WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump will be attending a fundraiser in Wheeling, West Virginia, on Wednesday, the day special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee.

The president told reporters Friday he would not be watching Mueller’s testimony and noted that an impeachment resolution was handily defeated in the House this week. He says the vote was a ``massive victory’’ and at some point, Democrats have to ``stop playing games.’’

Invitations to the fundraiser indicate that state leaders in both West Virginia and Ohio will be in attendance. The event is being hosted by Robert E. Murray, president and CEO of Murray Energy. A White House official confirms that Trump will be in Wheeling that day.


Thousands arrive

for World Scout Jamboree

GLEN JEAN — Thousands of Scouts have arrived in southern West Virginia for the start of the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

The event that runs from Monday through Aug. 2 at the 14,000-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve near the New River Gorge National River is being held in the United States for only the second time.

More than 45,000 Scouts and their leaders from 167 countries plan to participate in activities such as whitewater rafting, ziplining, rock climbing and mountain biking.

The jamboree, held every four years, is being jointly hosted by national scouting organizations from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The other World Scout Jamboree held in the United States was in 1967 in Idaho.

The Summit Bechtel Reserve is the permanent home of the National Scout Jamboree.

Soldier dies in

Kuwait in non-

combat incident

ROCKPORT —A West Virginia Army soldier has died in a non-combat related incident in Kuwait.

The Pentagon says 30-year-old Sgt. William Edward Friese, from Rockport, West Virginia, died Thursday in Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The incident is under investigation. The military gave no more information on the circumstances of Friese’s death.

Friese was assigned to the 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd, Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, Summersville, West Virginia

The military says Friese was in Kuwait supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.


Mothers, children to benefit from health funds

CHARLESTON — Mothers and children in West Virginia will benefit from more than $1.5 million in federal funding that was just announced.

The state’s U.S. senators, Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin, said in a news release that West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Services is receiving the funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Manchin says the funding will increase access to services and care and help better the health of mothers and children in rural areas.

Capito says the funds will help address high maternal mortality rates, especially in rural areas, that occur in the U.S.

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