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WELCOME HOME — President Donald Trump arrives at the White House in Washington, Monday. Trump returned from Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday after spending three weekends in a row at his Mara-a-Lago estate. -- Associated Press

Trump to take on health care, taxes

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans. Both issues thrust Trump, a real estate executive ...

Federal shutdown threat looms for Trump

WASHINGTON — Add a potential government shutdown to embattled President Donald Trump’s growing roster of headaches. Beneath the capital’s radar looms a vexing problem — a catchall spending package that’s likely to top $1 trillion and could get embroiled in the politics of building ...

W.Va. seeks incentives for state colleges

WHEELING — Educators at institutions of higher learning once told incoming freshmen at their orientation to look to the person standing to the left of them — then to look at the person standing to their right. “Of the three of you, only one is likely to graduate,” the students were ...

HISTORIC TAX CREDITS — Delegate Mark Zatezalo, R-Hancock, is a co-sponsor of a bill to increase the state’s corporation net income tax credit for some investments to rehabilitate historic buildings. -- Janet Metzner

Historic tax credit boost may spur development

CHARLESTON — Some lawmakers want to encourage companies to renovate West Virginia’s historic buildings by offering a higher tax credit on rehabilitating them comparable to those in surrounding states. House Bill 2545, introduced Monday in the state Legislature, aims to even the playing ...

Justice pushing roads plans

SLAB FORK (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice touted his highways construction program that would be financed by higher taxes and fees as he launched a statewide tour to promote the plan that he says would create tens of thousands of jobs in West Virginia. Justice told a crowd in Slab Fork that the tax ...

Ambrose Bolling of Weirton has numerous stories about black history. He is a member of the Ohio Memorial Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in Columbus and the Montford Point Marines group located in North Carolina. He is holding the book written by Robert C. Doyle, a history professor at the Francican University of Steubenville, called “Voices of Captivity." — Esther McCoy

Weirton man keeps World War II history alive

WEIRTON — Black History Month continues this month, but Ambrose Bolling of Weirton makes sure that it is alive and well throughout the year. He believes in “keeping history alive.” With Bolling it began when he started attending the Tuskegee Airmen Conventions, back when there were many ...

Raymond Fox has a treasure in the vestibule of his Weirton home — a walnut grandfather clock he built through his own ingenuity, steadfastness, love of making things and as a 44th anniversary gift for his wife, Ruth. It sometimes fails in its operation now and he is looking for someone to tell him how to fix it. His friend, Bob Cattrell, who would look after the clock, has died.  
— Esther McCoy

From tree to clock, Mr. Fox keeps time

WEIRTON — How many craftsmen would look at a walnut tree and picture what it would look like as a grandfather clock? Perhaps Raymond Fox could not completely see all the results, but he knew that he was going to make something outstanding with the tree that he and friend, Dewey Meador, cut ...

TAX REFORM UPDATE — West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael discusses a bill on tax reform Sunday during the West Virginia Municipal League’s Mid Winter Conference in Charleston. -- Janet Metzner

Legislative leaders talk budget, taxes at conference

CHARLESTON — Changing West Virginia’s tax structure from income tax to general consumption tax is officially up for consideration in the Legislature. Taxing the selling, purchasing or use of goods and services should replace the current outdated income tax, Senate President Mitch ...

Help sought for dilapidated structures across West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Local government officials go through a tedious process to improve or remove dilapidated, unsafe structures in the community — sometimes waiting up to two years before they’re allowed to act. To quicken the process, the West Virginia Municipal League plans to propose ...

Health department supports smoking ban

NEW CUMBERLAND — As the Hancock County Commission continued to table a request to reverse the Clean Air Act, members of the Hancock County Health Department continued to provide comments in favor of the act. Carolyne Baker and Donna Gialluco, both county health department personnel, ...