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‘Space force’ announced

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Vowing to reclaim U.S. leadership in space, President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” as an independent service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space. Trump envisioned a bright future for the ...

Weirton Hall of Fame 2018 inductees announced

WEIRTON — The Weirton Hall of Fame Committee has announced its 2018 inductees, selecting nine individuals to honor for their contributions to the community. The honorees, selected from nominations by area residents, will be inducted during a banquet at 2 p.m., Aug. 12 at Undo’s in ...

Judge considers access to opioid data

CLEVELAND — A federal judge in Ohio will consider whether to allow public access to government data detailing years of prescription opioid painkiller shipments. The information is at the heart of lawsuits filed by hundreds of local governments against the companies that manufacture, ...

Flag retirement ceremony

James Funeral Home of Follansbee hosted the sixth-annual American flag retirement recently. The staff, with assistance from the West Virginia Patriot Guard, Tri-State Young Marines, Brooke Place and numerous community members, retired more than 350 American flags. “It is an honor that the ...

Bill would map opioid treatment facilities in U.S.

MARTINSBURG — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. wants to create a special U.S. map to show where opioid addiction treatment facilities are — and where they are not — around the country. Manchin and Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, recently introduced the “Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure ...

Immigration issue sparks crisis for migrant families

WASHINGTON — Facing rising outrage from some Republicans as well as Democrats over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in Monday, again blaming Democrats and declaring he would keep the U.S. from becoming “a migrant ...

Director: FBI won’t repeat mistakes in report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is determined to not repeat any of the mistakes identified in a harshly critical watchdog report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Director Chris Wray said Monday at a congressional hearing at which he repeatedly sought to distance himself ...

Museum to celebrate birthday

WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will sponsor a birthday celebration, Wednesday, in honor of West Virginia Day, marking the state’s 155th birthday. Activities will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, 3149 Main St., Weirton, and include a magic show by the Amazing ...

Insurance program changes sought

CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a $2,700 increase in the tiers for health insurance premiums to avoid bumping teachers and other public employees into higher tiers from a recent 5 percent pay increase. Justice announced at a news conference Monday he will ask the Public ...

Scholarship presentation

Representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police, Weirton Lodge 84, on Friday, presented the FOP’s annual scholarship to Jared Reinard and Bailey Stead. Reinard, a 2018 Brooke High graduate, will attend West Liberty University, majoring in exercise physiology. Stead, a 2018 Weir High ...

Jefferson County Relay for Life raises funds

WINTERSVILLE — A time-abbreviated version of the Jefferson County Relay for Life was not short on participant enthusiasm, entertainment or its weather issues. The Saturday fundraiser for the American Cancer Society embraced “Friends Don’t Let Friends Fight Cancer Alone” as its theme ...

Author sees book as a metaphor for fighting spirit

WHEELING — Author Todd Snyder regards his new book, “12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia,” as a metaphor for West Virginians’ fighting spirit. Snyder, who grew up in Cowen in Webster County, spoke at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on June 12. ...

Scavenger race enlivens downtown Wheeling

WHEELING — When the city closed off a block of 14th Street on Saturday, it did it so adults could don costumes, dance to Top 40 fare and sprint in opposite directions at the sign of a go-ahead. Those who participated in Youth Services System’s Challenge Wheeling scavenger race made ...

Quilt squares help reconnect families with their past

LONG HOLLOW (AP) — “It was just that I was meant to be there,” Sylvia Albert said. “There” was a yard sale along W.Va. 26 South more than three years ago, at the former Bob Pratt Garage. Dee Shaffer pointed out some quilt squares to Albert, who quilts, and told her she could have ...

State Route 7 sign honors firefighter

By ESTHER MCCOY NH contributor BRILLIANT — Yvonne Fair was only 29 years old when she was taken from her family and friends, but she will be remembered by motorists traveling on state Route 7 near Brilliant when they see the highway sign dedicated to her life and the work she did during ...

River sweep

Dozens of volunteers took time on Saturday morning to help pick up litter and debris at the Steubenville Marina as part of the 29th annual Ohio River Sweep. The Ohio River Sweep, sponsored by the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, is a volunteer, riverbank cleanup that extends the ...

Carmichael: Gov. Justice should not resign

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice has the president of the West Virginia Senate on his side over calls for his resignation. “In this case I wholeheartedly agree with the governor,” President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said Friday. The Democratic Caucus on Thursday issued a statement ...

Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility

McALLEN, Texas — Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. One teenager told an ...

Kellyanne Conway says ‘nobody likes’ breaking up families

WASHINGTON — A top White House adviser on Sunday distanced the Trump administration from responsibility for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, even though the administration put in place and could easily end a policy that has led to a spike in cases of ...

Missing Mingo Junction woman found

MINGO JUNCTION — A 62-year-old woman who was the focus of a search after she failed to return home on Friday evening was located around 1 a.m. Sunday, said village Police Chief Joe Sagun. The woman left her house around 3 p.m. on Friday, and a search was organized in the early morning ...