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State receives $6.5 million grant to help fight opioid crisis

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal grant of more than $6 million is headed West Virginia’s way to help fight issues dealing with the opioid crisis.

The $6.5 million grant was announced Friday coming from the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program (COAP). The program supports innovative ways to encourage substance abuse treatment and recovery.

A release said Justice and Community Services, part of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS), successfully applied for funding reserved for statewide projects.

Helping at-risk children, steering more troubled adults toward harm-reduction services, and extending telehealth further into rural areas seem to be the focus areas from the funding.

Center for Children’s Justice Director Andrea Darr said the state needs help with children in schools affected by the crisis and will use Handle With Care, a center for children’s justice.

“When you go to school the next days, odds are you’re in school and you don’t have your homework, you’re bombing a test, you’re acting out, you’re tired and you’re hungry and you can’t learn,” she said.

“We want children when they are at school to be able to learn. If they are reliving their trauma or working through their trauma they are not learning.”

…At least *27 states* now use this #WV-developed approach.

Handle With Care is holding its annual conference at @CCCWVA.

*More than 600 attendees*
*Representatives from 19 states*

Here’s WV Center for Children’s Justice Director Andrea Darr:


— WVDMAPS (@WVDMAPS) October 18, 2019

Handle with Care will be called upon greatly with the grant’s first goal of at-risk children. Darr said it’ll be a three-step program.

“The notice to the schools, trauma-sensitive schools and therapists on-site at the schools,” she said. “We want whoever is doing this to follow the program. It’s not okay to identify a child and not be ready to help them.”

According to the release, the grant will similarly aid the West Virginia Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. the program pursues community-based supportive services as an alternative to the criminal justice system in appropriate cases involving such low-level offenses as drug possession.


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Oscar Tshiebwe eager to live up to high expectations for WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Oscar Tshiebwe doesn’t see his nomination as Big 12 preseason freshman of the year as proof that he’s about to take the league by storm.

Rather than giving himself a pat on the back, Tshiebwe has treated this week’s honor as a kick in the butt. There’s great expectations, and now he believes he’ll have to work even harder to live up to them.

“That really surprised me,” Tshiebwe said as he spoke to local reporters for the first time on Thursday afternoon. “To me, that’s more motivation to work hard to prove I can play great.”

Tshiebwe has always had to work hard to make up a considerable amount of ground. A native of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, he grew up aspiring to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo. And then he kept growing.

At first, he stayed on the soccer pitch as a rather imposing goalkeeper. But the more he grew, the more it became obvious he was playing the wrong game. So in May 2014, Tshiebwe picked up a basketball for the first time.

“I wanted to stay with soccer, because it is more popular in Africa. I wasn’t really interested in basketball,” Tshiebwe said. “But my brother kept pushing me and pushing me.”

His knowledge of the game itself was limited to highlights he had seen of Kobe Bryant and “Mike Jordan.”

Tshiebwe arrived in the United States in 2015, getting in four years of high school and basketball before becoming only the second McDonald’s all-American to ever sign with West Virginia.

“A lot of people started playing at like, 6. He didn’t start playing basketball until late,” said teammate Taz Sherman. “For him to be this talented is a blessing.”

The thing that sets the 6-foot-9, 253-pound Tshiebwe apart is his speed. In addition to being one of the biggest Mountaineers, he is possibly the fastest as well. Of course, none of his teammates grew up with the benefit of Tshiebwe’s speed-training regimen.

He says he got fast because his father was a hunter, and Oscar was given the responsibility of chasing down and fetching his arrows after they were fired from the bow. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has given the anecdote a more of a tall-tale feel by claiming Tshiebwe could beat the arrows to their target.

Tshiebwe laughs at that interpretation of his speed.

“Yeah, that’s what Coach Huggs said,” he said with a chuckle and a shake of the head.

This preseason, Tshiebwe has been refining his game beyond raw athleticism. In his senior year of high school, it was easy enough to average 23.4 points and 18 rebounds a game. Just practicing against Derek Culver and Logan Routt has taught him college will require much more.

“The biggest improvement is the post move is getting way better,” Tshiebwe said. “In high school, you just get low. I work on this all the time before practice. In college, you’re not going to just get the ball and finish. You have to have some post moves to make it and finish.”

It’s that attitude that has Huggins believing Tshiebwe can live up to lofty expectations.

“Oscar is a very level-headed kid. I think if anything, it’s made him hungrier to be better because he knows he’s behind in a lot of areas,” Huggins said. “His footwork’s not very good. But that’s a guy who has really only played a couple years of basketball here [in the U.S.]. He wants to learn and wants to get better.”

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North Central Report: Week 8



No. 3 Parkersburg South (6-0) at Morgantown (1-6)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: The Patriots were off following an important win at Huntington, while the Mohigans led by 15 points in the fourth quarter before suffering a 34-28 loss to Wheeling Park on Thursday.

Why it’s important: Based on the records of both teams, this looks to be a one-sided affair. The Patriots have yet to be beaten, while the Mohigans have won only once. But Morgantown showed last week, even playing short-handed, that it can compete with upper-tier teams still and probably feels like it let one slip away in the loss to the Park. Parkersburg South needs to continue to win to ensure it stays at home in the postseason for as long as possible. The game can be seen live on the MetroNews channel.

Who to watch for Parkersburg South: Quarterback Brandon Penn has developed into one of the state’s top offensive weapons. Penn accounted for 312 all-purpose yards in the team’s last outing, a 30-21 win at Huntington. Penn has over 2,000 all-purpose yards to go with 24 touchdowns this season, while Devin Gaines and Dylan Day have combined for 16 scores.

Who to watch for Morgantown: Preston Fox is used a number of ways and has the ability to hurt opposing defenses on the ground or as a pass catcher. MHS can ease some of Fox’s load if it can establish powerful fullback Deondre Crudup like it was able to do a week ago. 


No. 8 Lewis County (5-1) at No. 12 North Marion (4-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: The Minutemen handled nearby rival Buckhannon-Upshur, 42-14. The Huskies were on a bye week following a 35-20 loss to Bridgeport on Oct. 4.

Why it’s important: Since a season-opening loss to Bridgeport, Lewis County has reeled off five straight wins thanks in large part to exceptional defensive play. Each of these teams has already lost to the Indians, and the winner can lay claim to being the third best team in the Big 10 Conference, along with increase its chances of locking up a playoff bid and hosting a game in the postseason.

Who to watch for Lewis County: The Minutemen have allowed a total of 35 points in their five wins, so a stingy defense has often been on display. Lewis County gained nearly 400 yards on the ground in last week’s win and counts on Marshall Hobbs, Dylan Wright and Chase Beam to lead the way.

Who to watch for North Marion: Quarterback Gunner Murphy will present a challenge for the Minutemen defense, while Tariq Miller is an athletic weapon in the Huskies’ passing attack.


No. 9 Tygarts Valley (5-1) at No. 15 South Harrison (3-3)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Both teams suffered lopsided losses. The Bulldogs were beaten for the first time this season in a 41-6 setback against Pendleton County. South Harrison fell short against Ritchie County, 38-12.

Why it’s important: For the Bulldogs, this is not only about showing they can respond from a loss, but also beat a quality team on the road as they try to get back into the top 8 in Class A. The Hawks have faced a challenging schedule and this one will be no different, but a victory would go a long way toward helping South Harrison qualify for the playoffs.

Who to watch for Tygarts Valley: Although the offense was limited against the Wildcats, quarterback Joshua Bright has enjoyed a successful season. Tygarts Valley will also look for Caden Boggs and Daniel White to get going on the ground.

Who to watch for South Harrison: The offense is centered around QB Jaren Robinson and tailback Landon McFadden, both of whom will need big nights for the Hawks to earn their fourth win of the year.

Other games: East Fairmont (3-3) at Class AA No. 12 Liberty Harrison (5-1); Class A No. 14 Clay-Battelle (4-2) at Cameron (4-3); Class AA No. 4 Bridgeport (6-1) at Elkins (2-4); University (2-5) at Buckhannon-Upshur (1-5); Class A No. 1 Doddridge County (6-0) at Ravenswood (3-3); Robert C. Byrd (3-3) at Class AA No. 1 Fairmont Senior (6-0); Braxton County (0-7) at Grafton (1-5); Lincoln (3-3) at Roane County (2-3); Washington (2-4) at Preston (1-5); Trinity (2-4) at Steubenville Catholic, Ohio (3-4)

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Anti-greyhound racing group’s next target is West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The leader of an anti-greyhound racing group says West Virginia is the group’s next main target.


Carey Theil

GREY2K Executive Director Carey Theil said Friday on MetroNews “Talkline” a coalition will be formed to urge the legislature to support the elimination of greyhound racing currently at Mardi Gras Casino in Cross Lanes and Wheeling Island Casino in Wheeling.

“This is our top focus. It’s going to be a lot fo groups on the ground, local groups, on the left and on the right who are going to fight for this and support it,” Theil said.

Southland Gaming, which operates the only track in Arkansas to offer dog racing, has announced it’s phasing it out. The move, which was approved by the Arkansas Racing Commission, leaves only five tracks nationwide, two in West Virginia, that currently operate with no mandate to scale back operations.

Theil said greyhound racing is not economically viable. He said at its peak it was generating $3.5 billion in revenue at more than 70 tracks in 19 states. He said competition from other forms of gambling and an increased awareness of the injuries and deaths suffered by greyhounds have caused many states to take a second look.

The greyhound racing industry in West Virginia is aided by $15 million it receives annually from other forms of gambling, a promise breeders have said made to them years ago. Theil said the money could be better used elsewhere.

“Dou want $15 million a year to go to subsidize an industry that is not economically viable, that’s causing a greyhound to die every 10 days on a West Virginia racetrack? Or do want $15 million to repair roads?” Thiel asked.

Shawn Fluharty

Delegate Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, bristles at the contention that greyhound racing is not economically viable. Fluharty referred to a WVU study in a Friday morning’s Facebook post in response to a column by MetroNews “Talkline” Host Hoppy Kercheval.

“There’s literally a study from WVU which provides an analysis on the economic impact of both greyhound and thoroughbred racing. You basically accuse me of making up numbers so maybe grab a coffee, sit down, and actually read the report which states the greyhound industry is responsible for 1,700 jobs statewide, 1,100 of which are in Ohio County,” Fluharty wrote.

Fluharty added the state relies on both greyhound and thoroughbred racing.

“This includes city and county budgets as well as pensions for police officers and firemen in counties where the tracks aren’t even located. If you’re going to “report” on these industries at least get beyond the talking points of lobbyists and use actual facts so we all don’t have to scream “fake news” at you,” Fluharty said.

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, made it clear in recent weeks where he stands on the issue.

“This is an industry that has come and gone,” Carmichael said on MetroNews Talkline. “It makes no sense for the taxpayers of this state to subsidize what amounts to, in my view, an inhumane activity.”

Mitch Carmichael

Gov. Jim Justice vetoed a bill in April 2017 that would have removed the state’s role in greyhound racing. Theil said Friday his group is confident it can now convince Justice to support the elimination.

“I think we’re going to have the votes in the Senate. I think we’re going to have the votes in the House. I think we can get the governor,” he said.

There have been several states that are eliminating greyhound racing by phasing it out. Theil said he would be open to such a move in West Virginia.

“In dog racing in Massachusetts, we included a 14-month phase out. The Florida constitutional amendment included a 26-month phase out. The Arkansas deal includes a 36-month phase out. I definitely think there’s a way you can get there,” Theil said.

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Attack on Hampshire football player under investigation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Hampshire High school freshman football player was severely injured as a result of a post-play attack in the October 11th game at Albert Gallatin, Pa.

“Our kid (Jacob Staub) was running a counter play and he was in the middle of the pile,” said Hampshire head coach Aaron Rule. “One gentleman jerked his helmet off by the face mask.”

“The first individual kind of grabbed his shoulder pads and slammed him down. To me it looked like a jab, one small left jab to the face. Our offensive lineman was able to pull him off but as soon as he was pulled off, another Albert Gallatin player dove straight at our player and projected himself with the top of his helmet into the face of our player.”

“He then punched him anywhere between four to six times and with his helmet hit him and then scraped him across the face three of four more times.”

The incident occurred with about three minutes remaining in the game. Albert Gallatin led 49-0 and officials immediately ended the contest.

Rule says the play went well beyond the normal bounds of the game of football.

“In the heat of the moment, things happen during a football game. But this in no way in my opinion was a football play by these gentlemen.”

Staub made the trip back to Romney with his teammates and would later be treated at a hospital in Winchester, Va. Rule says he was diagnosed with a concussion.

“He had quite a bit of swelling around his face and around his eyeball. That was kind of scary. A helmet going to the temple could have been a lot worse.”

Police are investigating the incident and the Albert Gallatin players involved could face further punishment beyond any handed down by the school.

“Albert Gallatin has done their due diligence. They have worked very hard and tireless hours in taking care of this and rectifying this situation.”

Rule says Staub will likely not return to the football field this season. The Trojans have three games remaining.

“He has three more years left to play. Hopefully he is going to be going out for wrestling this year. I am looking more for his future and what he has going on. I am not trying to put him back on the field too soon.”

“I don’t expect him to come back this year but he will travel with us and he will be around and making sure he is taking care of himself.”

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Trial moved for accused Kanawha County murderer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The trial date has been moved for an accused murderer in Kanawha County.

On Friday, Kanawha County Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman moved the trial date for Arthur Owen Woods, 40, of Mt. Nebo, to January 23 at 9 a.m. with the final pretrial being January 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Arthur Woods

Woods pleaded not guilty in May in the March 2016 death of his wife, Starina Woods, who went missing that month in Charleston.

Kanawha County Defense Attorney David Ford cited Friday that the defense needs more time to collect information from the 3-year old case. Ford said being that Woods was just indicated in May, they’ve only had a few months on the extensive case.

“We’ve been to Nicholas County where a lot of this has occurred, two or three times,” Ford said. “We just need more time to gather this information from the state, get it to our experts and for us to analyze and interview these witnesses to line up.”

Investigators in the case previously said that Starina Woods voiced concerns about being in an abusive relationship. Her body was never found.

Woods never reported his wife missing, telling authorities she had left for Ecuador. They had been living together in Charleston at the time before Woods moved to Nicholas County.

The trial has been moved several times.

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Future Wisconsin wrestler Braxton Amos a key piece in 6-0 start for PSHS

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — There are many reasons Parkersburg South entered Week 8 as one of three unbeaten teams still remaining in Class AAA. Quarterback Brandon Penn has accounted for over two thousand all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns. Devin Gaines has scored ten touchdowns and Dylan Day has added six more scores.

And then there is Braxton Amos. He is second on the team in tackles for loss and sacks and he has blocked four kicks.

“I was still uncomfortable until the Huntington game,” Amos said. “When our backs were against the wall at the three, it all started clicking again.”

Let’s back up a little bit. Amos is not your typical senior lineman. In fact, he hadn’t played any type of organized football since middle school. “Eighth grade was the last time I played in full pads.”

There are a few reasons Amos put the shoulder pads and helmet on the shelf. He suffered a significant knee injury during his freshman year. Then in 2017 and 2018, Amos became one of the nation’s elite wrestlers in the 220 pound weight class. Amos won national level events and was one of the country’s top college recruits. Last month, Amos verbally committed to wrestle at Wisconsin.

“A lot of people asked me, ‘Why Wisconsin?’ And it got to the point of, ‘Why not Wisconsin.’ Ultimately, Wisconsin felt like home and I feel like I can be successful there.”

“It is going to be ten guys in a bracket at the Big 10 Tournament and all ten of those guys were top ten recruits in the country. So it is going to be fun.”

Amos has dominated in his two high school seasons. In winning all 94 of his matches for the Patriots, he has not surrendered a single offensive point.

“With wrestling, it is constantly evolving. There’s trends to get used to. It is tough to deal with. But it is fun.”

After enduring an injury at a national tournament in Fargo this summer, Amos worked his way back to full health and then decided to return to the gridiron for the first time in four years.

“After I got cleared, I asked Coach (Tanner), ‘Hey, is there still a chance I would be welcome?’ He said, ‘Yeah, suit up and let’s go.'”

“Braxton is a highly intelligent kid,” said first-year PSHS head coach Nathan Tanner. “We taught him some technique but as a wrestler, leverage, hands and he has great hips and feet. A lot of that is just really natural to him.”

“It is very similar. Footwork and hand fighting, it is kind of like riding a bike. Once you do it once, you can kind of feel it out and get used to it again.”

While the transition between sports has been a smooth one, Amos admits there is a big difference between the compact battle of a wrestling match and the series of battles that make up a 48-minute football game.

“With wrestling, you can have the mindset that I can do anything for six minutes. Football is like two hours worth of five-second sprints. So there’s definitely a different conditioning aspect to things. But it is still a lot of fun.”

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Northern Panhandle Report: Week 8

— By Shawn Rine



No. 6 Wheeling Park (5-1) at No. 5 Musselman (6-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last Week: Wheeling Park rallied from a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to knock off Morgantown, 34-28. Musselman had no issue in rolling past Hedgesville, 62-6.

Why it’s important: When you get to this point in the season, the playoffs are in view. When and where is still be decided, but this game is going to go a long way in determining where these two schools end up. A victory here would likely assure at least one home playoff game. Last year these teams competed in a thriller at Wheeling Island Stadium, with Musselman emerging with a 41-35 victory.

Who to watch for Wheeling Park: It all begins with quarterback Alex Dunlevy, who is giving teams fits with both his arm and legs. He threw for a school-record 370 yards last week and for the season is 85 of 228 for 1.468 yards. Dunlevy has thrown 16 touchdowns and two interceptions.

Who to watch for Musselman: Things have a tendency to go through Blake Hartman, for the Applemen. He has already accumulated more than 1,200 yards and has scored 21 touchdowns on the ground. Hartman also has 15 catches for 313 yards and a pair of scores.


No. 6 Wheeling Central (4-2) at Martins Ferry, Ohio (3-4)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last Week: Coming off a lopsided loss the weak prior, Wheeling Central enjoyed its bye. Martins Ferry was handed a 21-7 loss by Indian Creek, Ohio.

Why it’s important: This is the third and final road game for the Maroon Knights. They’re 0-2 away from home, being outscored 73-7 in the process by unbeaten powers Linsly and Fort Frye, Ohio. Wheeling Central can win a title from anywhere in the Class A bracket, but would much rather not have to leave home for as long as possible, so this is a big one. It is Senior Night for the Purple Riders, who are one of Ohio’s most storied programs.

Who to watch for Wheeling Central: Quarterback Curtis McGhee III left the previous loss early with injury, but could have returned if the outcome was in doubt. Thus far he has rushed for 629 yards and passed for 526 yards.

Who to watch for Martins Ferry: The Riders have historically been a run-first program, but that has changed with four-year starter Jake Probst at quarterback. He has 1,152 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air.

No. 4 Williamstown (6-1) at No. 13 Tyler Consolidated (4-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last Week: Williamstown earned a hard-fought, 33-27 victory against Warren, Ohio. Tyler Consolidated came out the right side of a 28-14 slugfest with physically imposing Buffalo.

Why it’s important: There are streaks on the line. The Yellowjackets have won six in a row since a season-opening loss, while the Silver Knights have run off four straight victories after dropping their first two. This could vault Tyler Consolidated, which sits on the edge of the playoff race, right up into the thick of things.

Who to watch for Williamstown: Quarterback Braden Modesitt has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards this season to go with nine touchdowns and one interception.

Who to watch for Tyler Consolidated: Quarterback Gage Huffman is the team’s second-leading rusher, having gained 528 yards to go with 12 TDs. In last week’s victory he completed 7 of 14 for 182 yards and a score.

Other games: Brooke (1-5) at John Marshall (2-4); Class AA No. 5 Oak Glen (7-0) at Harrison Central, Ohio (3-4); Weir (3-4) at Edison, Ohio (0-7); Class A No. 8 Madonna (6-1) at Toronto, Ohio (5-2); Magnolia (0-6) at Class A No. 11 St. Marys (4-2); Class A No. 14 Clay-Battelle (4-2) at Cameron (4-3); Hancock, Md. (1-5), at Hundred (1-6); Frontier, Ohio (6-1) at Valley Wetzel (2-4)

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Greyhound racing’s ticking clock

Courtesy of Grey2K

This is Sophie, a greyhound who raced in West Virginia, in a photo provided by the Grey2K organization.


Another state is getting out of the dog racing business.  Southland Gaming, which operates the only greyhound racing facility in Arkansas, announced a phase out of operations at the West Memphis racetrack and casino by the end of 2022. The Arkansas state Racing Commission approved the shutdown.

Arkansas becomes the latest state to get out of the business. The biggest setback for the sport came last November when Florida voters decided overwhelmingly (69 percent to 31 percent) to end greyhound racing at the state’s 11 tracks by 2021.

Greyhound racing is dying, and fast. The number of tracks has declined from more than 50 in the 1980’s to just a handful today.

After the closings, there will be only five tracks left in the country—one each in Iowa, Alabama and Texas and two in West Virginia, at Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Cross Lanes and Wheeling Island Hotel Casino and Racetrack.

Notably, Delaware North owns Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island. Delaware North also owns the Arkansas track that cut the deal with breeders to phase out the greyhounds.

Gamblers have many more options today with casinos and, now, legalized sports betting.  Also, public opinion has turned against dog racing, in part because of the efforts of the anti-greyhound racing organization GREY2K

“It’s now clear that greyhound racing will end completely in the United States,” said GREY2K executive director Carey Theil.  “The greyhound debate will now turn to West Virginia, where lawmakers will vote on whether to end $15 million in annual subsidies for dog racing.”

GREY2K has a strong ally in Senate President Mitch Carmichael. The Jackson County Republican recently called for an end to dog racing.  “This is an industry that has come and gone,” Carmichael said on MetroNews Talkline.  “It makes no sense for the taxpayers of this state to subsidize what amounts to, in my view, an inhumane activity.”

The greyhound breeders and their supporters argue that the $15 million is not a subsidy, but rather a share of the casino profits dog racing was promised when slots were introduced at the tracks. That’s a semantic debate, but they are right that the pitch for slots and table games included the argument that proceeds would help sustain the greyhound racing industry.

That’s why, in fairness, the breeders are entitled to a soft landing, a phase out or buy out so they are not tossed off a financial cliff.  Surely the legislature can work that out here, just as Florida and Arkansas have done.

The greyhound breeders will argue dog racing has a substantial economic impact.  Ohio County Senator Shawn Fluharty said the Wheeling track supports 1,700 jobs. Well, if that’s the case, communities and investors would be falling over themselves to build more dog tracks.

There is simply no denying that greyhound racing’s days are numbered, and without the subsidy, dog racing would end within a few months. West Virginia should make a fair offer to the breeders, GREY2K should organize an aggressive adoption effort for the dogs, and let’s move on.





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US Senate rejects scrapping Clean Power Plan replacement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Senate rejected a joint resolution on Thursday that would have halted the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule, the replacement of the Clean Power Plan.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued the rule in June, which establishes guidelines for states regarding carbon-dioxide emissions and other gases released from coal-fired power plants. States can use “candidate technologies” to establish standards.

The rule replaces the Clean Power Plan, which would have reduced carbon dioxide levels to 32% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., introduced the resolution last month. The Senate voted 41-53 on the measure.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., voted against the joint resolution; Manchin said while the new rule is flawed for ruling out carbon capture and other technologies at coal plants, the resolution was too broad.

“I believe we need to put the partisan gimmicks aside and come together to focus on developing and deploying the technologies vital to solving climate change, from carbon capture and utilization and solar power to energy efficiency and storage technologies. The technologies that were unattainable then are within reach now,” said Manchin, the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Manchin said in June the federal government needs to pursue carbon capture technologies that meaningfully reduce carbon emissions.

Capito said the Affordable Clean Energy rule is better for West Virginia than the Clean Power Plan, which she called “an unrealistic and strangling regulation” that would have negatively affected the state.

“The ACE Rule is a better alternative that allows states and energy producers to reduce emissions at an achievable pace without cutting back on jobs or economic growth. That’s why I have been a staunch supporter of this commonsense alternative to the CPP and strongly opposed Democrats’ unsuccessful efforts today to block its implementation,” she said.

Capito said earlier this year the new regulation is a sign the current administration is balancing regulation and ending the “war on coal.”

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