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Historic steel factory soon to disappear

By MIRANDA SEBROSKI Staff writer YORKVILLE — A piece of history will soon be gone, as the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel facility in the village is being demolished. The steel mill operated for more than a century and helped supply the nation with metal for various needs. The operation ...

Midwest flooding forces evacuations

ST. LOUIS — Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees. Heavy rainfall and snowmelt has led to dangerously high water in creeks and rivers across several Midwestern states, with the ...

Lawmakers worry about phone sports betting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there’s an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it? As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to authorize sports gambling, lawmakers are debating whether the ...

White House aide says ‘absurd’ to link mosque shooter, Trump

WASHINGTON — A top White House official said Sunday that President Donald Trump “is not a white supremacist” and attempts to tie him to the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter are “absurd.” Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, described the New Zealand shooter as a “disturbed ...

Mourners pay tribute to New Zealand victims, await burials

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of people paid tribute Sunday at makeshift memorials to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims’ bodies. Hundreds of flowers ...

Tough as Nails Urban Challenge unveils course

WHEELING — It’s not often that you climb 120 steps only to be met at the top by a “meat grinder.” And talking about steps, when’s the last time you ran up more than 300 after running, climbing and crawling for nearly 4 miles? These obstacles and 17 others will be part of the ...

Toronto 5K run, walk a success

TORONTO — A little cold and snow flurries were not enough to keep hundreds of area residents from hitting the streets in Toronto for the ninth annual Campbell-Dickinson 5K Run Bike Walk and Noah Long fun run fundraiser for cancer, Saturday. Run organizer and President of the Toronto ...

Trump calls GM’s CEO in push to reopen Lordstown auto plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump stepped up his pressure on General Motors to reopen an Ohio manufacturing plant that recently closed and put 1,700 people out of work. Trump’s arm-twisting came in a series of separate tweets on Saturday and Sunday. He capped his weekend rant ...

Robotic surgery now common at W.Va. hospital

HUNTINGTON (AP) — There’s no substitute for a pair of steady hands honed with tens of thousands of hours in the operating room. But since the da Vinci surgical system was approved for use in 2000, hospitals around the world have found the skilled hands of their surgeons can now perform ...

Artist turns wood into wildlife pictures

OAK HILL (AP) — Sara Persinger never used a saw until she was 47 years old. Now she spends hours every week standing next to a scroll saw, making intricate cuts in pieces of hardwood. Persinger is an intarsia artist. She makes pictures from wood. “I didn’t even know what intarsia was ...

Weirton gets a taste of the world with Festival of Nations

WEIRTON — It was a trip around the world at the Millsop Community Center in Weirton, Saturday, as the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center presented the 11th-annual Festival of Nations. As part of this year's festival, area residents had an opportunity to sample food, music, dancing and ...

Hearing set for proposed Weirton charter changes

WEIRTON — Weirton Council has scheduled a public hearing for this week to accept comment on a series of proposed changes to the city charter. The hearing will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday in the council chambers of the Weirton Municipal Building, 200 Municipal Plaza. Those interested ...

Wellsburg farm observes Mountain State Maple Day

WELLSBURG – The Hervey family started tapping maple trees as a family project about 20 years ago and that family project has now grown into a big business for the Family Roots Farm. "It started as a little family high school project," Brittany Hervey-Farris, one of the family members and ...

Murphy set to start role as assistant superintendent of Brooke schools

WELLSBURG —The Brooke County Board of Education announced the appointment of Corey Murphy as assistant superintendent of schools. The board approved Murphy's appointment at a board meeting held March 6. "He was highly qualified and already serving as an assistant superintendent, so he has ...

Blue ribbon higher education panel pushes legislation quietly

CHARLESTON — The Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education hasn't had a full meeting since December and never met the deadline for their final report. Yet, a number of their proposals were pushed during the 2019 legislative session. These include a $12.8 million budget increase ...

Programs may help downtown Steubenville property owners

STEUBENVILLE — Renewed interest in downtown properties has city officials thinking of ways they can spread the word about programs that could help owners improve them. Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi said Steubenville has offered four programs in the past — community reinvestment ...

Toyota creating 600 jobs at plants

BUFFALO — Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday announced it is investing an additional $750 million at five U.S. plants that will bring nearly 600 new jobs, including the production of two hybrid vehicles for the first time at its Kentucky facility. It marks yet another expansion of the Japanese ...

In search of island history

WEIRTON — While the 50th anniversary of the Brown’s Island coke plant explosion that killed 19 workers and injured others is more than three years away, Jane Kraina hopes to have a book about this piece of land with a fascinating history written well before that. The Weirton woman has ...

Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border order

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. Flanked by law enforcement officials as well as the parents of children killed by people in the country illegally, ...