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More storms forecast for flooded areas of West Virginia

Aug. 16, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More thunderstorms were forecast this week for much of West Virginia, including areas that flooded Monday after up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain fell in some areas, the National Weather Service said. Storms were expected to develop Tuesday and...

Gates eyes partnership with South Korea over global health

Aug. 16, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Bill Gates on Tuesday called for South Korea to become more involved in international efforts to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19 as he stressed the need for the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic. Representing the Bill and Melinda...

Experts can help save heirlooms damaged in Kentucky flooding

Aug. 16, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Experts who are visiting disaster centers in Kentucky can help people whose heirlooms and keepsakes were damaged in recent flooding. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force experts may be able to help save photos, artwork, quilts, important documents and...

Kentucky governor says flood relief session 'will happen'

Aug. 15, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday he hopes to call a special session of the state legislature in the next few weeks to work on flood relief. “Everybody is committed to it,” Beshear said at a Monday news conference. “We are having in-depth...

Flash flooding, water rescues reported in West Virginia

Aug. 15, 2022 14:48 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in two southern counties hit by flooding from heavy rains Monday. Justice's declaration in Fayette and Kanawha counties allows the National Guard to respond to hard-hit areas. The...

Audit: Va. failed on earlier advice before I-95 gridlock

Aug. 13, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia government failed to carry out numerous lessons from a 2018 snowstorm that caused highway gridlock, as exhibited by a similar event along Interstate 95 in January that left hundreds of motorists stranded, a state watchdog office concluded. The Office...

Monkeypox? Climate? Deciding what's a national emergency

Aug. 13, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In November 1979, a little over a week after student militants seized control of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 American citizens hostage, President Jimmy Carter issued Executive Order 12170 declaring a national emergency against Iran. That order remains...

FEMA faces criticism for response as flood death count grows

Aug. 12, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear called out the Federal Emergency Management Agency for denying too many requests for assistance in flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky, where the number of people who died as a result of the disaster has risen to 39. The official death count rose...

Timeline of events in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover

Aug. 12, 2022 02:25 AM EDT

The Taliban's capture of Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021 brought the hardline movement back into power in Afghanistan nearly 20 years after they were toppled by the U.S. invasion following the 9/11 attacks. The year since has been disastrous for the country. After the world cut off funding,...

WVa gov issues state of emergency over corrections staffing

Aug. 11, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With staffing vacancies over 60% at two correctional facilities in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice issued a state of emergency Thursday that would allow the National Guard to help with the shortages. “These are critical positions and if numbers continue...