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Trump faces new border showdown as Dems try to block order

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House have teed up a vote next week to block President Donald Trump from using a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, accelerating a showdown in Congress that could divide Republicans and lead to Trump's ...

Pay raise for teachers, school service personnel and troopers passes House

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice's clean pay raise proposal passed the House of Delegates Friday with overwhelming support, though a vocal minority opposed the bill. House Bill 2730, which provides for a 5 percent salary increase for teachers, school service personnel and employees of the West ...

City ballots taking shape in Brooke County

WELLSBURG— The time to file for public office positions has nearly or already passed in several Brooke County communities. Wellsburg and Follansbee officials have decided to cancel their 2019 primary elections because of a lack of candidates. Instead, both cities will hold their general ...

Follansbee robbery suspect turns self in

FOLLANSBEE—The suspect in an armed robbery reported in Follansbee earlier this week has turned himself in to law enforcement. Damian Douglas Michael, 25, of Follansbee, was identified Thursday night as the suspect in the Wednesday evening armed robbery of the Subway restaurant in the ...

Online gambling may be in the cards for West Virginia

WHEELING — West Virginians could place bets and win money online playing poker and other interactive games under legislation being considered by state lawmakers. House Bill 2934 would allow the state's four licensed racetracks and the Greenbrier Resort to offer "interactive wagering" games ...

St. Paddy’s Fest set for March 15

CHESTER — C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. will be hosting its 15th-annual St. Paddy’s Fest fundraiser, March 15 at The Harv, located at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort. The event benefits the programs and services provided to the Ohio Valley by C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. Tickets are available for $50 ...

WTC honors Kevin Beynon

During its Feb. 13 meeting, the Weirton Transit Corp. Board of Trustees took time to recognize the career and service of Kevin Beynon, left, ahead of his retirement. Beynon has spent several years as a driver for WTC and previously served as the public transit service’s manager. He was ...

Effort to boost horse, greyhound racing advances

CHARLESTON — An effort to restore $11 million annually to the purse funds for horse and greyhound racing at state casinos is up for passage in the House of Delegates today after a lengthy amendment debate Thursday. Senate Bill 13 would require the West Virginia Racing Commission to deposit ...

Campus carry bill sent to House Finance Committee

CHARLESTON — An effort to skip the House Finance Committee for a bill that would allow students to carry concealed firearms on college campuses was reversed Thursday after a huge fiscal note was dropped on the bill. The House of Delegates approved a motion Thursday to send House Bill 2519, ...

W.Va. House passes pay raise bill for teachers, others

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has approved pay raises for teachers and school service workers a day after they returned to classrooms following a two-day strike. The bill that passed the House 89-8 on Friday also includes raises for state police. The governor ...

Senate OKs incentives for cities, counties to consolidate services

WHEELING — West Virginia’s counties and municipalities could get financial incentives to work together to provide public services under a bill before the State Legislature. Senate Bill 117 passed the Senate this week in a 32-0 vote, and is now before the House Government Organization ...

Waiting for Mueller report? It could be short on detail

WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 20 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of ...

Blair: No to pay raise, yes to roads

CHARLESTON — While a pay raise for teachers and school service personnel is expected to pass the House of Delegates today, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is still sour over the loss of the Senate’s education reform package which also included the pay raise. House Bill 2730 ...

Robbery reported at area Subway

FOLLANSBEE — Police responded to a call Wednesday evening from a Subway employee after an armed robbery was reported at the restaurant located in Follansbee Plaza. The robbery took place around 8 p.m., according to police reports. “We have a warrant out for an armed robbery,” said ...

House committee advances casino satellite bill

WHEELING — Legislation permitting Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack to establish a second gambling location in Ohio County has passed committee, and is on its way for a vote in the House of Delegates. House Bill 2901 was introduced by Delegate Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, on Feb. 7. It ...

Mavromatis gets vote of approval

STEUBENVILLE — City Manager Jim Mavromatis will be back for another two years. At a special meeting Wednesday, council first voted unanimously to proceed with the renewal of Mavromatis’s contract, then went behind closed doors to hammer out the details. They emerged 45 minutes later to ...

Scrappy Pappy’s aims to make Wheeling more recycling friendly

WHEELING — Recycling is Scott Ludolph’s passion. He’s spent years taking in Wheeling residents’ discarded junk — plastic, glass, cans, paper, metal — and processing it at his recycling center, Scrappy Pappy’s. The center, which might look like a junkyard to some, features a ...

Island park to honor historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge

WHEELING — A $1.9 million park on Wheeling Island intended to celebrate the history of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge is now in the works by the city. Officials announced Wednesday that the the Fitzsimmons Family Foundation donated $150,000 to help pay for two phases of a six-phase ...

Boil order lifted for Theresa Drive in Weirton

WEIRTON — The boil order for the area of Theresa Drive in Weirton has been lifted, according to the Weirton Area Water Board. The order, issued Thursday afternoon, had included all of Theresa Drive to Cove Valley Estates, and all streets in between following work on a water line on Kings ...

McGeehan booted from judiciary committee

CHARLESTON — Del. Pat McGeehan is no stranger to being at odds with House leaders, and it happened again this week. The Hancock County Republican was removed as a member of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday by House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay. “I enjoyed judiciary,” McGeehan ...