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Iowa Headlines

Man dies after apparent fall from tree stand

OLLIE (AP) — A 76-year-old man died after he apparently fell from a tree stand while hunting, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said.
The agency said law enforcement officers found Raymond Byers’ body after he was reported missing Thursday when he didn’t return home from hunting on his property near Ollie, in southeast Iowa.
It appeared Byers fell from the tree, authorities said.
An autopsy is being performed.

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Minnesota Headlines

St. Cloud boy standing outside apartment wounded by gunshot

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who was standing near the main entry door to a St. Cloud apartment complex Saturday night was shot by someone from an unknown location. The wound is not believed to be life-threatening.
St. Cloud police say the victim, who lived in the building, was bringing in items from a vehicle when he was struck by a single gunshot. First responders provided medical aid to the boy before he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and are asking for the public’s help for information. No further details have been released.

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Minnesota Headlines

Are neighboring states part of rural Minnesota virus growth?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Statistics from Minnesota health officials show that the 10 counties with the fastest growth in coronavirus cases since the beginning of October are all in rural parts of the state, many of which border surrounding states.
Adjusted for population, the rate of new cases across 56 counties in greater Minnesota tripled between early September and early October, compared with a doubling of the rate across the seven-county Twin Cities area, the Star Tribune reported.
Kris Ehresmann, director of the infectious disease division at the Minnesota Department of Health, suggested it could stem from fewer people in more sparsely populated areas wearing masks, maintaining enough physical distance and following other public health guidelines to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Other health experts suggest rural Minnesota residents are influenced by the example of neighboring states where public health responses such as mask mandates haven’t been as aggressive. There’s also the possibility that people in border communities could become infected when traveling to Wisconsin and the Dakotas.
Houston County, Minnesota, sits across the Mississippi River from La Crosse, Wisconsin, one of the nation’s COVID-19 hot spots. The Minnesota county has had more new cases in the past six weeks of the pandemic than it reported in the first six months. It has led to the temporary closing of school in La Crescent, across the river from La Crosse.
“A good number of our population commutes to La Crosse on a daily basis for work, for shopping, for other things,” said John Pugleasa, Houston County’s director of public health and human services. “That’s a population that’s had a significant increase, and our folks are in and out of there a lot. That’s the definition of community transmission.”
The situation in La Crescent forced Amy Jore to juggle waitressing and motherhood while working one morning last week at Kaddy’s Kafe. Jore was serving her customers while supervising her 10-year-old son, Henry, as he tackled his homework in the restaurant’s storeroom.
“My main concern is the lack of control we have as people of the community, and the lack of protection I can provide for my family,” Jore said. “This has had an impact on my family — financially, mentally, emotionally.”
Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 1,682 new confirmed cases and 21 deaths in the last day related to COVID-19. A total of 133,431 positive tests and 2,335 deaths have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic.

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Ohio Sports

Hurting Mayfield, Browns score late, outduel Bengals 37-34

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) — Baker Mayfield brushed aside all the outside noise about his dismal performance last week. Then, nursing sore ribs, he shut up all the critics.
“What criticism? What are you talking about?” Mayfield quipped after throwing five touchdown passes and leading the Browns past the Cincinnati Bengals 37-34 on Sunday.
The quarterback actually overcame a terrible start against the Bengals. He went 0 for 5, including an interception on his first attempt of the game . Mayfield then completed the next 22 of 23 passes. The last was most important, a leaping grab by Donovan Peoples-Jones in the end zone with 15 seconds left to win it for the Browns (5-2).
“He’s such a competitor,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He doesn’t give up. That first throw, we wanted to take a shot there, and they made a nice play. He didn’t back down, and every time I looked at him on the sideline he had that steely look in his eyes.”
Mayfield, roundly slammed after a poor performance in Cleveland’s loss to Pittsburgh last week, engineered the win without injured running back Nick Chubb, tight end Austin Hooper and receiver Odell Beckham, who left Sunday’s game early with a knee injury and didn’t return.
Cincinnati rookie Joe Burrow turned in another terrific game, but again it wasn’t enough. He hit 35 of 47 passes for a season-high 406 yards and three touchdowns, including a 3-yard scoring pass to Giovani Bernard on fourth-and-1 to give the Bengals a 34-31 lead with 1:06 left.
But the Bengals’ defense couldn’t stop Mayfield, and Browns receivers who made some great catches as they worked down the field. On the first play of the drive Mayfield slipped out of a near sack to complete a 13-yard pass to Peoples-Jones.
“We got on the field and everyone was saying, ‘We’ve got to get to the 30 for a field goal,’ and I told the guys, ‘Screw that, we’re going to win it,'” Mayfield said.
The top overall draft pick in 2018 was 22 for 28 for 297 yards. Rashard Higgins had six catches for 110 yards, and tight end Harrison Bryant had two touchdown catches.
With running back Joe Mixon out with an injured foot, the Bengals relied on Burrow, who has thrown for more than 300 yards in five of the seven games of his rookie year. Cincinnati managed only 81 yards on the ground, and that included 34 from Burrow.
Tyler Boyd had 11 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals (1-5-1).
Another big day statistically didn’t matter to Burrow.
“To me, football is about letters, not numbers — you know: ‘W’ and ‘L,'” he said.
A FEW MORE PEOPLE
This was the first game the Bengals were permitted by the state of Ohio to have a slightly larger crowd. The reported attendance was 9,732 with fans spread out through all the decks of Paul Brown Stadium with plenty of social distancing.
MISSING PIECES
The Bengals had lost Mixon and cornerback William Jackson III (concussion) to injuries during the week. Their offensive line took another blow when they lost more starters to injuries in Sunday’s game: OT Jonah Williams (neck) and C Trey Hopkins (concussion) in the second quarter. Tackle Bobby Hart also left with an injury but there was no update.
DISGRUNTLED DUNLAP
Bengals veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap has been vocal about his reduced role, even while the rest of the defensive line has been affected by injuries. The trade rumors have been rampant and after getting on the field sparingly Sunday, he apparently had enough. Soon after the game, he tweeted that he was putting his 6,000-square-foot apartment up for sale, noting helpfully that he’ll sell it furnished or unfurnished. He was not made available for interviews after the game.
INJURIES
Browns: WR Odell Beckham Jr. hurt his knee in the first quarter and did not return. The team said he will have an MRI on Monday.
UP NEXT
Browns: host the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
Bengals: host the AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
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Ohio Sports

AP Top 25: Indiana jumps in at 17; Ohio State moves up to 3

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer
Indiana jumped into The Associated Press college football poll Sunday after pulling off the weekend’s most dramatic upset and Ohio State moved up to No. 3 following a dominant season debut.
Clemson remained a rock-solid No. 1 and Alabama was No. 2. The Tigers received 52 first-place votes and the Crimson Tide got the remaining 10.
Ohio State leaped two spots after easily dispatching Nebraska as the Big Ten Conference kicked off its pandemic-delayed and abbreviated season.
No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 Georgia each slipped a spot behind the Buckeyes.
Indiana pulled off a stunner in overtime to jump into the rankings, beating then-No. 8 Penn State to earn the program’s first victory against a team ranked in the AP top 10 since 1987. The Hoosiers snapped a 25-year absence from the poll last season but stayed there only one week.
Indiana has its best ranking since 1993, when it also reached No. 17. With Rutgers coming up next week, the Hoosiers might see a longer stay in the poll than last year. Then again, the Scarlet Knights won their opener, too.
Penn State slipped 10 spots to No. 18 after losing to the Hoosiers for just the second time in 24 meetings since joining the Big Ten.
POLL POINTS
What’s up with Ohio State moving past Notre Dame after the Fighting Irish had their most impressive victory of the season, against Pittsburgh?
Remember, the Buckeyes were No. 2 in the preseason and a close second to No. 1 Clemson.
When the Big Ten postponed its fall season, Ohio State and the rest of the conference’s teams became ineligible for inclusion in the rankings. Then the Big Ten decided to play in the fall after all and those teams became eligible again. But some voters decided they would wait until teams played before being considered for inclusion.
That held back the Buckeyes and some other Big Ten teams for a few weeks. Now that all the voters are including Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, et al., those teams got an extra boost this week.
Wisconsin moved up five spots to No. 9, appearing on every ballot for the first time since returning to the rankings three polls ago. No. 13 Michigan also moved up five spots, though the Wolverines got a bounce from an impressive victory at Minnesota.
IN
The other teams to move into the rankings this week are regulars.
— No. 24 Oklahoma is back after three weeks out. That is the longest run of polls that have not included the Sooners since 2009, when they were left out of the final six Top 25s.
— No. 25 Boise State made its season debut, along with the rest of the Mountain West Conference, and grabbed the final spot in the rankings. The Broncos were last ranked in the final poll of the 2019 season. Boise State has now made at least one poll appearance in 19 straight seasons, tied with Southern California for the seventh-longest active streak.
OUT
— Minnesota dropped out after getting thumped at home by Michigan.
— The Atlantic Coast Conference, which had the most teams ranked last weekend, lost two Sunday. Virginia Tech and North Carolina State both fell out after losing for the second time this season.
CONFERENCE CALL
The only conference without representation in the Top 25 is the Mid-American, which doesn’t begin play until Nov. 4.
Big Ten — 5 (Nos. 3, 9, 13, 17, 18).
SEC — 4 (Nos. 2, 5, 8, 10).
ACC — 4 (Nos. 1, 4, 12, 15).
Big 12 — 4 (Nos. 6, 16, 23, 24).
Pac-12 — 2 (Nos. 14, 21).
American — 2 (Nos. 7, 22).
C-USA — 1 (No. 19).
Mountain West — 1 (No. 25).
Sun Belt — 1 (No. 20).
Independent — 1 (No. 11).
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State. The Nittany Lions didn’t hold up their end of what was set to be a top-10 matchup, but it’s still probably the toughest game on the Buckeyes’ regular-season schedule.
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Ohio Headlines

Boat parades, road rallies buoy Trump and his supporters

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — When a flotilla of pontoon and fishing boats decked out with “Trump 2020” flags cruised past him this summer, Dale Fullenkamp got an idea.
“I figured I don’t have a boat, but I do have a tractor,” he said.
Soon he was leading nearly 300 combines and tractors pulling hay wagons and manure spreaders through the western Ohio village of Fort Recovery, one of many parades nationwide organized by a swell of grassroots supporters for President Donald Trump.
“I’ve never done anything like this before,” said Fullenkamp, a 19-year-old who graduated from high school just last spring. “I thought it’d be just me and my buddies.”
These Trump parades — whether by boat, pickup truck or tractor — have become a show of strength for the president’s supporters and a way to make themselves visible in a year when the coronavirus pandemic has upended traditional campaigning and put a stop to huge arena rallies and picnic fundraisers.
Thousands of cars, minivans and motorcycles on Saturday jammed the interstate circling Cincinnati and many more road rallies were held around the U.S. Another dozen are on tap for the campaign’s final week in Ohio alone.
Campaign strategists and analysts say the parades are a reflection of the president’s populist appeal, but they have varying thoughts on whether they will help his chances of winning.
Some think they’re revealing an underestimated amount of enthusiasm for the president and buoying his fans in the face of polls showing him trailing in many battleground states, while others dismiss the parades as window dressing.
“They are enthusiastic in ways I haven’t seen,” said Pennsylvania-based Republican political strategist Charles Gerow. “These are people who feel they haven’t been taking seriously, and they want to make a strong and visible statement.”
Trump campaign officials say they’ve had almost no involvement in the parades, but they gleefully point out that their Democratic opponents aren’t seeing the same groundswell when it comes to parades for Joe Biden — much like Trump himself likes to mock and contrast the size of his rallies with Biden’s socially distanced gatherings.
Campaign field offices have seen that the parades are bringing in new volunteers to help with get-out-the-vote efforts, said Daniel Lusheck, a spokesman for the Trump campaign in Ohio.
“It’s very organic in nature, but it’s really driving the enthusiasm on the ground,” he said.
Trump, too, has noticed, saying at a rally in Florida this summer that “nobody has seen anything like it, ever. And we have that in many other states with boaters and bikers and everybody.”
Parades and marches in the streets have had a place in American politics since the nation’s earliest days. Once a staple of campaigning in the 1800s, they eventually gave way to more effective ways of reaching the masses.
But campaigns big and small have been challenged to come up with anything clever this year because of the limitations imposed by the pandemic, said Brandon Scholz, a veteran GOP strategist in Wisconsin.
He thinks the parades are good for keeping Trump’s core supporters engaged but doubts they’re driving votes.
And they do get a lot of attention although it’s not always positive — like the time in September when five boats sank during a Trump rally on a lake near Austin, Texas.
David Niven, a University of Cincinnati political scientist, agreed that the parades aren’t about spreading the message as much as they are reassuring the president’s backers with “a sea of Trump flags whether they’re on the road or the river.”
“If this were a normal election year we would have stadium rallies. There’d be so many different outlets for people to express themselves,” he said. “In the world of COVID, it’s bumper stickers, tweets and boat parades.”
There’s definitely a high school pep rally feel to the Trump parades, with participants flying their colors and chanting in unison.
In eastern Tennessee, spectators in mid-October lined a 4-mile stretch of road through the town of Rutledge to cheer dozens of tractors, antique cars, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles decorated with flags and banners celebrating the conservative cause.
“It was bigger than any Christmas parade we ever had,” said Mike Cameron, Grainger County’s GOP chairman. “And that’s the biggest thing that happens in Rutledge.”
Biden’s supporters have countered with a few car rallies of their own, but his campaign has stayed away from such events to avoid spreading the virus, running an almost entirely virtual strategy of reaching voters. The difference has been notable to Trump’s fans who are hosting and attending the parades.
“It’s really got to deject the other side,” said Blaise Greco, who organized a Trump parade near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, that drew more than 400 cars and motorcycles in early October. “Where’s their enthusiasm? Where’s their flags? Where’s their cars?”

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Ohio Headlines

13-year-old girl shot, wounded inside vehicle parked at mall

SPRINGDALE, Ohio (AP) — A 13-year-old girl was found shot and wounded in a vehicle parked at a mall in southwestern Ohio, authorities said.
The shooting in Springdale occurred Friday night, but it wasn’t clear if it happened in the Tri-County mall lot or another location. Authorities believe the shooting was a random incident, but said the investigation is ongoing.
The girl was shot at least once in the stomach and was taken to a hospital, where she remained Saturday. Her name and further details on her condition were not disclosed.
Authorities say other people were also in the vehicle when the shooting occurred, but no other injuries were reported. It wasn’t immediately known who owned the vehicle or if they were related to the victim
A motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

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West Virginia Sports

McPhearson fumble return lifts Texas Tech over West Virginia

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Cornerback Zech McPhearson returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown with 8:44 left to lift Texas Tech to a 34-27 victory over West Virginia on Saturday night.
West Virginia’s Sam James caught a short pass from Jarret Doege but fumbled on a hit from Jacob Morganstern. McPhearson, a graduate transfer from Penn State, picked up the ball and went the length of the field untouched.
West Virginia punted from near midfield on its next series and got the ball back one last time at its 17 with 42 seconds left and no timeouts. Doege moved the Mountaineers past midfield but his pass into the end zone as the clock ran out fell incomplete.
“Just so proud of our players,” said Texas Tech coach Matt Wells. “Man, that was a 15-round fight. You traded blows, you just kind of went back and forth and we made one huge play at the end.”
“That’s what it comes down to. Find a way to make a play and win a game.”
West Virginia coach Neal Brown said the fumble return isn’t the reason why the Mountaineers lost. His team just didn’t have a response to a key play.
“They won the fourth quarter. They won the game,” Brown said. “We lost the fourth quarter. We lost the game. It’s pretty much that simple. They returned it and then we didn’t answer. This game’s not complicated. That was the story.”
Texas Tech (2-3, 1-3 Big 12) snapped a three-game home losing streak to the Mountaineers (3-2, 2-2). McPhearson’s heroics made a winner out of Henry Colombi, who was making his first career start.
Colombi, a junior transfer from Utah State, was named the starter a week ago after he replaced Alan Bowman midway through an Oct. 10 loss at Iowa State.
Colombi completed 22 of 28 passes for 168 yards and one score. He also ran for 40 yards and another TD.
“I thought Henry was very, very steady,” Wells said.
West Virginia’s Leddie Brown scored on two short runs but was held to 77 yards, well below his 129-yard average.
Doege was trying to win on the same field that he stormed as a fan in 2012 after his hometown Red Raiders beat then-No. 5 West Virginia behind his brother, quarterback Seth Doege.
West Virginia trailed 20-10 just before halftime after Colombi hit Trey Cleveland with an 11-yard scoring pass.
The Mountaineers got a 45-yard field goal from Evan Staley as time expired at the half. Then, after Dante Stills recovered a Ja’Lynn Polk fumble at the Texas Tech 24 to start the third quarter, T.J. Banks caught his first career touchdown pass, a 2-yarder from Doege to knot the score.
Doege completed 32 of 50 passes for 347 yards.
THE TAKEAWAY
West Virginia: The Mountaineers converted just four of 15 third-down chances and were plagued by several dropped passes. The nation’s top overall defense allowed Texas Tech to rush for 179 yards.
Texas Tech: Wells talked in the past week about “putting a better product on the field.” His players listened.
FAKE PUNT
Winston Wright took a direct snap on a fake punt and ran 7 yards to get a first down early in the third. Wright caught a 38-yard pass on the next play to set up Leddie Brown’s 1-yard score to tie the game at 30-30.
VETERAN MISTAKES
West Virginia linebacker Tony Fields, the Big 12’s leading tackler, was ejected in the second quarter after he was flagged for targeting on a hit on Colombi. Later in the quarter, Fields cost the Mountaineers 15 yards when he was penalized for going onto the field during a celebration.
Mountaineers cornerback Alonzo Addae, the team’s second-leading tackler, was flagged for a facemask penalty that helped keep a third-quarter Texas Tech touchdown drive alive.
UP NEXT
West Virginia hosts No. 20 Kansas State next Saturday.
Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma next Saturday.
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West Virginia Sports

Wells throws 2 TD passes, No. 22 Marshall beats FAU 20-9

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Redshirt freshman Grant Wells showed some poise in the pocket when No. 22 Marshall faced its first deficit of the season.
Wells threw two touchdown passes, including a 41-yard strike for the go-ahead score, and the Thundering Herd beat pandemic-depleted Florida Atlantic 20-9 on Saturday.
“I just kind of stay in myself,” Wells said. “I’ve proven to myself that I can do everything that (offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey) has asked of me. And not to panic, because at that time we knew we had a lot of football game left to play.
“So just staying within myself and sticking to my reads because as soon as I start outside of my mind or start thinking about the score or anything else, that’s when mistakes start to happen.”
Marshall (5-0, 3-0 Conference USA) managed enough offense to hold off the pesky Owls (1-1, 1-1), who brought 57 players on their first trip of the season, just above the mandated minimum of 53 available scholarship players during the pandemic. The Owls even held a third-quarter lead before Marshall scored the final 13 points.
With FAU missing both of its starting offensive tackles due to the virus, the Owls were limited to 234 yards of offense.
“When you’re down guys and you don’t have everybody, you’ve got to execute,” FAU coach Willie Taggart said. “You’ve got to be on point with everything. You can’t panic. I thought our guys wanted it really bad. We weren’t focused enough to do the things we were supposed to do.”
Marshall came up with another solid performance in stopping the run. FAU quarterback Nick Tronti, who ran for 94 yards in the Owls’ only other game on Oct. 3, was held to minus-45 yards on 11 rushes and was sacked five times. The Thundering Herd entered Saturday third in the nation in rush defense at 68.5 yards per game.
“I thought our guys just fought their tails off,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. “The defense played lights out.”
Marshall trailed in a game for the first time this season after Vladimir Rivas kicked a 43-yard field goal to put FAU ahead 9-7 midway through the third quarter.
The deficit didn’t last long.
Brenden Knox, the preseason Conference USA player of the year who finished with 101 yards rushing, ran 17 yards on third down on the next series. Wells capped the four-play drive with his long scoring pass to Artie Henry to put Marshall ahead to stay.
A short punt on FAU’s next drive set up Marshall inside the Owls’ territory, and Shane Ciucci converted a 35-yard field goal for a 17-9 lead.
Wells threw what appeared to be his third interception early in the fourth quarter, but FAU was called for a personal foul in the end zone. The officiating crew did not signal an incompletion, although Taggart said that from his vantage point, the ball appeared to be dropped.
Marshall was given a first down at the FAU 11, leading to a short field goal by Ciucci for the final margin.
Wells finished 18 of 31 for 251 yards.
FAU had a chance to make it a one-possession game but Tronti threw incomplete into the end zone on fourth-and-5 from the Marshall 17 with a little over 3 minutes left.
FAU was hurt by 11 penalties for 126 yards.
“We couldn’t have any selfish penalties,” Taggart said. “This game was close, but those penalties cost us. I think it’s a different ballgame, you take those penalties away.”
Knox was bottled up for much of the game but he occasionally found daylight. Knox took a first-quarter screen pass from Wells and went 58 yards down the right sideline to open the scoring.
THE TAKEAWAY
FAU: The Owls should be commended for staying in the game as long as they did. A total of 43 players who began fall camp did not make the trip, including 28 related to COVID-19. Five of the Owls’ first six games were canceled by the pandemic.
Marshall: The Thundering Herd’s offensive line got pushed around by FAU’s defensive line. Marshall’s 385 yards of total offense was 100 yards below its season average.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
While Marshall didn’t put on a scoreboard show, the Thundering Herd should hold onto their ranking or even gain a spot or two.
UP NEXT
FAU hosts UTSA next Saturday.
Marshall plays at Florida International on Friday night.
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West Virginia Headlines

Justice announces funding for former mine

ROCK CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Friday he is committing $39 million toward development of the former Hobet mine site in Boone County, The Herald-Dispatch reported.
Justice said the money will go toward developing an access road to the site and an intersection at the entrance that would include a bridge that will allow further development of the Rock Creek Development Park.
“In addition to that, today I’m announcing that the West Virginia National Guard will resume their activities at Hobet, and today I am directing our DNR to explore all of the possibilities here for recreational and wildlife enhancement and growth to absolutely inspire more and more activities on this property,” Justice said.
Earlier this month, the West Virginia National Guard said it was pulling out of the site and relocating its operations elsewhere.
Justice’s administration initially committed $30 million to the site in 2017, but the project but saw no dirt moved. Justice said that’s because the state was in bad shape fiscally at the time.
“In 2017, the state was bankrupt, and the prospect of bringing business here by building a road to nowhere and everything and bring new business here really was a tough pull,” he said. “Today it is a different time. …Recruitment now is a real possibility.”
Highways Commissioner Jimmy Wriston confirmed that the project was ready to go.
“We’re ready now, as soon as we clear the right of way,” Wriston said alongside the governor.