www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: January 23, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/OBIT01/301239989 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/OBIT01/301239989 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Adam, Juanita 2 p.m., Cunningham Memorial Park Lower Mausoleum, St. Albans

Austin, Lona Jane 1 p.m., Wilson

Ballard, Ruth 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, Whitesville.

Beckett, Patricia 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Casto, C. Elaine 1 p.m., Ripley Baptist Temple, Ripley.

Cox, Randy 1 p.m., Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Crawford, Robert "Alex" Noon, Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Duncan, Donald 2 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Dunlap, Donald Ray 2 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Dunn, James 6 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Garretson, Jennifer 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Sanford, Sylvia 1 p.m., Rainelle First Baptist Church, Rainelle.

Webb, Linda 1 p.m., Akers

Wriston, Charles 11 a.m., Mossy Living Word Church, Scarbro.

Debra Cantrell http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/OBIT/301239992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/OBIT/301239992 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Debra Lynn Cantrell, 57, of Weston, formerly of Clendenin, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at United Hospital Center Bridgeport, W.Va., after a short illness.

She was the daughter of the late Mayford "Pake" Francis Cantrell and Katie Delores Salisbury Cantrell. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Larry Cantrell.

Debra is survived by daughter, Shannon Kile; brothers, Steve Cantrell and Kevin Cantrell; grandson, Hunter.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, at Matics Funeral Home with Pastor Ronald Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Martha Mullins Cemetery, Clendenin.

Online condolences may be expressed at maticsfuneralhome.com.

William Cooke, Jr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/OBIT/301239998 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/OBIT/301239998 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 William Latimer Cooke, Jr. 83, of Charleston, West Virginia, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2017, at his home. Bill Cooke will best be remembered as the gentleman proprietor of Latimer's Ltd., and a successful small businessman who helped his customers for decades with a new suit, a fine tie, and a kind word. Bill was born in Charleston, February 11, 1933. He attended Philips Academy at Andover ('51) and Williams College ('55).

Bill began his career in sales at WCHS, and later learned the art of haberdashery at Frankenberger's Department Store. Bill opened Latimer's Ltd. in 1969 in downtown Charleston. He was joined at Latimer's by his wife, Ann, and together they worked tirelessly as a thoughtful team to take care of their customers, their employees, and their community for 23 years.

In addition to his work in retail, Bill served as a Director at Boxley Materials Company, as a Director of Charleston Renaissance Corporation and the Charleston Downtown Association, and as an active member of numerous civic organizations, including the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, the Charleston Rotary Club, and Edgewood Country Club. With Charleston Renaissance and the Downtown Association, Bill was a leader in the redevelopment of the Village District encompassing Capitol, Quarrier, Hale, Lee and Summers Streets following the opening of the Charleston Town Center. He and Ann also adopted, redesigned and maintained the garden at the corner of Quarrier and Dickinson Streets in memory of their son, Will. Together, he and Ann were instrumental in bringing competitive bicycle racing to downtown with the Charleston Downtown Criterium. Many knew Bill as an avid runner, completing many more Charleston Distance Runs than all of the rest of his immediate and extended family members combined.

Bill was an active, life-long member of St. John's Episcopal Church. He was a kind husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. At Latimer's, you could count on seeing Bill each morning, rain or shine, sweeping the store front on Quarrier Street, and greeting all who passed with a smile. He welcomed the Latimer's shopper as well as anyone else who might need a warm drink on a cold day.

Bill was preceded in death by parents, William Latimer Cooke and Sally Ann Boxley Cooke; his loving wife of 48 years, Ann Clancy Cooke; son, William Latimer Cooke, IV; and daughter, Laura Clancy Cooke.

Bill is survived by brother, James Boxley Cooke and his wife, Jane Menge Cooke of Baltimore, Maryland; his sister, Sally Ann Meek and her husband, John Burgess Meek of Norfolk, Virginia; son, Andrew Boxley Cooke and his wife, Marjorie Havighurst Cooke; and his grandchildren, William Canfield Cooke and Hayden Latimer Cooke; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. The family of Bill Cooke wishes to thank his tremendous caregivers including Teresa Walker, Sumer Moffatt, Whitney Brester, Brandy Bailey, Marva Crouch, Dorothy Newell, and the nursing staff of Hospice Care.

A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held 2 p.m., January 28, 2017, in Charleston, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier Street. The Reverend Marquita L. Hutchens will officiate. Condolences may be sent to www.barlowbonsall.com. Arrangements are being handled by Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home.

Dorothy Davis http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/OBIT/301239994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/OBIT/301239994 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Dorothy Jean Davis, 74, of Point Pleasant, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, January 27, at the Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant. Friends can visit the family from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday.

Donald Duncan http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/OBIT/301239995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/OBIT/301239995 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Donald Duncan, 78, of Point Pleasant, passed away January 20, 2017. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, January 23, at the Deal Funeral Home, in Point Pleasant. Friends may visit the family from noon until 2 p.m. on Monday, at the funeral home.

WVU women's basketball climbs two spots in AP poll http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0201/170129823 GZ0201 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0201/170129823 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:32:27 -0500 Staff report By Staff report The West Virginia women's basketball team climbed a couple of places in the Associated Press sports writers top 25 poll, released Monday afternoon. The Mountaineers, after a 1-1 week, moved from No. 24 to No. 22.

WVU (15-5, 3-5 Big 12) opened the week Wednesday with a 62-51 win at Kansas. The Mountaineers fell to No. 2 Baylor on Saturday, but kept things close in a 79-73 decision. West Virginia had lost to the Bears, 91-56, earlier this year.

Connecticut, which extended its NCAA record winning streak to 93 games last week, remained at No. 1, while Baylor remained at No. 2. Other Big 12 entrants in the poll include No. 12 Texas, No. 20 Oklahoma and No. 25 Kansas State.

Trump moves to pull US out of Pacific-Rim trade deal http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0101/170129824 GZ0101 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0101/170129824 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:13:06 -0500 By JULIE PACE and JILL COLVIN The Associated Press By By JULIE PACE and JILL COLVIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact Monday, fulfilling a campaign promise as he began his first full week in office.

"Great thing for the American worker that we just did," Trump said as he signed a notice in the Oval Office.

The president also signed memorandums freezing most federal government hiring, though he noted an exception for the military, and reinstating a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option. The regulation, known as the "Mexico City Policy," has been a political volleyball, instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic ones since 1984.

Following a tumultuous first weekend in office - consumed by Trump's criticism of the media's inauguration coverage followed by pushback against his comments - the president was seeking to refocus on the sweeping, yet often vague, promises he made as a candidate. He campaigned as a fierce opponent of multilateral trade agreements, particularly the 12-nation Pacific Rim deal agreed to by President Barack Obama.

Earlier Monday, Trump huddled with business leaders and warned that he would impose a "substantial border tax" on companies that move their manufacturing out of the United States. He also promised tax advantages to companies that produce products domestically.

"All you have to do is stay," he said during a meeting in the White House's Roosevelt Room.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin were among the executives who attended the meeting. The gathering kicked off a jam-packed day for the new president, including an evening reception with lawmakers from both parties and a sit-down with union leaders.

Trump ran for office pledging to overhaul U.S. trade policy, arguing that massive free-trade agreements have disadvantaged American workers. Since winning the White House, he's aggressively called out companies that have moved factories overseas, vowing to slap taxes on products they then try to sell in the U.S.

"Some people say that's not free trade, but we don't have free trade now," Trump said Monday.

The president also reiterated his campaign pledge to lower taxes for companies, as well as the middle class, "anywhere from 15 to 25 percent." He also called for cutting 75 percent of federal regulations - and insisted that doing so would not compromise worker safety.

Monday's developments came after a first weekend in the White House that included lambasting news organizations for correctly reporting on the size of the crowds at his inauguration and mass protests against his presidency on the following day.

Trump delivered a more unifying message Sunday and sought to reassure Americans he was up to the daunting task ahead.

Speaking in the White House East Room during a swearing-in ceremony for top aides, the president warned his staff of the challenges.

"But with the faith in each other and the faith in God, we will get the job done," he said. "We will prove worthy of this moment in history. And I think it may very well be a great moment in history."

Trump said his staff was in the White House not to "help ourselves" but to "devote ourselves to the national good."

"This is not about party, this is not about ideology. This is about country, our country. It's about serving the American people," he said.

Earlier Sunday, Trump offered a scattershot response to the sweeping post-inauguration protests, first sarcastically denigrating the public opposition and then defending the right to demonstrate a short time later.

"Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly," Trump tweeted. Ninety-five minutes later, he struck a more conciliatory tone.

"Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views," the president tweeted, still using his personal account.

Trump also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accepted an invitation to visit the White House in early February. The prime minister said he is hoping to forge a "common vision" with the newly inaugurated U.S. president that could include expanded Israeli settlement construction and a tougher policy toward Iran.

Trump also announced that he's set up meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

"We're going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA," he said of his meeting with Pena Nieto. Mexico is part of the free trade agreement with the U.S. and Canada. Trump said he also will discuss immigration and security at the border. He has promised to build a wall along the length of the southern U.S. border and insisted that Mexico will pay for it.

Later in the week, he'll address congressional Republicans at their retreat in Philadelphia and meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May.


Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire and Lisa Lerer contributed to this report.

Rubio to back Tillerson for secretary of state http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0101/170129825 GZ0101 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0101/170129825 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:31:47 -0500 By ERICA WERNER The Associated Press By By ERICA WERNER The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that he will support President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of state despite reservations about the former Exxon Mobil CEO as the Republican lawmaker backed away from any challenge to the new president.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Florida senator and former GOP presidential rival to Trump said he was troubled by Rex Tillerson's refusal to acknowledge that Russian President Vladimir Putin has committed war crimes in Syria.

"Despite his extensive experience in Russia and his personal relationship with many of its leaders, he claimed he did not have sufficient information to determine whether Putin and his cronies were responsible for ordering the murder of countless dissidents, journalists and political opponents," Rubio said of Tillerson. "He indicated he would support sanctions on Putin for meddling in our elections only if they met the impossible condition that they not affect U.S. businesses operating in Russia."

But the lawmaker said a president is entitled to significant deference in assembling his Cabinet.

"Despite my reservations, I will support Mr. Tillerson's nomination in committee and in the full Senate," Rubio said.

The statement came just hours before the Foreign Relations Committee was slated to meet and vote on Tillerson's nomination. Rubio's support virtually assures that the nominee will sail through the committee and win full Senate confirmation.

The nomination got a boost on Sunday after two influential Republican senators - John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina - offered tepid endorsements of the former Exxon Mobil chief.

Rubio, whom Trump defeated for the GOP presidential nomination last year, clashed with Tillerson at a committee hearing earlier this month. Rubio bridled at his refusal to label Putin a "war criminal" or condemn human rights violations in Saudi Arabia and the Philippines in strong enough terms. He chided Tillerson over the need for "moral clarity."

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the committee's top Democrat, said in a statement Monday he won't vote for Tillerson. Cardin said he based his opposition on Tillerson's unwillingness to call Russia and Syria's atrocities war crimes, or to describe Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's extrajudicial killings as gross human rights violations.

Cardin also said Tillerson misled the committee about Exxon's lobbying against the sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Tillerson himself refused to respond to questions about Rubio's opposition as he traversed the Capitol on Friday after attending Trump's inauguration. His long record of doing oil deals in Russia and his questioning of the U.S. sanctions have provoked concerns from Democrats and some Republicans over his selection.

Further roiling the debate is U.S. intelligence's assessment that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.


Associated Press writer Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.

UPDATE: WVU men's basketball falls to No. 18 in AP, coaches polls http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0201/170129826 GZ0201 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0201/170129826 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:18:50 -0500 Staff report By Staff report Two losses last week sent the West Virginia University men's basketball team plummeting out of the top 10 of both the Associated Press sports writers USA Today coaches top 25 polls.

In the latest polls released Monday, WVU fell to No. 18 in both. The Mountaineers were tied for seventh with Creighton in last week's AP poll and were ranked No. 8 in last week's coaches poll.

WVU's slide came at the hands of Oklahoma and Kansas State. The Mountaineers dropped an overtime game to the Sooners, 89-87, on Wednesday at the Coliseum. On Saturday, West Virginia went up by 12 points, then fell behind by 11, then climbed back into the game to ultimately fall to the Wildcats, 79-75, in Manhattan, Kansas. WVU is now 3-3 in its last six games.

The Mountaineers (15-4, 4-3 Big 12) will still face the coaches poll's No. 1 and AP poll's No. 2 team Tuesday night in Morgantown. Kansas remained in the second spot behind No. 1 Villanova in the AP poll and maintained the top spot in the coaches poll. That Mountaineers-Jayhawks clash is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off on ESPN.

One person dead in Huntington house fire http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0118/170129827 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0118/170129827 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:57:02 -0500 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Firefighters found one person dead while responding to a blaze at a vacant Huntington house.

Huntington Interim Fire Chief Jan Rader tells local media that a passerby noticed the flames shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire shooting from the second floor of the two-story house.

When firefighters took hoses inside the house and up the stairs, Rader says they found one person dead at the top of the steps.

There was no indication that anyone else was in the house.

Rader says the house had been unoccupied for at least five years. Investigators found drug paraphernalia inside the house.

The name of the victim hasn't been released. The state fire marshal and Huntington police are continuing to investigate the incident.

Man bites another man's ear off during argument about Trump http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0101/170129828 GZ0101 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0101/170129828 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:51:37 -0500 By JOE MANDAK The Associated Press By By JOE MANDAK The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a man bit the ear off another man in Pittsburgh as they argued about President Donald Trump.

The 30-year-old victim was bitten at his apartment at around 6:45 a.m. Monday in the city's East Liberty neighborhood after a verbal argument turned physical. He ran to a gas station for help.

Police spokeswoman Emily Schaffer says she isn't able to say whether the victim supported Trump or opposed him.

The victim's ear was recovered by police in the apartment. Police say he was taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in stable condition.

Police say they know who bit the man's ear and are searching for him. They wouldn't give his name.

Marshall to hold training on active shooter response http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0114/170129829 GZ0114 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0114/170129829 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:35:00 -0500 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Marshall University is conducting three training sessions this month on responding to an active shooter.

The university says director of public safety Jim Terry and director of health and safety Tracy Smith will conduct hour-long sessions Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Those in attendance will receive a flipchart that provides emergency response references.

Monday's session will be shown and archived at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream.

Around WV: Jan. 23, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0119/170129830 GZ0119 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0119/170129830 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:30:13 -0500 Erin Beck By Erin Beck In Around West Virginia: racist graffiti, money spent on childcare in the state, and the women's march.

n Shepherd University police are investigating after racist graffiti was found on campus property, The Journal reports. The university president, Mary Hendrix, released a statement Friday saying that "hate speech poses a clear challenge to (the) university's core values."

n The think tank New America and Care.com found that West Virginia parents spend a larger portion of their paychecks on childcare than any other state, West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports. The reports says that 45 percents of parents' budgets is spent on childcare.

n Adelina Lancianese writes for The Register-Herald about her experience in Washington, D.C., for the women's march on Saturday. She writes about how strangers became friends by sharing granola bars and reading signs, and how "frustration and jubilation intermingle(d) in the air."

"They'll take down the signs," she wrote. "But they will never erase our presence.

"Tonight, I'll also erase the March's traces on my body. I will pop my blisters. I will shower away the sweat and the glitter. I will tuck my crumpled sign under my bed as I tuck myself in. But I will never erase my presence."

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

Rafael Nadal beats Gael Monfils to reach 30th Grand Slam quarterfinal http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0210/170129831 GZ0210 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0210/170129831 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:25:27 -0500 By John Pye The Associated Press By By John Pye The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal beat sixth-seeded Gael Monfils in four sets Monday to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 30th time, prompting talk of a potential Australian Open final against Roger Federer.

The veterans have a long way to go to get there.

For the 30-year-old Nadal, his first priority is against No. 3-seeded Milos Raonic.

With No. 1-ranked Andy Murray and No. 2 Novak Djokovic - the two most consistent performers in the last six years at Melbourne Park - upset in the first week, Wimbledon finalist Raonic is the highest-ranked player in the draw.

He advanced to the last eight here for third straight year with a 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut.

Nadal is the only major winner still in contention on the bottom half of the draw, although he hasn't added to his tally of 14 majors since the capturing the French Open in 2014.

Federer, in the top half of the draw, plays Mischa Zverev on Tuesday, and would have to beat him and either Stan Wawrinka or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - the other quarterfinalists playing Tuesday - to advance to the final.

Nadal's 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over U.S. Open semifinalist Monfils in the fourth round was his first over a top 10 player at a Grand Slam since that run to his last title at Roland Garros. It also ended a four-match streak against top 10 players.

"Being in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam after couple of years not being there is very special for me," said Nadal, who last progressed this far at the 2015 French Open.

It also showed that after a couple of months off to rest his injured left-wrist, he is still a contender at the majors. He hasn't won an Australian title since 2009.

He went up a break early in the first two sets, had his chances in the third before Monfils rallied, and then traded breaks in the fourth before breaking the acrobatic Frenchman to win. Overall, he converted six of 17 break-point chances.

Raonic hit 33 aces and 75 winners but had nine double-faults and 55 unforced errors, and seemed to get on a roll after spiking his racket into the court in frustration in the ninth game of the third set.

In the other quarter, No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov closed with an ace to hold off No. 117 wild-card entry Denis Istomin 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-1. Istomin, who upset six-time champion Novak Djokovic in the second round, needed repeated treatment on his tiring legs in the third and fourth sets.

He will next play No. 11 David Goffin, a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-2 winner of No. 8 Dominic Thiem.

Serena Williams kept her bid for an Open-era record 23rd major title on track with a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 16-seeded Barbora Strycova to reach the quarterfinals here for the 11th time.

Despite four service breaks - two in the first four games - and 46 unforced errors, and with the fluky net cord and the off-balance, scrunched-shouldered backhand that bounced flatly and clinched her the first set on her eighth set point, she ground down Strycova.

"It's good to know I have a Plan B, or Option 2. I wasn't serving my greatest today, also she was putting a lot of returns in there," said Williams, who had a first-serve percentage of 45, and made four double-faults. "I feel like it was really good for me to win on probably not my best day, which is always good, because sometimes you rely on one shot and if it goes off, and then, like, what happens now?

"It was really good for me to almost lose that so I know my other game is going pretty good, too."

Next up, she'll face 2016 semifinalist Johanna Konta, who beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-4.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1999 as a 17-year-old and, after a long, difficult time off the tour, she has returned to the quarterfinals of a major for the first time since.

She beat U.S. qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2 and will next play U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, who ended Australia's involvement in the singles draws with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Daria Gavrilova.

Whatever comes of it, the 34-year-old Lucic-Baroni said she'd make the most of the moment.

"I felt kind of a little bit of unfinished business," she said. "I still wanted to play on a stage like this, on a full court like this. Come out, play, have these wins, be in a quarterfinal of a Slam."

Mom-to-be inspired to make a change after years of smoking http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ05/170129832 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ05/170129832 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:06:55 -0500 Anna Taylor By Anna Taylor Gina Gray leaned back and forth in her chair and rubbed the right side of her stomach.

“She's just rolling,” she said, tired but happy, her voice a whisper after fighting an extensive stomach virus.

Pregnant for the third time, Gray rocked her unborn child.

She thinks it's a girl, based on the results of her latest ultrasound.

The baby, Laila, is due in June.

“We like to sing 'Layla,'” she said as she danced her fingers over her tummy, swayed in her chair and sang part of the refrain made famous by Eric Clapton.

Gray, 37, has lots of reasons to sing. She's engaged, for one.

“He did good,” she said proudly, looking at the silver-band diamond ring that claimed her finger.

And Laila is more than just a new bundle of joy for the couple and their combined three other children to meet in a few months. She's also another chance for Gray.

“I was convinced I could never have any more kids,” she said.

Now, through a new program, health workers in Kanawha and Putnam Counties hope they can give other expectant mothers like Gray the strength they need to make positive life changes and gain a better chance at having their own healthy babies.

According to the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women who quit smoking have a lower risk of having premature and low-birth weight babies. By not smoking, expecting mothers are less likely to have a miscarriage or to have babies with birth defects. In addition, by quitting, mothers can breathe more easily, have more energy, save money and reduce their risk of cancer.

Though she didn't realize the risks she took when pregnant the first two times, Gray isn't taking the risk again.

Few things, she added, could be more important.

“I think it should be a law for pregnant women to not smoke,” Gray said.

As an only child, Gray has always wanted siblings. Since she never had them herself, she wants her firstborn, Alexander, 9, to have someone to be close to and to protect.

Until recently, though, she hadn't had much luck. And, while it's not clear there's a connection to her smoking, she recognizes the dangers.

Although her parents, Nana and other family and friends smoked cigarettes as she grew up, it wasn't until she was 18 and a rebellious college student that she started the habit herself. From there, the mix of tobacco, nicotine and toxic chemicals in the cigarettes influenced her financial, health and social behaviors every day.

Even as a young adult, Gray said, she was never really comfortable as a smoker. She would never smoke cigarettes inside buildings or even in her car. Standing outside Kroger with a glowing cigarette between her fingers embarrassed her.

The odor that lingered on her clothes, in her hair and on her breath left unwanted evidence of the guilty habit she couldn't quit.

Her days were planned around each cigarette break.

She spent at least $5 every day — $150 per month — on cigarettes. If cash was sparse or nonexistent, Gray counted pennies to feed the addiction. If buying a fresh pack of cigarettes wasn't an option, Gray would pick up a previously smoked one on the ground. Even one drag would satisfy.

“If it came down to me having a pack of cigarettes or having McDonald's, I'd figure out how I could get him some fries and still get me a pack of cigarettes,” she said. “That's horrible, but it's the truth.”

The news of being pregnant with Alexander was enough to briefly change her intake, but not enough to nip it in the bud.

When she got pregnant the first time, she was smoking “like a pack a day probably,” she said.

She quickly brought the number down to about three cigarettes per day.

“But I never did quit. I never wanted to. I liked my cigarette break,” she said

At 4 pounds 6 ounces, Alexander came into Gray's world 34 weeks into her pregnancy. Despite his premature birth and her high blood pressure during pregnancy, she still didn't stop smoking.

“I've tried to go to vape, because in my world that was fine, but it didn't work,” she said. “I didn't want it to. I didn't want to quit. That was my vice. That was the only one I had, and I didn't want to take that from me. It was a habit. A very bad habit. I didn't want to quit.”

Gray tried nicotine patches but smoked while wearing them. She considered Chantix, a smoking cessation aid, but she didn't want to quit badly enough. She once quit cold turkey but almost immediately picked the habit back up.

“I think it's something you have to want,” she said. “It's just like anything else. If you don't want to do it, you ain't going to do it.”

Though she and her son's father tried to get pregnant again, it never worked out, and the relationship eventually ended.

When she and Anthony Morris found out they were pregnant last year, she did what she had done before: cut down to two or three cigarettes a day.

At 9 a.m. June 7, she went to her doctor with aggravating cramps. She and her baby checked out fine, she said.

“Me and my son both got to hear the heartbeat again,” she said.

By noon, her cramping wasn't easing up as she attended a Boy Scouts event with her son.

“I told my mom I was going to the ER, but had to use the bathroom first,” she said.

Gray felt a gush as she walked to the bathroom. At 16 weeks of pregnancy, her water had broken. She quickly delivered the baby, stillborn, and held it in her hands, devastated.

“God had a plan for that baby. Everything happens for a reason,” she said.

She thought she had done everything right, but her next medical appointment offered a clue about what might have gone wrong.

“My doctor said, 'Your lungs look horrible,'” she said. “He said 'You have to quit smoking. You have to.'”

This wasn't news to Gray, who is 37.

She could feel the consequences of her long nicotine addiction in every irritated breath as she climbed stairs, played with her son or danced. But nicotine is a powerfully addictive substance, and she quickly went back to smoking her daily pack.

A few months later, somewhere around September, her cigarettes started to taste bad, and she finally figured out why: she was pregnant again. And — give or take a few days — the due date was almost exactly a year after her miscarriage.

She knew she needed to make a change. And she's not alone.

In 2015, there were 2,063 births in Kanawha County, and of that, 475 mothers — or about 24 percent — used tobacco products, according to statistics from the Bureau for Public Health. For Putnam County, 80 mothers of the 594 births that year used tobacco products — about 14 percent.

On the national scale, about 10 percent of expectant mothers use tobacco products.

With so much so clearly at stake this time, Gray found a new level of motivation to quit smoking.

“I was so very excited and a little scared only because of what happened last time,” Gray said. “For God to give me this one, and for this one to be due June 10, just a lot of things factored into me being ready to give it up.”

But that doesn't mean it was easy. Gray smoked her last cigarette in November, ahead of her father's open-heart surgery. Within two weeks of quitting, she said, she felt better, more energized.

The stress from her father's procedure, however, came with a familiar craving.

“I wanted to go smoke a cigarette,” she said. “As soon as I lit it, it stunk. I had to put it out. It was really nasty.”

Around the time she quit, the Kanawha-Charleston and Putnam County health departments kicked off a new Baby and Me Tobacco Free program for expectant mothers like Gray.

The smoking cessation program was created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on pregnant women and newborn mothers and children. Trained facilitators from the health departments provide research-based counseling at Women, Infants, and Children offices in both Kanawha and Putnam counties.

The program includes four pre-natal sessions expectant mothers may attend at any time, plus 12 postpartum ones, for a total of 16 sessions. It follows a curriculum that educates mothers on the chemicals in cigarettes, the effects smoking has on babies, the benefits of quitting and self-management while quitting.

“They come up with an action plan,” Tina Ramirez, director of prevention and wellness for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, said. “What their triggers are, what they can do to [stop those, etc.]”

Because of the added stress that comes after having the baby, the program wants to help the mother's maintain being smoke-free. Mothers in the program must agree to blow into a carbon dioxide monitor each month to demonstrate they are tobacco free, said Ramirez.

“There are red, yellow and green levels on the monitor and they have to be making progress,” she said.

The incentive for progress is a $25 voucher for diapers for six months to a year after giving birth. The vouchers can be used for any diaper brand or size at Wal-Mart.

Gray said she's still nervous as she carries Laila, based on her history, but she can't wait to meet her in a few months.

The journey has been difficult for her, she said, but giving Alexander a sibling will be worth it.

When she wakes up most mornings, she's still hungry for a smoke, but Gray has disciplined her mind enough now to not think about the craving.

She still takes occasional smoke breaks outside but doesn't smoke. Instead, she will sit on the porch, listen to music and sometimes eat a Popsicle.

“For the first two weeks, I held a cigarette,” she said. “I didn't light it, but I held it. I just wanted to hold it and look at it. It was the thing that controlled my entire life.”

Expecting mothers who smoke may participate in the Baby & Me Tobacco Free program in Kanawha or Putnam counties. Mothers do not have to be in the WIC program to participate.

Classes are held from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday at the Kanawha County WIC offices, located at 4188 Washington St., W, in Charleston. Classes also are available from 1 to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays at the Putnam County WIC offices.

For information on joining the program, contact Ramirez at 304-348-6493. Ramirez said having at least 150 moms participate in the program's first year is the goal.

Reach Anna Taylor at


304-348-4881 or follow

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Yeager Airport terminal reopened after grenade found in baggage http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0118/170129833 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0118/170129833 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:59:55 -0500 Rick Steelhammer By Rick Steelhammer The Transportation Security Administration's screening area at Charleston's Yeager Airport was briefly emptied this morning, and inbound and outbound air traffic was temporarily halted, after TSA officers found what appeared to be a hand grenade in a passenger's carry-on bag.

The grenade turned out to have been either a deactivated weapon or a realistic replica, according to airport spokesman Mike Plante.

The suspicious carry-on item was detected at 9:20 a.m., and the man who allegedly brought it to the airport, John Gregg Goodykoontz, 61, of Bridgeport, was detained as the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad examined the device.

As the examination was taking place, departing passengers waiting to pass through the screening gate were moved back to the ticketing lobby and baggage claim area as a safety precaution, while passengers who had already cleared security were moved to a boarding area a safe distance from the gate, Plante said.

Airplanes that had been boarded by passengers at the time of the incident were not allowed to depart until the incident had been cleared.

Plante said a speedy response to the TSA's detection of the grenade by the Kanawha sheriff's bomb squad and deputies and Yeager Airport Police allowed the incident to be cleared within 25 minutes.

"Hopefully, no one missed their flights or connections," he said.

Goodykoontz received a misdemeanor citation for violating Yeager Airport regulations by allegedly attempting to carry a prohibited item into the sterile area of the airport and for violating state law by transporting or possessing a hoax bomb, Plante said.

Attempting to carry deactivated or replica hand grenades on commercial U.S. flights is also a violation of TSA rules.

Plante said Monday's incident marked the first time in his 12-year affiliation with Yeager that an inert hand grenade had been by security screeners at the Charleston airport.

Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelhammer@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5169 or follow @rsteelhammer on Twitter.

Trump's White House is ringed by 'swamp' denizens despite his pledge http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0101/170129834 GZ0101 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0101/170129834 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:33:53 -0500 By JULIE BYKOWICZ The Associated Press By By JULIE BYKOWICZ The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Mike Pence has returned to Washington. So has his closest political ally, Bill Smith.

Smith spent a dozen years as Pence's chief of staff while the current vice president was a congressman and later Indiana governor. He's expanding his lobbying practice into the nation's capital now that Donald Trump and Pence hold the White House. In a photo on his firm's website, Smith and Pence are seen huddling in close consultation on an airplane. "It's a new world," the site declares.

The "new world" of Trump's Washington was supposed to be one with fewer Bill Smiths. But the lobbyists, consultants and ex-government officials who make their living selling their influence aren't dissuaded by that piece of Trump's agenda.

Former campaign aides and other associates, like many before them, are setting up shop in Washington, eager to trade on their connections. This migration happens anytime a new president comes to town. Still, it demonstrates the uncomfortable reality Trump faces if he is serious about his promises to "drain the swamp" of those who use their ties to public officials to make "a fortune."

It also belies a reality of such perennial promises to clean up Washington: No one, even those knee-deep in it, considers himself or herself to be part of "the swamp."

Smith said his experience with Pence will prove valuable to clients and that it makes sense for those already with relationships to help shape the new Washington. Smith works with technology, defense, energy and insurance companies, among others.

Does that mean he's part of what Trump described as the swamp?

"It's really up to him to determine what's in the swamp and what's not," Smith said. He said he senses among government relations types "a desire to be sensitive to the desires of the new administration when it comes to how they want to interact."

The Trump campaign was far smaller and newer to politics than most, meaning those who have not gone into the administration are in hot demand by companies and industry groups hoping to make inroads with the new president.

Scott Mason, who was Trump's chief liaison to the House through the campaign and transition, joined the government affairs firm Holland & Knight as a senior policy adviser this month.

"There's that Trump campaign bond that'll be beneficial to me, to Holland & Knight and ultimately to our clients," Mason said. He's not worried about how his old boss will feel about his new job.

"There's the red-meat rhetoric, and there's the reality, and President Trump has an extraordinarily good grasp of both," he said. "I think he will come to realize that the government affairs professionals add value and add perspective - an important perspective."

Indeed, neither Trump nor top advisers has condemned any of the former Trump team members' spin through the revolving door of Washington.

Trump's communications aides did not respond to requests for comment.

Lobbyists and trade groups were banned from contributing to the inauguration. But judging by the swarms of influencers who made appearances at official events this week, the new White House isn't eager to wage an immediate war.

Trump's first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and campaign adviser Barry Bennett hung out their lobby-shop's shingle just down the road from the White House. Their budding firm Avenue Strategies says it has already has signed clients, including the incoming governor of Puerto Rico.

Lewandowski eagerly promotes his ties to Trump. "I had the privilege of sitting on the President's Platform to witness the swearing in of @realDonaldTrump as POTUS. What an amazing day!" Lewandowski wrote on Twitter.

Trump also gave prime access to Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, who contributed more than $20 million to the presidential race in its closing weeks. The Adelsons were front and center during the swearing-in, and then they dined with the new president and lawmakers at a congressional lunch that is usually reserved for family, lawmakers and their spouses, and other dignitaries.

When the business of the Trump presidency begins on Monday, the Trump-tinged lobby world will be ready.

One-time Trump national political director Jim Murphy recently joined the firm BakerHostetler as a senior adviser for federal policy. Trump's former campaign national field director, Stuart Jolly, signed on as president of Sonoran Policy Group and has already helped connect the firm's clients, including the New Zealand embassy, with new administration.

Jolly, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, said confidence in his own character - which he described as not swamp-like at all - leaves him with no qualms about his work in the influence industry.

"I'm still me," Jolly said.

Some inside Trump's White House also have close ties to the government relations world that Trump derided during the campaign.

Communications aide Hope Hicks's father, Paul Hicks, is a managing director in the New York office of the Glover Park Group, a strategic communications firm with a large Washington presence. White House press secretary Sean Spicer's wife, Rebecca Spicer, has spent a decade with the influential trade group National Beer Wholesalers Association, serving as its chief communications officer.

Two of Trump's most senior campaign and transition advisers, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have their own tightly entwined histories of government service and high-paying jobs leveraging that experience.

Gingrich immediately followed up his two decades in the House by helping to connect paying clients to his former colleagues. He's not taking a job in the Trump administration but says he will provide Trump strategic advice.

Giuliani also will work as an unpaid adviser to Trump, leading his efforts on cybersecurity for the private sector. The role appears to mirror his paid gigs, as chairman of global cybersecurity practice at Greenberg Traurig and chairman and chief executive officer of security consulting firm Giuliani Partners.

He's keeping those day jobs.


Associated Press writer Brian Slodysko in Indianapolis contributed to this report.

Convicted sex offender killed at Mount Olive http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0118/170129835 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0118/170129835 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:25:10 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports An inmate at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex was killed Sunday evening, apparently by other inmates.

Eugene Robert Anderson, 66, was apparently assaulted by one or more inmates, according to a news release from the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Anderson was killed around 6 p.m. Sunday in an outdoor recreation area. Authorities recovered a makeshift weapon, department spokesman Lawrence Messina said in the release.

Messina said Mount Olive, which is in Fayette County and is the state's only maximum-security prison, was immediately placed on lockdown.

No one has been charged. State Police are investigating.

Anderson, a former professor at Marietta College, across the Ohio River from Parkersburg, was serving sentences imposed in Kanawha and Wood counties for multiple sexual offenses involving children. He was not due to be considered for release until the year 2148.

In December 2015, Anderson asked Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman to hand down the maximum sentence of 60 to 200 years when he pleaded guilty to 10 counts of sexual abuse and eight counts of third-degree sexual assault. He admitted to sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy in the 1990s. Kaufman agreed to hand down the maximum sentence.

Anderson was already serving a more-than 80-year prison sentence given by a Wood County judge in 2003, after Anderson pleaded guilty to 17 counts of possession of child pornography and six counts of persuading minors to film sexually explicit conduct. He also was sentenced to more than 70 years in prison by a judge in Washington County, Ohio, on other child pornography charges.

Anderson told the Kanawha judge he wouldn't be getting out of prison anyway, but wanted to do time as penance for the two victims. "Out of all the things I've been convicted of, none of it concerned those two," he said. "There has been no justice for them."

According to Anderson's lawyer at the trial, Anderson waited until his ex-wife died so as not to cause her more pain, then admitted he abused the two boys to a State Police trooper at Mount Olive.

Winter tornadoes and other storms cause deaths in South http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0113/170129836 GZ0113 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0113/170129836 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:16:52 -0500 By JAY REEVES and BRENDAN FARRINGTON The Associated Press By By JAY REEVES and BRENDAN FARRINGTON The Associated Press ADEL, Ga. (AP) - A vast storm system that kicked up apparent tornadoes, shredded mobile homes and left other destruction scattered around the Southeast has claimed at least 19 lives during its two-day assault on the region.

Authorities said Monday at least 15 deaths occurred in south Georgia alone, including seven from an apparent winter twister that tore through a trailer park before dawn Sunday. Authorities reported four deaths Saturday in Mississippi as the storm system ramped up. It was so big parts of it threatened the Carolinas and north Florida.

In southwest Georgia, Bridget Simmons along with her parents, her daughter and her grandson were in their brick home in the city of Albany when the sky got dark Sunday afternoon and the wind began to howl.

"I was in the den and I heard that loud roar and I grabbed the baby and I said, 'Let's go guys. This is it.' We laid down and that was it." The wind was so loud, she added, "you could hear it beating back and forth."

Minutes later, their home was largely unscathed, save for a carport that collapsed atop two cars. But trees were down all around, police sirens wailed and authorities would add four more deaths for an overall count of at least 19. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler said early Monday that a total of four people died in the county that includes Albany on Sunday, increasing the total in south Georgia to 15.

Some 60 miles away from Simmons' home, Coroner Tim Purvis in south Georgia's Cook County confirmed seven people died at the mobile home park in the rural community of Adel, where about half of the 40 homes were leveled. Debris lay about not far from mobile homes largely untouched but emptied of survivors and cordoned off by police.

Elsewhere, shredded siding from mobile homes, a house stripped of exterior walls but left standing, even a piano blown outdoors, all bore evidence of the power of the powerful storms system that tore across the Deep South.

The 15 killed in south Georgia included two deaths each in the counties of Berrien and Brooks.

In South Carolina, the National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes struck over the weekend, injuring one woman who was trapped in a mobile home that was damaged near Blackville. The weather service says a tornado touched down about 3:45 p.m. Saturday in Barnwell County and moved into Bamberg County. The other occurred in Orangeburg County a few minutes later.

Weather experts say tornadoes can hit any time of year in the South - including in the dead of winter. Even north Florida was under the weekend weather threat.

While the central U.S. has a fairly defined tornado season - the spring - the risk of tornadoes "never really goes to zero" for most of the year in the Southeast, explained Patrick Marsh of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

He said 39 possible tornadoes were reported across the Southeast from early Saturday into Sunday evening - none immediately confirmed. Of that, 30 were reported in Georgia, four in Mississippi, and one each in Louisiana and South Carolina.

January tornado outbreaks are rare but not unprecedented, particularly in the South. Data from the Storm Prediction Center shows that, over the past decade, the nation has seen an average of 38 tornadoes in January, ranging from a high of 84 in 2008 to just four in 2014.

Nineteen-year-old Jenny Bullard said she and her parents, Jeff and Carla, are glad to have escaped without major injury after an apparent tornado battered their home in Cook County. They are a farming family dating back generations, living not far from where the mobile homes were destroyed.

The middle section of their brick house was blown off the slab, leaving nothing but the kitchen island standing. On one side, the parents' bedroom remained intact. Jenny's bedroom on the other side was smashed in - and a piano was blown out of the house.

She recalled awaking to the sound of hail before dawn.

"The hall wall came in on me and I fell down. And our backdoor came through and fell in on me. And I heard my dad calling my name ...There was a bunch of stuff on top of him and I just started throwing everything I could until I got to him," she said.

Together, she and her father met up with their mother and got free.

The young woman wore a sling on one arm hours afterward Sunday as she went back through the debris for belongings. Bricks lay scattered about, alongside their possessions and furniture.

"The first thing I wanted to do was get all the pictures," she said. Across the street, where the Bullards kept farm equipment in sheds, one shed was blown in amid twisted metal. Two grain silos were blown over.

"It's a horrible tragedy. But all this stuff can be replaced," she said. "We can't replace each other. We're extremely lucky. My dad is lucky to be alive."


Reeves reported from Albany, Georgia, and Farrington from Adel, Georgia. Associated Press writers Russ Bynum in Savannah, Georgia; Justin Juozapavicius in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Bill Cormier in Atlanta contributed to this report.

Trump begins first week in office with outreach http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0101/170129837 GZ0101 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170123/GZ0101/170129837 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:41:26 -0500 By JILL COLVIN The Associated Press By By JILL COLVIN The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is set to meet with congressional leaders from both parties to discuss his agenda, as he enters his first official week in the White House and works to begin delivering on his ambitious campaign promises.

Trump has said that he considers Monday to be his first real day in office. And he's packing it with meetings that suggest he's keeping an open ear.

"Busy week planned with a heavy focus on jobs and national security," Trump tweeted early Monday. "Top executives coming in at 9:00 A.M. to talk manufacturing in America."

There's a breakfast and what the White House calls a listening session with business leaders in the morning; another listening session with union leaders and workers in the afternoon; and a reception later on with the members of Congress he'll need on board to overhaul the nation's health care system, among other goals. He'll also hold his first meeting as president with the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

The outreach effort comes after a tumultuous first weekend in the White House that included lambasting news organizations for correctly reporting on the size of the crowds at his inauguration and mass protests against his presidency on the following day.

Trump delivered a more unifying message Sunday and sought to reassure Americans he was up to the daunting task ahead.

Speaking in the White House East Room during a swearing-in ceremony for top aides, the president warned his staff of the challenges ahead but declared he believed they were ready.

"But with the faith in each other and the faith in God, we will get the job done," he said. "We will prove worthy of this moment in history. And I think it may very well be a great moment in history."

Trump said his staff was in the White House not to "help ourselves" but to "devote ourselves to the national good."

"This is not about party, this is not about ideology. This is about country, our country. It's about serving the American people," he said.

Earlier Sunday, Trump offered a scattershot response to the sweeping post-inauguration protests, first sarcastically denigrating the public opposition and then defending the right to demonstrate a short time later.

"Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly," Trump tweeted early Sunday morning. Ninety-five minutes later, he struck a more conciliatory tone.

"Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views," the president tweeted, still using his personal account.

Trump also spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accepted an invitation to visit the White House in early February. The prime minister said he is hoping to forge a "common vision" with the newly inaugurated U.S. president that could include expanded settlement construction and a tougher policy toward Iran.

Trump also announced that he's set up meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

"We're going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA," he said of his meeting with Pena Nieto. Mexico is part of the free trade agreement with the U.S. and Canada. Trump said he also will discuss immigration and security at the border. He has promised to build a wall along the length of the southern border and insisted that Mexico will pay for it.

His chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said on "Fox News Sunday" the president would spend his first full week in office undoing some of former President Barack Obama's agenda and planned to sign executive orders on immigration and trade. Trump planned to sign some executive orders on Monday, but it was unclear which.

Trump has pledged to scuttle trade deals such as a pending Asia-Pacific agreement and overturn Obama's executive order deferring deportations for 700,000 people who were brought into the country illegally as minors.

Later in the week, he'll address congressional Republicans at their retreat in Philadelphia and meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May.


Associated Press writers Julie Pace, Jonathan Lemire and Lisa Lerer contributed to this report.