to Jividen's letter. were added to the top of the class photo that shows the graduating cadets raising their arms high. An unnamed instructor brought concerns about the photo to a captain at the academy, according to the summary. "Well that is going to bite us in the ass," the captain said, according to the instructor.cbsnews.com
Department of Justice Awards Nearly $38 Million to Reduce Crime, Improve Public Safety in West Virginia
Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan today joined Ann Urling, Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Jim Justice, in announcing awards of almost $38 million to fight crime and improve community safety in West Virginia. Nearly $8 million of the total will support families, children and crime victims caught up in the nations opioid crisis. I am focused every day with a true sense of urgency to ensure the protection and safety of the people of West Virginia. Funding also expands the West Virginia Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, program, which steers low-level drug offenders away from prosecution. The remainder of the states awards cover a wide range of criminal justice, juvenile justice and victim service activities.justice.gov
Billionaire Chris Cline dies in helicopter crash, governor says
(CNN) - West Virginia coal billionaire and philanthropist Chris Cline died in a helicopter crash near the Bahamas on Thursday, the governor said. "Today we lost a WV superstar and I lost a very close friend," West Virginia Gov. Evan Jenkins, a justice at the West Virginia Supreme Court, said the state has lost a philanthropist who donated to several programs. He came from a family of coal minersCline grew up in a coal family -- his father and grandfather worked at mines. He started working as an underground miner in West Virginia in 1980 at age 22, and a decade later founded his energy development company, the Cline Group.
Coal baron Cline among seven dead in Bahamas helicopter crash: media
(Reuters) - Coal tycoon and self-made billionaire Christopher Cline, 61, was among seven people who died in a helicopter crash on Thursday in the Bahamas, the Register-Herald of West Virginia reported, citing friends of Cline. Among those killed was also one of Clines daughters, the Register-Herald said, citing unnamed friends of Cline. A submerged helicopter with seven aboard had been found near Walkers Cay, the Register-Herald said, citing Nassau authorities. Cline started working in the coal mines at age 15 and later dropped out of Marshall University, Forbes said. Cline took coal mining firm Foresight Energy (FELP.N) public in 2014, and sold a controlling stake in 2015 for $1.4 billion cash.feeds.reuters.com
Bahamas police: Seven Americans dead in helicopter crash
NASSAU, Bahamas - Police say a helicopter has crashed in the Bahamas, killing seven Americans, the Associated Press reports. The helicopter was en route to Fort Lauderdale, and went down two miles off Grand Cay island, with four women and three men, Bahamian police said. Those on board were not identified by police, but Beckley, West Virginia's Register-Herald newspaper quoted Governor Jim Justice as saying one victim was mining entrepreneur Chris Cline, whose spokesman did not return calls Thursday night. A cause of the crash is not known but police in the Bahams said civilian aviation authorities on the island have launched an investigation. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Investigation underway into deadly Bahamas helicopter crash
Among the victims, 22-year-old Kameron Cline and her father, Chris Cline, a well-known philanthropist and self-made billionaire. Chris Cline joined his family's coal business and began working in underground mines when he was just 15 in West Virginia. So when he gave back, he gave back to things that were focused on West Virginia." CBS News also spoke to West Virginia Gov. West Virginia will miss him in a gigantic way, I can tell you that," Justice said.cbsnews.com
Coal baron Cline among 7 dead in Bahamas helicopter crash: media
(Reuters) - Coal tycoon and self-made billionaire Christopher Cline was among seven people who died in a helicopter crash on Thursday in the Bahamas, the Register-Herald of West Virginia reported, citing friends of Cline. All seven aboard the helicopter were killed and among the dead was one of Clines daughters, the Register-Herald said, citing unnamed friends of Cline. A submerged helicopter with seven aboard had been found near Walkers Cay, the Register-Herald said, citing Nassau authorities. Forbes listed Cline number 1,281 on its billionaires list with an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion, listing him as self-made. Cline started working in the coal mines at age 15 and later dropped out of Marshall University, Forbes said.feeds.reuters.com