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W.Va. launching online vaccine appointment system

CHARLESTON — With county health departments being inundated with calls for COVID-19 vaccinations and growing waiting lists, West Virginia is launching an online appointment and registration program to help get more people into the system. Gov. Jim Justice and state health officials ...

President Biden signs burst of virus orders, requires masks for travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that the nation’s COVID-19 response is under new management and he’s demanding progress to reduce infections and lift the siege Americans have endured for nearly a year. The 10 orders signed ...

Weirton parks continue to be affected by COVID-19 pandemic

WEIRTON — The Weirton park board continues its efforts to provide recreational activities and services to the community, despite the obstacles created by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. During Thursday’s board meeting, held via teleconference, Parks Executive Director Coty Shingle ...

Biden inherits damaged economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has inherited a badly damaged economy pulverized by the pandemic, with 10 million fewer jobs than a year ago and as many as one in six small businesses shut down. Yet there are also signs of resilience and recovery that suggest the prospect of a ...

Biden’s climate steps could have big impact on energy firms

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden has put his team to work reviewing dozens of actions taken by former President Donald Trump, aiming to reverse orders that he says harm the environment or endanger public health. For the energy and auto industries, the impact could be ...

President Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Biden took the oath at a U.S. ...

Board discusses Brooke Glass property

WELLSBURG — The Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle is seeking input from a city board and others about potential uses for the former Brooke Glass property on Sixth Street. Marvin Six and Jacob Keeney, leaders of the BDC, asked the Wellsburg Urban Redevelopment Authority on ...

Trump bids farewell to DC, hints of comeback

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — His presidency over, Donald Trump bid farewell to Washington on Wednesday but also hinted at a comeback despite a legacy of chaos, tumult and bitter division in the country he led for four years. "Goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form," Trump told ...

Dems control Senate; Biden intelligence chief confirmed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president's agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges. In a first ...

State school board gives counties time to comply with directive

CHARLESTON — With some counties continuing to offer remote learning despite a mandate for in-person class work, the West Virginia Board of Education decided Wednesday to wait until next week before taking action against those counties. “They are not going to do it that way. It’s not ...

Frontier bankruptcy settlement approved despite requests for scrutiny

CHARLESTON — Letters sent last Friday from state broadband officials and lawmakers urged the West Virginia Public Service Commission to scrutinize a proposed deal to approve Frontier Communication’s bankruptcy reorganization in anticipation of a Jan. 19 meeting. Instead, the PSC issued ...

Steubenville Council to vote on three-year contract for employees

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Council will vote next week on a new, three-year contract for the city’s AFSCME employees. Council emerged from executive session Tuesday to sunshine an ordinance accepting the proposed contract with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ...

Justice to appoint successor for judge in residency case

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is preparing to appoint a judge who would be in line to hear the residency lawsuit filed against him. Justice will decide who succeeds longtime Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King, who had been hearing the case but died in December, the ...

Grow Ohio Valley blooms through harsh winter months

WHEELING — Even in the midst of the frigid January temperatures, Grow Ohio Valley continues to bring quality nutritious produce to the local Public Market in downtown Wheeling and other local nutrition programs through the use of high tunnel greenhouse technology. Grow Ohio Valley Urban ...

Biden takes the helm as president facing pandemic, divisions

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, swearing the oath of office just before noon to take the helm of a deeply divided nation while inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. Biden's inauguration came ...

Facing crush of crises, Biden will take helm as president

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. The very ceremony in which presidential ...

Trump leaves White House, says ‘It’s been a great honor’

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump pumped his fist and waved as he departed the White House on Marine One Wednesday for the last time as president, leaving behind a legacy of chaos and tumult and a nation bitterly divided. Four years after standing on stage at his own inauguration and painting a dire ...

Biden takes command of nation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours from inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden paused on what might have been his triumphal entrance to Washington Tuesday evening to mark instead the national tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic with a moment of collective grief for Americans lost. His arrival ...

Officials concerned about slow delivery of COVID-19 vaccines

CHARLESTON — West Virginia continues to lead the nation in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, but state officials said Tuesday that the number of new vaccine doses from the federal government is slowing down. Gov. Jim Justice, speaking Tuesday during a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol, ...