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Fox News host Laura Ingraham told viewers that if they had “heard or read” somewhere that her interview with President Donald Trump held up the start of services to honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, it is “patently false” and “fake news.”

Thing is, they heard it from the president. During his interview with Ingraham. In Normandy.

Trump said he was holding the ceremony up, but he made time for Ingraham, “because it’s you.”

Trump could have been joking, or lying. In a more rational time, it wouldn’t have mattered.

But when the president’s own media machine, Fox, tells viewers not to believe things they heard in an interview from the president on that network, the country has truly reached a baffling state of affairs. It’s hard to know what to make of all this, but is ironic that Ingraham may have used the phrase “fake news” accurately for the first time, in unwittingly referring to her own show.

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Someone in the West Virginia GOP might want to put Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Republican Gov. Jim Justice in a room and play War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” on a loop.

The acrimony between the two was on display again Thursday night when Justice, at a public meeting in Mineral Wells, bashed Carmichael for wanting to bring charter schools into the state in the “Student Success Act,” a bill that passed the Senate in special session after the similar education omnibus bill failed during the regular session. A separate bill also would allow education savings accounts, which use public funds for private education or homeschooling.

To be clear, we agree with Justice that the new bill is trouble, as it is less restrictive on charters and has a section that is clearly directed at punishing public teachers, school personnel and their unions for standing up for themselves twice in the past two years.

At the same time, Carmichael’s retort that the governor doesn’t generally understand the effort of the legislative process and typically arrives at the last minute to either shift blame or take credit for whatever is happening isn’t without truth.

Gov. Justice said Carmichael is “imploding” the GOP-controlled West Virginia Senate. Carmichael’s seemingly deaf ear to constituents backs that claim, but Justice also makes the state party as a whole look disorganized. Prepare for more fireworks leading up to the special session in June, when the House of Delegates, which killed the original omnibus bill, gets a crack at the SSA.

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For the first time, a state lottery winner has used a relatively new law that allows those who win $1 million or more to remain anonymous, according to a report from The Associated Press.

The claimant won $2 million in the multi-state Mega Millions drawing. The winning ticket was sold at a truck stop in Sutton. The winner did allow lottery officials to say they are not a West Virginia resident. If the person wishes to remain anonymous, best not drive that new Lamborghini with out-of-state tags in the Sutton area.

Funerals for Today June 18, 2019

Anderson, Jewell - Noon, Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Barker, Lorena - 11 a.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Barnette, Alice - 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Field, Nancy - 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Fields, Norma - 6 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Garnes, James - 2 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Johnson, Roy - 6 p.m., Ward Church of God, Cedar Grove.

Karnes, Sherri - 5 p.m., St. Timothy in the Valley Episcopal Church, Hurricane.

Nichols, Ethel Pauline - 1 p.m., Wilson-Smith Funeral Home.

Rayburn, Sandra - 11 a.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane. 

Thomas, Tony - noon, 305 B McDonald Ave, South Charleston.

Weaver, Charles - Noon, Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.