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    West Virginia has the nation's highest percentage of obese adults, the highest drug-overdose death rate and the highest number of residents with diabetes. But the Mountain State is also leading the nation in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout with the highest per capita distribution of the shots - second only to Alaska, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Health officials in West Virginia have administered 465,593 first and second doses - 90 percent of its supply and enough to vaccinate one-quarters of its population. If the state were a country, it would have the fifth-highest vaccination rate in the world behind Israel, the Seychelles, the United Arab Emirates and the UK.  Experts say that West Virginia's success can be attributed to opting for a hotline instead of an online appointment system, partnering with local pharmacies and enlisting the help of the National Guard.   West Virginia has administered...
    Outgoing U.S. Capitol Hill Police Chief Steven Sund says his requests for National Guard assistance to monitor the Trump rally last week were denied or delayed at least five times ahead of the evening riot on Wednesday. Sund, who announced his Saturday resignation last week under pressure from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said he had asked House and Senate security officials for D.C. National Guard assistance ahead of the rally, where President Trump urged his supporters to march to the U.S. Capitol building, in anticipation of the large crowd. The first request was rejected, and in the midst of escalating violence on Capitol grounds, Sund said he asked for assistance five additional times. "If we would have had the National Guard, we could have held them at bay longer, until more officers from our partner agencies could arrive," Sund told the Washington Post. Sund, who repeated his assertions to Fox...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said on Sunday that though the Maryland National Guard quickly mobilized upon hearing the U.S. Capitol had been breached on Wednesday, he was unable to get permission to send troops into Washington, D.C., for “quite some time.”  Hogan said on CNN's “State of the Union” that he was able to immediately send state police officers into D.C. But while governors can usually send members of their national guards across state lines with permission from another governor, he required permission from the Department of Defense in order to them into D.C. “So, our Guard mobilized and was ready. But we couldn't actually cross over the border into D.C. without the OK. And that was quite some time. We kept running it up the flagpole, our generals talking to the National Guard generals. And, eventually, I got a call from Ryan McCarthyRyan McCarthyOvernight Defense: Pentagon chief condemns Capitol riots | House...
    MARYSVILLE (CBS13) –— A medical support team from the California National Guard is aiding the only hospital that serves Yuba and Sutter counties. Heidi Ettl waited nearly two hours in her car outside Rideout Memorial Hospital for her son who was in the Emergency Room needing medical help not related to COVID-19.  She says the area’s current crisis is putting a strain on the help needed. “People are sick and those people in the health care are sick too, so they do need help,” she said. On Monday, Yuba and Sutter counties saw 52 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths with 80 people currently hospitalized.  CBS13 is learning a Regional Medical Support Team from the California National Guard is now assisting the hospital. Soon, more resources will be deployed in Lodi and Stockton as the health care system across the nation continues to be stretched thin. READ: DOD To Send...
    HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard has received approval for an extension of federal funds to continue assisting the state's coronavirus response through March. The funding for National Guard units in Hawaii and 47 other states was scheduled to expire at the end of the month, but was extended Thursday, Hawaii Public Radio reported. “The Hawaii situation is not unique,” Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Case said. “But it’s especially acute here in Hawaii because of all of the roles that we’re asking the Guard to play.” About 800 Hawaii National Guard members work daily throughout the state on tasks related to virus mitigation including contact tracing, testing and the state's incoming traveler program. The Guard's activities cost about $8.5 million monthly, with the federal government providing 75% of the funds. Hawaii pays about $2 million per month. Brigadier General Moses Kaoiwi, the Hawaii National Guard Task Force commander, said...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania’s National Guardsmen have been on the frontlines. On Thursday, state leaders urged the federal government to reauthorize Title 32. It funds the National Guard and offers them certain protections so they can help with coronavirus needs in long-term care homes. Title 32 also helps ease the financial burden on states where National Guard members are working. “This is a job the National Guard never expected to have,” Lt. Col. Dr. Albert Fogle said. “We have responded over the years multiple times when the state had flooding, snow or trees down, but this has been a different and special call to our citizen soldiers to respond.” Without the funding, the state would have to put the National Guard on “state active duty,” which limits the time they are able to serve.
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to slash state funding to New York City if it doesn't increase efforts to tamp down on crime and clean up trash in the midst of a pandemic, even offering to send in the National Guard to help. CUOMO SWIPES DE BLASIO FOR CRIME: 'WE HAVE A PROBLEM IN NEW YORK CITY' The tall order from the state's Democratic governor was announced Tuesday at a press conference, where Cuomo expressed concerns about the uptick in gun violence and crime, taking a swipe at the city's mayor, Bill de Blasio, without specifically naming him. "The crime problem in New York City is real. Denial is not an option," Cuomo said, adding that "if jurisdictions don't resolve police/community issues and redesign public safety," he would take away the city's funding allotted to help with recovery efforts due to the coronavirus pandemic. The warnings are part of a larger initiative unveiled Tuesday...
    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Thursday issued an executive order calling for the activation of 1,000 members of the state’s National Guard amid protests against this week's grand jury decision to announce no charges in the death of Breonna Taylor.  The governor wrote in the order that the activation was intended “to provide necessary assistance to State and local civilian authorities and/or special duty and emergency assistance for the preservation of life and property, preservation of order, and to afford protection to persons." A spokesperson for the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security said in a statement to Boston’s State House News Service that the order was issued "in the event that municipal leaders require assistance to protect opportunities to exercise first amendment rights and to maintain public safety during large scale events.”  Baker said in the order that it will remain in place “until further order of the Adjutant General.” ...
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday lauded a new law that will help Nebraska National Guard members save some money when they attend a state university of college. The law passed earlier this year will increase the amount of undergraduate tuition assistance for Guard members from 75% to 100% of the cost. It also will expand the program to include 50% tuition assistance for graduate programs. Ricketts praised the work of the Guard during a ceremonial bill signing at the Capitol. He pointed to the Guard's response to last year's record floods in Nebraska and its help this year in testing residents for the coronavirus. Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, the adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard, called the law as “a game-changer” that will help recruit and retain new members. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Governor Charlie Baker activated 1,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard on Friday. The order states that the guard will be activated to provide “emergency assistance for the preservation of life and property, preservation of order, and to afford protection of persons.” “Governor Baker today signed an order activating up to 1,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard in the event that municipal leaders require their assistance. National Guard personnel are deployed only at the request of, and in coordination with, the communities seeking support,” said a spokesperson of the Executive Office of Public Safety & Security in a prepared statement. The activation begins immediately and continues until further order of the Adjutant General.
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: GOP seeks to detoxify Trump at convention Harris honors Women's Equality Day in op-ed, calls for voting reform Trump breaks with precedent on second night of convention MORE on Wednesday said he would send federal officers to Kenosha, Wis., as the city grapples with unrest after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. White House officials and Wisconsin Gov. Tony EversTony EversRNC includes Jacob Blake in opening prayer Raptors discuss boycotting Game 1 of playoff series over Jacob Blake shooting Blake family launching civil suit against Wisconsin police department MORE (D) spoke by phone, according to Trump, and the governor accepted federal assistance with responding to the increasingly volatile demonstrations in response to Blake's shooting. "We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets," Trump tweeted. "TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to...
    President Trump announced Wednesday that Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers accepted his offer of sending federal law enforcement officers to the state to help quell the civil unrest in Kenosha. “We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!),” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!” he continued. ...TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2020 Evers turned down assistance from the federal government earlier this week, according to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. "We have a National Guard standing by that if the general...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows stated that Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) rejected offers from the White House for additional National Guard help to deal with the unrest in Kenosha. Meadows said that earlier in the day, he received a call from some members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation “really just pleading for help, said that the local sheriff and mayor and police chief need some additional assistance. So, I got on the phone right away and called the governor and offered assistance in the form of additional National Guard help. As you know, they’re going to have some additional National Guard there tonight. But you’ve got to, as a governor, and as elected officials, you’ve got to either ignore the problem — which, a lot of liberal governors are doing exactly that, they’re ignoring the problem —...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Protests over the in-custody death of George Floyd have taken place across the San Francisco Bay Area. Many cities are under curfew due to widespread looting and vandalism.TAKE ACTION: Find resources to help with equality, justice and race issuesBAY AREA CURFEW: Here's which cities are under curfew and what it meansWATCH LIVE: Demonstrations, briefings planned in San Francisco Bay AreaFULL COVERAGE: Latest stories and videos about protests, investigation into George Floyd's deathHere are the latest updates from around the region and across California and the U.S.June 2, 2020 9:45 p.m.Solano County requests assistance from National GuardAs protests around the Bay Area continue, the Solano County Sheriff's office has decided to ask for help from the National Guard. "In an effort to quell ongoing civil unrest throughout the county we have requested mutual aid from multiple agencies including the National Guard," the department tweeted Tuesday night. The...
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