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                      by Mary Margaret Olohan  The Department of Justice argued in court filings Thursday that transgender legislation passed in West Virginia and Arkansas is unconstitutional. The DOJ filed statements of interest supporting lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against West Virginia’s House Bill 3293 and Arkansas’ “Save Adolescents From Experimentation...
    Fox News host Laura Ingraham called out former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams for her ‘flip-flopping’ stance on election laws, and her newfound support of Sen. Joe Manchin's, D-W.V., election reform bill Friday night on "The Ingraham Angle." Abrams' support Manchin's legislation shocked many as he'd been catching heat from his party recently for blocking key progressive policies. However, Ingraham...
    The Department of Justice is mounting a case arguing laws in West Virginia and Arkansas that bar transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports are unconstitutional, despite the overwhelming majority of Americans supporting biological gender segregation in sports, according to a report citing court papers. “The United States has a significant interest in ensuring that all students, including students who...
    West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey believes President Biden's decision to reverse the Trump administration's "remain in Mexico" policy has led to a spike in fentanyl trafficking and overdoses within the U.S. Biden ended the policy, formally known as Migrant Protection Protocols, in June. The rule was implemented in 2019 and required asylum-seekers to stay on the Mexican side of the...
    The Department of Justice argued in court filings Thursday that transgender legislation passed in West Virginia and Arkansas is unconstitutional. The DOJ filed statements of interest supporting lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against West Virginia’s House Bill 3293 and Arkansas’ “Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act,” otherwise known as the SAFE Act. (RELATED: Liberal Activists Rebrand Sex...
    The answer to the question about who’s really in control of the Democrat Party is coming to a head. Is it President Joe Biden or Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.?  At 73 years of age, Joe Manchin is a well-known figure in the U.S. Senate. Manchin goes about his business and somehow manages to keep getting...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff GREENSBURG (KDKA) – Live Casino Pittsburgh is preparing for its first festival of the summer. READ MORE: West Virginia Lawmaker Comes Out As Gay Summerfest will feature craft beer, wine, and food vendors. READ MORE: Canonsburg Fourth Of July Parade Returning In 2021 There will also be several live music acts. The festival...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff CHARLESTON (KDKA) – A 24-year-old Republican lawmaker in West Virginia has come out as gay. READ MORE: Canonsburg Fourth Of July Parade Returning In 2021 Joshua Higginbotham has been a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates for five years now. READ MORE: West Virginia University Offering Students And Employees Multiple Vaccination Incentives...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MORGANTOWN (KDKA) – Mountaineers will have several incentives in front of them if they get a COVID-19 vaccination. READ MORE: Duquesne University Offering Staff Incentives For Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine They include Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, free trips, and even dinner with the university president. READ MORE: Greensburg Police K-9 Falco To Retire Those are just...
    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Thursday that they plan to challenge laws in West Virginia and Arkansas that prohibit trans athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports. The department filed statements of interest that claim that the trans athlete laws in those two states are unconstitutional. According to the Associated Press: In West Virginia, a law...
    The Justice Department is challenging laws on transgender people passed by two states that it argues violate federal law and constitutional protections. The department filed statements of interest in lawsuits over transgender bans in West Virginia and Arkansas to overturn the laws. West Virginia enacted a law April 28 barring transgender athletes from competing in female sports. Arkansas became the...
    The Justice Department argued in court filings Thursday that GOP-backed laws related to the rights of transgender youth in West Virginia and Arkansas are unconstitutional, setting up a likely legal clash in the coming months. Federal attorneys asserted in a statement of interest filing that a West Virginia law banning transgender youth athletes from participating in women’s sports was unconstitutional...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday filed court documents saying recently passed laws in Arkansas and West Virginia restricting transgender rights are unconstitutional. The legal briefs, shared on Twitter by The Huffington Post, argue that the state laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment. DOJ filed two statements of interest today regarding the rights of transgender youths:...
    By John Raby | Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Department of Justice has slammed a new West Virginia law that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports, asserting in a court filing Thursday that the ban violates federal law. The department filed what is known as a statement of interest in a lawsuit by the American...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has slammed a new West Virginia law that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports, asserting in a court filing Thursday that the ban violates federal law. The department filed what is known as a statement of interest in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union, its West Virginia...
    (CNN)This young West Virginia lawmaker wants everyone to know: It's possible to be both a conservative Republican and gay. Joshua Higginbotham, a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, has been in office for five years. On Sunday, he came out as gay on social media."Nothing has changed, other than now you know this about my personal life," he...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff CHARLESTON, W. Va. (KDKA) – While many of us define fun differently and enjoy a variety of entertainment in our lives, a recent study from WalletHub compared every state in the United States, finding West Virginia is the “least fun” state in the country. READ MORE: Put A Damn Guardrail Up: Residents Of Lincoln Place...
    Families mourn the loss of loved ones who hesitated on the Covid-19 vaccine NYC mayoral candidates trade blows ahead of Democratic primary The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating Rep. Alex Mooney over whether the West Virginia Republican spent $49,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses such as resorts, meal purchases, car expenses, and other things. © Provided...
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ordered a task force Tuesday to improve integration of training and certificate programs designed to help residents get jobs. The Blue Ribbon Task Force is meant to better integrate the existing programs offered through the West Virginia Community and Technical College system and West Virginia’s Workforce Development system. It will include state officials, business...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MORGANTOWN (KDKA) – West Virginia University is planning on being fully reopened this fall. READ MORE: Study Finds West Virginia Least Fun State In America COVID-19 cases in West Virginia have dropped by 57% in just the last month and WVU says it has all the tools it needs to fight COVID-19. READ MORE:...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators outraged with Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to a sweeping overhaul of U.S. election law marched through West Virginia’s capital city on Monday evening. Rev. William Barber, the co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, denounced the influential moderate Democratic senator and called for a diverse coalition of working people to apply pressure on Manchin,...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A new survey shows Pennsylvania is one of the best states to live in. READ MORE: The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Not Over, Pennsylvania Health Leaders Say Pennsylvania is the No. 10 best state to live in, according to WalletHub. West Virginia came in at No. 40. The annual list was released Tuesday. ...
    CUNARD, W.Va. (AP) — The body of a West Virginia man has been recovered two days after he disappeared along the New River, authorities said. A whitewater rafting guide on Monday discovered the body of Rudy Ezra Cerda of Beckley along a stretch of the river in Cunard, about six miles from where he last was seen by friends, The...
    The Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) marched on Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinIn Congress, what goes on behind closed doors? Jayapal to Dems: Ditch bipartisanship, go it alone on infrastructure Harris discusses voting rights with advocates in South Carolina MORE’s (D-W.Va.) local congressional office in Charleston on Monday, urging the moderate senator to reverse his position on voting rights, a $15 minimum...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Pittsburgh region as well as part of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. READ MORE: Sharon Police Department Searching For Suspect In Attempted Homicide A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia until 6 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/sbzNK5njvw —...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Greenbrier River Trail has been designated as a national recreation trail, federal officials said. The trail adds more than 78 miles to the National Trails System, a network of more than 1,300 existing trails across the U.S., a statement from the Interior Department said. READ MORE: Two Of The Three Victims Killed In The...
    West Virginia's three House members, all Republicans, could soon find themselves in a game of political musical chairs, with only two returning to Congress in 2023. The Mountain State's population dropped by 3.2% over the past decade, by far the biggest dip in the nation. As a result, West Virginia's representation in the House will lose one of its House...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia legislative leaders on Thursday named the committees in charge of the state’s redistricting process. Members of the Senate and House redistricting committees will host public hearings across the state this summer to hear feedback on redrawing political lines. READ MORE: Man Stopped In March For Stolen Scratch-Off Tickets Now Facing Additional Drug And Firearm...
    (CNN)West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is increasingly drawing the ire of progressive Democrats. With the slimmest of majorities in the Senate, Democrats need every vote and Manchin's unwillingness to bend on issues such as filibuster reform is getting in the way of the party's legislative priorities. But as I noted earlier this year, Democrats are lucky they even have a...
    Sinema and Manchin spend some quality time with their new best friends. The disconnect between Democratic opponents of filibuster reform (which now may include Sen. Dianne Feinstein, though she has been admittedly confused on the issue over the past several months) and the reality on the ground that everyone but them can see is turning into real anger. For both...
    A major donor of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) received a million-dollar grant from the Department of Energy, as the Biden administration looks to ensure the passage of the $2 trillion infrastructure bill that includes various parts of the left’s agenda, according to a report. The energy sector start-up, U.S. Research Impact Alliance, recently received the Department of Energy’s “grant funding for research...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Surprisingly, Pittsburgh saw just a trace amount of rain yesterday. It turns out it is the perfect day to showcase just what “scattered” means. READ MORE: New Castle Police Give Ice Cream To Almost 400 Kids WEATHER LINKS: Current Conditions | School Delays & Closings | Local Radar | Weather App | Photos While the...
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of West Virginia is suing the state’s House of Delegates and its Government Organizing Committee, alleging that it passed four bills in violation of an open meetings law. The suit in a West Virginia state court alleges that the committee advanced several measures during a March 23 meeting even though the live audio...
    MSNBC anchor Brian Williams, who lost the NBC Nightly News anchor position for fabricating a journalism war story, blasted Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., this week for living in a world "of his own imagination." He also attacked Manchin's fellow West Virginians Tuesday in an apparent display of coastal elitism aimed at opposition to ending the Senate filibuster rule. Williams...
    Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks on the phone before Xavier Becerra, secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), not pictured, testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., June 9, 2021.Al Drago | Pool | Reuters Multiple partisan groups are pouring millions of dollars into West Virginia in a bid to pressure moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin over...
    WASHINGTON - A long-simmering battle within the Democratic Party came to a head this week when  Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced he will not support a sweeping package of voting rights reforms because no Republicans are willing to vote for it.    At the same time, he repeated his vow to vote to protect a Senate rule, called the...
    Media attacks on Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., continued this week as contributors for MSNBC and the Washington Post questioned his motives for opposing the Democrat-led For the People Act. Manchin came out against the legislation, which would be a massive federal overhaul of U.S. election laws, because it was too partisan. "It's the wrong piece of legislation to bring our...
    The political drama in West Virginia goes well beyond Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDemocrats try to pin down Manchin on voting rights OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm On The Money: Biden ends infrastructure talks with Capito, pivots to...
    (CNN)There's still time for Joe Manchin to stop pontificating and do what is best for the country. With the US Senate split 50-50 along party lines, his vote -- as the most conservative Democratic senator, from the very Republican state of West Virginia -- on everything from the massive Covid relief bill to the infrastructure bill is essential for the...
    After a troubling executive committee meeting of the West Virginia Democratic Party, Democrats debated just how effective an affirmative action plan could be when it includes no voices of people of color. The white chairwoman of the West Virginia Democratic Party tried to run through the process of approving a drafted state affirmative action plan in less than three minutes. It’s a...
    West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey told "America's Newsroom" on Tuesday that the Biden administration's immigration policies will lead to "illicit drug trafficking" going "through the roof." 'BO SNERDLEY' RIPS 'NARCISSIST' HARRIS FOR SELFIE COOKIES WHILE FENTANYL, SEX TRAFFICKING FLOWS OVER BORDER PATRICK MORRISEY: I think that the last administration had really cracked down tremendously on illegal immigration and in...
    The sole surviving World War II Medal of Honor Marine partook in fiery display of admiration for war veterans in West Virginia - using the same weapon he wielded in solo acts of bravery during the Battle of Iwo Jima.  Hershel 'Woody' Williams, 97, fired off a few fully automatic and single shot rounds on Saturday in Harris Riverfront Park,...
    Manchin holds court. Prominent Black leaders took their case for restoring voting rights and passing S. 1, the For the People Act, directly to Sen. Joe Manchin Tuesday morning. NAACP President Derrick Johnson and other Black leaders, including Rev. Al Sharpton and the heads of the National Urban League, the National Council of Negro Women, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) talks with reporters after stepping off the Senate Floor at the U.S. Capitol on May 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images The political advocacy group backed by billionaire Charles Koch has been pressuring Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to oppose key parts of the Democratic agenda, including filibuster reform and voting rights legislation. That...
    MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (KDKA) — If it seems like CBD products popped up everywhere, it’s because they did. The 2018 passage of the U.S. Farm Bill paved the way for legalized industrial hemp, and an explosion of CBD products hit the market. READ MORE: Leader From Allegheny And Butler Counties Meet To Rebuild And Redevelop Communities In Southwestern Pa....
    West Virginia lawmakers will convene a special session starting June 7 to make decisions related to the allocation of federal COVID-19 relief funds, Gov. Jim Justice announced. Lawmakers will meet at noon Monday and the session will coincide with June interim committee meetings. Those meetings had already been scheduled, so lawmakers already planned to be at the capitol in Charleston....