#BREAKING: Raleigh County assistant superintendent dies suddenly

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY)- Raleigh County assistant superintendent Randy Adkins has suddenly passed away.

Superintendent David Price confirmed to WOAY that Adkins passed away suddenly yesterday, but did confirm his death was not related to COVID-19. WOAY sends their condolences to the Adkins family.

This is a developing story, stick with WOAY for more updates. 

Gov. Justice changes school color code map by adding another color

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Jim Justice gives an update on the school color code map.

“If you’re a county with 11 [cases of infection per 100,000], and you were in the orange color code that went all the way from 10 to 25, how can that county be looked at, in my opinion, the same county, as a county that may be at 22?” asked Gov. Justice in a press briefing this morning. “The difference is so dramatic that we need a change.”

Gov. Jim Justice says a new color code, gold, will be added to the school color code map, which will land between yellow and orange colors.

The gold color means that face masks will be required for grades 3 through 12.  No assemblies or large gatherings will be allowed if your county is in the gold color.

Green color will be cases of 3 or fewer per 100,000 cases.

Yellow color will be cases 3.1-9.9 per 100,000 cases

Gold color will be cases of 10-14.9 per 100,000 cases

Orange color will be cases of 15-24.9 per 100,000 cases

Red color will be cases of 25 or more per 100,000 cases.

Under the new color code system, Fayette, Boone, Logan, Mingo, and Putnam counties are now in the gold color, which would allow students to attend schools in-person, but with limitations.  Kanawha and Monroe counties would be in orange.

The previous color code map was green, yellow, orange, and red.  Schools in the orange and red are currently not permitted to have in-person classes.

Stay with WOAY News for further updates on this developing story. 

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Princeton HS

Coronavirus in West Virginia

MERCER COUNTY, WV (WOAY)- Today, September 4, 2020, a positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed at Princeton High School.

Students and staff known to be exposed have been quarantined. The Mercer County Health Department will conduct further contact tracing. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas will be completed.

NBA playoff games called off amid player protest

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA (AP) – All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, with players around the league choosing to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice.

Called off: Games between Milwaukee and Orlando, Houston and Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland. The NBA said all three games would be rescheduled, yet did not say when.

The dramatic series of moves began when the Bucks — the NBA’s team from Wisconsin, a state rocked in recent days by the shooting by police officers of Jacob Blake, a Black man — didn’t take the floor for their playoff game against the Magic. The teams were set to begin Game 5 of their series shortly after 4 p.m., with the Bucks needing a win to advance to the second round.

“Some things are bigger than basketball,” Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted. “The stand taken today by the players and (the organization) shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.”

There are three other playoff games scheduled Thursday. It was unclear if they would be affected. Several NBA players, including LeBron James, tweeted out messages demanding change and the Boston Celtics’ official Twitter account did the same.

Mullens native Mike D’Antoni is the head coach for the Houston Rockets. They were scheduled to play Game 5 of their first-round matchup with Oklahoma City Wednesday, with the series tied 2-2.