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House Dems urge sweeping reforms to boost voting, ethics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday unveiled a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package that targets what they call a "culture of corruption in Washington" and aims to reduce the role of money in politics. The bill, among the first to be considered as Democrats take control ...

Travel expenses vary for West Virginia state senators

(Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series looking into financial reimbursements to members of the West Virginia Legislature) CHARLESTON — Despite a handful of outliers, there were few surprises when comparing travel reimbursements for members of the West Virginia ...

US employers went on a hiring spree in December: 312K jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial government shutdown. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment ...

Federal government shutdown continues as public demands action

PARKERSBURG — As the federal government sputters by with no funding, West Virginians are calling on both sides to come together and turn the lights back on. In Parkersburg Thursday, members of Wood County Indivisible marched from Bicentennial Park to the offices of U.S. Rep. David McKinley, ...

Weirton discusses TIF Project Plan

WEIRTON — A proposed development project along Park Drive in the city will include retail, restaurants, potential hotels, and now residential projects, according to area officials. During its regular December meeting, council passed the first reading of an ordinance, with an amendment, to ...

Newly empowered Democrats pass plan without funding wall

WASHINGTON — On their first day in the majority, House Democrats have passed a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump’s promised border wall. The largely party-line votes Thursday night came after Trump made a surprise appearance at the White House briefing ...

A look at how the shutdown is affecting W.Va.

The employment of about 18,000 West Virginians has been directly affected by the federal government shutdown, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D.-W.Va., said a number of those workers are staying on the job — without pay, for now. A look at how the shutdown is impacting West Virginia workers: • ...

Speaker again, Pelosi sees ‘new dawn’ for 116th Congress

WASHINGTON — Cheering Democrats returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker’s post Thursday as the 116th Congress ushered in a historically diverse freshman class eager to confront President Donald Trump in a new era of divided government. Pelosi, elected speaker 220-192, took the gavel ...

‘Get ready for a great ride’

WELLSBURG —After being sworn into office Wednesday, A.J. Thomas attended his first Brooke County Commission meeting Thursday. “Get ready for a great ride,” Commissioner Tim Ennis said to Thomas. The first meeting of the year started with the commissioners voting to keep Ennis as ...

Weirton Finance Committee recommends police cruiser, asphalt roller purchases

WEIRTON — Weirton Council is set to discuss the purchase of two police cruisers, equipment for the city’s Public Works Department and an adjustment to the municipal salary ordinance. The proposed pieces of legislation were recommended Thursday by the city’s Finance Committee, and will ...

Holidays aggravate health conditions

STEUBENVILLE — The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone, but for those suffering from mental illness or behavioral health issues, this time can be almost unbearable. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64 percent of people with mental health issues reported holidays ...

Company ordered to release info

CHARLESTON (AP) — A coal company West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice owns has been ordered by a federal court to release financial information to prosecutors. The Charleston Gazette-Mail quotes the U.S. District Court judge’s order filed Wednesday as saying attorneys for Justice Energy Co. are ...

Team Mojo

Fifteen riders — and two dogs — participated in Team Mojo Foundation’s annual New Year’s Day mountain bike ride and trail run at Tomlinson Run State Park. Donations were accepted for Communicycle, a nonprofit working in partnership with Team Mojo to establish a presence in the local ...

No deal: Trump says shutdown ‘could be a long time’

WASHINGTON — No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through Day 12 over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They’ll all try again ...

Tops on Democrats’ to-do list: Try to end shutdown

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government reopened from the partial shutdown. As the Congress gavels in for the 116th session the early votes will be the ...

Nitric acid spilled in Toronto

TORONTO — Emergency crews responded around 11 a.m. on Wednesday to a nitric acid spill on the Fourth Street exit ramp of state Route 7. Toronto Fire Chief Bill Scheel said the truck was traveling from a warehouse in Weirton and the driver pulled over on the exit ramp to check and make sure ...

Sports betting will be no home run for state budgets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. Just look to the states that ...

Administration denies status to young immigrants due to age

LOS ANGELES — Some immigrant youth looking to start over in the United States after fleeing abusive homes are seeing their applications for green cards rejected because the Trump administration says they’re too old. A U.S. government program in place since 1990 has let young immigrants ...

Brooke education board to meet

WELLSBURG — The next scheduled meeting of the Brooke County Board of Education will be Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Brooke High School auditorium.

Weirton United Way fundraiser planned at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse

WEIRTON — The Weirton United Way’s eighth-annual Super Bowl Eve Tailgate Party has been set for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Feb. 2 at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse in Burgettstown. Tickets are available at a cost of $25 per person in advance, and $30 at the door if available. Tables also may be reserved ...