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GOP Braces for Extended Clash in Alabama

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With President Donald Trump standing on the sidelines, Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and his allies on the ground in Alabama are bracing for an extended conflict — not with Democrats, but with their own party in Washington.

The divide between the state and national GOP reached new depths late Wednesday as more allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Moore, an outspoken Christian conservative. Already, the Republican National Committee, the Senate GOP campaign committee and the party’s leading voices in Congress have called on the 70-year-old former judge to quit the race.

Ever defiant, Moore offered fighting words in a tweet addressed to the top Senate Republican: “Dear Mitch McConnell, Bring. It. On.”

Chris Hansen, executive director of the national GOP’s Senate campaign committee, fired back, “‘Bring It On’ is a movie about cheerleaders.”

At least three new allegations of misconduct were reported on Wednesday, including one by Tina Johnson, who told AL.com that Moore groped her during a 1991 meeting in his law office. Two others told The Washington Post they were young women when Moore courted them as a district attorney in his 30s. Three other women told the newspaper last week that they were teens when Moore tried to initiate romantic relationships. One said she was 14 when Moore touched her over her bra and underwear.

“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” Ivanka Trump told the AP on Wednesday. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”

Her father, however, dodged questions about the turmoil in the Alabama Senate race on Wednesday. President Donald Trump, who withstood allegations of sexual assault weeks before his own election, was uncharacteristically silent when faced with questions about the scandal.

Washington Republicans had looked to Trump as one of the few remaining hopes for pushing a fellow political rebel from the race.

Behind the scenes, aides described Trump as vexed by the Moore issue. Even if he should speak out, he might make an uncomfortable critic: The allegations against the bombastic former judge echo Trump’s own political problems when he was accused weeks before the 2016 election of more than a dozen instances of sexual harassment. The Trump aides would not be named discussing the matter because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

To a great extent, the anti-establishment forces that propelled Trump to the White House are now strongly behind Moore, and Alabama Republican leaders are reluctant to enrage his loyal conservative supporters.

The Alabama Republican Party is expected to maintain support for their embattled candidate.

The state GOP’s 21-member steering committee did not take a final vote after an hours-long meeting to discuss their options on Wednesday, which took place before new allegations of misconduct surfaced, according to three people familiar with the meeting who weren’t authorized to speak publicly.

The state GOP has the power to revoke Moore’s GOP nomination and ask election officials to ignore ballots cast for him, but that would risk a lawsuit and backlash from Moore supporters. The party has little interest in alienating Moore’s followers a year before elections in which the governor’s office and entire state Legislature will be in play.

Outside the state party headquarters, Moore’s campaign chairman and personal attorney addressed reporters on Wednesday, trying to undercut the story of one of the women who has accused Moore of sexually accosting her when she was in high school.

The attorney, Phillip Jauregui, demanded that Beverly Nelson “release the yearbook” she contends Moore signed. The lawyer questioned whether the signature was Moore’s and said it should be submitted for handwriting analysis. Neither the attorney nor the campaign manager addressed the original allegations from his other accusers. They did not take questions.

Gloria Allred, Nelson’s attorney, later said her client would allow the yearbook to be examined only if Moore is questioned under oath by a Senate committee.

The unusual news conference suggested that Moore, a judge twice removed from his post as state Supreme Court chief justice, was digging in, leaving his party with two damaging potential election outcomes. His victory would saddle GOP senators with a colleague accused of abusing and harassing teenagers, a troubling liability heading into next year’s congressional elections, while a loss to Democrat Doug Jones would slice the already narrow GOP Senate majority to an unwieldy 51-49.

It’s too late to remove Moore’s name from the ballot, so fielding a Republican write-in at this point would almost certainly hand the election to the Democrats unless he should withdraw and persuade his supporters to vote for that substitute.

According to internal polling conducted by the Senate GOP campaign arm and reviewed by The Associated Press, Moore trails Democrat Jones by 12 points — 39 percent to 51 percent — in the survey conducted on Sunday and Monday. Moore led by 9 points the week before in the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s internal numbers.

National GOP leaders were openly discussing a write-in candidate, although they had not yet agreed on who it should be. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has encouraged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step up. But Sessions, whose former Senate seat is at stake, has indicated he has no interest in that.

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said that he’ll write in another name on Election Day and Sessions would be an “ideal candidate.” But he also said “I don’t see any movement” toward an effective effort with the election less than a month away.

U.S. to Dominate Oil Markets

The Free Press WVThe U.S. will be a dominant force in global oil and gas markets for many years to come as the shale boom becomes the biggest supply surge in history, the International Energy Agency predicted.

By 2025, the growth in American oil production will equal that achieved by Saudi Arabia at the height of its expansion, and increases in natural gas will surpass those of the former Soviet Union, the agency said in its annual World Energy Outlook. The boom will turn the U.S., still among the biggest oil importers, into a net exporter of fossil fuels.

“The United States will be the undisputed leader of global oil and gas markets for decades to come,“ IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said this week in an interview with Bloomberg television. “There’s big growth coming from shale oil, and as such there’ll be a big difference between the U.S. and other producers.“

The agency raised estimates for the amount of shale oil that can be technically recovered by about 30 percent to 105 billion barrels. Forecasts for shale-oil output in 2025 were bolstered by 34 percent to 9 million barrels a day.

The U.S. industry “has emerged from its trial-by-fire as a leaner and hungrier version of its former self, remarkably resilient and reacting to any sign of higher prices caused by OPEC’s return to active market management,“ the IEA said.

While oil prices have recovered to a two-year high above $60 a barrel, they’re still about half the level traded earlier this decade, as the global market struggles to absorb the scale of the U.S. bonanza. It’s taken the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia almost 11 months of production cuts to clear up some of the oversupply.

Reflecting the expected flood of supply, the agency cut its forecasts for oil prices to $83 a barrel for 2025 from $101 previously, and to $111 for 2040 from $125 before.

Lower prices are helping to support oil demand, and the IEA raised its projections for global consumption through to 2035, despite the growing popularity of electric vehicles. The world will use just over 100 million barrels of oil a day by 2025.

That will benefit the U.S. as it turns from imports to exports. The country will “see a reduction of these huge import needs,“ Birol said at a press conference in London. That “will bring a lot of dollars to U.S. business.“

Nevertheless, U.S. shale output is expected to decline from the middle of the next decade, and with investment cuts taking their toll on other new supplies, the world will become increasingly reliant once again on OPEC, according to the report. The cartel, led by Middle East producers, will see its share of the market grow to 46 percent in 2040 from 43 percent now.

Yet that could still change, the IEA said.

As shale has outperformed expectations so far, the IEA added a scenario in which the industry beats current projections. If shale resources turn out to be double current estimates, and the use of electric vehicles erodes demand more than anticipated, prices could stay in a “lower-for-longer” range of $50 to $70 a barrel through to 2040.

“There could be further surprises ahead,“ the IEA said.

China’s Support on North Korea

The Free Press WVThe U.S. and its allies in Asia shouldn’t assume China will fully cooperate with the campaign to curtail North Korea’s nuclear arms program, a top priority of President Donald Trump, according to the annual report of a bipartisan congressional panel.

Despite concerns over North Korea’s advancing nuclear and missile programs, China remains the country’s largest trading partner and differs with the U.S. over the best way to handle Kim Jong Un’s reclusive regime, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in the report published Wednesday.

“The United States and the international community should keep their expectations low,“ according to the report, “given China’s lackluster record of previous sanctions enforcement and continued sanctions violations by Chinese companies exporting dual-use items to North Korea.“

China faces a dilemma enforcing sanctions “in wanting to see some reform in the North Korean economy and not wanting to see a collapse,“ panel commissioner Larry Wortzel told reporters before the report’s release. “We think their cooperation and exercise of sanctions will be fairly limited” by “what they see as their own national interest.“

Created by Congress in 2000, the commission has reported on China’s economic and military rise, usually in critical assessments accompanied by recommendations for counter-actions such as trade sanctions.

This year, the panel flagged what it said are increasing efforts by Chinese companies to invest in sensitive or strategic U.S. industries in ways that avoids close oversight, such as by creating shell companies based outside China. That’s making it harder for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, known as CFIUS, to review the threat they could pose to national security, the report said.

Chinese companies “are becoming more sophisticated in their attempts to circumvent” CFIUS reviews and other U.S. investment regulations, the commission said.

Investments from China increasingly are targeting information communications technology, agriculture, and biotechnology, it said, while “investments in nonstrategic sectors like entertainment, real estate and hospitality are declining amid Chinese Communist Party efforts to limit capital outflows and reduce corporate debt.“

The report hits at two key issues—security and trade—emphasized by Trump on his 12-day trip through Asia, which he said he was “very proud” of even though few big deals were announced.

“It’s been a great trip,“ Trump said Tuesday aboard Air Force One as he headed home. “It’s also been really good, in terms of North Korea and getting everybody together.“

Trump used both confrontational and conciliatory language about North Korea on his Asia tour. On Nov. 11, he said it was “certainly a possibility” that he could become friends with Kim. But days after calling on Kim to enter peaceful negotiations, Trump spoke before South Korea’s parliament and listed a litany of alleged human-rights abuses against the North Korean leader, calling him a “deranged tyrant.“

The president has spent much of his first year in office trying to cajole Beijing to crack down more on trade with Pyongyang, saying China could “easily” and “quickly” fix the North Korean nuclear problem. In a Nov. 11 tweet, Trump said China’s President Xi Jinping “has stated that he is upping the sanctions against #NoKo. Said he wants them to denuclearize. Progress is being made.“

But according to trade data, the results have been mixed. Chinese-North Korean commerce slumped in September after a second round of United Nations-approved sanctions, but total trade rose 3.7 percent in the first nine months of the year to about $4.03 billion.

There’s little doubt that China “could strangle North Korea” since it accounts for 90 percent of the regime’s trade last year, “but I don’t think they will,“ Wortzel said.

Panel Chairman Carolyn Bartholomew told reporters that “over the years we’ve watched China make commitments to enforce sanctions and then not quite live up to the commitment” so “I, at least, am skeptical about additional commitment that it makes.“

The U.S. panel relies largely on public sources and information gathered in trips to the region for its review of the status of China’s economic, political and military developments. The latest volume also outlines China’s progress in developing advanced technology such as high-powered lasers and other anti-satellite weapons as well as hypersonic munitions designed to fly five times the speed of sound.

Among other topics highlighted in the report:

- North Korea’s missile arsenal is increasingly likely to survive an initial attack on the country because of its mobility, which “increases the difficulty for opposing forces to monitor and target them,“ and solid-fuel propulsion that shortens the time needed to prepare for launch.

- Despite North Korea’s advanced nuclear and missile programs, U.S. allies South Korea and Japan “have not substantially increased their bilateral defense cooperation.“

- Some Chinese companies operate with little oversight under China’s opaque financial system, leaving U.S. investors exposed to exploitative and fraudulent schemes perpetrated by China-based issuers.

- China’s efforts to develop a more consumption-driven economy should further boost U.S. services trade, which recorded a surplus of $38 billion last year, up from $438 million in 2006.

The Russia Investigation

The Free Press WVThis week began with an explosive scoop from The Atlantic: WikiLeaks had been sending Donald Trump Jr. private messages on Twitter for the better part of 10 months, between September 20, 2016-July 11, 2017. WikiLeaks had already dumped hacked Democratic National Committee emails two months earlier. But Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks’ overtures at least three times, at one point asking what else the self-described radical transparency organization had up its sleeve.

Trump Jr. published the messages on Twitter following The Atlantic’s story. But it is unclear whether the correspondance reflected the totality of his correspondance with WikiLeaks, since it is easy for the sender of a DM to delete it. When I asked Twitter whether it is able to access deleted messages, the company pointed me to their preservation requests policy, which stipulates that the company can keep “a temporary snapshot of the relevant account records for 90 days pending service of valid legal process.“ Twitter did not respond to my follow-up question about whether messages deleted within the 90-day window would be recoverable either by the company or by law enforcement officials.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee about what he knew, and when, about the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian nationals (or entities linked to them). Democrats insinuated that Sessions had perjured himself when he told the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees earlier this year that he had no knowledge of such contacts.

According to court documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, Sessions led a meeting last April during which a young campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, said he had contacts in the Russian government that could facilitate a Trump-Putin meeting. Sessions has insisted he shot Papadopoulos down — and didn’t report it because he didn’t remember it had happened.

~~  Natasha Bertrand ~~

West Virginia’s Buck and Antlerless Deer Firearms Seasons Open November 20

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West Virginia’s traditional buck firearms season will start Monday, November 20, and run through December 02.

Hunters should see plenty of deer this year due to the season opening close to the “rut,” or, mating season. November firearms deer season traditionally opens the Monday before Thanksgiving, so the season can start as early as November 19 and as late as November 25. The timing of firearms season is a balance between hunting part of the “rut” while still allowing for the annual renewal of the deer herd.

“Hunters should enjoy a great deer season in 2017,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of wildlife management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “West Virginia’s deer seasons provide quality outdoor recreation for hunters and at the same time boosts the state’s economy by millions of dollars.”


Harvesting an additional buck

Resident hunters wanting the opportunity to harvest an additional buck must purchase the Class RG stamp before the beginning of the season. The cost is $21. The RG stamp must be accompanied by a Class A and CS, A-L, AB-L, X, XS, XJ, AH, AHJ or free license. Resident landowners have the privilege of harvesting an extra buck without purchasing the RG stamp, if they are hunting on their own property.

Nonresident hunters wanting the extra buck must purchase a RRG stamp before the beginning of the season for $43. The RRG stamp must be accompanied by the Class E, AAH, AAHJ or XXJ license. Nonresident hunters who own land in West Virginia are not exempt from purchasing a license or the extra buck stamp, even if hunting on their own property.

Hunters in 23 counties are required to take an antlerless deer with a firearm (required Class N permit for residents or Class NN permit for nonresidents) before harvesting a second antlered deer during the buck firearms season.


Concurrent hunting seasons

Most counties are open to concurrent antlerless deer season hunting during the traditional buck gun season. Class N or Class NN permits, which are required to hunt during the antlerless deer season, can be purchased at any time. Antlerless deer firearms season opens November 20 on private land and selected public lands. Hunters should consult the 2017–2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations available at license agents and at www.wvdnr.gov for specific antlerless deer regulations in each county and wildlife management area.

Small game hunting, including bobcats, is prohibited during the first three days of buck firearms season in all counties having a buck firearms season. Archery and crossbow hunting for antlered and antlerless deer is legal during the buck firearms season subject to all archery and crossbow deer hunting regulations.

Hunters may harvest two deer on the same day, but only one of those can be an antlered buck. The first deer does not have to be legally checked before harvesting the second deer in the same day. However, all deer must be checked and the checking confirmation number recorded by the hunter before hunting during any subsequent day. 

Hunters are required to use their permanent DNR identification number when checking their game. This may be done from a phone at 1.844.WVCHECK, a computer at wvhunt.com or at a hunting and fishing license agent. For a list of license agents visit www.wvdnr.gov.

UHC Celebrates World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD), Tuesday, November 14, was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. This year’s theme is Women and Diabetes.

“Women and girls are important in the adoption of healthy lifestyles to improve the health and well-being of future generations,” said Patti Cook, RN, BSN, diabetes education coordinator at United Hospital Center. “Women are typically the gatekeepers of household nutrition and lifestyle habits; therefore, women have the potential to drive prevention.”

The World Diabetes Day 2017 campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.

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The World Diabetes Day campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic. United Hospital Center employees decided to form a circle in show of support to women with diabetes in North Central West Virginia.


There are currently more than 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Gender roles and power dynamics influence vulnerability to diabetes, affect access to health services and health seeking behavior for women, and amplify the impact of diabetes on women.

Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. As a result of socioeconomic conditions, girls and women with diabetes experience barriers in accessing cost-effective diabetes prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care, particularly in developing countries. Socioeconomic inequalities expose women to the main risk factors of diabetes, including poor diet and nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco consumption and harmful use of alcohol.

Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide. Women with diabetes have more difficulty conceiving and may have poor pregnancy outcomes. Without pre-conception planning, type 1 and type 2 diabetes can result in a significantly higher risk of maternal and child mortality and morbidity.

Approximately one in seven births is affected by gestational diabetes (GDM), a severe and neglected threat to maternal and child health. Many women with GDM experience pregnancy related complications including high blood pressure, large birth weight babies and obstructed labor. A significant number of women with GDM also go on to develop type 2 diabetes resulting in further healthcare complications and costs.

Stigmatization and discrimination faced by people with diabetes are particularly pronounced for girls and women, who carry a double burden of discrimination because of their health status and the inequalities perpetrated in male dominated societies. These inequalities can discourage girls and women from seeking diagnosis and treatment, preventing them from achieving positive health outcomes.

“Women, as mothers, have a huge influence over the long-term health status of their children,” said Cook. “Research has shown that when mothers are granted greater control over resources, they allocate more to food, children’s health and nutrition, as well as education.”

McKinley & Thompson Stand Up for Rural Patients, Hospitals

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Representatives David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) and Mike Thompson (CA-5) introduced H.R. 4392 to reverse a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule cutting $1.6B for drugs purchased by certain hospitals covered under the 340B program. These cuts jeopardize care for millions by directly reducing revenue to hospitals that care for vulnerable patients in underserved and rural communities, without addressing the underlying price of the drugs.

“Protecting access to prescription drugs for low income communities should be a priority. Unfortunately, CMS’s misguided rule jeopardizes the ability of rural hospitals to provide vital services. This would have a huge impact on West Virginia hospitals’ ability to provide affordable care. We led a bipartisan letter to CMS with nearly 250 signers, urging them to reconsider, but they didn’t listen. This bill ensures that hospitals are able to continue providing affordable services, and gives rural families peace of mind,” said McKinley.

“This rule dramatically undermines the ability of hospitals across the country to deliver care to our nation’s most vulnerable populations. I’m disappointed that CMS did not listen to hospitals, nor a majority of members in the House and Senate, and approved a rule that puts both hospitals and patients at risk,” said Thompson. “I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stop this rule and ensure the 340B program can continue to serve low-income populations as Congress intended.”

“The AHA thanks Representatives McKinley and Thompson for leading this bipartisan effort to protect patient care by preventing CMS from reducing Medicare Part B payments for some 340B hospitals,” said Tom Nickels, Executive Vice President of the American Hospital Association. “For 25 years, the 340B Drug Pricing program has been critical in helping hospitals expand access to lifesaving prescription drugs and comprehensive health care to low-income patients and other vulnerable populations in communities across the country.”

“The AAMC would like to thank Representatives McKinley and Thompson for introducing this important bipartisan bill to prevent major Medicare cuts to safety net hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program,” said Atul Grover, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of the Association of American Medical Colleges. “This program provides savings to many teaching hospitals, allowing them to maintain vital services for patients at no cost to taxpayers.”

“We thank Congressmen McKinley and Thompson for their leadership and support for low-income Americans and their essential hospitals,” said Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, President and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals. “They understand the damage this policy will cause to communities in West Virginia, California, and across the country, and we appreciate their efforts to protect patients. We urge all House members to support access to affordable drugs by supporting this critical legislation.”


Background

On November 01, 2017, CMS cut the reimbursement rate for Medicare Part B drugs purchased by certain hospitals covered under the 340B program by around $1.6B. This legislation would completely negate the effects of this rule.

Since 1992, the 340B program has used mandated discounts offered by drug manufacturers to help hospitals and other covered entities provide discounted drugs and lifesaving services to their patients. The CMS rule eliminates funding that hospitals use to support the unreimbursed cost of care for those who need it the most.

On September 28, 2017, McKinley and Thompson organized a bipartisan letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma urging the administration to withdraw its harmful proposal to cut the 340B Drug Pricing Program. This letter was signed by 228 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who understand that protecting access to affordable care is a top priority.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before January 14, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Billy B. Burke Marjorie H. Burke 2679 Sand Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Edna N. West Larry W. West 1115 4th Street
New Martinsville, WV 26155
William Pal Conrad Sheriff Larry Gerwig 10 Howard Street
Glenville WV 26351
Richard Tietz Charles Robertson 45 Allen Street
Gowanda, NY 14070
L. Lynn Marks Iris McCartney 1109 White Oak Run Road
Walker, WV 26180


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : November 16, 2017

Glenville City Council Regular Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 02, 2017
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Wiant, Huffman, Dean and Taylor present. Councilman Fisher was absent.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None


A. Approval of Minutes – September 04, 2017

The minutes from the September 04, 2017, meeting were reviewed. One correction was noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports

Financial

The City is currently at 25.75% of the fiscal year budget with revenue at 25.75% and expenditures at 24.14%. Council had allocated $3500 from Coal Severance for this fiscal year and we have now exceeded this amount. Council agreed to continue taking the waste management and Mayor’s training expenses out of this fund at this time, but will begin taking the bookkeeper’s fee from treasurer’s office line item. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted the large tree was cut down in the Camden Flats alleyway on Whiting Avenue and removed.


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He stated they would be participating in the drug take back program scheduled for October 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Officer Gadney received the Perseverance Award at the Academy. Congratulations to the new officer.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick stated there were a couple of small service line water leaks on 3rd and Sheridan.


Recorder

Nothing to report.


Mayor Comments

- Set Halloween Date:  Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to hold Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 28, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.

 

- October 12th West Virginia Municipal League Board of Directors Meeting:  Mayor Fitzpatrick requested approval to attend the Municipal League Board of Directors meeting in Bridgeport on October 12 and receive reimbursement for mileage. Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to reimburse mayor for travel expenses to attend the Municipal League BOD meeting in Bridgeport on October 12. Councilwoman Huffman seconded the motion. Motion passed.

 

- Reminder: The person in charge of activities in the City Square must be on hand to remove trash, turn off lights, have individuals available to direct traffic or get in touch with a police officer.  Requested a designated person be in charge when activities are held at City Park.

 

- Reminder: GCHS Parade will be on the 6th of October beginning at 5:00. Streets will be closed at 4:00 p.m.

 

- Audit completed:  The audit is complete and the City received the best rating. There was one issue with the Coal Severance that will come out in the report which should be received in approximately one month.

 

- Judge’s training:  Mayor and City Clerk will attend mandatory Municipal Judge training Nov 2nd and 3rd and requested approval to attend and receive room and travel reimbursement. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve travel reimbursement for mayor and city clerk to attend annual municipal judge training in Charleston. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.

 

- Road Bond Resolution:  Roads to Prosperity road bond will repair existing roadways creating jobs and economic development with election scheduled this Saturday, October 7. Mayor read the resolution to council and signed.

 

- Approve $500.00 Street Signs:  Mayor has ordered street signs and requested council approve payment of the invoice in the amount of $513. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the payment of the invoice for street signs. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.

 

- Office Computer:  The City Clerk’s office computer needs to be replaced and we can purchase a new computer and monitor estimated less than $500. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the purchase of a new computer for the main office. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.

 

- Rosie the Riveter Information:  Ruby Coberly is recognized as one of the Rosie the Riveters nationwide. She and her son, Gary, have a bell that they want to donate but we need to purchase the cradle (approx. $200) and the pole matching our existing poles in the park (approx. $2500). GCEDA has agreed to match funds. Mayor requested the City contribute $500 and we could use line items Parks and Recreation and Fairs and Festivals. This bell will be permanent and would be used to start the Folk Festival, homecoming parades, and other events in the City. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to pledge $500 towards the purchase of the pole and cradle using line items 900 ($250) and 903 ($250). Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.

 

- Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that the County Commission would raise the City fee from $750 to $825 a month. There was a large percent increase in Dispatch calls with no increase in fees for many years.


III. Unfinished Business

None


IV. New Business

None


V. Other Business to come before Council

Councilwoman Huffman noted the Fire Department is requesting permission to host the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 02, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. with the streets blocked off at 4:00 p.m. Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to approve the Fire Department’s annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed. Dave Corcoran requested permission to hold the annual Veteran’s Parade on Saturday, November 04, at 11:00 a.m. with streets closed at 10:00 a.m. He requested Mayor Fitzpatrick provide the welcome message. The parade route will begin at the City Park and end at the Historical Society where the rest of the program will take place. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the Veteran’s Parade on November 04 at 11:00 a.m. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed. It was noted that a 5K run will be held earlier that morning with the streets closed at 9:00 a.m. but should not conflict with the Veteran’s Parade.


VI. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be November 06, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.


VII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.

 

GSC President Pellett arrived following a meeting to meet City Council members and talk briefly about renovations scheduled to take place including the fitness center currently underway and plans to renovate the old Conrad Motel. He also noted that Mayor Fitzpatrick would be honored at the next football game as part of their Halftime Heroes that honors people in the community and on campus for their work and support. He discussed a partnership with the City and working to increase enrollment and retention of students. Mr. Corcoran suggested the GSC music program might provide concerts at the City Park to be open to the community. Councilwoman Dean suggested that GSC set up an alumni tent at the Little Pioneer football games.

2017 West Virginia Holiday Ornament Set to Be Unveiled

The Free Press WVThe 2017 West Virginia Governor’s Mansion holiday ornament is set to be unveiled.

First lady Cathy Justice is scheduled to join artist Amanda Buckner at a ceremony Wednesday. It will be held at the state Culture Center in Charleston.

Limited edition ornaments will be available for purchase and signing from Justice and Buckner.

The event is open to the public.

WV Unemployment in October 2017

The Free Press WVWest Virginia’s unemployment rate in October remained unchanged from September levels at a reported 5.1 percent, though total unemployment is down from one year ago.

According to WorkForce West Virginia, the number of unemployed residents increased 100 people from September to October.

The goods-producing sector reported an employment increase of 1,000 in construction and 300 in manufacturing, while employment declines occurred in trade, transportation and utilities, information, financial activities and professional and business service industries.

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in October 2016 was 5.9 percent.

The national unemployment rate decreased to 4.1 percent last month.

Did You Know?

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‘WE ARE TIRED OF LIVING LIKE THIS’

The military appears to have brought an end to Robert Mugabe’s 37-year reign in Zimbabwe as the economy of the once-prosperous African nation plummets.


‘OBAMACARE’ MANDATE REPEAL WOULD REMAKE MARKET FOR CONSUMERS

Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, boosting premiums for others.


TRUMP KEEPS MUM ON ROY MOORE

The president declines to join national Republicans who’ve called on Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race amid allegations of sexual impropriety with teenage girls.


WHAT U.S., CHINA HAVE IN COMMON

Trump says both nations agree that North Korea cannot just freeze its nuclear weapons program in exchange for concessions and that it must eliminate its arsenal.


TOLL IN DEADLY RAMPAGE RISES TO 6

The wife of the gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a northern California town is found dead one day later stuffed under the floorboards of the couple’s home.


WHY ART WORLD IS ABUZZ

A rare Leonardo da Vinci painting of Christ entitled “Savior of the World” sells for a record $450 million at a New York auction.


OHIO CALLS RARE HALT TO AN EXECUTION

An inmate with multiple health problems is returned to death row after members of the execution team are unable to find a vein to insert an IV to administer the lethal drugs.


SENATE PANEL OKS ALASKA ENERGY BILL

The approval means that oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is moving ever closer after a nearly four-decade political standoff.


WHICH MOVIE WILL BE SHOWN ANEW

Twenty years after Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet fell in love on the doomed ship, a re-mastered version of “Titanic” is sailing back into theaters for one week.


MAX SCHERZER NAMED NL’S TOP PITCHER

It’s the third Cy Young Award for the Washington Nationals’ right-hander. Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians wins the AL award.

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Students in Glenville State College’s Theater program will be performing ‘A Christmas Carol’ as their second full show of the fall 2017 semester. The performance will run for three evenings, Tuesday, November 14 through Thursday, November 16, and begins at 7:00 p.m.

The holiday classic follows Charles Dickens’ familiar story but in an uncluttered and original way. The play tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser, and how a visit from his former business partner changes him into a kinder man.

The ensemble cast includes Logan Saho as Ebenezer Scrooge, John Chambers as Bob Cratchit, Eric Jones as Fred and Marley, Katie Miller as Sarah, Erica Butler as Wilhelmina, Heather Salisbury as Barbara,  Grace Yu as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Chase Rakes as Fezziwig and Joe, Hannah Curfman as Mrs. Fezziwig, Stephen Boyer as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Joshua Smith as Peter Cratchit, Victoria Guillory as Mrs. Cratchit, Shelby Riffle as Martha Cratchit, Cassius Dotson as Eliza Cratchit, Annalyse Petty as Emma Cratchit, Angeles Burgess as Mrs. Dilber, Mazie Elliott as Sukey, Megan Sturm as Caroline, Shiann Smith as Fan, and Preston Allison as Dick and Topper.

The play will be presented in the President’s Auditorium in the Heflin Administration Building. Admission is free for GSC students and $3.00 for general admission. The play is suitable for all ages.

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The U.S. government has issued an alert about possible North Korean hacking activity

The attacks are targeting the aerospace, telecommunications, and finance industries.


Tesla board member and VC Steve Jurvetson said accusations of sexual assault are not true

In a Facebook post, he said he was “innocent.“


It looks like Russia used both Facebook and Twitter to interfere with the UK’s Brexit referendum

Facebook hinted at the possibility but did not give outright confirmation, while researchers found 400 fake Twitter accounts run from Russia.


High-profile Uber investor Shervin Pishevar has finally been named as the VC who was arrested in London earlier this year for alleged sexual assault

The claims were dropped, but Pishevar has now launched his own lawsuit against a PR firm, which he claims smeared him in the press.


A Vietnamese researcher used a custom mask to unlock Face ID on Apple’s iPhone X

Similarly, a family posted a video of a child being about to unlock his mother’s iPhone X with his own face.


U.S. regulators have approved the first digital pill, which connects to your smartphone and can be tracked inside your stomach

The pill, Abilify MyCite, can treat schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and depression.


There’s a major flaw in OnePlus phones that would give someone root-level access to a device

The flaw is due to a Qualcomm testing app on the phones called EngineerMode.


Mozilla has launched a new version of its Firefox browser called Firefox Quantum, which is double the speed and uses 30% less memory than Google Chrome

It’s the biggest overhaul in 13 years, the company said.


Pump and dump scams have hit cryptocurrencies, with traders artificially inflating the price of smaller currencies like Chilli Coin, then quickly selling for a profit

The scams are not illegal since cryptocurrencies are so lightly regulated.


Reddit’s chief executive said the company is considering an IPO, though he didn’t say when

He said an offering would be the “only responsible choice” for the firm.

ETC.

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  • Grad students would be hit by massive tax hike under House GOP Plan:  “There are a lot of anxious graduate students at universities around the country right now. That’s because to help pay for more than $1 trillion in tax cuts for U.S. corporations, the House Republican tax plan would raise taxes on grad students in a very big way. These students make very little money to begin with. And many would have to pay about half of their modest student stipends in taxes. ‘The past week this is what I’ve been talking about with other graduate students and classmates. I think we’re all shocked,’ says Tamar Oostrom. She’s in her third year of getting her Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She and her classmates have been crunching the numbers. ‘This bill would increase our tax by 300 or 400 percent. I think it’s absolutely crazy,’ Oostrom says”.  NPR


  • Domestic violence and mass shootings: The link and the loopholes:  “Devin Patrick Kelley, who shot and killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, earlier this month, had been convicted in a military court of domestic violence and should have been ineligible to own a gun. He’s far from the only mass shooter with a history of abuse and violence toward women and family members. And two observers recently told WTOP that holes in the system mean that authorities are missing chances to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. Daniel Webster, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told WTOP, ‘Virtually in all (mass shooting) cases, this was not an isolated incident; there were prior acts of domestic violence.’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg, a reporter for The New York Times, said that underreporting of domestic violence in the military is only one gap in the system that may be putting guns in the hands of people who should be forbidden them by federal law.”  WTOP


  • Thousands of Scientists Send New Warning to Humanity:  Maybe the second time’s the charm? Twenty-five years after a letter from the Union of Concerned Scientists urged mankind to take action against environmental damage, the world’s researchers are at it again. Yesterday’s letter, signed by 15,365 scientists from 185 countries, says humans have failed to prevent “potentially catastrophic” climate change, even warning that many species could be extinct by the century’s end. It’s not all bad news, though: They note that humans have stabilized the ozone layer, reduced extreme poverty and made significant gains in renewable energy.  Quartz


  • A Fox News Anchor Just Dismantled the Latest Hillary Clinton ‘Scandal’:  Shep Smith explains why Uranium One is nonsense.    ESQUIRE


  • U.S. Soccer Floats Idea of Pre-World Cup Competition:  Maybe everyone will get participation trophies. The U.S. Soccer Federation is looking into the idea of hosting pre-World Cup matches with Italy, Netherlands, Ghana and Chile — teams that unexpectedly didn’t qualify for the tournament. With talks in the very early stages, it’s unclear whether this would be a series of friendlies or an actual tournament. Either way it may be difficult to get football associations to pitch in and release their players. Some may also be anxious about the possibility of coming in last among losers.  SB Nation

Jobs Are Opening, But You Need The Training

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The image of a shuttered factory representing the decline of blue collar jobs has been etched in our minds, and for good reason.  Since 1991 the U.S. economy has lost three million good paying jobs that did not require a college degree and all but 500,000 of them have been in manufacturing.

The days of getting a high school degree and turning that into career in a blue collar industry are rapidly disappearing. However, the economy is not static.  As those traditional jobs are disappearing, new jobs are opening up, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and JPMorgan Chase & Company.

The U.S. has approximately 123 million workers in the economy and 30 million of those are workers without a BA who have good jobs, and that sector has expanded by three million since 1991.  These are new skilled-services jobs in business, health care, hospitality, construction, education services, natural resources, wholesale and retail and government services.

The Center defines a good job as a salary of at least $35,000 a year ($17 an hour) for those under age 45 and at least $45,000 ($22 an hour) for workers age 45 and older.

The biggest difference between these new jobs and traditional blue collar jobs is the level of education necessary to perform the work. “Among good jobs, employers favor those with Associate’s Degrees or some college,” the report said.

“There are millions of good jobs in our economy for workers who have graduated from high school and completed some post-secondary education or training,” said Chauncy Lennon, Head of Workforce Initiatives with JPMorgan Chase.  “We need to connect this workforce with these opportunities.”

Community and technical colleges are playing a more vital role in the economy. They can adapt more quickly to the needs of the local economy and provide the necessary training over a shorter time period than traditional four-year liberal arts schools.

The new jobs at the Procter & Gamble facility near Martinsburg are a good example. The company partnered with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College on job training for potential workers even before they broke ground.

None of this should be seen as devaluing a four-year degree.  The report said workers with BAs have gained 8.4 million good paying jobs since the Great Recession (2007-2009) compared with 3.2 million workers with less education.

However, there is still a place—and a growing need—in our economy for dependable workers without a BA who have a particular skill, can communicate well and problem solve.  Many of the old factory doors have closed, but new doors are opening.

Gene Editing in The Body

The Free Press WVScientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to cure a disease.

The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian Madeux. Through an IV, he received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a precise spot.

“It’s kind of humbling” to be the first to test this, said Madeux, who has a metabolic disease called Hunter syndrome. “I’m willing to take that risk. Hopefully it will help me and other people.”

Signs of whether it’s working may come in a month; tests will show for sure in three months.

If it’s successful, it could give a major boost to the fledgling field of gene therapy . Scientists have edited people’s genes before, altering cells in the lab that are then returned to patients. There also are gene therapies that don’t involve editing DNA.

But these methods can only be used for a few types of diseases. Some give results that may not last. Some others supply a new gene like a spare part, but can’t control where it inserts in the DNA, possibly causing a new problem like cancer.

This time, the gene tinkering is happening in a precise way inside the body. It’s like sending a mini surgeon along to place the new gene in exactly the right location.

“We cut your DNA, open it up, insert a gene, stitch it back up. Invisible mending,” said Dr. Sandy Macrae, president of Sangamo Therapeutics, the California company testing this for two metabolic diseases and hemophilia. “It becomes part of your DNA and is there for the rest of your life.”

That also means there’s no going back, no way to erase any mistakes the editing might cause.

“You’re really toying with Mother Nature” and the risks can’t be fully known, but the studies should move forward because these are incurable diseases, said one independent expert, Dr. Eric Topol of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego.

Protections are in place to help ensure safety, and animal tests were very encouraging, said Dr. Howard Kaufman, a Boston scientist on the National Institutes of Health panel that approved the studies.

He said gene editing’s promise is too great to ignore. “So far there’s been no evidence that this is going to be dangerous,” he said. “Now is not the time to get scared.”

WOE FROM HEAD TO TOE

Fewer than 10,000 people worldwide have these metabolic diseases, partly because many die very young. Those with Madeux’s condition, Hunter syndrome , lack a gene that makes an enzyme that breaks down certain carbohydrates. These build up in cells and cause havoc throughout the body.

Patients may have frequent colds and ear infections, distorted facial features, hearing loss, heart problems, breathing trouble, skin and eye problems, bone and joint flaws, bowel issues and brain and thinking problems.

“Many are in wheelchairs ... dependent on their parents until they die,” said Dr. Chester Whitley, a University of Minnesota genetics expert who plans to enroll patients in the studies.

Weekly IV doses of the missing enzyme can ease some symptoms, but cost $100,000 to $400,000 a year and don’t prevent brain damage.

Madeux, who now lives near Phoenix, is engaged to a nurse, Marcie Humphrey. He met her 15 years ago in a study that tested this enzyme therapy at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where the gene editing experiment took place.

He has had 26 operations for hernias, bunions, bones pinching his spinal column, and ear, eye and gall bladder problems.

“It seems like I had a surgery every other year of my life” and many procedures in between, he said. Last year he nearly died from a bronchitis and pneumonia attack. The disease had warped his airway, and “I was drowning in my secretions, I couldn’t cough it out.”

Madeux has a chef’s degree and was part owner of two restaurants in Utah, cooking for U.S. ski teams and celebrities, but now can’t work in a kitchen or ride horses as he used to.

Gene editing won’t fix damage he’s already suffered, but he hopes it will stop the need for weekly enzyme treatments.

Initial studies will involve up to 30 adults to test safety, but the ultimate goal is to treat children very young, before much damage occurs.

HOW IT WORKS

A gene-editing tool called CRISPR has gotten a lot of recent attention, but this study used a different one called zinc finger nucleases. They’re like molecular scissors that seek and cut a specific piece of DNA.

The therapy has three parts: The new gene and two zinc finger proteins. DNA instructions for each part are placed in a virus that’s been altered to not cause infection but to ferry them into cells. Billions of copies of these are given through a vein.

They travel to the liver, where cells use the instructions to make the zinc fingers and prepare the corrective gene. The fingers cut the DNA, allowing the new gene to slip in. The new gene then directs the cell to make the enzyme the patient lacked.

Only 1 percent of liver cells would have to be corrected to successfully treat the disease, said Madeux’s physician and study leader, Dr. Paul Harmatz at the Oakland hospital.

“How bulletproof is the technology? We’re just learning,” but safety tests have been very good, said Dr. Carl June, a University of Pennsylvania scientist who has done other gene therapy work but was not involved in this study.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG

Safety issues plagued some earlier gene therapies. One worry is that the virus might provoke an immune system attack. In 1999, 18-year-old Jesse Gelsinger died in a gene therapy study from that problem, but the new studies use a different virus that’s proved much safer in other experiments.

Another worry is that inserting a new gene might have unforeseen effects on other genes. That happened years ago, when researchers used gene therapy to cure some cases of the immune system disorder called “bubble boy” disease. Several patients later developed leukemia because the new gene inserted into a place in the native DNA where it unintentionally activated a cancer gene.

“When you stick a chunk of DNA in randomly, sometimes it works well, sometimes it does nothing and sometimes it causes harm,” said Hank Greely, a Stanford University bioethicist. “The advantage with gene editing is you can put the gene in where you want it.”

Finally, some fear that the virus could get into other places like the heart, or eggs and sperm where it could affect future generations. Doctors say built-in genetic safeguards prevent the therapy from working anywhere but the liver, like a seed that only germinates in certain conditions.

This experiment is not connected to other, more controversial work being debated to try to edit genes in human embryos to prevent diseases before birth — changes that would be passed down from generation to generation.

MAKING HISTORY

Madeux’s treatment was to have happened a week earlier, but a small glitch prevented it.

He and his fiancee returned to Arizona, but nearly didn’t make it back to Oakland in time for the second attempt because their Sunday flight was canceled and no others were available until Monday, after the treatment was to take place.

Scrambling, they finally got a flight to Monterey, California, and a car service took them just over 100 miles north to Oakland.

On Monday he had the three-hour infusion, surrounded by half a dozen doctors, nurses and others wearing head-to-toe protective garb to lower the risk of giving him any germs. His doctor, Harmatz, spent the night at the hospital to help ensure his patient stayed well.

“I’m nervous and excited,” Madeux said as he prepared to leave the hospital. “I’ve been waiting for this my whole life, something that can potentially cure me.”

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