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Opera to open its 41st season with a Warhol take on a classic

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Festival Opera will begin its 41st festival season on July 6 in residency at the Falk Auditorium of the Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside. The festival spans the first three weeks of July, featuring four major operatic productions and a diverse series of ...

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Fort Pitt Museum to host living history programs PITTSBURGH — The Fort Pitt Museum, part of the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center museum system, will present living history programs on select dates this summer. Visitors to Point State Park can see history in ...

High court OKs Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries Tuesday, the conservative majority taking his side in a major ruling supporting his presidential power. A dissenting liberal justice said the court was making a ...

Ryan sets House vote on GOP immigration legislation

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan scheduled a long-awaited showdown vote on a broad Republican immigration bill for today, but is showing little confidence that the package will survive. Underscoring the legislation’s weak prospects in his GOP-run chamber, Ryan, R-Wis., declined to ...

House defeats GOP immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House has killed a broad, GOP-written immigration bill. The rejection was expected because of Republican divisions and solid Democratic opposition. The defeat reflects GOP worries over alienating conservatives, whom they'll need in this fall's elections. ...

Judicial impeachment process a step closer

CHARLESTON — Both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature voted Tuesday for a resolution detailing how impeachment proceedings against justices of the state Supreme Court of Appeals will move forward. Now the ball is in the hands of the House Judiciary Committee to decide what articles of ...

Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said Wednesday he is retiring, giving President Donald Trump a second nominee on the high court. The 81-year-old Kennedy said he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote ...

City gets ready to mark the Fourth

WEIRTON — Several activities are planned for this weekend as part of Weirton’s observance of the Independence Day holiday. Festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Independence Day parade, organized by the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation. This year’s parade will ...

Commerce officials slated to testify on RISE WV resign

CHARLESTON — Lawmakers were given a surprise Tuesday when two officials with the West Virginia Department of Commerce slated to speak on that office’s handling of flood relief funds were no-shows. They resigned the same day they confirmed their attendance to a Joint Legislative Committee ...

Nearly $1M spent on abandoned DHHR lease

CHARLESTON — The State of West Virginia continued to pay on a lease 32 months after the agency left the property, resulting in approximately $1 million wasted, according to the State Auditor’s Office. State Auditor J.B. McCuskey gave members of the Joint Government Accountability, ...

Brooke pays tribute to longtime educators

WELLSBURG — For their efforts in and outside school grounds, two longtime Brooke County educators will have their names attached to two institutions close to their hearts. The Brooke County Board of Education on Monday paid tribute to Paul “Bud” Billiard and Anthony Paesano and ...

Board approves personnel matters

NEW CUMBERLAND — A list of assignments, transfers and resignations were approved by the Hancock County Board of Education Monday while it also said goodbye to one of its own. The board approved several personnel matters, including the hiring of five teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. ...

Sports wagering revenues expected to begin this fall

CHARLESTON — While sports fans anticipate the beginning of football season for an opportunity to cheer their favorite teams, tailgating and other social aspects, there is another segment looking forward to the sights and sounds of gridiron action. Casinos in West Virginia expect to begin ...

Federal judge sets trial date for Ohio County magistrate

WHEELING — Suspended Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe maintained his innocence Monday during arraignment on a nine-count federal indictment charging him with wire fraud and filing false income tax returns. Radcliffe pleaded not guilty to all nine counts during his arraignment before ...

West Virginia apartments to house women in drug treatment

HUNTINGTON, (AP) — Renovations have started on a building that will become apartments for women undergoing treatment for substance abuse in West Virginia. Marshall University said in a news release Monday its health provider group, Marshall Health, and the Huntington City Mission have begun ...

Harley shifts some production overseas

MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson, up against spiraling costs from tariffs, will begin to shift the production of motorcycles headed for Europe from the U.S. to factories overseas. The European Union on Friday began rolling out tariffs on American imports like bourbon, peanut butter and orange ...

Legislative session called for impeachment

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and leadership of the West Virginia Legislature called Monday for a special session to determine whether impeachment proceedings should be brought against Justice Allen Loughry and possibly other justices of the state Supreme Court of Appeals. This call comes ...

Court upholds Trump travel ban, rejects discrimination claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. The 5-4 decision Tuesday is the court's first substantive ruling on a ...

Steel pipe firms push for tariff waivers

BAYTOWN, Texas — Joel Johnson examines the shipping labels on 35-ton coils of American-made steel that will be unspooled, bent and welded into rounded sections of pipe. One’s from Nucor, a mill in Arkansas. Another’s from Steel Dynamics in Mississippi. But much harder to spot in the ...

Poster design a new tool in fight against opioids

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey hopes a fourth grader’s poster will succeed in convincing everyone across West Virginia to think twice before abusing prescription painkillers. The student, Blake Pacitto of Mercer County, recently won the Attorney General’s Kids Kick ...