www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: May 02, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT01/305029989 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT01/305029989 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Adkins, Brian 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.


Anderson, Joseph 11 a.m., Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, Charleston.


Argento, Katherine 1 p.m., St. Anthony's Shrine Catholic Church, Boomer.


Bosen, Jimmy J. 1 p.m., Horsepen Southern Baptist Church, Horsepen.


Brown, Samuel Sr. 1 p.m., Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Beckley.


Burns, Victoria 1 p.m., Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden.


Chase, Elmie 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.


Crago, Phyllis 3 p.m., Gatens


Giacomo, William 2 p.m., Carbondale Baptist Church, Smithers.


Harriston, Emery 1 p.m., Cunningham


Jividen, Betty 2 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home Chapel, Eleanor.


Lovelace, Dorothy 1 p.m., Dunmore United Methodist Church, Dunmore.


Pomeroy, Kathy L. 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.


Smith, Kenneth 1 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, Spencer.


Sovine, Regina 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.


Whapels, Lottie 11 a.m., Casdorph and Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

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Joseph Anderson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029999 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Joseph Edwin Anderson, 87, of Cross Lanes, formerly of Dunbar, went home to be with the Lord on Thurs. April 28, 2016, surrounded by his daughters.

Joe was born on August 21, 1928, to the late Howard and Irene Anderson.

He graduated from Dunbar High School in 1947.

Joe was a faithful member of the Cross Lanes United Methodist along with his family since 1975. He was part of the Wednesday Work Group and thoroughly enjoyed his time being involved at the church.

He was a wood worker and enjoyed making clocks, trinkets and participated in several Arts and Crafts Fairs. He made the wooden hanging cross in the Fellowship Hall, the quilt frames and many other projects at the church.

He loved to spend time with his family, enjoyed camping and his ham radio operations.

His call sign was K8BCH. He first obtained his radio license in 1956. He participated in many Ham Fests, assisting with the Red Cross in disasters and helped many military personnel contact their families many years ahead of cell phones and social media. He assisted in patching calls from the USS Eisenhower while it was located in the Mediterranean. He once talked to the Pope John Paul II.

He was a 50 year plus member of the Dunbar Masonic Lodge #159, a member of the Beni Kedem Shriners and the Scottish Rite in Charleston, WV.

Joe was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather making sure his family and friends came first.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 65 years, Thelma (Gibson) Anderson; his sisters, Rosalie Adams and Emma Ruth Osborn; and his brother, James (Jimmy) Anderson.

Joe is survived by his two daughters, Beth (Dan) Kimble of Nitro, Barbara (Chris) Conner of Cross Lanes; his three grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Kimble of Lexington, Ky., Seth Joseph Conner and Mia Paige Conner of Cross Lanes; sister-in-law, Anne Anderson of Dunbar; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to CLUMC for their love, prayers, hugs, support, cards, phone calls, meals and many visits by members of the church. In addition to the church, the family wishes to express their appreciation to Hubbard Hospice House medical staff and to his caregivers that were part of his family over the past three years.

Philippians 4:13 – "I can do all things through him who strengthens me."

A celebration of life with family and friends will be held 11 a.m. Mon. May 2, at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Gary Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. Visitation with family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sun. May 1, at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church and one hour prior to the service on Mon. May 2.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in his memory to be made to the American Heart Association 162 Court St., Charleston, WV 25301; American Lung Association-Mid-Atlantic, 2102 Kanawha Blvd E., Charleston, WV 25311; Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, 5320 Frontier Drive, Cross Lanes, WV 25313; or Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

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Ruth E. Ferrell http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029992 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Ruth E. Ferrell, 84, of Nitro, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016 at home after a short illness. Cooke Funeral Home & Crematorium, Nitro, is serving the Ferrell family.

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William Giacomo http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029996 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 William L. Giacomo, 72, of Boomer, died April 28, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House. Bill was born in Cannelton, on November 9, 1943, the son of the late Tas and Virginia Perkins Giacomo.

Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts from West Virginia University. He was a teacher of history and retired from the Fayette County Board of Education after 39 years of service. Bill was a member of the WVU Tech History Department Advisory Board. He also served on the Selective Service Board for many years. Bill was a member of the Carbondale Baptist Church and served as Sunday School Superintendent.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son, William Grant Giacomo; brothers, Jack Giacomo, James Giacomo, and Richard Giacomo; and sister, Patsy Lively.

Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Angel Giacomo; his beloved daughter, Linda Giacomo and significant other, Bill Boesch of Silver Spring, Md.; brother and his wife, Gene and Peggy Giacomo of Cannelton; brothers-in-law, Sam Angel and wife, Traci of North Augusta, S.C., James and wife, Anita Angel of Boomer and Jeff and wife, Laura Angel of Cannelton; sister-in-law and husband, Linda and Frank Carelli, of Corsicana, Texas; brother-in-law, Arthur Lively of Waynesboro, Va.; sister-in-law, Sue Giacomo of Burford, Ga.; several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tues. May 3, at Carbondale Baptist Church, located off Route 60 in Smithers on Cannelton Hollow Road, with Pastor Jeff Floyd and Rev. Ron Eagle officiating. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens at Victor. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at O'Dell Funeral Home in Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bill's memory to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25309.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.odellfuneralhome.com.

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Deborah K. Kersey http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029997 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Deborah Kay Cantrell Kersey, 56, of Hurricane, died April 29, 2016. Service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with visitation two hours prior.

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Ilene Lou Kidd http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029990 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Ilene Lou Kidd, 73, walked through the gates of Heaven to greet her Lord and say hi to her great-grandbabies, Caleb and Haley, on April 30, 2016 in Charleston.

Ilene leaves behind daughters, Terry Cobb and husband, Jackie, of St. Albans and Cindy Cook of St. Albans; grandchildren, Michael, Kristy and Joshua; and the loves of her life, great-grandchildren, Tommy, Dustin, Kendra, Collin, Christopher and Gage.

She will be greatly missed by all who had the honor of knowing her.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pator Marvin Horan officiating. Burial will follow in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

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Phyllis Ann Neely http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029994 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Mrs. Phyllis Ann Neely passed away April 26, 2016. Service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at United Methodist Temple, Beckley, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

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John Tristan Schmidt http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029991 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Tristan died Friday, April 29, 2016 as the result of a motorcycle-vehicle accident on Thursday, April 28, on Route 21 near Given.

Tristan was an accomplished motocross enthusiast, winning many local and regional competitions, and had qualified for a national championship race at the Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

He was a student at WVU Parkersburg extension and was pursuing a degree in the medical field. He was employed at The Community Fitness Center in Ripley and was a member of Young Life Maranatha Fellowship in St. Albans.

He was predeceased by his sister, Kathryn Elizabeth Schmidt; grandmother, Betty Roberts; and great-grandmother, Marie Whitlock Bell.

Tristan is survived by his father, John H. Schmidt (Joyce Wingo); mother, Mary Alice Schmidt; sister, Rachel, and stepsister, Mandy (Dominick) Pellegrin; Kevin Hemsworth, who was like a brother; grandfather, Marvin (Rosemary) Roberts; uncle, Mark Roberts and his daughter, Maria Ann Roberts; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Maranatha Fellowship, 2910 Kanawha Terrance, St. Albans, with Pastor Jamie Wright, Pastor Terry Hogue and Richard Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the church.

The family wishes to thank the emergency services in Jackson County, Jackson General Hospital and wishes to particulary thank the entire trauma service teams at CAMC General Hospital under the direction of Dr. Miguel Matos.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to close family and friends, Tim and Melinda Whitlock, Mary Gomez, Larry Womack and all of Tristan's special group of friends for their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Kathryn and Tristan Memorial Fund at the CAMC Foundation.

Curry Funeral Home is caring for the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.

Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, has been family owned and operated since 1950.

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Eva M. Stephens http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029993 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Eva M. Stephens, 91, formerly of Hurricane, died April 29, 2016 in Monroe, N.C. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the funeral home. A full obituary will appear in the Gazette-Mail later this week.

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Norman Ray Walker http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/OBIT/305029995 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Norman Ray Walker, 79, formerly of Sissonville, entered heaven on Saturday, April 30, 2016 to be with our Lord.

The son of Howard and Ernie Walker of Tuppers Creek, he was a devout Christian, trustee and member of Allens Fork Community Church.

Norman was preceded in death by his loving wife, Norma Jean.

Survivors include his three daughters and two sons, Rebecca L. Lowe and husband, Jeff, of Sissonville, Debra Shamblin and husband, Mark, of Romance, Brenda K. Brooks and husband, Herb, of Sissonville, Norman R. Walker, Jr. of Sissonville and Robert A. Walker of Liberty. He was a proud and loving father and grandfather to a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who love and will dearly miss him.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Allens Fork Community Church, Sissonville, with Adam Lowe officiating. Burial will follow in Sissonville Memorial Gardens, Sissonville.

Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday, also at the church.

The family would like to thank the precious caregivers and staff of Cedar Ridge Nursing Home and Hospice House for their attention and care.

The family will accept online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Walker family.

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Democrat Hillary Clinton making campaign stops in Appalachia http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/GZ01/160509929 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/GZ01/160509929 Mon, 2 May 2016 10:10:51 -0400 ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is making campaign stops in Appalachia this week, starting in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Her campaign says she plans to talk to voters about her ideas to raise incomes for people in overlooked or underserved communities. The region has been economically devastated by the decline in the coal industry.

Stops are scheduled in Ashland, Kentucky, and Williamson, West Virginia, today, with visits in West Virginia and Ohio on Tuesday.

Republicans criticized Clinton for earlier comments that her policies would put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business. Clinton said later she was mistaken and that she is committed to coalfield workers and communities.

Her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, made stops in Charleston on Sunday and is set to attend public events Tuesday in Morehead, Lexington and Louisville.

Get live updates here.

Live Blog Bill Clinton in WV

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Around WV: May 2, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/GZ01/160509930 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/GZ01/160509930 Mon, 2 May 2016 09:03:41 -0400 Erin Beck By Erin Beck In Around West Virginia: Sunday morning alcohol sales in Shepherdstown, a substance abuse treatment facility for Parkersburg, the declining teen birth rate, and more.

n Shepherdstown's city attorney is working on an ordinance allowing restaurants to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings, The Journal reports. During its session, the West Virginia Legislature passed the "brunch bill" allowing counties to put Sunday alcohol sales up for a vote, but Shepherdstown doesn't have to hold a referendum because of the city's home rule status. n Recovery Point of West Virginia is opening a treatment facility for men in Parkersburg, The State Journal reports. The facility will serve between 60 and 100 men.

n While the teen birth rate in West Virginia remains higher than most other states, the rate has been declining over the last two years, MetroNews reports. Dr. Rahul Gupta, Commissioner of DHHR's Bureau for Public Health and State Health Officer, said the rate has declined by about 15 percent.

n Beckley Council members are divided on whether to enact a nondiscrimination ordinance that extends protections to LGBT residents, according to The Register-Herald. Three candidates said they would support a nondiscrimination ordinance and two oppose.

Reach Erin Beck at erin.beck@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5163, Facebook.com/erinbeckwv, or follow @erinbeckwv on Twitter.

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About 2,000 without power in southern West Virginia http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/DM01/160509931 DM01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/DM01/160509931 Mon, 2 May 2016 08:39:29 -0400 Staff reports By Staff reports About 2,000 people are without power in southern West Virginia this morning.

As of about 8:30 a.m., about 2,000 people were without power in several counties, according to the Appalachian Power website. The totals included: McDowell, 925 customers; Fayette, 353 customers; Wayne, 217 customers; Kanawha, 175 customers; Logan, 143 customers; Wyoming, 112 customers; Mingo, 104 customers.

The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a flood watch for several counties about 3 a.m. The flood watch is in effect from 12 p.m. until Tuesday morning. Affected counties include Wayne, Cabell, Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay, McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas and Randolph.

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Last dance: Final performance for Ringling Bros. elephants http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/ARTICLE/160509932 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/ARTICLE/160509932 Mon, 2 May 2016 08:25:10 -0400 By MICHELLE R. SMITH By By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The curtain fell a final time for elephants performing at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as the circus ended a practice that enthralled audiences for two centuries but became caught between animal rights activists' concerns and Americans' shifting views.

Six Asian elephants danced, balanced on each others' backs and sat on their hind legs during their last show in Providence, Rhode Island on Sunday.

"This is a very emotional time for us," Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson told the crowd as the performance came to an end.

He called elephants beloved members of the circus family and thanked the animals for more than 100 years of service.

"We love our girls. Thank you so much for so many years of joy," he said as the elephants left the ring for a final time. "That's history tonight there, ladies and gentlemen, true American icons."

Elephants have been used in the circus in America for more than 200 years. In the early 1800s, Hackaliah Bailey added the elephant "Old Bet" to his circus. P.T. Barnum added the African elephant he named "Jumbo" to "The Greatest Show on Earth" in 1882.

"We came to say farewell to the elephants," said Sheila Oliver, of East Providence, who brought her 4-year-old daughter, Lilliana. "This is her first circus and, unfortunately, it's their last one."

Five elephants also performed earlier Sunday in a Ringling Bros. show in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

The Providence show opened with the national anthem. An elephant carried a performer holding an American flag then stood at attention as the song ended. A few minutes later, six elephants entered the ring, each holding the tail of the one in front of her.

After Sunday's performance, the animals will live at Ringling's 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida, said Alana Feld, executive vice president of Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus. Its herd of 40 Asian elephants, the largest in North America, will continue a breeding program and be used in a pediatric cancer research project.

The Humane Society says more than a dozen circuses in the United States continue to use elephants. But none tour as widely or are as well-known as Ringling Bros.

It's also getting more difficult for circuses to tour with elephants. Dozens of cities have banned the use of bullhooks - used to train elephants - and some states are considering such legislation.

Before Sunday's show, around half a dozen protesters stood outside, including one wearing a lion costume, to protest Ringling's use of animals.

Just as in the Disney movie "Dumbo," elephants in the past have been dressed up as people and trained to do a range of tricks: play baseball, ride bicycles, play musical instruments, wear wedding dresses or dress in mourning clothes, said Ronald B. Tobias, author of the 2013 book "Behemoth: The History of the Elephant in America."

The change at Ringling signifies a shift in Americans' understanding of elephants, Tobias said. People no longer see elephants as circus performers, he said, "but sentient animals that are capable of a full range of human emotions."

Attitudes are shifting about other animals as well. Last month, Sea World announced it would end live orca shows and breeding. Ringling will continue to use animals, Feld said. Sunday's show included horses, lions, tigers, dogs, pigs and other animals.

The Humane Society has called for an end to the breeding program at Ringling's Florida center, and for the company to retire its elephants to one of two accredited sanctuaries, one in California and one in Tennessee, both of which have more than 2,000 acres of land.

Feld said they have the most successful breeding program in North America and have determined they can accommodate the elephants in the space they have. In 2014, Feld Entertainment won more than $25 million in settlements from animal-rights groups, including the Humane Society, over unproven allegations of mistreated elephants.

An announcer told the crowd before Sunday's performance in Providence about the cancer project. Cancer is less common in elephants than humans, and their cells contain 20 copies of a major cancer-suppressing gene, compared with just one copy in humans. A researcher at the University of Utah is working with Ringling to study the elephants' blood cells.

Tobias said as attitudes have changed, people are more interested in seeing elephants in a natural habitat such as a sanctuary, rather than in a circus or zoo.

"I think people will get a lot more satisfaction out of elephants living their real lives than to see them performing as clowns," Tobias said. "It's kind of a new age in our understanding and sympathy and empathy toward elephants."

On the Web:

https://www.facebook.com/RinglingBros/

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A confident Trump seeks knockout of Cruz in Indiana http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/GZ01/160509933 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/GZ01/160509933 Mon, 2 May 2016 08:21:09 -0400 By THOMAS BEAUMONT and JILL COLVIN By By THOMAS BEAUMONT and JILL COLVIN Associated Press

LA PORTE, Ind. (AP) - Back in the part of the country where he last lost to Ted Cruz, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is confidently pushing for a win Tuesday in Indiana that he argues ought to knock the Texas senator out of the race.

Buoyed by a sweep of last week's primary elections along the East Coast, the billionaire businessman appears to have learned a few lessons from his defeat last month to the Texas senator in nearby Wisconsin.
There have been no slip-ups on talk radio in recent days, nor stumbles over issues that matter deeply to Republican voters. Trump arrived in Indianapolis to start campaigning the day after winning his home-state New York primary weeks ago and began spending money on television advertising far sooner than he did in Wisconsin.
Addressing a cheering crowd at a Sunday rally in Terre Haute, the first of four events in Indiana over the final two days before Tuesday's election, Trump bragged: "If we win here, it's over, OK?"
Not quite, as the New York real estate mogul can't win enough delegates Tuesday to clinch the Republican nomination. But after his wins in five states last week, Trump no longer needs to win a majority of the remaining delegates at stake in the remaining primaries to lock up the GOP nomination.
Cruz has no such cushion. Already eliminated from reaching 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright, he desperately needs a victory in Indiana to keep Trump from that number and press ahead with his strategy of claiming the nomination at a contested convention in Cleveland this summer.
"This whole long, wild ride of an election has all culminated with the entire country with its eyes fixed on the state of Indiana," Cruz said Sunday at a late night rally. "The people of this great state, I believe the country is depending on you to pull us back from the brink."
The importance of Indiana for Cruz became evident even before he and fellow underdog John Kasich formed an alliance of sorts, with the Ohio governor agreeing to pull his advertising money from Indiana in exchange for Cruz doing the same in Oregon and New Mexico.
But that strategy, which appeared to unravel even as it was announced, can't help either man with the tens of thousands of Indiana voters who had already cast ballots: early voting began in Indiana three weeks before they hatched their plan.
It also risks alienating those who have yet to vote, said veteran Indiana Republican pollster Christine Matthews. She said that she believes many have continued to vote for Kasich in Indianapolis and in the wealthy suburbs north of the city.
"Indiana voters don't like the idea of a political pact, or being told how to vote," Matthews said. "They don't want to be part of that kind of a strategy."
It's those voters that Cruz needs, argued Pete Seat, a Republican strategist in Indiana whose firm was advising Kasich. He questioned why Cruz was focusing so much effort in blue-collar northern Indiana, where Trump is popular, instead of the voter-rich suburban counties that ring the state capital.
"If I were advising him, I'd tell him you need to be in these doughnut counties," Seat said. "He needs to be more concerned about them, and he's ignoring them."
There are other key differences between Indiana and Wisconsin.
While anti-Trump groups have spent almost $3 million in Indiana and Cruz's campaign has spent $3.4 million on television, Trump has countered with just over $1 million of his own ads - something he didn't do until very late in Wisconsin.
The endorsement of Indiana's Republican governor, Mike Pence, wasn't as robust for Cruz as was that of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. And Trump rolled out his own big name endorsement, former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, before Cruz won over Pence.
Trump was on heels in the final few days before Wisconsin's primary, unable to win over the state's influential conservative talk radio hosts and badly botching a question about abortion in a televised town hall.
In Indiana, Trump heads into Tuesday with all of his usual confidence. He aggressively attacked Cruz on Sunday, suggesting evangelical conservatives have "fallen out of love with him" and mocked his decision to announce former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as his running mate.
"They're like hanging by their fingertips," he said, mimicking Cruz and Kasich: "Don't let me fall! Don't let me fall!"
Trump even let on that he's eager to move on to a likely general election race against Hillary Clinton - or, as Trump continued to call the Democratic front-runner, "Crooked Hillary."
He said the end game of the primary battle with Cruz is "wasting time" that he could otherwise be spending raising money for Republicans running for the Senate.
"It would be nice to have the Republican Party come together," Trump told supporters in Fort Wayne. "With that being said, I think I'll win anyway."
Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire in Terre Haute, Indiana, and Julie Bykowicz Washington contributed to this report.
Follow Thomas Beaumont and Jill Colvin on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/tombeaumont and http://twitter.com/colvinj

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Readers' Vent: May 2, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/GZ01/160509934 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/GZ01/160509934 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 On Saturday when I was at Wal-Mart, the gentleman behind me in line paid for my groceries stating that he tries to do a good deed monthly. I thank him so much and I will see if I can pass this on.

Napoleon v. Wellington. Lee v. Grant. Hatfield v. McCoy. Rommel v. Patton. Kennedy v. Nixon. I predict the coming fight of Hillary v. Trump will be another epic historical struggle.

I've called the city several times about a neighbor who has yet to cut their grass and it's over a foot tall now. The owner probably doesn't care what happens in this neighborhood. Requests like this should be taken care of.

I got my South Charleston sanitary bill today - ouch. It was $2.48 from completely doubling. Thanks a lot.

I'm a retired coal miner and UMWA member and I never dreamed that they would endorse a coal operator to be governor of this state.

What has happened to Jennifer McAndrews?

If you want to get acquainted with the real Jim Justice, let him owe you money or work for him.

It was rather presumptuous of Ted Cruz to announce a running mate. He's not even a front-runner for the RNC candidacy. He just made a fool of himself.

Mr. Mayor, please leave Main Street in Hurricane alone. If we only need out-of-towners to come and drink beer let them stay in their own city and do it.

Hate Trump as much as you want but thinking about it, he's the last chance we have for making America great.

So Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as his running mate? It seems to me like that's a little bit too late and desperate.

Bill Cole - exactly what freedoms has our president taken from us? Name one.

I'm not the biggest economic person but could someone please explain to me how the price of gasoline can go up six cents in six weeks and 40 cents retail in the same time period? I don't understand.

I think if Booth Goodwin doesn't make governor then he should go back as the prosecutor and bring charges against Jim Justice for not paying his taxes.

It seems to me like somebody working for the state should have their head on the chopping block. As bad as a situation as the state is in at the current time and dropping a local company from the state for an out of state bid sounds like someone is getting a kickback to me.

I do not believe Hillary Clinton would be the best for West Virginia since she has lied about Benghazi and everything else.

People should be in church on Sunday mornings instead of sitting in a bar drinking at 10 a.m.

I live on Spencer Street in South Charleston and we need our street paved badly. I have called several times and they say it's not on the list. It's like we don't pay taxes and we get nothing.

How can Beth Walker promise to bring jobs to WV? What does the Supreme Court have to do with jobs? Perhaps she should tell us her plans before we vote.

It was not Hillary Clinton that called West Virginia the other Virginia - it was a reporter. Hillary never said it. I'm not voting for her and I have no reason to defend her but she really didn't say that so you should check that out.

In regards to the governor's race - why should anyone in their right mind vote for Jim Justice who doesn't pay his own taxes when this state is already in debt and the counties are broke?

With all these political people receiving money from the rich and famous, anyone with common sense knows that those receiving the money are expected to give something back in return. The rich and famous always get what they want.

Can anybody tell me where you can buy elastic to place in your clothes? Everything you buy has elastic but you can't find the elastic to replace it when it's gone. Please help.

I wonder if Jim Justice would front me some tickets to the Greenbrier Classic with the understanding that I'll pay for the tickets when I feel like paying. He might. That's the philosophy he uses in his world.

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Potpourri: Monday, May 2, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/GZ04/160509935 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/GZ04/160509935 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Gone are the days when West Virginia had 2-to-1 Democratic political registration. Now it's about 5-to-3. Official state figures for the current election are: 577,977 Democrats, 374,931 Republicans, 254,265 unaffiliated, 3,241 Libertarian, 1,646 Mountain Party and 30,525 "other." During the past two years, Democrats lost 36,000 while the GOP and independents gained 22,000 each.

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Through the eyes of a child: We know a little boy who says green summer hills are "broccoli."

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The 2016 Legislature decreed that English must be the only language for all West Virginia state functions. Charleston maverick Bettijane Burger wonders if the state must change its Latin motto, Montani Semper Liberi.

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Vote Smart (votesmart.org) is an amazing treasure of facts, biographies and positions about office seekers around the country. It is a great tool for voters to use to make informed decisions. But in a recent email, Vote Smart organizers note that fact-check organizations have found that the greater the lie, the higher a candidate's polling numbers go up; that donations are often used to trash opponents; that most people are not looking for factual information; and that factual information does not change many people's minds.

"Our political culture is shifting course on a galactic scale right in front of our slackened jaws," they write.

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The most affordable U.S. water systems are owned publicly and run by government, writes Ben Norton in Salon online magazine. For-profit private water companies charge 58 percent more than publicly owned ones, according to a report by Food & Water Watch, which surveyed the 500 largest community water systems. The average public water utility in the country charged $316.20 for 60,000 gallons a year, while the average private, for-profit water company charged $500.96. The report lists American Water in the Kanawha Valley as the 10th most expensive surveyed, charging $710.63 for 60,000 gallons, about an annual bill.

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Letter: Religious freedom or political correctness? http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/DM04/160509945 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/DM04/160509945 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400

This obvious question needs to be asked about the contentious debate of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Is our religious freedom being impeded by political correctness?

The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion or impeding the free exercise of religion. The Founding Fathers believed religious liberty to be so fundamental that they grouped it with freedom of speech, press and assembly.

Many states enacted similar laws after the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

The bill would have protected clerics from government action if they refused to perform marriages or sacraments that conflicted with their beliefs. It also protected their hiring practices, the use of their property or services in violation of their beliefs.

How have "supposedly" well-intended people, championing policies to encourage diversity and inclusion, morphed this law into political correctness? Just when did the freedom to follow ones religious beliefs in daily life become discriminatory? Where is the acceptance and inclusion of people of faith?

Has political correctness trumped our First Amendment rights? Maybe that is the question the Charleston Newspapers should be asking our prospective political candidates about RFRA and why they do or don't support the First Amendment.

Clairmont L. Smith

Charleston

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George Will: In case of Trump nomination, break glass http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/DM04/160509946 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/DM04/160509946 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun.

Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party's history. These collaborationists will render themselves ineligible to participate in the party's reconstruction.

Ted Cruz's announcement of his preferred running mate has enhanced the nomination process by giving voters pertinent information.

They already know the only important thing about Trump's choice: His running mate will be unqualified for high office because he or she will think Trump is qualified.

Hillary Clinton's optimal running mate might be Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a pro-labor populist whose selection would be balm for the bruised feelings of Bernie Sanders' legions.

Running mates rarely matter as electoral factors: In 2000, Al Gore got 43.2 percent of the North Carolina vote. In 2004, John Kerry, trying to improve upon Gore's total there, ran with North Carolina Sen. John Edwards but received 43.6 percent. If, however, Brown were to help deliver Ohio for Clinton, the Republican path to 270 electoral votes would be narrower than a needle's eye.

Republican voters, particularly in Indiana and California, can, by supporting Cruz, make the Republican convention a deliberative body rather than one that merely ratifies decisions made elsewhere, some of them six months earlier.

A convention's sovereign duty is to choose a plausible nominee who has a reasonable chance to win, not to passively affirm the will of a mere plurality of voters recorded episodically in a protracted process.

Trump would be the most unpopular nominee ever, unable to even come close to Mitt Romney's insufficient support among women, minorities and young people.

In losing disastrously, Trump probably would create down-ballot carnage sufficient to end even Republican control of the House. Ticket splitting is becoming rare in polarized America: In 2012, only 5.7 percent of voters supported a presidential candidate and a congressional candidate of opposite parties.

At least half a dozen Republican senators seeking re-election and Senate aspirants can hope to win if the person at the top of the Republican ticket loses their state by, say, only four points, but not if he loses by 10.

A Democratic Senate probably would guarantee a Supreme Court with a liberal cast for a generation. If Clinton is inaugurated next Jan. 20, Merrick Garland probably will already be on the court - confirmed in a lame duck Senate session - and justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer will be 83, 80 and 78, respectively.

The minority of people who pay close attention to politics includes those who define an ideal political outcome and pursue it, and those who focus on the worst possible outcome and strive to avoid it.

The former experience the excitements of utopianism, the latter settle for prudence's mild pleasure of avoiding disappointed dreams. Both sensibilities have their uses, but this is a time for prudence, which demands the prevention of a Trump presidency.

Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states - condign punishment for his comprehensive disdain for conservative essentials, including the manners and grace that should lubricate the nation's civic life.

Second, conservatives can try to save from the anti-Trump undertow as many senators, representatives, governors and state legislators as possible.

It was 32 years after Jimmy Carter won 50.1 percent in 1976 that a Democrat won half the popular vote. Barack Obama won only 52.9 percent and then 51.1 percent, but only three Democrats - Andrew Jackson (twice), Franklin Roosevelt (four times) and Lyndon Johnson - have won more than 53 percent.

Trump probably would make Clinton the fourth, and he would be a tonic for her party, undoing the extraordinary damage (13 Senate seats, 69 House seats, 11 governorships, 913 state legislative seats) Obama has done.

If Trump is nominated, Republicans working to purge him and his manner from public life will reap the considerable satisfaction of preserving the identity of their 162-year-old party while working to see that they forgo only four years of the enjoyment of executive power.

Six times since 1945 a party has tried, and five times failed, to secure a third consecutive presidential term. The one success - the Republicans' 1988 election of George H.W. Bush - produced a one-term president. If Clinton gives her party its first 12 consecutive White House years since 1945, Republicans can help Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, or someone else who has honorably recoiled from Trump, confine her to a single term.

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Letter: Daily Mail gets Court endorsement wrong http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/DM04/160509947 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160502/DM04/160509947 Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400

I am writing concerning your recent editorial position endorsing Beth Walker or alternatively Brent Benjamin for justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court ("Walker needed as Supreme Court Justice," April 22).

You point out that Walker in an interview with MetroNews stated that she "will be a justice who is fair and impartial and decide cases based on the law, pure and simple." However, merely stating a fact does not necessarily make it true.

In her recent television advertisements, Walker specifically indicates a prior bias concerning certain criminal cases. Her statement clearly demonstrates a lack of "fairness and impartiality" with respect to matters which could be brought before the court.

With regard to your secondary endorsement, you credit Benjamin with creation of the state's "business court." However, WV Code §51-2-15 which enabled creation of the specialized court to handle highly technical commercial issues was passed by the legislature in 2010. Benjamin's role was merely to comply with the legislative directive.

Interestingly, one of the sponsors of that bill was another candidate, William R. Wooton, a better choice for justice than either of the two your paper has endorsed.

Your editorial position is correct in one respect: One of the most important decisions voters will make in the primary election this year will be the choice of Justice to the West Virginia Supreme Court. However, both of your choices as to who among the candidates running is the best suited to hold that position is clearly wrong.

David T. Kennedy III

Charleston

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