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Trump coming back to Wheeling

WHEELING — President Donald Trump will make his second visit in less than 10 months to Wheeling, a city he’s shown an affinity for since launching his political career four years ago. The president is scheduled to attend a private campaign fundraiser at 6 p.m. Wednesday inside WesBanco ...

Heat and humidity move on to East Coast

BOSTON — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. “Sunday has been canceled,” ...

GOP rift raises concerns

PARKERSBURG — Months before the start of the candidate filing period for the May 2020 primary, fractures among state and county Republican leaders have begun to appear, all centered around Gov. Jim Justice, a Democrat who switched to Republican. Nowhere have these fractures been more ...

New audio shows U.K. could not prevent takeover of tanker

LONDON — The release Sunday of an audio recording has shed new light on the seizure of a British-flagged tanker at the hands of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as tensions flare in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The audio released by maritime security risk firm Dryad Global shows that a ...

Hotels become latest battleground over immigration detention

DETROIT — There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. The U.S. government has occasionally detained migrants in ...

Nadler: Mueller hearing to air evidence of Trump wrongdoing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday that this week’s hearing with Robert Mueller will air “very substantial evidence” of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and make a public case for impeachment. Republicans pledged sharp questioning of the special ...

‘Lower end’ planning First Ward Playground reunion

WELLSBURG — The “lower end” is planning their biennial First Ward Playground Reunion Aug. 2-4 at the E.R. Nichols playground on Third and Charles streets. “We just thought it was a good idea to get everyone back together,” Ruth Royal Gregory said about organizing the first reunion. ...

New sign in Steubenville finally under construction

STEUBENVILLE — After being back-burnered for several years, construction of a new “Welcome to Steubenville” sign has finally begun at the Washington Street and state Route 7 intersection. Mayor Jerry Barilla, a long-time champion of the project, said $10,000 for the sign was penciled ...

Road to close for line repair

WELLSBURG — The West Virginia Division of Highways advises that at 7 a.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Aug. 9, county Road 18, Rabbit Hill, will be closed approximately 0.20 miles from the intersection with state Route 2. The road will be closed to relocate a gas line and water line. ...

Applications being accepted for hunts

SOUTH CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications for controlled deer hunts at six state parks. A DNR statement says the deadline for applications is Aug. 25. A drawing will be held the next day and successful applicants will be notified in ...

‘Movies in the Park’ event for tonight canceled because of weather

WEIRTON — Tonight's screening of the "Movies in the Park" program, featuring "Dr. Strangelove," at the Weirton Event Center has been canceled because of weather. The free, community movie series will continue July 29 with a screening of "Bumblebee." "Movies in the Park" is a program in ...

Crowds flock to Food Truck Festival

WEIRTON — Despite the high temperatures, area residents showed up Saturday to sample a variety of cuisine from around the world as part of the Weirton Food Truck Festival, hosted by the Weir High Class of 2020. Attendees were steady throughout the day, according to organizers, who noted ...

Job fair draws big numbers

FOLLANSBEE — Carla Lada was hard-pressed to say whether she was more surprised by the sheer number of job seekers turning out for Saturday’s Brooke County Job Fair or the range of skillsets they represented. “I was shocked at the amount of people,” said Lada, benefits administrator at ...

Watson among inductees for HOF

WEIRTON — Robert L. Watson Jr. has been selected to be among the members of the 2019 class of the Weirton Hall of Fame, to be inducted in the category of music and fine arts. This year’s Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 11 at Undo’s in Weirton. A native of ...

‘It’s brutal’: Heat wave cancels events

NEW YORK — Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races and pushed New York City to order steps to avoid straining the electrical system. The National Weather Service said “a dangerous heat wave” sent ...

Mueller’s testimony poses risk for Trump, but also Democrats

WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he’s even saying it at all. For Democrats, the special counsel’s appearance Wednesday creates a moment many have been waiting for: Mueller finally speaking out, piercing the ...

In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reversed his previous criticisms of a North Carolina campaign crowd that chanted “send her back” about a Somali-born congresswoman. Trump on Friday defended the rally-goers as “patriots” while again questioning the loyalty of four ...

Spinning Jenny

Family rock band Spinning Jenny took the stage Thursday at Historic Fort Steuben’s Louis Berkman Amphitheater. The Mingo Junction-based band warmed up the crowd for the feature act, U.S. Kids, also with roots in Mingo Junction. The weekly series at the Berkman Amphitheater will continue next ...

W.Va. veteran among those honored on WWI shipwreck plaque

CHARLESTON — A West Virginia sailor and veteran is among those honored on a recently dedicated World War I memorial in New York City’s Times Square. The monument was authorized by the World War I Centennial Commission to honor six sailors who died when the USS San Diego, the largest U.S. ...

New mural celebrates Central City’s past, future

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Celebrating the past, present and future of Central City is the mission of a mural created by members of this year’s West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy. The mural, located on the side of the old St. Cloud Fire Station on 14th Street West and Madison Avenue, is a ...