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Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Charleston Gazette-Mail. September 14, 2023. Editorial: PSC hits WV consumers yet again in rate hike Ignoring mountains of public input against the idea, the West Virginia Public Service Commission has...

Facial recognition technology jailed a man for days. His lawsuit joins others from Black plaintiffs

ATLANTA (AP) — Randal Quran Reid was driving to his mother's home the day after Thanksgiving last year when police pulled him over and arrested him on the side of a busy Georgia interstate. He was wanted for crimes in Louisiana, they told him, before taking him to jail. Reid, who prefers to be identified as Quran, would spend the next several days locked up, trying to figure out how he could be a suspect in a state he says...

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Past high-profile trials suggest stress and potential pitfalls for Georgia judge handling Trump case

ATLANTA (AP) — Judge Peter Cahill hardly slept during the six weeks he presided over the murder trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd. Cameras in the courtroom broadcast the veteran Minnesota judge’s every word to a global audience. Outside, the nation waited nervously for the outcome of a slaying that galvanized the movement for racial justice. “When you’re in a high-profile trial, you feel the stress, you feel the pressure even if you’re not reading the papers,” he told an audience of...

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AI is on the world’s mind. Is the UN the place to figure out what to do about it?

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Just a few years ago, artificial intelligence got barely a mention at the U.N. General Assembly's convocation of world leaders. But after the release of ChatGPT last fall turbocharged both excitement and anxieties about AI, it's been a sizzling topic this year at diplomacy's biggest yearly gathering. Presidents, premiers, monarchs and cabinet ministers convened as governments at various levels are mulling or have already passed AI regulation. Industry heavy-hitters acknowledge guardrails are needed but want to protect the technology's...

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Burning Man flooding strands tens of thousands at Nevada site; authorities are investigating 1 death

Auto workers still have room to expand their strike against car makers. But they also face risks

Even after escalating its strike against Detroit automakers on Friday, the United Auto Workers union still has plenty of leverage in its effort to force the companies to agree to significant increases in pay and benefits. Only about 12% of the union’s membership is so far taking part in the walkout. The UAW could, if it chose to, vastly expand the number of workers who could strike assembly plants and parts facilities of General Motors, Ford and Stellantis, the owner...

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Leading Egyptian opposition politician targeted with spyware, researchers find

BOSTON (AP) — A leading Egyptian opposition politician was targeted with spyware multiple times after announcing a presidential bid — including with malware that automatically infects smartphones, security researchers have found. They say Egyptian authorities were likely behind the attempted hacks. Discovery of the malware last week by researchers at Citizen Lab and Google’s Threat Analysis Group prompted Apple to rush out operating system updates for iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and Apple Watches to patch the associated vulnerabilities. Citizen Lab said in a blog post that...

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Israeli military raid kills 2 Palestinians in West Bank. Israel says its troops came under fire

NOUR SHAMS REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — Two Palestinians were killed during an Israeli military raid Sunday in the northern West Bank, Palestinian health officials said, the latest bloodshed in a surge of violence during a sensitive Jewish holiday period. The Israeli military said it moved into the Nour Shams refugee camp, near the town of Tulkarem, to destroy what it described as a militant command center and bomb-storage facility in a building. It said that engineering units detonated...

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New doctor welcomed to Northern Urology

Localize It: Medicaid coverage restored for thousands after computer errors in many states

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: Federal officials say about 500,000 Medicaid recipients who recently lost coverage are having their health insurance restored after state computer systems failed to appropriately handle their eligibility reviews. All states are undertaking a massive examination of Medicaid rolls — the first such review since the federal government lifted a pandemic-era moratorium on removing people from the program. In many states, the first step involves using computer programs to determine whether people can be automatically re-enrolled in Medicaid. If...

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A Ukrainian missile strikes the headquarters of Russia’s navy in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine struck the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in a missile attack Friday that left a serviceman missing and the main building smoldering, according to military officials on both sides of the war and images from the scene in Crimea. The Russian Defense Ministry initially said one servicemember was killed but then issued a statement saying he was missing following the attack in the port city of Sevastopol. The Crimean Peninsula, which Russia illegally annexed from...

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Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Charleston Gazette-Mail. September 14, 2023. Editorial: PSC hits WV consumers yet again in rate hike Ignoring mountains of public input against the idea, the West Virginia Public Service Commission has approved yet another rate increase for American Electric Power subsidiaries Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power. And there could be more to come. The PSC approved an $88.8 million increase that the utilities will pass on to their customers to cover fuel costs at their power plants (re: coal). It’s small...

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Virginia Tech heads to Marshall, looking to avoid 1-3 start, but QB Grant Wells is questionable

Virginia Tech (1-2) at Marshall (2-0), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN2) Line: Marshall by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook. Series Record: Virginia Tech leads 11-2. WHAT'S AT STAKE? Virginia Tech hopes to avoid another letdown heading into Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Hokies are off to their worst start since 2010, when they opened 0-2 but rallied to finish 11-3. Virginia Tech has finished with a losing record in three straight seasons and four of the past five. Marshall, one of...

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