Morgantown, West Virginia dominion post.com Newsstand: 75 cents MONDAY July 27, 2015 ® Local Hospitality week Area homes take part in national celebration. Page 7-A Sports World Obama: Kenya between peril, promise President urges responsibility during visit. Page 6-B Black Bears continue streak Team wins 9th straight game, beats Staten Island. Page 1-B Nation Bobbi Kristina Brown dies Whitney Houston’s daughter pronounced dead at 22. Page 6-A WEATHER Partly sunny with a thunderstorm. High Low 89 66 Your complete forecast Page 10-A OBITUARIES ADAMS, Colleen (Wilt) AITKEN, Joyce Lynn NEWBRAUGH, Daniel Dale POMPILI, Alfonso Louis Jr. SHAFFER, John H. Page 9-A City Council reviews practices Page 7-A MountainFest comes to close Motorcycle gathering holds final events Sunday. Page 2-A Tomblin honors exporters Fairmont, Kingwood proprietors are winners. 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Recently released data from child advocacy group Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 KIDS COUNT report indicates more than one-fourth of the Mountain S t at e ’s children live in poverty. The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and measures child well-being in four domains: Economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. “Our child poverty rate has continued to climb since the Great Recession and has now jumped to 27 percent of all West Virginia k i d s, ” said Margie Hale, executive director of West Virginia KIDS COUNT. “Since 2008, the number of children living in poverty has risen by almost 15 percent from 87,000 to 100,000. That’s the highest child poverty rate we’ve seen in more than a decade.” Last year, West Virginia ranked 37th in child well-being. Now the state ranks 43rd. Indiana, Rhode Island, Virginia, Arkansas and Vermont also saw their rankings fall from last year, while Alaska, Minnesota, Wyoming, South Carolina and Missouri saw improvements. Minnesota ranks first and Mississippi ranks last. “Although we are several years past the end of the recession, millions of families still have not benefited from the economic rec ove r y, ” said Patrick McCarthy, Re s i d e n t s talk road concer ns BY ANN KENNELL The Dominion Post On Sunday, Blacksville residents organized a public meeting inviting state officials to discuss the conditions of their roads and any plans they have about improving them. The meeting, held in the town’s social hall, was originally set up to discuss the conditions of Jake’s Run and Statler Run roads, but it was also intended as a forum to discuss roads in the entire county. Blacksville Fire Chief Bob Brookover helped organize the meeting because so many residents were calling him to find out answers about the roads and what the state plans to do about them. “I suggested that we have a meeting and get together as a group, because, as a group, we will have more power than ind iv i d u a l s, ” Brookover said. The problems residents are talking about are potholes, uneven patching and overgrown br ush. Delegate Joe Statler, R-Monongalia, stood in front of the hall and Warm temps to continue for a few days The Dominion Post A warm-weather streak continued Sunday, and AccuWeather said the heat wave should extend for at least a few more days. “The first half of this week will feature heat and humidity,” said Andy Mussoline, meteorologist with AccuWeather. In fact, he said it’s going to be so warm, he suggested limiting your time spent outdoors as much as possible, and if you do have to be outside, stay hydrated. Today, the high is expected to be 89 with a slight chance of a thunderstorm, he said. The “re al feel” is going to be in the u p p e r9 0 s. The forecast for Tuesday remains warm, with a high of 91 expected. On Wednesday, Mussoline said the Morgantown area will see a near-record high of 93. The current record high for July 29 is 94. Just as we’re reaching near highs though, Mussoline said a cold front is expected to blow in late Wednesday and early Thursday, bringing with it lower humidity levels and cooler t e m p e r at u re s. As far as storms, Mussoline said there’s no severe weather headed our way right now, and not much rainfall is predicted. In July, the Morgantown area has seen 3.37 inches of rain, down a little from the average rainfall of 3.74 for this month. June, however, was very rainy, he said, with the area receiving 6.15 inches of rainfall. Normal rainfall for June is 4.15 inches. Heat wave Manchin leans toward supporting Iran deal Associated Press WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Sunday he is leaning toward supporting the Iranian nuclear deal because the alternative would be war. Manchin is the latest Democrat to speak favorably of the agreement. Members of his party have started lining up to support the pact as the Obama administration works to sell it to lawmakers. Secretary of State John Kerry argued the case last week on Capitol Hill. “I’m leaning very strongly towards that because of the options that I have,” Manchin said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “The only other option is go to war, and I’m not ready to send our people into harm’s way again until people in that part of the world want to clean up their own mess.” Manchin said he has spoken to leaders in four of the five countries that negotiated the Iran nuclear deal, and he said if Congress rejects it, the U.S. will be on its own and faced with going to war against Iran. “And they all believe that this is a pathway that they should be taking; it’s one they suppor t,” he said. “If we pull out, we pull out by ourselves. So I’m looking at all of the information I have to make a decision by September.” Republican critics told Kerry last week they think the U.S. failed to insist on enough restraints on Iran’s nuclear program before agreeing to lift economic sanctions. Congress has 60 days to review the agreement, which lifts economic sanctions if Iran curbs its nuclear program’s capacity. The deal will take effect unless Congress blocks it, which GOP leaders who control the House and Senate hope to d o. Obama has promised to veto any effort to block the deal from taking effect, and the administration is looking for enough votes to keep Republicans from overriding a veto. H e m i n g way l o o k a l i ke wins contest Associated Press KEY WEST, Fla. — A white-bearded Florida man has won the “Pap a ” Hem ingway Look-Alike Contest on his 15th attempt. Retired air traffic controller Charlie Boice of Palm Beach Gardens prevailed Saturday night at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a hangout of Ernest Hemingway during his Key West residency in the 1930s. A panel of former contest winners chose Boice, 56. The contest attracted 122 entrants. It’s a highlight of the annual Hemingway Days festival honoring the author’s literary legacy. Rate climbs to 27%, state ranks 43rd in nation SEE POVERTY, 2A Charlie Boice Statler, Bloom attend meeting SEE ROADS, 2A Michaela Michael/The Dominion Post Friends gather at sunset Sunday at Ices Ferry in Cheat Lake. Michaela Michael/The Dominion Post Gloriosa daisies bloom Sunday evening at Marilla Park.
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