Does being fully vaccinated get you around New York’s travel advisory rules?

For now, the answer appears to be “no,” but several other states are lifting quarantine rules for domestic travelers who have received both doses of the vaccine.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — 2 On Your Side has been getting questions from viewers asking whether receiving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will exempt them from having to follow New York’s COVID-19 travel advisory, which requires testing and quarantine protocols for certain domestic travelers.

Except for certain individuals traveling as essential workers, here is the current Traveler’s Advisory, last updated in early November for any traveler to New York State from a non-contiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 (and higher) country who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York State
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days
  • On day four of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test

For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State
  • However, the traveler must fill out the state’s traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test four days after their arrival in New York

According to a person who answered a call we placed to New York’s COVID-19 hotline on Monday, travelers must still follow the testing and quarantine protocols, even if they have received both doses of vaccine.

What some individuals may find as nonsensical (and even maddening) is that New York is clinging to these rules, even though the governor announced more than a week ago that the state would follow another new set of CDC guidelines pertaining to individuals who have been fully vaccinated.

Those guidelines advise that those who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, need not have to quarantine, even if they are exposed to someone with the virus. 

However, New York still requires you to abide by its quarantine protocols even if you haven’t been exposed, merely because you traveled somewhere. New York is one of only 18 states that still have quarantine requirements for domestic travelers.

And while a number of states, including Vermont, Alaska, and Hawaii have in recent days announced plans to lift restrictions for domestic travelers who have had both doses of the vaccine, there is no word thus far if New York is preparing to do likewise.

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United engine fire grounds Boeing again – this time it’s the 777 jetliner

The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday said a maintenance records group will be formed to investigate the Boeing 777 engine’s history after it failed on United Airlines flight #328 and erupted into flames shortly after takeoff on Saturday.

“Our mission is to understand not only what happened but why it happened so we can keep it from happening again,” NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said at a Monday evening press conference. 

Sumwalt emphasized that the investigation is still in its preliminary stages. Asked whether the particular engine had been inspected after another engine failure on a Southwest Airlines flight in 2018, Sumwalt said that was a question that will be answered pending a maintenance group investigation.


Boeing has recommended that airlines ground all 777s with the type of engine that blew apart after takeoff from Denver this past weekend, and most carriers that fly those planes said they would temporarily pull them from service.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ordered United Airlines to step up inspections of the aircraft after one of its flights made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport on Saturday as pieces of the engine’s casing rained on suburban neighborhoods. None of the 231 passengers or 10 crew were hurt, and the flight landed safely, authorities said. United is among the carriers that has grounded the planes.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson identified the focus on the stepped-up inspections as hollow fan blades unique to the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine model and used solely on Boeing 777s. Dickson’s statement said the conclusion was based on an initial review of safety data and would likely mean grounding some planes.

United Airlines Flight 328 being inspected. 

United Airlines Flight 328 being inspected. 

Boeing said there were 69 of the 777s with the Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines in service and another 59 in storage. The company affirmed they should be grounded until the FAA sets up an inspection regime.

The emergency landing is the latest trouble for Boeing, which saw its 737 Max planes grounded for more than a year after two deadly crashes in 2019 and is suffering amid the huge reduction in air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Max planes began returning to the skies late last year.


Video posted on Twitter from Saturday’s emergency showed the engine fully engulfed in flames as the plane flew. Freeze frames from different video taken by a passenger sitting slightly in front of the engine and also posted on Twitter appeared to show a broken fan blade in the engine.

Passengers, who were headed to Honolulu, said they feared the plane would crash after an explosion and flash of light, while people on the ground saw huge chunks of the aircraft pour down, just missing one home and crushing a truck. The explosion, visible from the ground, left a trail of black smoke in the sky.

The NTSB said that two of the engine’s fan blades were fractured and the remainder of the fan blades “exhibited damage.” But it cautioned that it was too early to draw conclusions about what happened.

United says it will work closely with the FAA and the NTSB “to determine any additional steps that are needed to ensure these aircraft meet our rigorous safety standards and can return to service.”


The NTSB said the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were transported to its lab in Washington so the data can be analyzed. NTSB investigations can take up to a year or longer, although in major cases the agency generally releases some investigative material midway through the process.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Coronavirus news for Feb. 16

Colombia builds inflatable domes for Covid patients amid hospital-bed shortage

A person stands inside a Portable Epidemiological Insulation Unit during a media presentation, in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

Fernando Vergara | AP

Colombian architects have designed portable, inflatable domes so doctors can tend to Covid-19 patients as the country faces a shortage of hospital beds, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The domes are 16-feet wide and can house two patients. They are connected via inflatable hallways and use tubes to circulate the air.

“We wanted to do something to respond to the health emergency the world is going through,” Alex Perez, an architecture professor who led the dome initiative, told the AP. “At the start of the pandemic many health systems collapsed and patients were put in gyms or airport hangars, but the conditions in those places were not always the best.”

“These structures allow you to isolate coronavirus patients, but also keep an eye on them, because they’re transparent,” he said.

Colombia has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Latin America. As of Tuesday afternoon, nearly 2.2 million infections had been reported in Colombia, data from Johns Hopkins University showed.

Fred Imbert

Colombia builds inflatable domes for Covid patients amid hospital-bed shortage

A person stands inside a Portable Epidemiological Insulation Unit during a media presentation, in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

Fernando Vergara | AP

Colombian architects have designed portable, inflatable domes so doctors can tend to Covid-19 patients as the country faces a shortage of hospital beds, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The domes are 16-feet wide and can house two patients. They are connected via inflatable hallways and use tubes to circulate the air.

“We wanted to do something to respond to the health emergency the world is going through,” Alex Perez, an architecture professor who led the dome initiative, told the AP. “At the start of the pandemic many health systems collapsed and patients were put in gyms or airport hangars, but the conditions in those places were not always the best.”

“These structures allow you to isolate coronavirus patients, but also keep an eye on them, because they’re transparent,” he said.

Colombia has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Latin America. As of Tuesday afternoon, nearly 2.2 million infections had been reported in Colombia, data from Johns Hopkins University showed.

Fred Imbert

Democrats move to pass Covid relief before the end of the month

The House is preparing to stay in session through the end of February to pass Democrats’ $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

The party aims to approve its aid bill — likely without any Republican votes — before key unemployment programs expire on March 14. Democrats are pushing the proposal through under budget reconciliation, a process that allows legislation to pass with a simple majority in the Senate.

The House Budget Committee will move in the coming days to combine pieces of legislation drafted by separate panels into one massive bill. Once the full House approves the legislation, it goes to the Senate, which will determine whether the proposal complies with strict budget rules.

The plan as put forward by House Democrats includes $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, a $400 per week unemployment supplement through Aug. 29, $350 billion in state local and tribal aid, and $20 billion for a national Covid-19 vaccination program, among other provisions.

The Senate has one less responsibility to juggle after it completed former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial over the weekend. The chamber fell short of the two-thirds vote needed to convict him of inciting an insurrection against the government.

— Jacob Pramuk

Fauci delays timeline for widespread vaccine availability in the U.S. to May

White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that he expects most Americans will have access to a Covid-19 vaccine by either mid-to-late May or early June. That’s a slight delay compared with his previous forecast of late March or early April

The infectious disease expert said the federal government was expecting “considerably more” initial doses from Johnson & Johnson, which has applied for an emergency authorization in the U.S. However, the New York Times first reported in January that unexpected manufacturing delays would lead to a reduced initial supply of J&J’s drug if given emergency authorization.

“It may take until June, July and August to finally get everybody vaccinated,” Fauci told CNN on Tuesday. “So when you hear about how long it’s going to take to get the overwhelming proportion of the population vaccinated, I don’t think anybody disagrees that that’s going to be well to the end of the summer and we get into the early fall.”

—Noah Higgins-Dunn

Pandemic pushes annual airline passenger traffic to 36-year low

U.S. passenger airlines carried 371 million people in 2020, the fewest since 1984, according to new data from the Department of Transportation.

In December, passenger traffic on U.S. carriers fell 62% from the year earlier to 30.4 million. The annual total was more than 60% lower than in 2019.

Airlines have said they expect weak demand to continue in early 2021 because of persistent Covid-19 cases and a slow rollout of vaccines, but that travel demand will likely perk up in the second half of the year.

Leslie Josephs

Biden extends more relief for homeowners

Young man at home, paying his bills online

AleksandarNakic | E+ | Getty Images

Homeowners struggling amid Covid were offered new relief programs by the Biden administration on Tuesday.

Those with government-backed mortgages will have more time to delay their monthly payments as well as more protection from foreclosure.

Wondering what relief is available and if you qualify? Here’s what we know so far.

–Annie Nova

White House boosts weekly vaccine supply to states to 13.5 million

The Biden administration will send out 13.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine per week to states going forward, up from 11 million last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced Tuesday.

The White House will also double the number of doses sent directly to retail pharmacies, Psaki said, up from 1 million last week. That partnership with pharmaceutical companies began last week, when doses were shipped to 6,500 stores nationwide. Psaki said the administration hopes to eventually expand that program to include 40,000 stores.

The administration has been announcing gradual increases in the amount of vaccine being distributed every week while opening up new distribution channels such as pharmacies, community health centers and federally run vaccination centers. After a slower-than-expected initial rollout of the vaccine, many states now say the lack of supply from the federal government is the biggest constraint.

—Will Feuer

Repeat layoffs have swelled during the pandemic

Repeat layoffs have swelled in recent months, signaling unstable work prospects for many Americans and hinting at deep pain in the labor market.

Almost 2 in 3 workers who began receiving unemployment benefits in October collected them at least one other time since April, according to a new paper by economists at the University of Chicago and JPMorgan Chase Institute.

That may occur if workers were recalled to a job in the summer but were laid off again in the fall, for example. In California, 96% of new unemployment claims from accommodation-and-food-services workers are due to repeat layoffs.

At the same time, continuous long-term unemployment spells are also increasing nationwide.

Greg Iacurci

Quest Diagnostics doubles genetics sequencing to find Covid variants

A Quest Diagnostics requisition form is displayed for a photograph at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Illinois, U.S..

Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Quest Diagnostics said it has doubled the amount of genetic sequencing it’s doing in an effort to track new mutations and variants of the coronavirus.

The company announced last month that it was helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention track new variants of the virus in the U.S. by sequencing more samples from around the country. The company is now sequencing 2,000 samples per week, up from 1,000 per week when the partnership was announced, the company said.

Quest also noted that it continues to expand its testing capacity to provide services to businesses, schools and elsewhere that might want large-scale testing to reopen.

“Although demand for COVID-19 molecular diagnostic testing has recently declined, the spread of more infectious variants and loosening of restrictions in certain parts of the country could lead to another surge of cases,” Quest said in a statement. “Moreover, COVID-19 testing continues to play a significant role in pandemic response.”

—Will Feuer

Moderna expects to deliver 100 million doses by end of March, full 300 million in July

A Moderna (COVID-19) vaccine is seen at the LA Mission homeless shelter on Skid Row, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 10, 2021.

Lucy Nicholson | Reuters

Moderna expects to deliver 100 million doses of its two-shot coronavirus vaccine to the U.S. government by end of March, according to an update from the company.

The company will supply an additional 100 million doses by the end of May and complete its agreement with the U.S. for 300 million doses by the end of July, it said.

The update comes after President Joe Biden said Thursday that his administration had secured deals with Pfizer and Moderna for another 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, bringing the U.S. total to 600 million. Because the vaccines require two doses, a total of 600 million doses would be enough to inoculate 300 million Americans.

Moderna has supplied 45.4 million doses of its vaccine to the U.S. so far.

—Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

Vaccine rollout is the key to everything global markets and the economy this year, strategist says

Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors, tells CNBC the vaccination data is so important because it will give us an indication as to when global economies can reopen, and when we can see the recovery everyone is expecting.

Presidents Day holiday boosts air travel, but passenger counts are still short of last year

The Presidents Day holiday drew more air travelers, with Transportation Security Administration airport screenings topping 1 million a day on Thursday and Friday, the most since the start of January.

Despite the uptick, screening volumes are still less than half of last year’s levels as the pandemic continues to depress air travel demand.

Southwest Airlines said leisure demand has improved in February from January and that it expects even more of an uptick in March from this month, warning that business travel and bookings, in general, are still depressed.

The carrier expects its operating revenue this month to be down 65% to 70% from last year, compared with an earlier forecast of sales down as much as 75% year-over-year. It forecast March revenue down 20% to 30%, compared with last year with capacity off 15%.

Leslie Josephs

New Orleans shuts down bars for Mardi Gras

The Kraken house float, on Memphis St., in Lakeview, is one of thousands in the New Orleans area decorated in celebration of Mardi Gras in Louisiana, U.S., February 7, 2021.

Kathleen Flynn | Reuters

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell closed all bars in the city from the Friday before Mardi Gras through Fat Tuesday itself, citing coronavirus-related concerns, NBC News reported.

Cantrell said on Feb. 5 that liquor sales wouldn’t be allowed in the French Quarter, even from liquor stores, and to-go beverages were banned during the five days. According to NBC News, parades and large gatherings were already prohibited, and masks and social distancing are required.

“We had already purchased all of our food and drink supplies … and we had the rug pulled out from under us at the last minute,” said Beaux Church, director of Café Lafitte in Exile, Good Friends Bar and Rawhide 2010. “All of the bar owners would have been much better off with at least two weeks’ notice.”

Officials said the restrictions are necessary to avoid a repeat of Mardi Gras 2020, which attracted over a million people to New Orleans to celebrate Carnival and unknowingly contributed to the outbreak and caused the city’s hospitals to reach capacity, NBC News reported.

Some residents enjoyed this year’s celebrations by creating extravagant house floats to replace the usual parade floats, reports CNBC’s Rich Mendez and Adam Jeffery.

—Melodie Warner 

House Democrats may vote on Covid relief bill this month

CNBC’s Ylan Mui reports Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes the House can get the bill for a coronavirus stimulus package done by the end of the month.

CVS earnings top expectations as it plays bigger role with Covid vaccines

CVS Health‘s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings topped Wall Street’s expectations as the drugstore chain plays a bigger role with the nationwide rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.

The drugstore chain said it has administered about 15 million tests nationwide. It’s also given more than 3 million Covid vaccines in over 40,000 long-term care facilities. The drugstore chain and its competitor, Walgreens, struck a deal with the federal government to provide shots to staff and residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Same-store sales grew 5.3% during the three-month period compared with a year earlier. They jumped by 7.5% in the pharmacy division, as prescription volume rose, but were down by 1.8% in the front of store, as customers skipped visits and did not need to buy as much flu and cold medication during the pandemic.

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Game Preview: vs. Iowa State

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball (7-11, 3-9 Big 12) returns to Allen Fieldhouse to host Iowa State (13-8, 9-5 Big 12) Wednesday, Feb. 17 on the Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

The Jayhawks last played at Kansas State Feb. 13, dropping the final edition of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown, 77-66. Mia Vuksic led the charge for Kansas finishing 8-for-14 from the three-point line, tying program marks in three-point field goals made and attempted. Her 24 points were a career high.

Joining Vuksic on the offensive attack was Holly Kersgieter, who registered her 15th game this season in double-digit points. Kersgieter finished with 22 points, tying her Big 12 highs in field goals made (9).

After falling behind early, and scoring only 18 points in the first half, the Jayhawks stormed out of the gates in the second half. KU tallied 27 points in the third quarter on 53 percent shooting from the floor. Kersgieter rattled in 12 points in the third, while Brooklyn Mitchell scored eight.

Despite the Jayhawks closing the gap to 10 points, Kansas State held on to take the victory. The two instate rivals split the 2020-21 Dillons Sunflower Showdown with each winning in their home venues.

Iowa State enters the midweek clash 13-8 overall and 9-5 in Big 12 play. The Cyclones are led by Ashley Joens, who averages a team-best 23.6 points per game. Joens is also the team leader with 8.9 rebounds per game, while snagging 22 steals. The duo of Lexi Donarski (12.7) and Kristin Scott (10.9) each average double-figure points with Donarski joining Joens as the only two Cyclones to have topped 250 points this season. Iowa State has five players that have started 20-or-more games this season, including Joens, Donarski and Ryan that have started every game.

The Cyclones last played Feb. 13 against TCU, beating the Horned Frogs 92-81. Donarski led ISU with 32 points, and went 10-for-14 from the floor. Joens (22 points) and Scott (17) each reached double-digit points in the victory. ISU have won two of its last five games, including a victory over Texas Tech.

The Jayhawks travel to Texas Tech to play the Red Raiders Saturday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.

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White House warns immigrants against travel as new Border Patrol numbers show arrivals are edging upwards

A controversial immigration policy left over from the Trump presidency has resulted in immigrants being quickly removed from the U.S. more than 450,000 times since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, and the White House is warning migrants that they should not travel to the U.S.

And the number of migrant families caught at the southern border rose to 7,260 in January from an average of about 4,500 in the first three months of this fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported on Wednesday night.

Both figures highlight the policy dilemma now before the Biden administration as it tries to reverse some of the measures made by the Trump administration. If the Biden team changes policies too quickly, it could result in a fresh spike of desperate immigrants and asylum-seekers like 2019.

“Now is not the time to come,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a Wednesday news conference. “The vast majority of people will be turned away. Asylum processes at the border will not occur immediately.”

For now, migrants seeking asylum will still face the same hurdles put in place by the Trump administration. About 28,000 were waiting in Mexico for their day in immigration court under former President Donald Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols, commonly known as Remain in Mexico. In Matamoros, across from Brownsville, about 1,000 asylum seekers have lived there for months, some for more than a year in a squalid tent camp.

Rapid expulsions

Under Title 42, the removals are known as “expulsions” and aren’t considered deportations, which would allow an immigrant to make a case to stay in the U.S. before an immigration judge. The Trump administration said the emergency measures were needed to protect the health of U.S. citizens and of the migrants who couldn’t be socially distanced in the tight confines of Border Patrol holding areas.

At the ACLU, which sued the Trump administration numerous times over its policies, attorney Lee Gelernt urged the Biden administration to make a strong pivot against rapid returns, known as expulsions under Title 42.

“While we recognize that the Biden administration has been saddled with a lot of bad policy and structural problems, it cannot continue the Trump administration practice of turning away people in danger based on illegal policies, such as the notorious and pretextual Title 42 policy.”

Critics of Title 42 have noted that while unauthorized immigrants and asylum seekers are being routinely rounded up and expelled at the border under Title 42, an emergency pandemic order named for its place in the federal code, routine trade and medical traffic has continued at U.S,-Mexico checkpoints.

Medical and human rights groups have pushed back hard on the targeted use of the measures and say people can be screened for COVID-19 like others who move across the border.

They also say Title 42′s use end-runs the due process of the U.S. immigration court system. And many people expelled by Title 42 are also believed to be immediately attempting new crossings into the U.S.

“It really shows the urgency of doing away with the policies Trump left behind and the difficulty of setting up the infrastructure for the migrants,” said Adam Isacson, a security analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America.

Infrastructure would include creating adequate processing facilities for CBP, staffing up to do the processing and expanding COVID testing, he said.

Migrant families

Although Title 42 has led to the rapid expulsion of most immigrants and asylum seekers, a small increase has been reported in the number of migrant families that are being allowed into the U.S.

Isacson has kept a steady watch on migrant families arriving along the border, traveling through Mexico toward the U.S. The number of individuals in migrant families — 7,260 in January 2021 — is far lower than in 2019 when 10,000 were coming in a week. “If they say they have gotten hundreds in the last week, that’s not that much,” Isacson said.

Overall, January showed an increase of 6 percent over the previous month when Title 42 expulsions and regular apprehensions were combined.

Advocates and authorities are concerned about the rising numbers.

This week, in Donna, near McAllen, a climate-controlled tent camp was reopened by CBP for immigrant families. The temporary tent camp expands processing capacity in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest region for the U.S. Border Patrol.

Shelters and nonprofits in the Rio Grande Valley have seen a small increase in the number of migrant families released into the area. In Brownsville, for example, two nonprofits greet about 50 persons daily, bringing them hygiene kits and meals, after they are dropped off at a bus station there.

Nonprofits along migrant trails from Honduras to U.S. say shelters are filling up again as asylum seekers and immigrants head north because economies are suffering due to the pandemic, people are still feeling the effects of two recent hurricanes, and the new Biden administration has given them new hope that they would be welcomed in the U.S.

At the Good Neighbor Settlement House in Brownsville, staff is bracing to help more desperate families — a task complicated because of the pandemic. In the past, immigrant families were allowed to bathe and eat at their nonprofit. No longer.

“When we started noticing that McAllen got the first 150 persons [in families] we knew we had to be prepared,” said Belinda Bradford, the assistant director at the Good Neighbor Settlement House. Sighing, Bradford said migration is “unhealthy. It is causing a lot of trauma to children.”

The election of a new president friendlier to immigrants sparked a journey north for Gustavo Sanchez, the father of five young children. He left his central Mexican state of Guanajuato late last year for a job making bleachers in North Texas. He never made it. He was deported through Laredo last week, and expelled into a cartel-controlled area of northern Mexico.

He told his wife not to wire him money to get home because of cartel lookouts. Instead, he hitchhiked some 500 miles south.

Now, Sanchez would just like to get back his Mexican identification card and $200 in pesos he had with him when he was caught, he said by phone Wednesday.

“When I left [Texas immigration officials] said they didn’t have them, and said they sent them to Mexico,” Sanchez said.

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Cats Travel to Eastern Washington

WHO:           Montana State at Eastern Washington
WHEN:         Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 @ 7:05 p.m. (MST)
WHERE:       Cheney, Wash. – Reese Court (5,000)
RECORDS:    Montana St.: 11-5, 8-2; E. Wash.: 6-11, 5-7
SERIES:         Montana State leads 47-43; Streak: MSU W3
LAST MTG:  Feb. 8, 2020 @MSU 79, E. Washington 47
RADIO:         Live on My 103.5 KZMY FM with Mark Martello on the call; pregame begins 15-minutes prior to opening tip.
VIDEO:          Montana State’s game at Eastern Washington on Thursday night can be seen on Pluto TV – channel 1053.
ON A ROLL:  The Bobcats will look to extend its current six-game win streak when it plays a weekend series at Eastern Washington on Thursday and Saturday in Cheney, Wash. Montana State will face the Eagles, Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:05 p.m. (MT) at Reese Court. MSU and EWU will conclude the series on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 1:05 p.m. (MT).
BOBCAT PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Sophomore Darian White was named the Bobcat Player of the Week for her efforts as Montana State swept Weber State in Worthington Arena last weekend. The Boise, Idaho product averaged a team-best 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals, while averaging just 19.3 minutes of action. Additionally, White shot 62% from the field, connected on 4-of-6 from long distance and shot 77.8% at the line. She had her best offensive game on Thursday with 17 points, shooting 60% from the floor and 75% from the stripe.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING:  The Bobcats strength this season has been its balance and depth. Of the 15 players that have seen action this season, twelve have posted at least one double-figure scoring game. Darian White leads the team with 14 double-digit scoring games, followed by Tori Martell (9), and Gabby Mocchi (6).
THE SCOUTING REPORT:  Eastern Washington – The Eagles enter Thursday’s contest 6-11 overall and 5-7 in Big Sky Conference play. Last weekend, Eastern Washington dropped a pair of games to Idaho, losing 79-69 in Cheney, and 85-56 in Moscow.  In its Thursday night loss to the Vandals, EWU was led by Grace Kirscher with 24 points. The 6-0 junior forward from Sandpoint, Idaho connected on 10-of-17 from the field, including three 3-pointers. Aaliyah Alexander and Maisie Burnham were also in double-digits with 16 and 10 points, respectively. On Saturday, Burnham posted 14 points and Kirscher 10 to pace EWU. On the season, four Eagles average double-figures led by Burnham (14.4 ppg), Alexander (11.9 ppg), Kennedy Dickie (11.6 ppg) and Kirscher (11.1 ppg). Under the boards, Eastern Washington is led by Dickie and Burnham, who average 5.9 and 5.8 rebounds per game, respectively. EWU is under the leadership of Wendy Schuller, the longest tenured coach in the Big Sky Conference, who is in her 20th season in Cheney.
PRESEASON ACCOLADES: Montana State sophomore Darian White was named to the preseason all-Big Sky team voted on by BSC head coaches and media members. White, a product of Boise, Idaho, was the 2020 Big Sky Freshman of the Year, after helping the Bobcats to a 25-6 overall mark, a dominating 19-1 league ledger and a Big Sky title. In what was arguably one of the best inaugural campaigns in MSU history, White collected 394 points, 150 rebounds, 104 assists and 76 steals. She played and started in all 31 games, averaging 12.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game. White, who recorded 25 games in double-digit scoring, notched a season-high 23 points in MSU’s win at Eastern Washington connecting on eight-of-15 from the field and six-of-six at the line. She finished 25th in the nation in steals and 31st in the country in steals per game. In MSU’s two victories at the Big Sky Tournament, White averaged 19 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists.
A LITTLE BIT OF TORI:  Tori Martell, a product of Somerset, Wis., moved up the all-time Montana State three-point made chart. Martell has 187 career 3-pointers, which ranks third all-time. Ahead of her on MSU’s all-time list are Katie Bussey (254), and Hannah Caudill (231).  Martell’s career 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc ranks eighth all-time at Montana State.  Her eight 3-pointers against North Dakota on Dec. 6, 2020 broke the MSU school-record of seven previously held by Amy Meckling (Jan. 2, 2000), Brandi Lewis (Feb. 13, 2003) and Hannah Caudill (Jan. 28, 2017). Martell’s total is tied for third most in the nation this season. She is currently second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.3 points per game. Martell has been in double-digit scoring on nine occasions this season, including a career-best 26 points against North Dakota. 
DARE TO BE:  Sophomore Darian White has picked up where she left off last season. The preseason All-Big Sky Conference selection leads the Bobcats and is fifth in the Big Sky averaging 14.8 points per game. She’s been over the 20+ point mark on three occasions, with a career-best 24 points in MSU’s win at Portland on Dec. 17. White, a graduate of Mountain View High School in Boise, Idaho, also leads the team in assists (64), steals (41) and free throws made (76). In addition, White is averaging a team-best 5.1 rebounds per game. She recorded a career-high 11 rebounds at Portland.
ALL JACKED UP:  Madison Jackson, who was sidelined for seven games, returned to action against Northern Arizona on Jan. 21. The Parma, Idaho product has seen her minutes increase since her return. Last weekend against Weber State, she averaged 6.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. In Thursday’s win over the Wildcats, Jackson notched eight points, which included a 2-of-2 effort from long distance. Jackson had her best game of the season at BYU on Dec. 10. She tallied 11 points, her first double-digit output since notching a career-best 15 points at Eastern Washington last January. At BYU, she connected on a career-best nine-of-nine from the line.
KUDOS TO KOLA:  Sophomore Kola Bad Bear has played and started in all 16 games to date. The 6-2 product of Billings Senior is averaging 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest. Bad Bear had her best outing of the season at Portland State on Jan. 14 posting a career-high 16 points, connecting on seven-of-10 from the field. She has been in double-digit scoring on three occasions. Bad Bear pulled down a season-best six rebounds at BYU on Dec. 10. On the season, she is fourth on the Bobcat squad shooting 80% at the free throw. Bad Bear has converted 24-30 charity tosses. Her 24 makes are second highest on the squad.
EASY PEASY:  True-freshman Katelynn Limardo has started all 16 games for the Bobcats to date. The 6-2 product of Silver City, N.M. (a town where lawman Harvey Whitehall was the first to arrest Billy the Kid, known at the time under the alias Henry Antrim in 1875) is averaging 5.8 points per game. Limardo had her best game of the season at Utah Valley scoring a team-high 15 points. Against the Wolverines, she connected on 6-8 from the field and was 3-5 from long distance. Limardo also chipped in four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in the win. On the season, she’s averaging 4.6 rebounds per game. Limardo had a season-best eight rebounds in MSU’s win at Portland State. Last week, she averaged 8.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. 
THE PRIDE OF ROSEMOUNT:  True freshman Taylor Janssen has played in all 16 games, including three starts. She is averaging 15.1 minutes per contest. The Rosemount, Minn., native is averaging 5.8 points per game. Janssen posted a season-high 14 points in MSU’s 102-53 win over Weber State on Thursday night. For the game, she connected on 4-7 from the field, 2-3 from 3-point range and 4-4 at the line.
LAUDING LEXI:   Lexi Deden has played in all 16 games. The 6-1 freshman forward from Missoula is averaging 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. Deden recorded a season-high 22 points in MSU’s win over Northern Arizona on Jan. 23. For the game, she connected on 10-14 from the field. Deden finished the NAU weekend averaging 15 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 66.7% from the floor. The Deden name is familiar in Montana basketball circles. Deden’s mother Dawn (Silliker) Deden played for Montana from 1984-88. At Montana, she was a 1,000-point scorer and was an all-Mountain West pick. In addition, Lexi’s aunt and head coach at Sentinel High, Karen Deden, was a standout at Washington and is in the Husky Hall of Fame. Last week against Weber State, Deden averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
MENTIONING MOCCHI:  Junior Gabby Mocchi has played in 15 of MSU’s 16 games, including starting the last 10 outings. The 6-1 forward from Champlin, Minn., saw limited minutes early in the season, but had a breakout performance at Utah Valley with 13 points. Mocchi is averaging 9.3 points per game, while shooting 45.2% in Big Sky action. She recorded a career-high 18 points at Portland State on Jan. 16.
SKYE’S THE LIMIT:  Skye Lindsay, who sat out last season after transferring from Pepperdine, has seen action in eight games and is averaging 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. The Orem, Utah product posted a season-best 11 points in MSU’s win at Portland. Lindsay played her first Big Sky games of the year against Montana and notched six points and four rebounds in MSU’s 70-60 win over the Lady Griz.
DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS:  Leia Beattie, a product of Midland, Texas, posted a season-best 14 points in Montana State’s win over Northern Arizona on Jan. 23. For the game, she went 5-of-7 from the field, including three 3-pointers. Beattie also has familiar Montana basketball pedigree. Her mother, Kelly (Pilcher) Beattie was a two-time All-Big Sky selection for the Lady Griz and is 6th all-time in assists. In addition, her 15 assists vs. Boise State and No. Arizona still rank first in single-game history. Beattie’s aunt/coach at Midland Christian Academy, Carla (Beattie) Cunneen, is also a former Lady Griz and was the 1996 Big Sky Sixth Player of the Year.
ASHLEY’S ACCOLADES:  Junior Ashley Van Sickle has averaged 5.0 points per game over the last seven outings and has connected on 9-14 triples (64.3%) from long distance during that same time frame.
EN FUEGO:  Freshman Ava Ranson had a breakout game against Northern Arizona on Jan. 21, scoring 12 points on 4-5 triples.

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Travel advisories issued for a number of counties due to weather

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (DHS), multiple Travel Advisories have been issued for northeast Indiana counties due to weather.

Counties under a Travel Advisory:

  • DeKalb County
  • Grant County
  • Huntington County
  • Kosciusko County
  • Wabash County
  • Wells County
  • Whitley County

According to the DHS website, a travel advisory means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation. Individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.

In Ohio, some counties are declaring snow emergencies.

Counties under snow emergencies:

  • Defiance County, Level 1
  • Mercer County, Level 1

According to the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, a Level 1 Snow Emergency urges drivers to use caution on roads that are hazardous because of drifting or blowing snow, or icy conditions. Level 2 Snow Emergencies indicate that people should only drive if it is absolutely necessary and a Level 3 Snow Emergency closes roads to anyone who is non-essentially at the risk of arrest, barring a personal emergency or the necessity of travel. For Level 2 and 3 Snow emergencies, motorists should contact their employers to see if they should report to work.

WANE 15 will update this article as more information is released.

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FAU basketball vs. Western Kentucky pushed back due to pandemic

Phillip Suitts
| Palm Beach Post

The coronavirus pandemic has once again altered the schedule of the Florida Atlantic men’s basketball program.

The Owls’ two home games against Western Kentucky have been pushed back two days to Sunday and Monday, respectively, after multiple members of the Western Kentucky travel party demonstrated COVID-19 symptoms on Thursday, according to an FAU release.

While those people later tested negative on Thursday, the Hilltoppers remain in Kentucky and will undergo another round of PCR swab tests for COVID-19 on Friday. If those tests are negative, Western Kentucky will travel to Florida on Saturday.

Everyone in the Western Kentucky travel party had tested negative for COVID-19 on PCR swab tests Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the release.

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Tip-off is now set for noon Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday at FAU Arena. Both games will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

Already, FAU (8-7 overall, 3-3 Conference USA) has had four Conference USA games postponed due to COVID-19, two at Middle Tennessee and two at Marshall. Head coach Dusty May also missed FAU’s last two games, against Charlotte on Jan. 22-23, due to COVID protocols after a member of his family tested positive for the coronavirus. 

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