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Senate responds to Workman petition to stop impeachment trial

CHARLESTON — Attorneys for the West Virginia Senate are pushing back hard against an effort by Chief Justice Margaret Workman to put a stop to her Oct. 15 impeachment trial, as well as raising questions about the impartiality of one of the acting justices. The Senate, represented by the ...

Show of support

Students and faculty of Weirton Madonna High School showed their support for the Weirton United Way Sept. 21, by getting to wear denim in exchange for a donation to the organization’s 2018 campaign. Pictured are, in front from left, 2018 Campaign Vice-chair Chris Hatala, Alaina Moore, Kennedy ...

Department of Veterans Assistance opens field office in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM — Several dozen people turned out Tuesday morning for a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the new West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance field office. WVDVA Cabinet Secretary Dennis Davis, who participated in the event at the new facility in Village Plaza on ...

Cracker plant opponents will host forums in Martins Ferry and Moundsville

A group opposed to possible construction of an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County is scheduled to hold two public meetings in the region. The FreshWater Accountability Project is slated to hold a meeting from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Martins Ferry Public Library, 20 S. Fifth St., and ...

Steubenville again talks rate increase

STEUBENVILLE — City Council was presented with a third set of numbers for a utility rate increase Tuesday evening from Councilwoman at large Kimberly Hahn, who offered a proposal she said would keep the city under a state-suggested hardship ceiling. Hahn called for a 10 percent increase in ...

Charity basketball game planned at Wheeling Jesuit University

WHEELING — Proceeds from the North Wheeling Youth Center’s 4th annual Thanksgiving Ohio Valley All-Stars Charity Basketball Game will be used to help feed families in need at this year’s Thanksgiving Food Basket Giveaway in North Wheeling. The Rev. Darrell Cummings, senior pastor of the ...

Wheeling Island delays sports betting

CHARLESTON AP) — The West Virginia Lottery says sports betting launches at two casinos have been delayed. Lottery spokesman Randy Burnside told the Charleston Gazette-Mail in a statement on Thursday that sports betting was tentatively expected to open by the end of this month at Wheeling ...

WVU bans five fraternities from campus

MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University says it has banned five fraternities from campus for at least 10 years. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Chi and Theta Chi can no longer participate in school sanctioned events. They ...

Hepatitis A outbreak appears to be past its peak

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health department says a West Virginia county’s hepatitis A outbreak appears to be past its peak. Dr. Michael Kilkenny with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department said the peak of the epidemic occurred in July and has been gradually reducing. The decline gives ...

Kavanaugh denies quiet accuser Ford in Senate showdown

WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary and highly emotional day of Senate testimony, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford quietly recounted her “100 percent” certainty Thursday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. He ...

ArcelorMittal releases contract statement

WEIRTON — As union presidents were holding meetings with members and Mark Glyptis, president of USW Local 2911 at ArcelorMittal Weirton was making his way through the plant briefing members, ArcelorMittal USA’s president and CEO, John Brett, released a statement Thursday about the ...

Market Street Bridge eyed for historic designation

FOLLANSBEE — A Brooke County trio is seeking to have the 113-year-old Market Street Bridge included on the National Register of Historic Places in hopes of ensuring the span remains open far into the future. Today the West Virginia Archives and History Commission will consider the proposal ...

New activities have been added to Wellsburg Applefest

WELLSBURG — Over the years the Wellsburg Applefest has offered a mix of the familiar and new, with contests and other activities and entertainers added yearly to the annual festival on Charles Street and the city’s town square. And it will be no different when it returns Oct. 5-7 for its ...

Economy’s growth robust in second quarter

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter, the best performance in nearly four years, though economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter partly because of a drag from trade. The performance of the gross domestic product, ...

GOP eyes new sports gambling regulation

House Republicans strongly favor new federal regulations on sports gambling after the Supreme Court allowed states to open sports books. At a hearing of a House Judiciary subcommittee, GOP members Thursday expressed concerns about advertisements and online gambling platforms targeting minors, ...

Bridge inspection set for Monday

Drivers using the Veterans Memorial Bridge should expect some delays while crews inspect the span Monday through Oct. 10. State highway officials said it’s likely west- and eastbound slow lanes of the span will be closed during the inspection, which will occur during the daylight ...

EGCC celebrating 50 years of higher education

STEUBENIVLLE — Eastern Gateway Community College celebrated its golden anniversary Wednesday at Hellenic Hall with a banquet that featured the three living presidents of the institution that opened its doors in the fall of 1968 as the Jefferson County Technical Institute. Current president ...

Wheeling Hospital set to open area’s first tinnitus center

WHEELING — Responding to a growing audiological need, Wheeling Hospital is launching the Tri-State Area’s first Center for Tinnitus and Decreased Sound Tolerance. Director Dr. Brandon Lichtman said the new venture, which will open Monday, will be a center within the hospital’s existing ...

Foster care to be discussed

WEIRTON —Jim McDay, state coordinator for Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia, will discuss a state proposal for managed foster care at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network’s community relations network. It will be held at noon at the FRN office at (304) ...

Trump: China ‘attempting to interfere’ in U.S. election

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of attempting to interfere in the upcoming United States congressional elections, claiming the Chinese are motivated by opposition to his tough trade policy. The Chinese said it wasn’t so. Trump, speaking in front of ...