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Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The stakes are high when a major civic exercise involves a large population, new technology that has not been thoroughly tested and an entire country waiting on the results. Just ask the organizers of the Iowa caucuses, which offered a cautionary tale on the ...

Grants breathe new life into Northern Panhandle projects

MORGANTOWN — From Wheeling to Williamson, West Virginians will gain new and improved options to get active with a leisurely stroll or bicycle ride, thanks to a statewide project involving West Virginia University. The Center for ActiveWV has announced a slate of inaugural grant funding for ...

Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but "looks very promising." Ahead of a formal announcement of the seven-day ...

CHANGE planning annual St. Paddy’s Fest

WEIRTON — CHANGE, Inc. is preparing to go green, once again. Plans are under way for the organization's 18th-annual St. Paddy's Fest, scheduled for March 13 in the HARV at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the event set from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets ...

Superintendent asks drivers to pay closer attention to buses

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County Schools Superintendent Dawn Petrovich has asked area motorists to pay better attention when driving near the county's school buses. Petrovich issued the reminder Monday in response to a recent collision involving one of the county's school buses. There were ...

Sweetheart Chocolate Walk makes taste buds happy in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — Mary-Anne Judge dug into her bag to pull out some of her favorite treats from the 2020 Sweetheart Chocolate Walk. Books. Specifically, “Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs” and a chocolate cookbook. “We’re book people, so if people are giving ...

Recognized

Mayor Harold Miller, right, during Monday’s meeting of Weirton Council, presented city resident John E. Potocnik, with a proclamation in honor of his military service. According to Miller, Potocnik enlisted with the Navy Reserves in 1967, with service beginning in 1968 in Philadelphia. He ...

Bethany psychology students and faculty to present research in Boston

BETHANY — Four students and three faculty members from Bethany College will present research at the Eastern Psychology Association’s annual meeting in March in Boston. The Bethany representatives are senior Amanda Casto, of Wellsburg, senior Jenna Scott, of Newcastle, Ind., senior ...

Trump ignores AG Barr’s request to stop tweeting about DOJ

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday ignored his attorney general's public request to stop tweeting about the Justice Department, saying he had the legal right to ask the agency to intervene in a criminal case but so far has "chosen not to." Trump's Friday morning tweet came ...

West Virginia Senate passes solar bill with nods to coal

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state. But they're making it clear that they don't want the coal industry to feel left out. The proposal, which would create a regulatory ...

Last in a series of three superloads expected to roll

STEUBENVILLE — The last of three superloads will be traveling through Weirton and Jefferson and Harrison counties beginning early today, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. The superload was scheduled to enter Ohio from West Virginia before dawn today and proceed along U.S. ...

Official says US, Taliban reach Afghanistan truce agreement

MUNICH (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Friday the United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will take effect "very soon" and could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan. The official said the agreement for a seven-day "reduction in violence" to be ...

Energy Express recruiting AmeriCorps volunteers

NEW CUMBERLAND — The West Virginia University Extension Service is seeking AmeriCorps members to serve as mentors or community coordinators for this year’s Energy Express summer reading program. Energy Express is an eight-week program from June 11 to July 31, including reading, nutrition ...

Watkins to speak at Founder’s Day at Bethany

BETHANY — The new pastor of Bethany Memorial Church, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, will serve as speaker for Bethany College’s Founder’s Day, set for 11 a.m., March 5 in Commencement Hall. Watkins previously held the office of general minister and president of the Christian Church ...

Foster care bill on the move in House

CHARLESTON — Delegates concerned about the state’s burgeoning foster care system breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after a bill stuck in its third committee for 22 days was on its way to first reading today. The House Finance Committee recommended House Bill 4092 for passage Wednesday ...

Weather affecting Route 2 slip work

BEECH BOTTOM — State highway officials are hoping for dry weather so crews can address a slip that has forced state Route 2 between Beech Bottom and Wellsburg to be reduced to one lane. Mike Witherow, district construction engineer for the state Division of Highways’ district office, said ...

Code change would allow indoor gun range to open in Weirton

WEIRTON — Weirton Council, during its meeting Monday, began the process of amending the city’s firearms and hunting regulations, with officials saying the move would assist in the opening of a proposed business in the city. Council voted 5-0 in favor of an ordinance to amend Ordinance ...

Security of online voting questioned

CHARLESTON — An internet voting app that has been used in pilots in West Virginia, Denver, Oregon and Utah has vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to change a person’s vote without detection, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The analysis of the ...

U.S. stocks wobble mostly higher after virus cases spike

Major U.S. stock indexes wobbled mostly higher in afternoon trading Thursday after China reported a spike in cases of the new virus that threatens to crimp economic growth and hurt businesses worldwide. China reported the sharp rise in cases and deaths after the hardest-hit province of Hubei ...