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Like ‘a kid on Christmas morning’

WHEELING — For the past 34 years, every mission completed by the aviators at Company C, 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation Regiment based in Wheeling was done in an older-model, hand-me-down military helicopter — first the Bell UH-1 “Huey” and, starting in 2002, Sikorsky’s UH-60A/L Black ...

WVDOH behind on federally funded repairs

MOUNDSVILLE — Work on a number of road repair projects in the Northern Panhandle has yet to begin more than a year after the federal government declared damage from flooding in West Virginia to be a disaster. About 43 percent of federally funded projects to fix roads in the region damaged by ...

Monitoring elk a challenge for W.Va. biologists

CHARLESTON (AP) — Monitoring West Virginia’s elk can be a challenge. Ideally, each of the 95-plus elk in the Mountain State herd would be equipped with a Global Positioning System transmitter that allows biologists to know at a glance where the animal is. From time to time, however, the ...

Accuracy at core of census dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Elena Kagan’s father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family’s apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an “alien,” though he was a native-born New Yorker. The entry ...

Easter Sunday bomb blasts rock Sri Lanka, killing more than 200

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka’s capital on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended ...

Frustration grows among migrants heading toward the United States

MAPASTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Madison Mendoza, her feet aching and her face burned by the sun, wept as she said she had nothing to feed her 2-year-old son who she’d brought with her on the long trek toward the United States. Mendoza, 22, said an aunt in Honduras had convinced her to join the ...

President hopes scaled-back Wheeling Jesuit University can find new niche

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit University President Michael Mihalyo Jr. hopes the scaled-back institution finds an academic niche and continues to be an economic driver in the community. Since assuming the school’s presidency eight months ago, Mihalyo has confronted serious challenges. Faced ...

Man writes memoir about journey to West Virginia

CHARLESTON (AP) — A memoir called “I Am a Dirty Immigrant” is the story of one man’s journey from the West Indies to West Virginia. Anderson Charles grew up in a tightly knit community in Grenada, and in 1986, moved to Kentucky to play basketball and attend college. Back home, ...

Pooches enjoy newly reopened dog park in Wheeling

WHEELING — Tails were wagging again at Wheeling’s dog park on Thursday afternoon after the facility reopened the day prior. The Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park, closed since November for drainage work and other repairs, reopened Wednesday morning to the delight of many Friendly City canine ...

President hopes scaled-back WJU can find new niche

WHEELING — Wheeling Jesuit University President Michael Mihalyo Jr. hopes the scaled-back institution finds an academic niche and continues to be an economic driver in the community. Since assuming the school’s presidency eight months ago, Mihalyo has confronted serious challenges. Faced ...

Man writes memoir about journey to W.Va.

CHARLESTON (AP) — A memoir called “I Am a Dirty Immigrant” is the story of one man’s journey from the West Indies to West Virginia. Anderson Charles grew up in a tightly knit community in Grenada, and in 1986, moved to Kentucky to play basketball and attend college. Back home, ...

Pooches enjoy newly reopened dog park

WHEELING — Tails were wagging again at Wheeling’s dog park on Thursday afternoon after the facility reopened the day prior. The Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park, closed since November for drainage work and other repairs, reopened Wednesday morning to the delight of many Friendly City canine ...

Pope during Easter vigil: reject the ‘glitter of wealth’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — At an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the "glitter of wealth," and to avoid seeking life's meaning in "things that pass away." "Do not bury hope!" Francis exclaimed, after noting that when ...

Hunting for eggs

Area youth gathered in Weirton Saturday morning, gathering up candy-filled Easter eggs at Edwin J. Bowman Field as part of the annual Easter egg hunt offered by the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation. The event featured 10,000 Easter eggs, a chance for prizes, a bounce house and free cookies ...

Ford returns from mission trip to China

WEIRTON — Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle, continues to take the story of the Ohio Valley around the world. This time, he spent several days in China as part of a delegation representing West Liberty University, where he also serves ...

Weld looks back at positives of West Virginia Legislature

With nearly a month since the end of the 2019 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature and the signing of legislation by the deadline, state Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, is taking stock of all that was accomplished during those 60 days. Weld, who was first elected to the Senate in 2014, ...

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack suing sports app provider

WHEELING — Owners of the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack are suing the providers of their sports betting app, which has now been off-line for more than two months. Delaware North — under its division Delaware North iGaming — filed suit Thursday in the Court of Chancery for the ...

Trump’s legal team breathes a sigh, takes a victory lap

WASHINGTON (AP) — First they cooperated. Then they stonewalled. Their television interviews were scattershot and ridiculed, their client mercurial and unreliable. But President Donald Trump's legal team, through a combination of bluster, legal precedent and shifting tactics, managed to ...

$4.5M invested into Warren industrial aluminum company

WARREN — Novelis Inc., a world leader in aluminum rolled products, invested $4.5 million into its Warren facility to sustain the plant well into the future and place it on the cutting edge of aluminum sheet-coating technology. The newly installed pretreatment application process at the ...

Last Lordstown Cruze on auction block

POLAND — Good coming from bad … that’s what Ed Muransky said he wanted to see happen as the last Chevrolet Cruze assembled in Lordstown became increasingly real. It’s why he started working the phones. Muransky’s first call was to Bobby Stackhouse, general sales manager and partner ...