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Trump lawyers argue Democrats just want to overturn election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers plunged into their impeachment trial defense Saturday by accusing Democrats of striving to overturn the 2016 election, arguing that investigations of Trump's dealings with Ukraine have not been a fact-finding mission but a politically ...

25 years

The Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Public Library celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday with an open house showing how it has strived to meet the changing needs of a broad range of ages. The library opened on Jan. 26, 1995. Participating in the open house were, from left, Kim ...

Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career spent entirely with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41. Bryant died in a ...

Weirton utilities projects progressing

WEIRTON — Proposed expansion projects for Weirton's water and sanitary services are close to taking the next step. During recent meetings of the city's water and sanitary boards, it was reported preliminary engineering reports for both projects had been submitted to the state Infrastructure ...

Ogden running for Hancock County Sheriff

NEW CUMBERLAND — Citing a lifelong passion for law enforcement, Tommy Ogden has announced he is running for Hancock County sheriff. Ogden, 49, is a 1988 graduate of Oak Glen High School and earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from West Liberty in 1992. He is an active ...

Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

State and local governments have been leading the legal fight against the opioid industry, seeking payouts to help them deal with the fallout from the nation's addiction crisis. Average Americans are about to get their shot. On Friday, the federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of Purdue ...

Democratic candidates pour into Iowa for last-minute push

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Freed momentarily from the Senate's impeachment trial, several presidential candidates headed to Iowa on Saturday for a last-minute blitz of campaigning before the state's caucuses kick off the battle for the Democratic nomination. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of ...

WLU’s business incubator heats up

WEST LIBERTY — It might be cold outside, but West Liberty University’s on-campus business incubator is heating up. Junior Jonathan Howard of Wheeling is now operating a clothing imprint company there to offer campus a new source for logo wear. “I saw that there are many people on ...

Wheeling U. students get hands-on respiratory training in simulations lab

WHEELING — Wheeling University junior and senior nursing students are receiving hands-on, respiratory care training inside a simulation lab to learn how to best treat patients. According to Marybeth Emmerth, MS, RRT, CPFT, Wheeling University’s associate professor of respiratory therapy, ...

Jefferson County creates airport zoning board

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County commissioners on Thursday approved a resolution creating an airport zoning board, an effort to limit hazards at the county-owned facility. Commissioners received an opinion from the prosecutor’s office about zoning around the airport. The issue was raised ...

Schiff: Trump ‘is who he is’

WASHINGTON — Closing out their case, House Democrats warned Friday in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial that the president will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election. “He is who he is,” declared ...

Manchin: Jurors need more witnesses, documents in Trump impeachment trial

CHARLESTON — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Friday, said he has never before been a juror in a trial, but now sits as one of 100 jurors in the third impeachment trial in U.S. history, the trial of President Donald Trump. "I have never been called for jury duty, so this is a truly unique ...

Iraqis rally against US troops, demanding they leave

BAGHDAD (AP) — Waving national flags and banners denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump, tens of thousands of Iraqis marched peacefully through Baghdad on Friday to demand the ouster of U.S. troops from their country in a protest organized by a populist Shiite cleric. Later Friday night, two ...

West Virginia House passes drug death, suffocation bills

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates on Friday approved a measure to create a new crime of giving someone a drug that kills them. Lawmakers passed the bill 90-3 without debate. It now moves to the Senate for consideration. The proposal carries a felony penalty of one to ...

A day to enjoy

The fifth-annual Hank Kuzma Community Day will be held today at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Presented by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the university, the event offers chamber members and their guests along with members of the university family to watch the ...

Chicago woman is 2nd US patient with new virus from China

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the dangerous new virus from China, health officials announced Friday. The woman in her 60s returned from China on Jan. 13 without showing any signs of illness, but three or four days later she called her ...

Man captured after escape from Trinity West Medical Center in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — The 42-year-old burglary suspect who escaped police custody Friday morning at Trinity West and, while his legs were shackled and he was wearing a hospital gown carjacked a doctor, had been paroled by the state for a variety of crimes, authorities said. Richard Schoonover, ...

W.Va. bill to change emergency services

CHARLESTON — A bill changing how the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety functions has the backing of county emergency services managers. Dean Meadows, president of the emergency management council, said Thursday Senate Bill 586 — reorganizing and re-designating the ...

Officer Phil visits New Manchester school

The Officer Phil program recently visited kindergarten through third grade pupils at New Manchester Elementary. Safety was emphasized throughout the program through the use of song, dance, magic and puppets. -- Contributed

WLU’s January convocation includes faculty awards

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University held a mid-year convocation and general faculty meeting recently, bringing the campus community together for updates from the president and his cabinet. President Stephen Greiner began the meeting with comments from Vice President of Enrollment Scott ...