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FBI agent defiantly rejects bias charges

WASHINGTON — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias launched a vigorous defense Thursday at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger pointing and veiled references to ...

Commissioners talk sewer extension

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Commissioners were asked on Tuesday about the possible extension of sewer lines to the Washington Pike and Rabbit Hill Road areas. The question came from Norm Schwertfeger, Brooke County West Virginia University Extension agent. Due to its high population, ...

Clarence Warrick honored for military service

During Monday’s Weirton Council meeting, Mayor Harold Miller, right, presented a proclamation recognizing the military service of Clarence P. “Junior” Warrick. Warrick enlisted in the Army in January 1966, serving until December 1967. Following basic and advance individual training, he ...

Water board: Long-term project almost complete

WEIRTON — The finishing touches are being made on a long-term water project in the city. During Thursday’s meeting of the Weirton Area Water Board, Steve Hamit of Thrasher Engineering reported contractors have completed all but a few final touches and tests for the project, with a leak ...

Fitzsimmons Dog Park re-opens in Wheeling

WHEELING — Rambunctious 9-month-old canine Smokey — a large black lab and bloodhound mix — let out a few howls Tuesday while he anxiously awaited the re-opening of the Fitzsimmons Family Dog Park: A PetSafe Park in East Wheeling. Smokey and his owner, Ted Weaks of McMechen, arrived more ...

Panhandle Head Start program to receive $1.2M

WHEELING — Northern Panhandle Head Start Inc. will receive more than $1.2 million from federal sources thanks to the state’s U.S. senators. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced the funding totals for several Head Start programs throughout West Virginia. ...

Trump OKs disaster declaration

CHARLESTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration in West Virginia after flooding, mudslides and high winds ravaged parts of the state. Trump on Thursday approved the declaration for state and local governments and certain nonprofit groups for the repair or ...

Trump body language speaks to frosty relations

BRUSSELS — He didn’t shove anyone this time, but President Donald Trump’s body language during NATO events Wednesday suggested his relationships with key U.S. allies aren’t exactly buddy-buddy. Trump started the day with a tense breakfast meeting with Jens Stoltenberg in which he ...

Ketchum resigns as W.Va. justice

CHARLESTON — Members of the House Judiciary Committee will meet today to start the process of drawing up articles of impeachment against one or more justices of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals — a job that just got simpler. Menis Ketchum, one of two justices under fire for ...

Weirton moves ahead with TIF application

WEIRTON — Weirton Council, during its meeting Monday, authorized the submission of an application for Tax Increment Financing funding, as part of a proposed business project within the Park Drive development area. The resolution to submit the application to the state Development Office was ...

Storm damages county 911 system

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County’s emergency management services experienced damage to its equipment last week during a storm. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Hancock County Commission, Office of Technology and Communications Executive Director Bob Vidas discussed the damage that ...

Lottery releases emergency rules for sports betting

CHARLESTON — Almost three weeks after approving rules governing sports betting at the state’s casinos, the West Virginia Lottery released the emergency rules for public consumption. The Lottery Commission released the rules through the Secretary of State’s rule filing system July 9 ...

U.S. proposes tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is readying tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, ranging from burglar alarms to mackerel, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proposed 10 percent tariffs ...

Wellsburg unveils new website for city

WELLSBURG — The unveiling of a new website for the city, the resignation of a council member and bids for street paving were among matters before Wellsburg Council on Tuesday. Mikeal Maguschak, the son of City Manager Steve Maguschak, said he’s been working on the new website for about ...

Steubenville Kroger gets new look

STEUBENVILLE — A new look and new products and services were unveiled at Kroger in the Hollywood City Center Wednesday as an open house was held to mark the conclusion of a nearly $4.2 million store update. New features in the 82,508-square-foot store include a Starbucks and seating area. ...

Photo contest launched

STEUBENVILLE — Officials with the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times are looking for shutterbugs who capture the Fourth of July spirit. The newspapers have launched the “Proud to be an American July 4th Photo Contest.” The winner will receive Pittsburgh Zoo tickets and select ...

Jefferson County grand jury returns six indictments

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County grand jury on Tuesday returned six indictments, with half being drug related. Salih Muhammed, 34, of 315 Hill Ave., who also has an address in Columbus, was indicted on two counts of drug trafficking and one count of having a weapon while under ...

Steubenville Council approves two emergency utility ordinances

STEUBENVILLE — City Council approved two emergency utility ordinances Tuesday evening but made it clear they’re out of patience waiting for figures on which to base plans and rate increases to save the city’s water and sewer systems. Council approved allowing HDR Engineering to design ...

Hanson String Theory set to perform in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — After a sold-out world tour celebrating 25 years together, Hanson marks its 26th birthday with a musical experience unlike any other, according to officials. Hanson String Theory is a musical manifesto with new and career-spanning works from Hanson, arranged by David Campbell, ...

ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS CALENDAR

• July 24 — Eagles, PPG Paints Arena, www.livenation.com. • July 25 — Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, KeyBank Pavilion, www.livenation.com. • July 27 — Rascal Flatts, with Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce, KeyBank Pavilion, www.livenation.com. • July 28 — Chicago and REO ...